Keaton Mandryk scattered four hits in going the distance as the Vernon Canadians grounded the Kelowna Reds 4-2 in Pee Wee All-Star baseball action Tuesday night at Creekside Park.
Mandryk used a good mix of fastballs and change-ups to keep the Reds off balance and improve Vernon’s record to 6-3-2.
The Canadians scored once in the top of the third when Caden Doyle doubled and then swiped third before scoring when Ethan Huizinga was put out at first.
Vernon scored again in the fourth when Nathan Nesbitt singled, moved to third on a Kayden Thomas single to right field and scored on a passed ball.
The C’s pushed across their final runs when Jarrod Leroux singled, swiped second and scored on Nesbitt’s single. Nesbitt scored on a Jadon Parsons’ double.
Leroux and Nesbitt each went 2-for-3. Kelowna scored runs in the third and sixth innings.
“The boys keep moving up the improvement ladder,” said Vernon coach Rick Leroux. “The key to team success falls first on the players learning how to pitch to where more strikes are thrown so your defence gets the chance to make outs.
“Secondly, you have to work hard with your players on set positions so they get comfortable at playing and the final key goes towards creating a hitting club that’s not intimidated by any other team’s pitchers, no matter how hard they throw.”
The Canadians took two of three weekend games with the Penticton Blue Jays.
Vernon bowed 9-5 Sunday at Creekside Park with Penticton exploding with a five-run fifth inning to bust things open.
Landon Currie went 3-for-4 with a triple to spark the C’s, while Nesbitt was 2-for-4 with a double. Huizinga, Mandryk and Dawson Chase chipped in with singles.
Pitching duties were handled by Leroux, who gave up three runs on four hits in the opening innings, Huizinga, who allowed one run on two hits, and Nick Cherkowski, who was touched for five runs on three hits in the final three innings.
The C’s swept the Blue Jays 12-6 and 14-6 in a Saturday doubleheader in Penticton.
Leroux and Currie each supplied three hits, while Huizinga and Mandryk had two apiece in the opener. Thomas smacked his first dinger of the season, to deep right centre, in the fourth.
Nesbitt took the win by pitching a two-hit shutout over the final three innings.
In Game 2, the C’s got four hits from Parsons, three from Huizinga and two each from Cherkowski, Chase and Nesbitt.
Currie took the mound in the first inning, giving up one run before Cherkowski allowed on run in pitching the middle innings. Parsons retired the second and third outs in the fourth and gave up three runs in the fifth before Nesbitt closed.
The C’s are in the Rutland Tournament this weekend.
In Bantam AA All-Star action Wednesday night, the Vernon Canadians fell 10-4 to Kelowna at Marshall Field.
The Canadians received strong defence with Jake O’Quinn, Jake Emmons and Kyle Ciurka in the infield.
Brayden Damini took to the mound in the early innings striking out three, while Garner Chudyk reached base three times and recorded two steals.
Ty Wellman and Kyle Dennis combined for five outs in the outfield tracking down flyballs. Jake Holland was solid behind the plate throwing out two runners at second base.
Frankie Beg placed a perfect bunt in the fourth to advance the runners, while Kaden Black made an inning-saving catch in left field to shut down the side in the fifth.
Jordy Griffiths went 2-for-3 at the plate earning two RBI. Dylan Emmons pitched the last two innings and shut down Kelowna.
The Canadians lost 8-5 and 12-7 to West Kelowna in a weekend doubleheader.
Ciurka, Dennis and Hayden Chase all reached base in the first game, while Chudyk got on base in the mid innings and swiped two bases. O’Quinn was solid in both games at shortstop.
Holland was stellar behind the plate in the twinbill and added two good innings on the mound. Emmons at first base and Griffiths at second base were great in the infield.
Wellman and Beg kept runners from advancing with heads up play in the outfield, while Dylan Emmons pitched three strong innings in the opener and just missing an out of the park home run in Game 2.
Damini tossed out three runners at second in the first game.
Coaches Don Emmons and Dennis Holland said the club is coming around and have been improving every outing.