Tim Schindel, Victoria Mariners – Premier
After a frustrating and losing 2015 season, the 2016 version of the Victoria Mariners have come storming out of the gate and currently sit on top of the BCPBL with a perfect 8-0 record.
The combination of new and returning players is putting on an exciting show on the field as they are playing with confidence and a never quit attitude.
Back this year is CF Jesse Mycock who is having a huge impact in the outfield with his excellent speed and strong arm.
Dylan Price leads both the league and the team with a jaw dropping 6.32 batting average after eight games.
Tyler Schindel and Jesse Mycock lead the league in stolen bases which underscores the speed and athleticism of this team. Hitting one, two in the order, Jesse and Tyler are having an immediate and ongoing impact.
Chris Lata has returned with a fury after losing most of last year to injury and leads in RBI’s.
The Mariners are sharing Jason Willow with the Canadian Jr team and are only stronger when he is available.
On the defensive side, standouts include second year Nick Seginowich, Caleb Piechnick, Chris Niketas and Harrison Hurford.
Liam Cruz, Jesse Simpson and Duncan Brens-Knight are leading the way on the mound with strong performances over the first two weeks.
The season is young, there’s a long way to go, but the M’s are off to a great start in 2016!
Weekend Highlights include:
Saturday, April 23 vs Abbotsford Cardinals
Game 1: Pitcher #29 Liam Kruse pitches a complete game with 6 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and 6 strike outs with an ERA of 0.50. In the top of the 6th score 4-1 for the Victoria Mariners shortstop #8 Tyler Schindel hits a grand slam final score 8-1 Victoria Mariners.
Game 2: The win went to #18 Jesse Simpson pitching 6.3 innings and #17 Dylan Price closing.
Final Score 8-3 Victoria Mariners.
The Mariners depth in pitching, constant bats and sharp defence allowed them to capitalise on the cardinals mistakes resulting in a two-game sweep Saturday, April 23.
Sunday, April 24 vs Walley Chiefs
Game 1: #12 Nick Seginowich, #23 Chris Lata, #3 Chris Niketas, #11 Jesse Mycock bats all contributed to game one win. The Mariner’s speed and agility also played a large factor in base running with stolen bases by #21 Caleb Piechnik, #12 Nick Seginowich, #8Tyler Shindel, and #11 Jesse Mycock .
Final score 7-2 Victoria Mariners.
Game 2: #14 Dawson Neal hit a couple of single’s in the 2nd and 4th innings and made room for all three runs. Final score 3-1 Victoria Mariners
Victoria Mariners finish out the weekend celebrating their 8-0 season winning streak.
Derek Gale, Juniors
The Victoria Jr. Mariners split a double header with the Coquitlam Red Legs on Saturday afternoon at Henderson field. The Mariners lost the first game 7-3 but rebounded in the second game winning 8-2.
Graham Dube and Bryce Franklin led the offence with two hits each and Dawson Hurford was the winning pitcher. The Mariners improve their record to 3-1 and travel Sunday to White Rock for a double header against the Tritons.