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UFV baseball coaches help Canada capture silver at Pan American Games

A loss to Puerto Rico in Sunday’s final kept the Canadians from winning a third straight title.

University of the Fraser Valley baseball coaches Wes Darvill and Jordan Lennerton helped Canada to a silver medal win at the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru.

Lennerton (pictured right) played first base and went two-for-four in Sunday’s final, a 6-1 loss to Puerto Rico.

In six tournament games and 24 plate appearances, the 33 year old hit .333 with a homerun, three doubles and eight runs batted in.

Darvill (pictured left) played shortstop for Canada and had a single in the final.

In 27 plate appearances the 27 year old matched Lennerton’s batting average (.333) with one homerun, one double and eight RBIs.

Lennerton and Darvill were the offensive drivers for a Canadian squad that pounded out 43 runs in five games before being silenced in the final.

While the UFV two combined to drive in 16 runs, the rest of the roster combined for 25.

Canada beat Argentina (10-0), Cuba (8-6) and Colombia (10-3) in preliminary round play.

They lost 8-5 to Puerto Rico in their Super Round opener last Friday, but bounced back to whomp Nicaragua 10-0 and qualify for the Pan American Games final for the third time in a row.

Canada won gold in 2011 and 2015.

“We got beat by a better team. We didn’t beat ourselves,” said manager Ernie Whitt. “I’m proud of (the team) and the way we competed to get a silver medal.”

Eric Welsh

About the Author: Eric Welsh

I joined the Chilliwack Progress in 2007, originally hired as a sports reporter.
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