After shutting out the White Rock Tritons in the first half of a B.C. Premier League double header in South Surrey, the North Delta Blue Jays were rocked 17-7 in the rematch, and remained two and one-half games out of a playoff position.
The split left North Delta with a 12-21 won-lost record, leaving the Blue Jays in 11th place with 15 games to play.
Sunday started well, with Douglas Strohan pitching all eight innings for North Delta in a 2-0 extra-innings victory. The 18-year-old Burnaby resident limited the Tritons offence to just two singles and a pair of walks. Only five White Rock batters got on base, none getting into scoring position.
Shane Wlodarczak and Matt Pentland hit run-scoring singles in the eighth inning to lift North Delta to the win.
In the rematch, three North Delta pitchers allowed 15 hits and five walks in five innings. Three Blue Jays errors led to seven unearned runs.
North Delta scored seven runs on nine hits, an offensive output that is usually more than enough for a win. Matt Pentland and Cam Frick each had a pair of hits for the Jays, with Ivan Chen and Tyler Pentland driving in two runs each.
The Blue Jays are idle until the July 9-10 weekend when they are in Victoria for four games. They visit the Eagles Saturday, before playing twice against the Mariners Sunday afternoon.
n The Fraser Valley Chiefs also split a double header when they hosted the Victoria Eagles Saturday at Whalley Ball Park.
Caleb Lefebvre got the home side off to a positive start, throwing a one-hitter in a 3-1 Fraser Valley win. Lefebvre collected seven strikeouts while walking just two batters.
Victoria’s lone run was unearned, as a fielding error allowed an Eagle batter to get on base, and score on the team’s lone hit of the game.
The Chiefs broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning when Brendan Dornblut’s single scoring Jordan McComb and Dale Mar.
Fraser Valley opening the scoring in game two in the fifth inning, as Mar singled to score Braeden Allemann, and with Dylan Johnson taking a one-hitter into the final frame the home team was three outs away from a sweep.
But five singles led to three runs in a 3-1 Victoria victory.
Fraser Valley has dropped to 19-20 on the season, tied for sixth place with the Okanagan Athletics. The Chiefs are at South Surrey Athletic Park tonight for a game with the 16-21 White Rock Tritons, then are idle until hosting the 24-9 Nanaimo Pirates for two games July 5 at Whalley Ball Park.