KAMLOOPS — In the Canadian College Baseball Conference’s fifth week of play, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack went one-and-one against the University of Fraser Valley Cascades. The teams faced off at Kamloops own Norbrock Stadium for the sunny Easter Sunday’s afternoon games.
The WolfPack narrowly squeaked out the win in the first game. Heading into the ninth inning the ‘Pack was down 7-5, having scored once in the third, and twice in the sixth and eighth innings. However, they outscored the Cascades in the ninth 5-1 finishing off the game 10-8 in the WolfPack’s favor.
‘Pack pitcher Brandon Ludwig (Kelowna, BC) threw three innings for the team, entering the game at the top of the 7th. This is Ludwig’s first win of the season. Vance Fode (Bow Island, AB), Malik James (Whitby, ON), and Connor McKenzie (Kamloops, BC) of the WolfPack, all had their first home run of the season in the first game of the day.
The WolfPack were able to carry the momentum from that win through to the beginning of their second game of the day, scoring four runs on four hits in the first inning. However, the Cascades answered back with four runs of their own in the fourth, and again in the seventh. The ‘Pack were unable to respond scoring just one more run in the ninth. Fraser Valley won 8-5.
With yesterday's split the WolfPack drop to second place at 15-and-5 behind 17-and-5 Okanagan.
The WolfPack and the Cascades square off again at the UFV’s home field at Fairfield Island today, Monday, April 22nd. The ‘Pack are on the road April 26th-27th playing the Vancouver Island University Mariners before returning home to Norbrock Wednesday, May 1st where they will faceoff against rival team the Okanagan College Coyotes.
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