Errors on defense lead to 1-3 weekend for Gator Baseball
The Green River baseball team traveled east of the mountains for the weekend to play four games with Blue Mountain Community College and Walla Walla Community College. The Gators were without starting first basemen Erik Van Tuyl due to a minor leg injury looked to others to step up for the weekend. Van Tuyl is currently hitting .333 and tied for the team lead with 4 RBI.
In game one, the Gators turned to sophomore Josh Broom to start on the mound against Blue Mountain Community College. The Gators fell behind early giving up two runs in the first but would cut the lead in half when Alex Poltz scored a run in the fourth on a Blue Mountain error. A big four run inning for Blue Mountain the fifth would be too much for the Gators and they fell 7-1.
Josh Broom pitched six strong innings allowing six runs, however only two of them were earned. The Gators made four errors on defense. Thomas Richards, Alex Poltz, Demetri Shears, and Zack Riviere each had a hit giving the Gators four hits in the game.
In game two, Gators would send Travis Blough and his 1.39 earned run average to the mound. Blough would go 6 and two third strong innings allowing four hits and one run striking out one, leading the Gators to an 8-3 victory. Quinn Burcham goes twofor three with two walks and Demetri Shears goes two for four with a double and triple driving in one run. Sophomore catcher Billy Barker also goes three for five with two runs batted in. Brett Difendorf pitched for two and two thirds innings in relief, notching his second save.
On Sunday, the Gators would drop two games to Walla Walla 5-0 and 8-3. In the two losses, the Gators committed five errors which led to four unearned runs. Hunter Geltz pitched seven strong innings allowing two earned runs and striking out six in the 5-0 loss. Chase Kairis continued to pitch well for the Gators as he pitched seven and one third innings and allowed three earned runs. Demetri Shears finished the weekend five for thirteen with a double, a triple, three walks, as well as driving in two runs.
The Gators currently sit at 4-8 with one more weekend of preseason in Yakima before league starts on March 28 against Centralia.