PBL makes it five in a row

Vikse's bomb sends BRL All-Stars back home with a loss

by Larry Lewsaw

Hometown hereo Mike Vikse's three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Powerline All-Stars to a 9-6 victory over their Battle River League rivals in the annual All-Star Challenge on Tuesday night in Camrose.

Although out-hit in the game by a 7-6 margin, the Powerline squad made the most of their opportunities, capitalizing on hit batters, walks, and untimely errors to rack up their fifth consecutive win in the mid-summer series.

After falling behind 4-1 early in the game, due in part to a two-run homer by Chase Herder of Rosalind, the Powerliners used key hits by Axeman Adam Johnson, the Brewers' Josh Lyons and Roadrunner Paul Ofrim to battle back and take a 6-4 lead after five.

Roadrunner brothers Paul and Steve Ofrim book-ended the game around Joel Boettger, each pitching three innings. Paul Ofrim led the pitching staff with three hitless innings, and Steve Ofrim picked up the win as closer.

The Powerliners have now won five in a row and lead the all-time series with the Battle River League 5-2.