Wareham Gatemen step up to the plate, win home opener
The Gatemen won their home opener Wednesday night against the Harwich Mariners 3-2. The game was tied right into the bottom of ninth inning, giving the team a rewarding first win of the season.
“It’s a win we needed,” said Gatemen Coach Don Sneddon. “We made some basic blunders, but we managed to finish strong.”
Gatemen fans of all ages packed the bleachers at Spillane Field, and many a foul ball was caught. Grey skies overhead threatened rain, but not a single drop fell during the game.
“We’re really lucky the weather held out,” Sneddon said. “Our schedule is so tight this season we can’t afford to reschedule.”
The home opener also proved to be the first real test of the season for players and coaches alike.
The Gatemen rotated through five different picthers during their game with Harwich, giving Pitching Coach Jim Lawler a first glance at his players’ capabilities.
“Tonight was the first time I got to see them pitch in a real game,” Lawler said. “I’m still getting to know everyone, but after tonight, I have a much better idea of what we’re working with."
For many of the Gatemen, this was also their first game with the team.
“That’s always hard,” said Lawler. “But they showed us tonight that they have what it takes.”
The Gatemen will face off next against the Cotuit Kettleers on June 14 at Spillane Field. The game starts at 6:30 p.m.
“We’re going to keep improving,” Sneddon said. “That’s our goal for the season.”