VIBI tries to continue its upswing

Nanaimo's college ball club heads to Kamloops for games Saturday (April 13) and Sunday against the TRU WolfPack and the Okanagan Coyotes.

The VIBI Mariners will try for their first winning weekend.

After zero wins the first series, one the next, and two last weekend, Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Baseball Institute is going in the right direction. The ball club heads to Kamloops for games Saturday (April 13) and Sunday against the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack and the Okanagan Coyotes.

VIBI manager Jordan Blundell said he wants to see more of what he saw in the team’s most recent games.

The pitching was a huge positive, he said, and while the at-bats are getting better, the M’s could still do a better job making the most of their at-bats.

Guys need to “swing at the pitches we’re supposed to swing at and get ourselves into hitting counts and situations where we can be productive,” Blundell said.

He said the M’s would also be going over their defensive fundamentals this week.

As they continue to hone their game, there’s never a question of work ethic in practice, Blundell said.

“The guys work hard so it’s frustrating sometimes to see that not pay off,” said the manager. “But then on the other hand you’ve got to overcome that and keep grinding, and the teams that do that find themselves in good situations at the end of the  year.”

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