Premier Pirates handle Alberta squad

The Nanaimo Pirates baseball team defeated the Sherwood Park Athletics 9-1 on Sunday at Serauxmen Stadium.

Nanaimo Pirates pitcher Bryan Odgers throws during Sunday’s exhibition win over Sherwood Park at Serauxmen Stadium.

Nanaimo Pirates pitcher Bryan Odgers throws during Sunday’s exhibition win over Sherwood Park at Serauxmen Stadium.

Nanaimo’s premier-league baseball team showed it’s better than one Alberta team. Now it will see how it stacks up against B.C.’s best.

The Pirates wrap up their spring-training schedule this coming weekend as they participate in a B.C. Premier Baseball League exhibition tournament in Kamloops.

Over the weekend, the Pirates got in three games, two on the road against the Langley Blaze on Saturday and one at home Sunday night against the Sherwood Park Athletics.

The Pirates and Blaze tied 0-0 in Saturday’s early game before the Blaze edged the good guys 3-2 in the rematch.

In Sunday’s 9-1 blowout over the A’s at Serauxmen Stadium, Alex Rogers, Bryan Odgers and Nate Odgers combined for the win on the mound. The Pirates scored five runs in the first inning and were never threatened.

The Nanaimo team now has a 10-3-1 record in spring training.

The Pirates begin the Kamloops tourney on Thursday (March 29) with a game against North Shore.

GAME ON … The Pirates will open the BCPBL season on April 7 when they host the Victoria Mariners at Serauxmen Stadium. Game times that day will be noon and 3 p.m. Look for more on the premier Pirates in upcoming issues, including a season preview in our April 5 issue.

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