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Gatemen and Mariners Split Doubleheader

The Harwich Mariners traveled to Spillane Field for a Sunday afternoon doubleheader against the Wareham Gatemen. The teams split with Harwich taking game one and Wareham taking game two. 

Game 1

Harwich defeated Wareham in the first half of the double header on Sunday afternoon. Both sides featured impressive pitching, but the Mariners staff combined for a shutout, handing Wareham their third straight loss. 

In the first game of the day, Harwich jumped all over Wareham early, scoring three runs in the 1st inning. David Smith (UConn) led off the game with a single before advancing to third on a Tommy Seidl (Alabama) double. Nick Goodwin (Kansas St.) drove in Smith with an RBI single, putting runners at first and third. A sacrifice fly by Joe Vetrano (Boston College) scored Seidl and the line kept moving. Kenny Levari (Old Dominion) laced a single of his own which left runners on first and third once again. Another sacrifice fly, this time by Ryan McCarty (Penn St. Abington), gave the Mariners a 3-0 lead. 

Despite Michael Sansone (Fairfield) having a rough first he still went six innings. He allowed three runs in those six frames, all in the first, on five hits. The Fairfield product struck out five and walked none.

Liam Sullivan (Georgia) pitched an absolute gem for the Mariners. “Big Sully”, as his teammates call him, went five scoreless innings allowing just five base runners. He struck out ten Gatemen and walked just one in his dominant outing. 

Zane Probst (Seton Hall) then came in and nailed down a six out save to close out Wareham. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the 6th and struck out two Gatemen in the 7th to secure his first save of the season. 

The Wareham Gatemen dropped game one (seven innings) of the doubleheader 3-0 as the Harwich Mariners rallied behind great pitching for their sixth win of the season. 

Game 2

The second game of the day saw a lot more action in terms of runs being scored. Wareham walked away with a 6-5 win and scored all six in the 2nd inning. 

We saw a lot of the same early in game two as Harwich once again jumped out to an early lead in the 1st. Seidl was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a Goodwin single. Vetrano laced a single of his own that loaded the bases. Levari delivered the big hit, a two RBI single up the middle that scored Seidl and Goodwin giving the Mariners a 2-0 lead.

The Gatemen offense exploded in the bottom half of the second inning plating six runs. Kellum Clark (Mississippi State) started the inning off with a double and Max Anderson (Nebraska) moved him over to third with a single. Deric Fabian (Florida) was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for Wareham. Bryan Padilla (UConn) laced an RBI single to right that scored Clark. With the bases still loaded, Michael Robertson (Florida) drew a walk to tie the game up at two. Ryan Campos (Arizona State) then smashed a grand slam over the right-center wall to put Wareham up 6-2. 

Harwich struck back in the top half of the third scoring a run to cut Wareham’s lead down to three. Seidl led off the inning with a double off the right field wall. Goodwin then ripped an RBI single to left that scored Seidl and cut the Gatemen lead to 6-3. 

The Mariners tacked on two more runs in the top half of the fourth inning. Hunter Stokely (North Carolina) drew a leadoff walk that chased the Gatemen starter out of the game. The first batter that the Wareham bullpen faced was Chris Newell (Virginia), and he smacked a two-run home run over the right field fence to cut Wareham’s lead down even more to 6-5. 

The Gatemen walked away with a 6-5 win for their fifth win of the season. With an off day on Monday, Wareham will be back at Spillane Field on Tuesday to take on the Falmouth Commodores.