June 21, 2023 10:52 pm | by Joanna Dwyer
The Wareham Gatemen traveled to Falmouth for the second matchup of the season against the Commodores on Wednesday night, after the original game was postponed. The game lasted just over three hours, but ended with the Gatemen going back on the bus defeated 12-2.
Things started off strong for Wareham, as they immediately attacked the Commodores’ starting pitcher, bouncing him after 1.1 innings.
This came off of catcher Jedier Hernandez (Seton Hall) reaching on a walk to start the second before he was brought home by shortstop Sebastian Murillo’s (Georgia) RBI single. Murillo would go 2-2 on the night with two walks.
Falmouth wouldn’t make the same mistake twice this season, however, and took back the lead by bringing three runs across the plate in the bottom half of the inning.
In the bottom of the third, it got a bit hectic for the Gatemen defense. The leadoff batter for the Commodores reached on a Gatemen error and stole second, but was retired on a fielder’s choice in the next at-bat. A double would put two runners on and Wareham desperately needed the big third out. This would come from the Gatemen starting pitcher, Jonathan Bautista, as he hustled home to get the tagout and catch the runner stealing.
Bautista ended his outing with 4.2 innings pitched, giving up eight hits and four runs.
“I thought he threw alright,” manager Ryan Smyth said. “It comes down to, at this point, we’re kind of in the middle of a long stretch. Some guys are gonna have to eat up some innings here and be efficient.”
Wareham put up their second and final run of the game in the top of the seventh with back-to-back doubles from left fielder Zach Stewart (Missouri State) and designated hitter David Glancy (Notre Dame transfer).
The Commodores then continued to take advantage of the Gatemen pitching struggles by putting up a run in the bottom of the sixth before exploding for 5 runs in the next offensive half, making the score 10-2. Two more runs in the bottom of the eighth would give Falmouth a double digit win over the Gatemen.
Wareham had nine hits in the game but left 11 runners on base and couldn’t create a spark for the offense.
The Gatemen look to rebound tomorrow with a quick turnaround on the road against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox with an early first pitch time set for 4:45 p.m..
“Once we settle in they’ll be fine and they’ll be able to bounce back,” Smyth said.