Published: Sunday, 24 April 2011 17:38
First game (nine innings): Starter Sheldon McDonald looked sharp for 3 2/3 innings, and should have gotten through four innings with no runs allowed. However, an error with two outs kept the fourth inning going, and the Coyotes got two unearned runs on a double by DH Jesse Dodd. The Coyotes then loaded the bases with a walk and a hit batter, but McDonald got a fly out to finally end the inning with the bases loaded.
McDonald was replaced in the fifth inning by Miles Verweel. He gave up the winning run in the sixth inning; RF Izaac Garsez started the inning with a triple. Verweel got a ground out and an infield popup to keep Garsez at third, but Garsez scored on a passed ball.
The Thunderbirds got their two runs in the bottom of the sixth. 2B Keaton Briscoe started the inning with a walk, and moved to third on a double by 1B Auston Fruson. Briscoe and Fruson scored on consecutive sacrifice flies by LF Andrew Madsen and CF Blake Carruthers.
The Coyotes got their first earned run of the game, off Verweel, in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by Garsez. They completed the scoring with a two-RBI double by pinch-hitter Jeffrey Harris, off Danny Britton-Foster.
The Thunderbirds were out-hit 8-5. Starter Joshua Orr got the win, and McDonald got the loss.
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Second game (seven innings): It took all weekend for the Thunderbirds to clinch the #2 seed in the NAIA West tournament, but two players with limited playing time got starts in this one, and came through big time.
The winning run was scored by SS Ryan Taylor, who got his eighth start of the season. He reached on a single in the third inning, and was batted in by LF Adam Quan, who got his seventh start of the season. Quan hit a double, but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a single. 1/2 inning later, Quan got an assist on the key defensive play of the game; RF Izaac Garsez, who reached on a single, was trying to score on a single by 2B Tanner Hodges. He was thrown out at home; the throw from Quan was relayed by 3B Andrew Firth. The play ended the inning, as well as the best chance the Coyotes had to score in this game. Quan finished the game 2-3, scored a run, and also reached on an error.
Shawn Hetherington also had a big game in his final home game for the Thunderbirds. He got his second start of the season, and got a complete-game shutout. He held the Coyotes to five hits, struck out two.
The remaining three runs for the Birds came on a bases-loaded double by CF Blake Carruthers in the fifth inning; he finished the game 2-3.
RF Sean Pisarski made a season-highlight-reel play on a foul ball in the top of the fifth; he went all the way to the fence separating the field from the barbecue area to make the catch, and his momentum took him over the fence. Carruthers made a very good catch in center field for the final out of the game.
Hetherington's record is now 2-0, 1.67 ERA in 14 appearances. Levi Mitchum got the loss for the Coyotes.
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Story from UBC Athletics site: Hetherington's shutout saves T-Birds from sweep