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Canadians Win Home Opener

Photo Credit D. Laird Allan/Sportswave

The C’s return home for their first regular season home game for 2024 and are looking for their first “W” of the season after dropping their third straight game coming just short against Spokane after a 7-6 loss Sunday at Avista Stadium.

To the surprise of many this season they were able to hit the diamond without having any rain in the forecast albeit a somewhat cool evening that saw only the true “dyehard fans” stay till the final pitch.

They kicked-off the 2024 season with a late inning 5-4 win over Hillsboro for their first victory of the year.

Despite their 3-0 early lead Hillsboro managed to tie the game at three 3-3 to start the bottom of the eighth but the C’s managed to get the go-ahead run on base after a lead-off infield single from Jace Bohrofen. 

Then back-to-back walks followed to load the bases for Brennan Orf, who dropped an RBI double down the line in right, making it 4-3. 

Jaden Rudd followed with an RBI single giving the C’s a two-run advantage heading into the ninth but Hillsboro made it interesting with a pair of walks and an RBI single, but Justin Kelly helped secure the victory with a game-ending groundout that saw two solid innings of relief.

It was ironic or coincidence (?) noting that the same player who hit the last home run of 2023 at The Nat hit the ball park’s first home run of 2024. 

Nick Goodwin clubbed a three-run shot in the third to start the scoring, nearly seven months to the day after he blasted a series-sealing homer in Game 4 of the Northwest League Championship Series last September.

Newcomer Chris McElvain – acquired from Cincinnati in the Santiago Espinal trade – turned in an excellent org debut with four scoreless frames in which he scattered two hits, two walks and two strikeouts. 

Hillsboro went to the bullpen for a single run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to even the score before the eighth inning rally.

Goodwin paced the offense with two hits and a walk. Bohrofen had two knocks and Rudd reached twice with his run-scoring hit and a free pass.

Vancouver will look to make it two in a row tomorrow night at The Nat. #10 Blue Jays prospect Kendry Rojas will be opposed by fellow southpaw Spencer Giesting. 

The series continues for the rest of the week and if you are unable to attend in person you can catch the game on Sportsnet and Bally Live.



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