Bobby Armstrong, Contributor Ω
It was business as usual for the boys in orange April 5, as the TRU WolfPack posted a commanding 15-5 win over the Calgary Dinos and extended their regular season record to 8-1.
It must have been déjà vu for the ‘Pack, as they dismantled the Dinos by the same score two weeks ago in their second regular season game.
Kicking off their four game series at home, the WolfPack laid out 14 hits scoring 15 runs and only allowing one error. The Dinos managed five runs on five hits with three errors and saw their record fall to three wins and six losses.
“We’ve been swinging the bats pretty good the whole year,” said WolfPack head coach Ray Chadwick. “They [Calgary] score one in the top, we come back with four.
“Brent Carmichael’s been leading us, he either gets a hit or walks then steals a base, so a perfect leadoff guy for us. [If] we hit the ball and throw strikes we’re really good.”
Carmichael had one hit and two RBIs and is batting .355 on the season.
After Calgary scored a run in the top of the first inning, the WolfPack answered back with a hot start, charting four runs in their first inning at bat.
With what looked like a rocket to the moon under the starry lights of Norbrock, David Hole got all of his 210 pounds behind the bat to register a three-run home run to centre field.
The next batter, Cam Strachan, smoked one down the first base line to add to the excitement as he hustled in to third base for a stand-up triple.
A change in pitching would not slow the bleeding for the Dinos and at the end of two innings the WolfPack were up a dominating 10-1.
Calgary would do their best to make a game of it with two runs in the fifth and one run in each of the six and seventh innings, but in the end they were no match for the thriving WolfPack.
“Any time you win by that much it’s always a good game, especially when you get to give the guys that don’t normally play that much some innings,” Hole said. “It’s fun for everybody right, especially when we all hit that well, that’s why we play baseball, right there.”
Jake Hein, of Langley, B.C., recorded his second victory of the year—he pitched four innings giving up two hits, two walks and a run. Following Hein, the WolfPack’s bullpen saw lots of action, Frank Fisico, of Toronto, Ont., chucked for a commendable two innings, followed by Mike Riddle, of Surrey, B.C., who would come in for the final chapter and close out the game.
The WolfPack closed out the weekend with another win against the Dinos by a score of 9-1 and a 10-1 win and a 10-2 loss to Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners, bringing their season record to 10-2.