Kettleers’ Stage Clutch, 6-4 Win Over Visiting Wareham Gatemen
By Sean Walsh
July 9, 2006
WAREHAM, MA — The Cotuit Kettleers gained valuable ground over the second place Wareham Gatemen last night at Clem SPillane Field, as Mike Cisco (South Carolina) pitched seven strong innings, striking out eight and walking just one batter for his first-ever Cape League victory.
Cisco allowed four runs with just threee of them earned, then got help from Georgia Tech’s Tim Ladd and closer Corey Gearrin from Young Harris. Gearrin picked up the save in one inning pitched.
The victory placed Cotuit four points ahead of Wareham in the Western Division standings, giving the Kettleers valuable breathing room heading near the season’s halfway mark. It was also Cotuit’s third straight victory on the heels of two shutout performances as the team heads back home to Lowell Park today to face the last place Bourne Braves.
Mississippi State’s Jeff Rea went 2-3 at the plate to pace the Cotuit lineup. He scored three runs. Notre Dame catcher Sean Gaston — last year’s Kettleers’ MVP — went 2-4, followed by South Carolina’s Justin Smoak who went 1-5 with an RBI and James Madison slugger Kellen Kulbacki who drove in two runs.