NorWest Fastball League: Notice Board
July 25, 2004
League Play Wraps Up!
Traveller’s Inn completed Norwest League play in Prince George this weekend, winning 3 of 4 games. Traveller’s Inn finish in 1st place in the Norwest League with a 14-2 record. Next action is next weekend at the Vancouver Challenge Tournament, then it’s off to Fargo, North Dakota, for the ISC World Championship Tournament August 13-21. Game 1 Traveller's Inn 8 - 1 win in 6 innings WP Rick Smith - Brian Banner LP Joey Basaraba, Jeff Hill (5) - Chad Ghostkeeper HR Traveller's Inn - Zenon Winters, Glenn Ormsby, Doug Cain Game 2 Traveller's Inn 7 - 5 win WP Collin McKenzie - Tim Scaber LP Trevor Kern, Jeff Hill (6) - Chad Ghostkeeper HR Traveller's Inn - Zenon Winters, Harv Stevenson Prince George - Eli Jules Game 3 Traveller's Inn 1 PG 7 LP Rick Smith - Brian Banner WP Trevor Kern - Dave Koch HR Traveller's Inn Quin Neilson Prince George Eli Jules, Randy Potskin, Randy Potskin also had a 2 run Triple Game 4 Traveller's Inn 7 - 0 win in 5 innings WP Collin McKenzie - Tim Scaber LP Jeff Hill, Norm Linton (1) - Korey Potskin HR Traveller's Inn Zenon Winters, Gerry Kennedy, Glenn Ormsby Al Duddridge, Scorekeeper (scores & highlights courtesy Mark Mackereth) dudds@shaw.ca
   
July 18, 2004
Traveller's Inn Clinch 1st Place!
Victoria Traveller’s Inn Fastpitch team (11-1) clinched 1st place in the Norwest League Saturday night with a doubleheader sweep of Vancouver Grey Sox at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, B.C.. Finishing first assures the team of a trip to the ISC World Championship Tournament, which will run August 13-21 in Fargo, North Dakota. These two teams play another doubleheader today (Sunday) starting at 11:00 A.M. at Royal Athletic Park. Traveller’s Inn defeated the Grey Sox 13-6 in a 5-inning slugfest in Saturday night’s opening game, then officially wrapped up the League title with a 3-1 victory in the nightcap. Game 1 Traveller’s Inn – 13 Grey Sox – 6 (5 innings) - Zenon Winters: 3-3 with a solo home run and 3 runs scored - Tyler Werbowski: 2-3 with a 2-run home run, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI’s - Harvey Stevenson: 3-4 with 2 RBI’s - Winning pitcher: Collin McKenzie - Brian Mayson homered for the Grey Sox Game 2 Traveller’s Inn – 3 Grey Sox – 1 - Zenon Winters: 2-run game-winning home run in 4th inning - Marc Mac Donald: 2-2, 1 run scored - Winning pitcher: Rick Smith Al Duddridge Scorekeeper dudds@shaw.ca
   
July 15, 2004
Traveller's Inn host Grey Sox This Weekend!
Victoria Traveller’s Inn Fastpitch Team host Vancouver Grey Sox this weekend at Royal Athletic Park. Saturday’s doubleheader counts in the Norwest League standings – games begin at 6:30 P.M. Sunday’s doubleheader, which starts at 11:00 A.M., is exhibition. - Traveller’s Inn can clinch first place in the Norwest League with two more league victories. - These teams have played each other six times so far this season – two Norwest League games, two ISC Qualifying Tourney games, and two exhibition games. - Their first meeting came in the ISC Q. Tourney – Traveller’s Inn beat Grey Sox in round-robin play, then Grey Sox posted an impressive 5-3 win in the final to take the Tourney title. - They split the Norwest League games in Vancouver – Traveller’s Inn won 9-1 on the Saturday night, Grey Sox won 3-0 on the Sunday afternoon. - Traveller’s Inn won both exhibition games that same weekend in Vancouver. - Finishing first in the Norwest League would ensure Traveller’s Inn of a berth in the ISC World Championship Tournament in Fargo, North Dakota, this August. - Traveller’s Inn are currently in first place with a 9-1 record – the only team that can catch them is Portland, who are 7-6 (see standings below). - Traveller’s Inn wrap up the Norwest League schedule with four games in Prince George next weekend. Following are some Traveller’s Inn notes from last weekend’s 4-game Norwest League series v. Olympia: - Traveller’s Inn hit 13 home runs over the 4-game series - Collin McKenzie threw his fourth perfect game of the season and 2nd vs. Olympia (1 league, 2 exhibition, 1 ISC tourney)! - Rick Smith has issued only 1 walk in 39 League IP (10th inning intentional walk in 1st game of season) - 3B Glenn Ormsby went 6-10 last weekend; all six hits were HOME RUNS!!! - 1B Kevin Bobroske became first fastpitch player ever to hit a ball completely out of Royal Athletic Park (home run to left field in 2nd game Saturday night cleared the chain link fence which is well beyond the fastpitch outfield fence – the park is one city block in size and is surrounded by 8 ft. high chain link fence, which represents the baseball fence in left field!!!) Norwest League Standings GP W L Pts. GB Victoria Traveller’s Inn 10 9 1 18 - Vancouver Grey Sox 14 9 5 18 2 Portland DeMarini 13 7 6 14 3½ Prince George River Kings 12 3 9 6 7 Olympia Morgan Transfer 13 3 10 6 7½ Al Duddridge Scorekeeper dudds@shaw.ca
   
July 11, 2004
Traveller's Inn Sweep Olympia!
Victoria Traveller’s Inn Fastpitch team hosted Olympia Morgan Transfer in a 4-game Norwest League series this weekend at Royal Athletic Park, in Victoria, B.C. Traveller’s Inn swept the series from Olympia, winning three close, well-played games, then one mercy game to close out the weekend. Next action for Traveller’s Inn is at home again next Saturday & Sunday (July 17 & 18) against Vancouver Grey Sox. Doubleheaders start at 6:30 P.M. Saturday night, and 11:00 A.M. Sunday morning. Saturday’s games are Norwest League tilts, while Sunday’s games are exhibition. Olympia encountered travel problems Saturday, delaying the start of the evening’s doubleheader by 30 minutes. The problems did not carry over to the field though, as Olympia’s Bricklen Anderson and Victoria’s Rick Smith locked up in a fine pitching match-up, which Traveller’s Inn finally won 4-3 in 9 innings. Then in the nightcap, Olympia’s Sisko Sabate and Victoria’s Collin McKenzie also both threw well, but Traveller’s Inn jumped on Sabate’s few mistakes to pull out a 4-0 win. Sunday morning’s first game saw Anderson go against Smith again – both pitched well, but both also gave up one big inning, and Anderson gave up one extra home run as he was tagged with a tough 5-4 loss. In Sunday’s finale, Olympia’s pitching staff finally ran out of gas, as Traveller’s Inn posted an 8-0 5-inning victory, behind McKenzie’s fourth perfect game of the season. The four wins up Traveller’s Inn Norwest League record to 9-1, giving them at least a 4-game cushion in the loss column over Vancouver and Portland, pending Sunday’s result in Vancouver between those two teams. Following are some interesting Traveller’s Inn tidbits from this weekend: - Traveller’s Inn hit 13 home runs over the series this weekend - Collin McKenzie threw his fourth perfect game of the season and 2nd vs. Olympia (1 league, 2 exhibition, 1 ISC tourney)! - Rick Smith has issued only 1 walk in 39 League IP (10th inning intentional walk in 1st game of season) - 3B Glenn Ormsby went 6-10 this weekend; all six hits were HOME RUNS!!! - 1B Kevin Bobroske became first fastpitch player ever to hit a ball completely out of Royal Athletic Park (home run to left field in 2nd game Saturday night cleared the chain link fence which is well beyond the fastpitch outfield fence – the park is one city block in size and is surrounded by 8 ft. high chain link fence, which represents the baseball fence in left field!!!) Saturday, July 10/04 Game 1 R H E Olympia 030 000 000 – 3 7 1 Traveller’s Inn 300 000 001 – 4 6 0 Bricklen Anderson & Dennis Ewart. Rick Smith & Tyler Werbowski. Home Runs: T.I.: Glenn Ormsby, Jeff Hurford, Kevin Bobroske. Umpires: P – Vince Greco, B – Gary Schmidt. Time: 1:53 (7:06-8:59 P.M.). Olympia may have needed the first inning to stretch out and shake off the effects of a long travel day, but by the second inning they had recovered, and settled in to play a tough 9-inning game. After Victoria’s Rick Smith struck out the side in the top of the 1st inning, Olympia starter Bricklen Anderson fanned the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the 1st inning. 3B Glenn Ormsby then started his weekend barrage by blasting a home run to right-centre field. 1B Kevin Bobroske followed with a walk, then CF Jeff Hurford belted a 2-run home run almost exactly where Ormsby’s went and very quickly, Traveller’s Inn had a 3-0 lead. Anderson got a groundout to stem the damage, and then Olympia’s bats came to life in the top of the 2nd inning. SS Trevor Knight led off with a double, C Dennis Ewart singled, then both scored easily when RF Shaye Anderson drove a triple through the alley in right-centre field. After two more strikeouts, CF Korey Knight singled to bring in Anderson with the 3-3 run. Knight was caught stealing to end the inning. Anderson and Smith both then settled into very nice rhythms and kept matching zeroes on the scoreboard. Anderson allowed a single in the 2nd inning before retiring eight straight batters. Another single in the 5th inning was erased by a caught stealing before Anderson ran into a jam in the bottom of the 6th inning. Victoria’s Harvey Stevenson led off the inning with a single and ended up on third base with just one out after an error and a sacrifice bunt. Bobroske then hit a chopper to the hole at shortstop; Trevor Knight made a nifty snag and quickly fired to the plate to nail Stevenson. Anderson closed the inning with a strikeout. Smith was just a little better. After that 2nd inning, he retired the next 10 batters he faced, 9 by strikeout. He gave up a harmless single in the top of the 6th inning before retiring another seven consecutive batters. Another harmless single in the top of the 9th inning was erased by runner’s interference, which ended the inning. Anderson breezed through a 1-2-3 8th inning, which led to Bobroske leading off the bottom of the 9th inning. Bobroske took the first pitch of the inning and crushed it on a line deep over the centre field fence to end this pitcher’s duel, 4-3 for Traveller’s Inn. Smith went the full 9 innings for Traveller’s Inn, spacing seven hits while striking out 18 batters and walking none. Anderson took the tough loss, giving up just six hits, walking two and fanning nine batters. Game 2 R H E Olympia 000 000 0 – 0 1 0 Traveller’s Inn 000 202 x – 4 7 0 Sisko Sabate & Tim Wahl. Collin McKenzie & Brian Banner. Home Runs: T.I.: Glenn Ormsby (2), Kevin Bobroske. Umpires: P – Gary Schmidt, B – Vince Greco. Time: 1:39 (9:19-10:58 P.M.). Another well-pitched game, and again Traveller’s Inn hurler was just a little better, as Collin McKenzie fired a 1-hitter to win 4-0. McKenzie and Sabate kept the game scoreless through three innings, McKenzie firing heat and notching eight strikeouts, while Sabate kept the Victoria hitters off-balance with an assortment of pitches. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Sabate walked Harvey Stevenson to start the inning, then 3B Glenn Ormsby caught up with one of his few mistakes and deposited the ball over the right-centre field fence for a 2-0 Traveller’s Inn lead. McKenzie kept his shutout intact, while Sabate settled down and escaped further damage until the bottom of the 6th inning. Ormsby led off that inning with his second home run of the game (and 3rd of the night) to right-centre field. Bobroske followed with his historic blast to left field, which cleared the park boundary fence, becoming the first player ever to hit a ball completely out of Royal Athletic Park! Bobroske finished 3-3 with a single and a double to go along with his home run, while Ormsby was 2-3 with the two home runs and three RBI’s. McKenzie allowed only a clean single to CF Korey Knight in the top of the 3rd inning, along with two walks, but he stranded all three base runners. He finished with 17 strikeouts. Sabate pitched well even though he took the loss – he gave up seven hits, walked one and struck out seven batters. Sunday, July 11/04 Game 3 R H E Traveller’s Inn 000 140 0 – 5 6 0 Olympia 000 400 0 – 4 8 0 Rick Smith & Tyler Werbowski. Bricklen Anderson & Kasey Knight. Home Runs: T.I.: Glenn Ormsby (2). Oly.: Trevor Knight. Umpires: P – Jim Hubbard, B – Bud Livingstone. Time: 1:34 (11:03 A.M.-12:37 P.M.). Anderson and Smith hooked up again Sunday morning in another even and well-pitched game. Both gave up one big inning, and the difference in the game was the hot-hitting Glenn Ormsby, who powered Traveller’s Inn to a 5-4 win. Anderson and Smith breezed through the first three innings, but Ormsby caught up to Anderson leading off the top of the 4th inning, drilling a line shot over the left field fence to put Traveller’s Inn ahead 1-0. Smith was perfec
   
July 10, 2004
Traveller's Inn Over Olympia!
Saturday, July 10/04 – Norwest League (@ Royal Athletic Park, Victoria, B.C.) Game 1: Traveller’s Inn – 4 Olympia Morgan Transfer – 3 (9 innings) - Winning pitcher: Rick Smith – complete game, 18 strikeouts - Kevin Bobroske: game-winning 1st-pitch home run in bottom of 9th inning Game 2: Traveller’s Inn – 4 Olympia Morgan Transfer – 0 - Winning pitcher: Collin McKenzie – 1-hitter, 17 strikeouts - Glenn Ormsby: two home runs - Kevin Bobroske: one home run These teams play another Norwest League doubleheader today (Sunday) starting at 11:00 A.M. @ Royal Athletic Park. Al Duddridge Scorekeeper dudds@shaw.ca
   
July 9, 2004
Grey Sox/Traveller's Inn Tied for 1st Place!
Sunday, July 4, 2004: Sunday’s action at South Memorial Park in Vancouver saw the Vancouver Grey Sox bounce back to defeat Victoria Traveller’s Inn 3-0 in Norwest League action, then Traveller’s Inn beat the Grey Sox 7-2 in an exhibition game. The win gives the Grey Sox a split of the Norwest League games this weekend. Vancouver’s Nick Underhill, getting stronger after returning from a collarbone injury, threw a complete-game 4-hitter in posting the 3-0 shutout in today’s opening game. In this game, which counted in the Norwest League standings, Underhill walked three and struck out eight batters. At the plate, Kevin Schellenberg went 2-2 and scored a run, Tim Crome went 1-2 with one run scored and one RBI, and Eugenio Payano went 1-3 with a run and an RBI. Rick Smith returned to the circle for Traveller’s Inn after a few weeks off due to injury – he was tabbed with the loss, allowing eight hits while striking out eight batters and walking none. All three Grey Sox runs were earned. In the second game of the day, an exhibition affair, Traveller’s Inn posted a 7-2 win behind Collin McKenzie’s strong outing. McKenzie spaced eight hits, walked two and struck out 14 batters. He was charged for just one earned run. Joe Robbins took the loss for Vancouver. Pat Walsh paced the Traveller’s Inn offence going 2-4 with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI’s. Doug Cain went 3-3 with a run scored, while Zenon Winters went 2-4 with one RBI. Al Duddridge (by way of Jim Johnson) dudds@shaw.ca
   
July 8, 2004
Grey Sox/Traveller's Inn Results!
Saturday, July 3, 2004: Victoria Traveller’s Inn Fastpitch team were in Vancouver for two games against Vancouver Grey Sox Saturday night, July 3. Traveller’s Inn took both ends of the doubleheader from the Grey Sox, winning the first game, a Norwest League game, 9-1 in 5 innings, then winning the second game, an exhibition tilt, 6-3, In the Norwest League opener Gerry Kennedy powered the offence for Traveller’s Inn with a grand slam home run in his only official trip to the plate. Kevin Bobroske went 2-3, scored two runs and drove in three, while Dan Whiteford was 1-2 with one run scored and two RBI’s, and Glenn Ormsby was 2-2 with one run scored. Collin McKenzie was the winning pitcher, giving up just four hits, walking three and striking out eight batters. Vancouver’s Kevin Schellenberg spoiled the shutout with a solo home run. Nick Underhill suffered the loss for the Grey Sox. Harvey Stevenson led the offence in the second game, going 2-3 with one run scored. Marc MacDonald went 1-1 with one RBI, while Gerry Kennedy was 1-3 with two RBI’s. Winning pitcher was Korrey Gareau, who went the distance, allowing three hits, walking five and striking out nine batters. Joe Robbins took the loss for the Grey Sox. Al Duddridge (by way of Jim Johnson) dudds@shaw.ca
   
June 14, 2004
Travellers Inn Remain Undefeated
The Victoria Traveller's Inn squad took two games Saturday night over the host Portland DeMarini team. Sunday's doubleheader exhibition games were reduced to a single game as pitcher Rich Smith (VTI) pulled a hamstring warming up. Victoria took the win on Sunday as well. A hat-trick?

Game #1 Saturday, June 12th - Erv Lind Stadium - Portland - NORWEST LEAGUE GAME

Victoria Traveller's Inn 4 runs 6 hits 2 errors 3 LOB Portland DeMarini 1 run 7 hits 0 errors 10 LOB

WP Smith (10k's) LP Bahler (14k's) Homeruns: Bobroske, Victoria Broberg, Portland

The difference in the ballgame was a two strike, two out, 3 run homerun by Victoria's Kevin Broboske in the 3rd inning. He took a high riseball over the fence to give Rick Smith all the cushion he needed in this one. Portland had their chances, stranding 10 baserunners in the game, but Smith got tough when he needed to be. Broboske got all 4 rbi's for the victorious Canadian squad. Roberto Bahler threw well for Portland in a losing effort.

Game #2 Saturday, June 12th - Erv Lind Stadium - Portland - NORWEST LEAGUE GAME

Victoria Traveller's Inn 6 runs 6 hits 0 errors 8 LOB Portland DeMarini 0 runs 3 hits 4 errors 4 LOB

WP McKenzie (16 k's) LP Drotzman (11 k's) HR Winters, Victoria Stevenson, Victoria

McKenzie had it going in this one tossing a 3 hit shutout with 16 k's. The big righthander had things his way all night long. Dave Drotzman threw well in defeat as his defense let him down in a 5 run 4th inning. Errors proved very costly for Portland as Drotzman only gave up one earned run. Still, it was McKenzie's nite.

Game #3 Sunday, June 13th - Erv Lind Stadium - Portland - Exhibition Game

Victoria Traveller's Inn 4 runs 8 hits 0 errors 7 LOB Portland DeMarini 3 runs 4 hits 3 errors 2 LOB

WP McKenzie (13 k's) LP Bahler (9 k's) HR Steen, Victoria Gerhke, Portland

Errors hurt Portland as Victoria scored 4 runs in a big second inning to hold off a late Portland rally. Zenon Winters had two hits and an rbi to give him a 6 for 12 weekend with 4 rbi's to lead VTI. Kevin Broboske also had two hits on Sunday for Victoria. Jim Perkins walked to start the sixth inning for Portland followed by a Brian Ree double. Next hitter, Rob Broberg hit a 2-run double off the centerfield fence to close the lead to one run for DeMarini, but McKenzie slammed the door to end the rally with a strikeout and pop-up. Roberto Bahler threw well again for Portland giving up just one earned run.

   
June 7, 2004
Grey Sox and Demarini Tighten Race

Norwest League Games - Portland, Oregon June 6, 2004 (Portland, OR)

Four of the six scheduled games were played on Saturday and Sunday in Portland. Morgan Transfer (Olympia, WA) and the Vancouver BC Grey Sox traveled to the Rose City for a four game per team series. The weather, however, did not cooperate. Two games had to be cancelled on Sunday and on Saturday, Erv Lind Stadium could not take any more of the wet stuff! Portland and Vancover played 9 innings finishing tied at 4 apiece. That game will be finished next month in Vancouver when Portland travels to the Grey Sox facility in Norwest Leage action.

Game 1) Saturday May 5th.

Portland DeMarini 2 (Runs) 4 (Hits) 1 (error) Morgan Transfer 1 (Run) 0 (Hits) 1 (error) WP Kevin Careless (17K's) LP Sisko Sabate

Kalai Mahoe drove in two runs for Portland DeMarini in the bottom of the seventh to win the game and spoil a shut-out for Sisko Sabate who pitched very well for Morgan Transfer. Kevin Careless threw a no-hitter for Portland. A great pitching battle in this one.

Game 2) Saturday May 5th

Vancouver Grey Sox 9 (Runs) 11 (Hits) 2 (Errors) Morgan Transfer 3 (Runs 3 (Hits) 2 (Errors) Game went 8 innings WP Underhill LP Sabate

Vancouver exploded for six runs in the eigth inning to win this one over Olympia. The game also featured the season debut of Nick Underhill for the Grey Sox. Underhill, who has been recovering from a broken collar bone, picked up the win in relief of Robbins who went the first six innings for the Sox.

Game 3) Saturday May 5th

Portand DeMarini 4 (Runs) 5 (Hits) 3 (Errors) Vancover Grey Sox 4 (Runs) 4 (Hits) 0 (Errors) (Game called after 9 innings - Rain) Portland - Roberto Bahler went all 9 innings Vancouver - (1) Underhill (4) ) Robbins (6) Kawaguchi HR - Clayton Beck - Vancouver

This seasaw battle went nine full innings before field conditions got too wet and the game was called at 11:30 pm. The game is tentatively scheduled to be completed July 10, when Portland travels to The Hill in Vancouver.

Game 4) Sunday, May 6th - 9:30am

Vancouver BC 7 (Runs) 9 (Hits) 0 (Errors) Morgan Transfer 4 (Runs) 4 (Hits) 4 (Errors) WP Underhill LP Sabate HR Kevin Norton - Morgan Transfer (Olympia)

The rain started before this one was finished, but all seven innings were played albeit in pretty wet conditions. The last two games were cancelled as the field was unplayable.

Morgan Transfer and Portland DeMarini will tentatively make-up their game July 18th in Olympia. Scottie Myers and his Olympia team played hard all weekend and came up empty handed despite leading at one time or another in every game. Sisko Sabate was a workhorse losing a couple of close ones. They are a tough bunch of hardnose players. Thanks for coming down and not complaining about the miserable weather. Does it rain in Olympia, too?

It looks like Nick Underhill is well on his way back having thrown several strong innings over the weekend with no noticeable problems.

   
May 27, 2004
Olympia rolls into Norwest League

Morgan Transfer/United Van Lines (Olympia, WA) opened up Norwest League play this past weekend posting two wins over the #10 ranked Vancouver Grey Sox. The first game Saturday evening the visitors came away with a 2-1 win behind the arm of Bricklen Anderson, who was consistantly hitting speeds throughout the evening near 80 mph. Olympia got on the board first when Scott Meyer led off the game with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Sisko Sabate. Trevor Knight followed with a single, moving Meyer to third who then scored on a passed ball. Olympia added an insurance run in the sixth when with two outs Kasey Knight singled, followed by Trevor Knight's double off the center field wall. The insurance run proved to be important as Vancouver scored one run in the bottom of seventh before Anderson was able to close out the game. On the hill, Anderson finished with a two-hitter, striking out eight. Dan Valachy took the loss for Vancouver. WP-Bricklen Andersen LP-Dan Valachy R H E Olympia 2 5 0 Vancouver 1 2 0

In the second league game on Sunday between the two clubs Olympia, down 2-0, rallied in the seventh scoring three runs for a thrilling 3-2 come from behind victory. Bricklen Anderson again got the win and Dan Valachy suffered the loss. Two hit batters and clutch hits by Johnnie Davis and Mark Brown enabled Olympia to notch the win in the seventh. WP-Bricklen Anderson LP-Dan Valachy R H E Olympia 3 6 1 Vancouver 2 4 0

Olympia, now 9-2 overall, 2-0 in Norwest League play will host Prince George, B.C., in a four game Norwest League set at Stevens Field in Olympia, WA.

   
May 27, 2004
They're Back
Victoria Traveller's Inn opened their 2004 home schedule by sweeping a four-game set from Portland DeMarini at Royal Athletic Park this weekend. On Saturday night, in Norwest League action, Traveller's Inn defeated Portland 3-2 in 10 innings in the opener, then took the nightcap by a 5-1 score. On Sunday, in Super Series play, Traveller's Inn posted 6-2 and 3-2 wins. Next action for Traveller's Inn is at home next Saturday-Sunday, May 22-23, at Royal Athletic Park when they host Saskatoon Black Sox. Doubleheaders start at 6:30 P.M. Saturday and 11:00 A.M. Sunday. On Friday-Saturday, May 28-29, Traveller's Inn will host Calgary Diamond Dawgs, with doubleheaders starting both nights at 6:30 P.M. The opening game of the weekend needed three extra innings beforeTraveller's Inn could eke out a 3- 2 win in front of a crowd of 600 fans. SS Brian Ree got Portland off to a fast start - he led off the game with a knuckling liner to third which handcuffed 3B Glenn Ormsby and rolled down the left-field line, allowing Ree to advance to second base. After a pair of groundouts, RF Rob Gehrke stroked an RBI single to put Portland ahead 1-0 with Traveller's Inn still to bat. Traveller's Inn claimed the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. C Tyler Werbowski led off with a walk, then moved to third base on a wild pitch and a sacrifice bunt. With two out, Ormsby atoned for his earlier error by plating Werbowski with a single. Another walk put Ormsby in scoring position, and he came around to give the home team the lead when CF Jeff Hurford singled. On the mound, Rick Smith pitched a nice game for Traveller's Inn. Portland had chances against him, but Smith had good control all night and, until the sixth inning, kept Portland off the board after that initial unearned run. In the top of the sixth inning, with two out, Portland 1B Dave Carlton caught up to a Smith offering and hammered it over the centre-field fence to tie the game at 2-2. Both Smith and Portland hurler Kevin Careless buckled down and sailed quite easily through the next three innings, until the bottom of the 10th inning. Hurford led off the bottom of the 10th inning by drawing a walk, Careless' sixth walk of the game. Gerry Kennedy then laid down a sacrifice bunt. The ball was fielded cleanly, but the throw to first base was in the path of the runner (Kennedy) and 2B Brett Breece was unable to hold onto the ball as Kennedy ran through the bag and his arm at the same time. When the play ended, Traveller's Inn had runners at the corners and still nobody out. Careless issued another walk to load the bases, then LF Marc MacDonald punched a liner into right field just out of the reach of RF Rob Gehrke and Hurford trotted home with the winning run. Smith earned the complete-game victory for Traveller's Inn with a 1-walk, 18-strikeout performance. Careless went the distance for Portland, fanning eight batters, but the seven walks he allowed eventually came back to cost him the decision. The nightcap saw Portland again take the lead only to have Traveller's Inn come back for the 5-1 win. Portland went ahead 1-0 in the top of the 3rd inning when RF Rob Gehrke belted a 2-out solo home run which glanced off CF Jeff Hurford's glove as he tried to reach over the fence to make an acrobatic catch. Traveller's Inn grabbed the lead for good in the bottom of the 4th inning with two unearned runs. 3B Glenn Ormsby and 1B Kevin Bobroske led off the inning by drawing back-to-back walks. After a pop- out, DP Doug Cain lofted a fly ball to left field that was dropped in the swirling wind, and Ormsby just beat the throw to third base, leaving the bases loaded with one out. LF Pat Walsh then slapped what looked like a double-play grounder to short, but a good slide by Cain forced the relay throw to first base to go wide of the base - Ormsby scored on the groundout, and Bobroske followed him home on the error for a 2-1 Traveller's Inn lead. Traveller's Inn scored another run with two out in the bottom of the 5th inning when RF Harvey Stevenson singled, moved up on a wild pitch, then scored on Ormsby's single. CF Jeff Hurford led off the bottom of the 6th inning by slamming the first pitch he saw over the fence down the left-field line, then, after a strikeout, Walsh lined the first pitch he saw over the right-centre field fence to put Traveller's Inn ahead 5-1. Collin McKenzie also threw a complete game to earn the win, walking four and striking out 13. Roberto Bahler took the loss for Portland, although he only gave up three earned runs. Sunday's first game saw lots of power and another fine pitching performance by Rick Smith as Traveller's Inn posted a 6-2 win. Portland again took the early lead in the top of the 1st inning as 1B Dean Waltier, severely hampered by a leg injury all weekend, found enough power to blast a 2-out solo home run to right-centre field, putting his team ahead 1-0. In the top of the 2nd inning, 2B Brett Breece followed suit by belting another 2-out solo home run to give Portland a 2-0 lead. Traveller's Inn quickly tied the game in the bottom of the 2nd inning. With one out, 2B Dan Whiteford stroked a solo home run to right-centre field. LF Marc MacDonald followed with a single, then raced home to tie the game on C Tyler Werbowski's double to the left-centre field gap. Werbowski gave his team the lead in the bottom of the 4th inning, belting a 1-out bases-empty home run. SS Marty Steen contributed an RBI groundout in the bottom of the 5th inning, then RF Harvey Stevenson capped the scoring with a 2-run single in the bottom of the 6th inning. After Traveller's Inn tied the game in the 2nd inning, Smith was in control the rest of the way - he gave up a single in the 3rd inning, then retired the last 15 Portland batters of the game in order. Smith finished with a tidy 3-hitter, striking out 12 batters, and he did not issue a walk, for his second complete-game win of the weekend. In the final game of the weekend Traveller's Inn built a lead, then held off a 7th inning rally by Portland for the 3-2 win. Traveller's Inn opened the scoring in this game in the bottom of the 1st inning when CF Jeff Hurford and 1B Kevin Bobroske put together back-to-back 2-out doubles for a 1-0 lead. Portland quickly tied the game in the top of the 2nd inning when RF Rob Gehrke led off with a solo home run to right-centre field, the 4th straight game in which Portland homered. Traveller's Inn grabbed the lead right back in the bottom of the 2nd inning when 2B Dan Whiteford led off with his own solo home run, his second of the day. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Whiteford led off with a single, moved up on a sacrifice bunt, then scored on C Brian Banner's RBI single. In the top of the 7th inning, Portland mounted one last rally. 2B Brett Breece led off with a walk and LF Roberto Bahler followed with a single to left field. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners ahead one base, then pinch-hitter Dean Waltier lofted a sacrifice fly to centre field to score Breece and trim the lead to 3-2. SS Brian Ree stepped in and he ripped a McKenzie pitch down the left field line, but it hooked inches foul at the last moment - had it stayed fair Bahler would easily have scored the tying run. McKenzie then got Ree to pop out to third base to end the game. McKenzie earned his second complete-game victory of the weekend by allowing just five hits, walking just two batters, and striking out 10. Careless was tagged with his second complete-game loss of the weekend. Of note at the plate. Travelle
   
April 26, 2004
2004 Season
The 2004 Norwest League season has arrived. Returning from the 2003 season are, League Champions and National bronze medallists: Vancouver Grey Sox, ISC 13th place finishers Portland Demarini, NAFA Open silver medallists Olympia Morgan Transfer/United Van Lines and reigning National Native Champions Prince George River Kings. Returning this year are the formidable Victoria Travellers Inn 2002 ISC 7th place finishers and 2002 National silver medallists. This season should be the most competetive to date since the Norwest league started up again. Come on out and watch all the exciting action.
   
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