The Fraser Valley Cardinals senior team caught fire this weekend, winning three of four games they played this weekend and then added another big win on Tuesday.
The Cards pitching and defence have been big keys in the four-game winning streak, with the club posting shutouts in three of those four wins.
But the weekend didn’t get off to a great start for the seniors, as they opened Saturday’s doubleheader against the Victoria Eagles with an 11-3 loss.
All the damage came in the fifth inning, when the Eagles scored a mind-boggling 11 runs to earn the win. The Cards committed three errors, but both Kayden Beauregard and Aidan Koetsier had solid games with two hits apiece.
The teams locked horns again later that day at DeLair Park, with the Cards posting a 1-0 win. Fraser Valley scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Trey Smith drove in the lone run. Smith, Beauregard and David Draayers all recorded two hits.
Fraser Valley’s pitching was the story of the game, with starting pitcher Cooper Crompton allowing just two hits and striking out seven over seven innings. However, that effort wasn’t enough to earn Crompton the win. Kevin Kim came on in relief in the eighth inning and allowed just one hit, and he earned the win after Smith’s RBI.
The Cards returned to DeLair Park on Sunday and crushed the Whalley Chiefs 11-0. Fraser Valley scored all 11 runs in the first inning, and were led by Kole Jessamine who drove in three runs. Draayers and Smith also recorded two RBI’s.
Starting pitcher Taisei Yahiro allowed just one hit to record the win.
Fraser Valley continued the strong play in game two against the Chiefs, posting a 3-2 win. The Cardinals scored runs in the first and third inning to cruise to the victory. Romero Snow was the top performer for the Cards, with two RBI’s. Starting pitcher Patrick Tangen allowed just one run and one hit in five innings for the win, Kim picked up the save.
The seniors then hosted the White Rock Tritons on Tuesday, and earned a 3-0 win. Starting pitcher Micah Bucknam was excellent, allowing just three hits over seven innings. Smith and Yahiro recorded RBI’s.
The Cardinals record moves to 22-13 after the games, and the club sits in fifth place in the British Columbia Premier Baseball League. The club’s next home games occur on Sunday, when the Mid Island Pirates come to town for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.
For more on the teams, visit fvbaseball.ca.