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Patience at the plate highlights Gatemen comeback win over Yarmouth-Dennis

David Glancy (Notre Dame transfer) tosses his bat to the dugout after being walked 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 Wareham Gatemen’s 8-6 win over the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox Wednesday night was full of high intensity moments ranging from home runs to wild pitches and stolen bases. Some of the most important moments, however, were less flashy and perhaps easier to brush off as less impactful.

After all, walks don’t typically make a highlight reel.

But for David Glancy, perhaps they should. 

The Notre Dame transfer set a league-high in walks in a single game with five, earning a base on balls each time he stepped up to the plate. He also came around to score three of Wareham’s eight runs, playing a key part in the comeback victory.

“I’m seeing the ball well, so they gotta come to me,” Glancy said. “I’m not gonna go out there and swing at something stupid.”

Glancy took on the role as leadoff hitter for the Gatemen for the first time this season and, unsurprisingly, adjusted quickly. Typically a more aggressive hitter, Glancy stayed patient at the plate and focused on doing his job of reaching base however possible.

In his first two at-bats, Glancy barely saw any strikes come across the plate, and didn’t have much to even consider taking a chance at. As the game progressed and he became more comfortable, he was content to take a more passive approach at the plate.

“Seeing that many pitches set me up to take some really good pitches that I could have possibly waved at or swung and missed,” Glancy said. “I was just seeing the ball really well today, honestly.”

Nick McLain (Arizona State) bats during Wareham’s 8-6 win over the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, June 28, 2023 at Spillane Field in Wareham. Photo by Maddy Djuric.

Glancy set the example for staying poised from the start, and his teammates followed his lead. A total of nine Gatemen walks set up chances to score in late innings, and a total of four walks spread over the seventh and eighth innings put runners on base for both of Grant Hussey’s (West Virginia) instrumental hits. 

With a sac fly, two-run double and a three-run home run, Hussey was responsible for six Gatemen runs crossing the plate. While it manifested itself in a different way, Hussey also demonstrated composure in the box, waiting for the pitch he knew he could barrel.

“We generally try to be more on the aggressive side, but if they’re not gonna give you anything to hit early, you might as well take it,” Glancy said. “That kind of happened to me, you know. The pitcher would fall behind and I would just take some good pitches.”

Willingness to take good-looking pitches exemplifies the kind of mindset Glancy and the rest of the Gatemen try to bring each day: play, and win, as a team. The team chemistry is palpable and plays a large role in the Gatemen’s ability to put together wins.

“Everybody’s bonded pretty well in the past week or so,” Hussey said. “The team chemistry is really good, and we all just want to win.”