For the second straight weekend, the University of the Fraser Valley baseball club took three wins during a four-game series at home.
After an outstanding start to the campaign March 24-25 against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, the Cascades spent Easter weekend, in large part, rolling past the Calgary Dinos. They swept a Saturday doubleheader by scores of 7-0 and 12-9, then took Sunday’s opener 10-7 before dropping the finale 4-0.
The UFV club sits second in the Canadian College Baseball Conference with a 6-2 record, trailing only the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners.
CASCADES 7, DINOS 0
Dylan Emmons turned in his second straight complete game for the Cascades, blanking the Dinos for nine innings while scattering three hits and notching a trio of strikeouts. Leadoff hitter Josh Berenbaum set the table offensively, going 4-for-5, and cleanup hitter Markus Gregson cleaned up, racking up five RBI. Riley Jepson also had a solid day at the dish, going 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBI.
CASCADES 12, DINOS 9
The UFV squad exploded for seven runs in the second inning, highlighted by Stephen Horner’s three-run double. The Dinos battled back to level the score 9-9 in the top of the eighth, but the Cascades scored three in the bottom half of the inning, with Horner driving in two more runs. Berenbaum and Colin Kellington both went 3-for-5 at the plate, Berenbaum adding two RBI.
CASCADES 10, DINOS 7
Calgary raced out to a 7-0 advantage through the top of the third inning, but Cascades relievers Liam Campbell and Walter Eschner combined to keep them off the scoreboard for the next six innings. That allowed the UFV offence to get in gear, and they rallied for the win. Gregson and Horner both went 3-for-5, with three and two RBI, respectively. Jepson was 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI, and Kellington scored three runs.
DINOS 4, CASCADES 0
The Cascades’ bid for a sweep was thwarted by Dinos starter Cam Williams, who went the distance in a seven-inning game with four strikeouts. Riley Ens gave UFV a quality start, surrendering just one earned run over his six innings, but the Cascades’ offence was only able to scrape together four hits off Williams.
First place in the CCBC will be on the line as the Cascades take on the VIBI Mariners in a home-and-home set this weekend. The two teams clash Saturday at Nanaimo’s Serauxman Stadium, before returning to Fairfield Island Park in Chilliwack to wrap up the series Sunday. Games run at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. both days.