By SEAN TENAGLIA (Gatemen Beat Writer)
WAREHAM, MA: For the second consecutive game, the Wareham Gatemen failed to match the offensive production that brought them back-to-back wins on Thursday and Friday. Chatham’s pitchers held the Gatemen (3-8) to three total hits, as they fell 4-2 in game one of a Sunday afternoon doubleheader.
The Gatemen were the beneficiaries of some shaky defense from Chatham in the bottom of the first. Second baseman Willie Calhoun (Arizona) led off with a groundball to third base that went between the legs of Landon Lassiter (North Carolina). After left fielder Charlie Warren (Rice) walked, third baseman Andrew Knizner (NC State) reached base on a high chopper to third that loaded the bases with one out.
Chatham starter Charlie Dant (Dayton) had a chance to get out of the inning unscathed when catcher John Bormann (UT-San Antonio) hit a routine groundball at shortstop Kal Simmons (Kennesaw State). The ball scooted between Simmons’ legs and into the outfield, as Calhoun and Warren came around to give the Gatemen a 2-0 lead. However, Dant escaped further damage by getting first baseman Blair Beck (Kansas) to ground into an inning-ending double play.
The Gatemen failed to assemble any real threat against Dant, who faced only nine batters over the next three innings. Over 4.0 innings, he allowed only one hit and two unearned runs while striking out four Gatemen batters.
Wareham southpaw Anthony Kay (Connecticut) pitched well in his first start for the Gatemen, allowing one unearned run in 3.0 innings of work. The lone run that Chatham scored off Kay came on an RBI double from right fielder Jake Fraley (LSU) in the top of the third to cut the Wareham lead to 2-1. Unfortunately, Kay was unable to work deeper into the game due to a high pitch count and Head Coach Cooper Farris was forced to turn to his bullpen early.
The error bug came back to bite the Gatemen in the top of the fifth when reliever Myles Gentry (Mississippi State) was unable to make a play on Simmons’ bunt to the mound. Left fielder Ty Moore (UCLA) then doubled down the right field line to put runners at second and third with no outs. After the Gatemen intentionally walked Fraley, Gentry hit Lassiter to bring in the tying run. The Gatemen had a chance to turn two and escape the inning, but the return throw from shortstop Blake Lacey (USC) was high and two more runs came around to give the Anglers a 4-2 lead.
Wareham had a chance to tie the ballgame in the bottom of the seventh when pinch hitter Keaton Aldridge (Memphis) singled off Chatham reliever Kyle Davis (USC) to leadoff the inning. With two outs, Kyri Washington (Longwood) lined a pinch-hit single to left field to put the tying run on base. Willie Calhoun stepped into the batter’s box representing the winning run, but Davis got him to fly out to left field, killing the Wareham rally and ending game one of the doubleheader.
The Gatemen will have a chance to salvage a split of the twin bill with Chatham in game two, beginning at 7 p.m. ET at Spillane Field.
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