Perfect start for midget AA Duncan RiverCats

After winning the South Island midget AA spring baseball championship, the Duncan RiverCats picked up right where they left off with a perfect 4-0 start to the summer season.

The team opened the season on the road on June 29, winning both ends of a doubleheader over Victoria’s AA team 12-2 and 15-10.

Starter Jordy Frost struck out 10 batters over four shutout innings in the opener, while the offence was led by Blair Robertson’s three-hit outing.

The RiverCats continued their dominant form early in the second game.

"After building an early 14-4 lead, we seemed to relax and let Victoria back into it," head coach Jim Frost said.

Adam Sakuma started on the mound and gave up just one run over two-plus innings. Ethan Whitelaw came in with the bases loaded in the fifth and wrapped up the inning with a strikeout, then allowed just one run over the next two innings to finish the game.

Frost, Robertson and Zach Komst each had three hits, while Tyler McWhirter, Derek Hayes, Spencer Martin and Reiya Tomida had two hits apiece.

Back on their home field at Evans Park last Sunday, the RiverCats got a complete-game one-hitter from Frost as they mercied Victoria 10-0. Robertson collected three hits, while Keir Baknes cleared the bases with a three-run double.

Duncan got off to a shaky start in the second game, falling behind 8-1 in the first two innings. The team bounced back in impressive fashion, however, scoring 17 unanswered runs over the next four innings. Tomida came in as a reliever in the third and pitched four scoreless innings. Jaysen Paddle and Adam Fukakusa scored three runs apiece.

The RiverCats played host to Victoria’s AAA team on Thursday evening, and will be at home against Campbell River on July 20 at noon and 3 p.m. Duncan will host the Island championships on July 26 and 27.

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