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Gatemen bested by Harbor Hawks, 4-3

Coleman Picard (Bryant) pitches during Wareham’s 4-3 loss to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, June 20, 2023 at Spillane Field in Wareham. Photo by Maddy Djuric.

The Gatemen returned to Spillane Field Tuesday night for their second battle of the season against the Harbor Hawks after a 4-4 tie with the Brewster Whitecaps Monday night with the Brewster Whitecaps.

Bryant Bulldog Coleman Picard got the nod from manager Ryan Smyth for the start and tossed 5.0 innings, sending six Harbor Hawks back to the dugout on strikeouts while giving up two runs. 

Nick McLain (Arizona State) started the scoring for the Gatemen with a two run homer over the right field wall. Immediately after, Zach Stewart (Missouri State) cranked a long double directly over the center fielder’s head. One batter later, Cade Sullivan (Western Michigan) brought Stewart home on an RBI single and made the score 3-0 at the conclusion of the third. Smyth was happy with what he’s seen from McLain so far in his first four games with Wareham.

“He’s got off to a hot start,” Smyth said. “He came in and he’s swinging a good bat right now, he’s making some really good defensive plays. I’m happy for him to get off to a good start.”

The Gatemen struggled to bring runners home and left several stranded on the basepaths throughout the night. Hyannis capitalized on the momentum shift and chipped away at the lead by putting two runs up in the top of the fifth. 

A couple innings later, the Harbor Hawks added another two and took the win 4-3. Smyth said the team made some errors in the game that cost them the win.

“We sure as hell did enough offensively to win that game,” Smyth said. “We just played a little sloppy on defense.”

The Gatemen get back on the bus and travel to Falmouth for the second matchup of the 2023 season. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Although he lost the off day, Smyth is ready for the matchup.

“We play baseball tomorrow.”