Nanaimo Pirates player Garrett Goodall

Nanaimo Pirates player Garrett Goodall

Pirates through to provincials

The Nanaimo Pirates swept the Whalley Chiefs two games to none in the first round of the B.C. Premier Baseball League playoffs.

The Nanaimo Pirates will play for a championship.

The Hub City Paving Pirates swept the Whalley Chiefs two games to none on Saturday at Serauxmen Stadium in the first round of the B.C. Premier Baseball League playoffs, winning by scores of 2-1 and 7-2.

Nanaimo was able to win Game 1 of the series even though it managed just two hits. Shawn Arabsky’s RBI double in the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie, and pitcher Josh Burgmann did the rest, throwing a complete game and striking out eight.

In Game 2 Nanaimo’s bats came to life. The team batted around in the fourth inning to score six runs. Zach Diewert had three hits, Matt Skingle hit a single and a double, Cole Warken had two RBIs and Burgmann hit a triple. Garrett Goodall threw a complete game, allowing just two hits and striking out eight.

GAME ON … The Pirates advance to the final four tournament, which starts Friday (July 31) at Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park. Nanaimo plays the Victoria Eagles in Friday’s feature game at 5:30 p.m., take on the Okanagan Athletics on Saturday at 10 a.m. and then play the North Shore Twins on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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