June 12, 2022 7:21 pm | by Barrett Hodgson
The Wareham Gatemen kicked off opening day by hosting the Hyannis Harbor Hawks at Spillane Field. Wareham looks to reach the postseason for the first time since 2019, led by new manager Harvey Shapiro.
Gatemen starter Michael Sansone (Fairfield) pitched great in his season debut. Sansone started his second season in the Cape Cod Baseball League off with a six strikeout performance while throwing 37 strikes in 52 pitches. The lefty allowed just two hits across his four innings pitched.
“I was in Bourne last season with Harvey so getting the ball on opening day felt pretty comfortable,” said Sansone. “The goal was to really attack the zone with all my pitches and get out in front of hitters.”
The Harbor Hawks starter was equally as impressive in his five innings of work. Brody McCullough (Wingate) did not allow a baserunner while striking out five Wareham hitters.
Hyannis broke the scoreless tie in the top of the 7th inning. Rocco Peppi (Cal Long Beach State) blasted a go-ahead solo home run over the left field wall.
Wareham responded in the second half of the 7th inning taking the lead 2-1. Caden Rose (Alabama) led off the inning and reached base on an error by the shortstop. Rose then advanced to second on a pass ball. Hogan Windish (UNC Greensboro) laced a RBI double down the line to tie the game up at one. Max Anderson (Nebraska) did his job and moved Windish over to third on a deep fly-out to right field. Blake Wright (Clemson) then stepped up and hit a sacrifice fly to center to give the Gatemen a 2-1 lead heading into the 8th.
That was the end of the scoring on the night as Michael Walsh (Yale) came in and shut down the Harbor Hawks for his first save of the season in the 9th. Walsh recorded a strikeout and got some help on a great play by shortstop Jack Housinger (Xavier) to end the game at 2-1.
The Gatemen will look to stay in the win column in their next game on Monday, June 13th when they take on the Bourne Braves at Spillane Field.