Gatemen go 2-2-1 in their past five games
Journalist Barrett Hodgson, a beat writer for the Wareham Gatemen, is a guest contributor to Wareham Week.
Hyannis stuns Wareham in walkoff fashion
The Hyannis Harbor Hawks defeated the Wareham Gatemen 5-4 on July 21. The Harbor Hawks went into the game with the worst record on the Cape while the Gatemen entered the game tied for 2nd in the west division and fighting for a playoff spot. The Gatemen started Adam Mazur (Iowa) in a game that they desperately needed to win. Mazur did his job, going five scoreless innings while striking out five Hyannis batters. Unfortunately, the Wareham relief pitching let the team down as they gave up five runs in four innings. The Harbor Hawks walked off in the bottom of the 9th on a base hit with the bases loaded.
Harwich defeats Wareham
On Friday, July 23, the Harwich Mariners defeated the Gatemen 5-2 at Spillane Field. The Mariners felt in control the entire game despite being tied at 2-2 after the seventh. Kellum Clark (Mississippi State) tied the game at two for Wareham with an RBI single. Harwich rode a solo home run and some smart base running in the eighth and ninth to take a three-run lead and defeat Wareham.
Gatemen secure win over Firebirds
The Gatemen visited the Orleans Firebirds on July 24 and got back into the win column with a 6-4 victory. Paul Skenes (Air Force) got his first start on the mound for Wareham since his return from Team USA baseball and pitched well across three innings. A two-run home run in the seventh from Kamren James (Mississippi State) made the score 6-2 and put the game out of reach for Orleans.
Cotuit and Wareham tie in key divisional battle
The Gatemen returned home on Sunday night and took on the Cotuit Kettleers in a game with major playoff implications. The two teams came into the game fighting for 2nd place in the west division. Gatemen starter Mack Anglin (Clemson) threw four scoreless innings while striking out six. Cotuit and Wareham both struggled swinging the bats, resulting in a 1-1 tie.
Wareham offense explodes against Y-D Red Sox
The Gatemen visited the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox on Monday, July 26, and got a much-needed victory. The 12-2 win keeps Wareham in strong contention for the 2nd seed in the west as their record now sits at 11-14-5. Gatemen hitters dominated in this game as Tres Gonzalez (Georgia Tech) led the way with four hits. James hit his second home run in three games, this one being a grand slam to bust the game open.