Cardinals still cruising along in first place

Last week, the Abbotsford Cardinals tasted defeat for the first time this season, but they bounced back.

Cardinals still cruising along in first place

Last week, the Abbotsford Cardinals tasted defeat for the first time this season.

But they bounced back from their first loss of the campaign – 4-2 to the North Delta Blue Jays last Tuesday – to take three of four on the road vs. the Okanagan Athletics on the weekend.

And they’re still flying high atop the B.C. Premier Baseball League standings at 8-2, one game up on the Coquitlam Reds and the Victoria Mariners (both 7-3).

The Cardinals swept the A’s on Saturday, winning by scores of 6-5 and 3-2, before splitting a Sunday doubleheader. They dropped the opener 6-4 but picked up a 6-5 victory in the finale.

Shortstop Matthew Strother ignited the Cards’ offence in Saturday’s opening win, going 1-for-2 at the plate with a pair of walks and two RBI. Rajin Neger set the tone in the second game of the day, pitching eight innings without allowing an earned run as the Cards went on to win in 10 innings.

Kurtis Kostuk’s two-run double highlighted Abbotsford’s final victory of the weekend.

The Cards are at home for a trio of games this week at DeLair Park. They host the Langley Blaze on Thursday at 7 p.m., and take on the Victoria Eagles in a Saturday doubleheader (1 and 3:30 p.m.).