Held to just nine hits overall, the Okanagan Athletics dropped four straight games to the host Victoria Mariners in B.C. Premier (Midget) Baseball League play on the weekend.
Chris Fougner’s no-hitter in a 2-1 extra-inning victory on Sunday, highlighted the Mariner pitchers’ dominance over the A’s (21-15), who had gone into the weekend having won 14 of their past 16 encounters.
Fougner’s no-no spoiled a solid outing by A’s starter, Trevor Lofstrom, who scattered six Victoria hits over seven innings, while striking out five and walking four.
Meanwhile, Fougner lowered his earned-run average to 1.33, while mowing down 10 Athletics on strikeouts.The Kelowna-based A’s scored their only run in the third inning when Matt Brodt crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice. He led off with a walk, advanced to second on a catcher’s obstruction during a McCoy Pearceat-bat A’s and stole third base.
Victoria scored the winning run without the benefit of a hit. A walk, a balk and an Athletics error produced the difference in the ballgame.
The Mariners, in third place in the 13-team BCPBL with a 20-6 record, completed their weekend sweep Sunday afternoon, by defeating the A’s 2-0 behind the two-hit pitching of Colton Wood. The righthander (4-1) struck out seven and gave up only singles to Thomas Sloan and Pearce.
Again, the A’s received a stellar effort from their pitchers — Matt Brodt and Brian Hryniuk. Brodt allowed just five hits in his five innings of work, while Hryniuk pitched two perfect innings in relief while fanning two Victoria batters.
The A’s opened the weekend by dropping a 7-1 decision to the Mariners at Lambrick Park, as three Victoria pitchers gave up a total of four singles — two by Markus Glowacki and one each by Lofstrom and Chase Decosse.
A two-run third inning, after the A’s had opened the scoring in the top of the frame, was all the Mariners needed for the win. They broke things open with two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Two of the youngest Athletics, starter Easton Forrest (eight hits over 4 1/3 innings) and David Tongue (four hits over 1 2/3) were the victims of a 12-hit Mariners attack.
The second game of the series saw the A’s Jared Young pitch a complete game six-hitter, but he and his teammates managed but three singles, one of them by Young, in a 4-0 loss.
The A’s now have a 10-day break before travelling to Coquitlam for a doubleheader against the Reds on June 25. They play two games against the Abbotsford Cardinals in Abby July 2 before meeting the Parksville Royals for a four-game series at Elks Stadium July 5 and 6.