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Gatemen drop final road game of 2023 season to Harbor Hawks

Grant Sherrod (USC Upstate) slides into third base during Wareham’s 6-1 loss to Hyannis on August 1, 2023, at Mckeon Park. Photo by Makayla Semiao

Wareham dropped their final road game of the 2023 season to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks 6-1. The Harbor Hawks stand as the only team to go undefeated against the Gatemen this season. 

Chase Chatman (St. Thomas) made his second start on the mound. The lefty went 3.0 innings and allowed the Harbor Hawks to put up two runs right off the bat in the bottom of the first. The first run came through on an RBI sacrifice fly and the second crossed thanks to a wild pitch.

Grant Sherrod (USC Upstate) had a single to right field to give the Gatemen their first base runner of the game. He hit a single and turned the corner to charge to second with a head first dive, taking advantage of a Hyannis fielding error, but was eventually left stranded on third.

Three runs flashed on the board in the bottom of the third for the Harbor Hawks. The first base runner came on an error by Dorian Gonzalez (University of Miami) and was replaced with a new player who reached on a fielder’s choice. Two runners were aboard after a single before a long RBI double. The bases then were loaded before a Chatman hit the batter and walked a run in. The final run of the inning came across the plate on a fielder’s choice to give Hyannis a 5-0 lead. 

After some quiet innings, back-to-back singles from Bobby Boser (USF) and Grant Hussey (West Virginia) put runners on the corners with no outs in the top of the seventh. Josh Stevenson (Ohio State transfer) shook his slump with an RBI double that just missed going over to give the Gatemen their first run of the night. 

Hyannis had the bases juiced in the bottom of the seventh but the Gatemen were able to force a long flyout to Sherrod in left field for the final out of the inning.

James Hepp (UCLA) finished his night after being replaced in the eighth after he threw his best outing of the season. The Bruin threw 3.2 scoreless innings and allowed just two hits. Ryan O’Connell (St. Bonaventure) came in to close out the game for Wareham in the bottom of the seventh inning. O’Connell gave up one run through 1.1 innings and walked two walks.

The second Hyannis runner reached on a walk and caused chaos on the basepaths and stole both second and third before coming home on an RBI sacrifice fly.

The Gatemen went down 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth and ended their season with the worst road record in the league at 2-18-2. 

Wareham will be back at Spillane Field to face the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the final game of the 2023 season with first pitch set for 6 p.m..