NANAIMO — When you’re playing a team called the Dudes on Father’s Day, something special is bound to happen.
That was the case Sunday afternoon at historic Serauxmen Stadium in Nanaimo, where, after morning rain threatened to dampen and even call off the day, the Nanaimo NightOwls battled back from an 8-0 deficit after the first half inning to walk off the Redmond Dudes 11-10, in front of a charged-up crowd of 1,382 — most on hand to celebrate the dads in their lives.
Heck, the sun even made an appearance and drenched the park with warmth in the later innings.
The Dudes used four hits and three walks to score eight — yes, eight — runs in the top of the first inning, and the special day seemed to be a dud in the making. But, as this NightOwls team has shown the ability to do all season, Nanaimo battled back and set up the theatrics in the eighth and ninth innings that gave the NightOwls a three-game sweep of the non-league series.
Riley Paulino had the big blast, a two-out, three-run shot over the right field monster in the eighth inning to tie the game 10-10. Nevan Noonan drove home the winning run through a drawn-in infield in the bottom of the ninth for the decisive run, scoring Ryder Florence, who had collected his first hit as a NightOwl earlier in the inning.
Hsu He-Chieh was 2-6 with three runs driven in, and Deshon Thomas was 2-5.
The NightOwls got effective innings from Joshua Torres, Willem Heilker, Sean FitzGerald and Cole Carmichael, with Li Sih-te earning the win with a spotless ninth inning.
The NightOwls now get Monday off and prepare for a massive rivalry series at home against the Victoria HarbourCats, games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings (6:35pm starts).
NANAIMO — Friday night baseball certainly agrees with the NightOwls faithful, who kept an energy throughout a 4-2 win over the visiting Redmond Dudes at historic Serauxmen Stadium.
Both teams mustered six hits, with third baseman Cowboy Cole Carmichael (ELAC) leading the way for Nanaimo with a 2-4 day, scoring one of the NightOwls runs. Riley Paulino, Ayden Hadley, Deshon Thomas and Tui Ickes, with a double, had the other Nanaimo hits in front of more than 1,800 spectators.
Aidan Boice started for the NightOwls, an opener putting in a scoreless inning. Newcomers Jake Schumacher (Saint Martins) and Moosa Nonomiya (Skagit Valley), the latter striking out three batters, both went two innings, with single inning outings from Tahj Orona, David Stewart, Armaan Drar and Ryan Inouye, who earned the save with a strikeout to end the game.
The game was the first of three in a non-league series at Serauxmen, with the Dudes — great name! — in the Harbour City for games Saturday night (6:35pm) and Sunday afternoon (1pm). Saturday’s big promotion is a chance to win a trip for four to Toronto thanks to YCD Nanaimo International Airport, while Sunday’s matinee game will provide a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas through Nanaimo Mitsubishi.
The NightOwls scored all their runs in the third inning, when Nanaimo mustered four hits and a walk, helped by an error by the Dudes catcher.
The NightOwls next see WCL action when they host the island rival Victoria HarbourCats on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Serauxmen Stadium, games that are part of the nine games the two teams will face each other this first half of the season. All the game starts are 6:35pm. The HarbourCats currently have a 2-1 edge in the race for the ReMax Generation Alex Burns Real Estate Island Cup.

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