Pirates toss first pitches of season

The Nanaimo Pirates have some lofty long-term goals, and it starts with success in the short term.

The Hub City Paving Pirates open the 2011 B.C. Premier Baseball League season today (April 9) with a road doubleheader against the Victoria Eagles, then play two more games tomorrow in Surrey against the Fraser Valley Chiefs.

All four contests are winnable, so the Pirates would love to take advantage.

“If we come into the season and we get a couple wins, we’re like, ‘OK, we’re going to be a good team this year,’” said Kenton Schroter, Pirates pitcher. “Then we have confidence going into every game.”

Manager Doug Rogers said the Pirates are no different from any team in that respect.

“If they come out slow they sort of hang their heads a little bit, but …when they’re playing well they’re a real confident group,” he said. “The key is a good start.”

BASE LINES … A season preview article on the Hub City Paving Pirates appeared in Thursday’s News Bulletin and can still be accessed here … The Pirates play their home opener April 24, when the Eagles visit Serauxmen Stadium.