Athletics take hot streak to Victoria
Fourteen wins in the last 16 games has the red-hot Okanagan Athletics pushing the top teams in the B.C. Premier Baseball League.
The fourth-place A's have a chance to continue their climb this weekend when they visit the third-place Victoria Mariners. The teams will play a twin bill Saturday and two more on Sunday.
The Mariners (16-5) and A's (21-11) both 4 1/2 games out of first, but Victoria is officially third due to a better winning percentage—.727 to .656.
"We're going into this series hoping to win it, but a split would probably be acceptable," said A's head coach Evan Bailey. "It'll be a grind because the (Mariners) are a pretty good ball club and we've been playing well, too. It'll be a good test for us against one of the league's better teams."
The Athletics got the best of a top-four contender last weekend, taking three of four from the hometown Vancouver Cannons.
After losing the opener Saturday 4-2, Okanagan made amends in Game 2 with a 10-5 win.
David Todosichuk and Sam Avila led the attack with two RBIs each, while Jared Young was on the mound for his fourth win.
On Sunday, Easton Forrest threw a complete game six-hitter, while Trevor Lofstrom had two hits and scored three times in a 6-3 Okanagan victory.
In the series finale, Matt Brodt fired a seven-hitter for his fifth win and Christian Dupas collected three RBIs as the A's won 6-1.
"I thought a split on Saturday was fair, neither team played all that well," Bailey said. "But I thought we were good, we swung the bat well and had two good starts from our pitchers."
The junior A's are on the road this weekend for four games against the hometown Victoria Mariners.
Last weekend, the Athletics were swept by first-place Langley, losing 8-2, 8-2, 7-6 and 7-0.
Okanagan's next home action in league play is July 5 and 6 vs. the Coquitlam Redlegs at Edith Gay Park.
The Okanagan A's are coming off a solid weekend on the road in B.C. Bantam AAA Baseball League play.
On Saturday, the A's defeated Burnaby 4-2 and 7-2. Then on Sunday, Okanagan lost 4-0 to Vancouver Community, before rebounding for an 11-1 win in the finale.
The A's (10-18) will host Ridge Meadows this Saturday, then Cloverdale on Sunday at Edith Gay.