Hanford's regional run ends in loss to Hawaii

August 11, 2013 

August 8, 2013 - The Hanford Flames talk about some of the logistics of playing at the Pacific Northwest Regional in Eugene, Ore.

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A walk-off home run followed by a six-run rally in the ninth. A game that started on a Saturday and ended on a Sunday.

Even before the Hanford Flames lost 10-8 to Waipahu, Hawaii, on Sunday afternoon, the local American Legion baseball team had a boatload of drama at the Pacific Northwest Regional in Eugene.

Bouncing back from the previous night’s 12-11, 14-inning loss to host Eugene that ended after 12:30 a.m., the Flames (41-21) spent all afternoon Sunday chasing the Hawaii state champions but finished just short of extending their hopes of qualifying for the World Series that starts Friday in Shelby, N.C.

“When you’re in it, you’re just trying to win, trying to scratch, finding a way to move a runner, score,” Hanford coach Nate Roe said via telephone. “Everybody’s in that mode. But when it’s over — it’s just amazing was this team did. ... Truly, the guys we have, I love every single one of them.”

Saturday’s game perhaps took a bite out of both teams, with Eugene losing to Wyoming 10-5 on Sunday.

Today, Wyoming (53-24) will play Hawaii (20-4) at noon, with the winner taking on Eugene (28-31-1) at 4 p.m. for the title.

Hawaii jumped out to a 7-0 lead against Hanford after three innings, hanging six runs and six hits on the board in the second frame against starter Aaron Enderlin.

But as they had so many times in the postseason and in winning 31 of 33 games before these last two losses, the Flames fought back with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to close within 7-5. That with the purveyor of that game-winning homer on Saturday, catcher Jake Browne, sidelined most of the game with heat stroke.

“That’s what I’m most proud of,” Roe said. “We went out there with Enderlin, got socked in the mouth, J.B. was sick, and all we did in that moment was fight.”

After reliever Taylor Lindquist set Hawaii down 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth, Trevor Jones singled in front of Ryan Neal’s double in the bottom of the inning. One run scored on Colin Serkowski’s sacrifice fly to center, and Brady Heid singled in the other.

The fifth started with Lindquist and Finn McMichael reaching on a hit by pitch and bunt single. Lindquist stole third and scored on Jones’ single. A throwing error allowed the runners to settle on second and third, and Neal singled them in.

But Hanford’s offense was relegated to answering Hawaii scores the rest of the game: Each team scored twice in the eighth and once in the ninth to preserve the two-run margin.

Jones finished 4-for-5, while Neal and Heid each went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs.

There was no miraculous last-gasp rally like there was against Eugene, when the Flames pushed six runs across in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. Hanford had plenty of help, with three walks, two hit batters and an error. Lindquist and Ryan Colson each had RBI singles, and Anthony Pocaro drove in another run on a fielder’s choice.

But the relievers — Serkowski for the Flames and J Owens for Eugene — put up zeroes until Eugene scratched a run across in the 14th against Brandon Peterson, with an error helping to grease the tracks.

Roe said he had never seen anything quite like it.

“The night before, when J.B. hit the home run — I’ve been part of so many baseball games, and it was probably the most special game in my entire life. And the very next night ...”

As for his team’s ability to come back time and again, Roe had a tongue-in-cheek theory: “We’re just dump enough to think we got a chance no matter what’s going on.”

Waipahu 10, Hanford 8
WAIPAHU HANFORD
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Tokunaga cf 4 1 2 0 McMichael lf 5 2 2 0
Sakurai ss 6 0 0 0 Colson rf 5 0 0 0
Nagamine c 3 1 0 0 Jones cf 5 2 4 1
Inabata rf 4 1 2 1 Neal 3b-c 4 1 2 3
Yoshioka 2b 5 2 3 2 Browne c 1 0 1 0
Yasui lf 5 2 3 0 Pocaro 3b 4 1 1 0
Salas 1b 3 1 2 1 Serkowski 2b 3 1 1 1
Akau 3b 4 1 2 2 Heid ss 4 0 2 3
Enos dh 2 0 2 1 Anderson 1b 4 0 0 0
Uchiyama pr-dh 1 1 1 1 Lindquist dh-p 2 1 0 0
Sugtimoto p 0 0 0 0 Peterson p 1 0 0 0
Maglangit p 0 0 0 0 Enderlin p 0 0 0 0
Totals 37 10 17 8 Totals 38 8 13 8
Waipahu 061 000 021 — 10
Hanford 000 230 021 — 8
E—Yasui, Browne, Heid, Anderson. DP—Hanford. LOB—WEaipahu 10, Hanford 6. 2B—Yoshioka, Salas, Akau, Michael, Neal. SB—Tokunaga, Yasui, Lindquist. CS—Inabata. SAC—Tokunaga, Enos. SF—Salas, Neal.
IP H R ER BB SO
Waipahu
Sugimoto W 8 11 7 6 0 4
Maglangit S 1 2 1 1 0 0
Hanford
Enderlin L 2 7 7 6 2 0
Lindquist 5 2-3 7 2 2 3 2
Peterson 1 1-3 3 1 1 0 0
WP—Enderlin 2. HBP—by Lindquist (Akau), by Sugimoto (Lindquist), by Peterson (Tokunaga). Umpires—H, Darrin Duncan; F, Dwaine Schettler; S, Scott Rice; T, John Black. T—2:41. Att—250.

Late Saturday
Eugene 12, Hanford 11 (14)
EUGENE HANFORD
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Giland c-lf 5 1 1 0 McMichael rf-lf 8 0 1 1
Arruda 2b 7 1 1 1 Heid ss 6 1 1 0
Long ss 7 2 4 1 Jones cf 5 2 0 0
Schindler lf 5 3 4 1 Neal 3b-2b 4 3 4 2
Pachano c 0 0 0 0 Browne c 6 2 2 2
Thompson 1b 5 1 4 3 Serkowski 2b-1b 6 1 0 1
Ahlstrom 3b 8 1 3 2 Peterson p 0 0 0 0
Grossman dh 8 0 0 0 Mitchell lf-p 4 0 0 0
Forrest rf 8 2 3 1 Lindquist p-1b 3 0 1 1
Chiongbian cf 8 1 5 1 Anderson 1b 1 1 0 0
Jack p 0 0 0 0 Pocaro ph-3b 5 0 1 1
Huston p 0 0 0 0 Enderlin dh 2 0 0 0
Queirolo p 0 0 0 0 Colson p-rf 4 1 1 1
Owens p 0 0 0 0
Totals 61 12 25 10 Totals 54 11 11 9
Eugene 200 020 412 000 01 — 12
Richland 001 202 006 000 00 — 11
E—Arruda, Long 3, Thompson, Ahlstrom, Browne, Peterson, Pocaro, Colson. DP—Eugene 4, Hanford 1. LOB—Eugene 18, Hanford 12. 2B—Schindler, Thompson, Neal. 3B—Schindler. SB—McMichael, Neal. CS—Long, Schindler. SAC—Pachano, Thompson 2. SF—Schindler.
IP H R ER BB SO
Eugene
Jack 6 6 5 2 2 5
Huston 2 1-3 1 2 2 1 1
Queirolo 1-3 1 4 2 2 0
Owens W 5 1-3 3 0 0 2 5
Hanford
Colson 6 8 4 2 4 6
Mitchell 2 2-3 10 7 5 1 1
Lindquist 1-3 1 0 0 0 0
Serkowski 4 4 0 0 2 3
Peterson L 1 2 1 0 0 0
WP—Jack, Serkowski 2, Mitchell 2. HBP—by Jack (Pocaro), by Huston (Colson), by Queirolo (Browne), by Owens (Neal). Balk—Colson. PB—Browne. Umpires—H, John Black; F, Kevin Gawenit; S, Scott Rice; T, Todd Ellis. T—4:27. Att—675.

Sunday
Hawaii 10, Hanford 8, loser out
Wyoming 10, Eugene 5
Monday
Game 14, Hawaii (20-4) vs. Wyoming (53-24), noon
Game 15, winner 14 vs. Eugene (28-31-1), 4 p.m., championship

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