GATEMEN STOP HIGH FLYING HAWKS IN HOME OPENER

BY TROY BRYCE

After going 1-1 on their opening roadtrip, the Gatemen, powered by Logan Sowers and dominant pitching, beat the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, 6-2, in Wareham’s home opener. The 2-0 Harbor Hawks sent Blake Quinn to the mound to start, and he immediately got himself in trouble by walking three in the first inning. It took until the sixth batter of the game for Wareham, Mandy Alvarez, for Quinn to record an out. He didn’t get any help from his defense, though. The most notable miscue was made by Hawks shortstop Errol Robinson, who booted a potential double play grounder. Two runs scored on the play. Quinn would eventually settle down, but his long first inning skyrocketed his pitch count, causing Hyannis to remove him after 4 innings. Hyannis’ combination of bullpen arms Zach Girrens, Logan Salow, Dakota Hudson and Tom Burrows were at least able to keep the Hawks within 5 runs.

The Gatemen, meanwhile, were getting a solid start from California Berkeley product Dalton Jefferies, whose only run came in to score on a hit that actually hit him. With one out in the third, Hawks outfielder Darien Tubbs hit a line drive right back at Jefferies, who was lucky to get a little bit of glove on it before the ball could strike him. Jefferies continued unaffected, and tossed 5 solid innings. After Jefferies departed, Zac Houston of Mississippi State came in and was electric, firing 3 shutout frames, most notably striking out the side in the 6th. On the offense side for Wareham, Logan Sowers of Indiana University headed up a balanced attack. Sowers went 3-4 with two RBI, a run scored, and a home run. Wareham’s offense did an all around spectacular job though, as 7 of the 9 starters recorded at least one hit.

With the score 6-1, Molloy College’s Shea Spitzbarth came in for Wareham to close out the game. His only trouble came with two outs in the inning, when David Martinelli of Dallas Baptist hit a ball over center fielder Darryn Sheppard’s head and made it all the way around the bases. Spitzbarth recovered, getting Errol Robinson to fly out to right to end the game. The Gatemen are now 2-1, and will attempt to get their third win of the season and second of the homestand when they battle the Bourne Braves tomorrow night.

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