Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN
Sidney, BC (ISN) – The Triangle Rangers capped off a glorious weekend of baseball with a 10-2 win over the Nanaimo Yellow Pirates to capture the 2012 Tadpole Regional Baseball Championship at Rotary Park in Sidney on Sunday.
Hosted by the Peninsula Baseball and Softball Association, the 2012 Tadpole Regional Tournament featured thirteen, 7-8 year-old age teams from across Vancouver Island, including the Rangers and Pirates, as well as the Campbell River Blue Tyees, Campbell River Red Tyees, Duncan Dodgers, Duncan White Sox, Carnarvon Cannons, Lake Cowichan Lakers, Peninsula Red Dogs, Chemainus Giants, Nanaimo White Pirates, Oceanside Cobras and Esquimalt Pirates.
The Duncan Dodgers, here making a solid defensive play in Friday night action , would take second in their pool to advance to the semi-finals (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).
Round-robin play began at Rotary Park on Friday under ideal conditions, as summer finally decided to pay a vist to the Island. Thirteen games were played on Friday, with another 13 completed on Saturday, along with a skills competition that featured all teams.
Carnarvon’s Ty Hall would show some flashy defence to help his team to the Pool A title and a trip to the semi-finals (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
When the dust had settled, the Triangle Rangers and Carnarvon Cannons had captured first place in both pools, with the Nanaimo Yellow Pirates and Duncan Dodgers finishing second.
In the cross-over semi-finals Sunday morning, Carnarvon hosted Nanaimo, while Triangle hosted Duncan. Both games were close affairs, with Triangle and Duncan putting on a hitting exhibition and scoring 19 runs in total, with Triangle prevailing 11-8. In the other semi-final, defence was the name of the game, as Nanaimo kept the hard-hitting Cannons at bay, prevailing by a score of 5-3.
The Nanaimo Pirates would show some good defence early in the Championship game, as Spencer Brown would tag out Triangle’s Ty Gibson at third in the first inning (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
In the finals, the Rangers would jump into the lead early as base hits by Cole Daniel and Jacob Popydynek would help score three runs in the top half of the first, while a 2 run home run by Jordan English would put the Rangers up 5-0.
Triangle’s two pitchers in the final, Julian Cull (left) and Dominic Hambley (right) were excellent, holding the Pirates to just a single run (Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).
Meanwhile, the two Triangle starting pitchers – at this level pitchers only pitch the first two innings, then teams hit off a machine – were brilliant, striking out the Nanaimo side in the first inning and limiting the Pirates to just a single run in the second to lead 5-1 after two complete.
Triangle’s Brendan Franklin makes the tag on Nanaimo’s Ben Coghlin, just one of many good defensive plays by the Rangers (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
In the top of the third, the Triangle bats continued to boom, as they put together seven consecutive hits to score another 5 runs and go up 10-1.
Triangle batters including Ty Gibson (left) and Cole Daniel (right), were very well focused on the ball Sunday, pounding out 10 runs on 12 hits in the Championship game (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
That was a score from which the Pirates simply could not recover, as despite scoring a run in the bottom of the final, fourth inning, they could get no closer and the Rangers came away with the 10-2 victory.
The 2012 Tadpole Regional Baseball Champion Triangle Rangers (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
For more photos from the tournament for all teams, please visit Christian J. Stewart’s gallery HERE.