BOARDMAN - Roy Nunez picked up the win on both ends of a doubleheader as the Riverside Pirates swept the Vale Vikings in Greater Oregon League baseball play Saturday.
Nunez threw a one-hitter in the opener as the Pirates (4-3-1, 2-0 GOL) pounded the Vikings 11-1 in five innings. In the nightcap, Nunez pitched the seventh inning and came away with a 2-1 victory.
In the first game, Nunez allowed one checked-swing hit in the first inning and cruised from there, striking out nine.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the third, Jared Salisbury smashed a three-run homer that gave the Pirates some breathing room. In the fifth inning, with the bases loaded, Nunez cleared the bases with a double that sealed the win.
The Pirates had six stolen bases in the contest.
In the nightcap, the Pirates scored their first run in the fourth inning when Kevin Sands singled, plating Ryan Pedro.
Shawn Dirksen pitched six strong innings, allowing only one unearned run in the game, but was pulled in the seventh with the score tied at 1-1 in favor of Nunez.
When Nunez came in there were two men on and no outs in the seventh. He struck out three in a row to preserve the tie.
The Vikings walked the first three Pirates in the bottom of the seventh. Cody Nailor hit a sharp grounder to first, scoring J.R. Seewer on the RBI fielder's choice for the victory.