June 30, 2023 10:19 pm | by Joanna Dwyer
Friday night, the Gatemen huddled in the outfield at Lowell Park to regroup after their 6-3 loss to the Cotuit Kettleers. Wareham continues to have a difficult time getting into a rhythm when playing on the road.
“The last two nights have been rough,” manager Ryan Smyth said. “We gotta get back to our roots and having some fun. I saw we were a little down in BP and it just didn’t look like our guys.”
The game started off with David Glancy (Notre Dame transfer) moving back into the leadoff spot for the Gatemen. Glancy reached base on his first appearance via a walk. This marked his sixth consecutive walk after recording five in a row against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Glancy immediately started to cause chaos on the base paths. Two steals later and a throwing error by the frazzled Cotuit catcher gave Wareham the 1-0 lead going into the bottom half of the first.
Nolan Hughes (Fordham) struggled to find the strike zone in his Gatemen debut. Cotuit scored after Hughes walked four of the first five batters he faced. The Kettleers hit a sacrifice fly to take back the lead at 2-1 at the end of the first.
The bottom of the fourth started off with yet another Cotuit walk before Hughes was relieved by Yoel Tejeda (Florida State transfer). Although Hughes did not allow a hit, he walked seven batters on the night and gave up the two runs in the first inning. The Kettleers had two runners in scoring position after Tejeda allowed a single and threw a wild pitch. Although Tejeda made a great defensive play to get the toss at home, and an interference call gave the Gatemen two outs, the Ketts were able to add another run on an RBI single.
One Cotuit run in the sixth later, the Gatemen worked to claw their way back into the game. Bobby Boser (USF) stepped into the box, going 0-2 on the night so far. With two outs in the inning and behind in the count, Boser smashed a long double that bounced off the center field wall to give the Gatemen a spark. Caulfield extended the inning with a walk before Glancy grabbed his first RBI of the day with a single to send Boser in to score to cut the lead to two at the end of the inning.
Gavin Black (Northwest Florida St. College) threw for the fifth and sixth innings and allowed only the one run on four hits before Jake Faherty (Arkansas) came in to try and give Wareham’s offense a shot in the end of the game.
Cotuit had one runner aboard on a walk, but Faherty forced a flyout to Grant Hussey (West Virginia) at first and struck out the next batter for the first two outs. The inning was a catch away from ending, with the Kettleer batter sending a ball high into the sky above right field. Nick McLain (Arizona State) stood under the ball waiting to make the routine play, but instead dropped it when it bounced off his glove. Cotuit took advantage and brought in two runners to score and give the Ketts a 6-2 lead.
The Gatemen had three outs left in the top of the ninth. Boser started off the inning with a walk before Caulfield hit a long double to put runners on the corners. Glancy hit his second RBI single of the night to bring Boser across the plate for the second time in the night. A pop fly and two strikeouts later, Wareham fell to Cotuit 6-3 and now holds a 8-8-2 record in the first month of the season. Despite the recent losses, Smyth said the team will be taking everything they learned in June into July.
“I kind of wanna bring everything, the good and the bad,” Smyth said. “You don’t learn a lot when you win. You do learn a lot when you lose because you can look back and see the mistakes that you made and try to get better.”
The Gatemen are back at Spillane Field to face the Falmouth Commodores for their third matchup of the season. First pitch on Wareham’s home turf is set for 6 p.m..