VIBI and Okanagan Split at Serauxmen

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VIBI

Jonathan Hodgson 

April 21, 2013, Nanaimo, BC  (ISN) – Vancouver Island Baseball Institute completed their home schedule for 2013 by splitting a four game series with Okanagan College this weekend at Serauxmen Stadium in Nanaimo.

The Saturday-Sunday series saw completely different teams show up each day, with the teams swapping dominant doubleheader sweeps.

Game 1:

Final Score: VIBI 10 – Okanagan College 0 –6 innings

The first game of the series saw VIBI fly out of the gates and put it away early, building an 8-0 lead after three innings, thanks to two in the first, and three runs in each of the second and third innings.

Cody Andreychuk (Soph., Nanaimo, BC) got his monster day started with a solo homerun to make it 2-0 after the first inning which also saw Darren Kolk (Soph., Duncan, BC) drive in Dallas Monk (Jr., Comox, BC). Jackson McCuaig (Soph., Victoria, BC) would drive in Chad Schultz (Soph., Swift Current, SK) as part of the 3-run second, before three Okanagan errors would score five VIBI runs in the second and third innings, as the home side took command, up 8-0.

The beneficiary of all the offense was starter Luke Hawkins (Soph., Victoria, BC) who was at his best in his third start of the season. The left-hander would throw a dominant 6-inning shutout, allowing just 3 hits and a walk, recording 8 strikeouts for the win (1-1 in CCBC/2-4 overall). The six innings is all VIBI would need from Hawkins, as Cody Andreychuk’s second homerun of the game in the bottom of the sixth, a 2-run shot scoring Darren Kolk, would give the team the walk-off win, of sorts, in a 10-0 mercy rule victory.

Andreychuk powered the VIBI offence that pounded out 10 runs on 11 hits, with his 2 homeruns in the game, counting 3 RBI’s and scored 3 runs himself. Dallas Monk was 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored, and Jeremy Harasymchuk (Jr., Edmonton, AB) scored a pair of runs, going 2 for 3.

Game 2:

Final Score: VIBI 11 – Okanagan College 2

Saturday’s second game saw more of the same, with VIBI hitters continuing to stay hot, and their pitching still holding the Okanagan bats quiet.

The only difference to game one, is that game two did start slowly early on, with Okanagan actually taking a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the third before the VIBI bats got back into the swing of things. John Weiss (Fresh., Maple Creek, SK), and Luke Cooke (Fresh., Kelowna, BC) started the bottom of the third with consecutive singles, setting it up for the meat of the order to drive them in, and that is exactly what happened. Dallas Monk would drive in Weiss, and Cooke would score on a passed ball, before Cody Andreychuk would go deep to right for the third time in the Saturday doubleheader, scoring Darren Kolk who doubled previously.

But they weren’t done; far from it. Up 4-2, VIBI pushed across three in the fifth inning, highlighted by another Kolk double that scored Jackson McCuaig, and Tyson Dyck (Fresh., Wymark, SK) singling in Kolk. They would salt it away in the sixth, with four more runs coming across, highlighted by a 3-run homerun from Darren Kolk to arrive at the eventual 11-2 final.

Connor Russell (Jr., Victoria, BC) earned the win (2-2 in CCBC/4-2 overall), working 3.1 innings allowing 2 unearned runs on 2 hits and a walk, striking out 5. Byryn Murphy (Fresh., Grande Prairie, AB) pitched 3 scoreless innings on just 2 walks to earn his first save.

Game 3:

Sunday brought a total role-reversal between the two teams beginning with game three of the series.

Final Score: VIBI 0 – Okanagan College 5

Contrary to the 21 runs pounded out by VIBI in the first two games, the team was shutout on just two hits in this one. Starting pitcher, Cody Chartrand (Soph., Nanaimo, BC) would allow a run in the top of the first, his only inning of work, before giving way to his bullpen. Greg Brady (Soph., Cold Lake, AB) came on first in relief, allowing 2 unearned runs in 2.2 innings with 3 strikouts before the ball was handed to Austin Penner (Fresh., Sherwood Park, AB) who delivered a fine effort.

Penner would work the final 5.1 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits, not walking a batter and striking out 4.

Unfortunately the bats could not muster anything against Okanagan pitching, with just 4 baserunners all game.

Game 4:

The series finale saw more of the same from game three, as Okanagan pitching holding VIBI down before breaking away late.

Final Score: VIBI 1 – Okanagan College 10

Okanagan scored twice in the top of the first, riding a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning of this contest, when they would bust it open, counting two in the fifth and seventh, around the four they posted in the sixth inning, to put themselves in double digits.

The only life from VIBI in this one was a third inning RBI single from Cody Andreychuk that scored Jackson McCuaig for the team’s lone run.

Starting pitcher Reiley Grose (Jr., Wymark, SK) allowed 6 earned runs in his 6 innings, and Byryn Murphy allowed 2 runs in 2 innings, before Darren Kolk struck out the side in the ninth with the game out of reach.

The 2-2 weekend now puts VIBI at 5-15 in CCBC play (9-22 overall). The next action for the team will come on Wednesday in Whalley, BC with a non-conference doubleheader against Douglas College. The next CCBC regular season series is next Saturday and Sunday in Lethbridge, AB, against the Prairie Baseball Academy.

VIBI Webcasts will return for the Douglas College doubleheader.

This series wraps up the VIBI home schedule for 2013. We would like to thank everybody who came out to Serauxmen Stadium this spring, as well as everyone who help make VIBI Baseball @ Serauxmen Stadium happen! We look forward to seeing everybody next spring, but that can wait with the conclusion of the CCBC season upcoming, including the CCBC National Championship Tournament in Kamloops, BC next month.

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