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Gatemen Tie Braves 2-2 in Pitching Duel

The Wareham Gatemen hosted the Bourne Braves on Monday, June 13th in an interdivisional matchup. Both teams came into the contest looking to get their second win of the season, but the game finished in a 2-2 tie.

All eyes were on Wareham skipper Harvey Shapiro facing off his former team that he managed for 19 years in the Bourne Braves. We saw some clever defensive replacements in the 9th that helped the Gatemen keep things tied by the Cape Cod League Hall of Famer. 

Fans got to see a pitcher’s duel between Wareham starter Jonathan Brand (Miami-Ohio) and Bourne starter Hunter Loyd (East Tennessee State). Brand was phenomenal across five innings of work, striking out five and forcing two double play balls. He allowed just one hit in his 47 pitches. 

“My fastball was working pretty well and I was getting ahead early in counts which helped me be successful,” said Brand.

Loyd also tossed an impressive five innings, allowing just two hits. The Eastern Tennessee State product struck out just one batter but forced a ton of soft contact all night. 

The Gatemen broke the scoreless tie in the bottom half of the 6th inning and took a 1-0 lead. Caden Rose (Alabama) drew a leadoff walk to start the inning and advanced to second base when Hogan Windish (UNC Greensboro) was hit by a pitch. Max Anderson (Nebraska) then stepped into the batter’s box and grounded into a 6-4-3 double play but advanced Rose to third. Blake Wright (Clemson) then brought in Rose with an RBI single into short right field to give Wareham their first lead of the evening. 

Bourne gave Wareham a scare in the top half of the 7th when the Gatemen bullpen walked the bases loaded. Cameron Wagoner (Eastern Michigan) inherited two runners with two outs and proceeded to walk the first batter he faced. With the bases loaded, Wagoner delivered and struck out the next batter, Ryan Leitch (Marshall), to strand three men on base. 

The Braves took the lead in the top of the 8th 2-1. Jared Sprague-Lott (Richmond) laced a one out single to center to get on. John Peck (Pepperdine) came up and delivered a two out, RBI triple to score Sprague Lott. Peck eventually ended up scoring on an error by the third basemen, giving Bourne their first lead in the 8th. 

Wareham instantly responded in the bottom half of the 8th and tied things up at two. Windish led off the inning and was hit in the head by a pitch. He then advanced two bases to third on a throwing error by the pitcher in an attempt to pick off Windish. Anderson delivered a sacrifice fly to score Windish and tie things up. 

The Gatemen will travel to Eldredge Park to take on the Orleans Firebirds in their first away game of the season on Tuesday night at 6:30 PM.