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David Glancy, “Wareham’s favorite son” saves the day as Gatemen tie Brewster 4-4

David Glancy (Notre Dame) high-fives Bobby Boser (USF) after Glancy hit a game-tying home run during Wareham’s 4-4 tie with the Brewster Whitecaps, June 19, 2023 at Stony Brook Field in Brewster. Photo by Maddy Djuric

The Gatemen took a trip to manager Ryan Smyth’s old stomping grounds for a matchup against the Brewster Whitecaps Monday night. Although the offense was shaky at first, Wareham was able to put the rally caps on and force an extra inning and end in a tie with the final score of 4-4.

Center fielder David Glancy (Notre Dame transfer), who Smyth referred to as “Wareham’s favorite son,” played the hero role for the second night in a row. Things were looking bleak for the Gatemen as they trailed by two runs in the top of the eighth and were struggling offensively for most of the night. Glancy took matters into his own hands and fired a bullet into the night that sailed over the left field fence bringing in shortstop Bobby Boser (USF), who reached first on his third walk of the night, around the bases.

“I felt like in the first two at-bats I was a little late, so I was trying to be a little bit earlier and get my swing going a little bit earlier and tried to get a good hack off and tried to do some damage,” Glancy said. 

Glancy’s home run marks his third of the season and gives him the league lead.

The Gatemen bullpen and dugout cheered as Glancy rounded the bases. Pitcher Jonathan Bautista jumped up on the metal bleachers as Glancy ran into the dugout, knowing that he called the play before it even happened. Bautista said once he realized who was up to bat, he knew they were set.

“I kind of said it to mess with Kyle Demi and Lucas (Mahlstedt),” Bautista said. “When I finally saw that it was actually Glancy I was like ‘he actually has a shot of tying this with a homerun’ ‘cause so far he’s been the hero in every game we’ve played, so when he actually hit it and I saw it go out I was like ‘wow, I just made a money prediction!’”

The Whitecaps put up the first two runs of the game with a combination of two singles and a double in the bottom of the second. The Arizona State dynamic duo of right fielder Nick McLain and catcher Ryan Campos were ready to put a stop to the Brewster offensive surge. The Brewster batter launched a deep ball into foul territory on the right field line as McLain hustled over to make the play. Instead of letting the Whitecaps put up an easy run, McLain threw a laser to Campos to make the huge tagout at home to get the third out of the inning and leave runners stranded. 

After going four innings without a hit, McLain worked to create a spark to light the Gatemen fire. McLain reached first on a walk and caused chaos on the basepaths with a quick sprint to second to steal the bag. Cade Sullivan (Western Michigan) had the night off on the defensive side and instead was in the lineup as the designated hitter. He ended the hitting drought for Wareham with an RBI double to bring McLain home and cut the Whitecaps’ lead to one. 

Dixon Black (Wofford) joined in on the fun in the next at-bat and hit his own RBI double to tie up the game 2-2. 

Mark Manfredi (Dayton) was relieved in the next inning after throwing the first four innings and recording six Ks. Eldrige Armstrong III (SDSU) and Kyle Demi (Pitt) came in and pitched the middle innings before Lucas Mahlstedt (Wofford) closed out the game for Wareham.

The Monday night matchup marks the second game in a row for the Gatemen to go into the singular extra inning, but the first to end in a tie. Smyth said this was an “ironic” ending for the highly anticipated showdown.

“Nobody called that,” Smyth said. I don’t think we would have imagined that either, but for our side being down in the game and salvaging a point and a tie, it’s like a win.”