Padres season ends in Carberry
File photo...The Padres lost game two to the Carberry Royals to be eliminated from the postseason.
The Carberry Royals had the Portage Padres' number for the second consecutive year.
After losing Game 1 of their Santa Clara Baseball League first-round series 10-4 at Republic of Manitobah Park on Wednesday, the Padres suffered a season-ending defeat Friday night 6-3. Portage lost the best-of-three series 2-0.
Carberry took a 2-0 lead in the third and extended it to 4-0 in the fifth. Portage got on the board with a pair in the sixth and got one in the seventh, but by then, the Royals' lead was too much to overcome.
Kyle Hamilton struck out five in 5.1 innings while Roddy McLeod struck out one to finish the game.
The Padre attack stalled, as Robby Moar was the only Portager with a multi-hit game.
"There weren't a whole lot of hits on either side. We only had seven hits and they had 10 hits," said assistant coach Neil Hamilton. "The difference was they had two home runs. They had more extra base hits than we did and they left less men on base."
Hamilton said one of the Carberry dingers popped off a Padres glove and over the fence.
"That one kind of hurt a little bit, but that's the way it goes, I guess," said Hamilton.
A big difference in the game was hitting from the middle of the Padres' order, which was a cornerstone of the club for much of the year.
"We didn't get enough productivity from our core hitters as we normally would. They struggled a little bit in the game, I thought," said Hamilton. "That was the difference there. We weren't able to capitalize in the middle batters.
"They'd done well all year, but they didn't have a good night."
Although this is the second consecutive playoff defeat to the Royals, Hamilton said the spirits of the team are still high.
"They're disappointed they didn't win, but they are all friends," he said. "They all had fun this season."
See more in the Monday, July 16 edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.