The VIBI Mariners had a lot of facets of the game working as they split a series on the road this past weekend.
Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Baseball Institute won two games and lost two in a four-game set against the Calgary Dinos in Kelowna on Saturday and Sunday. VIBI won 9-4 and lost 7-4 the first day, then lost 3-2 and won 13-3 the next day.
In the series opener, Chad Schultz was 3-for-4 at the plate, Greg Brady was 2-for-2 with three RBIs, Bryan O’Hara hit a double and a triple and Andrew Evernden went 2-for-3. Austin Penner was the winning pitcher, throwing a complete game while allowing two earned runs.
In the second game that day, Tyson Dyck was 3-for-3 at the dish and Connor Merilees went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
The early game the next day saw Kenton Schroter get the start on the mound and throw seven innings, allowing four hits and no earned runs. Evernden led the offence, going 3-for-4 with a triple, while Tyler Ulrich was 2-for-3.
In the series finale, Brady hit two doubles and drove in three runs, Merilees and Schultz both went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Tyler Armstrong was 3-for-3 and Bryce Crosbie was 2-for-4. Evernden earned the win, throwing five innings, allowing one hit and no runs and striking out three.
GAME ON … The Mariners play their final home games of the spring this Wednesday (April 29) against the Douglas Royals at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Serauxmen Stadium. The M’s then close out the Canadian College Baseball Conference regular season next week with a four-game set in Calgary May 3-4 against the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack and the Dinos.