Pirates fall flat in regional final loss
Bay Port pitcher Carter Highline throws a pitch in the Pirates 13-1 loss to D.C. Everest May 31 (Melinda Palzewic photo).
BY RICH PALZEWIC
SUAMICO – It had to end at some point.
For the past 15 seasons, the Bay Port baseball team had advanced to the WIAA D1 sectionals, but that streak ended in a 13-1 loss to the D.C. Evergreens May 31 at Bay Port High School.
The Pirates mustered only three hits and committed eight errors in the lopsided regional finals defeat.
Bay Port ends the season with an overall record of 12-4.
“It was a disappointing end to an otherwise very successful season,” said Bay Port head coach Mike Simoens. “Our offense has been sporadic at best this year, but for the most part our pitching and defense propelled us to a 12-4 record. However, (Thursday) all three aspects of the game were not good enough. I’m still very proud of this group.”
Logan Donart had two hits for the Pirates, while Jake Berg – who had the only RBI of the game for Bay Port – had the other.
Donart led off the third with a base hit, advanced to second on a throwing error and was sacrificed to third on a Josh Shackelford bunt. He would score a batter later on Berg’s groundout.
The Evergreens scored all 13 of their runs in the last five innings in a game that was tied at 1 after three.
Carter Highline started on the mound for the Pirates and went three innings, giving up a single run on two hits.
Call Verlanic relieved and took the loss from his one inning of work, where only three of the six runs he gave up were earned.
Everest was held to seven hits, but the Bay Port errors led to only eight of the runs being earned.
The Evergreens also took advantage of six walks, four wild pitches and a hit batter by Pirate pitchers.
D.C. Everest: 001 341 4 – 13 7 1
Bay Port: 001 000 0 – 1 3 8
BP: Leading hitters – Donart 2×3; 2B: Tilot; RBI: Berg; Pitching – Highline: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 SO; C. Verlanic (LP): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 6 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 SO; Thielke: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 SO; K. Verlanic: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO; Gnagi: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 1 SO; Kurowski: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.