SEASIDE Warrentons Cole Jensen certainly did not have the numbers of a losing pitcher Friday afternoon five hits allowed over eight innings, nine strikeouts and two walks.
But unfortunately for the Warriors, it was Jensen who was on the losing end of a 3-0 decision against Rainier at Seasides Broadway Field, as the Columbians escaped with a victory in the Lewis & Clark League baseball showdown.
The game was scheduled to be played at Warrenton, before the change was made to Seasides artificial turf field.
And it was Rainier pitcher Brad Tripp who ultimately held the winning hand, as the right-hander gave up just one hit, with nine strikeouts and one walk. He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.
It was a well-pitched game, said Warrenton coach Lennie Wolfe, whose team drops to 2-2 in league play. Tripp did a great job, and I cant complain about the job Cole did. Cole pitched really well. We just made a couple mistakes at the end that hurt.
Tripp was working on a no-hitter after seven innings, yet the two teams were locked in a 0-0 tie before the Columbians staged an eighth inning rally.
Rainiers Cody McGlone led off the eighth with a single to left field, and Ethan McGlone reached on Jensens first walk of the game.
Kevin Engstrom moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt, and the Warriors issued an intentional walk to Tripp to load the bases.
With Ethan Langley facing a two-strike count from Jensen, Langley was hit by a pitch to force in Cody McGlone with the games first run.
And that opened the gates for the Columbians, as Wes Tripp followed with a base hit to left, scoring Ethan McGlone, and a squeeze bunt by Oliver Bolden brought in Brad Tripp with the third run, and the damage was done.
The Warriors finally broke up Tripps no-hit bid with one out in the bottom of the eighth, as Kyle Lopez drove a line drive to center field for a base hit.
But a potential rally was snuffed out as quickly as it started, as Jensens fly ball to center was caught, and Lopez was doubled off first base for the game-ending double play.
Despite Tripps masterpiece on the mound, the Warriors still had a few scoring opportunities.
Josh Biel reached on a two-out error in the first inning, took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a passed ball before Tripp recorded the final out.
In the fifth, Jimmy Bentley drew a one-out walk, stole second and took third on a ground-out by Andrew Betz. But once again, Tripp retired the final batter on a grounder to third to end the inning.
Rainier stranded seven base runners, and Warrenton left four on base.
Tripp did a great job, and they played small-ball at the end and did good things, Wolfe said. We just have to keep taking care of the ball defensively and not put ourselves in those situations.
Its not the result we wanted, but weve been 2-2 or 3-2 before in the first round. When a kid throws a great game like that, I cant complain.