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Gatemen Narrowly Avoid Shutout in Harwich

Rolling thunderstorms almost got in the way of the Gatemen’s matchup with the Mariner’s in Harwich Thursday night. Thankfully, First Pitch was only delayed until 6:35, five minutes after the original start time. 

Wareham got right to business in the top of the first with a single by leadoff hitter Alan Roden (Creighton). Nothing would come of it, unfortunately, as Zane Probst (Seton Hall) retired the next three batters. 

Harwich jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first. Leadoff man Nick Goodwin (Kansas St) hit a scorching leadoff double. He advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a ground out to first. 

Harwich would walk and hit another double in the next inning, but the Gatemen made it out with no more runs scored. 

Wareham’s luck would run out as Jason Woodward (Florida Gulf Coast) was unable to keep the Mariners under control as he gave up a three-run shot to Jonathan Santucci (Duke) to give Harwich a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th. 

The night continued to go from bad to worse as they gave up three more runs in the bottom of the 7th on five hits. 

Disaster carried on as the Gatemen bats went silent for the vast majority night, being outhit 11-6 by the Mariners. In addition to the minimal hits by Wareham batsmen, Wareham hitters only  walked twice the entire night. 

It wouldn’t be until the very last inning that Wareham got things rolling and avoided a shutout. Kellum Clark (Mississippi St) hit a leadoff single to begin the 9th. Carter Graham (Stanford) then came up to the plate and hit a single of his own. Deric Fabian (Florida) reached on a fielder’s choice, which brought Clark to third. On a wild pitch, Clark scored to avoid a shutout. 

Harwich wins with a final score of 7-1. The Gatemen take on the Hyannis Harbor Hawks at home. First pitch will be at 5:00pm due to the ongoing light issues at Spillane Field.