Morning Star Staff
Three Vernon teenagers are racking up miles as they play baseball for the U15 Okanagan Bantam AAA Athletics based in Rutland.
Chase Batchelor, Jaden Parsons and Zach Orchard are with the A’s, an independent prep/travel team with a 60-game schedule against high level competition in B.C., Alberta and the U.S.
The A’s won three of four games against the North Shore Twins of Vancouver last weekend
Game one required two extra innings and saw the A’s win 12-11. Down by two runs in the bottom of the seventh and again in the ninth, the host A’s rallied to tie and then win it.
Parsons while 0-for-3, had an RBI groundout, drew two walks and scored a run. Batchelor was also 0-for-3, but was on base with a great at bat resulting in a walk, and made a strong back-handed play at second base. Orchard pitched two solid innings, and had a walk and run scored.
The A’s mercied the Twins 13-2 in Game 2 Saturday with Orchard getting on base three times with a pair of singles and a walk and scoring three runs. Parsons was 2-for-2 and came around to score twice. Batchelor was a late inning defensive replacement in right field.
Game 3 was a heart-breaking 8-7 loss as the Twins rallied in the sixth.
Batchelor pitched one inning in relief, recording three outs, two on strikeouts. Orchard was the hitting star going 2-for-3 with a single, triple and walk while scoring twice.
He was stranded as the tying run at third in the bottom of the seventh. Parsons laid down a perfect sacrafice bunt in the first inning leading to the A’s first run.
The final game Sunday saw the A’s win 4-2 with Parsons beating out an infield single and playing strong defence at second base.
Meanwhile, the Vernon Canadians tied the Kelowna Cubs 2-2 in a nine-inning Midget AAA game called due to darkness Wednesday night at Marshall Field.
Brayden Damini pitched six innings, giving up one earned run, scattering three hits and striking out five. Dylan Emmons pitched the final 3 innings, allowing one unearned run and no hits while fanning four.
Ethan Huizinga was 3-for-4 with one RBI, while Garner Chudyk smacked a double. Chris Riva was 1-for-3 with a single
“It was a great game; we had the lead going into the final inning and made one error which ended up costing us the tying run,” said Vernon coach Ken Liefke.
“Chris Riva made two outstanding plays at third base in the seventh inning to keep the game tied at two. We played an excellent game and a win would have been great but we’ll take the tie.”
The C’s (3-15-1) get a break before visiting Richmond City and Vancouver Mounties May 23-24.