Warriors sweep twinbill; push win streak to six
LEWISTON, Idaho – With strong pitching throughout and an explosion of offense in game two, the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team picked up two wins in Saturday’s doubleheader with Corban University. The Warriors took the first game 3-1 and the second 15-1.
“Pitching was pretty good all day,” said LCSC head coach Gary Picone. “We had some moments offensively, but we’re inconsistent. Hopefully we’ll get better as we go.”
Lewis-Clark State, now 16-3 overall and 6-1 in the NAIA West, used a total of just four pitchers on the day. Starter Michael Noteware earned the win and Garrett Tygerson the save in game one, and Anthony Armanino picked up the win and Sal Arena the save in game two.
The Warriors had only seven hits against Corban starter Tyler Doornink in game one. The right-hander went the distance and surrendered just one earned run, however, LCSC found a way to score enough for the win.
A fielding error coupled with the speed of LCSC center fielder Jordan Payne produced a run in the first inning. Payne reached base thanks to a misplayed groundball by the second baseman, and followed this up by stealing second and then third. While swiping third the catcher’s throw went offline and Payne was able to trot home.
The Warriors scored what ended up to be the game-winning run in the third inning thanks to a sacrifice fly to center by Eric Peterson. And in the seventh they added an insurance run with an RBI double off the wall in left field by Trent Bridges.
Bridges and Connor Moore led LCSC in game one with two hits apiece. Payne had two runs scored.
Colby Sokol and Lance Foster had two hits apiece for Corban. Sokol scored the team’s lone run with a solo homer in the sixth.
Noteware went seven innings, struck out two, and gave up five hits and one run to improve to 3-1 on the year. Tygerson pitched the final two frames, striking out one.
Corban, now 8-5 overall and 0-3 in league play, scored a run in the first inning to take an early lead in game No. 2. However, the lead was short lived and the run looked minuscule by the time LCSC’s offense was done.
The Warriors did all of their damaged in the middle innings as they plated three runs in the third, five in the fourth, four in the fifth, and three in the sixth. They finished with 17 hits in the game.
Alfonso Casillas had a huge game as he went 4-for-5 with five runs batted in. The native of Indio, Calif. blasted a three-run home run, his fifth of the season, in the fifth inning.
Also going deep was Bridges who sent a 1-2 pitched high over the wall in straight-away center field to score three runs in the fourth. It was his fourth home run of the year.
Kyle Knigge, Connor Moore, and Billy Silvestri had two hits apiece during the offensive onslaught. Knigge, batting leadoff, scored three runs in the game.
Armanino went six innings and struck out three while allowing seven hits and one run to improve to 3-0. Arena earned his third save of the season by holding Corban scoreless over the final three innings. He struck out two.
As has been the case in many games so far this season, the Warriors had a few players in new positions and spots in the lineup on Saturday.
“”We’re trying some of our options, and looking to see what our best lineup is,” Picone said. “One advantage we have with this team is some flexibility.”
The LCSC-Corban series will conclude on Sunday with a single game starting at 1 p.m.