Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (www.javalon.smugmug.com)
The Victoria Wildcats and the Comox Valley Cardinals met in the final of the BC Baseball Vancouver Island Zone Pee Wee ‘A’ Championship on Sunday and what a final it was. The lead switched 4 times before the Wildcats came out on top of an 11-9 decision.
The Wildcats downed the Victoria Mustangs 11-5 and the Cardinals defeated the Victoria Tigers 16-6 in semi-final action to make their berths in the final. The teams headed into the game having met once before during pool play with the Wildcats coming away 6-2 victors.
Nolan Baker (left) got the start on the mound for the Cardinals while the Wildcats sent Josh Walker (right) to the hill in BC Baseball Vancouver Island Zone Pee Wee ‘A’ Championship game. (photos by Glenn Ivens)
Comox Valley would get the scoring started in the top of the 1st inning when Austin Brown launched a 2 run homerun to center field. The score remained 2-0 Cardinals until the bottom of the 3rd inning when Robert Webster blasted 3 run homer to put the Wildcats up by 1.
Comox Valley’s Thomas Green gets set to make contact during final game of the BC Baseball Vancouver Island Zone Pee Wee ‘A’ Championship. (photo by Glenn Ivens
Comox Valley would battle back in the 5th inning and tie the game 3-3 before a 2 out single by Ethan Brunton would score a pair and give the Cardinals a 5-3 lead. They would add 4 more runs in the 6th to take a 9-5 lead.
Cue the Wildcat comeback, with the score tied 9-9, Jordan MacDougall hit a single that put the Wildcats up by 2 at the end of 6 innings.
Victoria Wildcats shortstop Spencer Kearley fires ball to 1st base for the out during final game action of the BC Baseball Vancouver Island Zone Championship at Esquimalt Lions Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Cardinals were unable to rally in the top of the 7th and the Wildcats took the Championship 11-9.
Comox Valley’s Nolan Baker slides safely into 2nd base as Victoria Wildcat’s Jon Gale is unable to come up with the catch at the 2012 BC Baseball Vancouver Island Zone Pee Wee ‘A’ Championship on Sunday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
In Consolation play the Victoria Tigers downed the Victoria Mustangs 13-3 to earn 3rd place.
The Wildcats, Cardinals and Tigers all advance to the BC Baseball Provincials in Kelowna, August 2-6.