NANAIMO — The Mid-Island Pirates are spending Canada Day on the ball diamond at Serauxmen Stadium.
They'll be hosting the Whalley Chiefs for a double header starting at 1 p.m.
The Pirates are near the bottom of the PBL standings with a 10-29 record but the organization has a more long term view for the team.
Coach Doug Rogers says his group is by far the youngest in the league, and he's happy the way his players are developing.
Expectations will be for a championship calibre team within the next two to three years with the same core group.
The Canada Day games are the last home dates this season as Mid-Island will end the campaign with visits to North Shore and Victoria.
It's a heavier long weekend workload for the Pirates closest rivals.
The Parksville Royals host the Victoria Mariners at noon on Canada Day and they have another double header against Whalley on Sunday.
At 24-14 the Royals are in fourth place, with a legitimate shot at second by season's end.
In other baseball news this week, Softball BC has named it's 15 man Team BC roster for the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
Nanaimo's Charlie Andrews made the squad which will travel to Winnipeg at the end of July.
The Canada Summer Games run from July 28 to August 13.
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