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Gatemen and Braves Tie for Third Time this Season 

The Wareham Gatemen and Bourne Braves remain unable to break their 2022 stalemate against each other. In the third matchup of the season, the two teams tied yet again. Moreover, the matchup ended 2-2, the same score as the previous two games the teams played against each other. Manager Harvey Shapiro has been unable to pick up a win, or fall to his former team. 

The game began with a quick six innings that only saw one score on a Hogan Windish (UNC Greensboro) home run that gave the Gatemen the lead in the top of the 1st. The next five and a half subsequent innings would almost all be 1-2-3 for both teams, with few base hits scattered throughout with no runs. 

Pitching on both sides was outstanding and phenomenal as the score suggests. Starting Gatemen pitcher Matt Jachec (Indiana State) went six innings, giving up no runs on three hits and striking out five. Bourne starter Bryce Cunningham (Vanderbilt) gave up one run on two hits with seven strikeouts for the night.

In the home half of the 7th, 2-out ground-rule double by Evan Sleight (Rutgers New Brunswick) would tie up the game. 

A leadoff walk by Max Anderson (Nebraska) would begin the 9th for Wareham. A single by Carter Graham (Stanford) advanced Anderson to second. With no outs in the inning, Kellum Clark (Mississippi State) bunted to load the bases as Bourne catcher Alan Espinal failed in his attempt to throw out Anderson at third. Alan Roden (Creighton) was called in to pinch hit, and did his job with an RBI ground-out to take back the lead for the Gatemen. 

Wyatt Henseler (Pennsylvania) came through for Bourne with a 1-out single in the bottom of the 9th. The Braves then put men on the corners with a base hit by Sleight. Bryce Eblin (Alabama Tuscaloosa) came in as a pinch runner, and scored on an RBI base knock by Carson Roccaforte (Louisiana Lafayette) to tie the ball game. 

The Braves outhit the Gatemen 9-4, but the curse of the 2-2 tie between manager Harvey Shapiro and his former teams remains strong and well. There will be two more matchups between the two coming towards the end of the month, including our game at Polar Park in Worcester on July 25!