The Prince George Grays should have picked up a split against the Kelowna Jays, says Rob Haviland.
The Grays manager saw his team struggle with defensive miscues and errors yet again as they dropped three of four home games at Monty Gabriel Park.
The Grays managed to come away with a 4-3 win in the final game of the weekend with Ryan Errington on the mound.
The Grays opened the weekend off with a 6-5 loss. Heading into the top of the fifth the Grays had a 5-2 lead when they ran into some trouble.
“We played pretty good behind our pitchers. Our pitchers got themselves into a little bit of trouble. Overall I thought our pitchers did really well and kept us in the game. We pretty much were up 5-2 and Brandon [Hunter] got into a little problem and lost focus. After that he settled down and played good,” said Haviland. With one out Hunter walked second baseman JJ Straker then Pete Mooremeire got a single. Hunter then hit the next two batters. The Grays ended the inning off with a double play but the damage was done with the game tied. The Jays picked up the winning run in the top of the seventh. Hunter finished the night off with six strikeouts.
In game two it was all Jays as they came away with a 8-3 win. James Haviland went one-for-three at the plate with two RBI’s. John Bourrasa picked up the loss on the mound.
In game three it was tied 3-3 until the sixth when Garrett Cumbstone got in trouble on the mound. Before the inning was over it was 9-3 for the Jays who went on to pick up two more in the seventh.
In the fourth game the Grays took advantage of the Jays short bench which had just 10 players making the trip up.
“They were tired but they have a good hitting ball club. They didn’t roll over all four games. They are a really good ball club. They got some strong pitching and they got some good bats. They made the plays,” said Haviland.
Errington said the team played well behind him.
“We played strong. The defence was behind me and played well. I was throwing the ball hard strong hitting my spots,” said Errington.
The Grays are off to Kamloops this weekend where they will face off against Victoria in a four- game series before provincials get underway in Burnaby August 5 to 8.