EPHRATA (VIDEO) – The Columbia Basin River Dogs jumped out to an early lead in their World Series opener with San Gabriel Valley Thursday.
But the team was unable to hold off the Pacific Southwest Champion and dropped the contest, 7-2.
Two unearned runs in the top of the second gifted the River Dogs a 2-0 lead. San Gabriel Valley bats heated up midway through the fourth inning as the team took its first lead of the ballgame, 3-2.
But they were soon cooled off when the sprinklers came on and began to pelt the field, players and crowd with water. The delay was a welcome respite for the home team as San Gabriel looked poised to break the game wide open.
Starter Koleman Johns struggled with control issues in the fifth. He gave up three walks and two singles that produced three San Gabriel runs to make it 6-2.
That was it for Johns as coach Randy Boruff brought on Tristin Parton in relief who surrender one run to push the score to 7-2.
Trailing by five with two innings left to play, the Dogs refusing to lie down and roll over, loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the 6th. But the team was unable to bring a runner home and that pretty much sealed the River Dogs fate.
The team had one more chance to get back in it, but failed to mount a late rally.
Brian Gadsby went the distance on the hill, giving up two runs off four hits while sticking out six to record the win.
Drew Loera had the hot bat for the River Dogs, going two-for-three at the plate with a walk and a run scored. The No. 1, 2 and 3 spots in the lineup went 0-8 at the dish. Johns was tagged with the loss.
The River Dogs are back at it Friday when they take on the Charleston, Mo. Fighting Squirrels at 8 p.m.