Marc Ashford of the North Delta Blue Jays scored three runs in an 8-1 win over the Victoria Mariners.

First losses of the season for Blue Jays

Premier League team sweeps Mariners, loses two to Eagles

They extended their season-opening win streak to four games Saturday in provincial capital, but the North Delta Blue Jays left Victoria after losing twice Sunday afternoon.

The B.C. Premier Baseball League team swept the Victoria Mariners by scores of 5-3 and 8-1 on Saturday, but lost twice (5-4, 11-1) Sunday to the Victoria Eagles.

North Delta is now sixth in the Premier League with a 4-2 (won-loss) record.

The Jays began the weekend by getting a nine-strikeout effort from winning pitcher Daniel Gosselin. He allowed one earned run on five hits and a walk.

Mackenzie Marquis led the offense with a two-for-two game with one run scored. William Quito also scored a pair of runs and hit a double.

Trailing 1-0 after the first inning, North Delta scored two in the third to take the lead than added another in the fourth and two more in the top of the seventh.

The Mariners rallied in the seventh to score two runs, but Matt Gillen entered the game as a relief pitcher and retired both batters he faced to end the game.

A 10-hit attack allowed the Blue Jays to complete the sweep. Braeden Miller with a pair of hits and two RBIs and Marc Ashford with three runs scored were the offensive leaders.

Tyler Hoefer was the winning pitcher, throwing five innings and allowing one earned run on five hits and a pair of walks while collecting five strikeouts.

The Blue Jays erased a 4-0 deficit with three runs in the sixth inning and one more in the seventh to tie the game, only to lose on a walk-off double in the bottom half of the final inning.

Marquis and Miller each had a pair of hits for the Blue Jays, with Noah Or driving in a pair of runs with a sixth-inning double.

Jays pitchers had little left for the final game of the weekend, as four pitchers combined to allow six hits and 11 walks over six innings.

Designated hitter Matt Poirier had a strong game at the plate, going two-for-three with a run scored.

The Jays will host the first-place Langley Blaze (9-1) Saturday for two games. Start times at Mackie Park are at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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