Klamath Falls, Oregon – The Gems found themselves on the outside of the GSCBL playoff standings, looking in. The Gems are still a couple game back, with only four remaining league games this season. The team is in a must win situation, to even give them a chance at the playoffs. They faced off against the California Bees tonight in game two of the six game series. The Gems got an early lead, but the Bees battles their way back in the game, but a late rally by the Gems gave them the 9-4 win.
In the first inning, Keone McKee led off with a walk, Tim Frith singled, and Brian Morley walked to load the bases with no outs. Colin Cinkovich then hit a single to right field, bringing home McKee and Frith. Nolan Baier also singled in the inning, which drove in Morley, giving the Gems a 3-0 lead.
The Gems and the Bees traded runs in the second inning. The Bees got on the board when Tyler Torres scored on a fielder’s choice. The Gems scored on an RBI single from Morley.
In the fourth inning, Daniel Brown homered for the Bees cutting the lead to 4-2. The Gems were also able to score when Tim Frith stole second, and the errant throw by the catcher brought in McKee from third base.
The Bees got back in the game in the sixth inning. Deon White singled, and Eric Parnow walked to put two runners on. White stole third, and the throw sailed high into left field, which allowed White to walk home. Cameron Paton then hit into a fielder’s choice, allowing Parnow to score.
The bottom of the eighth is when the Gems broke the game open. Baier and Brett Bloomfield both reached to start the inning, and Nick Ono’s sac bunt was thrown away, allowing Baier to score. McKee then walked to load the bases, followed by a walk to Frith, which brought in Bloomfield. Morley then hit a sac fly to right field to score Ono, and Brendan Moore singled to bring in McKee. This gave the Gems a 9-4 lead heading to the ninth.
Mason Hegenbart started on the mound for the Gems tonight, as he threw 4 innings and only giving up two runs. Joel Virshek threw in relief of Hegenbart, as he went 5 innings, only giving up one earned run, on just two hits. Virshek picked up the win in tonight’s contest.