After a week of mixed results, the Abbotsford Cardinals find themselves hanging onto the eighth and final B.C. Premier Baseball League playoff berth by their fingernails.
The Cards won three times during a compressed seven-game homestand at DeLair Park. With a 16-20 record, they lead the White Rock Tritons (16-21) by a half-game for the final post-season slot, and they’re just one game up on 10th-place North Shore Twins (17-23).
The Cardinals began the homestand last Thursday, suffering a 9-0 defeat against the Fraser Valley Chiefs. From there, they split a trio of doubleheaders – on Friday against the Parksville Royals (1-0 loss, 3-2 win), Saturday against the Twins (2-1 win, 8-5 loss) and Sunday against the Victoria Mariners (10-0 loss, 8-7 win).
On Friday, Daniel Koo threw seven innings of one-run ball in the opening-game loss to Parksville, and Nic Sheehan drove in the winning run in the back half of the doubleheader.
On Saturday, the Cards trailed North Shore 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh in the first game of the day, but Brandon Todoruk’s one-out single in the bottom of the seventh drove in Alex Massier with the tying run, and Matt Buse scored the winning run on an error.
A four-run first inning paved the way for the Cards’ 8-7 win over Victoria on Sunday, as Adam Revel and Massier came through with run-scoring hits.
Just one of the Cards’ last 12 games of the BCPBL regular season is at home (Thursday, July 14, DeLair Park, 7 p.m.). Their next game is Tuesday in Langley, where they take on the Blaze (6:30 p.m., McLeod Park).