WolfPack Baseball Off to Semi-Finals after Win Against VIU

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  Posted on: May 13, 2018

Liam Rihela had a big day at the plate for TRU (Allen Douglas photo)

Jordy Cunningham – WolfPack Baseball Communications

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack baseball team are off to the semi-finals of the CCBC Championships! In a “win and you’re in” game, the Pack defeated the Vancouver Island University Mariners 5-3.

Veteran Regan Gillis (Fort McMurray, AB) started on the mound for the ‘Pack in his final start in the black and orange. He got the win as he tossed 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk. He struck out three Mariners batters. Josh Snider (Moses Lake, WA) tossed 3 1/3 innings in relief, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks. He struck out seven batters. Cole Paquin (Regina, SK) earned the saving, striking out the last batter of the game.

Liam Rihela (White Rock, BC) had a huge game, going 2-5 with two triples, a RBI and two runs scored. Connor McKenzie (Kamloops, BC) went 2-4 with a double, a RBI and a run scored. Adam Filmon (Winnipeg, MB) drove in two runs. Josh Snider and Taylor Van Ham (Medicine Hat, AB) each went 1-2.

The WolfPack will take on the Okanagan College Coyotes who downed the Mariners 16-4 in a sudden death playoff game. That went five innings. The Coyotes scored 10 runs in the third inning. The Mariners got all their runs in the bottom of the fifth.

The Coyotes beat the WolfPack 3-0 when the teams met in the round robin on Friday (May 11).

The semifinal is set for 10 am Sunday (May 13). The University of Fraser Valley has the bye to the finals. The championship final is set for 1 pm. Come out and Back the Pack in their final day of the season. No better way to spend Mother’s day.

If you can’t both of the game are going to be webcast on the WolfPack’s YouTube channel. Go to the TRU WolfPack website—www.gowolfpack.ca and click the link “watch games live” then click the icon ‘watch baseball”. James Matthews and Sam Neufeld will have the play by play and color.

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Malik James with the out at 1st_5931

Regan Gillas (55) starter_5528

Cole Paquin with a long out to centre_5670

Taylor Van Ham with a catch in RF_5819

Malik James (6) applies the tag for the out at third_5867

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Liam Rihela (9)_5559

Zac Comeault (May 12, 2018 allen Douglas)

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