PASCO, Wash. – Whitworth split on the second day of the Swing into Spring Baseball Classic on Saturday at Gesa Stadium. The Pirates fell to Corban 4-3 in the morning's opener then rolled to a 15-1 win over Lewis & Clark in the night game.
Whitworth improved to 4-3 this season and will conclude the tournament with a game against Puget Sound late Sunday afternoon.
Game 1 – Corban 4, Whitworth 3
The Warriors rallied to overtake the Pirates, who had taken a 3-1 lead in the first inning.
Tyler Pfeffer got the Bucs on the board in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI double. JR Jarrell drove in Landon Scott with a ground ball to second base and Justin Liu followed with an RBI single that drove in Pfeffer for the early 3-1 Pirate lead.
Whitworth still held a 3-2 lead through six innings when Corban rallied in the seventh to go ahead. Pinch hitter Peter Martin drove in the tying run and Colby Sokel's double drove home the go-ahead run.
Pfeffer led off the eighth inning with a double, but Whitworth was unable to score the tying run and left two runners on base.
Dan Scheibe (0-2) started on the mound for the Pirates and went 6.2 innings. He gave up all four runs, but only two were earned as a pair of Whitworth errors led to two unearned runs. Tyler Doornink gave up the three early runs, then settled down to pitch seven innings to pick up the win.
Game 2 – Whitworth 15, Lewis & Clark 1
The Pirates broke the game open with eight runs in the seventh inning and cruised to its second win of the tournament over the Pioneers.
Kevin Valerio drove in three runs and C.J. Perry threw seven strong innings to earn his first win of the season on the mound.
Scott's RBI single got the Pirates on the board in the first inning and he scored an unearned run in the third on Valerio's ground ball to second base. Nick Motsinger's RBI in the fourth gave the Bucs a 3-0 lead and Whitworth doubled that lead in the fifth.
The Pirates' eight-run seventh inning came on only three hits. L&C pitchers walked four batters and hit two others.
Perry allowed four hits and one run in his seven innings. He struck out seven and walked four. Brandon Ellendt tossed the final two innings for the Bucs.
Gerhard Muelheims had four hits for Whitworth and scored three runs.