One big inning not enough as GCFP falls to Wheatsheaf

Gord Closson Forest Products did all their scoring in the sixth inning of an 11-7 loss to Wheatsheaf on Tuesday

Gord Closson Forest Products did all their scoring in the sixth inning of an 11-7 loss to Wheatsheaf on Tuesday.

“It was a crazy game,” GCFP manager Joe DiLalla said.

The Duncan fastpitch team got within two runs by plating seven in the sixth, but couldn’t close the gap, and Wheatsheaf added another two in the top of the seventh.

Neither team had its regular starting pitcher available, for the game. GCFP had Trevor Gicas in place of usual starter Craig Snyder, while Wheatsheaf gave Shawnigan Lake product Jake Newman the ball. Ordinarily an ortho pitcher, Newman held his own at fastpitch, giving up just two hits before the GCFP bats came alive in the sixth.

“He kept us off the board for five solid innings,” DiLalla said.

Newman was relieved by another Cowichan Valley product, Chris McCormick, who struck out three batters in the seventh to earn the save. Yet another player from the Valley, Dylan McKinlay, went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs, and hit a two-run homer in the fourth.

GCFP compiled seven hits, most of them coming from two players: Kevin Kolk went 3-for-3 in his first time out, with four RBIs and a run, and Mike Beaveridge was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. The other two hits came from Josh Dares and Chris Kline.

GCFP was scheduled to play Lantzville on Thursday, and will host Baker Supply on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Waldon Park.