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Gatemen drop series finale to Anglers

Yoel Tejeda (Florida State transfer) pitches during Wareham’s 7-2 loss to the Chatham Anglers, July 18, 2023 at Veterans Field in Chatham. Photo by Maddy Djuric.

The Gatemen dropped yet another home game on Tuesday this season against the Chatham Anglers at Veterans Field. Wareham led through seven innings before the Anglers went off for six runs in the bottom of the eighth to win 7-2. 

The game was a resumption of the matchup on July 10. The Gatemen started the game with two runners on second and third with no outs and Grant Hussey (West Virginia) brought in Nick McLain from third on a sacrifice hit for one of Wareham’s two runs. 

Yoel Tejeda (Florida State transfer) threw for five innings of work and was mowing through the Chatham lineup. The righty allowed just one walk and two hits while striking out nine batters. 

“We were on the same page all night,” manager Ryan Smyth said. “He ‘yessed’ me to death and he had really good success with it.”

Wareham’s bats struggled, with the only other run coming off a Bobby Boser (USF) bomb to the opposite field solo home run in the top of the sixth.

The Anglers cut the lead to one soon after with James Hepp (UCLA) on the mound. The Bruin allowed a run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single. 

Chatham put up a whopping six runs while pouncing on reliever Jake Faherty (Arkansas) in the eighth. Five straight walks gave Chatham two bases loaded jams and the lead. The Anglers then cleared the bases on back-to-back doubles to put the nail in the coffin for Wareham. 

The Gatemen struggled at the plate throughout the afternoon, leaving eight runners stranded and striking out 11 times. 

Wareham will be boarding the bus once again to take on the Brewster Whitecaps on Wednesday night at Stony Brook Elementary in the final game of the series. 

“We gotta start playing for some pride,” Smyth said. “Even towards the end there and I know it’s tough because we’ve been in some situations where towards the end it hasn’t gone our way for whatever reason and we’ve done a whole bunch of different reasons, we didn’t hit or couldn’t field the ball, walks and the body language at the end got a little bad and for me, that’s kind of a tough pill to swallow.”