Extending their win streak to seven games, the North Delta Blue Jays now have the best winning percentage in the B.C. Premier Baseball League.
The Blue Jays swept the Coquitlam Reds by scored of 10-0 and 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Mackie Park, improving to 11-2 (won-loss). North Delta moved to within one game of the first-place North Shore Twins (14-3).
The Blue Jays needed just six innings to get the win in the first game, ending the contest on the 10-run mercy rule when Logan Newman singled to score Marc Ashford with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning.
North Delta hitters tallied 15 hits of Reds pitchers, with six batters having multi-hit games. Alex Davis was three-for-four with three runs batted in (RBIs) while Mackenzie Marquis, Noah Or, Matthew Poirier, Braeden Miller and Newman collecting three hits each. Poirier had a pair of RBIs.
Tyler Hoefer held Coquitlam to just three singles and a pair of walks while striking out eight batters, lowering his earned run average to .96 on the season while running his won-loss record to 4-0.
The Blue Jays had 10 more hits in the second game, but needed to rally for a narrow victory.
Trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, North Delta tied the game when Lucas Naidu hit a two-out singled, moving to second on an error, then scored on a base hit by Trevor Gentles.
In the first extra inning, Newman again ended the game while at the plate. His sacrifice fly to left field scored Clint Taylor from third base.
Gentles led the Blue Jays at the plate, going three-for-four with three RBIs. Taylor and Newman each had a pair of hits, scoring once each.
Davis was the winning pitcher in relief, throwing the final three innings and allowing an unearned run on one hit. Daniel Gosselin started the game, and gave up two earned runs on six hits and a walk before leaving the game after five innings with the score tied 2-2.
The Blue Jays will play another double header with the Reds next weekend in Coquitlam, playing twice Sunday at Mundy Park at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Reds are 7-17.