July 19, 2023 9:52 pm | by Joanna Dwyer
The Wareham Gatemen still have yet to win a road game since Opening Day, as they fell to the Brewster Whitecaps 7-3 Wednesday night.
Although the Gatemen had already won the series, the team was in desperate need of a win to help slowly move back into the playoff picture, but was unable to leave Stony Brook Elementary victorious due to a struggling bullpen and quiet bats.
Wareham took the lead in the top of the fourth. Michael Brooks (Kansas) hustled to first and reached on a fielding error, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He was able to come around and score thanks to a single from Tommy Splaine (Arizona), who continued his seven-game hitting streak.
Brewster took a 2-1 lead just a half inning later, however, thanks to a two-run double off the right field wall. The Whitecaps then increased their lead to 3-1 off a solo shot into the outfield woods.
Brett Wozniak (High Point) completed another strong start for the Gatemen pitching staff, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to seal the deal. The lefty went six innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He also threw 50 of his 75 pitches for strikes.
Wozniak was in line for the loss when he made his way to the dugout at the conclusion of the sixth inning. Splaine singled to lead off the top of the seventh and raced to third on a single by Dorian Gonzalez (University of Miami). Jedier Hernandez (Missouri transfer) helped to chip away by putting the ball in play for an RBI to send Splaine in to score and Gonzalez advanced to third. JC Colon (Missouri) followed suit and hit into a fielder’s choice, but bought Gonzalez time to score and tie things up at 3-3.
The Whitecaps stormed back once again and put up three runs in the bottom of the seventh. The bases were loaded by Joshua Lanham (Lenoir-Rhyne), who was making his first appearance on the bump for the Gatemen, all with two outs. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch would close the door on the Gatemen as the Brewster batter launched a three-run double straight into the gap in center field.
Wareham left three runners stranded in the next two innings as their road woes continue to haunt them. They will face a divisional foe in the Falmouth Commodores at Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Thursday night with first pitch set for 6 p.m..