July 7, 2022 9:52 am | by Samantha Santos
By Barrett Hodgson and Samantha Santos
Currently, the Gatemen are fourth of five in the West Division of the CCBL, only above the Falmouth Commodores. The two teams continue to go back and forth, fighting to stay out of last place. Wareham holds a 8-11-3 record, with all three ties coming against Manager Harvey Shapiro’s former team, the Bourne Braves. In their last 10, the Gatemen have been 4-4-2. There is definitely a lot of room for some much needed improvement, especially when the last place team in each division does not make the playoffs.
Hogan Windish (UNC Greensboro) has been stellar in the Gatemen lineup, leading in almost every offensive category – home runs, RBI, and batting average, just to name a few. He stands well above just about any other hitter for Wareham. His batting average dipped below .300 for the first time this season, coming in at .298, while the next highest is Bryan Padilla (Connecticut) at .261. Windish also leads with the most hits and doubles. The one category Windish does not lead in is walks, which is held by Blake Wright (Clemson) at 13. Windish has most definitely earned his spot as an everyday starter for the Gatemen, and is making a serious run for the All-Star Game on July 23.
Despite currently holding a playoff spot,Wareham’s pitching staff has been one of the worst in the Cape Cod Baseball League this season. The team ERA sits at a 3.81 despite having Grayson Moore (Vanderbilt) sitting at a zero ERA in 7.2 innings pitched and Cameron Weston (Michigan) sitting at a .64 across 14 innings. The staff has struck out 188 batters while walking 71. Of the eight Gatemen wins six have been saved by Gatemen relievers. In the end, the Gatemen staff needs to better to make the playoffs and make any sort of run.
Wareham has been solid defensively all season. The team fielding percentage .993 with just eight errors halfway through the season. Blake Wright (Clemson) has been extremely reliable with just one error in 20 games played while registering 28 putouts. Max Anderson (Nebraska) has also been sure handed, making zero errors in 168 innings played defensively. Wareham has been good defensively and needs to keep this up to close the season.