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Gatemen fall to Hyannis Harbor Hawks 9-1 on Sunday night

Dorian Gonzalez (U of Miami) steals 2nd base during the game of Wareham Gatemen Vs Hyannis Harbor Hawks on July 7th, 2023. Photo by Will Bradley

The Gatemen had a rough night on both sides of the ball Sunday night when they faced the Harbor Hawks at Spillane Field. Hyannis remains undefeated against Wareham and is the only team the Gatemen have not claimed a win against this season. In a game that lasted two hours and 40 minutes, the Gatemen fell to the Harbor Hawks 9-1.

Aidan Major (West Virginia) got the nod and started off strong. The Mountaineer carved through the Hyannis line up with four strikeouts through the first 2.1 innings of work. Soon, however, the Harbor Hawks took over with a double, two singles, a triple, and a sacrifice fly to open the scoring at 3-0 in the top of the third. 

After struggling to get the bat going, Dorian Gonzalez (University of Miami) finally gave the Gatemen their first base runner of the game when he reached first on a walk. One batter later, he attempted to give Wareham a spark when he stole second, but was ultimately left stranded.

Two more Hyannis runs were tacked on in the top of the fourth via two doubles to increase the Harbor Hawks’ lead to five before James Hepp (UCLA) came in for relief in the top of the fifth. The Harbor Hawks added on an unearned run after the runner made his way around the bases on a wild pitch and passed ball to extend their lead to 6-0. 

Bryson Shaffer (Coastal Carolina) entered the game in the top of the seventh. The lefty struggled to get going as he let up three earned runs to increase Hyannis’s lead to nine.

The Gatemen bats suffered for the majority of the night, as they couldn’t put together a hit through the first six innings. Grant Hussey (West Virginia) broke that streak in the seventh inning and smacked a double to send Garen Caulfield (Arizona) to third after he reached on a walk. Grant Sherrod (USC Upstate) stepped into the box as a pinch hitter for his first Gatemen at-bat. With a loud crack, Sherrod’s bat went flying across the infield, but bought Caulfield enough time to hustle home for the first and only Wareham run of the game. 

Tyler Dean (South Carolina transfer) and JC Colon (Missouri), who typically plays third base, came in to close out the final innings to close out the game before the Gatemen ended the game on a final strikeout.

Wareham will look to rebound quickly, hitting the road again to face the Chatham Anglers for their third matchup of the season with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday night.