Mid-Island Pirates open PBL season against local rivals in Parksville

By Dan Marshall
April 13, 2018 - 11:28am

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NANAIMO — The Premier Baseball League season starts on Saturday for the Mid-Island Pirates.
The Nanaimo based Pirates open against the their closest rivals, the Parksville Royals, on the road.
Pirates coach Doug Rogers says he feels like a kid again every time baseball season begins.
"I'm a 54-year-old old guy and I feel like I should be running around there with them." said Rogers. There's nothing like opening day - it's going to be a great weekend."
Last season Mid-Island had a very young team and only had 11 wins during a 44 game season.
Rogers says that learning experience has served his returning players very well, and the outlook for 2018 is much more positive.
"Again we have a young team but we are looking to make the playoffs this year and even further to secure home field advantage, that's our goal," explained Rogers.
The Pirates play in a double header at Royals field in Parksville Saturday at noon to open the season.
On Sunday Mid-Island hosts their home opener at Serauxmen Stadium.
They'll see the Victoria Eagles for a twin bill at 1 p.m. 
The VIU Mariners are on the road this weekend for games against Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.
Their CCBC schedule was rained out last weekend, so they still sit at 7-1 to open the college baseball campaign.
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