Gatemen knocked out of playoffs
The Wareham Gatemen played several games this week that proved pivotal in their quest to make it to the postseason. Wareham Gatemen beat writer Barrett Hodgson has highlights from each of the games.
Cotuit defeats Wareham after close start
The Wareham Gatemen visited the Cotuit Kettleers on July 30 in what was virtually a must-win game. The Gatemen fought hard and went into the eighth tied 5-5 but ended up losing 12-5. The back and forth contest ended in a massive collapse by the pitching staff. The seven-run eighth featured a deep home run, courtesy of Nathan Martorella (Cal Berkeley). The loss for Wareham made it nearly impossible to make the postseason because Cotuit and Falmouth moved three games ahead of them in the standings.
Wareham officially eliminated from playoff contention
A loss to Bourne on Saturday, July 31, was the final nail in the coffin for the Gatemen. The 5-4 defeat featured a nice start out of Mack Anglin (Clemson) who achieved six strikeouts in just under five innings. Two Gatemen batters hit home runs during the game. Jim Jarvis (Alabama) and Jack Brannigan (Notre Dame) hit their first home runs of the season. Bourne scored the game-winning run in the eighth on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch.
Gatemen get revenge on Braves
Wareham visited Doran Park in Bourne on Aug. 1 to take on the Braves for the second consecutive game. After getting eliminated from the playoff race by Bourne on Saturday, the Gatemen responded by crushing the Braves on Sunday. A nine-run fifth inning by Wareham was key in the team’s 10-3 victory. The Gatemen tallied 17 total hits, including a four-hit performance out of Jarvis. Tommy Troy (Stanford) launched a home run in this game and had three total hits of his own.
Wareham eliminates Falmouth from playoffs
On Aug. 2, the Wareham Gatemen eliminated the Falmouth Commodores from the playoff race with a 7-4 victory at Spillane Field. Adam Mazur (Iowa) was dominant in his first five innings giving up no hits. He ran into some trouble in the sixth and was replaced by reliever Carter Rustad (San Diego). Rustad earned the save by striking out seven Commodores over the course of just under four innings. The Gatemen bats delivered three homers. A two-run homer by Cade Fergus (George Washington) in the third gave Wareham the lead. They went back-to-back in the seventh as Jarvis and Troy each hit their fourth home runs of the season.
Journalist Barrett Hodgson, a beat writer for the Wareham Gatemen, is a guest contributor to Wareham Week.