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Peninsula Daily News
CHIMACUM — Kolby Schreier pitched his best game of the year Friday, but Chimacum’s bats didn’t provide enough support as the Cowboys dropped a Nisqually League game to the Vashon Island Pirates, 2-1.
Schreier struck out six batters and allowed only two runs in six innings on the mound.
“Kolby pitched great; gave us our longest outing of the year,” Chimacum coach Jim Dunn said.
“He was around the strike zone, which we haven’t been all year.
“It was nice to see him get some strikeouts and get some easy ground-ball outs. I thought he did a good job.”
In the top of the sixth inning, the Pirates (4-4) loaded the bases with no outs and the score tied 1-1.
Josh Myer drove in the go-ahead run with a single that scored Kelly Sullivan.
But then Schreier dug in and kept the game from getting out of control, striking out the next three batters to keep Chimacum within a run.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Colton Shaw stole second base and advanced to third on a passed ball with two outs, but the Cowboys were unable to bring him home.
“We kind of took a step back at the plate; we’ve been hitting the ball pretty well the last three games,” Dunn said.
“We were just off balance, swinging at bad pitches.”
It didn’t help that Chimacum was without senior Derek Ajax, who was out with a hamstring injury.
“He pulled his hamstring last Saturday, and I didn’t want to push him to get back,” Dunn said.
“It would have been nice to have Derek. A veteran bat in the lineup’s always nice.”
Veterans are in short supply on the 2013 Cowboys, following the graduation last spring of eight seniors — including all-league standouts Landon Cray, Austin McConnell and Quinn Eldridge — who led Chimacum to a state title in 2011 and placed second as juniors and third as freshmen.
Cray is now playing at Seattle University and Eldridge is at Tacoma Community College.
The Cowboys were dealt another bad hand when senior Michael Nordberg suffered a concussion in Chimacum’s football game against rival Port Townsend last fall.
The concussion was devastating enough that Nordberg, who would have been the team’s pitching ace and best hitter, was not medically cleared to play baseball this spring.
Despite their inexperience, Dunn said the Cowboys are improving every game.
Their batting has been doing well, and Schreier and Myles Hundley have provided two solid pitching outings in a row.
Tracyn Anderson, who was called up from the JV team, had a nice all-around game Friday.
“I thought he did a pretty good job,” Dunn said.
“He got [two hits] and he played good defense at shortstop, and then came in and gave us a good inning of pitching, so I think he’ll stick around.”
Anderson pitched the seventh inning and gave up just one hit.
Chimacum scored its only run in the second inning.
Freshman Chris Bainbridge reached first base with a bloop single over first base.
He was almost picked off and was caught in a rundown, but he managed to survive and make it back to first base.
“He shouldn’t have gotten picked off in the first place, but I guess if you’re going to get picked off, that’s the only way to get out of it,” Dunn said.
Bainbridge advanced to second on a walk and to third on a fielder’s choice. He then scored on an overthrow when Schreier stole second base.
Chimacum (1-4, 1-6) returns to action Tuesday, April 9, on the road against Eatonville after taking this week off for spring break.
Vashon 2, Chimacum 1
Vashon 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 — 2 7 0
Chimacum 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 1 4 3
WP- Sullivan; LP- Schreier
Vashon: Sullivan 7IP, 8K, R.
Chimacum: Schreier 6IP, 6K, 2R, 6H; Anderson IP, H.
Vashon: Bernheisel 3-4, R; Myer 2-3, RBI.
Chimacum: Bainbridge 1-3, R; Anderson 2-3.