July 1, 2023 11:55 pm | by Joanna Dwyer
The Gatemen returned to Spillane Field on Saturday night to face off against the Falmouth Commodores. Although the Wareham arms struck out 15 batters, the Commodores were efficient with their 17 hits and ended the night with a score of 11-5.
Falmouth started the game off with a two run homer that the Gatemen had to catch up to. David Glancy (Notre Dame transfer) hit a single to continue his hot streak and Landon Wallace (West Virginia) reached on a throwing error. Dorian Gonzalez (University of Miami) would go on to hit a two RBI single to tie things up.
The top of the second mirrored the first in the scorebooks with the Commodores sending another two run shot into right field to give them back the lead.
After an unsuccessful bottom half of the inning, the Gatemen were back on defense. Nick McLain (Arizona State) showed off his strength with the throw to home to give Jedier Hernandez (Seton Hall) the big play to tagout the runner at home. Falmouth was still able to grab two runs when they sent their runners home on a two run single.
The Gatemen looked to chip away at the Commodore lead. Bobby Boser (USF) reached on a walk and made his way around the diamond on a stolen base and two wild pitches. Sebastian Murillo (Georgia) singled and was later brought home by Hernandez’s RBI single at the end of the third. One inning later Glancy crossed home on Grant Hussey’s (West Virginia) RBI single to put the Gatemen within one run of the Commodores going into the fifth.
Falmouth answered with a solo home run off reliever Bryson Shaffer (Coastal Carolina). Shaffer came into the game after starter Brett Wichrowski (Bryant) went three innings and gave up six runs on seven hits. Shaffer and the Gatemen defense were able to escape the inning.
Shaffer was moving through the Commodore lineup with ease in the sixth and struck out the side. In the top of the seventh, Falmouth dealt a deadly blow with four runs courtesy of a group of singles, a walk, sacrifice fly and a wild pitch.
Thomas Kane (Maryland) came in to close out the game with five strikeouts in the ten batters he faced. It was too late for the Gatemen offense to come back and Falmouth ended the game with three quick outs, Wareham’s record to 8-9-2 on the season.