Gatemen fight to move to next playoff round

Aug 4, 2019

Update: The Gatemen’s playoff run ended on Sunday with a 4-1 loss to the Cotuit Kettleers.

The Wareham Gatemen are all tied up with Cotuit in the first round of the playoffs. After an 8-7 victory on Friday night, Cotuit crushed the Gatemen 22-2 in the team’s worst loss of the season. 

Tonight, the teams will face off again for a chance to move to the next round.

Gatemen Beat Writer Ryan Lemay described Friday’s game as “one of the wildest games you will ever watch.” In the first inning, the Gatemen scored six runs — a feat matched by the Cotuit Kettleers in the fourth inning.

Gatemen Infielder Trey Lipscomb closed the deal with a walkoff hit, bringing the final score to 8-7.

“I am pretty excited right now, you know hitting a walk off is one of the biggest accomplishments you can have in baseball,” Lipscomb said. “They have just as many good players as we do and they fought back putting up the 6 run inning, but we had more compete in us tonight and got the result.”

The Gatemen’s six-run inning started with a sacrifice fly by catcher Dallas Beaver, followed by back-to-back singles by Matt McLain and Trey Lipscomb. 

“Benjamin Sems put the cherry on top roping a two RBI double into left field making it 6-0,” recounted Lemay.

At the top of the seventh inning, the Gatemen were behind 7-6.

“Two straight walks in the seventh inning presented a golden opportunity for the Gatemen to knot things up. Braiden Ward led off with a walk and stole second base, and Derkay was walked as well. Adrian Del Castillo delivered, tying the ball game on a double into left,” wrote Lemay.

The game stretched into a tenth inning before Lipscomb’s walkoff ended the night.

Saturday’s game, played at Cotuit, was much rougher on the Gatemen.

Cotuit scored immediately in the first inning on a double, but the flood gates truly opened in the third and fourth inning. Casey Schmitt smashed a two-run home run over the left field fence. Cotuit continued to find success with the long ball in the fourth inning as Parker Chavers ripped a solo-shot himself,” wrote Lemay.

Cotuit continued to rack up points all night as the Gatemen struggled to fight back.

Outfielder Micke Antico hit a home run in the 8th inning, but it wasn’t enough to make a real dent in the Kettleer’s lead.

“When their guys are hitting balls to the moon off our pitchers, it is hard to come back from,” Gatemen infielder Jacob Teter said. “They came out with a chip on their shoulder, and they proved it, so good for them, but see you tomorrow, Cotuit.”

The teams will face off again tonight at 6:30 p.m. on Spillane Field to see who will move on in the playoffs. Tonight’s winner will face either Bourne or Falmouth. Those teams will play the third game in the series tonight at 6 p.m. in Falmouth.