KAISER - Friday afternoon was blustery at the ball park as the Pirates traveled to Osage to take on the Indians. Macks Creek left following a heart breaking 6-5 loss in eight innings.
The Pirates started in the first. Brian Devivo was hit by the third pitch of the game and Tommie Willis followed with a fielder's choice to third. Bricker Berry and Austin Hufferd followed with hit-by-pitches to push Brian across for a 1-0 lead. Following back-to-back strikeouts, Eric Waters dropped a blooper into left field that scored both Willis and Berry, giving Mack's Creek a 3-0 edge after half an inning.
Osage plated two of their own in the bottom half. They took advantage of a single, double, walk and a hit-by-pitch to plate two.
Macks Creek added one more in second. Brian Devivo singled following a ground out and moved to second on a Willis ground ball to third that was misplayed. Berry was then hit by a pitch again to load the bases. After an Indian pitching change, Brian would cross the plate for another run, this time on a wild pitch during a Lane Parrak at-bat. Parrack later struck out to end the inning.
The bottom of the second and the top of the third were quiet innings for both clubs. In the bottom of the third Osage plated three runs of their own. A lead off walk followed by an RBI-double made the score 4-3. After a stolen base another walk occurred putting runners on the corners. Another single plated the tying run before a fielder's choice put the Indians ahead 5-4.
It would remain a one run game until the sixth. With two outs Brian Devivo again reached base, this time on a walk. Following a single by Tommie Willis, both runners would move up on a passed ball. Brian would score on a Berry jam shot to the short stop that tied the score at five.
The bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh would be quiet ones for each side. In the bottom of the seventh, Osage would threaten to end the game. The lead off hitter of the inning would walk ahead of a strikeout. The top of the Osage lineup came to the plate and ripped a single to left, that dropped and skipped away from the left fielder and allowed the runners to go an extra base. After an intentional walk to the two-hole hitter that loaded the bases, a pop up with a drawn-in infield and a strikeout ended the Indian threat and sent the game into extras.
The Pirates went 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. The bottom of the inning proved to be the end of the game. With one out the six-hole hitter walked and stole second. He would move up on a single to put runners on first and third. A fly ball to left was not deep enough to bring in the runner from third. With two outs, the Osage nine-hole hitter hit a slow roller to second that he just beat out at first to
Page 2 of 2 - "The call at first in the end didn't go the way it should have," said Coach Trusty, "I tell my boys that there are elements of the game we can't control and tonight was a prime example of that."
Brian Devivo took the loss in relief. He worked the final four-and-one-third innings. He allowed one run on two hits while striking out nine and walking nine. Tommie Willis received a no-decision in the contest. He worked the first three-and-one-third innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits while walking three, striking out two and hitting one batter.
"Brian did well for us in relief tonight. He did struggle with command, but he got some big outs for us, especially in the bottom of the seventh," said Trusty, " I wish we could have gotten him the win."
Eric Waters led the Pirates offensively with a two-for-four night at the plate. He also collected two RBI's. Brian Devivo, Tommie Willis, Bricker Berry and Jacob Devivo each collected a single hit as well. Brian scored three runs while Willis and Berry crossed the plate once. Austin Hufferd reached base on a hit-by-pitch and had an RBI as well for the Pirates.
"We had some chances at the start of the game where we had runners in scoring position but were unable to take advantage of it. We score a couple more runs in those spots and we win this game," added Coach Trusty.
The Pirates fall to 6-4 with the loss.
The JV Pirates fell 3-2 in a three inning JV game.
Austin Bryner took the loss in his first start of the season. He worked two-and-two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out one.
Brian Devivo reached on a strikeout and scored once while Eric Waters doubled and scored on a wild pitch.
The JV is now 0-2.
Macks Creek plays host to Richland on Tuesday at five, travels to Crocker on Thursday for a 4:30 game and then returns home on Friday to play host to Halfway at five.