Chelanís second baseman shows how to pick off a base runner. This out came late in the nightcap against Omak. Chelan won 8-2.
Chelan splits doubleheader with Omak
By Richard Uhlhorn
In the opener against Omak on Saturday, April 19, pitcher Roy Figueroa and the Chelan defense had a bad first inning, allowing the Pioneers six runs before getting the final out when an Omak base runner was caught between first and second base.
It was not a good game for the Goats who found themselves down 14-1 going into the bottom of the fifth when they rallied to score seven runs, six of which came after Omak had two outs, forcing the game to go the full seven innings. Chelan added one run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but lost the game 15-9.
Figueroa pitched a full game, allowing 12 hits, eight walks and striking out seven. The winning pitcher was Omakís Juan Garcia who pitched five innings with five strikeouts, four walks and allowed nine hits before being relieved.
Defensively, Chelan chalked up six errors.
Offensively, Roy Figueroa was 3 for 3 at the plate; Niles DesMarias was 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs; Curtis Pusey was 2 for 4 with a double, homerun and 3 RBIs; and Alex Brown was 2 for 4.
In the nightcap, the Goats switched up on Omak and won it 8-2 with Alex Brown on the mound. Brown pitched all seven innings, had six strikeouts, only two walks, and one earned run on two hits.
The losing pitcher was Brandon Roy who pitched only three innings with two strikeouts, two walks and nine hits.
By the end of the third inning, Chelan was cruising towards a nice with six runs across the plate.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Coach Jim Burbery was ejected from the game by the field umpire after a questionable call on a play at second base. The Chelan runner slid cleanly into second base and was standing up when the Omak second baseman went down in an attempt to complete a double play. The umpire called the runner at first out also which started the fray. Burbery was ejected and the crowd was all over the umpire for his call.
It didnít matter, because in the top of the seventh inning, the Goats finished off the Pioneers with a diving catch in right field by Wesley Field, a fence crashing catch in eep center field by Greg Schultz and a final strikeout by Alex Brown to finish the game off.
Offensively, Chelan came up with 11 hits in game two with Greg Schultz going 3 for 4; Roy Figueroa 2 for 2; Alex Brown 2 for 4 with a double; and Adam Hendricks 1 for 2.
Chelan had two defensive errors in this game.
Earlier in the week, Chelan hosted Cascade and played some tough baseball until the Kodiaks got their bats going in the sixth inning and scored six runs on two outs with a series of well hit Texas leagues that fell in the gaps in shallow center field.
Chelan ended up losing this game 10-4.
Josh Burbery was the starting pitcher but had to leave the game after only 2/3rds of an inning with a back or hip injury. Brooks Gatzemeier came in, pitched five innings, had five strikouts, walked five and allowed six hits. Alex Brown closed out the game with 1 1/3 inning pitched, allowing three hits.
Cascade Justin Haight was the winning pitcher with 10 strikeouts and allowing seven hits.
Offensively, Brooks Gatzemeier was 2 for 4 with a doubhe; Alex Brown was 2 for 3 with a double and a homerun; Roy Figueroa was 1 for 2 with a homerun; and Cory Deshetler was 1 for 3 with a homerun
Chelan travels to Lake Roosevelt on Friday for their final league game of the year.