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Gatemen give up lead, defeated 6-5 by Yarmouth-Dennis in extra inning heartbreaker

Josh Stevenson (LSU) takes a lead off second during Wareham’s 6-5, extra-innings loss to the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, June 22, 2023 at Red Wilson Field in Yarmouth. Photo by Maddy Djuric.

The Gatemen traveled to Red Wilson Field to face the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox on Thursday night. The team bus reportedly broke down on the trip to the field, and it wasn’t the only thing to break down that day.

After leading 5-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, Wareham gave up four straight runs to send the game into the extra tenth inning before allowing a bases loaded walk to complete the Red Sox comeback.

Wareham struck first in the top of the third inning. They had the bases juiced with catcher Ryan Campos (Arizona State) up to bat. Campos would go on to reach on a fielder’s choice and bring home third baseman Dorian Gonzalez (University of Miami) from third.

The Red Sox tied things up in the fourth with a string of singles and a sacrifice fly and made the score 1-1.

Starting pitcher Casey Tallent (Clemson) made quick work of the Y-D lineup through the first four innings. Tallent ended his Gatemen debut allowing six hits and only one earned run while recording three strikeouts.

The Gatemen offense looked to back up their pitcher in the top of the fifth. Gonzalez smacked a leadoff double and brought center fielder Josh Stevenson (LSU) to the plate. Stevenson would follow suit and slam a double of his own to send Gonzalez in to score. Campos would join in on the action with a single and give Wareham back the lead at 3-1.

Lucas Mahlstedt (Wofford) entered the game in relief for Tallent in the bottom of the fifth. Mahlstedt preserved his perfect ERA through three innings of work and allowed only one hit, his first in his six innings of the season. 

Second baseman Garen Caufield (Arizona) opened the top of the sixth reaching first on a four ball walk. Left fielder Zack Stewart’s (Missouri State) single to right field would put two runners on for Stevenson. Stevenson already had an RBI on the night but wanted more. Another long double off the outfield fence brought both runs in and gave the Gatemen a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. 

The next few innings went by without either team allowing another run before going into the ninth. Stevenson hit a leadoff single and ended his night going 4-4 with three RBIs. 

The Red Sox were not going to let Wareham leave so fast. After two runs came across off a single, a costly error by Caufield missing the ball, and scored two more in the inning and tied the game at 5-5 to give the Red Sox the bases loaded walk to end the game.

The Gatemen are back at Spillane for back-to-back home games, the first being against the Chatham Anglers. First pitch is set for 6 p.m..