On a drizzly, grey day in Kamloops, the Jets fought hard but to no avail, falling 2-1 to the Parksville Royals and 3-1 to the Langley Blaze. In both games the Jets faced arguably two of the toughest arms in the tournament.
Against Parksville, the Jets started Tanner Spencer who threw 5 solid innings, allowing 0 hits, 2 runs, both of which were unearned, 1 walk, 2 hit batters, and 2 strikeouts, throwing 70 pitchers. Anthony McKinley followed him throwing 1 dominant inning striking out the side on 13 pitches. On the other side of the ball, the lineup could only put together 1 run on 3 hits against a tough left handed arm. Brendan Hendriks, Matt Benn (double), and Travis Wallace accounted for the hits.
In the game against Langley, the game remained scoreless until the sixth inning when Jeremie Fagnan hit a solo home run over the rightfield fence to put the Jets up 1-0. However the lead would be short lived as the Jets would allow 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th, on an infield single, a walk, and a 2-run single from Langley’s cleanup hitter. The Jets would load the bases up in the 7th inning but couldn’t plate anymore runs leaving the final at 3-1. The Jets started Chad Hodges who would pitch 5 brilliant innings allowing only two infield singles. His final line would read 5 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts. Hodges did not allow a ball to be hit to the outfield in his five innings of work. Ben Dartnell worked the sixth inning allowing 2 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout.
While the two losses are tough to swallow, the Jets can hang their heads high knowing they fought and battled their way through two games against two extremely good arms. Our pitchers matched up every bit as good throughout the day and our hitters stood tall.
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