Four Gatemen experienced the opportunity of a lifetime on Saturday afternoon.
Cole Freeman, Gunner Leger, Joey Bart, and Robbie Metz represented the Wareham Gatemen and the Western Division in Saturday’s Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game at Veterans Field in Chatham. The four helped propel the West to an 8-0 win over the East on a humid, muggy Saturday evening.
Colton Shaver, meanwhile, participated in the Home Run Hitting Contest, drilling one home run over the fence 385 sign in center field.
Freeman was the only member of the Gatemen to start the All-Star Game, earning the nine spot in the West’s lineup and starting at second base.
Even though Freeman went 0-for-2, Freeman said he was overjoyed with the chance to play with the best collegiate players in the country.
“It’s humbling and a blessing for me and my family,” said Freeman. “I want to say I imagined myself here, but to see it all come true…I’m just enjoying it as much as I can.”
Wareham’s own Gunner Leger induced three ground ball outs in a perfect 1-2-3 bottom of the second inning,
Gatemen coach Jerry Weinstein said what stands out most about Leger is his poise on the mound.
“(Leger) has a terrific change-up, he is extremely poised,” praised Weinstein. “He always has a plan when he heads out there. All the secondary defensive tools, the mindset all in all just a terrific competitor while he is out there.”
Robbie Metz came into the game in right field in the bottom half of the sixth, and as he has all season up to this point for the Gatemen, wreaked havoc on the base paths.
Metz was hit by a pitch to begin the top of the eighth, moved over to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a ground out to first base, and scored on a passed ball to give the West a 4-0 lead.
“Being able to come out here and make the all-star team, play with a ton of guys who will end up being high draft picks one day, being around them, learning from them. It’s just a terrific experience being able to watch them and play with them as well,” said Metz.
Gatemen catcher Joey Bart caught the final four innings behind the plate, and singled home a run in the top of the eighth, which gave the West All-Stars a 7-0 advantage at the time.
The West took a 3-0 advantage in the top of the second inning on three solo home runs courtesy of Tyler Lawrence (Falmouth), Zach Rutherford (Hyannis), and Connor Wong (Bourne).
On the mound, the West All-Stars proved to be dominant, as the combination of starter Jeff Passantino, Leger, Brady Puckett, Eddie Muhl, Michael Dibrell, Brandon King, Rutherford, Garrett Cave, James Harrington and Matthew Naylor tossed a five-hit shutout.