UFV’s Jeevan Hayre pitches to a Vancouver Island University batter during a playoff match in Kelowna last weekend. Hayre’s Cascades went 3-2 at the Canadian Colleges Baseball Conference championship tournament.

Prairie Dawgs end UFV’s season in playoff semi-final

The Cascades were blanked 6-0 by the six-time defending CCBC champ Prairie Baseball Academy

A 6-0 semi-final loss to the six-time defending champs ended UFV’s baseball season on Sunday.

Trevor Brammer had three hits for the Cascades against the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs. Colin Kellington, with a hit, and Riley Jepson, with a walk, were the only other UFV batters to reach base against the dominant pitching of PBA starter Tanner Jesson-Dalton.

The Dawgs’ hurler struck out six Cascades over nine innings.

UFV pitcher Dylan Emmons yielded a homerun in the first inning, but rebounded nicely. He too went the distance, allowing eight hits and four walks over eight inning while fanning five PBA batters.

Emmons only allowed two earned runs. His defence accounted for the other four PBA runs committing four errors.

PBA went on to win their seventh straight title by a score of 4-3 over Thompson Rivers.

The Cascades finished 3-2 at the year end Canadian Colleges Baseball Conference Championship tournament, which was held at Elk Stadium in Kelowna.

After falling 13-2 in Wednesday’s opener, UFV ripped off three straight wins over the Okanagan College Coyotes (8-7), Calgary Dinos (6-5) and Vancouver Island Mariners (9-6).

“I think we proved to a lot of people and ourselves that we can play at this level,” said Cascades head coach Shawn Corness, reflecting on a 2017 campaign which saw the first-year UFV club post the second-best regular-season win percentage in the CCBC. “With preparation and with guys coming back with the right mindset, we’ll be ready to make a run at it next year. Nobody had experienced this level before, and experience always helps when you’re going into weeks like this championship.”

Emmons was second in the tournament in strikouts with 15.

Brammer was second in batting average (.550). Jepson was fifth at .444 and third in runs batted in with seven.