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6 Gatemen named to 2023 West Division All-Star game roster

Gatemen players celebrate with Bobby Boser (USF) after Boser hit a walk-off single to beat the Orleans Firebirds 5-4, July 15, 2023 at Spillane Field in Wareham. Photo by Maddy Djuric.

The Cape Cod Baseball League announced the rosters for the 2023 All-Star Game on July 16. This year’s game will be played at Whitehouse Field, home of the Harwich Mariners, and  six Gatemen players will make the trip. Two members from Wareham have been awarded starting roles for the West Division this year: Garen Caulfield (Arizona) and Nick McLain (Arizona State). Caulfield will be at second base with McLain patrolling right field. The four other Gatemen joining Caulfield and McLain are Bobby Boser (USF), Grant Hussey (West Virginia), Will Koger (Louisville) and Jake Faherty (Arkansas). 

Garen Caulfield – Second Baseman

The infielder out of Arizona has been a consistent hitter in the Gatemen lineup. Caulfield currently holds the third highest batting average among the active roster at .283. The Wildcat has scored 15 runs for the Gatemen while recording 13 hits. His lone homer of the season came July 7 at Spillane Field in a 12-5 victory over the Brewster Whitecaps. Caulfield is also tied for fifth on the active roster in walks with 8. When on the field, Caulfield is often seen hustling across the diamond to help the Gatemen turn key double plays and holds a .939 fielding percentage.

Nick McLain – Right Fielder

Being a member of the Wareham Gatemen runs in the family for McLain. Nick has been able to one-up his brother Matt this year; although Matt made the 2019 Cape League All-Star game, he made it as a reserve. Nick, however, has gotten the nod to start in right field in 2023. Nick McLain has made his presence known throughout his time with Wareham and has the numbers to back up his visibly confident attitude. McLain is batting .277 through 21 games with the Gatemen. In his first Cape League game versus the Chatham Anglers, the switch hitter had his fingerprints all over the score sheet as he went 2-3 with a solo home run in his second at-bat. Since then, he has collected 23 hits and 14 RBI. McLain’s four home runs on the season have him tied for third in the category across the league. McLain also can show off his cannon of an arm when needed, with multiple throws right on the money for crucial tagouts at home. 

Bobby Boser- Utility

The “ultra utility guy”, as manager Ryan Smyth likes to call him, has been a member of the Gatemen roster from day one. Boser got off to a shaky start, going 0-9 in his first two games. He then got into a rhythm, however, and showed all the positives he could bring to the Gatemen. Boser played the hero role in Wareham’s walk-off win against the Orleans Firebirds with a pinch hit single in the bottom of the ninth. The South Florida product has played the most innings out of any player on the active roster at 185.5, leads the league with 23 walks and has a .957 fielding percentage after playing in 24 games. 

Grant Hussey- Infielder

The “Huss Bus” has been a force at the dish for the Gatemen,holding a .257 batting average and a .459 slugging percentage. The West Virginia infielder has had two six-RBI performances on the season, including one game with a grand slam against the Chatham Anglers. Hussey has nine doubles and 22 RBI to his name and sits third across the league in RBI. The first baseman for the Gatemen also has a whopping 112 putouts, for the second highest in the CCBL at the position.

Will Koger- Pitcher

The righty stands as the sole member of the 2022 Gatemen on the 2023 roster, and now he’s taking his talents to the All-Star game. Koger has pitched in a team-high eight games this season with one start. The majority of his work on the mound has come in relief as a closer for Wareham. Koger has grabbed one win, one loss, and one save on the year on his way to a 5.28 ERA through 15.1 innings of work. Koger has also given up nine earned runs, but his 14 Ks give him the second-most among the active roster.

Jake Faherty- Pitcher 

The 6-foot-3 pitcher out of Arkansas has recently gotten into a groove with Wareham. After a rough first two outings, Faherty has been a solid reliever for the Gatemen with a 4.00 ERA over nine innings. The righty has sent 10 batters back to their dugouts on key strikeouts in his seven appearances. Faherty is also throwing straight heat for Wareham; according to TrackMan, his fastball is averaging 94.2 mph, the second highest on the team.

The 2023 All-Star game will begin at 6 p.m. at Whitehouse Field in Harwich. The East Division holds the lead in the event with a record of 14-16-1, but the six Gatemen will work to help lead the West Division to victory.