The University of the Fraser Valley baseball club split a pair of doubleheaders on the road last week.
The results left the Cascades with a 7-5 record, and they boast the second-best win percentage in the Canadian College Baseball Conference. A pair of scheduled home games on Sunday vs. Okanagan College were cancelled due to soggy field conditions.
CASCADES 7, MARINERS 5
The Cascades began the week taking on Vancouver Island Baseball Institute in Nanaimo, and Evan Petersen came through with a tremendous performance on the mound in the opener. He went eight scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. The Mariners put together a five-run rally in the ninth, but Dan Rogers came on to earn the save.
Riley Jepson (3-for-4, two doubles, four RBI), Evan Smith (2-for-4, three RBI) and Colin Kellington (2-for-4) led the way at the plate.
MARINERS 9, CASCADES 8
The back half of the doubleheader was, in the words of Cascades coach Shawn Corness, “a little sloppy” – UFV gave up five unearned runs in the loss. Starter John Lipp had a pair of strikeouts in his four innings, surrendering two unearned runs, and Brennan Hegel was tagged with the loss. Hegel had a huge day at the plate, though, going 4-for-6 with three RBI, and Jepson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
CASCADES 6, COYOTES 4
Dylan Emmons improved to 2-0 on the year, going the distance with eight strikeouts to spark a victory in the first game at Okanagan College on Friday. Hegel hammered a three-run home run to put the Cascades ahead for good, and Trevor Brammer went 2-for-4.
COYOTES 8, CASCADES 4
Brammer continued his hot day at the dish, going 3-for-4 with two RBI, and Jepson and Kellington both chipped in with a pair of hits. But the Coyotes got to UFV starter Rogers, dealing him his first loss of the season despite eight strikeouts.
The Cascades are gearing up for a busy week. They host doubleheaders vs. Okanagan College of Tuesday and VIBI on Wednesday – games are slated for noon and 3 p.m. both days at Chilliwack’s Fairfield Island Park. The team then heads to Lethbridge for four games vs. the first-place Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs. Doubleheaders are set for Saturday and Sunday.
UPDATE: The midweek games vs. Okanagan College have been cancelled.