Westmont bats struggled to create offense on Friday afternoon at Russ Carr Field, and as a result, the Warriors (11-8) were shut out 8-0 by the Thunderbirds of British Columbia. (6-5). The Warriors generated just six hits against the Thunderbirds’ pitching duo of Matt Thornton and Sean Callegari. Thornton was awarded the win while Callegari earned the save.
Thornton started the game and threw just 58 pitches in five innings, allowing two hits. Callegari allowed four hits in the final four innings, using 56 pitches.
Thornton retired the first eight batters he faced. Brent Fukushima finally got the Warriors on the base pads with a double down the left field line. However, Thornton retired the next five Westmont hitters.
Callegari struggled a bit when he took the mound in the sixth inning, giving up back-to-back singles to Chris Stroh and David Pennington. However the Warriors were unable to push a run across and Callegari settled in after that.
Russell Harmening (3-2) took the loss for the Warriors. He pitched six innings giving up three runs on five hits. Harmening struck out six and walked two.
The two squads will be back in action tomorrow for the rubber game of the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for eleven o’clock.