The Prairie Baseball Academy had another very encouraging weekend in the US. The boys finished 2-1-1 on the trip, the tie a result of rain and cold in Washington. Heading into their weekend off PBA holds a 7-4-1 record through 12 games in their 2017 spring season. In comparison last season PBA went 8-14 in the spring en route to their 6th straight CCBC Championship.
The boys kicked off the weekend in Walla Walla on Saturday in some terrible weather. It was cold, rainy and windy, but the boys managed to take game 1 of the doubleheader 10-4. Tanner Jesson-Dalton was not at his best, but found a way to battle through the elements to pick up his second win of the year. Kai Poffenroth, Jacob Melville and Liam Sabiston combined to throw the final four innings of the ball game to secure the win. At the plate, PBA combined for 11 hits and 10 runs including 3 a piece from Dylan Flasch and David Leblanc. Brett Semeniuk pitched in with a 3 run shot to put the boys ahead for good in the 7th inning.
Game 2 was called due to inclement weather. The umpires called for a delay after PBA had tied it in the top of the 5th inning. Rather than trying to wait out the rain for at least an hour the coaches decided to call the game. It was already cold enough, there was no point in risking injury for a game in March. Greg Hollman started for PBA and was very good over his 4 innings of work. Hollman surrendered only 2 hits and struck out 4 before the game was called.
On Sunday the weather was better, and the PBA bats were still hot. The boys took care of Columbia Basin CC 14-3 with a top to bottom performance from the offense. The top 6 hitters in the lineup combined to go 13-26(.500) with 10 runs scored and 12 RBI’s. Liam Sabiston got the win for PBA relieving starter Rhett Feser who was forced to leave the game with a tight elbow. Sabiston finished with 4.2 IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, and 7 K’s.
Unfortunately, PBA couldn’t finish off the weekend with a win. Chris Messer had a very good start throwing 5 innings allowing only 2 hits and striking out 5. As we have seen to start the season the bullpen struggled a little on Sunday afternoon and gave up 7 runs over the final 3 innings.
All in all Coach Hub was happy with the weekend. He had this to say about his team:
“So far this season our starting pitching has been outstanding. I have yet to see a team that can match up with our 4 starters. The bullpen has been very inconsistent, showing flashes of brilliance, and also an inability to throw enough strikes, which has caused a few late inning collapses. Our hitting has been better than expected. Going into the season I was unsure about how our lineup would perform. So far they have hit the ball hard, and scored in bunches. Like always there are things that we can improve on, and we will continue to get our work in. The team is looking forward to having a weekend off to rest, and heal some of our bumps and bruises. I am excited to see how we come out of the break as we finish up our spring season and look forward to the CCBC Schedule.”
–Todd Hubka – Head Coach of PBA.
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