by Jonathan Hodgson
March 5, 2014 (ISN) – Vancouver Island Baseball Institute (VIBI) is back on the field this weekend as they participate in the Gentry Ford Classic at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon.
VIBI is coming off of a very successful Opening Weekend in Lynnwood, WA that saw them take two of three from the host Edmonds Community College and Mt. Hood CC. The weekend was highlighted by an Opening Day sweep on Saturday, with a 4-0 shutout of Edmonds, and a 4-2 win over Mt. Hood.
The pitching staff was stellar in the doubleheader sweep, allowing 1 earned run in 18 innings, as 9th year head coach Jordan Blundell (Edmonton, AB) saw tremendous work from three arms that figure to be important members of the staff.
Connor Russell (Sr., Victoria, BC) earned the team’s first win of 2014, throwing 6 shutout innings, allowing just 5 hits and striking out 5 against Edmonds. Frank Kaluzniak (Jr., Brandon, MB) made 2 appearances, 1 start, throwing a combined 6 innings, allowing 1 earned run, earning the save in the game one win. Finally, Austin Penner (Soph., Sherwood Park, AB) earned the game two win against Mt. Hood, throwing 5.1 shutout innings in relief, with 6 strikeouts.
Offensively, third baseman Gobind Sall (Fresh., Duncan, BC) was 3 for 3 in the opener, and had 4 hits on the weekend, scoring 3 runs. Steve McKinnon (Fresh., Duncan, BC) drove in a pair of runs, while recording the game two save on the mound.
VIBI fell 10-2 on Sunday against Mt. Hood before rain cancelled the final game against Edmonds.
This weekend is a busy one as VIBI heads south to Ontario, Oregon for the Gentry Ford Classic, hosted by Treasure Valley Community College. The weekend schedule (below) has VIBI taking on the host Treasure Valley four times, and playing Chemeketa CC, out of Salem, Oregon, twice.
- Friday, March 7: 1:00 pm (DH) vs. Treasure Valley CC
- Saturday, March 8: 12:00 pm vs. Treasure Valley CC
- Saturday, March 8: 3:00 pm vs. Chemeketa CC
- Sunday, March 9: 1:00 pm vs. Chemeketa CC
- Sunday, March 9: 4:00 pm vs. Treasure Valley CC
A pre-season doubleheader is scheduled for Thursday, March 13th @ Serauxmen Stadium in Nanaimo against Okanagan College. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 pm.
VIBI finishes the USA portion of their non-conference schedule next weekend, returning to Washington for a March 15 doubleheader at Edmonds CC, and a March 16 doubleheader at Everett CC.
VIBI’s Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) Home Opener is set for Saturday, March 29th against Thompson Rivers University. First pitch of the doubleheader is 2:00 pm. The two teams finish the 4-game series on Sunday, March 30th, with a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 pm.