Pickles rally for win
The Portland Pickles rallied late Thursday night at Walker Stadium to upend the Ridgefield Raptors 6-5 in West Coast League baseball.
The Pickles snapped a three-game losing streak and ended the Raptors' six-game win streak.
Portland's first win in the three-game series, played before a crowd of 2,007, came on a three-run eighth inning that erased a 4-3 deficit.
Kyle Manzardo, an outfielder from Washington State, led off the Pickles' eighth with a home run -- the first of the summer for Portland. He's fifth in the league in batting average (.414).
The Pickles loaded the bases on a walk to Colton Cassinelli (Washington Huskies), a single by Darius Perry (UCLA commit) and a walk to Alex Lambeau (Loyola Marymount).
Pinch runner John Arndorfer (Notre Dame, ex-Jesuit High) then scored on a sacrifice fly by Chase Luttrell (Long Beach State).
With two out, Connor Wojahn (Clark College) drove home Perry with a single for a 6-4 lead.
Ridgefield scored once in the top of the ninth and had runners on second and third with no outs, but Timothy Post (Columbia) got Cameron Repetti on a strikeout.
Isaiah Montoya (UNLV) replaced Post and retired Jack Bauer on a ground out to second. Then, after an intentional walk to Michael Hicks, Montoya struck out Steve Ramirez.
Hicks (Boise State) was 3 for 4, with two homers and four RBIs.
The Pickles finished with 10 hits to Ridgefield's nine and overcame a seven-inning stint by Raptors starter Zach Barnes, a pitcher from Grand Canyon who allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks, with one strikeout.
Post (2-0), who faced four batters and got the one out, picked up the win. Montoya collected his first WCL save.
Michael Perzan (Grand Canyon) started for Portland and worked four innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks, with two strikeouts.
The other Portland pitcher, Trent Bixby (UNLV), also pitched four innings and did not give up a run. He allowed two hits and no walks and fanned four.
Portland made three errors; Ridgefield made three.
Kyle Velazquez, Pickles third baseman from Saint Mary's, went 2 for 4 and drove in a run.
The Pickles improved to 4-5, while the Raptors fell to 6-3. Walla Walla (6-0) leads the WCL South Division, with Ridgefield second and Portland third, followed by Cowlitz (3-6), Corvallis )2-4) and Bend (2-4)
The Bend Elks will visit Walker Stadium for the next three games, taking on Portland at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.