Jays hold off Lightning strike

Wylder Wigeland and Jordie Brown both smacked triples as the Five Star Awards Jays iced Sun Dial

Wylder Wigeland and Jordie Brown both smacked triples as the Five Star Awards Jays dispatched the Sun Dial Strikin’ Lightning 8-6 in Mosquito baseball play Tuesday night at Lakeview Park.

The game was called in the fourth inning due to lightning. The Jays got solid pitching from Sawyer Lehr, Wigeland and Grady Barg, while Everett Brown went 2-for-2 with a walk and a single.

The Bolts got stellar work from pitchers Chase Lepore, Austin Wylie and Jakob Holliday. Rylen Steenoff produced two hits and two RBI for the Bolts, while Wylie was 2-for-2 with a double.

The Associated Ready Mix Green Machines grounded the Kal Rotary Kodiaks 11-4.

The Green Machines got great pitching from Evan Kashuba, who struck out five over two shutout innings, and Simon Turnbull, who struck out two and only allowed two runs over one inning. Chayse Brumpton faced eight batters in the final two innings and mowed down five.

Kashuba went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI and four runs, while Koen Holmes was 2-for-2 with a run-scoring double and a run and Pierce Beauregard collected two RBI and two runs. Seth Poulin added one RBI-single.

Blayke Butler went 3-for-3 with a run and two RBI for the Kodiaks, while Damon Golz was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Noah Peckham supplied two hits in two at bats. Carter Davidson and Conner Stefaniuk each racked up one hit and one run.

Caleb Buffie was hit by a pitch and later scored, while Kashuba walked and scored the winning run with two outs on a close play at the plate after a wild pitch as the Green Machines shaded the Braden Robertson Construction Burgundy Bruisers 11-10.

Jesse Vandenbrand hit a two-run single to get the Bruisers moving in the first inning. The Green Machines answered with back-to-back doubles from Kashuba and Beauregard to level the score.

Nolan Wilson pitched the second inning for the Green Machines and kept the Bruisers off the board with a couple of strikeouts after allowing singles to Jonah Lee and Cole Breugom. Owen Turnbull only allowed one Green Machine run as Mark Johnson doubled and scored, while striking out three in the third inning.

The Green Machines took the lead in the second inning with two runs as Brumpton and Holmes scored, and then extended it in the third inning with three more runs as Quinn Maglio, Nolan Wilson walked and scored and Kashuba singled and then scored.

The Bruisers answered as Ryan Cox, Lee and Breugom each singled and Kobe Smyth walked before Charlie Swartz hit an inside-the-park grand slam to tie things.

The Green Machines regained the lead in the fourth as Holmes and Kiera Horton both scored. The Robertson Construction crew got four strikeouts from Johnson in the next two innings.

The Bruisers scored three in the fifth as Dane Somerfeld walked and scored and Vandenbrand and Bryce Cormier each singled and scored on a Ryder Halverson single. Swartz fanned four in the final 1 1/3 innings.

CANADIANS WIN PAIR

Slow start. Strong finish. That’s how the Vernon Canadians’ road trip to Vancouver went last weekend.

The C’s lost 15-5 and 12-2 to the North Shore Padres in a Saturday B.C. Midget AAA Baseball League doubleheader before sweeping the Padres 5-3 and 3-0.

Ethan Huizing tossed a complete-game five-hitter in the shutout win, issuing zero walks. Landon Currie went 2-for-4, while Caden Doyle, Jordan Wisemen, Dylan Ecklund and Jarod Leroux also produced hits.

“The difference from Saturday’s games to Sunday’s wins were the results of the players working hard to support the pitcher on the mound as Saturday’s pitchers were equally as good as Sunday’s but had very little support defensively to have a chance to win,” said Vernon manager Rick Leroux.

The C’s host the North Fraser Giants in a Sunday twinbill at Marshall Field. Game 1 goes at 1 p.m.

North Shore counted nine runs in the third inning of Saturday’s opener. Doyle went 2-for-3 with a solo homer deep to centre field for the C’s.

Dakota Becker supplied two hits in two at bats in the second game, while Currie and Doyle were the only other C’s to muster hits.

Ecklund went the distance in Sunday’s first game, giving up six hits over seven innings.

Ryan Gudjlek smacked a single and a two-run double in the seventh to score Caden Bracken and Kadyn Thomas with the winning runs. Doyle was 2-for-3.

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