PENDLETON - Prairie Baseball Academy came down from Canada, froze BMCC's bats and left town with two wins.

The Prairie Dawgs, who hail from Alberta, took two from the Timberwolves in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday, winning 3-1 and 2-1.

The losses, BMCC's first of the season to drop its record to 3-2, overshadowed two stifling pitching performances from Jake Cathy and Nick Morris.

Cathey tossed all seven innings of the opener, giving up one earned run while allowing five hits.

Morris retired the last 19 batters he faced and went the distance in the nightcap, allowing one earned run in nine innings.

"That was a great outing," BMCC coach Brett Bryan said of Morris' efforts. "That was a great outing for him. He had all his pitches working, and he was locating everything."

Morris was able to keep the ball on the ground most of the day - 15 of his outs were on ground balls - which helped his defense given the unpredictable nature of Saturday's swirling winds.

Morris' pitching, however, was not enough even with his defense making two shoestring catches and a diving play at first base in the ninth.

"It's pretty tough," said Morris of losing after throwing more than six innings of perfect baseball. "I did my part. I went out and threw my game to help the team win, but we didn't."

PBA's pitching staff was just a little better on Saturday, receiving a complete game in the opener from Mark Dainty, who tossed seven innings and allowed one earned run on five hits.

Omar Kadir tossed all nine innings of the nightcap for PBA, scattering seven hits and allowed one earned run.

"Everyone pitched well," PBA assistant coach Todd Hubka said. "We just got the breaks."

Kadir is a draft-and-follow of the San Diego Padres, meaning he is currently their property. But, at the end of the year, he may enter the draft again if San Diego doesn't give him a minor-league contract.

Not only was BMCC up against a potential major-leaguer, and didn't help its chances by leaving seven runners stranded on base.

BMCC had the bases loaded with no one out in the third, and also had a chance to break through with two on and no outs in the seventh, but came away empty-handed each time.

"We had our opportunities in that game from an offensive standpoint," Bryan said. "And we didn't capitalize."

The Timberwolves committed four errors in the opener.

"We didn't take care of the baseball very well defensively in the first game," Bryan said. "You can't do that against anybody, but you really can't do that against a quality team. You can't survive that."

BMCC also had a player ejected in each game, which did not help matters. Tyler Pace was ejected in the first game and Ryan Tannahill, who had BMCC's only RBI in game two, was thrown out in the third inning for arguing a close call at first.

Bryan was less than pleased with his players about that, but overall, he wasn't too down over Saturday's doubleheader.

"We just got to learn from it, have a good week of practice next week and prepare for Grays Harbor on Thursday," Bryan said.

Notes: PBA catcher Chris Copot is property of the Milwaukee Brewers. ... Both teams combined for one hit in the final four innings of game two. ... There were only three extra-base hits all day, all in the first game. ... BMCC starts conference play on March 30 against Treasure Valley in Ontario.


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