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Tritons open season – finally – with win over Blue Jays

After two weekends of rainouts, the White Rock Tritons finally started the BC Premier Baseball League season Tuesday

After rain washed out their first two weekends of the BC Premier Baseball League schedule, the White Rock Tritons finally got a game in Tuesday, winning 3-1 against the North Delta Blue Jays at South Surrey Athletic Park.

The game was supposed to be the Tritons’ fifth of the year, but double-headers against the Vancouver Cannons and North Shore Twins were rained out on back-to-back weekends earlier this month.

“We are so tired of practicing,” said Tritons head coach Russ Smithson before Tuesday’s tilt with their Surrey rivals.

“You see the other teams playing, getting into (regular-season form), and all you can do is practice, or sit and watch. It’s tough.”

North Delta had also been beset by rain, and they too, had yet to play a regular-season game until Tuesday evening.

Both teams showed signs of rust Tuesday – or their bats did, at least – as neither team scored until the Blue Jays plated two in the fourth inning. The Tritons responded with two in the sixth, and won the game in the bottom of the seventh inning when a Daniel Cassino sacrifice fly scored Kieran O’Connor from third base.

Scott Doucet, pitching three and one-third innings in relief, picked up the win for White Rock. He allowed zero hits while striking out eight.

At the plate, Tritons’ designated hitter Matt Stephens had a double and two RBI, and second baseman Liam Rihela had two hits.

White Rock plays again tonight (Thursday) in Langley against the Blaze. On Sunday, they host the Nanaimo Pirates for two games at South Surrey Athletic Park, at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.