July 10, 2022 8:55 pm | by Samantha Santos
The Gatemen traveled to Guv Fuller Field to take on the Falmouth Commodores in a Sunday night matchup between the two bottom teams in the West Division.
Falmouth’s Jackson Nicklaus (Oklahoma) sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 2nd to drive in Andrew Pinkney (Alabama Tuscaloosa). An RBI groundout by Payton Stovall in the 3rd (Arkansas Fayetteville) to drive in Travis Chestnut (Texas A&M) would give the Commodores a 2-0 lead.
A leadoff single by Kellum Clark (Mississippi St) began the top of the 4th. Ryan Campos (Arizona St) singled the opposite way to follow. Carter Graham (Stanford) loads the bases with a single of his own. The Gatemen had been 0-10 with the bases loaded in their last five games. Kellum Clark was thrown out at the plate as Blake Wright (Clemson) was safe at first with a fielder’s choice. Jack Housnger (Xavier) subsequently struck out swinging for out two in the inning. Deric Fabian (Florida) came through with a two-RBI single to drive in both Campos and Graham to tie up the ballgame.
The game would slow in action in the later innings as neither team would score again until for the next 4 innings. Wareham’s starting pitcher Michael Sansone (Fairfield) went six innings with six strikeouts, giving up two runs on four hits and walking none. Gatemen pitching retired 15 straight batters going into the 8th inning, with 1-2-3 4th-7th innings.
The top of the 9th brought some action to the end of the matchup as Owen Diodati (Oregon) was brought in to pinch hit for Housinger. With a leadoff base hit to start things off for Wareham, things were looking probable for a break in the 2-2 tie. Fabian reached on an error by the Commodore’s first basemen, advancing Diodati to third. As fate would have it, Hogan Windish (UNC Greensboro) delivered as he always seems to in these tight games with a 2 rbi double to give the Gatemen their first lead of the night.
Pinkney would take a two-out walk in the bottom of the ninth as the tying run came up to the plate in Drew Brutcher (South Florida). It wouldn’t matter though, as Cameron Weston (Michigan) got the strikeout in his 3rd inning of work for the Gatemen.
The entire Cape League will travel to Fenway Park tomorrow for team workouts in the historic park. Games will be back across the league on Tuesday. Wareham will take on the Chatham Anglers at home. As always, first pitch will be at 6:00pm at Spillane Field.