The early-season struggles continue for the Abbotsford Cardinals.
The BC Premier Baseball League club hosted the Victoria Mariners for a doubleheader at DeLair Park on Saturday, dropping both games.
Game one saw Abbotsford struggle in the field, committing six errors en route to an 8-1 loss. The Mariners jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but the Cardinals tied the game in the second when Colton Harold scored after a bases-loaded walk to Koki Fukui.
The Mariners added runs in the third and fifth innings, before exploding for five in the sixth to pick up the win. Ryan Hamilton and Dylan Ohlsen each had two hits for the Cardinals in the loss.
Abbotsford kept it closer in game two, closing the Mariners’ lead to 4-2 heading into the seventh and final inning, but Victoria scored four runs in the top of the seventh to win 8-3.
Abbotsford’s Konnor Piotto had a strong day at the plate, with two hits, including one home run and two runs batted in. Ethan Kano-McGregor drove home the Cardinals’ other run. Outfielder Brett Bass had a pair of hits and scored a run.
Cardinals starting pitcher Chase Stewart had a solid outing on the mound, allowing just four hits over four innings. He struck out four batters and had just two earned runs on the bump.
Abbotsford also posted an 8-5 win over the North Delta Blue Jays on April 19.
The Cardinals now have a record of three wins and eight losses in BCPBL action, and sit in 10th place in the 12-team league.
Abbotsford next takes on the White Rock Tritons on May 3. The next home games for the Cardinals occur on May 7, when the Okanagan Athletics come to town for a doubleheader.