Pembina Valley Orioles catcher Robi Lewarne attempts to make a play at the plate against the Elmwood Giants at Buhler Park Wednesday, June 13. (THOMAS FRIESEN, Morden Times)
With first place on the line, every mistake is magnified.
The Pembina Valley Orioles were shut out 7-0 by the league-leading Elmwood Giants at Buhler Park in Morden Wednesday, June 13.
The Orioles fall to 8-6, and back to third place in the Manitoba Junior Baseball League standings.
“It was a tough night,” said Orioles coach Sheldon Bergman. “They scored five runs on errors, and you lose 7-0.”
“(Seth) Staple pitched a really good game. They never hit him deep once all game.”
Staple threw six innings, giving up two earned runs. The Giants plated four more over the first six frames on fielding errors.
The score could have been worse, but the Orioles were able to make it out of a few tough situations.
“The guys never gave up,” said Bergman. “Even when Elmwood had guys on base the guys didn’t quit.”
Staple struck out two and grouded out a third with two runners in scoring position in the second to keep the game scoreless.
Bobby Matuszewski made an impressive diving stab to end the top-half of the sixth.
On the offensive side, the Orioles could not get the bats going all night.
“We faced a tough pitcher in Brendyn Perron, one of the best pitchers in the league,” said Bergman.
“We just had a hard time hitting off him.”
Perron pitched a complete-game shut out, not allowing a baserunner past second.
The Orioles hit the road for a double header with the Interlake Blue Jays Sunday, June 18.
“We talked it over after the game and we are definitely going to have to change some things around in order to win those ball games,” said Bergman.
First pitch for game one is at 1 p.m., and game two starts at 4 p.m. at Quarry Park in Stonewall.