The Pirates wrapped up the last week of the regular season with an important win to secure the third seed in the district tournament.
Vashon entered the May 1 home game against Cascade Christian understanding the importance of a win and locking in to what was potentially their sharpest defensive effort of the season so far.
Every position player performed cleanly and confidently in the field, which kept the Cougars off the base paths. Will Weber knocked in a RBI in the first inning and the Pirates would not lose the lead for the rest of the very quick pitchers’ duel.
Cade Sando started on the mound for Cascade Christian, and the lefty pitched a tough game with a sharp defense behind him as well. Jack Harvey added an insurance RBI for Vashon in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 0-2.
Will Frith and Charlie Walker also chalked up hits off of Sando. But, one run was all they would need, as Finn Hawkins threw a complete game shutout for the Pirates.
“What we really liked was that both runs scored from second [base] on balls that barely got out of the infield,” Coach Simon Perrin said, we ran ourselves into a win”.
It was fantastic baseball to watch as both teams were playing at the top of their games, yet the Pirates just brought more to the party.
Senior night for the team was held on May 3, at the last regular season home game at Jim Martin Field, against East Jefferson.
Seniors Maxwell Delgado-Williams, Will Weber and their families were honored in a pre-game ceremony. Then both seniors honored the fans, their teammates and the game of baseball with excellent performances.
Delgado-Williams had two hits, an RBI and a stolen base. Weber had two hits — one of them being a towering home run to left field with fellow senior Delgado-Williams on base. Finn Magonegil, Walker, Frith, Hawkins and Sebastian Gallez also chimed in with hits to help build a 10-1 lead.
Jack Harvey started for the Pirates and was relieved by Walker, then Frith. The game fittingly ended with both seniors on the field as Delgado-Williams stole third base, with Weber at the plate, and then came home on an overthrow for the mercy rule 11-1 win in the fifth inning.
“Senior night was fun, the boys played really well — Weber with another homer and Max has just been a rock, especially in center field,” said Perrin. “Our seniors have come into their own and will be missed next year.”
Next up for the Pirates is the district tournament.
“We’ve gotten farther each year, and we hope to continue that trend,” said Coach Perrin. “Last year we missed State by one game and we look to make it this year. The boys are in a good place — and now it’s about getting to play with your friends one more day, so leave it all on the field.”
See the Nisqually League Tournament schedule here.