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Gatemen beat Orleans 5-2 in weather-shortened matchup, move to 3-2

David Glancy watches his home run during Wareham’s 5-2, rain-shortened win over the Orleans Firebirds, June 14, 2023 at Spillane Field in Wareham. Photo by Maddy Djuric.

Clouds may have darkened the skies, but nothing darkened the spirits of the Gatemen Wednesday evening as they beat Orleans 5-2 in a 5-inning game that was called due to thunderstorms.

As was the case in Wareham’s 12-1 victory over Harwich Tuesday night, solid starting pitching and high-powered offense were key.

Jonathan Bautista pitched four innings, allowing three hits, three walks and giving up two runs, both coming in the top of the second inning. He struggled with command at times, but was wholly effective on the bump.

The Gatemen surged to support their starting pitcher in the bottom of the third inning, putting up two runs to even the score. Sebastian Murillo (Georgia) led off the inning with a single, bringing David Glancy (St. John’s) to the plate. 

After watching one pitch miss the zone, Glancy took a swing and watched the ball fly over the left field fence, in a scene reminiscent of Glancy’s Opening Night home run against Falmouth and the two home runs hit Tuesday night against Harwich.

Glancy joins CJ Funk (Pitt) and Kevin Michaels (St. John’s) as the three Gatemen to homer at Spillane Field so far in the young 2023 season.

The bottom of the fourth inning saw dark clouds roll in quickly, with winds picking up and a storm looming. But the Gatemen weren’t fazed, quickly putting up three runs to grab — and extend — their lead. 

Jedier Hernandez (Seton Hall) and Murillo kicked off the hitting with back-to-back singles, and Glancy continued his hot streak at the plate with a single to load the bases. Cade Sullivan (WMU), also looking to continue his winning ways at the plate, did just that with a bases clearing double.

With Wareham up 5-2, the game went into the fifth inning with the Gatemen faithful just hoping to get through one more inning for the game to be officially counted.

Gatemen cheers echoed through the locker room door when the game was ruled over, as the Gatemen moved to 3-2 on the season. They’ll look to continue their win streak on Friday, set for a 7 p.m. game against the Chatham Anglers.