C’s split twinbill
The Vernon Kal Tire Canadians split a Pee Wee AA baseball doubleheader with the Kamloops River Dogs, winning 7-0 after losing 4-2.
Chase Batchelor, Koll Cherkowski and Carter Morris shared pitching duties in the opener with Batchelor going 5 ½ innings. He struck out six and allowed two runs.
Cherkowski drove in Nakoda Parker in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly for Vernon’s first run.Catcher Eric Foufoulas threw out a runner at third base in the same inning. Morris, playing shortstop, turned a sweet double play by tagging a runner at second and then throwing to Ryan Gamage at first.
Vernon came alive in Game 2 as Morris hurled 5 ½ innings with 10 strikeouts and no runs against. Foufoulas was a wall behind the plate.
Brayden Beacom doubled to center field, scoring Foufoulas in the second inning when Morris mowed down the side. Morris hit a sacrifice grounder bringing home Ryan Gamage in the third, while Beacom nailed an RBI-double to left field and walked home on a balk in the next inning.
In the sixth, Beacom singled in Foufoulas and stole home, while Matthew Hansen scored on an error. Morris caught a pop fly off the mound before Beacom took over pitching duties and fanned two. Morris stole home, Foufoulas stroked a run-scoring single before swiping home and Gamage drove in Beacom in the seventh.