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Pilots fall in shortened second game

TROY >> Brother Rice left its home field Tuesday happy with a spilt on the diamond against the defending Division 1 state champs.

De La Salle felt a little robbed.

After the Pilots won the first game of the Catholic League Central Division doubleheader, 10-6, the Warriors won the shortened second game, 4-1.

The second game was called because of darkness and because it went five innings the game was official.

"I thought we had daylight," said DLS coach Matt Cook, who added he was told by the umpire that he thought the fifth inning might be the last. "In my mind, I'm looking at the sky and I saw daylight. I would have liked to have kept playing. Maybe I got mixed signals. Maybe it was my fault there. I can take that one, but in my mind we should have kept playing. We still had daylight."

It was overcast when the game was called.

"You'd like to see these two teams finish things on the field," Cook said. "Not to say we would have won, but it's good baseball. I want to see the kids play.

"Splitting with Brother Rice isn't a bad thing," Cook added. "Obviously we wanted to take both. At the end of the season I'd expect to see us two at the top of the standings. I thought we played good baseball, but they just ended up with more runs than we did."

The Warriors are now 4-1 in the division and 6-2 overall.

"Usually this time of the year you have to think of it as a five-inning game," Brother Rice coach Bob Riker said. "That's what I always tell my guys. It's the darkness.

"They were going to cancel it after four and they wanted to go five," Riker continued. "I didn't care what they were going to do because my guys will play. It's the umpire's call going in. I knew going into the fifth that was going to be the last inning. I asked the umpire if he told (DLS) and he told me they knew. That's the only reason I got my ace up for one inning, just to close."

Had the game been called in the fourth it would have been suspended and picked back up from that point when Brother Rice visited De La Salle, which is 3-3 in the division and overall.

"I feel very fortunate to get one of the wins," said Riker, who has a suspended game already in the division. "Getting the split was humongous because you always want to sweep at home."

In the second game, the Warriors scored three times in the bottom of the fourth to break a 1-1 tie.

Tito Flores doubled in a run and two others came across on wild pitches.

DLS threatened in the fifth, but Ben Hyndman was thrown out at home plate after Bryce Bush doubled to centerfield. Cook said he would have most likely held his runner to put runners on second and third with just one out had he known that was the last inning of play.

Reese Trahey got the win for the Warriors, while losing pitcher Kyle Jones fanned nine and allowed just four hits.

In the opener, DLS exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning to give Nino Puckett, who allowed one hit and fanned six, the victory. Mac Graybill and Jones each had two hits, one of which was a double, and drove in two runs to pace the offense. Hyndman (RBI) had two hits and Bush drew two walks and scored two runs.

Nate Feldman (two), Alex Kuster and Riley McNulty each had a RBI for the Warriors, while Gabe Sotres and Jack Orlowski each had a double.

"I thought we played good baseball today," Cook said. "Brother Rice is a very good team. I thought we swung it pretty well. Our pitchers battled all day. We have two very good teams playing each other and you saw that. It was fun."

Last Updated: 4/4/2017 9:45:24 PM EST