The Trail AM Ford Orioles hosted the Pacific International League’s Northwest Honkers in a four-game set on the weekend, a good tune up for the B.C. Senior Men’s Baseball championship going at Butler Park Aug. 1-4.
The Honkers took 3-of-4 from the Orioles winning the first two games of Saturday’s doubleheader 5-4 and 9-7. Trail bounced back with a 7-5 victory in the first half of a double bill Sunday, but ran out of arms in a 16-1 loss in the final match.
In Saturday’s first game, the O’s had the tying run at third in the final inning, but could not complete the two-out rally as the Honkers pitcher struck out the O’s batter to end the match.
Joey Underwood wielded a scorching bat going 3-for-4 at the plate, including two solo home runs, while Dallas Calvin was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, and took the loss on the mound giving up three runs over five innings, and yielding seven hits, while striking out five.
In the second half of the doubleheader, the Orioles were down 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh, but rallied to tie it when Scotty Davidson belted a double to score Cam Ferguson to bring the O’s within one. Underwood then stepped up and hit a single, scoring Davidson to force extra innings and to break the 5-5 tie. However, after a scoreless eighth, the Honkers scored four runs in the top of the ninth to take a 9-5 lead. The Orioles made it close when Underwood went deep again, hitting a two-run bomb to cut the lead to two, but the Honkers pitcher would catch the O’s hitter looking to end the threat. Underwood went 4-for-4 on the night with three RBIs and the dinger, while Calvin had a pair of doubles and two RBIs, going 2-for-4 on the night.
In Sunday’s third game the Orioles plated three runs in the fourth inning on their way to a 7-5 win over the Honkers. With the Honkers up 4-3, back-to-back singles from Jim Maniago and Underwood would score David Colquhoun and Joel Graf to put the O’s ahead. Then, following a single from Kyle Mace and a walk to Calvin, Jake Lucchini would deliver what would proved to be the winning run with a base hit. Colquhoun was 1-for-1 with two walks, while Maniago was 2-for-4 for the Orioles.
In the final match, the game was a relatively close 5-1 Honkers lead heading into the sixth but the O’s well of arms ran dry as the Seattle-based team belted out an 11-run barrage to win the game 16-1.