Ailing Pirates win just once on weekend

The Nanaimo Pirates aren’t quite at full strength these days, so they weren’t able to squeeze out a winning weekend.

Nanaimo Hub City Paving Pirates pitcher Nick Smiley throws during Sunday's road game against the Coquitlam Reds.

Nanaimo Hub City Paving Pirates pitcher Nick Smiley throws during Sunday's road game against the Coquitlam Reds.

The Nanaimo Pirates aren’t quite at full strength these days, so they weren’t able to squeeze out a winning weekend.

The Hub City Paving Pirates played B.C. Premier Baseball League won one out of four games on the mainland. Nanaimo started off with an 8-6 win over the White Rock Tritons, but lost the rematch 5-1. The next day the Pirates were swept by the Coquitlam Reds 5-4 and 3-2.

“The hope is that most if not all of the injured players will be in the lineup next weekend,” said Doug Rogers, Pirates manager, in a press release.

In Saturday’s win, Mike Williams picked up the ‘W’ on the mound, allowing two earned runs and striking out six in a complete game. Alex Rogers keyed the offence with two RBI and Liam Goodall had two hits.

The next game saw Chris Faber suffer the loss on the mound, with Ben Dunbar hitting a double and a triple.

In Sunday’s early game, Kenton Schroter was tagged with the ‘L’, giving up three earned runs over five innings. Dunbar again had two hits and Cody Andreychuk reached base four times.

In the finale, the Pirates couldn’t provide enough offence for starter Nick Smiley, who struck out eight Reds over six innings.

GAME ON … The premier Pirates (24-9) host the Victoria Mariners (20-12) on Tuesday (June 28) at 6 p.m. at Serauxmen Stadium.

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