Klamath Falls, Oregon – The Gems and the California Bees played the series opener of the six-game set at Kiger Stadium. After a tough road trip, the Gems found themselves at 5th in the GSCBL standing, and a couple games back of third place. In order to give themselves a change at making the playoffs, the Gems have to win out the rest of the season. The Gems had everything working tonight, as Jesse Hobaica shoved on the mound, and the offense blew up for 12 runs.
The Bees jumped out to the first lead of the game, as they were able to get one across in the top of the first. Eric Parnow had an infield single with two outs, and then Casey Longaker doubled to bring home Parnow.
The Gems answered right back in the bottom half, when Tim Frith and Brian Morley both singled to put runners on first and second. Frith came across to score on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1. Sammy Silva grounded into a fielder’s choice, but was thrown away to score Morley. After Silva stole second, Colin Cinkovich singled to bring him in.
Wes Carswell reached in the fourth by a hit by pitch, and eventually came around to score on a pass ball, giving the Gems a 4-1 lead.
The two teams each traded a run in the sixth, making the score 5-2.
The Gems really broke the game open in the seventh inning. Colin Cinkovich singled to start the inning, and was later brought home by a single off the bat of Myles Harris. Keone McKee then followed with an RBI double, and Brian Morley followed with a two RBI double, giving the Gems a 9-2 lead.
In the eighth inning, Cinkovich reached on an error, and Myles Harris got aboard by a hit by pitch. Nick Ono then singled to score Cinkovich, and then a throwing error allowed Harris to score. McKee then followed with an RBI single, stretching the lead to 12-2.
Jesse Hobaica was dominant on the mound in this one. Hobaica pitched a complete game, striking out 14 hitters, and picking up the win in the Gems 12-2 victory over the California Bees