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Nick McLain shines bright in Gatemen debut despite loss to Chatham

Nick McLain (Arizona State) rounds third after hitting a home run during Wareham’s 7-4 loss to the Chatham Anglers, June 16, 2023 at Veterans Field in Chatham. Photo by Maddy Djuric.

The Gatemen’s win streak was snapped on Friday night against the Chatham Anglers with a final score of 7-4. The team struggled offensively and tallied just 6 hits to Chatham’s 12. 

One bright spot of the night was left fielder Nick McLain’s (Arizona State) fantastic start in his first game with the Gatemen this season. McLain kicked off his Gatemen career with a 2-3 night, including a solo home run in the top of the fourth to tie the game up 1-1. McLain even surprised himself with his performance in Friday’s game.

“It was lucky, but it felt good,” McLain said. “I felt really good and hopefully I can continue it.”

The Wareham bats fought to keep the spark alive even after Chatham took back the lead with a two-run home run. Infielder Bobby Boser (USF) took matters into his own hands and smashed a two-run bomb to match the Anglers and make the score 3-3.

The pitchers struggled on the mound. Will Koger (Louisville) gave up three earned runs, but ended his night with no decision. The four runs to steal the lead came in relief and the Gatemen couldn’t keep up. 

The Gatemen tacked on a couple singles between center fielder Josh Stevenson (LSU) and veteran Gatemen catcher Ryan Campos (Arizona State) but were unable to gain any ground.

The final Wareham run came in the top of the eighth. Right fielder Zack Stewart (Missouri State) singled into the outfield and two batters later, McLain was back in the box. After a quick first strike, McLain slapped an RBI single to bring Stewart home. McLain said he focuses on his approach to make an impact in the game.

“It’s a lot of games and a lot of at bats,” McLain said. “So just keep grinding and hopefully help the team out.”

But the rally was quickly halted and the Gatemen fell to the Anglers on the road. Wareham looks to recover from the loss as they head back to Falmouth for round two against the Commodores. First pitch is set for 6 p.m..