The Pierce Bears baseball team was defeated by the Willows Honkers at home last Friday, as two Honker pitchers combined to throw a shut-out game, 11-0 final score.
Pierce started off on a positive last Friday evening with a fast two outs on a caught steal and a line out throw from Red Bull (Matt) Tapia to first baseman Skippy (Cole) Stassi to start the game. But Colby Stillwell from Willows would open up the scoring spree with a first inning solo homer. Willows collected two more runs in the inning for 3-0 lead over the Bears. Danny Valdez brought the heat from the mound on the Pierce offense, surrendering no runs on one hit over the next three innings.
Luke Vorhees allowed seven hits and six runs in the first four innings for the Bears and struck out six. Down by seven in the fifth, Voorhees got the third out for the Bears, catching runner Shipplehoute at home on the steal and holding Willows from widening the score. Back in the box, Pierce was unable to cross the plate, leaving one on base. Willows picked up two more runs in the sixth, but sealed the fate of a Bears loss at the top of the seventh with a second homerun by Stillwell on a fly ball to left field with one runner on. The Bears lost 11-0.
Tapia allowed 11 hits and five runs over three innings, striking out three and walking zero. Gentry Condrey led Pierce with two stolen bases. Pierce holds a 1-9 season record and will travel to Live Oak for a conference match-up Friday at 4 PM. ■