The PBA boys put on a beautiful display of baseball today in Kelowna to kick of the CCBC Tournament. In the first game of the day PBA took down the University of Calgary 14-2, and in the second game the hot bats continued with a 16-5 win over TRU. It was a perfect start to the weekend as the team looks to capture their 6th straight CCBC Championship.
Andrew Grieder started game one on the mound for the Dawgs and was outstanding over 6 innings of work. Grieder surrendered only 2 hits, walked one and struck out 5 UofC hitters. The PBA coaching staff was able to get Grieder out of the game after throwing only 69 pitches, which will allow him to come back and pitch later in the weekend. Logan McDonald, Jesse McGowan and Justin Logan pitched an inning each to close out the game. On the offensive side of the ball the boys belted out 14 hits including homeruns by Cory Scammell and Brett Brittany. Scammell finished the game 2-5 with 4 RBI’s and Brittany was also 2-5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI’s. Leadoff hitter Layne Currie was 2-3 with 4 RBI’s and designated hitter Brett Semeniuk was 3-5 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI’s in the game. It was a beautiful display of hitting all game as every starter except one recorded a hit in the afternoon contest. As impressive, was the fact that nobody struck out during the game and the pitching staff only walked one UofC batter.
In the second game of the day the boys jumped all over TRU early on and never looked back cruising to a 16-5 victory to start the tournament 2-0. Dating back to 2014 the Dawgs have now won 12 straight games in the CCBC tournament. Jared Libke started on the mound for the Dawgs and was very good over his 5 innings of work. Libke surrendered 4 hits and struck out 3 on the day. Once again the coaching staff was able to get their starter out of the game early so Libke will be ready to pitch later on in the tournament. Dylan Borman and Jacob Melville combined to finish out the game on the mound for the Dawgs. The bats certainly did not cool down in the second half of the doubleheader. The boys banged out 13 hits and 4 homeruns from Layne Currie, Cory Scammell, Dustin Braun, and Nick Ankermann. Dustin Braun led the way at the plate going 3-4 with 3 runs, and 4 RBI’s. Ankermann was 2-3 with 3 runs and 2 RBI’s. Currie and Scammell added to their impressive start to the tournament chipping in 5 RBI’s combined. All told Currie had 7 RBI’s on the day and Scammell had 6 to bolster the top of the Dawgs potent lineup.
Coach Hubka had this to say about the boy’s performance today. “The team is firing on all cylinders. The pitching staff was great, the hitters came ready to hit, and our defense was outstanding. If we continue to play the way we did today we are going to be very tough to beat.”
The boys will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 4:00pm when they take on VIBI. Make sure to check back in for more updates on the Dawgs as they pursue their 6th straight championship!
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