july2007

Vancouver, Portland Split 4 Game Super Series at Portland

July 24, 2007

Portland, OR


Thanks to Tom Ree for this report on the 4 Game Super Series at
Portland, July 21-22, 2007. Vancouver and Portland head into the ISC
World Tournament ranked # 10 and # 12, respectively.

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Saturday, July 21

Vancouver Grey Sox at Portland DeMarini - Erv Lind Stadium

Portland, Oregon

Portland DeMarini took the first two games of this 4 game super series
against the Vancouver Grey Sox. Vancouver traveled down to Erv Lind
Stadium in Portland for this second series of the season.

In game one, Mike "Peaches" Piechnik threw a perfect game for the host
Portland club. Paul Reyes hit a two run walk-off homerun for Portland
DeMarini. Nick Underhill shut down the Portland hitters for six
innings before suffering a tough loss in the bottom of the seventh.
The story of the night was "Peaches was perfect in Portland" winning
2-0.

In the second game, Bricklin Anderson shut down the Grey Sox winning
5-1. Kevin Rasmussen hit a two run homer to give Portland an early
lead. Todd Garcia added a long solo shot a few innings later.

The teams resume the series tomorrow with games at 10am and noon. The
two sets of 4 game series keep these two Northwest powers sharp
between tournaments and helps them prepare for next weekends Vancouver
Challenge and the ISC World tournament next month.


Game (1)

Portland DeMarini 2
Vancouver Grey Sox 0

WP Mike Piechnik
LP Nick Underhill

HR Paul Reyes - Portland


Game (2)

Portland DeMarini 5
Vancouver Grey Sox 1

WP Bricklin Anderson
LP Derek Mayson

HR Rasmussen, Garcia - Portland

July 22, 2007 - Portland, Oregon

After dropping a pair Saturday evening, the Vancouver Grey Sox came
out playing hard, smart and together on Sunday taking both games of
the double header to earn a split for the weekend in Portland. John
Stuart changed his batting order, threw in some hit and run plays,
bunted more and received some strong defense and execution from his
players. Coach Stuart said they "needed these" after the games. I
might add they earned it. Portland had their chances, but this was
Vancouver's day.

In the first game, Vancouver went up 2-0 in the first on an rbi triple
by Derek Mayson who later scored on a wild pitch. Portland came back
to tie it the second on a hard liner double by Rod Rainey which hit
the top of the fence. The score was tied at 3-3, until Craig Halliday
hit a two run double in the 6th inning for the Grey Sox. It was a
long, long at-bat with several foul balls until Halliday hit what
turned out to be the game winning rbi's. Mike Piechnik threw well for
Portland in defeat. A couple of miss played balls and a check swing
call hurt the big lefty. But, it was Vancouver's day. Nick Underhill
picked up the win for the Canucks.

Game two had Derek Mayson shutting down the Portland offense except
for a solo blast by Brian Ree in the sixth inning. Nick Underhill
picked up the save throwing "gas" while striking out the side in the
bottom of the seventh. Bryan Abrey hit a two run triple in the 4th to
supply all the offense Vancouver needed. Bricklin Anderson threw well
for Portland in defeat.

All in all it was a good weekend for both teams. The players all got
some needed at-bats and the pitchers got their work in. While
Portland leads the head to head play six games to three, anything can
happen when these two Northwest powers play each other. Next weekend
it is on to Vancover, BC for the Vancouver Challenge. Hope to see you
there.

Thanks to the Vancouver Grey Sox for coming down to Portland this
weekend and treating us to some good ball. Always a class act (almost
always) and a pleasure to host.

Tom Ree
Portland DeMarini


Game (1)

Vancouver 5
Portland 3

WP Nick Underhill
LP Mike Piechnik



Game (2)

Vancouver 3
Portland 1

WP Derek Mayson
LP Bricklin Anderson

Save - Nick Underhill

HR Brian Ree (Portland)


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Best regards,

Jim Flanagan
www.fastpitchwest.com

www.ballparkradio.com

Email: jim (at) fastpitchwest.com

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