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CHATHAM — The Wareham Gatemen’s Austin Shenton (Florida International) stepped up to the plate three times with a runner in scoring position and two outs during the CCBL Championship Series against the Chatham Anglers. Each time, Shenton swung at the first pitch and failed to make solid contact. On the second pitch, Shenton delivered.
In the fifth inning of Game 1, he hit a bases-clearing double to give the Gatemen a three-run lead. In the Sunday portion of Game 2, he hit a two-run double to turn a one-run Chatham lead into a one-run Wareham lead. Then, in the top of the seventh of Game 2 on Monday, Shenton roped a single up the middle with a runner on third to give Wareham a 5-2 lead.
Shenton’s third RBI base knock provided extra insurance for the Gatemen (6-0) as they held off the Anglers (4-2) to win the CCBL title with a 9-3 victory in Game 2 of the CCBL Championship Series.
After Chatham gained a sliver of hope by inching within two runs, the Gatemen provided the finishing blows in the top of the ninth. Kyle Hurt (Southern California) gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Kreidler (UCLA) before inducing a grounder to Michael Busch (North Carolina) at second base. Busch mishandled the ball, and instead of having no runners on with two outs, the Gatemen had two runners on with no outs.
Hurt forced Jakob Goldfarb (Oregon) to ground out for the first out of the inning and then intentionally walked Shenton to load the bases. Facing off against Jeremy Ydens (UCLA), Hurt struck out his Pac-12 foe with a looping curveball on the inside part of the plate for the second out.
Drew Millas (Mississippi State) and Gian Martellini (Boston College) then roped back-to-back two-RBI doubles to extend the Wareham advantage to six, putting the game out of reach.
Monday’s continuation of Game 2 of the CCBL Championship Series was a result of fog at Veterans Field on Sunday. The infamous Chatham fog caused a suspension that lasted for 16 hours. The contest resumed on Monday at 12:58 p.m. in the bottom of the sixth with Tristin English (Georgia Tech) at the plate and Zach Hart (Franklin Pierce) on the mound.
After English struck out to begin the second part of Game 2, John Rave (Illinois State), Kyle McCann (Georgia Tech) and Greg Jones (UNC Wilmington) slapped back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases. Ben Ramirez (Southern California) scored Rave with a groundout to first base. Hart then got Blake Sabol (Southern California) to strike out on a high fastball.
It was the second time Sabol struck out in the contest on a high fastball with runners on second and third.
Chatham added a third run in the seventh when Colin Simpson (Oklahoma State) thumped a two-out round-tripper onto the hill in right field.
After Alek Manoah (West Virginia) pitched six innings Sunday, Hurt finished the game on the hill for Chatham. For the first time since July 10 against Falmouth, Hurt threw more than one inning.
The championship is Wareham’s first since 2012. With the Championship Series loss, Chatham has not won the Arnold Mycock Trophy since 1998.