Perfect weekend for Mustangs

The Cowichan Valley Mustangs surged up the B.C. midget AAA baseball standings with four wins last weekend.

The Cowichan Valley Mustangs surged up the B.C. midget AAA baseball standings with four wins last weekend.

The Mustangs swept a doubleheader at home against the Cloverdale Spurs on Saturday, then repeated that feat on the road against the Victoria Eagles the next day.

They opened the day against Cloverdale with a 7-5 win, scoring all their runs over two innings: five in the first and two in the second. The Mustangs had six hits in the ballgame, all singles.

Jacob Montague went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Cam LeSergent, Tanner Cummings, Jayden Hamm and Nolan Fothergill all had one hit apiece, Fothergill also plating a pair.

James McMahon went the distance on the mound, striking out five and walking just two over seven innings.

Both offences exploded in the second half of the doubleheader, but Cowichan prevailed again by the score of 19-10. The Mustangs held an 11-0 edge after the first two innings, but it was too early for the mercy rule to take effect.

Brayden Radcliffe went 2-for-3 at the plate with a three-run triple and a double. Graedy Hamilton was 3-for-3 with one RBI, Cole Anderson 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Fothergill was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Brandon Langer went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Riley Windsor had two RBIs and LeSergent and Hamm had one each.

Anderson got the start and the win, pitching three innings with two strikeouts. Langer (two innings), Hamilton (one third of an inning) and LeSergent (one and two thirds) pitched the remainder.

The Mustang’s offence and defence were both at their best on Sunday as they beat the Eagles 11-4 and 16-4.

In the opener, Cowichan scored five runs in the third and five more in the fourth, carrying a 10-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth.

Montague went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, McMahon was 2-for-4 with one RBI, and Tanner Cummings was 2-for-5 with one RBI. Radcliffe went 1-for-1 with two RBIs, and Hamm had just one hit in four at-bats, but made it a triple, the team’s only extra-base hit of the game.

Fothergill struck out five and walked just two over five innings to earn the win. Hamm added another five K’s of his own in two innings of relief.

Anderson led the way on the mound and at the plate in the second game, pitching five innings with six strikeouts and no walks, while going 3-for-4 with four runs and one RBI.

LeSergent went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Fothergill was 2-for-2 with four RBIs, Hamm went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and Windsor was 3-for-4 with one RBI. Radcliffe and Montague had one hit and one RBI apiece, Hamilton added one hit, and Odhan Manhas had one RBI. Radcliffe also pitched a perfect inning in relief of Anderson.

The Mustangs are off this weekend, then visit Cloverdale on May 28 and Burnaby on May 29.

 

 

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