The Silver Hawks go through their pre-game warmups.
Silver Hawks manager Mark Haley exchanges lineup cards with Whitecap skipper Joe DePastino. This is Haley's fourth season leading the South Bend squad.
The Silver Hawks roster stands for the National Anthem
7th-round pick Bryan Augenstein tossed eight innings of shutout ball in his 2008 debut. He allowed nary a walk and just four hits while fanning seven Whitcaps. His outstanding effort was wasted when closer William Spottiswood made two errors on one play after Elijah Rumler committed an error to open the ninth, leading to a blown save.
Konrad Schmidt called Augenstein's phenomenal game, plus the catcher added the first of just three Silver Hawks hits in the third inning.
Clayton Conner (left) scored South Bend's only run after tripling in the fourth inning. Mike Mee (right) plated Conner by reaching on a fielding error by Whitecap centerfielder Kyle Peter. It would be one of three occasions in which Mee reached base.
First baseman Ramon Ramirez put the ball in play three times, but did not collect a hit on the day. Ramirez batted .277 for Yakima last year.
Top infield prospect Taylor Harbin had a game to forget. He finished 0-for-4, having struck out and grounded into a double play. He started his second game at shortstop after playing exclusively at second base last season.
Right Fielder Derrick Walker went 0-for-3 with a strikout and GIDP also. He batted .293 in Missoula last year, pacing the Osprey in hits (tied with Harbin), doubles, and stolen bases.
Anthony Smith finished the day 0-for-3 with two whiffs out of the nine hole. The left fielder led the Osprey with a .298 batting average last season.
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