After junior left-hander Pete Stadmeyer tossed Whitman to a 3-1 victory in the opener, Whitworth exploded for nine runs in the sixth inning of a 15-7 game-two triumph as the two teams wrapped up their Northwest Conference baseball seasons Sunday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.
Game One: Whitman 3, Whitworth 1
Strong pitching, sharp defense and timely hitting were the keys to victory for Whitman in the opener. Stadmeyer shut down the Pirate offense on four hits, Adam Knappe sparkled defensively at second base, and Erik Korsmo and Micah Babbitt stoked the offense with two hits apiece.
Stadmeyer, who struck out two and walked one, checked the Pirates on four singles over seven innings. Whitworth starter Ryan Snell, a senior right-hander, was almost as effective, giving up seven hits while fanning four in six innings of work.
Whitworth evened the slate with a run in the fourth. After Jon Whiteside was nicked on the elbow by a pitch and Mitch Ramsey singled up the middle, Dan Ramsey’s sacrifice bunt pushed both runners into scoring position. Chad Flett’s ground-out to second base scored Whiteside from third.
Whitman regained the lead with a run in the fifth. Three consecutive one-out singles by Mike Rathwell, Korsmo and Babbitt loaded the bases. Shackelford grounded to short but avoided the doubleplay, beating the throw to first base as Rathwell scored from third.
Whitman made it 3-1 with another run in the sixth. With one out, White moved into scoring position when his groundball to third was misplayed for a two-base error. Nate Rankin, the next hitter, lined an RBI-single to right-center field.
Whitworth made it interesting in the top of the seventh. Chad Flett led off with a single to right-center and took second base when the ball was bobbled. Flett slipped into third on a wild pitch, but Stadmeyer got the first out of the inning on a foul pop-up to first. He also got the next two outs – a groundball to third and line out to second – to leave Flett stranded and post Whitman’s second complete-game pitching performance of the weekend.
Knappe made his defensive web gems in the fifth and sixth innings, robbing Mac Collette and Dan Belet of hits early in both innings. Rathwell, who caught the game for Stadmeyer, gave his batterymate a boost in the third inning, throwing out Matt Monahan in an attempted steal of second base.
Korsmo's two hits included a third-inning double. Shackelford was then hit by a pitch with two outs, but both runners were left stranded when Luke Marshall's line drive was caught in center field.
Game Two: Whitworth 15, Whitman 7
With game two tied at 5-5, Whitworth took charge in the sixth inning with nine runs on six hits, two hit-batters, one base on balls, and a dropped line drive in the outfield. Big hits for the Pirates included Scott Ward's two-run triple, Ben George's two-run double, and Dan Ramsey's two-run single. Ramsey had two singles in the inning.
Whitman rallied a bit in the bottom of the sixth, cutting its deficit to 14-7. Korsmo led off with a single, Babbitt was hit by a pitch, and both runners advanced a base on a balk. Shackelford's ground-out to first base scored one run, and Marshall plated the second with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Jon Whiteside, whose RBI-single in the top of the seventh made it 15-7, pitched the bottom of the inning for Whitworth, getting the final three outs while giving up a two-out pinch-hit double to Jay Richards.
Both clubs collected 13 hits, although Whitworth also capitalized on 10 walks. Dan Ramsey led the way for the Pirates with three hits and three RBI. Whitworth got two hits each from Mitch Ramsey, Whiteside, Flett and George.
In addition to his RBI-sacrifice fly, Marshall had three hits in his three official at-bats for Whitman. Korsmo, who laced a two-out triple in the second inning, was one of three Missionaries with two hits each. Shackelford and Michael Lazcano also had a pair of safeties.
Whitman scored the game's first run in the first inning on consecutive singles by Babbitt, Shackelford and Marshall. Whitworth scored twice in each of the next two innings for a 4-1 lead, but Whitman scored three times in the bottom of the third to forge a 4-4 deadlock. After Marshall singled and the Pirate infield botched a doubleplay ball, Matt Morris-Rosenfeld lined a two-run single to center and later scored on Lazcano's single.
Whitworth regained the lead with a run in the fourth. Whiteside singled, advanced on Belet's sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch, and scored on Dan Ramsey's sacrifice fly to center. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, singles by Shackelford, Marshall and Knappe evened the score at 5-5.