With three wins in four starts, the Whalley Chiefs have again evened their record while tightening their grip on a B.C. Premier Baseball League playoff position.
The Chiefs took three of four games with the Abbotsford Cardinals, then edged the White Rock Tritons 8-7 Tuesday night at Whalley Stadium.
Now at 17-17 (won-lost), Whalley is four-and-a-half games ahead of the ninth-place Victoria Mariners. Eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
Whalley almost let a win against the Tritons slip away.
The Chiefs blew a 7-2 lead when White Rock scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the score. Whalley scored the winning run in the eighth inning when Lichel Hirakawa-Kao scored on a wild pitch.
Max Williams, Colin Kellington and Ryan Kaplanis all had a pair of hits and two RBIs for the Chiefs. Matt Legg also had a pair of hits.
The Chiefs began their three-game stretch against the Cardinals with a 3-1 victory last Tuesday in Whalley. Kaplanis, Braeden Massignani and Zach Chaba each had a pair of hits, with Massignani collecting a pair of RBIs (runs batted in).
Lucas Soper was the winning pitcher, lasting four and one-third innings and allowing an earned run on five hits and a pair of walks. He had four strikeouts.
The Chiefs won the first of two games Sunday in Abbotsford, rapping out 13 hits in an 8-3 victory.
Legg had three hits, with Kaplanis, Thomas Espig, Brendan Gerbert and Ken Dubois adding two each.
Isaac Greer threw five innings and was the winning pitcher. The Cardinals managed four hits and drew three walks off Greer, scoring one run while striking out six times.
The Cardinals escaped with a 5-4 win in the second game. The Chiefs outhit the home team 7-5 but left 10 players on base.
Legg and Williams led the offense with two hits each.
The Chiefs don’t play again until next Thursday, when they host the North Delta Blue Jays at 7 p.m.