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Tyees head into final home games

Campbell River Tyees Mosquito AAA pitcher Connor Hall  winds up on the mound in Comox last Sunday. Hall was instrumental in the Tyees’ success last weekend. - Photo courtesy of Tyees baseball
Campbell River Tyees Mosquito AAA pitcher Connor Hall winds up on the mound in Comox last Sunday. Hall was instrumental in the Tyees’ success last weekend.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Tyees baseball

Fresh off a four win weekend the Marine Harvest Mosquito AAA Tyees entered game action Sunday hoping to continue the streak  in Comox vs the Comox AAA Tier II Cardinals and the Duncan AAA Tier I Redsox.

In Game one against Comox perhaps the Tyees were looking past the lower tiered Comox team to the second match vs rivals Duncan as they started slow and could not produce any offence against a younger, less experienced team.

On the flip side, Comox arrived ready and motivated to beat a Tyee team that had taken two earlier matches. Over six solid innings the Cardinals continued to add a few runs and played exceptional defence whenever the Tyee bats seemed ready to breakthrough.

With their last at bat in the sixth inning, the Tyees seemed to be getting some momentum, but once again Comox was near flawless in the field, ending the Tyee hopes and beating them  6-3.

Despite a first inning error, Comox was flawless in the field over six well played innings and charged off the field after the final out to a very well deserved win.

As game two got under way it seemed the Tyee’s struggles at the plate would continue as Duncan slowly built up a 3-0 lead over the first three innings.

Cole Devlin led off the fourth inning with a ground ball that skipped past the shortstop, followed by a hard groundball by Nathan Lagos that took a Tyee bounce by the Duncan second baseman.

Brayden McClary followed with a line-drive double down the right field line and the Tyees were on the board with Devlin scoring from second.

After a Brodie Commerford walk, Connor Hall cleared the bases as the Tyees reached their four run limit for the inning. In the top of the fifth, with Hall on the hill, despite issuing a few walks, he was able to hold the Duncan team to one run aided by the Tyee defence.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Tyees struck again as the Duncan pitching struggled, issuing walks to Derek McPhee, Jamie Ingersoll, Bryn Girvin and Dayton Ring. A pair of doubles by Nico Matheson and Tyler Downey put the Tyees at four runs again, giving them an 8-4 lead.

After a pair of opening walks to start the sixth, the Tyees surrendered one run before pitcher Commerford settled in and retired the next three batters on two infield groundouts and capped by a game ending strikeout leading to an 8-5 final. The win was positive after a disappointing start to the day.

This weekend the Tyees host Victoria AAA Tier 1 for two games on Saturday beginning at 11:45 a.m. followed by another double-header vs Duncan on Sunday beginning at 11:45 a.m.

All games will be at the Nunns Creek Mosquito field. Come cheer on the Tyees as next week they move onto the Island Zones in Victoria. These will be the last home games of the year.

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