The University of the Fraser Valley baseball club endured a tough week on the road, picking up just one win in four outings.
Taking on the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners on Wednesday, the Cascades won the opener 13-8 before dropping the back half of the doubleheader 9-2. On Friday, they were swept by the Okanagan College Coyotes in Kelowna, falling by scores of 7-6 and 14-12. Saturday’s scheduled home doubleheader vs. the Coyotes was moved to Tuesday due to rain.
The results leveled the Cascades’ record at 9-9, which is good for third place in the Canadian College Baseball Conference.
CASCADES 13, MARINERS 8
The Cascades’ bats were on fire in their first game of the week, and it was third baseman Colin Kellington leading the charge, going 4-for-5 with three RBI. Dan Rogers also drove in three runs, including a two-run double to highlight UFV’s six-run explosion in the second inning. Riley Jepson and Josh Berenbaum chipped in with two hits apiece, and Tanner Carmont gave the Cascades six innings of solid relief work (five strikeouts, two earned runs).
MARINERS 9, CASCADES 2
The Mariners jumped on the Cascades in the first inning, plating five runs, and they rolled from there. Jepson provided a highlight for the Cascades, smacking his second home run of the season in the top of the seventh.
COYOTES 7, CASCADES 6
Trailing 6-2 heading into the ninth inning, the Cascades mounted a furious rally, scoring four runs to level the score. Jepson was once again in the middle of things offensively for UFV – he finished 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. But the Coyotes regrouped and scored in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off win.
COYOTES 14, CASCADES 12
The second game of the day was seven innings rather than the usual nine, and the Cascades built a 12-7 lead after scoring five runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings. But the host Coyotes battled all the way back and completed the comeback with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh, earning another walk-off win. Ryan West drove in four runs for UFV – three of them coming on a bases-loaded double in the top of the fourth. And Jepson once again excelled, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
This game was contested over two separate days – it was suspended after the stadium lights went out in Kelowna, and was completed with the final three innings on Tuesday in Chilliwack.
The Cascades host their final home games of the season this week. They welcome the Coyotes on Tuesday, May 1, and face the Mariners on Wednesday, May 2. Both doubleheaders feature noon and 3 p.m. start times.