The day started with clouds in the sky, but by the end of the day, the sun was shining for Pierce Raiders’ baseball. The Raiders won both games yesterday against Green River Gators even with different results.
The first game of the day was all about the speed of the offense. The final result was 12 to 2 in just over seven and half innings.
The Raiders had four extra base hits, including a walk-away triple in the eighth, and three steals against the Gators.
“We like to put the game in motion to put pressure on the pitcher and the defense,” Coach Mike Nedeau said after the game. “We’re stealing off the pitcher really. We’re a fast team and we like to run.”
And run they did. The game started off with a hard hit ball by Herald Adams from Green River to left field. But a nice jump by TJ Horsfall allowed for a quick out at the games start.
Starting for the Raiders was Andrew Jacobson who went six innings. Jacobson wasn’t sharp in the first, and allowed Green River to jump ahead to quick 1-0 lead. After his team took the lead in the bottom of the frame, Jacobson began to settle down.
Jacobson’s final line: 6 IP, 3 k, 2 BB, 4 H, 1 R
The second game was a different story for the Raiders. The team had no offense to speak of until the fourth inning.
Sean Warner started for the Raiders and he was dominant throughout. It was clear from the start when he had four strikeouts in the first three innings. He generated plenty of ground balls or weak infield fly-balls that stumped hitters all day. When runners were on he showed tremendous composure to get out of the jams he was in.
Warner’s final line: 6 IP, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 2 HB
“They (Green River) have good pitching as seen in the second game,” Nedeau said. “It was our third game day in the last four days, not to make excuses. You just have to keep battling until something happens.”
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Jarrett Hardy was hit by a pitch. Before Brian Corliss could do anything, Hardy was picked off on a snap throw to first. The next pitch to Corliss was the same result as Hardy’s at-bat.
Josh Potter, DH for the day, and Colton Nash hit back-to-back singles to drive in Corliss. After catcher JR Camacho walked to load the bases, opposing pitcher Hayden Rovegno threw a wild pitch to score Potter from third.
In the fifth inning Corliss walked and quickly stole second. Potter hit a RBI single. Nash reached on an error when the third baseman’s throw could not be dug out by Green River’s first baseman Quinn Hawksworth. The error proved costly because it allowed Potter to move to third on the throw.
With Camacho at the plate a wild pitch allowed the crucial fourth Raider run of the game. The inning ended with Nash being caught trying to swipe third.
In the top of the seventh inning Potter came on to relieve for Sean Warner. This was Potter’s debut pitching for the Raiders. It didn’t end the way he wanted with a line of 2 BB, 3 H and 3 R.
The highlight for Potter’s appearance was his fastball that showed good downward and inside break (on RH).
“We want to give him some innings to give him taste and confidence,” Nedeau said. “His fastball is a good pitch they just got away from him today. It’s a learning experience for him.”
Nathan Bunch came on for the save with the bases loaded. Even though he gave up a two run single, both charged to Potter, he looked overpowering out there.
The game ended with a 4 to 3 win after seven innings of play.
Jarrett Hardy: 2-4, 3B, 5 R, BB, 3 HBP
Brian Corliss: 3-5, 2B, 4 RBI, 4 R, SB, BB, 2 HBP
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