Alex Condon added to his Canadian College Baseball Conference home run lead as the TRU WolfPack ended a four-game home weekend with a 4-1 victory over Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Baseball Institute on Sunday at NorBrock Stadium.
Condon, an infielder from Victoria, swatted his eighth home run as TRU finished the weekend 3-1. The WolfPack had lost 8-5 to VIBI on Saturday evening, after edging the Calgary Dinos 6-5 earlier Saturday. The WolfPack also won 6-5 over Calgary on Friday.
Condon’s eight home runs are two more than teammate Dave Hole. Condon also has a league-high 26 RBI, 10 more than VIBI’s Cody Andreychuk. Condon is unlikely to get the triple crown, however, as Hole’s .413 average is probably out of reach of Condon, who is batting .300.
Condon also had a first-inning single and came around to score. Hole, who also was 2-for-3, scored a first-inning run, as Travis Nevakshonoff went the distance on the mound.
Saturday’s loss was sealed when the Mariners scored five sixth-inning runs. Denver Wynn went six innings in the loss, and Hole and Rob Morrison each brought home two runs. Kyle Sandulescu had a pair of singles, and Condon and Brent Carmichael, who also stole a base, scored two runs apiece.
Mike Juarez started and earned the decision in the WolfPack’s Saturday victory over Calgary. Juarez, normally a reliever, went six innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits and three walks. Tyler Lowey picked up the save.
Aaron Lystang had two hits and drew a walk, with Hole reaching base three times — with two walks and a single — and driving in two runs. Morrison also had two RBI.
The WolfPack has one weekend left before it plays host to the Canadian College Baseball Conference championship tournament, from May 10-13.
TRU is off to Kelowna for two games each against the Mariners and the host Okanagan College Coyotes.
The WolfPack (14-10) is second in the five-team league, behind Lethbridge’s Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs (15-5). VIBI (12-12) is third, ahead of Okanagan (10-12) and Calgary (5-17).
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Cheyenne Betz of Thompson Valley Taekwon-Do won a pair of gold medals at the Taekwon-Do International Canada Western Canadian championships in Kelowna on Saturday.
Betz, a second Dan black belt, was first in sparring and in patterns. Betz was one of 22 Thompson Valley students to compete, and the athletes also got a chance to meet a pioneer in the sport, Grand Master C.K. Choi, during a Friday seminar.
Green belt Will Serre also won gold medals in both sparring and patterns.
Krystal Armstrong, a red belt, won silver in both patterns and sparring, while 12-year-old black belt Luciano Carnovale won gold in sparring. Tristin Arnold, another 12-year-old black belt, was second in patterns, with Harvey Koochin taking bronze in sparring.
Matthew Blaschek, an 11-year-old red belt, picked up a pair of medals — silver in sparring and bronze in patterns — with red belt Jackie Chamness and eight-year-old white belt Hailee Arnold each winning silver in sparring. Hanna Serre, a six-year-old white belt, was third in sparring, with yellow belt Charmain Schocat third in patterns.
Five students from Barriere/Simpcw also took part, with Lee Dionne fourth in patterns and Justin Lampreau fourth in sparring. Jeremy Strongeagle was fifth in patterns, with Lucas Eustache winding up fifth in sparring. Louis Eustache was sixth in sparring.
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The Kamloops Rattlers scored four first-period goals and cruised to an 11-3 Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League victory over the visiting Armstrong Shamrocks on Friday night.
The Rattlers, who are 2-1, will play their first road game of the season on Friday in Armstrong.
Goals from Travis Joseph, Nathan Woldum, Russ McIntosh and J.J. Woldum gave the Rattlers their first-period league, before Curtis McIntosh and Liam Hagerty each scored two second-period goals as Kamloops went ahead 8-3. Joseph, Mark Jurista and A.J. Lockwood scored in the third.
Lockwood had four assists, and Hagerty had two in support of Mike Smith, who made 39 saves and also had an assist.
The Rattlers outshot the Shamrocks 51-42.