by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
LEWISTON, Idaho – A five-run seventh inning and two run-scoring doubles from Joel Condreay lifted the Whitworth Pirates over the Lewis-Clark State Warriors in the Whitworth's season finale on Sunday afternoon.
Whitworth finishes the year with a 17-20 overall record, while Lewis-Clark State fell to 38-11 on the year.
Condreay provided most of the Bucs' offensive punch, going 3-5 with 3 RBI in his final game as a Pirate. Grayson O'Neil added a 2-5 effort and scored once. Tyler McDowell led the Warriors offensively, going 3-5 with 1 RBI and 1 run.
The game opened with three scoreless innings before both teams put a run on the board in the fourth. Ian Sugrue picked up the RBI for the Bucs with a bases loaded walk, and Matt Thompson's solo home run knotted the game up at one for the Warriors.
Taylor Poffenroth followed Condreay by extending the advantage to 4-1 with a sacrifice fly. JT Phelan continued the seventh inning rally with an RBI single and scored the final run of the frame on Liam Fitzpatrick's single two batters later.
The Warriors got one run back in the bottom of the inning when Riley Way scored on Kasey Bailey's groundout to shortstop. They added two more runs in the eighth on a pair of singles, but couldn't make up for the Pirates' offensive explosion in the prior inning.
Brady Simmelink got the start for Whitworth and gave up one run in six innings, earning the win. T.J. Orchard entered the game in relief of Simmelink and ensured that the Bucs' lead would stand up, allowing three earned runs in his three innings of relief.
Tyler Burch started for the Warriors and allowed one run with five strikeouts in his five innings of work. Rian Bassett was hit with the loss after allowing three runs in just a third of an inning.