VIBI Mariners batter Jackson McCuaig fouls off a pitch during Sunday’s game against the University of Calgary Dinos at Serauxmen Stadium.

VIBI Mariners batter Jackson McCuaig fouls off a pitch during Sunday’s game against the University of Calgary Dinos at Serauxmen Stadium.

VIBI seeks turnaround

Vancouver Island Baseball Institute continues its CCBC schedule with games Saturday (April 6) and Sunday in Kamloops

Home park didn’t seem to hold any advantage for the VIBI Mariners, so now they’ll seek their fortune on the road.

Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Baseball Institute continues its Canadian College Baseball Conference schedule with games Saturday (April 6) and Sunday in Kamloops against the University of Calgary Dinos and Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.

VIBI (1-7) has lost three games by one run, and two more by two runs. It isn’t so much the fundamentals that are the problem, but the focus, said Jordan Blundell, M’s manager.

“We have an opportunity to get a little better this week and go into the next weekend and do some things and hopefully re-establish what we are,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve played our best, for sure, so we’re still searching for that.”

Jackson McCuaig, Mariners first baseman, said the team has experience recovering from a slow start.

“We went through the same problems last year. We went out on the road in Kamloops and we played really well and turned it around at this point last year,” he said. “It’s just a matter of sticking with it, sticking with our approach, keep working hard, keep doing the little things that are going to put us there in the end.”

GAME ON … All VIBI games are webcast live at www.vibaseball.ca/webcast. Saturday’s game against U of C is at 3 p.m. followed by a game against TRU at 6 p.m. Sunday the M’s play the Pack at 9 a.m. and face the Dinos at noon.

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