A pair of strong pitching performances lifted the Whalley Chiefs to two wins in three home games last weekend.
The Chiefs blanked the White Rock Tritons 2-0 Saturday night, then after a 4-1 defeat to the Nanaimo Pirates Sunday afternoon, won the second game of the doubleheader 2-1 at Whalley Stadium.
The Chiefs are now at 12-26 (won-lost) in the BC Premier Baseball League season.
Graham Bailey of the Chiefs tossed a complete-game, one-hitter to frustrate the Tritons Saturday night. The 17 year-old Pacific Academy high school student struck out four White Rock batters, while walking seven.
Ryan Pouwells scored both Chiefs runs, the first on a single by Malcolm Upton in the second inning, the insurance run on a passed ball in the fourth.
In Sunday’s first game against Nanaimo, it was the Chiefs who were shut down by Pirates starter Alex Rogers. Garrett Hasner was the lone Chief to get a hit, hitting a pair of singles. Tim Bunnett scored the lone run for Whalley, drawing a lead-off walk in the top of the first inning then scoring when Connor Chorpita grounded out.
Brandon Bohn pitched well in the loss, striking out nine Pirates batters without issuing a walk. Nanaimo bunched their eight hits together, doing all their scoring in a pair of two-run doubles.
Roberta Bevacqua went the distance to get the win in game two, striking out three batters while allowing five hits. The 18 year-old didn’t give up a walk, and the lone Pirates run was unearned.
A Chiefs fielding error allowed the Pirates to stake a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, but the home team rallied to score two in the bottom on the sixth.
Connor Chorpita singled to score Matthew Yee, then came home for the winning run on a hit by Cole Hunt.
The Chiefs are at home again Wednesday night, hosting the Abbotsford Cardinals at 7 p.m.
– The North Delta Blue Jays scored six times in the eighth inning for a 9-3 extra-inning win over the Coquitlam Reds Tuesday night in Coquitlam.
Matt Fischer got the win in relief, throwing the last two innings and allowing two hits and a walk. Ryan Braun was the starting pitcher, getting a no-decision after the Reds scored three earned runs in six hits and a pair of walks.
Malcolm Boehm led the offense with a three-for-five game at the plate, scoring one run and driving in another. Ryo Takenaka, Clint Taylor and Evan Rogers had two hits each, with Takenaka driving in three runs.
The win improves North Delta’s record to 16-23, two games back of the Vancouver Cannons in a race for eighth place in the PBL.
The Blue Jays have eight games remaining on their schedule, and all are home games at Mackie Park.
They host the Victoria Eagles for a double header on Saturday, July 6. The Nanaimo Pirates are the visitors for two games on July 7. On July 13-14, the Okanagan Athletics are the opponent for the final four games of the regular season.