Wareham 2, Falmouth 1
The Gatemen (10-22-1) were able to get back in the win column downing the West’s second-place Commodores (18-14-1) in the league’s only complete nine inning game on a rainy Sunday. It was a pitchers’ duel between the starters as Wareham’s Jake Kalish (George Mason) tossed a strong 7.1 innings allowing just one earned and striking out five while opposing Falmouth’s Matt Hall (Missouri St.) went 6.2 innings yielding only two hits to go with one earned and eight retired on strikes. Despite the strong performances of both starters, the game would be decided on relief pitching as a go-ahead RBI single by the Gatemen’s Corey Ray (Louisville) in the top of the ninth inning would be the deciding factor. The hit came against the Commodores’ Travis Stout who came on in relief in the ninth giving up the lone run and receiving his first loss of the season in 12 appearances. Jason Richman (Georgia Southern) threw just 0.1 innings, but came away with the win. Keaton Aldridge (Memphis) pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth and punched out one to collect the save. Before Ray’s RBI single in the ninth, teammate Jake Little (Memphis) was the offensive catalyst for the Gatemen finishing 2-for-4 and scoring both of his team’s runs to go along with a double and a solo shot in the seventh. Kevin Newman (Arizona) and Boomer White (TCU) led the charge for Falmouth each finishing 2-for-4.
Orleans 6, Cotuit 3
Despite falling behind 3-0 early, the Firebirds (20-12-1) were able to tally six unanswered runs to send the Kettleers (14-18-1) to their third straight loss in a game that was shortened to seven innings due to rain. Nathan Bannister (Arizona) picked up his fourth win of the season for Orleans tossing six innings and allowing all three earned runs while striking out a pair. David Fletcher (Loyola) led the way on offense for the Firebirds going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Teammate Brett Lang (NC Charlotte) was equally impressive finishing 1-f0r-2 with a double, a run scored and a pair of RBI. Mitchell Tolman (Oregon) went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. After a fielders’ choice RBI hit by Brendan Hendriks (San Francisco) in the bottom of the second, it was Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt) who really got things going for the Kettleers with a two-run triple to give his team the 3-0 lead, but alas the pitching staff could not hold on for the win.