Coal Miners get first win

Nanaimo's senior men’s baseball team won its first regular-season game of the PIL campaign, 4-3 over the Coquitlam Angels on Sunday.

The Nanaimo Cross & Co. Coal Miners can cross off one item from their to-do list.

The senior men’s baseball team won its first regular-season game of the Pacific International League campaign.

Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Coquitlam Angels, unfortunately, was the team’s only win of the weekend as it was swept 4-1, 4-3 by the Langley Blaze on Saturday and then dropped the weekend finale to the Angels 7-2.

The Miners did some things well on the weekend, but found themselves too short-benched to be as competitive as they would have liked.

The first game Joey Benda threw a complete-game loss and Matt Ney had Nanaimo’s only RBI.

The second game Jorhn Kaluzniak threw a complete game, giving up five hits and striking out five. Jeff Vickers was 2-for-3 and Bill Hadden had two RBIs.

In Sunday’s win, Hadden threw a complete game, striking out five. Ben Cairns and Kris Small both hit two-run home runs to provide the offence.

In the finale, Donny MacQuarrie was 3-for-4 at the plate and Hadden was 2-for-4. Brandon Lymer threw a complete-game loss.

GAME ON … The Coal Miners host a doubleheader against Burnaby Collegiate on Saturday (June 16) at Serauxmen Stadium. The team then plays an exhibition game Sunday in Victoria … For more on the team, pick up today’s print issue of the News Bulletin.