July 29, 2022 8:30 pm | by Samantha Santos
Another lively night between the Gatemen and the Whitecaps was held at Spillane Field. Star Wars Night was also held, with real characters from the movies visiting Wareham from LucasFilms for some pregame fun and photos.
Action once again came early as Brewster jumped out to a 2-0 lead to begin the game in the 1st. Carson Demartini (Virginia Tech) took a one-out walk for the Whitecaps. Cameron Fisher (NC Charlotte) came up with a base hit to advance the runner, and when Kurtis Byrne (Texas Christian) roped a two-out double to center field and also advanced on an error, Brewster took the lead.
Wareham quickly answered, though. Max Anderson (Nebraska) hit the first leadoff homer of the season for the Gatemen, cutting the Whitecaps lead in half. Ryan Campos (Arizona St) was up next, and hit a single to get on base. Owen Diodati (Oregon) had a two-run jack of his own, giving the Gatemen a 3-2 lead after one.
The 3rd saw another two-run shot, this time by Byrne to to once again change the tie of the game, this time giving Brewster the one-run lead.
Wareham came back once again with the fourth homer of the night, this shot by Will Rogers (Arizona St) to tie up the ballgame.
Both teams would bring home one run in the 4th, bringing the score to a 5-5 tie.
The next few innings would quiet down the ballpark.
The offensive silence wouldn’t last, however, and yet another solo shot was hit. This time it came from Cameron Fisher, and he got in on the home run fun on Star Wars Night. Brewster took the lead at 6-5 in the top of the 8th.
Spillane Field saw its first ejection of the season as Whitecaps head coach Jamie Shevchik was thrown out after a disputed stolen base in the top of the 9th. After Ryan Lasko (Rutgers) was initially ruled safe at second, Gatemen manager Harvey Shapiro immediately made his way from the dugout to the mound to speak to all three umpires. Once the call was reversed, and Lasko was ruled out, Shevchik had some choice words for the umps, and was promptly ejected.
Going into the bottom of the 9th, the crowd was on the edge of its seats, awaiting for the Gatemen to rally. Campos roped a leadoff double to get Wareham going. Diodati was hit by a pitch to get on. Runners advanced on a putout and Deric Fabian (Florida) took a two-out walk to load the bases. Unfortunately, Carter Graham (Stanford) struck out swinging to seal the Gatemen’s 6-5 loss.
Tomorrow the Gatemen host the Cotuit Kettleers, a game which will likely have playoff implications for Wareham. First pitch is set for 6:00pm at Spillane Field.