Tritons inch closer to playoff spot after wins

White Rock squad sweeps North Delta in double-header Saturday.

White Rock Triton's Patrick van den Brink helped his team to sweep a double-header last weekend.

A pair of solid outings from their pitcher lifted the White Rock Tritons to a sweep of the North Delta Blue Jays in a B.C. Premier Baseball League double-header Saturday at Mackie Park.

The visiting Tritons didn’t allow the Blue Jays a run while posting victories of 2-0 and 5-0, improving their won-loss record to 11-22.

Winners of eight of their past 12 games, the Tritons are now just one-and-a-half games back of the Coquitlam Reds in a four-team race for the final playoff position.

Patrick van den Brink threw a complete-game shutout for the first win Saturday, limiting the Blue Jays to just four hits and four walks while striking out seven batters.

The game remained scoreless until the sixth inning, when the Tritons took the lead. Aaron Wiegert hit a lead-off single, then stole second base.

He moved to third on an infield out, then scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Thomas Vincent.

White Rock added to their lead in the seventh. Jansen Crossley got on base on a Blue Jays fielding error, and advanced to third base on a second miscue. He scored on a Nick Kutilin sacrifice to centre field.

White Rock outhit the Blue Jays 12-2 in the second game, but nursed a 1-0 into the late innings.

Danny Hollins scored the winning run in the top of the first inning, hitting a single to get on base, then scoring on a base hit by Jason Hill.

Three runs on four hits in the sixth inning blew the game open. The Tritons added another three runs on four more hits in the seventh.

Hill finished the game with three hits, with Hollins and Vincent adding two each. Vincent drove in a pair of runs.

Barry Caine was the winning pitcher, giving up the two hits and four walks in six innings pitched. He had eight strikeouts.

White Rock was to host the 12-21 Abbotsford Cardinals yesterday (Tuesday) at South Surrey Athletic Park.

The Tritons will be in Victoria for four games this weekend, playing twice against the 12-21 Mariners Saturday, then playing the 25-12 Eagles in a double-header on Sunday.

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