Kootenay connection leads TRU

Trail’s Cam Strachan second in league with most wins.

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack took three of four games on the weekend in the Canadian College Baseball Conference with a pair of Kootenay pitchers picking up wins for the Pack.

Trail’s Cam Strachan and Castlegar’s Travis Nevashonoff each got the win in their starts on the weekend.

Strachan took the ball on Friday night against the Calgary Dinos at Norbrock Stadium in Kamloops. The left-hander threw six and two-thirds innings for Thompson Rivers giving up three runs, three hits, and striking out four while walking three, to move to 4-2 on the season.

The WolfPack led 2-0 in the third inning before the Dinos scored twice to even things up in the top of the fourth. Thompson Rivers regained a one run lead before Calgary evened things up in their half of the fifth inning.  With the WolfPack leading 6-3 in the top of the eighth inning, the Dinos counted twice in the top of the ninth to cut the margin to 6-5.

The Wolfpack beat the Dinos by the identical 6-5 score on Saturday, but came back from a 5-2 deficit for the win.

However, facing the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Academy Mariners of Naniamo (VIBI), proved a different story Saturday night.

The Mariners beat the Pack 8-5 in the first match, before heading into Sunday’s game against a well-rested Nevakshonoff.

The Castlegar right-hander delivered a gem, going the distance and giving up only two hits, and one run, on four walks and three strikeouts as the Pack downed the Mariners 4-1.

The Milwaukee Brewer draft pick goes to 3 and 3 on the season.

Thompson Rivers scored two runs in the first inning and were up 3-0 until the top of the fifth when the Mariners got on the board.  TRU added one more in their half of the fifth inning en route to their 14th victory of the season.

The WolfPack scored four runs on five hits and committed two errors while VIBI had a run on two hits and three errors

The WolfPack and VIBI will duke it out again this weekend in the final weekend of the CCBC regular season. Both teams will travel to Kelowna to play the Okanagan College Coyotes as well.

The WolfPack host the Canadian College Baseball Conference Championship tournament beginning May 10 at Norbrock Stadium.