Okanagan Athletics outfielder McCoy Pearce steals home against the Whalley Chiefs in B.C. Premier Baseball League action Saturday at Elks Stadium. Pearce stole three successive bases in the A's season-opening victory.

Bolstered Athletics start season strong

Okanagan senior team adds players from the A's junior team, wins three of four to begin B.C. Premier Baseball League season

Shutting down the Okanagan Athletics’ junior program wasn’t part of the plan for the 2015 baseball season.

But with a shortage of players at both the senior and junior levels, a decision was made to combine the resources of the two teams.

The result is a well-stocked senior A’s team which now has 19 players on the roster—instead of the initial 14—for the B.C. Premier Baseball League season.

“What it does is add strength to our team and now no one is guaranteed playing time,” said A’s coach Evan Bailey. “We have enough players now that they’re going to push one another and I think make us a better team overall.

“We didn’t like to have to shut down the juniors, but with such a lack of numbers (10 players) it’s hard to run a team,” added Bailey who expects the junior team to return next year.

Okanagan’s newfound depth was evident on opening weekend as the A’s took three of four games from the Whalley Chiefs at Elks Stadium.

Saturday was particularly productive day up and down the lineup as the Athletics won both games by a combined score of 25-5.

“It was a good way to start,” Bailey said. “We were really good that day, they weren’t so good so it was a combination of things. We threw the ball well and made the most of our opportunities.”

In the opener, Easton Forrest tossed a four hitter over five innings as Okanagan made short work of the Chiefs 12-2.

Trevor Lofstrom paced the offence with three RBIs, while Chase Decosse and McCoy Pearce stole three bases each. All of Pearce’s steals, including home, came in one sequence during a seven-run third inning.

In Game 2, Markus Glowacki drove in three runs in a 13-3 victory. David Tongue went five innings on a four hitter for his first win.

In Game 3 Sunday morning, Whalley fought back with an 11-8 win. Decosse drove in three runs in a losing cause.

But the A’s rebounded in the series finale with a 5-3 victory. Keaton Mandryk went all the way on the mound scattering nine hits.

Decosse was a terror on the base paths, stealing eight bases and scoring seven times.

Pearce also scored seven runs, Lofstrom had five RBIs and Dylan Faulkner batted .375 with three RBIs, four walks and three runs scored.

Bailey also praised Sam Avila for his solid play at shortstop.

The team played without veteran outfielder and lead-off hitter Trevor Mlait who is sidelined with an injury.

The A’s (3-1) will be on the road this weekend as they visit the White Rock Tritons for four games in Surrey.


Just Posted

UPDATED: Okanagan Mountain Park fire forces evacuation alert

Properties from 6006 to 8888 Lakeshore Road are being placed on an evacuation alert

Carrot Mountain fire fans smoke over West Kelowna

A cluster of three fires are burning above West Kelowna

Complete list of B.C. Interior wildfire coverage

Up-to-date information on blazes happening the Kamloops Wildfire Centre

UPDATED: Highway 97 closed again due to wildfire

Motorists may use an alternate route via Highway 97C, Highway 5A and Highway 3

Two fires caused by lightning at Big White last night

The fires are currently being contained

Breaking: More evacuation orders for Mount Eneas wildfire, south of Peachland

The BC Wildfire Service is battling a large wildfire alongside Highway 97 in Peachland.

Fire in backcountry near Keremeos reaches 400 hectares in size

Two significant fires are burning in the Lower Similkameen, smoke can be seen as far away as Osoyoos

Update: Summerland wildfire forces PIB state of emergency

More than 40 firefighters are on scene of the wildfire near Mount Conkle, just outside of Summerland.

Hockey trip fraudster receives house arrest

Man duped 16 families with Okanagan Elite Hockey Association out of over $100,000

Four wild fires still burning near Keremeos

One fire was extinguished and another reported after lightning came through area

‘Amazing Race Canada’ competitors face B.C. challenge

They drove Corvettes, mastered falconry basics, and ate blueberry pie in the Cowichan Valley

Installers to battle Team B.C.

Exhibition men’s fastball Saturday in Vernon

Grizzly bear jumps in river, chases B.C. kayaker

The bear got a bit too close for comfort along the Elaho River near Squamish

Parks Canada looks to shine light on cloudy future for historic sites

A plan is in place to produce 10-year plans designed to turn around sagging attendance figures

Most Read