Home runs help Coal Miners win three
The Nanaimo Cross & Co. Coal Miners had a winning weekend.
The senior men's baseball team split a Pacific International League doubleheader against Burnaby Collegiate on Saturday at Serauxmen Stadium, winning 2-1 then losing 12-3. On Sunday the Miners won a pair of road games against Victoria house league teams by scores of 10-5 and 8-3.
In the first game Joey Benda threw a complete game and got offence from Matt Ney, who hit a double, and Greg Wallace, who had a single and two walks.
Inhe second game, Jeff Vickers' home run was the highlight for the Miners.
In Sunday's early game Dale Ballance threw a complete-game victory, striking out nine. Ben Cairns was 3-for-4 and Ney was 2-for-3.
The weekend finale saw Bill Hadden throw a complete game for the win, helping his own cause by going 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run. Ney also homered and Mike Jones was 3-for-3 with a double while playing hurt.
GAME ON … This Saturday (June 23) the Coal Miners play the Burnaby Bulldogs at noon and 2:30 p.m. at Serauxmen Stadium. On Sunday Nanaimo plays a Victoria house league team, then finishes up with a game against the Victoria Mavericks all-star team.