The Whalley Chiefs regained some swagger with a doubleheader sweep of the Blue Jays on the road in B.C. Premier Baseball League action Sunday.
Graham Bailey went the distance on the hill to earn a 6-4 win in the first game while the second match of the day saw the Whalley bats come to life in a 13-2 mercy rule win.
Whalley's Cole Hunt and Connor Chorpita enjoyed a massive day at the plate, combining to drive in for seven runs in the two wins.
"We were swinging the bats with a little bit more confidence and we managed to put a couple of games together that were statement games," said Whalley coach Bryon Kennedy, who missed the action while attending the birth of his baby daughter.
"Taking both games from North Delta was massive for us because they're right in front of us in the standings right now so we were able to gain ground on them.
"Things are starting to come together for us. We're a young team and we know there are going to be growing pains but eventually we're going to learn how to win all these close games."
The two losses soured a weekend that started with promise for the Blue Jays. On Saturday the Jays ventured onto the North Shore where they earned a split of a twin bill with the second-place Twins.
In the opener, pitcher Ryan Braun allowed one run over seven innings of work to earn a 2-1 win. In the second game, North Delta received more stellar pitching, this time from Dylan MacAhonic who surrender zero earned runs but was tagged with a 2-0 loss.
"Saturday was good for us, but Sunday was not good at all," said Jays coach Brad O'Hara. "Against the Twins we had a solid performance from everybody. Our bats were solid in the first game and Malcolm Boehm made a great catch over his shoulder in centrefield to lock in the 'W' for us.
"Sunday was a different story. Errors hurt us and what can I say, Whalley came to play. They are a scrappy team and they've been close in a lot of games. Everything just came together for them Sunday."
In other action, the White Rock Tritons managed to scrape together just one win from a four-game set against the Okanagan Athletics.
The Tritons looked good in their first game Saturday, winning 9-1 behind the pitching of Scott Doucet. It was all downhill after that, however, as Okanagan bounced back to win the second game of the day 4-3. The Athletics kept that momentum going Sunday where they posted wins of 9-1 and 6-4.
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