O’s hit hard in Vernon

The Trail Orioles slugged out two wins against their Okanagan rivals on the weekend.

The Trail Orioles slugged out two wins against their Okanagan rivals on the weekend.

The Orioles unleashed an opening inning seven-run barrage to pave the way to an 11-1 victory over Vernon.

Kyle Mace threw six strong innings, striking out nine and limiting Vernon to three hits.

Player/coach Jim Maniago led the way offensively, going 4 for 4, while Joe Underwood and Ashton Florko each went 3 for 4. The team produced a season high 17 hits.

Their fine play continued in the second game with Kellen Jones taking the mound. Jones threw five shut out innings of one hit ball while fanning four.

Connor Jones came on in relief, pitching two innings and giving up two hits as the Jones boys combined for an 8-0 shutout.

Connor also helped the cause by going 3 for 4 at the plate.

Game three Sunday however was a different story.

Justin Kitcher pitched well despite the loss.

He struck out 10 and went the distance but untimely errors and clutch Vernon hits hurt the Orioles in a close 8-6 loss.

“We had 17 hits and 11 runs off their best pitcher (Saturday)but let another guy hold us and we should never give up eight runs to Vernon,”  said Maniago.

The O’s next games are against the Pacific International League’s Northwest Honkers out of the Seattle area. The four games  go June 25-26 at Butler Park.

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