Sun Devils go two-and-out at KIBT

The Kamloops Sun Devils' chances of winning the Kamloops International Baseball Tournament ended Friday afternoon with an 8-1 loss to the Alaska-Midnight Sun Goldpanners.

The Sun Devils lost their opening game, 9-6 to the Fraser Valley Red Sox on Thursday night. The eight-team tournament is a double-elimination event, meaning the Sun Devils will be watching the rest of the tournament from the bleachers.

On Friday, Pat Brown took the loss, giving up seven earned runs while walking five and striking out five. Will Devick drove in the Kamloops run.

Thomas Hoenshell struck out five in the victory, and David Duetchman went 2-for-4 with three RBI.

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Thursday's game between Kamloops and Fraser Valley featured three two-time award winners.

Devick, who started at shortstop for Kamloops, won the Mr. Hustle award in 2004 and 2005 while with the Kamloops Black Sox.

Andrew Brock, who started for the Red Sox, was named top pitcher for the New Westminster Royals in 2006 and 2007. His battery mate both of those years and again on Thursday - Graig Merritt - was named the MVP catcher in 2006 and 2007.

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Thursday's late game between the Seattle Studs and the Goldpanners was a terrific example of a beautifully played game with an ugly ending.

Tied 1-1 after seven innings - each team scored a run in the fifth inning - the Studs loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the eighth.

Studs manager Barry Aden called for a squeeze bunt, but Chris Pascual popped it up to Duetchman, the Goldpanners' first baseman. As Seattle's Colby Sokol attempted to get back to third base before being doubled up, Duetchman threw the ball into left field, and Sokol was able to jog home.

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The winning pitcher in that game was Taylor Thompson - last year's top pitcher - giving him three victories and a save in his last two days at KIBT.

On July 13, 2008, Thompson pitched 15 1/3 innings - recording two victories and a save - as Seattle won four straight games for its third consecutive title.

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The Goldpanners have with them a radio man, who is filing play-by-play reports to the team's website, www.goldpanners.com.

Aaron Torres, a recent communications grad from the U of Connecticut, is traveling with the team as it barnstorms through Canada and parts of the U.S. Because NorBrock Stadium doesn't have Internet capabilities, Torres is recording the games, and sending them up to Alaska to be put on the website.

Torres also has a personal website, www.aarontorres-sport.com.

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Aaron Myette, a former pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds, was scheduled to start for the Red Sox in their game against the Seattle Studs last night.

Myette was forced out of the pro game due to recurring injuries, and was Fraser Valley's designated hitter in Thursday's 9-6 victory over Kamloops, and hit a two-run home run.

His brother, Andrew Myette, also is a pitcher with the Red Sox. Andrew, a former U of Kentucky player, was drafted in three consecutive years (2000, 2001 and 2002) by the Rangers.

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Three of the four Canadian teams are still alive after Day 2 at KIBT, with the Sun Devils being the only one out.

The Kelowna Jays beat the San Francisco Seals 7-5 on Friday, and will take on the Everett Merchants today at noon. The Red Deer Riggers, who lost 3-0 to the Merchants before beating the Seals 9-8, are to play the Goldpanners at 3 p.m.

And the Red Sox, who were playing against the Seattle Studs at press time last night, will play today at 5:30 p.m., if they lose, and at 8 p.m., if they win.

mhunter@kamloopsnews.ca

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