By Coach Bratton
The Cardinals travelled to Kamloops for the annual Best of The West Tournament this past weekend. The boys got off to a rough start facing The Okotoks Dawgs Academy from Alberta. The Dawgs took a 6-0 lead after the first inning and never looked back. Conall Sexton pitched 3 innings in relief minimizing the damage allowed. Trey Smith hit a triple over the center fielders head in the 5th and Romero Snow followed it up with an RBI single to Right. The 11-1 final put the Cardinals behind with 2 more pool games to go.
On Friday the Cardinals would finish up pool play with two games beginning at 9am. Facing the BLE Selects, Taisei Yahiro took the mound. Almost a flashback to Thursday, the BLE Selects put up 4 runs in the 1st inning. The Cardinals bats remained cold and would end up being shutout 9-0 putting the Cardinals at a tough 0-2 start to the tournament.
Game 3 had the Cards facing off against fellow PBL member Victoria Eagles. Cooper Crompton took the mound for the Cardinals and pitched around some rough Defense which has been fairly strong for the boys to this point. Some great relief from Kevin Kim and Patrick Tangen kept the Cards within striking distance, but ended up falling short at a 3-1 final.
Fighting to walk away with a win, the Cardinals matched up with the Coquitlam Reds Saturday morning. Parker Wakelyn took the hill and threw a very solid 3 innings. David Draayers led the way for the Cardinals with 3 hits on the day. Saturday provided the first view of the potential for the offence and the Cardinals walked away with a 5-3 victory able to drive home with some positive thoughts before returning to PBL action with a 4 game series against the Okanagan A’s next weekend.