Gatemen open season with a win over Hyannis

Jun 12, 2022

Fans filled the stands at Spillane Field on Sunday night for the Wareham Gatemen’s home opening game against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, which the home team won 2-1.

The game was the first of the 2022 season, which will be the first full-length season for the Cape Cod Baseball League since 2019, pre-pandemic. The League’s teams consist of high-level collegiate players from around the country, allowing Major League scouts to check out prospects. 

Although a number of the players drafted for the Gatemen are still playing in championships with their college teams, the crowd was in for a good night of baseball.

Good defense work by both teams kept the score tied at 0-0 for the first six innings.

At the top of the seventh, Harbor Hawk Rocco Peppi hit a home run.

The Gatemen scored twice in the second half of the inning. 

In his post-game round-up, Gatemen staff writer Barrett Hodgson praised Gatemen starting pitcher Michael Sansone, who played on the Bourne team last year with new Gatemen manager Harvey Shapiro. Sansone had a six strikeout performance, throwing 37 strikes in 52 pitches, Hodgson wrote, noting that the lefty only allowed two hits across four innings.

The team will play the Bourne Braves at 6 p.m. on Monday at Spillane Field. All Gatemen games are free to attend and are live-streamed on the team’s Youtube channel.

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