Roller coaster weekend for midget Cougars

Chilliwack's midget AAA baseball Cougars proved resilient in weekend double headers versus Vancouver and Richmond.

The Chilliwack midget AAA baseball Cougars went 2-2 in weekend action, splitting double headers with the Vancouver Mounties and Richmond Chuckers.

Chilliwack faced Vancouver on Saturday, dropping the opener 7-2.

The game was close until the sixth inning, when defensive mishaps helped the Mounties to five runs.

Cougar Mike Rogers went the distance on the mound, allowing 11 hits while striking out seven.

Chilliwack bounced back with an 8-2 win in the afternoon rematch.  The game was even through two innings,  until Mike Rogers was hit by a wild pitch. The plunking started a flurry of hits that culminated in a seven run inning.

Cougar pitcher Derek Riediger went six innings, allowing only five hits. The Mounties loaded the bases in the seventh inning, but  Chilliwack relievers Matt Lamb and Evan Kellington shut them down.

Kellington got the save.

Sunday morning’s double-header with Richmond got off to a tepid start with a 4-3 loss.

Chilliwack left several men on base in this one, scoring just three runs despite banging out nine hits.

All of the scoring came in the first two innings.

Pitcher Joe Pharand threw five-and-a-third innings, allowing five hits and striking out three.

Lamb came in for one-and-two-thirds innings, allowing no hits and no runs.

The Cougars proved resilient in the Sunday afternoon rematch, blanking the Chuckers 7-0.

Chilliwack broke open a close game with a four-run fifth inning. Mike Anderson banged out a double and Keegan Mclean legged out a triple. Chilliwack pitcher Blake Peeling served up a complete game, allowing only four hits while striking out two.

Chilliwack faces Tricities midget AAA tonight at Fairfield Island with first pitch at 7 p.m.