Padres split with Lakers
The Portage Padres suffered their first loss of the young Santa Clara Baseball League season on Sunday, but not after another blowout result in their favour.
The Padres (3-1) began the day at Republic of Manitobah Park with an 8-1 thumping of the Ebb & Flow Lakers. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Padres let a 7-2 fourth-inning lead slip away as the Lakers came up with a 10-9 victory.
In the opener, the Padres plated the first six batters of the game to take a 6-1 lead after just an inning. They rounded out the scoring early with a pair in the second. Kevin Terrick started the game for Portage but left after 1.1 innings with an injury. Kyle Hamilton finished the game, striking out seven.
In the second game, things were tight until the fourth when a six-run inning boosted the Padres to a 7-2 advantage. However, in the fifth, Ebb & Flow came back to tie. The Padres regained the lead with two in the top half of the sixth, but the Lakers came through with three in the bottom half of the frame to account for the eventual winning runs.
Landon Thomson started the game for the Padres, and was able to get out of bases-loaded jams in the second and third with just two runs against. Chad Miller, Daylan Laramee and Roddy McLeod all saw time on the mound in relief.
The Padres will wrap their season-opening homestand Wednesday night when the Carberry Royals come to town for a 7 p.m. game. Portage will be looking for a measure of revenge, as Carberry eliminated Portage in the first round of last season's playoffs.
For more, please see Monday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.