VIBI Battles on Opening Weekend

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VIBI

Jonathan Hodgson

March 7, 2013, (ISN) – Vancouver Island Baseball Institute opened its 2013 season this past weekend with a 4-game non-conference set against NWAACC opponents in Yakima, Washington.

Game one saw VIBI send hard throwing right-hander Cody Chartrand (Soph., Nanaimo, BC) to the mound for the Opening Day start. The two teams engaged in a tight battle, with Chartrand shutting down any Everett opportunities through the first half of the game, as this one went into the fifth inning scoreless.

VIBI opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, when DH Jon Cruz (Soph., Santo Domingo, DR) came around to score, followed by catcher Jeremy Harasymchuk (Jr., Edmonton, AB) picking up his first RBI of the season, driving in right fielder Aaron Witzke (Jr., Lethbridge, AB).

Unfortunately, the Everett offence came to life in the bottom of that fifth inning, scoring four times, followed by five more in the sixth. Right-hander Byryn Murphy (Soph., Grande Prairie, AB) pitched two innings in relief of Chartrand who was charged with the loss, going five innings.

Five players recorded a hit for VIBI.

Final Score: VIBI 2 – Everett CC 10 –8 innings.

VIBI opened the scoring again in game two, this time against Yakima CC. After starting pitcher Connor Russell (Jr., Victoria, BC) delivered a scoreless inning in the bottom of the first, the offense pushed across three in the top of the second to grab the early 3-0 lead. Yakima would battle right back, taking advantage of Russell and the VIBI defense not being in midseason form, as they would score six unanswered to take a 6-3 lead after four innings.

It was at that point where Russell seemed to hit the reset button, as he would deliver three consecutive scoreless innings, beginning with a dominating 8 pitch fifth inning. Still 6-3 in the eighth inning, Yakima counted three more, which turned out to be just enough, as the VIBI bats would wake up in a big way in the ninth. Down 9-3 entering the top half of the ninth inning, VIBI would stage a furious rally, counting four runs to cut the lead to 9-7, where the rally was extinguished.

Game 2 Performers:

Cody Andreychuk (Soph., Nanaimo, BC): 2-4, BB, SB, 2 RBI

Darren Kolk (Soph., Duncan, BC): 2-4, BB, SB, R, 2 RBI

VIBI counted 7 runs on 9 hits in game two.

Final Score: VIBI 7 – Yakima CC 9

Game three of the four game set saw VIBI lock horns in another close battle with Green River CC. Reiley Grose (Jr., Wymark, SK) took the ball for his first start of the season, and was in fine form. Grose needed 26 pitches to get through the bottom of the first inning, but surrendered just one run, and from then on dominated.

For the third straight game, VIBI found themselves in a low scoring affair, with zeros being posted on both teams from the second until the sixth, when VIBI would push across a run to tie it at 1. Reiley Grose would exit with 2 outs in the seventh inning, and have lefty Luke Hawkins (Soph., Victoria, BC) come on to finish the inning. Green River would score a run in that seventh, charged to Grose, and another in the eighth on Hawkins, to seemingly put themselves in good position, up 3-1 on VIBI.

For the second consecutive game, though, VIBI showed no quit, sparking another ninth inning rally, that again produced a 4-run ninth inning, this one putting themselves in position for their first win of the season, up 5-3 going to the bottom of the ninth. Darren Kolk would make his first appearance on the mound, stranding a pair of runners to earn the scoreless inning and the save of VIBI’s first win of 2013.

WP- Reiley Grose (1-0): 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 R, 1 ER

SV- Darren Kolk (1)

Game 3 Performers:

Tim Scarr (Jr., Gibsons, BC): 2-4

Jeremy Harasymchuk: 1-4, R, 2 SB

Final Score: VIBI 5 – Green River CC 3

The fourth and final game of Opening Weekend saw VIBI run out of steam in a difficult setback. Darren Kolk was 1 for 2 with a triple, and shortstop Dallas Monk (Jr., Comox, BC) was 1 for 3.

Final Score: Everett CC 12 – VIBI 0

VIBI is back in action this coming weekend, March 9-10, when they return to Yakima to face two new opponents from the NWAACC, with two games against Clackamas CC, and a pair with Linn-Benton CC.

VIBI begins its Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference (CCBC) schedule on March 23-24 with a 4-game series against the Prairie Baseball Academy. The series also marks the team’s Home Opener, with all four games held at Serauxmen Stadium in Nanaimo. Admission for VIBI home games at Serauxmen Stadium is FREE.

Stay connected with VIBI all season long by staying tuned to vibaseball.ca, following us on Twitter: @VIBaseball, and ‘liking’ us on Facebook. A reminder that all games have live play-by-play coverage on vibaseball.ca.

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