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Gatemen ready to keep the ball rolling as they face-off against Whitecaps

Grant Hussey (West Virginia) runs out a base hit during Wareham’s 9-8 win over the Bourne Braves, July 6, 2023 at Spillane Field in Wareham. Photo by Maddy Djuric.

​​It’s Red Shirt Friday and the Gatemen are back at Spillane Field for a battle against the Brewster Whitecaps.

The Gatemen and Whitecaps are both coming off big wins on Thursday night. The Gatemen won a nail biter between the Bourne Braves with a final score of 9-8, and the game currently holds the record for the longest regulation game this season at three hours and 45 minutes. Brewster’s game was a different story, however. The Whitecaps thumped the Mariners 12-6 in a fast-paced game that was just over two and a half hours. 

Wareham holds a 1-0-1 record over Brewster in the series, and is working to inch their way back up the league standings. Both teams hold a 9-11-2 record and sit in fourth place in their respective divisions. 

Riley Eikoff (Coastal Carolina) will make his second start on the bump for the Gatemen. Eikhoff comes into tonight’s match with a 3.60 ERA which is currently the second lowest on Wareham’s active roster. The righty has allowed four runs on seven hits through five innings of work while striking out four batters, with his last appearance coming on June 28 in the win against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. 

The Gatemen look to keep the ball rolling after a big 9-8 win over the Bourne Braves. Wareham collected 11 hits and Grant Hussey (West Virginia) pulled four RBI on the night to hit 20 on the season. Hussey said the team was all in going into the big rivalry matchup. 

“Every game is a dog fight with the Cape because there’s so many good players,” Hussey said. “We had nothing to lose at this point going into the game so we just got out there and played our best baseball.”

Manager Ryan Smyth said that his team was ready to put a stop to the losing streak to go into today’s matchup against his former team on a high note. 

“We’re gonna hopefully ride this momentum of getting off a skid and getting a win and hopefully we do it again tomorrow,” Smyth said. 

Fans can tune in to watch the action live on the Gatemen Baseball Network on YouTube with pregame coverage beginning at 5:40 before the 6 p.m. first pitch between the Gatemen and the Whitecaps.