By: Intern PJ McDonald
WAREHAM — The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox traveled over the bridge to face off against the Wareham Gatemen under the lights Wednesday night. A mixture of dominant pitching by the Gatemen and a lack of offense for the Red Sox resulted in a 7-1 loss.
The Gatemen got off to a hot start when they collected two hits and a run in the first inning off Red Sox starter Adam Maier (University of British Columbia). The dagger for Y-D came with no outs in the third inning when Wareham’s Owen Diodati (Alabama) launched a three-run homerun to right field to give the Gatemen a 4-0 lead.
After the fourth inning Maier settled down, recording 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth. Maier finished with five innings pitched allowing four runs on four hits and striking out one.
The Gatemen tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth inning off of relief pitcher Sam Beck (University of San Francisco) and scored again in the eighth off of Andrew Marrero (University of Connecticut).
The Red Sox showed fight in the top of the ninth when Peyton Graham (University of Oklahoma) started the inning off with a single. Chase Lutrell (Long Beach State) knocked him in with a line drive up the middle for Y-D’s first and only run of the game.
Yarmouth-Dennis (2-1-1) will match up against the Cotuit Kettleers (1-2-0) on Friday for a home game at Red Wilson Field. Zach Franklin (Western Carolina University) will get the start for the Red Sox looking to get a bounce back victory.
Red Sox Duo Off to Hot Start
Brooks Lee (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) has been red-hot for Y-D in the first four games of the season batting .375 (6-for-16). This spring he was named to the second team American Baseball Coaches Association, presented by Rawlings Sporting Goods. He also received a first team honor from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and a second team spot presented by Baseball America. Lee was selected to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer.
Peyton Graham has also enjoyed success early in the season for Y-D, as he is currently batting .357 (5-for-12). For Oklahoma this year, he hit .288 with a .400 on-base percentage. In 53 games, he accumulated 47 runs, 11 doubles, 11 home runs, and 30 walks. Entering the 2021 season, D1Baseball ranked him the third-best third baseman in college baseball.