— david zuskind (@dzuskind) April 24, 2017
The University of the Fraser Valley baseball team ran its winning streak to four, sweeping a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday at home vs. the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners.
The Cascades improved to 5-3 in Canadian College Baseball Conference regular-season play, good for third place in the league. Their scheduled two-game set on Sunday vs. the Mariners was postponed due to soggy field conditions.
CASCADES 5, MARINERS 4
The UFV squad fell behind 4-2 through two innings in Saturday’s opener, but rallied to knot the score in the fourth and earn a walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded and two out, Brennan Hegel worked a full count before driving a pitch into the right-centre gap to plate the winning run. Hegel and Nick Laflamme had two hits apiece, and starter Dylan Emmons went the distance, allowing three earned runs while racking up seven strikeouts.
CASCADES 13, MARINERS 2
The UFV offence caught fire behind four-RBI outings from Hegel (3-for-5 with a 420-foot home run) and Laflamme (2-for-4, two runs scored). Riley Jepson also had a big game at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two RBI. Dan Rogers picked up the win on the mound, scattering eight hits over six innings, striking out four and surrendering just one run.
The Cascades have six games on the schedule this week. They visit the Mariners on Wednesday and the Okanagan College Coyotes on Friday for two-game sets, then return to Chilliwack’s Fairfield Island Park for a Sunday doubleheader (12 p.m. and 3 p.m. starts) vs. Okanagan College.