Recap: Montgomery Comes up Aces as Gatemen Top Yarmouth-Dennis

By Wareham Gatemen | Jul 02, 2017
Photo by: Claudia Chakamian

Amongst a flurry of quality arms, Justin Montgomery has begun to emerge as the Gatemen ace.


Behind five scoreless innings from Montgomery and a two run blast off the bat of Jake Anchia, the Gatemen knocked off the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, 4-0, on a sun filled Sunday afternoon at Spillane Field.


Montgomery has now thrown 17 scoreless innings to begin his Gatemen career in which he has surrendered just 10 hits.


The win, combined with a Hyannis loss, means the Gatemen (8-10) move into fourth place in the Western Division.


Gatemen coach Don Sneddon said Montgomery was able to use his changeup effectively.


“Justin (Montgomery) threw strikes, and that was the big thing,” said Sneddon. “When needed he was able to throw his changeup to keep the opposing hitters off balance. He struggled with his slider a bit and that is something he needs to work on going forward and for back at school.”


In all Montgomery (Cal Baptist) went five innings, allowed just five hits, walked one, and struck out five.


Wareham was held scoreless by Red Sox left-hander Kris Bubic over the first three innings of play, but broke through to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth.


After Bubic got the first two outs of the inning, Willie MacIver (University of Washington) dropped in a double behind the second base bag. MacIver’s double brought Jake Anchia to the plate and Anchia showcased the same power that he displayed back at Nova Southeastern this past season.


With the count even at one, Bubic left a fastball belt high and Anchia was all over it, crushing it into the parking lot in left field to push the Gatemen out in front, 2-0.


The pitch selection was certainly a bit of a surprise considering Bubic’s success via his changeup versus the heart of the Gatemen order.


“That was certainly a bit of a break because (Bubic) had us fooled when he was going to that changeup and breaking pitch,” said Sneddon. “Luckily for us he gave us a fastball there and credit to Anchia he was all over it.”


Fitzpatrick Stadler (Arizona State) relieved Montgomery in the top of the sixth and threw two scoreless innings keeping the Red Sox offense at bay.


Two runs would have been more than enough for Wareham, but in his Gatemen debut, Steven Kwan (Oregon State) provided some insurance in the bottom of the seventh.

John Toppa singled with two outs, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and came home to score as Kwan lined an RBI single to right to put Wareham on top 3-0.


Moments later, Tanner Dodson (California) followed up Kwan’s single with one of his own grounding a base hit back up the middle to score the speedy Kwan and giving the Gatemen a 4-0 lead.


“That was great and a sign of us just being aggressive,” said Sneddon. “When we get on base we can do some things. (Steven) Kwan just adds to that style of play. We aren’t going to hit a ton of homeruns even though we were able to hit one today.”


Next up: The Gatemen continue their three game home stand as they host the Cotuit Ketleers tomorrow night at Spillane

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