Jays split series with Lumberman

The Trail Jays continued their good play as they logged a doubleheader against the Coeur d’Alene Lumberman at Butler Park Tuesday night.

The Trail Jays continued their good play as they logged a doubleheader against the Coeur d’Alene Lumberman at Butler Park Tuesday night.

The Lumberman sit atop their division so despite the Jays winning eight of their last nine games, the birds faced a daunting task.

Many of Trail’s losses have been due to errors and, in the first game, the Lumberman made them pay.

Five errors killed the Jays as they fell 12-4 to the U.S. team. Jesse Rypien went 2 for 3 and Gerry Rebelato and Dallas Calvin went 1 for 2 in the loss.

The second game was a complete reverse, as the Lumberman made four errors in a much closer match-up.

A great pitching performance from Garrett Kucher and airtight defence kept the axe wielders off balance as the Jays squeaked out a 2-1 victory.

“We played a lot better baseball our second game, it was solid with a lot more focus,” said Jays coach Nick Combo.

Kucher went the distance, striking out two while ceding one run on five hits.

Jordan Roblin went 1 for 1 with two walks, while Geoff Soukeroff hit 1 for 2 with an RBI.

The Jays travel to Okotoks, Alta. for a wooden-bat tournament before heading to Spokane for the July fourth tourney.