Gatemen hold top spot in Western Division
The Gatemen improved their season record this week to an impressive 9-6-1, seating them ahead of every other team in the Cape Cod Baseball League West Division.
On June 26, the Gatemen put another win on the books with an 11-0 defeat of the Brewster Whitecaps.
Gatemen infielder Jacob Teter, a junior at Florida Southern, hit his first home run of the season to put the Gatemen up 1-0.
“I have been seeing the ball a lot better,” Teter said. “I had a hit in my first at-bat and thought they would come at me with some more off speed pitches, but when I got the fastball I got my hands on it and it happened to go yard.”
On the 28th, the Gatemen won against the Chatham Anglers with a final score of 7-4.
Gatemen pitcher Ben Leeper of Oklahoma State took the mound in the 9th inning with bases loaded and no outs. Leeper struck out one of his Oklahoma teammates, Hunter Morrill, but Kaden Polcovich, also from Oklahoma, struck an RBI single.
“I had to get warmed up faster than usual, but it was fun coming in and facing 2 of my teammates, it really got my adrenaline going,” Leeper said. “We are really relaxed right now at the plate and we are putting together some great at-bats.”
They played two games this week against the second-highest seated team in the West, the Cotuit Kettleers, who have a record of 7-7-2.
One of those matchups was the teams lone loss this week when they were defeated 11-3 on Saturday, however the team rallied to defeat the Kettleers on Sunday in a 1-0 shutout. Pitchers Ian Bedell and Trent Palmer, who relieved Bedell in the 6th inning, fought off the Kettleers to secure the top spot in the West heading into July.