Abbotsford Cardinals shortstop Luke Cooke applied the tag to Brandon Sonnenberg of the Okanagan Athletics

Abbotsford Cardinals shortstop Luke Cooke applied the tag to Brandon Sonnenberg of the Okanagan Athletics

A’s offensive onslaught ends Cardinals’ season

The Abbotsford Cardinals were swept out of the BCPBL playoffs by their rivals, the Okanagan Athletics.

The Abbotsford Cardinals met a bitter demise at the hands of their rivals, the Okanagan Athletics.

The fifth-place Cards had high hopes heading into a best-of-three B.C. Premier Baseball League playoff series on the weekend, but the fourth-place A’s swept them in two straight games on Saturday, 8-7 and 11-0.

The defeat was difficult to digest for Cardinals head coach Corey Eckstein, in part because his club doesn’t have a lot of love for the A’s. The two teams engaged in a heated regular-season series two weeks ago that featured four bench-clearing incidents.

“It’s tough to swallow,” Eckstein said. “It’s tough losing to a team that you just can’t respect, and it was tough to see our senior guys walk away in tears after the game.

“But you tip your caps to them – they swung the bats better than we did at the end of the day.”

In the opener, the Athletics built a 7-2 lead through five innings, but the Cards battled back to tie. Tyler Krahn’s two-run single capped a four-run outburst in the sixth inning, and after loading the bases in the seventh, Zach Cardoso was hit by a pitch to push Adam Revel across and knot the score 7-7.

But in the bottom of the inning, the A’s loaded the bases themselves, and James Ward smacked a walk-off single to give the Okanagan squad a 1-0 lead in the series.

Game 2 was all A’s, and ended after just five innings via the mercy rule. The BCPBL’s second-most prolific offence rocked Abbotsford pitching to the tune of 16 hits, highlighted by a grand slam by Nathan Ackerman in the top of the fifth. The Cards mustered just four hits against A’s starter Dillon Kakoshke – three of them by Cardoso.

“I’ve been working with these players since they were nine years old, and I really wanted to see them walk away on top,” Eckstein said. “I’ve got to give them credit – they battled back in the first game when they were down, showed a lot of heart and pride. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out the way we had hoped.”

JUNIOR CARDS POISED FOR PLAYOFFS

The Junior Cardinals’ season is still ongoing, and they split a doubleheader on the road against the Whalley Junior Chiefs on Sunday.

The Chiefs won an extra-innings thriller in the opener. Abbotsford’s Josh Harder drove in Joel VanEe to give the visitors a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth, but Whalley tallied twice in the bottom of the inning to steal a 6-5 victory.

The Junior Cards bounced back with a 13-0 mercy-rule win. Leadoff man VanEe went 4-for-4 at the plate with four runs scored to ignite the offence, and Liam Kano-McGregor smacked a bases-loaded triple. Pitcher Emilio Foden struck out six over five shutout innings.

The Junior Cards (25-17, third in the BCJPBL) wrap up the regular season with a pair of home games this week – Wednesday against the White Rock Junior Tritons, and Thursday against the North Shore Junior Twins. Both games begin at 7 p.m. at DeLair Park.

Just Posted

Xauni de Figeuiroa of Abbotsford has been selected to attend a virtual space camp hosted by the Canadian Space Agency at the end of July.
Abbotsford student selected to attend virtual space camp

Xauni de Figeuiroa among 52 youth selected from across Canada

Kindergarten kids from Evans elementary school in Chilliwack painted rocks with orange hearts and delivered them to Sto:lo Elders Lodge recently after learning about residential schools. (Laura Bridge photo)
Kindergarten class paints rocks with orange hearts in Chilliwack for local elders

‘Compassion and empathy’ being shown by kids learning about residential schools

Chilliwack potter Cathy Terepocki (left) and Indigenous enhancement teachers Val Tosoff (striped top) and Christine Seymour (fuchsia coat), along with students at Vedder middle school, look at some of the 500-plus pinch pots on Thursday, June 10 made by the kids to honour the 215 children found at Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack students make hundreds of tiny clay pots in honour of 215 Indigenous children

‘I think the healing process has begun,’ says teacher about Vedder middle school project

A program of the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation enables patients to thank their health-care workers.
Fraser Valley program enables patients to say thanks to their health-care workers

Philip Harris Grateful Patient Program offered through health care foundation

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay
Webinar looks at sexual abuse prevention among adolescents

Vancouver/Fraser Valley CoSA hosts free online session on June 15

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Most Read