Cardinals walk to win over Pirates

Discipline led to dominance for the Abbotsford Cardinals on Saturday, as they earned a split against the Nanaimo Pirates at DeLair Park.

Abbotsford Cardinals pitcher Matthew Forsythe delivers against Nanaimo Pirates designated hitter Bryan Odgers on Saturday afternoon at DeLair Park.

Abbotsford Cardinals pitcher Matthew Forsythe delivers against Nanaimo Pirates designated hitter Bryan Odgers on Saturday afternoon at DeLair Park.

Discipline led to dominance for the Abbotsford Cardinals on Saturday, as they earned a split against the Nanaimo Pirates at DeLair Park.

The visitors won the opener of the doubleheader 3-1, as Pirates pitchers Luke Skingle and Colby Morgan combined to out-duel Abby ace Matthew Forsythe.

But the Cards’ offence came alive in the second game of the day, ignited by a penchant for drawing walks. Abbotsford batters took an eye-popping 11 free passes against three Nanaimo pitchers, including three walks apiece from Ryan Green and Coleton Besse.

Riley Salter also had a big game, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while starting pitcher Daniel Koo limited the Pirates to just one earned run over six innings while driving in a pair of runs at the plate.

The Cards, 3-4 in B.C. Premier Baseball League action, visit the White Rock Tritons on Wednesday. They’re back in action at home on Saturday, when they host a doubleheader against the Vancouver Cannons (12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., DeLair Park).

• The Junior Cardinals also split against their Nanaimo counterparts, dropping their opener 4-3 before bouncing back for a 10-9 win in the back half of a doubleheader on Sunday.

Dakota Reimer drove in two runs in the first game, while Matt Revel keyed the offensive explosion in the second, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs.