Baseball drops first two league games to Centralia and Tacoma
Weekly wrap up, March 23, 2015
Gator Baseball traveled to Yakima for a four game series with the Yakima Valley Yaks. Yakima Valley came into the game ranked 7th by the American Baseball Coaches Association's Junior College Pacific Associations Division Poll so the Gators knew they would have a tough task in front of them.
Yakima's pitching was too much for the Gators to handle as they would shutout the Gators three times. The Yaks would go on to defeat the Gators 9-0, 10-4, 6-0, and 6-0. Along with the Gators bats being silenced, they continued to struggle defensively committing 8 errors on the weekend.
Chase Kairis turned in yet another quality start pitching six innings allowing two earned runs with four strikeouts in the Gators 6-0 loss. His earned run average sits at 2.36 despite his 1-3 record Larry Jensen also pitched well going 4 and 1/3 shutout innings before being relieved due to a high pitch count.
A few positive spots on offense were freshman infielder Demetri Shears and redshirt freshman Rob Ackerley. Demetri Shears, who was 5 for 13 with two extra base hits last weekend, continued his hot streak going 7 for 15 with two doubles and two runs batted in for the weekend. Rob Ackerley also had a good weekend going 4 for 9 with a run batted in.
The Gators record falls to 4-12 on the season. They will open up league play next Saturday, March 28 at Centralia at 1:00 p.m.
Weekly wrap up, March 30, 2015
After dropping six games in a row to finish non-conference play, the Gators were looking forward to a fresh start with conference play starting on Saturday. They traveled south to Centralia Community College to take on the Trailblazers at Wheeler Field for the first of their five single games.
Sophomore Chase Kairis got the start and would pitch four strong innings allowing three hits, one earned run, and striking out three but would come out of the game trailing 1-0. Freshman Travis Blough who is normally a starter would relieve him. Blough pitched three innings allowing five hits, surrendering four runs but only two earned, and striking out two. The Gators would score two runs in the 5th inning and two runs in the 8th inning highlighted by a Thomas Richards double and Josh Broom RBI single.
However, Centralia would blow the game wide open in the 8th with six runs and take an 11-4 lead. The margin would be too much for the Gators to overcome and Centralia would go on to win 11-4.
In the second of the Gators five single games, they would travel to Tacoma where the Titans would go on to defeat the Gators 10-6.
After scoring in the first three innings, Tacoma held a 9-2 lead going into the fourth and it would be an uphill battle from there on out for the Gators. They would score three in the fifth and one in the ninth but it would not be enough.
Three Gators had multi-hit games including Quinn Burcham who went 3 for 5 with a double and two runs batted in, and Josh Broom and Thomas Richards who each went 3 for 4 with a double and a run batted in. Richards went 5 for 8 on the weekend with two doubles, a stolen base, and a run batted in.
The Gators will finish up their single games this week with a game at Pierce on Wednesday at 3:00pm, a game Friday at Russell Road for their home opener against Lower Columbia, and finally a game Saturday at The Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey against Grays Harbor. Their overall record sits at 4-14 while their league record falls to 0-2.