The Okanagan Athletics kept the upper half of the B.C. Premier Baseball League standings well within their sights after splitting a weekend series with the Fraser Valley Chiefs.
At 9-14, the A’s are in 11th place in the very tight PBL, but just two games out of sixth spot.
On Saturday at Elks Stadium, the Chiefs scored a run the top of the eighth inning to edge the A’s 3-2. Okanagan forced the extra inning after scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh. Jake Maters (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season.
Game 2 also went to extras, but this time the A’s prevailed 8-7 in 10 innings.
Ryo Shishido scored the game winner on a balk.
Brett McLure, Dillon Kakoskhe and Brandon Sonnenberg had two RBIs apiece and Tanner Collins earned the win in relief.
On Sunday, the Chiefs won the opener 12-1.
Okanagan rebounded in the series finale with an 8-4 win.
Nolan Handley had three hits and scored three times, James Ward had three RBIs and Colin Currie drove in two runs.
Jeff May tossed a complete-game six-hitter for his second win.
This weekend, the A’s travel to Victoria for four games against the Eagles (6-13).
Like the parent club, the junior Athletics managed a split in BCJBL action.
On Saturday at Lombardy, Okanagan two took games from the North Shore Twins 3-2 in eight innings, and 3-2. Eric McGinn tossed a three-hitter in Game 2, while Connor Gallacher had two hits and scored twice.
On Sunday, the Twins turned the tables on the A’s with 7-3 and 5-2 wins.
The A’s (9-15) will host the White Rock Tritons for two games Saturday and two Sunday.