Blackwell Flycatchers go 2-4 in series with Garden City; Next opponent Austin Weirdos

June 27, 2023 | Sports

BLACKWELL — The Blackwell Flycatchers finished up a six game series with the Garden City Wind Tuesday night with two wins and four losses. The team is now 4-15 on the season.

The series began in Garden City with a 12-7 loss.

Veteran pitcher, Luke Poselovic, Oklahoma City, pitched four innings and gave up 10 hits, nine runs, eight of them earned, and one walk.  He struck out three but suffered the loss.

Veteran outfielder, Dominick Pissano, Manteca, Cailf., rookie outfielders, Jack Skantze, and Jaylon Thornton, both of Houston, Texas belted homers in the game for the Flycatchers.

Blackwell returned home the next night and defeated The Wind 9-8 in 10 innings.

The Flycatchers loaded the bases in the 10th as rookie Cade Johnson, Houston; Veteran Joey Dice, Livermore, Cailf., and Pissano all drew walks off of rookie Wind pitcher Gavin Peterson, Houston.

That set the stage for veteran outfielder, Ramifer Salinas to single in the winning run. Salinas also homered in the game and drove in three. Salinas has previous baseball experience in the New York Yankees organization. Jeff Fripp pitched four innings and struck out six while Johnson pitched one inning, struck out one and recorded the win. Both teams left 12 men on base during the game.

The two teams continued their battle the next night with the Wind winning a wild one  20-17.

The game started off high scoring with the Wind blowing in five runs in the top of the first inning.

Blackwell followed by getting eight runs in the bottom of the first off of rookie Wind pitcher Tommy Castro, Houston.

Both teams scored three runs in the second inning, and two runs in the third inning. 

The Wind would score another run in the fourth and three in the fifth while the Flycatchers scored two more runs in the fifth inning.

The Wind scored four more in the sixth while Blackwell would plate their last two runs in the sixth. The Wind would go on to score two more runs and earn the victory.

Fripp led the Flycatchers in RBIs with seven. Rookie pitcher Matty Rones, Houston, pitched three innings and struck out three but suffered the loss.

On Sunday the Wind defeated Blackwell 5-4.

Salinas hit his second homer of the season and drove in three runs. Pitcher Tyler Kisner, Houston, went 3.2 innings and gave up five walks and two earned runs. He struck out one and suffered the loss.

On Monday the Flycatchers rebounded and defeated the Wind 13-4.

Rookie pitcher Eli Davis, Houston, went six innings and struck out 12. All of the position players had hits in the game including homers by Dice, Salinas, Skantze and David Escobar, Houston.

The two teams wrapped up their six game set Tuesday night with Garden City holding off a ninth inning comeback attempt by the Flycatchers to win the game 11-9.

Blackwell went into the 9th inning trailing 11-3.

Rookie catcher Cameron Pfafmen, Houston, took first base after being hit by a pitch. Rookie shortstop Cameron Phillips, Albuquerque, N.M followed with a single and Dice singled to load the bases. (see feature story on Phillips here)

Wind rookie pitcher, Dylan Reid, Houston, threw a wild pitch, allowing Pfafmen to score and the runners to advance. Pissano walked to load the bases again. Salinas followed with a double and driving in two.

Fripp kept the comeback attempt alive with a three run homer and knocked Reid out of the game.

Wind rookie pitcher Gavin Peterson came into the game and struck out Skantze.

Veteran infielder Franklyn Perez, who has experience in the Tampa Bay Ray’s organization, came to the plate and drew a walk. But that would be the last of the baserunners for Blackwell, as Thornton and Pfafmen both flied out to left to end the game.

The Flycatchers’s next opponent is the Austin Weirdos, who are 1-20 on the season.