By Justin Damasiewicz
The Daily World
An improved effort by the Grays Harbor College baseball team still fell short on Saturday.
Green River Community College swept the Chokers in an NWAACC Western Division doubleheader at Pioneer Park’s Ken Waite Field. After taking the first game, 6-4, the Choker dropped the nightcap in eight innings, 3-2.
In the second game, Grays Harbor had a 2-1 lead going into the seventh inning, the final inning of regulation. The Chokers (1-13, 4-27) bunched singles by Kurt South, Danny Flahie, Eric Widener and Skyler Wheeler in a two-run fifth.
Grays Harbor starting pitcher Kyle Kenser, had allowed just one hit in his first six innings of work, and the only run that the Gators had scored was unearned.
Green River’s Brian Clayton led off the seventh with a double. Then Michael Takayoshi laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Clayton’s pinch runner, Roderick Fields to third base. Fields scored on a single down the third-base line by pinch-hitter Quinn Hartman to tie the game.
“I give a lot of credit to Kyle Kenser,” said GHC coach Shon Schreiber. “That was his first start of the year, and he gave it everything he had and he pitched really well.”
Matt Klick led off the Green River eighth by drawing a walk.. Then Klick’s pinch runner, Taylor Whittum, scored what proved to be the game-winning run on a single by Eric Kimmell.
Grays Harbor started strong in the first game.
Choker starting pitcher Justin Dibble threw just eight pitches in retiring the side in order in the first inning before his teammates struck for three runs in the bottom of the first.
In that inning, Derek Tymesen drove in Wheeler and Jordan Churchill with a double into deep right-center field. Tymesen then scored on a single by South
However, Green River fired right back. Klick slammed a home run over the left field fence, and that opened the floodgates for Green River.
The Gators scored six runs on eight hits in the second and third innings, with Drew Fosnes homering in the third, to take a 6-3 lead.
Green River starting pitcher Roderick Fields shook off his shaky start, and settled down to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings before being relieved in the sixth inning by Kyle Rogers.
“We were only down 6-3, but we played like we were behind by ten” said Grays Harbor head coach Shon Schreiber. “We didn’t have the energy.”
Grays Harbor scored one run in the ninth inning when Eric Widener hit a double that brought Flahie home, but it was too little, too late for the Chokers.
“The kids came to play today. We did better,” said Schreiber. “We have two games tomorrow, so we just have to figure out how to get that done.”
The same two teams are scheduled to play again today at Auburn.
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Field, Rogers (6), Keller (8) and Fosnes; Dibble, Gibson (6), Snyder (8) and Schlesser.
RBI: Green River —- Berens, Fosnes, Foss, Harteau, Kimmell, Klick. Grays Harbor —- Tymesen 2, South, Widener. Three Hits: Green River —- Hawksworth, Clayton. Two Hits: Green River —- Foss, Harteau, Klick. Grays Harbor —- Widener, Wheeler. Home Runs: Green River —- Fasnes, Klick. Triples: Green River —- Harteau. Doubles: Green River —- Clayton 3, Hawksworth. Grays Harbor — Tymesen, Widener.
Winning Pitcher —- Field (walked 0, struck out 4). Losing Pitcher —- Dibble (walked 2, struck out 0).
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Dohlen, McCarthy (5), Rogers (7) and Fosnes; Kenser, Gervais (7) and Gibson.
RBI: Green Rive — Hartman, Hawksworth, Kimmell. Grays Harbor — Wheeler, Widener. Two Hits: Grays Harbor — South, Widener. Doubles: Green River — Clayton.
Winning Pitcher— Rogers (walked 1, struck out 3). Losing Pitcher —Gervais (walked 1, struck out 0)