After a four-game weekend against two of the top four teams in the B.C. Premier Baseball League, the North Delta Blue Jays find themselves a little further away from a playoff position.
The Jays split a double header with the North Shore Twins Sunday at Mackie Park in North Delta, one day after losing both games at home to the Abbotsford Cardinals Saturday.
The Blue Jays, winners of three of their last 10 outings, dropped to 15-23 (won-lost) on the season and are now two and one-half games back of the eighth-place Vancouver Cannons with 10 games to play. The Cannons won two of four games in Kelowna against the Okanagan Athletics, who moved into a tie for ninth place with the Jays.
North Delta started the weekend with a 1-0 loss to the Cardinals. Ryo Takenaka was tagged with the loss after allowing one earned run on eight hits and a pair of walks. The 17 year-old from Richmond collected six strikeouts.
Evan Rogers had a single and a double to lead a five-hit effort from the Blue Jays offense.
The Cardinals outlasted the Jays 4-1 in the second game. North Delta batters totaled seven hits and drew a walk, but managed just one run in the fourth inning which cut the difference to 2-1.
Mitch Boychuk was a perfect three-for-three at the plate for the home team, with Brad Antchak adding a pair of singles.
North Delta lost another close game Sunday morning, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Twins. Dylan MacAhonic pitched well in a losing cause, allowing one earned over seven innings on six hits. The 17 year-old from Cloverdale had six strikeouts, and did not allow a walk.
After scoring just two runs in 21 innings, the Jays crossed the plate nine times to get the lone win of the weekend, a 9-2 victory over North Shore.
Antchak was three-for-four at the plate with a pair of RBIs. Trent Fletcher and Bryan O’Hara also had a pair of hits each, with O’Hara and Brent Sakaki driving in two runs each.
Luke Manuel was the winning pitcher, throwing a three-hitter with a pair of walks while striking out eight batters.
The Blue Jays are in Coquitlam tonight (Tuesday) for a game with the 23-17 Reds.