By: Carson Field
From the first inning of Thursday’s tilt against Wareham, it appeared Bourne was in for another high-scoring affair. Both the Braves and Gatemen brought two runs across in the first inning.
But the offense stalled in the subsequent innings.
Between the second inning and sixth inning, neither team scored. During that span, Bourne tallied just one hit. While starter Nick Dombkowski held Wareham in check — for the most part — a lack of run support led to a no-decision.
While Dombkowski was serviceable, the Gatemen’s arms were better. JP Gates and Levi Prater pitched a combined eight innings, allowing only three hits and two runs, both of which were unearned.
Assistant coach Wayne Hancock said the stagnance at the plate was a combination of stellar pitching and a dismal night at the plate.
“We might have been a little impatient, especially with that first pitcher,” Hancock said. “The second pitcher was good; he threw hard.”
With the game knotted at 2-2 for its majority, separation came in the seventh. That inning, Bourne reliever Joshua Culliver gave up the go-ahead run on a single from Dallas Beaver.
The next inning, Wareham extended that lead by a run, taking a 4-2 advantage.
But Bourne didn’t go away without a fight. In the top of the ninth, the Braves got two runners on base, but ultimately a 6-4-3 double play ended the rally.
Even so, Hancock admired the late-game push.
“It was impressive,” Hancock said. “We didn’t quit and we got two guys on. (Wareham) was lucky to get two-out hits today, and that’s how they scored their last two runs.”
With the loss, Bourne is now 10-15-0 and seven points ahead of Hyannis, which sits in last place in the West Division. Because of the preceding three-game win streak, this defeat doesn’t sting as much.
“Beyond staying ahead of Hyannis, it’s just feeling good about ourselves,” Hancock said. “Getting back in the race in general. We just have to come back out tomorrow and try to get a win.”