By Brad Mosher
For about four innings, the Neah-Kah-Nie baseball coach got what he wanted – the Pirates battling head to head with the Knappa Loggers.
Then, in the fourth and fifth innings the Loggers opened the floodgates and turned a scoreless game into a 10-0 win in the sixth inning.
Starter Bryce Bridge had seven strikeouts in the first three innings.
It was in the fourth that the Loggers started scoring, with three crossing the plate.
Ahead 3-0, the Loggers added six more runs in the fifth inning, to open up a 9-0 lead.
Two walks in the sixth inning put Loggers on base, with Andrew Gozee scoring the final run to claim a 10-0 win with the mercy rule.
For the Pirates, only one batter solved the riddle of Dale Takalo on the mound.
It was Sam Holm who got the only hit, a two-out single. But he was left stranded.
The two teams will be battling again Friday afternoon (or Saturday if there is rain on Friday).
In addition to Bridge, Herder tried Colby Hixson and Josh Elinsky on the mound in an effort to slow the Loggers.
There was a good reason to move the game to Rockaway Beach, according to Herder.
“Our field does hold up pretty well. We expect for it to be a playable site again Friday or Saturday. We onlyneed an hour or two of sunshine and we are dry enough to get a game started,” he said.
The game was close. “It was a good pitchers duel. We were very competitive through four innings.
“But, they are a little deeper than we are. They are a very good team and have some quality players,” the coach added.
The Pirates fell to 1-6 for the season.