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Wareham suffers 3-2 loss in pitcher’s duel against Cotuit

Mark Manfredi (Dayton) pitches during Wareham’s 3-2 loss to the Cotuit Kettleers, June 12, 2023 at Lowell Park in Cotuit. Photo by Maddy Djuric

The Gatemen faced the Cotuit Kettleers at Lowell Field Tuesday night. In a lightning speed pitching duel, Wareham lost a close one 3-2.

As they looked to recover from the previous night’s loss to Hyannis, the Gatemen had southpaw pitcher Mark Manfredi (Dayton) start on the hill. 

The scoring came early for the Gatemen, starting with Dylan Goldstein (FAU) who reached via a walk. Cade Sullivan (Western Michigan) was ready to get hot and streaked an RBI double between the outfielders in right field to score Goldstein in the top of the second. Sullivan would then advance to third on a wild pitch to put himself in scoring position with no outs, and came in to score on a passed ball and set the score 2-0 going into the bottom half of the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, Cotuit’s runner worked to create a spark and with a Gatemen throwing error, the Kettleers added a run and made it 2-1.

Throughout the first innings, the defense held strong for Manfredi’s impressive pitching. He ended the night with five strikeouts and only allowed two hits in his four innings of work. 

Veteran Gateman Will Koger (Louisville) made his debut this year in the bottom of the fifth. He walked two batters and another Cotuit run came in off a throwing error to tie things up at two apiece.

Caleb Pendleton (FAU) sat behind the dish making some big heads up plays throughout the night, including catching the Cotuit runner at third stealing for a big third out for the Gatemen. The play was partially eclipsed by his throwing errors that set the Kettleer runners up to score.

Brett Wichrowski (Bryant) looked to close things out for Wareham for the last few innings. The first and second base duo of Bobby Boser (USF) and Sullivan kept the hustle going and turned their second double play of the night, and manager Ryan Smyth said the guys already have a strong chemistry three games into the season.

“We have it off the field right now already within a couple days, a close knit group,” Smyth said. “Now we just gotta make sure we translate that to the field.”

The Gatemen were unable to hold on to that early lead after a run in the bottom of the eighth sealed the deal for Cotuit.

Wareham sets their sights on their Tuesday night matchup against the Harwich Mariners, the first of back-to-back games at Spillane Field with a 6 p.m. first pitch.