VIBI wins opener, but that’s all

NANAIMO – Vancouver Island Baseball Institute started the CCBC season with a 3-2 win over Lethbridge’s Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs.

Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners batter Jackson McCuiag connects with the ball during a game against the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs on Sunday morning at Serauxmen Stadium.

Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners batter Jackson McCuiag connects with the ball during a game against the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs on Sunday morning at Serauxmen Stadium.

The Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners won their home opener Saturday morning, but couldn’t manage any other wins on the weekend at Serauxmen Stadium.

VIBI started the Canadian College Baseball Conference season with a 3-2 win over Lethbridge’s Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs. They then lost the rematch 5-4. On Sunday VIBI lost to PBA by scores of 2-1 and 8-1.

In Saturday’s home opener, Cody Chartrand was the winning pitcher, throwing a complete seven-inning victory while allowing five hits and two walks. Dallas Monk led the offence with a double and three runs batted in and Aaron Witzke was the only other M’s player to hit safely.

The second game saw Connor Russell tagged with the loss on the mound. He allowed one earned run on seven hits over 6 2/3. Cody Andreychuk had a single, double, triple and an RBI and Jeremy Harasymchuk had a double and two RBIs. Thomas Bidzinski had two hits and two walks.

In Sunday’s early game, Reiley Grose was the losing pitcher and Luke Hawkins threw four shutout innings of relief. Andreychuk had two hits.

The late game saw Jorhn Kaluzniak suffer the ‘L’ on the mound. Bidzinski had two hits.

GAME ON … The VIBI Mariners are home again Saturday (March 31) and Sunday to face the Calgary Dinos. Saturday’s games are at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Serauxmen Stadium, while Sunday’s start times are noon and 3 p.m.