The young arms are getting it done.
The Coquitlam Reds improved to 4-1 with a clean sweep of a doubleheader Saturday in North Delta.
Led by first-year B.C. Premier Baseball League pitchers Curtis Taylor and Mark Trimble, Coquitlam topped the North Delta Blue Jays 4-2 and 8-3.
Taylor, aged up from junior ball, pitched a complete-game six-hitter in the opener, allowing two runs while fanning five. He allowed just six hits and walked three batters.
Coquitlam managed just three hits but converted on some wildness from Jays' pitchers.
It was walks that put the Reds over the top, as the visitors erased a 2-0 deficit by scoring a single in the top of the third and adding two more in the third.
Brian Nicholas and Jordan Zazulak drew backto-back walks and came around to score in the inning on an error and a bases-loaded walk to Darren Honeysett.
Nicholas finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Mitchell Jackman picked up the team's other hit.
In the follow-up game, the Reds never trailed, thanks to two runs in the second inning and four in the third.
Jackman went 3-for-4, including a double, and scored twice. Outfielder Zazulak was 1-for-2 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Delivering a clutch, two-run double in the third was Nicholas. Trimble hurled five and two-thirds innings, surrendering five hits and walking five batters. He also struck out eight North Delta players.
The Reds travelled to Langley yesterday (past The NOW's deadline) to take on the Blaze. On Thursday, they play host to White Rock, 6: 30 p.m. at Mundy Park.
STREET SETS FOR PLAYOFF RUN
While the Vancouver Canucks' playoff dreams are waning wildly as they prepare to face the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 on Wednesday, the American Hockey League's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are just beginning to fight.
The farm team for the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins, Wilkes-Barre heads into its first round matchup as slight favourites over the Hershey Bears, after posting a 44-25-2-5 record in the Eastern Conference.
Leading the way for Wilkes-Barre is Coquitlam
forward Ben Street, who topped all W-B/S Penguins with 27 goals and 30 assists in 71 games. Those numbers put him 29 th overall in league scoring. The 25-year-old is in his second season in the AHL.
While Street will be chasing a Calder Cup trophy, fellow Coquitlam minor product Wade MacLeod will be watching from the outside.
As an AHL freshman, MacLeod collected 10 goals and 19 assists in 66 games with the Springfield Falcons.
The 25-year-old MacLeod capped the season by cashing in a third period goal in the Falcons' final game of the season. He tipped in a point blast past former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton.
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