Nanaimo Palladian Pirates baserunner Braeden Mousseau slides into second base ahead of the throw during a road game against the Langley Blaze earlier this season. The teams meet again on Thursday (Aug. 9) at B.C. Junior Premier Baseball League provincials.

Nanaimo Palladian Pirates baserunner Braeden Mousseau slides into second base ahead of the throw during a road game against the Langley Blaze earlier this season. The teams meet again on Thursday (Aug. 9) at B.C. Junior Premier Baseball League provincials.

Palladian Pirates go on improbable run to make playoffs

Nanaimo's junior premier baseball team won twice more this past weekend for its sixth and seventh straight victories.

The Palladian Pirates were, at one point, a longshot to make the playoffs. Now they go into the post-season as the league’s hottest team.

Nanaimo’s B.C. Junior Premier Baseball League team capped off the regular season this past Saturday by sweeping the White Rock Tritons at the Serauxmen Sports Fields by scores of 8-4 and 16-6. The victories were the sixth and seventh in a row for the junior Pirates, who won nine of their last 10 games overall.

In Saturday’s early game, Nanaimo came back to win, with Tanner Linn earning the win in a three-inning relief appearance. Bryan Borrelli went 3-for-4 at the dish, Aidan Goodall singled and doubled and Thomas Negrin had a double and two RBIs.

The second game saw the junior Pirates pound out 17 hits for the mercy-rule shortened victory. Tristan Olsen was 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, two singles and three RBIs. Braeden Mousseau went 3-for-5, Shawn Arabsky, Goodall and Zach Diewert had a pair of hits each and Negrin hit another double. T.J. Mah was the winning pitcher, giving up two earned runs over four innings pitched.

The BCJPBL championships begin today (Aug. 9) in Whalley. The Pirates (21-23), who secured the eighth and final seed in the tournament, start things off with a game against the top-seeded Langley Blaze.

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