June 18, 2023 10:20 pm | by Amanda Foster
A little before 9 p.m. on Sunday night, the scene at Spillane Field was this: light rain was falling, music was playing and the entire Wareham Gatemen team was crowded around first base.
David Glancy (Notre Dame transfer) was in the center of the celebration with a smile on his face, knowing he was responsible for the winning run.
The final score on the board read 7-6 in favor of the Gatemen, on a different video display that only becomes necessary when the game goes to the tenth inning. In a night that saw the Gatemen silenced for the majority of the game, they came through in the ninth and tenth innings to secure a win against the Bourne Braves.
“We don’t quit,” manager Ryan Smyth said. “These guys know, we’ve got enough offense that we can make some things happen.”
The Gatemen were scoreless until the seventh inning, but the excitement truly began in the ninth inning. What happened after that was a testament to the determination, drive and talent up and down the Wareham roster.
The Gatemen left two runners stranded at the end of the ninth inning, just barely missing a chance to walk it off in bottom of the inning. They weren’t about to just give up that momentum in the tenth inning.
After giving up one run in the top of the tenth, the fate of the game once again was on the shoulders of the Gatemen. Courtesy of a bunt from Cade Sullivan (Western Michigan), a walk for Zack Stewart (Missouri State) and Ryan Campos (Arizona State) starting the inning on second base as the ghost runner, Nick McLain (ASU) entered the box ready to do some damage.
A sacrifice fly brought in Campos, and the game was tied once again.
Then, Glancy stepped in the box.
Anyone who had watched the 2023 Gatemen prior to Sunday night knew the power the outfielder wielded with just one swing. With two home runs and five RBIs on the season already, Glancy came through once again for his team.
His sacrifice fly ball to center field drove in Caleb Pendleton (FAU) and ended the game, securing Wareham’s fourth win of the season.
“We were down the whole time, so to come back and win and show that we have no quit is pretty good to see,” Glancy said.
The momentum that brought the comeback began in the seventh inning, and Glancy played a key role in that as well. He entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, cracking a single to drive in a run and promptly stealing back-to-back bases to threaten the Braves’ pitcher.
Two at-bats later, he won the game.
“(I) just wanted to come in and help the team win, and I was thankful and lucky to be up to bat,” Glancy said. “My teammates did the work for me.”
Glancy is now tied for first in the league with two home runs, fourth in the league with 6 RBIs and second in the league with five stolen bases. Regardless of how he’s playing, he said his biggest focus is to appreciate the moment and just have fun.
“(I’m) just taking it for what it is,” Glancy said. “Playing in Cape Cod, and trying to tell myself I’m here for a reason. I’ve worked really hard to get here and everyone who’s helped me along the way, you know, this is for them too.”
Glancy routinely credits his teammates and those around him for his success.
Unsurprisingly, teamwork was the ultimate factor behind Sunday night’s walk-off. Six Gatemen recorded at least one hit and seven took at least one walk, and whether it was making plays in the field or coming through at the plate, everyone was ready to contribute to the win.
“Whether they’re trying to play for the coaching staff or they’re playing for each other, I don’t care which way,” Smyth said. “But they’re pulling for something and it seems like they hate losing more than they like winning, so that’s a very good sign and hopefully that continues on.”