A’s split with Reds

The Okanagan Athletics got back on the winning side in the B.C. Premier Baseball League on the weekend splitting a four-game set with the Coquitlam Reds in Kelowna.

The Athletics snapped an eight game losing skid by winning the opener and the final game of a four game weekend series with Coquitlam at Elks Stadium.

The A’s improved to 6-12 on the season and more importantly, saw several good pitching performances as well as some offense after two losing weekends.

The Athletics closed the weekend set strong, scoring three times in the third inning and adding four more runs in the fourth to earn a 7-5 win on Sunday, earning the split off the four game series.

Jeff May scattered six hits over six innings of work to earn his first win of the season. Offensively, Brett McClure drove in three runs while Dawson Yates and Tanner Morache each drove in two.

The Athletics opened the series with a tight 2-1 win on Saturday when Colin Currie singled to start the final inning and then scored the winning run. Jake Maters threw three scoreless innings and didn’t allow a hit in relief to earn his third win of the year.

The Reds won the middle two games of the series and improved its record to 9-8 on the season.

Pitcher Nolan Handley did all he could but suffered a 1-0 loss to the Reds in game two. Handley struck out seven and allowed just four hits over seven innings but the A’s offense couldn’t get on the board as Handley fell to 1-2 on the season.

In an 8-4 loss in game three, the Reds scored seven runs over the final three innings to beat Okanagan. Brandon Sonnenberg was 2-for-2 at the plate and had one RBI for the Athletics while Tanner Collins took the loss.

Junior Athletics

The Okanagan Junior Athletics handed the first place Langley Blaze its first loss of the season with a 6-4 win on Sunday at Boucherie field in B.C. Junior Baseball League play.

Eric McGinn earned the win on the mound as the Athletics scored three times in the third and three more in the fourth en route to the win.

Unfortunately for the Jr. Athletics, Langley won the three other games in the weekend set, 6-1, 9-1 and 4-3.

First place Langley is 17-1 on the season while Okanagan fell to 7-13.


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