Two things in baseball are sure to haunt a team, those two things being walks and errors.
When the Garaway Pirates traveled to Warsaw to face River View in a double-header on Saturday, April 14, it was the latter that proved to break Garaway and send them to losses of 7-5 in the opener and 12-2 in the nightcap.
Garaway committed eight errors, four in each game, opening the floodgates for a total of nine unearned runs, and that proved to be a difference in the outcome of each game, especially the opener.
The fourth inning of game one proved to be Garaway’s undoing as the Black Bears rallied to take the lead with a five-run inning.
The game started on an ominous note that summed up Garaway’s luck for the day as Trey Hershberger led off with a single and was promptly picked off. Dylan Hershberger then singled, Ryan Aleshire walked and Kory Stress reached on an error, allowing Dylan Hershberger to score the game’s first run. Bryce Bickford singled to load the bases, but the Pirates could not push across any more runs, settling for the 1-0 lead.
Trey Hershberger kept the Black Bears off the board until the third when River View struck for a pair of runs with a double, a single and an error, setting the table for the Black Bears to forge a 2-1 lead.
Then came the pivotal fourth inning. After Garaway went down quickly, a double and single made it 3-1. Then an error and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out. A fielder’s choice and an infield single made it 5-1, and Fearon relieved Trey Hershberger on the mound. One error later and Garaway was looking at a 7-1 deficit.
However, the Pirates were about to launch a nice inning of their own, and it all started with two outs. Trevor Donaldson, Dylan Hershberger and Aleshire lashed consecutive doubles to make it 7-3. After Stress was hit by a pitch, Bickford stroked a hard single to center to make it 7-4.
Fearon settled in and cruised through the fifth, and neither team scored in the sixth, meaning Garaway was down to its final at-bat, needing three runs to stay in the game.
Donaldson opened the inning with a single, and when Aleshire singled, the throw trying to get Donaldson went astray, allowing him to score and Aleshire to advance to second. After Gary Miller came in to run for Aleshire, Peyton Miller grounded out to short, advancing the runner to third, but Bickford struck out to end the game.
Aleshire went 3-for-3 in the game, driving in a pair, while both Dylan Hershberger and Donaldson went 2-for-4 with two runs and Bickford went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Trey Hershberger took the loss, going 3 and one-third innings, allowing seven runs, only three of those being earned. Fearon threw well in relief, going 2 and two-third innings and allowing only one unearned run.
In the nightcap the Pirates didn’t fare any better on defense, again committing four errors that led to four more unearned runs.
In this one it was Josh Yoder taking the mound for Garaway, and his night didn’t last long. Yoder has been a model of consistency, but the Black Bears daunting offense proved they could swing the bats and racked Yoder around for seven runs in 2 and one-third innings.
A walk to open the game, a single and a sacrifice fly gave the Bears the early lead after the Pirates went quietly in the first, and an error allowed an unearned run to cross, putting Garaway in a 2-0 hole through one.
In the top of the second, Garaway rallied, loading the bases with one out on a Kory Stress single, a hit batter and Jace Briggs’ single. However, Yoder hit a fairly deep fly to center, but Stress was gunned down at home plate, ending the threat. River View tacked on another tally in the second before the Pirates responded with a score in the third.
With one out, Trey Hershberger doubled, and an infield single by Trevor Donaldson moved him to third, where he scored on Peyton Miller’s sacrifice fly. Ryan Aleshire walked, but Stress grounded out sharply to short to end the inning.
An error to begin the bottom of the inning started a four-run outburst that put the game away. After the error in left, the Black Bears cranked out four straight hits, chasing Yoder and bringing Briggs on in relief.
Garaway got one run back in the fifth inning when Austin Fearon and Donaldson singled and Fearon scored on Peyton Miller’s ground out, but the Black Bears would come back in the bottom of the fifth to plate five runs and end the game in five innings. The door was again opened wide for River View, thanks to a Garaway error, and Briggs hurt himself on the mound by walking a pair and hitting a couple of Black Bears.
Donaldson went 2-for-3 for the Pirates at the plate while Peyton Miller drove home both runs.