The Penticton Tigers salvaged an important split after a tough start to four straight weekend home games.
Penticton (16-14) dropped both ends of a doubleheader in extra innings to the Cloverdale Spurs on Saturday, but bounced back to sweep a twin-bill from the North Shore Twins at the Carmi diamond.
The results leave the first-year Tigers in sixth place in the B.C. Under-18 AAA Baseball League, with the top eight in the 14-team league making the playoffs that start Aug. 8 in Victoria.
The Tigers have eight league games left, with the next action not until July 7 with a doubleheader against the Vernon Canadians at Marshall Field in Vernon.
The Tigers have four home games left – doubleheaders against Richmond Chuckers July 20 and Vernon on July 21.
SUNDAY – Game 1, Tigers 6 Twins 5: Aden Samuel hit a walk-off, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh as the Tigers overcame a 5-4 deficit to win the opener.
Marlo Spence tossed a complete game, scattering 14 hits and striking out three while chipping in two hits and an RBI. Matt Olsen scored two runs for the Tigers.
Game 2, Tigers 7 Twins 2: AJ Reiter was 3-for-3 with two RBI, Luke McIntyre had two hits and scored twice and Spence doubled in a run as the Tigers completed the sweep.
Zack Riegling allowed just two runs over 4.2 innings and also had two hits, and the Tigers broke open a scoreless game with four runs in the fourth inning. Tate Larsen came on to pitch 2.2 perfect innings to close it out.
SATURDAY - Game 1, Spurs 4 Tigers 3 (8 innings): The Tigers rallied to tie the game with two in the bottom of the seventh to force an extra inning before Cloverdale scored twice in the top of the eighth to win it.
The Tigers were limited to six hits with Spence producing the only RBI.
Reiter pitched 6.1 solid innings, allowing two runs and six hits while fanning five.
Game 2, Spurs 4 Tigers 1 (8 innings): Cloverdale got to reliever Dexter Madsen for three runs in the eighth inning to win a low-scoring battle in the opener.
Seth Kennedy held the Spurs to a run on seven hits in 5.2 innings, but Sanjay Dhak threw a complete game seven-hitter for Cloverdale.
Spence and Samuel each had two hits and Khy Cutler drove in the lone run that gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Cloverdale tied it in the top of the sixth.