Loggers, Pirates Halted By Rain Heading Into Extras

Loggers, Pirates Halted By Rain Heading Into Extras

TACOMA, Wash. – Rain has forced the end of an exciting game between the Puget Sound baseball team and Whitworth to be played out tomorrow. The Loggers and Pirates are tied 10-10 heading into the top of the tenth inning.

As the Loggers took the field for the initial extra frame, the umpires and coaches agreed to suspend today's series opener until 11 a.m. tomorrow. Today's game will finish up at 11 a.m. with the teams planning on playing a doubleheader after that to complete the scheduled three-game series.

Whitworth took the early lead with three runs in the top of the first. The Pirates started the game with four straight singles to go up 2-0 on Tyler Pfeffer's single into right. Another single from Kevin Valerio made it 3-0.

After that, Matt Robinson (the Loggers' starter) cruised through six more innings. He retired the Pirates in order in the second and third and limited the Pirates to just one run in the fourth despite loading the bases with no outs.

Robinson tossed seven strong innings, allowing four runs  while striking out five.

While Robinson cruised on the mound, the Loggers bats heated up. Kaulana Smith's single in the second scored Stephen Kelsey to make it 3-1. With the bases loaded in the third, Matt Cox drilled a two-RBI double to right center and Bobby Hosmer followed it up with a two-RBI single in the next at bat to give the Loggers a 5-3 lead.

The bats continued to produce in the middle innings as Cox drew a bases loaded walk to force home a run and Hosmer was hit by a pitch to bring in another run in the fourth. In the fifth, it was Connor Savage and Casey Coberly who delivered RBI single to push the Logger lead 9-4.

Hosmer made the lead 10-4 in the sixth when he came home on a double steal.

The Pirates weren't going to go quietly. As the Loggers went to the bullpen in the eighth, the Pirate bats caught fire. With two outs, Landon Scott drove in the first run. J.R. Jarrell smack a two-RBI single two batters later and Valerio's bases loaded double tied up the game at 10-10.

Both teams went quietly in the ninth before rain halted the game.