Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN
Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Carnarvon Riverdawgs used stellar pitching from starter Nick Downer and opportune hits to defeat the Carnarvon Trappers 12-2 and win the Carnarvon Park Pee Wee Baseball Championship on Tuesday night.
The 2012 BC Minor Spring Baseball season is quickly coming to a close and local parks are now into playoff mode and beginning Park Divisional Championships that will lead to the City Championships later this month. The first of these to be played was the Carnarvon Park Pee Wee Championship on Tuesday and the Carnarvon Riverdawgs used a 1-hit performance from Nick Downer to defeat the Carnarvon Trappers 12-2.
The Riverdawg’s Downer used a heavy fastball to keep the Trapper hitters at bay and held them hitless through the first 4 innings. The Trappers were able to score one in the 4th inning as a walked batter came around to score on a ground out, but other than that the Trappers offence was silent against the big right-hander.
Riverdawg starting pitcher Nick Downer would 1-hit the Trappers through 4 and 2/3 innings Tuesday in the Riverdawgs 12-2 win (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
Meantime, the Riverdawgs showed no mercy to Trapper starter Cole Mayhew, scoring a run in the first, two more in the second and five more in the third inning to jump out to a commanding 8-0 lead before the Trappers responded. The “Dawgs took advantage of 9 Trapper walks and 2 errors, scoring their 8 runs on just 4 hits.
In the top of the 5th inning, Downer returned to the mound with his no-hitter still in place, but slowly getting close to the pitch limit for this age group. After a leadoff walk and a strikeout, the Trappers Nick Majors finally broke the ice, lashing an RBI single up the middle and spoiling Downer’s no-hit bid.
Will Hazell-Penaluna would have a hit and score twice in the Riverdawgs win Tuesday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
After the next batter grounded out, Downer’s day was done and he was relieved by Sean Gramlich who closed out the inning with a strikeout to keep the score 8-2.
In the bottom of the inning, Trapper pitcher Isaiah Romanow, who struck out the Riverdawg side in the 4th, suddenly could not find the plate and walked 3 of the first 4 batters he faced, with another reaching on an error and the ‘Dawgs were suddenly in a position to put the game away if they could score 4 runs and reach the mercy-rule limit.
A quartet of Trapper pitchers including (clockwise from top left) Cole Mahew, Malcolm Harrison, Isiah Romanow and Robert Hyden, had a hard time containing the Riverdawg offence on Tuesday (Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
Robert Hyden then came on in relief and fared no better, walking two and striking out one, with the net result being that by this time the ‘Dawgs were up 11-2 with the “winning” run on third base.
On the third pitch to the next batter, Hyden let go a wild pitch and the Riverdawgs Sebastien Wicke scampered home with the 12th and winning run, the third he scored in the game.
The Riverdawgs Sebastien Wicke (left) is all smiles after scampering home with the game ending run (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
For the ‘Dawgs, hits came from Hugh Davidson, Will Hazell-Penaluna, Jeremy Restall and Jack Kyne. Wicke scored three times, while Davidson, Hazell-Penaluna, and Cole Manton scored twice.
The Riverdawgs will now move on to the City Semi-Finals against the representative from either Gordon Head, Triangle or Peninsula.
The Riverdawgs pose with their hardware after winning the Carnarvon Park Pee Wee final Tuesday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)