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Gatemen Bounce Back After Four Straight Losses

The Wareham Gatemen picked up their first win since last Friday tonight at Whitehouse Field in Harwich against the Mariners. What was overall a quiet offensive night picked up action in the 9th inning as the Mariners began to close the gap with Wareham. Ultimately, the Gatemen held on to their lead and won with a final score of 5-3.

Harwich outhit Wareham 7-4, but in the end it wouldn’t matter. The night began with a couple of base hits for the Mariners in the second, both of which would be left on base. Shortstop Blake Wright (Clemson) took a leadoff walk to begin the 2nd inning. After advancing to second on Jack Housinger’s (Xavier) subsequent walk, Kellum Clark (Mississippi State) grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Wright was able to score on the double play, giving the Gatemen the lead. 

In the bottom half of the inning, however, the Mariners answered with two runs of their own on a home run by Chase Engelhard (Tulane). In the next inning, the tide shifted again after a couple of hits and a couple of walks allowed both Hogan Windish (UNC Greensboro) and Ryan Campos (Arizona State) to cross home plate. 

That would be the score for much of the game, until both offenses picked up steam at the tailend of the game. Most of the night was quiet with multiple 1-2-3 innings for both teams. Once the 9th inning came, though, the bats started to see life again. 

Housinger had a leadoff double, advanced to third on a base hit by Clark, and eventually scored on a balk. Outfielder Michael Robertson (Florida) , who reached on a fielder’s choice, would steal second base for Wareham and score on an error by Harwich, giving the Gatemen their final total of 5 runs on the night. 

Harwich also had a leadoff double to begin the home half of the 9th by catcher Kyle Teel (Virginia), followed by two base hits that would allow him to score on a base hit given up by Gatemen pitcher Cameron Wagoner (Eastern Michigan). After the RBI single, though, Wagoner came through with a ground out and two strikeouts to secure the W for Wareham. 

The Gatemen look to the off day tomorrow to regroup and hopefully keep it rolling against Hyannis on Friday.