The Okanagan Athletics get another chance today in Vancouver to separate themselves from the middle of the pack.
The A’s are at UBC to face the Thunder in a rare mid-week doubleheader in B.C. Premier Baseball League play.
Okanagan (16-12) and UBC (15-16) are among a group of four clubs jammed together in the standings. The Victoria Eagles (20-17) and North Delta Blue Jays (18-15) are the other two.
The A’s find themselves amid a rare opportunity to double down against them all. They just split last weekend against North Delta. They face UBC twice today, and will host Victoria four times on the weekend at Elks Stadium.
The Jays and A’s were mirror images of each other in their matchups.
A’s 13-2, Blue Jays 2-11
It was the kind of baseball that might make many managers nauseated: up, down, up, down.
The A’s clobbered North Delta 13-2, but also lost 11-2 on Sunday.
Okanagan’s Eric Foufoulas (2-1) earned the win in the finale, scattering seven hits over five innings thanks to four strikeouts. He didn’t walk anyone.
His teammates generated all the offence they would need in a five-run first inning. Aidan Malish, Jared Leroux, Alex Wright, and Connor Richards each drove in two runs, with Leroux slamming his first home run of the season.
The stats were less gaudy in the 11-2 loss to start the day. North Delta led 6-0 after the first. Tyrelle Chadwick took the loss and dropped to 2-1 this season.
A’s pitchers allowed two home runs and walked six batters.
A’s 3-0, Blue Jays 1-2
Pitching was in fine form on Saturday, with starter Adam Sarafinchan (4-0) turning in a complete-game sizzler to win 3-0.
He went seven innings, allowing three hits and striking out 10.
He didn’t surrender any walks. North Delta didn’t break up the shutout until the final inning. Carter Schaper-Kotter was the offensive spark, going 2-for-4. He scored once and batted in a run.
It was a classic pitchers’ duel in North Delta’s 2-0 win. Leroux—who threw two no-hitters in his previous three starts—allowed two runs in the first inning. Caleb Cassie did almost everything else for North Delta.
Leroux (4-2) and Cassie went pitch-for-pitch with the only difference being two earned runs against the A’s starter.
Cassie allowed four hits and Leroux, five. Leroux walked just one and Cassie, two. They each had eight strikeouts.
The A’s are back home Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at Elks Stadium. Sunday’s games are to begin at 12:30 p.m.