Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN
Victoria, BC (ISN) – It has become all too familiar seeing Layritz and Beacon Hill meeting up in the final game of a Little League District 7 Championship. Up until this point it has been all Layritz, who have won the last five 11-12 year old Championships, but the boys from Beacon Hill would not be denied Sunday with a decisive 12-5 victory.
This marks the first District 7 Championship at this level in Beacon Hill’s 39 year history and to say the association was proud would be an understatement. “We have watched the guys in the green jerseys host this trophy too many times” remarked President Joanne Service, “it feels great to finally do it ourselves.”
Longtime Little League Umpire George Tiessen throws out the opening pitch at the Little League District 7 Championship game hosted by Central Saanich. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Under the guidance of Manger Takie Niketas and coaches Dave Clark and Yudy Lee the boys took to the field with one goal in mind. Layritz opened the scoring in the top of the 1st inning but some strong defensive play and a diving catch by shortstop Chris Niketas limited it to just one run. Beacon Hill would answer right back in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs and the early lead.
Beacon Hill’s Liam Kruse (left) and Layritz’s Jake Wilhelm (right) got the start in the final game of the Little League District 7 Championship. (photos by Glenn Ivens)
Thanks to some uncharacteristic fielding errors by the Layritz squad, Beacon Hill was able to take advantage and open up an 8-1 lead after 2 innings of play.
With the score 8-2 heading into the 5th inning, a sense of urgency was felt on the Layritz side of the park and the boys stepped up and score 3 runs to make things interesting at 8-5.
Luke Seginowich of Layritz comes up just short as Sean Young from Beacon Hill applies the tag for the out during the Little League District 7 Championship. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Beacon Hill, who led Layritz in round robin play earlier in the week only to lose 8-5 off a grand slam by Luke Seginowich, came up with some timely hitting from Jared Anderson, a double and then Dawson Clark a 3 run double that put Beacon Hill up 12-5 with an inning to go. Nick Lee came in to close out the game and secure Beacon Hill a trip to the 11/12 Provincials July 21-28 in Trail.
Beacon Hill are off to the Little League Provincials in Trail after downing Layritz 12-5 in the District 7 Championship. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
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