Recap: Gatemen Rally Late, but Braves Get Last Laugh

By Wareham Gatemen | Jul 12, 2017

The oddity of Wednesday’s night contest turned sour for the Gatemen in its final moments.

 

After rallying to tie the score in the top of the ninth, Wareham saw the host Braves scratch across a run in the bottom half of the frame as a walk-off RBI single off the bat of Grant Williams pushed Bourne over the Gatemen, 4-3, on a humid night at Doran Park.

 

Down to their final three outs and down 3-2, Robbie Metz led off the frame with a line drive double into left centerfield.

 

Braves reliever Ryan Feltner retired the next two Gatemen hitters, but Kyle Kasser grounded a single up the middle that coupled with a throwing error, brought home Metz to tie the game at three.

 

Wareham proceeded to load the bases with two men down, but John Toppa hard groundball landed right in the glove of the Braves second baseman in Williams to retire the side.

 

One half inning later, the Braves made the Gatemen pay.

 

Jameson Hanna lined a single to right, advanced to third on a well-executed hit-and-run, and Williams brought him home with a line drive single down the right field to hand the Braves a walk-off win.

 

Gatemen coach Don Sneddon mentioned the team’s inability to come through with a clutch two out hit.

 

“I have to go back and look but I don’t think we have many two out RBI hits this year,” said Sneddon. “At this level if you hope to win games you have to come through with those big hits and we have just been unable to do that.”

 

The loss spoiled a pair of solid pitching performances from Gatemen starter Joey Matulovich and reliever Grant Wolfram.

 

Matulovich went five innings, allowing just one earned run on seven hits. The Cal right-hander fanned seven and did not walk a batter.

 

It was the third consecutive game in which a Gatemen starter went at least five innings and did not give up more than a single earned run.

 

Bourne took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third innings, but a bases loaded sacrifice fly off the bat of Willie MacIver cut Wareham’s deficit to one run.

 

In Matulovich’s final inning of work, the Braves extended their lead back to two runs.

 

Grant Witherspoon drilled a two out single up the middle, stole second, and scored on Williams’ infield hit off the legs of Matulovich to put Bourne up 3-1.

 

Behind the arm of Grant Wolfram, the Gatemen were able to stay within reach.

 

Wolfram entered in relief of Matulovich to begin the bottom of the sixth and worked three solid frames. The left-hander out of Davenport displayed a solid array of his four-seam fastball complimented by his splitter and slider.

 

Hovering between 89 to 91 miles per hour with the fastball Wolfram surrendered just two singles over the course of his outing.

 

“He kept us in the game and did an nice job,” said Sneddon. “Unforutnately first batter of the night hung a slider and that got the whole inning started for them but overall did a good job.”

 

Wareham entered the eighth inning still trailing 3-1, but a Kyler Kasser single, followed by a walk to MacIver, a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly by Tristan Pompey pulled the Gatemen within 3-2 entering the game’s final inning.

 

Next up: The Gatemen host first place Cotuit on Thursday night. First pitch from Spillane Field is scheduled for 630pm and Mason Feole is the probable starting pitcher.

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