TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound baseball team scored of 11 of its runs on the day in the eighth inning or later to post a doubleheader sweep over Northwest Conference foe Lewis & Clark. Casey Coberly had eight hits and four RBI on the day and Nate Aguiar went the distance in the late game for his second consecutive complete game win.
Game 1 – W, 12-8
One of those eight hits from Coberly provided some fireworks for the Logger faithful in the first game as he hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to give the Loggers (9-22-1, 5-12 NWC) the walkoff victory. Coberly's slam capped a six-run ninth for the Loggers.
Johnny Hosmer walked to leadoff the crucial ninth inning with the Logger down 8-6. They had been trailing since the Pioneers (6-30, 3-17 NWC) scored four runs in the second to take a 5-1 lead. Lucas Stone and Kaulana Smith then singled in back-to-back at-bats and a miscue from the Pios right fielder allowed Hosmer to score from second, bringing the Loggers within a run of the Pios.
Christian Carter drew a walk to load the bases and a wild pitch brought Paul Webster (pinch running for Stone) to tie the game at 8-8. Addison Melzer drew another walk to load the bases just before Casey Coberly deposited the game-winning hit over the left field fence.
Steve Wagar picked up his first career win with a solid 4.1 innings pitched out of the bullpen. He allowed just two hits and one run while striking out a pair and walking one. The Pios' Mike Kinkenon brought in the Pios only run against Wagar in the top of the ninth to push the Pio lead to 8-6.
A Logger error in the second allowed two runs to come in for the Pios to regain the lead. Evan Gray then swiped home on a double steal and Michael Ball drove in another Pio run for a 5-2 lead.
The Loggers chipped away at the lead as Andrew Grady knocked in a run in the fourth but the Pios responded with a run of their own in the fifth. A two-run home run from Christian Carter in the bottom of the sixth brought the Logger within striking distance and narrowed the lead to 7-5.
The Pios were able to scratch out the one run in the ninth, which was the only blemish on Wagar's stat line at the end of the game. Mentor drove in a run in the eighth for the Loggers and Coberly lifted the Loggers in the ninth for the win.
Game 2 – W, 6-2
Another late comeback and another complete game gem from Nate Aguiar completed the twinbill sweep of the Pioneers. Aguiar went the distance for the second consecutive time, fanning eight Pios this time. He scattered six hits and allowed two runs while issuing just one free pass.
The Pios got to Aguiar early before he settled in. Ball drew a two-out walk in the first and came around to score on a double from Nick Lavin. Parker Dane then led off the third with a double, stole third and scored on Lavin's groundout.
Mike Hathaway seemed to have the Loggers number early as he allowed just two hits in the first three innings and pitched out of a bases loaded situation in the third to hold the 2-0 lead. However, momentum shifted as Aguiar settled in on the mound and the Loggers offense woke up.
Aguiar allowed just three base runners after the third inning with all coming in the form of scattered singles. Between the fourth and the eighth innings, Aguiar retired 12 consecutive batters while the Loggers bats heated up.
Four Pio errors in the fifth led to a tie ballgame as the Loggers pushed two runs across. The first run came across when Coberly and Connor Savage executed a double but the catcher's throw was errant, allowing Coberly to score and Savage to move up to third. Savage then scored on another Pio error to tie the game at 2-2.
It wasn't until the eighth that the Loggers gained a lead with four runs. Savage delivered the first blow when he doubled down the left field line with the bases loaded to give the Loggers a 4-2 lead. Bobby Hosmer later hit a sacrifice fly to plate Savage and Lucas Stone singled up the middle to drive in Mentor.
Aguiar put the game in the ninth for his team-leading fourth win of the year.
The Loggers and Pios square off again tomorrow at noon in the series finale.