North Delta Blue Jays struggle in Okanagan
The North Delta Blue Jays find themselves on a six-game losing streak and in the basement of the B.C. Premier Baseball League.
The Blue Jays absorbed four losses last weekend in Kelowna against an Okanagan Athletics team which has won nine in a row, then dropped a 4-1 decision to the Vancouver Cannons Tuesday night in New Westminster.
Now at 4-18 (won-lost) on the season, the Blue Jays are six games away from eighth place and the final playoff position in the elite under-18 league.
The Blue Jays lost games Saturday in Kelowna by scores of 5-4 and 3-0.
Down 5-0 after five innings in the first game, North Delta got to within one before falling a run short. Ryo Takenaka and Curtis Hildenbrandt led the Blue Jays with two hits each.
After getting 10 hits in game one, North Delta had just four in the second contest and were blanked. Nathan Unrau took the loss on the mound after allowing the three Athletics runs on two hits and eight walks. Jonathan Cote threw the final 3.2 innings, keeping Okanagan scoreless on two hits and four walks.
In Sunday’s first game, the Blue Jays outhit their hosts 9-6, but still lost 4-2. Malcolm Boehm and Brock Morgan had two hits each for North Delta, while pitcher Dylan MacAhonic was forced to take the loss after allowing four earned runs in six hits, not giving up a walk in six innings pitched.
Looking to avoid a sweep in the final game Sunday afternoon, North Delta came up short in an 8-3 loss. A single and a double from Takenaka led the Blue Jays offense.
Against Vancouver, Evan Rogers singled to score Jonathan Cote in the top of the first inning, but it was the only run the Blue Jays would score. Kevin Sengara went two-for-three to lead the five-hit Blue Jays attack.
In another PBL game Tuesday, the Whalley Chiefs dropped a 5-0 decision to the Abbotsford Cardinals.
Whalley managed four singles off Cardinals pitching, and after winning three of four games on the weekend are now 8-15 in league play, 2.5 games behind eighth-place Abbotsford.
Both the Blue Jays and the Chiefs will be on Vancouver Island for a pair of double headers each next weekend against the Parksville Royals and Nanaimo Pirates. North Delta is in Parksville Saturday, while the Chiefs start their weekend in Nanaimo.