WAREHAM, Mass.–The Braves (20-21-2) dropped their last road game of the regular season Tuesday night against the Wareham Gatemen (24-15-4,) 3-1.
Stranding nine runners on base, the Bourne offense outhit the Gatemen 8-4.
The game began with a single by Willy Yahn (UConn) who was brought around by Connor Wong’s (Houston) RBI double to put the Braves ahead 1-0.
The deficit held until the fifth, when starter Doug Norman (LSU) gave up a walk to Jonathan Pryor (Wake Forest) and a double by Ezequiel Sanchez (UMass Boston.)
A wild pitch brought in the tying run, but Sanchez was caught stealing home for the third out before more damage could be done.
Ronnie Rossomando (UConn) relieved Norman, who went five innings, giving up one earned run off one hit with two walks and six strikeouts.
The Gatemen jumped on Rossomando and tacked on two runs off a handful of singles by the top of the lineup, with Wareham slowly pulling away with the lead, 3-1.
The Braves were unable to stage a late-inning rally and replicate the walk-off success of the previous night, leaving them unable to notch a win against the Gatemen before the two teams meet again in the playoffs.
The Braves wrap up their regular season at home against the Falmouth Commodores (29-14,) 6 p.m. Wednesday at Doran Park.
Falmouth’s starting pitcher is Thomas Ponticelli (San Francisco) with Bourne as TBA.
With Cotuit losing to Y-D tonight, the four teams making the Western playoffs are Falmouth, Wareham, Bourne and Hyannis.