The Vernon Kal Tire Canadians swept a Pee Wee AA baseball doubleheader last weekend, grounding the Kamloops River Dogs 11-7 and 8-6 at Creekside Park.
Caden Bracken earned the start for the C’s, but gave up six runs on four hits. Chase Batchelor came in to close, allowing two runs on three hits.
Bracken and Dawson Chase chipped in with a pair of hits, while Colton Schaper-Kotter homered in the first inning.
Batchelor continued on the mound in Game 2, allowing three runs on six hits before giving way to Jaden Parsons, who gave up two runs on five hits.
Chase shut the door in the final two innings with no runs allowed and just one hit.
The C’s then won two of three in a weekend exhibition set with the Prince George Knights, who took the first tilt 4-2.
With Nick Cherkowski on the mound, the C’s gave up four runs on five and 2/3 innings before Jarod Leroux closed things out. Parsons went 3-for-3, while Leroux smacked a pair of hits.
The C’s rebounded with a 16-15 comeback win in the second game by scoring six runs in the final inning.
Cherkowski led off with a single and Chase followed with a two-run homer. Caden Doyle then singled, Batchelor and Carter Morris drew walks and Bracken and Parsons then hit RBI-singles.
With the bases still loaded, Leroux ripped one up the middle to drive home Bracken for the winning run.
Vernon closed the series with a 13-12 win, with Schaper-Kotter allowing seven runs on five hits through four innings of work. Doyle, Parsons and Leroux also saw mound duty.
Chase came up big in the bottom of the seventh by pounding a solo dinger for the winning run.
Doyle hit 3-for-3, with Parsons, Leroux, Schaper-Kotter each adding two hits.
Meanwhile, the Vernon C&A Contracting Canadians routed Rutland 11-2 in Bantam action Thursday at Marshall Field.
Elliott Landy got the start, allowing two runs over three innings, while striking out seven batters. Caleb Versteeg and Nathan Nesbitt combined to close out the game.
Nesbitt went 3-for-3 and Versteeg walked twice and had one hit. Tyler Wellman crushed a ball over left centre for a two-run home run in the fifth inning.
The C’s host Kamloops and Kelowna in a pair of doubleheaders, Saturday and Sunday respectively.