White Rock Tritons Jon Klassen (right) gets a fist bump from teammate Noah Bryerton during a game earlier this season. The Tritons currently sit 11th in the BC Premier Baseball League, with a win-loss record of 9-17. (Garrett James photo)

‘Jekyll and Hyde’ White Rock Tritons aim to improve

White Rock sits 11th in BC Premier Baseball League standings

A win coupled with a pair of losses over the last week has kept the inconsistent White Rock Tritons from climbing the BC Premier Baseball League standings, but the team’s head coach is confident they can pull themselves out of their funk before it’s too late.

White Rock dropped a 3-2 road game Tuesday night to the first-place Langley Blaze, and on Sunday split a home doubleheader against the Victoria Mariners, losing the first game 17-2 before rebounding with an 8-3 victory. The Tritons sit 11th in the 13-team under-18 league, with a 9-17 win-loss record.

“We’ve been a bit up and down, playing a bit like Jekyll and Hyde. Some days we play great, some days we don’t,” head coach Mike Hughes explained.

“I think it’s a bit of a focus issue, we haven’t come to play with energy every game… It’s frustrating, but I think it’s definitely a solvable problem.

“We still have half the schedule left, and we’re only a few games out of a playoff spot, and we know we can compete with any team in the league. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to get in (to playoffs) if we play to our ability.”

The Tritons certainly lacked energy and focus in Sunday’s lopsided Game 1 loss to Victoria, which lasted six innings and saw the visitors score at least two runs in all but the third frame. White Rock, meanwhile, was largely stymied by Victoria’s pitchers, and managed just five hits – all singles save for a double from outfielder Corbin Smith.

“We just didn’t compete – we were flat-out beat,” Hughes said of the loss.

Hughes was impressed with how his squad bounced back in the second game of the day, however – and was especially happy with the play of junior-team call-up Logan MacNeil, who got the start on the mound for the U18s. MacNeil lasted five innings, striking out five Mariners while allowing just one earned run and three hits.

“Logan came up and gave us a really good start. He got us on the right track, we scored early and we were able to finish it off,” Hughes said of his starter, who threw a no-hitter with the U16 Junior Tritons back in April.

• RELATED: MacNeil throws no-hitter in White Rock Junior Tritons opener

Jacob Hart took over on the mound for the final two innings, striking out one while keeping Victoria off the base paths entirely – he issued no walks and allowed no hits.

Offensively, White Rock was led again by Smith, who went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and a run-batted-in. Michael Rachman and Marshal Luiz also had doubles in the win.

In Tuesday’s one-run loss in Langley, the Tritons held a brief 2-0 lead after plating a pair in the top of the second, but Langley returned fire in the bottom half of the inning with a single run of their own, and then tacked on additional runs in the third and fifth innings, respectively.

Pitcher Lukas Frers went the distance for White Rock, lasting the full six innings, striking out three while scattering five hits.

Jackson Hogg had a triple, while the team’s two runs were knocked by catcher Steven Lin and Smith.

There are no PBL league games on the schedule for the Tritons this weekend, and they instead will compete at the Langley Blaze Invitational. And while the Blaze will host the tournament at their home field, McLeod Park, one bracket of the tournament is to be played at South Surrey Athletic Park, and games are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Hughes hoped the weekend’s action will spur his team to success once they return to their regular schedule next week.

“Hopefully we can play well, and try to build some momentum, and get some confidence,” he said.

Just Posted

Proudly Surrey modifies child-care policy

Slate wants to use school board property for child-care spaces

Surrey school board wants to expand French Immersion program

District had to close program at Cougar Creek Elementary due to low enrolment

VIDEO: Scarecrow festival kicks off in Port Kells

Fourth-annual event will be on until Halloween

Delta to craft whistle-blower policy

The policy is meant to increase public trust and create support for staff in questionable situations

White Rock rail forum leads to renewed calls for relocation

Upgrading safety is not enough say local politicians

VIDEO: North Delta Studio Stomp back for sixth year

The annual art event has local artists opening their studios to the public this weekend

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

Remainder of Vancouver Whitecaps season filled with ‘must-win’ games: coach

With Vancouver currently sitting four points out of a post-season spot, each contest is crucial

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Most Read

l -->