Merchants/Seals drop GFI opener
Date: Jan 4, 2017
In their second game in as many days, the Merchants continued to slump – this time against the 2014 GFI Champions – The Burnaby Bulldogs. The Merchants could only muster four hits and one run against the defending Canadian collegiate champions.
Starting pitcher Trey Jeans (Seminole State) pitched competitively, giving up only 3 hits and 4 runs over the course of four innings pitched. However, the Merchant defense behind him was not solid – as none of the runs Jeans gave up were earned. Thus, the Merchants found themselves in a 4-0 hole going into the top of the 6th inning.
In the 6th, Jacob Grijalva (Hawaii-Hilo) led the inning off with a single. Marcus Williams (Cal State East Bay) then hit what some said was the hardest ball hit so far in the tournament – a line drive triple that one-hopped the 425 sign in left center - the deepest part of James Donaldson Park. That scored Grijalva and made the game 4-1.
The Merchants couldn’t follow up with runners in scoring position – as the top three in the Merchants lineup went 0-12 on the day.
The Merchants next game will be on Canada Day – July 1st – against the Northwest Honkers.