The University of the Fraser Valley baseball club tasted home field advantage for the first time this season, and enjoyed it to the fullest as they split a four-game weekend series with the Okanagan College Coyotes.
The Coyotes took a pair of games against the Cascades on Friday in Kelowna, but the UFV club bounced back for two wins of their own in their home opener Sunday at Chilliwack’s Fairfield Island Park to maintain a .500 record (3-3) in Canadian College Baseball Conference play.
COYOTES 3, CASCADES 2
The Cascades scored twice in the top of the seventh to level the score, but the Coyotes loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth and got a walk-off single from Brandon Graham. UFV starter Evan Peterson racked up seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings along with six walks, surrendering just one earned run, and shortstop Colin Kellington was 2-for-3 at the dish.
COYOTES 6, CASCADES 5
Another walk-off win for Okanagan College, this one in 10 innings, despite an outstanding 13-strikeout effort from UFV starter Dylan Emmons. Kellington was 2-for-3 at the plate, Brennan Hegel had two RBI, and Jordan Sass was 2-for-5 with two runs for the Cascades.
CASCADES 5, COYOTES 4
After the scene shifted to Chilliwack on Sunday, the Cascades picked up a walk-off win of their own courtesy a home run from Nick Laflamme in the bottom of the ninth. Hegel chipped in with three RBI, and the Cascades enjoyed strong pitching from Jake Gill (six innings, no hits, six strikeouts, three unearned runs allowed) and Dan Rogers (2 1/3 innings in relief to earn the save).
CASCADES 12, COYOTES 11
The Coyotes got to UFV starter John Lipp to build an early 7-1 lead, but the Cascades battled all the way back to win in thrilling fashion. Riley Jepson ignited the UFV rally with a three-run home run that cleared the scoreboard and traveled an estimated 440 feet, and Kellington continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-4.
The Cascades are at home next weekend for a four-game set vs. the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners. Games run Saturday and Sunday at Fairfield Island Park, starting at noon and 3 p.m. each day.