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Gatemen shutout by Cotuit, lose 18-0

Bobby Boser (USF) bats during Wareham’s 18-0 loss to the Cotuit Kettleers, July 13, 2023 at Lowell Park in Cotuit. Photo by Maddy Djuric.

The Gatemen took on the Cotuit Kettleers Thursday night at Lowell Park, looking to snap a three-game losing streak. After two hours and forty minutes, however, Wareham got back on the bus ready to forget the last eight innings of baseball they played as they were thumped by the Kettleers 18-0. 

The Gatemen pitching staff allowed 18 runs on 18 hits, the highest total this season. The five pitchers combined for just six strikeouts in 40 Cotuit at-bats. 

Wareham struggled on the offensive side as well. The bats could not get hot as the Gatemen were shut out for the first time this season, and the lineup recorded six hits while leaving eight runners stranded.

The Kettleers attacked starting pitcher Gavin Black (Mississippi State transfer) right away. The Ketts put up their first run on an single that led to the runner advancing home on the throw. Three more runs were tacked on in the second, along with two more in the third off of a string of hits and capitalizing on errors by the Gatemen. Mitch Mueller (Utah Valley) came in for relief in the top of the third with Cotuit leading by six and got two key outs to help move the game along.

Will Koger (Louisville) entered the game in the next inning to try and get things under control. The righty was unable to do so, though, giving up three earned runs on eight hits. In Koger’s two innings, the Kettleers increased their lead to 11. 

Bobby Boser (USF) tried to spark some offense from the leadoff spot, recording a hit and two walks on the day, but was unable to cross home plate. 

Jack Tomich (Rollins) came into the game in his first appearance for the Gatemen in the sixth inning. Tomich had not seen much live baseball coming into the matchup, but was ready for the challenge. Tomich had not pitched collegiately since the summer of 2021. The lights were too bright unfortunately, as Tomich gave up a huge grand slam to pour salt in the Gatemen wounds.

Keegan Allen (West Virginia) was the final Gatemen pitcher to toe the rubber for the night. Although Wareham grabbed two quick outs, Cotuit stayed aggressive and closed out the night with four more runs before the game was called after the completion of the top of the eighth. 

Wareham struggled to play clean baseball and committed four errors on the night, with two by Sebastian Murillo (Georgia) and one each by Grant Sherrod (USC Upstate) and Lawson Harrill (Campbell).

The Gatemen will be back on the bus Friday night for a trip to Whitehouse Field to take on the Harwich Mariners with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m..