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Gatemen squash Sox 8-6 in late game rally

Grant Hussey (West Virginia) is greeted by Nick McLain (Arizona State) after Hussey hit a go-ahead home run during Wareham’s 8-6 win over the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, June 28, 2023 at Spillane Field in Wareham. Photo by Maddy Djuric.

The Gatemen took on the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in a round two matchup Wednesday night. The meeting showed parallels to their first meeting, with the road team leading throughout the majority of the ballgame. The first time the teams played, the Red Sox came back in the bottom of the ninth, tied it up and stole the win in the tenth. This time, the Gatemen had the last laugh. Wareham grabbed the lead and the win from Yarmouth-Dennis before they could even realize what was happening and ended with a final score of 8-6.

Late in the game, the Gatemen needed to spark their offense. Josh Stevenson (LSU) entered in the top of the eighth to pinch hit. Three pitches into the at-bat Stevenson was drilled by the ball and took his base. David Glancy (Notre Dame transfer) moved Stevenson to second after he claimed his fifth walk of the day. His five walks was the league single game high of the season. Nick McLain (Arizona State) stepped into the box. McLain was having a rough night at-bat, going 0-2 on the night. For McLain, he knew what he had to do when he was at the plate.

“You know, we’re all here for a reason,” McLain said. “So we’re just sticking to our approach.”

Wareham needed to keep the bats going and McLain broke out of his slump, slapping an RBI double into left field and brought Stevenson in to score. 

Grant Hussey (West Virginia) saw the flame burning and looked to add fuel to the fire. The Huss Buss smashed the second pitch he saw over the right field wall, clearing the bases and giving the Gatemen their first lead of the game. Manager Ryan Smyth was confident in his team’s determination to comeback in the end.

“I said it when Eikhoff kind of settled in and I said ‘if we keep it here, we’re winning this game,’” Smyth said.

The Red Sox started off the game strong. Yarmouth-Dennis came into the night on a four game win streak. Wareham started Riley Eikhoff (Coastal Carolina) on the bump and had a shaky first few innings. The Red Sox grabbed three unearned runs right off the bat and got their first earned run in the second on a sac fly. Eikhoff soon got into a groove and ended his night after 4.2 innings and got through the third and fourth without giving up another run. 

The Gatemen chipped away at the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Hussey hit a sacrifice fly into left field to bring in Garen Caulfield (Arizona) to score. Glancy would follow up with a run of his own on a passed ball and cut the Yarmouth-Dennis lead to two going into the sixth. 

Two innings later, Caulfield had his second hit of the night with a stinging double and Glancy once again stood on first. Hussey’s red hot bat kept going with a double to send Caulfield and Glancy across the plate. Hussey ended his night with six RBI, tying his own league record for RBI in a single game this season. 

The Gatemen leave Spillane to hit the road after getting vengeance on yet another team that defeated them in the first meeting. 

“Both games had some weird weather going on,” McLain said. “That day it was rainy and foggy and today was rainy and foggy but it’s good to be on top on the other end of the stick this time.”

This wasn’t the only comeback win of the season for Wareham and Smyth said it was nothing new for the Gatemen.

“We’ve done this a handful of times this season already,” Smyth said. “It’s really good because our guys know at this point we’re never out. Our bats can catch fire real quick and they did tonight and it was a perfect scenario for us.”

Wareham heads out to Whitehouse Field, home of this year’s all star game, to take on the Harwich Mariners on Thursday night with a 6:30 first pitch.