Recap: Zavolas Shines Bright, but Gatemen Come up Short

By Wareham Gatemen | Jul 14, 2017
Photo by: Claudia Chakamian

In a game of inches, the Gatemen found themselves for a second straight game 360 feet away.

 

On Friday night, Wareham came up a run shy as despite 4.2 shutout innings from Noah Zavolas and a perfect night at the plate from Tanner Dodson, the Gatemen fell to Harwich, 4-3, at Whitehouse Field.

 

Trailing 4-3 entering the top of the ninth inning, the Gatemen received a lift as pinch hitter Robbie Metz lined a leadoff single to left field.

 

John Toppa came to the plate and on 2-1 rocketed a fastball to shortstop. Toppa’s hard contact was to no avail as Mariners’ shortstop Cameron Smith corralled the hot shot and engineered a 6-4-3 double play to end hopes of a Wareham comeback.

 

Gatemen coach Don Sneddon said overall it was just a difficult game to watch unfold.

 

“Pitching kept us in the game but our hitters just couldn’t get the big hit and it was a very frustrating game,” said Sneddon. “Our hitters have to start picking everyone else up. We made some errors that led to three runs and our hitting just cant overcome that.”

 

Zavolas (Harvard University) gave Wareham a strong relief appearance out of the bullpen.

 

The right-hander went 4.2 shutout innings allowing just four singles, giving away one free pass, and striking out three.

 

As he has shown throughout the season, Zavolas showcased four pitches highlighted by his top tier changeups to left-handed hitters.

 

Zavolas has yet to allow a base hit with runners in scoring position through 15 innings of work.

 

The Gatemen got on top 1-0 in the top of the first as Tanner Dodson drew a walk, Kyle Kasser singled to left, and with two outs Tristan Pompey lined a base hit back through the box scoring Dodson.

 

Wareham starter Justin Montgomery took the mound entering his fourth start of the year having yet to allow an earned run. Within an instant, Harwich changed all that.

 

Nick Dalesandro and Jonathan India each singled. Then, with two outs, Cobie Vance hit a slow chopper to Kasser at third base. Kasser came in, fielded it cleanly, but his throw to first went wild allowing Dalesandro to score evening the game up at one.

 

Moments later, Cameron Simmons drilled a two out, two run single to left to give the Mariners a 3-1 lead.

 

“(Montgomery) has to have his breaking ball and didn’t have it tonight,” said Sneddon. “He’s been struggling to get his changeup over and without it he is a two pitch pitcher.”

 

Harwich added to their lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI double off the bat of Vance, but in the top of the fifth the Gatemen chipped away.

 

With one out, Nick Angelini laced a double off the right-center field wall. After a balk moved Angelini to third, Steven Kwan dribbled an infield single scoring Angelini and bringing the Gatemen within 4-2.

 

Kwan moved over to second on a walk to Dodson, and a wild pitch put two runners in scoring position with one out.

 

The Gatemen three hitter in Kasser proceeded to work a full count, and on the payoff pitch hit an RBI groundout to second base to score Kwan and bring Wareham back within a run.

 

Wareham, however, was unable to draw any closer as Harwich reliever Cole Austin stranded three Gatemen runners on base to keep the Mariners in front.

 

Next up: The Gatemen travel to Cotuit to take on the first place Kettleers. First pitch from Lowell Park is scheduled for 5pm.

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