The Canadian College Baseball Conference opened their second day of competition this morning (May 10th) at Norbrock Stadium. With 4 games scheduled for the day, teams were ready for some intense battles where they would start seeing teams fall in the modified double knockout format of the weekend’s events.
At 10 am the University of Fraser Valley Cascades took the field against the Vancouver Island University Mariners. The winning pitcher for the Cascades, Dylan Emmons (Vernon, BC) gave up 6 hits, however, the Mariners were unable to convert that into and runs and were shut out in a 7-0 loss, ending their run at the CCBC championship title.
After winning the first game of the day the UFV Cascades faced off with the University of Calgary Dinos at 1 pm. The Cascades successfully carried forward the momentum from their morning game. Although the Dinos put up a good fight they fell four runs short, losing 8-4. UFV scored four runs in four hits in the bottom of the second. Although the Dinos came back with four of their own in the fourth, UFV returned 3 more in the same inning and put the nail in the Dinos coffin with one more in the bottom of the sixth. Being their second loss this was the eliminating game for Calgary.
The 4 pm game saw a rematch from yesterday’s (May 9th) upset with Edmonton Collegiate defending against the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs. The teams, ranked 5 and 4 respectively coming into the tournament, fought hard against each other to bring in the win. In the end, it was the Dawgs, who had all but two players in their batting lineup score runs, that was successful. In another elimination round the Edmonton team was sent home in a 9-7 loss. The winning pitcher for the Dawgs was Cal Tecklenburg (Calgary, AB), who let up no runs while on the mound.
In the final elimination of the night, the PBA Dawgs and the UFV Cascades took to the field at 7 pm. The teams came into the game well matched, both having already played at least once in the day. Although in an effort to save pitchers, both teams made multiple pitching substitutions, in the end, it was Ian Zwartz (Mississauga, ON) who took the “W” for the Fraser Valley Cascades in a 12-11 win over their opponents. Offensively Cascades centerfielder, Stephen Horner (Vancouver, BC), stepped up for his team scoring one run in his two at-bats and batting in two teammates.
The WolfPack will take the mound at 1 pm tomorrow (Saturday, May 11th) against the Okanagan College Coyotes, with additional games to follow 4 pm and 7 pm, including the first in a best-of-three final.