July 5, 2023 11:34 pm | by Joanna Dwyer
The Gatemen road trip continued with a stop in Bourne on Wednesday night. The teams were originally supposed to meet in Wareham first, but the game was postponed due to inclement weather. In their first meeting Wareham walked off the Braves in a comeback victory. This time around, however, the Braves got their revenge with a 5-4 walk off victory in the bottom of the ninth.
Lawson Harrill (Campbell) put his name in the books quickly with a diving slide at home, opening the Gatemen scoring on a wild pitch.
The third inning began with Garen Caulfield (Arizona) reaching on an error and David Glancy (Notre Dame transfer) moved him to second on a single to bring Grant Hussey (West Virginia) up to bat. Hussey cranked a long double into the outfield to bring in Caulfield, and Glancy snuck in on the Braves’ throwing error.
Yoel Tejeda (Florida State transfer) had a strong start to his outing before the Braves got on the board with an RBI single. Tejeda threw for 2.2 innings of work and only allowed one run on three hits while striking out four batters.
Tejeda was relieved by Brett Wozniak (High Point) who came into the game looking to work some magic for the Gatemen. Bourne had runners on the corners before Wozniak sent them back to the dugout with a big strikeout to close out the inning.
The next few innings came with big saves by both teams to bring up the bottom of the fifth where the Braves would tack on another run by capitalizing on a wild pitch.
Bryson Shaffer (Coastal Carolina) entered for relief in the bottom of the sixth and was immediately greeted with a solo shot by the Braves to tie things up at three apiece. In the same half inning, Bourne sent another run across the dish with an RBI single to take the 4-3 lead.
“We had some opportunities to put some runs up, put some guys in positions to make it a little bit easier for our hitters and we just didn’t do that tonight,” manager Ryan Smyth said.
Caulfield lined a leadoff single and was replaced with Bobby Boser (USF) to pinch run. Glancy had his second hit on the day with a single to put runners on first and second. Everyone would shift again when Hussey was hit by the pitch.
Boser came streaking across the plate on a wild pitch to tie the game up for the second time at 4-4 in the top of the seventh.
The Braves were close to taking the lead with a long hit that was ruled a ground rule double to put two Braves runners in scoring position. A walk later had the bases juiced with two outs. Shaffer battled in the count and came out unscathed with a huge strikeout to send the game to the ninth.
The Gatemen, however, were unable to send Boser home when he was in scoring position and give Bourne the chance to walk it off.
Keegan Allen (West Virginia) came in for Wareham in the bottom of the ninth. The Braves hit a string of singles to once again load the bases. The Braves were ready for a big hit to get their revenge, but instead, Allen hit the batter to send in the game-winning run at Doran Park.
“We just got walked off twice in a row,” manager Ryan Smyth said. “One part of it is you’re getting closer to getting off this skid. The other part of it is tough. But our guy are fighting. We’re right in games and that’s all you can ask for right now.”
The Gatemen next return to Spillane Field for back-to-back home games, including a rematch against the Braves in a makeup of the postponed Indepence Day game on Thursday night. First pitch is set for 6 p.m..