- Published: Friday, 01 April 2011 23:41
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First game (nine innings): An exciting and well-played game, despite not-very-good weather. The game was scoreless for five innings. Warrior starter Tyler Doornink allowed only two hits, struck out three. The Thunderbirds left the bases loaded in the second inning, and C Greg Densem was stranded on third in the fifth inning. However, Doornink's replacement, Nick Stiltner, who moved from behind the plate to the mound, was greeted by a triple by 2B Keaton Briscoe in the top of the sixth. (Corban was the home team because this and the second game of the day were makeups of games rained out in Salem last month.) Briscoe nearly got stranded, too. Stiltner recovered with strikeouts of RF Andrew Madsen and 3B Bob Foerster. He should have gotten out of the inning when CF Blake Carruthers hit a ground ball to third base. However, a bad throw to first allowed Briscoe to score, and the Thunderbirds led 1-0.
An excellent defensive play in the bottom of the sixth kept the Warriors off the board. They had runners at second and third with one out, the result of a double by LF Steven Blum, an error, and a bunt. Foerster fielded a ground ball, and threw home to Densem, who tagged out the runner coming home. Densem made a very quick throw to SS Matt Spillman, covering third. The baserunner reached third before the throw got there, but he slid past the bag, and Spillman tagged him out to complete an unusual 5-2-6 double play and end the inning.
Foerster scored what eventually became the winning run in the top of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by DH Kevin Nickel. Shawn Hetherington took over from starter Danny Britton-Foster in the bottom of the eighth, and retired the first two batters he faced on two pitches. The next batter, Blum, was robbed of an extra-base hit by a good snag of a line drive by Foerster.
The Warriors started the bottom of the ninth with a double by 1B Kris Bos. He moved to third on a ground out, and broke the shutout on another ground out. The Warriors were within one run, but with only one out left and the bases empty. Stiltner, the pitcher of record for the Warriors, came to the plate with a chance to keep his own game alive. He responded with a single. The next batter also hit a single, and the Warriors had the winning run at first. The next batter, CF Nate Hiebert, hit a line drive to center field which should have loaded the bases. However, Carruthers made a season-highlight diving catch to end the game.
The Warriors out-hit the Birds 8-6. Briiton-Foster got the win; he allowed five hits, struck out six. Densem finished 2-4, as did Blum.
Second game (seven innings): Eric Brown went the distance, allowed only three hits and struck out five for his sixth win of the season. The Birds got all the runs they needed in the first inning, on an RBI single by 2B Keaton Briscoe, Briscoe and DH Kevin Nickel scored on wild pitches. Briscoe hit a triple and scored later on in the game.
Story from UBC Athletics site: T-Birds do just enough to take two from Corban