Cards sharp, beat Twins twice

After a slow start to the season, the Abbotsford Cardinals notched their first back-to-back wins of the campaign on Sunday.

Matthew Forsythe of the Cardinals unleashes a pitch against the North Shore Twins on Sunday.

Matthew Forsythe of the Cardinals unleashes a pitch against the North Shore Twins on Sunday.

After a slow start to the season, the Abbotsford Cardinals notched their first back-to-back wins of the campaign on Sunday, sweeping the North Shore Twins at DeLair Park.

The Cards got a stellar complete-game performance from starting pitcher Matt Forsythe in the opener – he scattered seven hits over seven innings while striking out four in a 2-1 win.

In the back half of the doubleheader, Abbotsford rallied from a one-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh. Zach Cardoso and Tyler Krahn crossed the plate to provide the tying and go-ahead runs in a 6-5 win.

“I think we have finally found a lineup that I am comfortable with from top to bottom,” Cards head coach Corey Eckstein said. “The month of June will be crucial for us and our season. There are only five teams above .500 right now in the league. Our goal is to give us a chance at the Final Four championship in August. Losing to bottom feeder teams will only haunt our chances in the end.”

The Cards boosted their record to 7-10, good for ninth in the B.C. Premier Baseball League. Their next home games are on Sunday, May 27, when they host the Fraser Valley Chiefs in a doubleheader (12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.).