The Brownsville College Border Runners were treated to a lopsided 17-2 win to open their first ever Can-Am College baseball season against the Danbury Central College Dimes today, and a Japanese senior named Manabu Shiba played a big role.
Shiba was 3-for-3, and added 3 walks, getting on base every time he was at the plate in the game. He hit home runs in two of his at-bats, scored 4 runs, and had 4 RBIs. The hard hitting short-stop batted third in the order, ahead of Bob Stuckless, who was also impressive, going 3-for-5 with a home run of his own. Shiba and Stuckless combined for 15 total bases on the day.
For his solid performance, Shiba earned the player of the game honors in front of the home crowd, in what will likely remain one of the longest games to be played in the inaugural season, at an even 4 hours – due partly to a 51 minute rain delay in the 7th inning.
Brownsville hosts Danbury again later today for the second game of the two-game series before moving on to Louisville to play the Kentucky School of Distilling.