Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart
August 3, 2019, Vancouver, BC – The top-seeded Mid-Island Pirates avoided elimination and advanced to the BC Premier Baseball League semi-finals by defeating the Coquitlam Reds 7-2 Saturday night at UBC Stadium in Vancouver.
The Pirates, who finished first in the BCPBL league this season, with a record of 38-10, were stunned in their opener Friday, losing 2-1 to the UBC Thunder and they will now try to exact their revenge, as it is the Thunder they will now play in the semi-finals Sunday at 12:00 Noon.
The winner of that game then earns the opportunity to defeat the 2-0 North Shore Twins twice in order to win the Championship, with the first game going at 3:00 PM Sunday and if needed, the second game happening at 1:00 PM on Monday.
The Reds, who lost to host UBC Friday, were eliminated from further contention with the loss.
The Pirates took a while to get going Saturday night, but finally broke through on Coquitlam starter Giordano Mezzomo with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third, thanks in part to an RBI single from Jackson Stephen.
They would add two more in the bottom of the fourth, this time courtesy of a run on an error and an RBI single from Connor Caskenette, and two more in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to another Coquitlam error, and an RBI single from Marcus Steen.
The Reds would stage a bit of a rally in the top of the sixth, scoring a pair of runs thanks in part to an RBI single from Cassidy Watt, but that would be as close as they would get, as the Pirates added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning to put the game away.
Pirates starter Ryan Waatainen gets the win, going the distance and giving up the two runs on six hits while striking out four. The Reds Mezzomo takes the loss.
Offensively the Pirates were led by Caskenette with a pair of hits, two RBI and two runs scored, while Stephen added two hits of his own. For the Reds, Mezzomo had three hits and a run scored.
12 NOON SEMI FINAL – UBC Thunder vs. Mid-Island Pirates
3:00 PM CHAMPIONSHIP – Semi Winner vs. North Shore Twins
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