The Nanaimo Pirates took the ferry to the mainland and scored a boatload of runs, but had to settle for a split.
The Hub City Paving Pirates (15-4) played a doubleheader Sunday against the North Delta Blue Jays, losing 7-6 then winning 8-2.
The first game saw Brendan McCarthy go 3-for-4 at the plate with two triples and Ben Dunbar had a double and an RBI. Alex Rogers suffered the loss on the mound in a relief appearance.
In the next game nine different Pirates hit safely, with Justin Clarkson leading the way with a triple, a walk and two RBIs. McCarthy and Chris Faber hit doubles. Luke Skingle (5-0) struck out five batters over six innings and is now tied for the league lead in wins.
GAME ON … The Pirates get a break from league play this coming weekend as they co-host the annual B.C.’s Best tournament. The team begins play Friday (May 18) with a game against the Whalley Chiefs at 1 p.m. at Serauxmen Stadium. Nanaimo then hosts the Victoria Mariners at 6 p.m. at Serauxmen. From there, action moves to Parksville’s Springwood Park. The Pirates are slated to face the Abbotsford Cardinals Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and take on a Victoria midget AAA team Sunday at 2:30 p.m.