Kansai Sugimoto of the Fraser Valley Cardinals junior team avoids being picked off during BCJPBL action on Saturday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Kansai Sugimoto of the Fraser Valley Cardinals junior team avoids being picked off during BCJPBL action on Saturday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Fraser Valley Cardinals junior team struggling in June

Junior squad 3-10 this month, seniors staying pace at fifth overall

The Fraser Valley Cardinals junior baseball team has stumbled in June, posting a 3-10 record and falling to eighth overall in the British Columbia Junior Premier Baseball League.

The club’s struggles continued this past weekend, as they dropped three of four games in separate doubleheaders against the UBC Thunder and the North Shore Twins.

The Cards opened the weekend on a positive note on Saturday, with a 10-6 win over the Thunder at Abbotsford’s DeLair Park.

Fraser Valley was buoyed by a seven-run fifth inning that helped clinch the victory.

Jack Taylor connected on a triple and drove in four runs to lead all Cardinals players, while Jack Neill also contributed with two hits and two RBIs.

Pitcher Mitchell Middlemiss earned the win, and he now sports a perfect 5-0 record this season. Brady Fehlauer pitched two innings to pick up the save.

The teams met again later that day, with the Thunder opening up a 5-0 lead and never letting up en route to a 9-7 win.

Fraser Valley was led offensively by outfielder Aidan Koetsier, who collected three hits. The Thunder chased away Cards starting pitcher Tyran Duval after 2.1 innings.

The junior team then travelled to North Vancouver on Sunday, and lost 9-1 and 12-4 to the Twins. Fraser Valley managed just three hits in the early game, and couldn’t stop the Twins’ offence in game two. North Shore went up 8-3 after three innings and didn’t look back.

Fraser Valley’s record now falls to 15-15 on the season, and they next head to Vancouver Island for games against the Parksville Royals on June 29 and the Nanaimo Pirates on June 30.

The Cardinals senior team looks to end a two-game slide this weekend, when they host the Victoria Eagles for two games on Saturday and then the Whalley Chiefs for a doubleheader on Sunday. Saturday’s games open at 1 p.m., while things get underway on Sunday at noon.

The seniors sit in fifth place in the BCPBL, sporting a record of 18-12. Visit fraservalleybaseballacademy.com for more.