Recap: Defensive Deficiencies Cost Gatemen for Second Straight Game

By Wareham Gatemen | Jul 25, 2017
Photo by: Claudia Chakamian

Wareham’s postseason aspirations, which once seemed like a foregone conclusion, are now suddenly uncertain.
For the second game in a row, the Gatemen saw a potential victory slip out of reach due to some spotty defense as three unearned runs contributed to a 7-4 defeat to Hyannis on a chilly Tuesday night at Spillane Field.
The Harbor Hawks win over Wareham (16-18-1) pulls them to within just four points of the Gatemen for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Division.
Gatemen coach Don Sneddon said there was simply no rhythm to the game.
“Our pitching never got in a rhythm," said Sneddon. "If we can't play catch and make the plays and get the occasional big hit we're not going to win. We made some terrible mistakes and Hyannis capitalized."
The contest was tied 4-4 after six but three unanswered runs by the Harbor Hawks handed Hyannis the victory.
In the top of the seventh, a one out double by Chris Proctor put the go-ahead run into scoring position, and after a botched double play allowed the inning to continue, Tyler Frank slapped an RBI single into left to give Hyannis a 5-4 lead.
Wareham went quietly in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Harbor Haws an opportunity to tack on some insurance.
Daniel Robinson and Cesar Trajo each singled, a sacrifice bunt moved them up a base, and Proctor blooped a single into center to score both and hand Hyannis an insurmountable 7-4 lead.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the third, the Gatemen struck for a pair to jump in front.
Tanner Dodson reached on a two out error, and consecutive singles by Kyle Kasser and Willie MacIver loaded the bases. Gatemen five-hitter Tristan Pompey came to the dish and fell behind in the count 1-2, but worked the count back full.
On the payoff pitch, Pompey lined a two run single into right field that scored Dodson and Kasser and gave Wareham a 2-1.
Wareham added a run one inning later as Blake Sabol led off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball, and came home to score on an RBI groundout off the bat of Steven Kwan.
Griffin Roberts made the start for the Gatemen and went four innings allowing one earned run on one hit, walking two and striking out one.
Despite lacking his usual picture perfect command, Roberts still just threw 50 pitches over his final innings of work and sat between 91-92 miles per hour with his four seam fastball.
Grant Wolfram came on in relief of Roberts to begin the top of the fifth, and some defensive miscues allowed Hyannis to take the lead.
A dropped fly ball began the inning, and a walk combined with a balk moved two runners into scoring position.
Wolfram got ahead of Chris Proctor in the count, 0-2, and induced a weak groundball. Robbie Metz, however, had the ball go in and out of his glove bringing home the second Harbor Hawks run of the game.
A sacrifice fly off the bat of Reese Hampton followed up by an RBI double from Hunter Stovall pushed Hyanns in front, 4-3.
The Gatemen evened the score in the bottom of the sixth as Sabol tripled and scored on an RBI single from Metz. Wareham, however, was never able to push the go ahead run across giving Hyannis a chance to steal the win.
Next Up: Wareham pays a visit to Lowell Park for the final time this season. First pitch between the Gatemen and Cotuit is scheduled for 5pm.
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