April 10, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Vancouver Island Baseball Institute had their most successful weekend of the season so far, winning two of four games in Kamloops this past weekend split between the University of Calgary and Thompson Rivers University.
Final Score: VIBI 14 – University of Calgary 11
The VIBI offense was firing early and often in a slugfest with Calgary on Saturday to kick off the weekend. VIBI would score in each of the first three innings, and four of the first five, including 2 in the first, 6 in the third, and 4 in the fifth to build a 13-4 lead.
Some highlights of the offensive barrage included a second inning RBI triple from Will Lamb (Fresh., Whitecourt, AB), a 2-RBI single by Tim Scarr (Jr., Gibsons, BC) in the third, and 2 RBIs for Cody Andreychuk (Soph., Nanaimo, BC) on his fifth inning double.
Calgary would make a game of it, scoring seven runs in the final four innings to close the gap to 13-11, but an RBI triple from Darren Kolk (Soph., Duncan, BC) in the top of the ninth would ensure no comeback would be completed.
Offensive leaders helping Calgary to their 11 runs on 9 hits included:
Mark Phillips (Jr., Bridgewater, NS): 2 for 5, R, 2 RBI
Chris Van Keulen (Jr., Cochrane, AB): 2 for 4, R, 3 RBI
Nick Savoy (Jr., Calgary, AB): 2 for 5, R, RBI
The game was by far the largest offensive output of the season for the VIBI bats who pounded 14 runs on 15 hits. Some of the big individual days included:
Dallas Monk (Jr., Comox, BC): 2 for 3, BB, 4 R, 3 RBIs
Jeremy Harasymchuk (Jr., Edmonton, AB): 2 for 6, 2 R, RBI
Darren Kolk: 3 for 5, BB, 2 R, 4 RBIs
Cody Andreychuk: 2 for 5, BB, R, 2 RBIs
Tim Scarr: 1 for 5, R, 4 RBIs
Connor Russell (Jr., Victoria, BC) picked up the win (3-2 overall/ 1-2 in CCBC), pitching 6 innings, while David McIntyre (Jr., Bedford, NS) took the loss for Calgary (0-3 in CCBC) allowing 9 runs, 4 earned, in his 3-inning start.
Final Score: VIBI 1 – Thompson Rivers University 6
The offensive attack was slowed considerably in the late game on Saturday night that saw VIBI take on the CCBC leaders.
Opposite to game 1, this contest saw VIBI fall behind early, 2-0 after two, and 5-0 after five innings. TRU pitching would in fact, hold VIBI scoreless until Darren Kolk drove in Aaron Witzke (Jr., Lethbridge, AB) for the team’s lone run in the top of the ninth. Kolk went 2 for 4, while Tyson Dyck (Fresh., Wymark, SK) and Chad Schultz (Soph., Swift Current, SK) would record multi-hit games, each going 2 for 3.
Contributors to TRU’s 6 runs on 8 hits included David Hole (Sr., Vancouver, BC) who was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs, and Erik Herbranson (Soph., Maple Ridge, BC) who also counted 2 RBIs along with 2 runs scored.
Cody Chartrand (Soph., Nanaimo, BC) took the loss for VIBI (1-2 overall/1-1 in CCBC) pitching 6 innings, allowing 5 runs, 3 earned, with 8 strikeouts. Wataru Asaoka (Fresh., Hokkaido, Japan) earned the win (2-0 in CCBC) throwing a gem, allowing just a run on 7 hits with 12 strikeouts in a complete game.
Final Score: VIBI 6 – University of Calgary 7
The U of C would edge VIBI in the early game on Sunday morning, that loosely resembled their slugfest from a day earlier with plenty of offense on both sides.
VIBI took a 4-2 lead after an inning and a half, thanks to four runs in the top of the second, highlighted by RBIs from Dallas Monk, and Jeremy Harasymchuk, but that lead was short lived, as U of C would tie it in the bottom of the inning.
After a scoreless third, the teams would trade single runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, before U of C would post a scoreless frame for the VIBI bats in the top of the sixth and follow with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning that would stand up as the winner.
Miles Hunter (Jr., Calgary, AB) paced the Calgary offense, going 3 for 3 with a homerun and 3 runs scored, while Mark Phillips was 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Hiro Imata (Soph., Richmond, BC) also drove in and scored a run going 1 for 2.
Notable performances on the game for VIBI included:
Dallas Monk: 3 for 4, 2 R, RBI
Darren Kolk: 2 for 3, BB, RBI
Connor Merilees (Soph., North Vancouver, BC): 3 for 4, 2 R
Final Score: VIBI 5 – TRU 2
VIBI would follow up the disappointing U of C game with probably their best game of the season to this point, knocking off TRU in the final game of the weekend.
TRU scored first with a run in the second but that was quickly equalize by VIBI in the third on a Dallas Monk RBI double scoring Chad Schultz. Starting pitcher Reiley Grose (Jr., Wymark, SK) was at his best, holding TRU to that one run as his teammates would post 2 runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to build a 5-1 lead.
Jackson McCuaig (Soph., Victoria, BC) scored in each of those innings, complimenting an RBI triple from Jeremy Harasymchuk in the sixth.
TRU got one back in the bottom of the sixth but it would end there, as VIBI would take home the statement win.
Reiley Grose earned the win (1-3 overall/1-2 in CCBC), going 6.1 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits, striking out 4.
Darren Kolk recorded the save (3 overall/1 in CCBC) with 2 strikeouts.
After a 2-2 weekend, VIBI now has a 3-9 CCBC record heading into next weekend’s 4-game weekend back in Kamloops with two more against TRU and two against Okanagan College. Despite the slow start, a very strong effort against TRU (10-2) indicates that things may be starting to come together for the team!
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