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Williams Stays Hot, Gatemen Defeat Cotuit

The Wareham Gatemen (5-6-2) traveled to Lowell Park on Tuesday night in an effort to snap a two-game slide. The bats came to life early, and impressive pitching across the board kept the Cotuit Kettleers (6-7) at bay. The game was called due to lightning after 7 ½ innings, with the Gatemen ahead 5-2.

Adam Mazur (South Dakota State) took the hill for Wareham, making his first career CCBL appearance. Mazur set the tone early in the ballgame, striking out four over three scoreless innings. He concluded his night after allowing just two hits and a walk.

The Gatemen, who had not led at any point in their last two games, jumped out ahead in the top of the second inning. Base hits from Justin Williams (Penn State) and Angelo DiSpigna (Mercer) got the ball rolling for Wareham. Tres Gonzales (Georgia Tech) came to the plate with two outs in the inning, lacing a line drive to centerfield. Cotuit’s Josiah Town had a good jump on the play, but dropped the ball at the last second. The official scorer’s decision was an error, and the Gatemen went ahead 2-0. 

In the third, Williams continued his red-hot stretch at the plate. He launched a 440 foot blast to dead center, deep into the forest beyond the outfield wall. The solo shot extended the Gatemen lead to 3-0, and marked the Wareham third baseman’s fourth home run in five games.

The Kettleers got one back in the bottom of the fifth off a solo home run from Eric Brown (Coastal Carolina). It was Brown’s second home run of the season, with the other coming in the Cotuit’s season opener vs. Wareham. 

Other than the longball allowed to Brown, Wareham’s Garrett Schmeltz (Louisville) was solid through two innings. He tallied four strikeouts in his CCBL debut.

Wareham’s Yohandy Morales (Miami) was impressive in his third game in the lineup. Batting in the five hole, Morales singled and scored a run in the sixth, then added an RBI single in the seventh to provide an insurance run for the Gatemen. He finished his night 2-for-4.

The only true threat to the Wareham lead came in the bottom of the sixth, when Cotuit loaded the bases with one out. Alex Pham (San Francisco) came on in relief, allowing a sacrifice fly then getting a huge strikeout to limit the damage to a run.

The score remained 5-2 after the Gatemen batted in the top of the eighth. With dark clouds quickly rolling in, weather threatened to end the game early. Lighting forced the teams into their dugouts, and with daylight waning, the game was subsequently called.

The Gatemen’s win moved them back into a three-way tie for second place in the West Division. They will face the Harwich Mariners tomorrow night at Spillane Field.