After starting their week with a 3-1 road loss at Cloverdale, Chilliwack’s college prep Cougars bounced back with a pair of weekend wins.
Hosting a Sunday double header with the Ridge Meadows Royals, Chilliwack cruised to an 8-3 victory in the opener.
The rematch saw the Royals jump out to a 5-0 lead through four innings, but the Cougars roared back to win 6-5 on a walk-off single from Tyler Mendonca that drove in Riley Smith from second base.
Smith was one of Chilliwack’s offensive leaders, going four-for-four at the plate. Josh Siemens got on base five times and scored two runs. He also pitched two spotless innings in the second game, allowing his team to stage the comeback.
Noah Zimmer had multiple hits, produced two diving catches in right field and threw out a pair of Ridge Meadows runners at home plate.
Middle infielders Mendonca and Ty Hall turned a couple of double plays, to snuff out potential big innings for the Royals.
The Midget AAA Cougars opened their week with a 6-2 loss at Richmond.
Chilliwack led early when Cooper Loeppky drew a walk and Brad Rae brought him home with a hard-hit double.
Chilliwack’s next run came in the seventh inning when Malakhi Crozier hit a triple and Tyler McInnes’ RBI brought him in.
Blaise Melnuk pitched the first five innings and Meka Quintana struck out three Richmond batters in the sixth.
The Cougars travelled to Victoria Saturday, only to have their scheduled double-header rained out. Undaunted, the Victoria and Chilliwack players decided to compete in jousting and football.
Using duct taped bats and brooms the players vied to knock a foe off his teammate’s shoulders.
Victoria won jousting 3-2, but the Chilliwack players gained revenge when they trounced Victoria 21-0 in touch football.
A pitch was not thrown but both teams made memories that will last a lifetime.
The bantam AAA Cougars competed in The Art Wright Memorial tournament in Seattle.
Chilliwack went 2-2 with wins over the Spokane Crew and Cascade Crush.
Aidan Saunders pitched brilliantly against Spokane, holding the Crew to only two earned runs. Wyatt Emery and Nathan Lamont contributed multiple hits in the win.
After falling 8-4 to Rock Creek Academy and 8-5 to the Narrows Baseball Club, Chilliwack finished on a high note.
Played like they had nothing to lose against the top-ranked Cascade Crush, the Cougars mercy-ruled them 9-1 in a game that was called after five innings.
Lefty pitcher Jared Hall held the Crush in check and helped his own cause with timely hitting. Evan Booker and Andrew Statton also produced important hits.
The bantam AA Cougars mercy-ruled two opponents, starting with a 14-4 whomping of Abbotsford last Thursday.
Daxton VanderKooi led the way at the plate with three hits and a walk and CJ Robison was two for two.
After losing the opener of a Sunday double header versus Cloverdale, Chilliwack bounced back with a 13-3 triumph.
Kaydin Corbett was four for four with three RBI’s and Zach Wolter was two for two with a walk.