June 11, 2023 9:45 pm | by Joanna Dwyer
The Gatemen faced the Hyannis Harbor Hawks for the first game of the season at Spillane Field. The Harbor Hawks defeated the Gatemen 11-5 in a back-and-forth matchup before they broke the game wide open in the eighth inning.
The Gatemen defense showed up in the first two innings thanks to a save in the outfield by David Glancy (St. John’s) in the first inning and a double play to escape a jam in the second inning.
The third inning got the scoring going. Wareham trailed by two going into the offensive half. The third baseman Dixon Black (Wofford) reached on a walk and a single by catcher Jedier Hernandez (Seton Hall) pushed him to second. Black would come around to score on the second error made by the Hyannis shortstop in the play.
Then left fielder Dylan Goldstein (FAU) stepped into the box with two outs and two runners on. He cranked the Gatemen’s first extra base hit of the game with a double to bring in two runs and make the score 3-2.
The defense kept hustling. First baseman Cade Sullivan (Western Michigan) made a heads up play with the snag behind first and the toss to pitcher Sam Malec (Minnesota) for the double play to close the half inning.
A couple of singles and a double by Glancy tacked on two more runs in the next few innings and the score sat at 5-2 in favor of the Gatemen at the end of the fifth.
DiGiorno had a standout seventh inning making all three outs including a SportsCenter highlight diving catch. The Gatemen were unable to use this momentum and failed to score any more runs.
“We had some opportunities to score some runs,” manager Ryan Smyth said. “It just didn’t fall our way tonight.”
The defensive effort and the five Gatemen runs weren’t enough as Hyannis scored six runs in the closing innings to take the lead and capture the win on the road.
“We’re just giving up too many free passes,” Smyth said. “We gotta eliminate the big inning.”
The Gatemen look to bounce back with a road game set for 5 p.m. against Cotuit.