Senior Athletics off to .500 start in defence of BCPBL championship
The Okanagan Athletics split a pair of games with the Victoria Mariners on the weekend at Elks Stadium in Kelowna as the defending B.C. Premier Baseball League champs are off to a .500 start early in the BCPBL schedule.
The Athletics are 4-and-4 early in the BCPBL season after winning twice and losing twice to the Mariners.
Okanagan opened up the weekend with a convincing 16-8 win over Victoria as Will Russell earned the win on the mound and Davis Todosichuk led the offensive attack with five RBI's. Josh Croft was also productive at the plate, driving home three runs.
In Saturday's night-cap, Victoria pushed across two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 13-12. The winning runs came after Okanagan had gone ahead in the top of the ninth when by Jared Young had given the Athletics a 12-11 lead.
Sunday saw the two teams split a double-header again as the Athletics opened the day with a narrow 4-3 loss before bouncing back with a 6-4 win to close out the weekend series.
The Mariners outhit Okanagan 11-4 in Sunday's first game and scored twice in the top of the sixth inning to earn the 4-3 win.
Trevor Lofstrom was the winning pitcher in the series finale as Okanagan scored a 6-4 win thanks to a three run fourth inning. Will Russell had the big blow at the plate, driving in three runs in the victory,
This coming weekend the Athletics will host the Abbotsford Cardinals in a four game set at Elks Stadium.
The Okanagan junior A's scored four times in the top of the seventh inning Sunday afternoon to beat the Victoria Mariners 7-5, earning a split of a four-game BCJPBL series between the teams at Edith Gay Park.
In the series finale, Ty Cridland and Markus Glowacki each had a pair of RBIs, while David Tongue picked up the win in two innings of relief.
The A's also opened the weekend on the right foot with a 15-5 victory on Saturday afternoon. Alex Russell paced the Okanagan attack with four RBIs, while Christian Dupas added three. Brandon Belbin went all five innings for the win.
Later on Saturday, the A's led 8-5 in the sixth inning when the game was suspended due to darkness. The game was completed Sunday with the Mariners scoring five runs in the seventh en route to a 10-9 win. Second baseman Clay Stephens had two hits and two RBIs in the loss.
The second twin bill opened Sunday with Victoria posting an 11-7 win, as the Mariners scored six times in the fifth inning, and four more in the sixth.
Dupas, Russell and Easton Forrest each had two hits and and RBI for the A's.
The junior Athletics (5-3) will be at home again this coming weekend as the North Delta Blue Jays come to town for four games.