Pat Vandoorne was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, came around to score twice and drove in another run as the Brandon Marlins closed within a point of the Manitoba Senior Baseball League-leading Brandon Cloverleafs on Sunday with an 8-3 victory over their cross-town rivals.
Elsewhere, it was Reston Rockets 6, Neepawa Farmers 3; and Rockets 6, Farmers 4.
On Saturday, it was Cloverleafs 10, Oak River Dodgers 8.
At Andrews Field, Ryan Boguski drove in three runs, while Nolan Jago went 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and Nate Andrews hit a solo home run for the Marlins (14-4-1), who will try to take over first place when they host the Rockets on Tuesday. Sam McNiece went the distance on the mound, holding the Cloverleafs (15-4-0) to 10 hits, to earn the win.
Anthony Friesen lasted seven innings and gave up seven runs on 10 hits to take the loss. Matt Gunning and Kevin McNeill both had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Cloverleafs, while Derek Chapman went 2-for-5 with a run scored.
The Cloverleafs will close out their season on Wednesday when they visit the Farmers.
Rockets 6 Farmers 3
At Neepawa, Mark Lacroix went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two more driven in for the third-place Rockets (7-10-1), who scored four times in the eighth to win the opening game of the double-header. Buddy Mayert replaced Austin Brereton on the mound in the sixth inning and allowed just one hit and struck out three to collect the win.
Garett Rempel was charged with four runs on three hits in 7 2/3 innings to take the loss for Neepawa (2-14-0), while Cam Tibbett went 1-for-4 batting with a triple, a run scored and two RBIs.
Rockets 6 Farmers 4
At Neepawa, Lacroix and Mitch Olson both went 2-for-5 with a run scored and one driven in as the Rockets scored twice in the eighth to secure the win. Josh Martin threw two scoreless innings in relief of Olson to earn the win, while Lacroix pitched the ninth to collect the save.
Bryce Stephenson took the loss for Neepawa after giving up six runs and 11 hits in 7 2/3 innings, while Rob Wilson went 2-for-5 at the plate with a pair of runs and an RBI.
Cloverleafs 10 Dodgers 8
At Oak River, Pearce McDonald went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two more batted in as the Cloverleafs exploded for eight runs in the first three innings and hung on for the victory. Casey Clark scored twice and Gunning drove in two others for the Cloverleafs, while Zach Mayo struck out 10 and allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings to pick up the win.
Duncan Paddock lasted 2 1/3 innings to take the loss for the Dodgers (5-11-0), who got a three-run home run from Riley Acra and a solo blast from Kyle Kostesky.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 14, 2014