A couple more wins would have bumped the Players Bench Riverdogs up a notch or two in the British Columbia Minor Baseball League but they settled for two wins in four games.
In triple-A midget action Saturday, the Riverdogs lost 5-4 to the Ridge Meadows Royals and then beat the same team 8-3. Robbie Kloster suffered the loss in a complete-game performance, allowing five runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Justin Dyck threw the win in 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits and fanning seven batters. Matt Kuroyama closed for the save, allowing two runs.
On Sunday, the Riverdogs dropped a 4-3 decision to the Aldergrove Braves, a team well below them in league standings. Evan Bailey pitched six innings to a three-all draw, allowing three runs on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Kuroyama suffered the loss in relief, allowing one run on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
The bats came alive for both teams in the second game of the doubleheader for a 14-11 win, as Will Devick allowed 11 runs on nine hits with two walks and five Ks. Kuroyama closed for the save, allowing no runs on two hits with one strikeout.
Kyle Wiest earned his first win of the season and the Kamloops Sun Devils picked up their second of the Junior Baseball Association of British Columbia schedule.
With a 2-24 record, the Sun Devils are the league's basement dwellers due to a lack of run support. It finally came through for Wiest on Sunday as the Devils took advantage of poor pitching to beat the Surrey Angels 16-10.
It was the second game of a doubleheader in which the Devils lost the first game 10-7 by committing five fielding errors which led to four unearned runs for the Angels.
On Saturday, the Devils handed 9-4 and 5-4 decisions over to the North Shore Tribe.
The Molson Black Sox split their last weekend of Okanagan Major Baseball League action, beating Kelowna Jays 2-1 and losing 9-5 to Vernon Royals.
Pete Statsmann went 1-for-3 with a triple and one run scored against the Jays, while Doug Springford had the win, allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts. David Wells had the Sox other hit with a double and a run scored.
Ken Walcott suffered the loss against the Royals.