Hello to the faithful fans of the Prairie Dawgs. March 4th the Dawgs headed on the road again bound for Pasco Washington. As per Dawgs road trip tradition there had to have been some sort of hiccup. This week’s hiccup is brought to you by Jayden McKim, who executed a feat never before done in the 22 year history of this prestigious program. Realizing he forgot his passport at the border. Seriously, I wish I was kidding too baseball fans. After a discussion with a lovely and sassy Border officer who made Mr. McKim feel rather silly and insulted Dalton Wells’ T-Shirt we were on the road again.
Border shenanigans behind us the boys were ready to play ball. Saturday’s double header was against Walla Walla Community College ( former home of ex-major leaguer Nyjer Morgan). After a rain/snow delay the boys would take the field for the first of the 4 games. Brian Tanner Jesson-Dalton would get the ball for the dawgs who was once again excellent. Dalton (5 IP 6 H 1 R 5 BB 5 SO) would effectively shut down the Walla Walla offence allowing his offence to do work. Oh and work is what our young men did at the dish. Hits up and down the lineup highlighted by a homerun to the right field off the bat of Brett Semeniuk, who had 3 RBIs on the day. Dylan “Shaun White” Flasch, Brett Brittany and Carter Witbeck would collect multiple RBIs and David Leblanc would pick up 3 hits as the Dawgs would thrash the Warriors with a final score of 10-4. Game 2 featured Greg Hollman toeing the rubber for the Dawgs. Greg was sharp out of the gate but our defense wasn’t. Greg (5 IP 2 H 1 R 0ER 2BB 4 SO) battled through numerous defensive miscues to keep the Score 1-0 for Walla Walla through 4 ½ innings. The poor weather would wander back into our game with the skies opening up in the top of the 5th. With no hits through the first 4 innings and the amount of game left uncertain due to the weather the Dawgs needed a spark. Tyson Abbott would provide the spark with a double down the left field line. A walk set the stage for a E.D bunt which would tie the game with the go ahead run on 3rd. But as the skies would continue to poor the game ended like every soccer game I watch. A 1-1 Tie.
After a dinner at the Old Country Buffett the team would retire to their rooms to get some much needed sleep for the next days game. Day 2 would consist of a double header against Columba Basin College. Rhett Feser, a self proclaimed Nickelback fanatic, had the start for the Dawgs in game 1 and even though he didn’t have his best stuff the offence and bullpen would pick him up. The sounds of the Dawgs bats quieted the home crowd fans as a thorough offensive thrashing would lead to the Dawgs first mercy win of the year 14-3. Wells, Flasch, Britt, Borman and Schibler would post multi-hit games as the Dawgs had 15 hits as a team, scoring in every inning. Chris Messer would have the Sunday afternoon start in a much closer battle off the bat. Messer would deal (5 IP 2H 1R 1BB 5 SO) but the Dawgs bats had seemed to cool off as the game was tied at 1 going into the 6th. CBC would take a chokehold on the game making the score 5-1. Schibler would begin to help his team claw their way back into the game making the score 5-3 with a 2 run to right. CBC bats would sting back pushing the score to 6-3. The Dawgs would once again respond and continue to fight posting 3 more runs in the top of 8th capped off by a Dylan Borman homerun to left. The bottom of the 8th would however be the dagger blow as CBC would post two runs and the PBA bats seemingly out of gas in the top of the 9th. The bus ride home was lengthy but we were thrilled to have our GOAT bus driver, Ian Dobra, who got us home safe and quick. The Dawgs would go on a mini scary movie marathon featuring the Strangers and the Hills Have Eyes leading to screams across the bus. Overall a 2-1-1 weekend is good but left something to be desired as a 4-0 was well within striking distance. This weekend is off but the Dawgs are back in action against Blue Mountain and Walla Walla on the 18th and 19th.
-Chewy & E.D
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