08/12/2006 10:00 AM
12 August 2006
THIS WEEK IN THE CAPE LEAGUE
WAREHAM, Mass. – Following an impressive victory on Friday afternoon, the Wareham Gatemen came back home for Game 2 of the Cape Cod Baseball League Championship Series in efforts to close out the season. With different objectives in mind, the resilient Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox battled back for a 5-4 victory to even the series at one win apiece. The Sox will head back home to host Wareham for the deciding game on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Luke Putkonen (North Carolina) took the mound for the Gatemen and was strong over five innings of work. After retiring the first nine batters he faced, Putkonen was touched first by Tyler Henley (Rice), who got to the Tar Heel first with a leadoff double in the fourth to begin the Y-D rally. Followed by an error and a fielder’s choice, Henley scored as the Red Sox struck with their first run of the game. Putkonen was able to get out of a jam in the fifth after putting two men on with one out, retiring the next two batters.
Fortunately for the 5,100 fans in attendance, the Gatemen made the game interesting despite being down 5-0. Joel Collins (South Alabama) led off the bottom half of the eighth with a double and Beamer Weems (Baylor) delivered with an RBI single of his own, putting the Gatemen on the board for the first time in the game.
The Red Sox went to playoff stopper David Robertson to end any hopes for the home Gatemen fans to witness their first championship since 2002. With one on, Robertson struck out Ryan Gotcher (Arkansas-Little Rock) to end the game. After the disappointing loss, Gatemen GM John Wylde said, “I guess we’re just going to have to do this the hard way.” The two teams will battle it out for the CCBL title in the deciding game on Sunday afternoon at Red Wilson Field.
By Daniel Scalia, CCBL Intern [email protected]
Interns 2006 : Chad Burkart, Johnna DeChristoforo, Jonathan French, Michael Kydd, Lauren Malone