Jays fall short in second trip to Abbotsford

Unearned runs cost Blue Jays a victory at Delair Park

Looking for their second win in Abbotsford in two weeks, the North Delta Blue Jays did enough to get the victory, but in the end fell 3-2 to the Cardinals in a B.C. Premier Baseball League game Tuesday night at Delair Park.

The Blue Jays outhit the home side 6-4, and had three extra-base hits to Abbotsford’s two. But they also committed two errors which led to a pair of unearned runs.

Dylan MacAhonic doubled to lead off the third inning, then scored on Riley Grewal’s single to give North Delta a 1-0 lead.

The two errors by the North Delta infield put Abbotsford on top 2-1 after four, but the Blue Jays tied the game withy two hits in the fifth inning. Brad Antchak hit a lead-off triple, then scored on a single by Evan Rogers.

The Cardinals scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, taking advantage of a single, a stolen base, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly.

North Delta pitcher Ryo Takenaka took the loss despite a strong effort over seven innings. He gave up one earned run on four hits and a pair of walks while collecting nine strikeouts.

The Blue Jays will be in New Westminster for two games with the Vancouver Cannons Saturday, then host the Nanaimo Pirates for a double header Sunday at Mackie Park. North Delta is tied for seventh place with the Cannons, 4.5 games back of the first-place Langley Blaze.

The Whalley Chiefs fell short while looking for their third victory of the season, dropping a 7-0 decision to the White Rock Tritons Tuesday night at Whalley Stadium.

Matthew Yee led the Chiefs offense with a single and a double in three at-bats.

Whalley, now at 2-12 (won-lost) on the season, will host the Vancouver Cannons tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m.

Surrey North Delta Leader