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Pirates work on solving problems

The Nanaimo Pirates know they need to get better in all areas, and they know they have a great opportunity to do that this weekend.

The Hub City Paving Pirates play doubleheaders at Serauxmen Stadium on Saturday (June 7) and Sunday against the Whalley Chiefs and North Delta Blue Jays.

“It’s at that time now when we need to take care of the games against teams that are close to us…” said Doug Rogers, Pirates manager. “We need to climb that ladder a little bit.”

The Pirates were swept by the Chiefs last weekend in Surrey, but Nanaimo gave up a late lead in that one and feels like it should be able to beat Whalley.

“[Players] should be up for those games. We gave a couple away so a little payback would be nice,” Rogers said.

The Pirates will need more than just motivation, though. The manager said players need better approaches at the plate, they need to take care of the baseball defensively and pitchers need to throw strikes.

“They know it,” said Rogers. “It’s just a matter of executing it now.”

GAME ON … Saturday’s games are at noon and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday’s action is scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

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