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Gatemen narrowly avoid being no-hit by Kettleers in 14-4 loss

Tommy Splaine (Arizona) bats during Wareham’s 14-4 loss to the Cotuit Kettleers, July 21, 2023 at Spillane Field in Wareham. Photo by Maddy Djuric.

The Gatemen dropped a tough game on Friday night at Spillane Field to the Cotuit Kettleers. Wareham was no-hit through seven innings and lost 14-4 to the Ketts. 

The Cotuit bats were hot throughout the night, putting up the 14 runs on 13 hits against the Gatemen pitching staff. Scoring came early and often, as the Kettleers started the game off with a two run shot over the left-field foul pole. 

Jonathan Bautista made his final start of the 2023 summer on the mound. The recent UCF transfer worked 4.0 innings and gave up five runs on six hits. 

Wareham was unable to respond and put runs on the board, as Cotuit put up three runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth innings each. 

The first Gatemen base runner came in the fourth inning when Nick McLain (Arizona State) was hit by a pitch, but he was left stranded. 

The no-hitter was finally broken in the eighth inning by Tommy Splaine (Arizona) when he slapped a two-run single into the outfield to bring Josh Stevenson (Ohio State transfer) and JC Colon (Missouri) — who both reached via walk — across home plate. The hit extended Splaine’s hitting streak to nine games in his final game. Dorian Gonzalez (University of Miami) tacked on another run with a single to give Wareham three runs. 

In the bottom of the ninth, the Gatemen looked to keep their heads up as Stevenson singled to give Wareham another base runner. Colon collected the only extra base hit with an RBI double before the conclusion of the game. 

The loss puts Wareham nine points behind the fourth-place Braves, as Cotuit was able to clinch a playoff spot with the win. 

The Gatemen will take the All-Star weekend to regroup before facing the Bourne Braves in a double header at Doran Park. 

Fans can watch Garen Caulfield (Arizona), Nick McLain (Arizona State), Bobby Boser (USF), Grant Hussey (West Virginia), Will Koger (Louisville), and Jake Faherty (Arkansas) in the All-Star Game Saturday on NESN along with Rene Lastres (UNC Charlotte) in the home run derby.