WolfPack emerges from opening day of Canadian ball tournament with .500 record

SPORTS — The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have a .500 record after the opening day of the 2014 Canadian College Baseball Conference Championship Tournament.

Wolfpack logoAfter beating the University of Calgary Dinos 6-2 in their first game, the ‘Pack went back onto the diamond at Spitz Stadium in Lethbridge and were hammered 11-3 by the Okanagan College Coyotes. The Coyotes finished third in the CCBC regular season while Thompson Rivers were the first place team.

In this game, Okanagan College got 11 runs on 11 hits and three errors. The WolfPack notched three runs on six hits and committed three errors.

The ‘Pack jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning. The Coyotes notched four runs in their half of the third inning to take a 4-1 lead. TRU scored one of their own in their half of the fourth to cut the deficit to two (4-2).

But OCC scored two of their own in the fifth to go up 6-2.

The WolfPack scored their other run in their half of the fifth before the floor gates opened. Okanagan College scored two more runs in the sixth to go up 8-3 and notched three more in the seventh to salt away the victory. It was their first game of the round robin championship tournament.

Marcus Drewry (Courtenay) tossed a complete game for the win. He struck out seven, gave up six hits and surrendered a walk.

Frank Fisico (Toronto) went three innings and was tagged with the loss. He started and surrendered three hits and four runs while walking three and striking out two. He was the first of three TRU pitchers in the contest.

Regan Gillis (Fort McMurray) was on the mound for two and two thirds innings. He was tagged for four runs and six hits.
Kevin Cramer (Camp Verde, AZ) pitched the final one and a third innings. He struck out two and had two hits while giving up three runs.

Offensively, TRU was led by Tony Tabor (2nd base, White Rock). He was three for three with a run scored.
Evan Douglas (designated hitter, White Rock) was 0 for 2 with two runs batted in.

Luc Simpson(right field, Aldergrove) and Will Miller (left field, Nelson) were both one for three.

Okanagan College got a two for four performance out of centerfielder Bryan Elias (Delta). He also scored two runs. First baseman Braeden Heyland was two for four with two runs batted in.

The WolfPack have only one game on Friday (May 9). It’s at 3 p.m. MDT against the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners.

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