Pitcher Nick Graham tosses a pitch during game two of the Cardinals’ doubleheader against the Langley Blaze at DeLair Park on Saturday.

Cardinals ready for playoffs

Senior, junior teams finish season on high note

The Abbotsford Cardinals senior baseball team ended the British Columbia Premier Baseball League season strongly this weekend, winning doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.

Abbotsford travelled to Nanaimo on Saturday for a pair of games against the Pirates, and were buoyed by Colton Harold’s three-run home run in the third inning to hang on for the 5-2 win. Carter Loewen and Konner Piotto drove in the other two runs in the win, with Chase Stewart picking up two hits.

Jarrod Manick allowed two runs over six innings to earn the win.

Stewart led the charge later that day, with a three-run home run of his own to lead the Cardinals to a 6-2 win.

Ethan Kano-McGregor and Brett Bass also drove in runs for Abbotsford. Pitcher Hunter Cunningham was solid on the mound, allowing just two runs over six hits in a complete game victory.

Abbotsford continued the momentum on Sunday, blanking the Parksville Royals 6-0. Harold picked up two hits and two RBI’s, with Piotto and Koki Fukui also driving in runs. Stewart picked up the complete game shutout in the win.

The Cardinals closed off the weekend hanging on for a 5-4 win over the Royals in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader. Ryan Hamilton, Dylan Ohlsen and Bass drove in runs, with Kano-McGregor adding two hits. Pitcher Taisei Yahiro struck out nine in five innings to earn the win.

The weekend ended the BCPBL season for the Senior Cardinals, who finished the season in ninth place with 20 wins and 24 losses.

Meanwhile, the Junior Cardinals split their doubleheader at DeLair Park on Saturday. Jayson Smith drove in the game’s winning run, and pitcher Travis McDougall had a complete game shutout in the team’s 1-0 win over the Langley Blaze.

They followed that up with a 10-4 loss to the Blaze later that day. Aiden McDonald, Massimo Peranio, Mike Fitzsimmons and Smith drove in runs in the loss. The junior team’s record now sits at 30 wins and eight losses, and they are in first place in their division.

The junior club’s season concluded on Tuesday, but results were not available at press time.

BCPBL playoffs begin in the coming weeks.

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