June 20, 2022 10:32 pm | by Samantha Santos
The Gatemen fell 5-3 to the Chatham Anglers in game one of the doubleheader at Veteran’s Field. All runs scored between both teams came in the 3rd and 4th innings.
Lefty Michael Sansone (Fairfield) was having a good start with five strikeouts in his 3.2 innings pitched. Disaster came when he gave up a grand slam to Chatham leadoff hitter Jake DeLeo (Georgia Tech). Manager Harvey Shapiro would come out of Wareham’s dugout to take the ball away from Sansone, ending his night for the Gatemen.
That wasn’t the first home run of the night, however. DeLeo was not the first leadoff hitter to hit one out of the park either. Shortstop Blake Wright (Clemson) hit his own homer the inning prior, which came off Carson Whisenhunt (East Carolina). Wright picked up two RBI on that shot as catcher Peter Burns (Boston College) would round the bases on that shot.
In the bottom of the 3rd, DeLeo scored on an RBI double to deep leftfield hit by Cooper Ingle (Clemson), bringing the score 2-1. When the Gatemen were up in the top of the 4th, Torin Montgomery (Missouri) expanded Wareham’s lead with an RBI single that would drive in Max Anderson (Nebraska).
The three runs scored would not be enough however. Soon after, DeLeo’s grand slam made the game 5-3, and no scores would be added after. The Gatemen struck out seven more times in the 3 innings following the game changing hit, whereas only one Angler struck out after DeLeo’s homer.
Much less action came with the 6:50 game in Chatham, but the same undesirable outcome came for Wareham. Only 2 runs would be scored the entire game, both by the Anglers. The Gatemen would be shut out for just the second time this season. The first came at Eldredge Park in Orleans, with a final score of 2-0 as well.
The Gatemen were held to just two hits the entire night – a base hit in the 4th inning by Anderson and a double in the 6th by Hogan Windish (North Carolina Greensboro).
Chatham would outhit the Gatemen with a total of six hits with just the two runs scored, both of which crossed home plate in the 1st inning on a homerun by first baseman Caden Grice (Clemson).
No more runs would score for either team after that last homer.
The Gatemen look to bounce back tomorrow at home against Cotuit. First pitch will be at 6:00pm at Spillane Field.