VIBI Mariners go winless in desert

Nanaimo’s VIBI Mariners lost games against Okanagan and Thompson Rivers in Kamloops this past weekend.

Vancouver Island Baseball Institute got to extra innings, but couldn’t get any closer.

Nanaimo’s VIBI Mariners went winless on a road trip to Kamloops this past weekend. The team fell 6-5 to the Okanagan Coyotes in extra innings to start Saturday’s action, then lost 8-7 to the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack in that day’s late game. VIBI lost 6-4 to TRU on Sunday and then lost the weekend finale 12-2 to Okie.

In the first game, Darren Kolk led the Mariners at the plate, going 3-for-4, and Cody Andreychuk had a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Luke Hawkins was the losing pitcher, allowing one unearned run in 1 1/3 relief innings.

The second game Aaron Witzke was 2-for-3 at the dish with two RBIs. Kolk hit a single and a triple and scored three runs and Tyson Dyck had a double, two walks and two RBIs. Kolk threw 2/3 of an inning in the loss, giving up one earned run.

Reiley Grose took the ‘L’ in Sunday’s early game, getting offence from Chad Schultz who hit a single and a double and Andreychuk who had two hits and two runs scored.

In the blowout loss, Greg Brady threw two innings, giving up two hits and an earned run. Kolk was 2-for-3 batting.

GAME ON … The M’s host the Coyotes for a four-game series starting Saturday (April 20) at 2 p.m. Sunday’s doubleheader begins at noon.