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Story by Christian J. Stewart – ISN

Victoria, BC (ISN) – The July 27th-29th weekend featured a wealth of minor baseball and softball action, including, among others, the Mosquito A, AAA and Pee Wee A BC Minor Baseball Island Championships, the BC Minor Baseball Midget AA Provincials, BC Premier League Victoria Eagle and Victoria Mariner playoffs, the U18 softball Provincials, the Lower Island Mixed Fastpitch League finals and the Sue B Ladies Fastball League tournament. Here is a quick summary of the weekend’s events.

Softball BC U18 Provincial Championships

ISN was on hand for the full weekend of this event, won by the White Rock Renegades ’95 who defeated our own Victoria Devils 7-2 in the final.  See Chris Stewart’s full report HERE.

BC Minor Baseball Pee Wee A Island Championships

The Victoria Wildcats defeated the Comox Valley Cardinals to claim the BC Minor Vancouver Island Pee Wee A title on Sunday.  ISN’s Glenn Ivens was on hand for the full event and you can read his final report HERE.

BC Minor Baseball Mosquito A Island Championships

The Victoria Red Eagles went a perfect 4-0 to win the BC Minor Baseball Vancouver Island Mosquito A championship at Triangle Park over the weekend.  The Eagles wins came against Nanaimo (13-7), Campbell River (14-7), Oceanside (15-5) and Ladysmith (14-10).  The Eagles will now move on as the #1 seed from the Island to the Mosquito A Provincial championships in Coquitlam-Moody over the August long weekend.

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The Mosquito A Red Eagles – 2012 Vancouver Island Champions (Photo Courtesy Shannon Bond)

BC Minor Baseball Mosquito AAA Island Championships

Over at Allenby Park on the weekend, the Victoria Black Eagles Mosquito AAA were in tough against Nanaimo, Campbell River, and Duncan for the Mosquito AAA Island title.  In the end, after some extremely close competition, the Nanaimo Pirates, Eagles and Campbell River were all tied at 2 wins and 1 loss, but because of their head-to-head wins over Victoria (6-4) and Campbell River (4-2), the Pirates took home the title. 

BC Minor Baseball Midget AA Provincials

The first BC Minor Baseball Provincial tournament of the year happened in Prince George over the July 27-29th weekend and our Victoria Midget AA Wolves travelled to take part.  The Wolves started with a tough 2-1 loss to Ridge Meadows and 14-9 loss to Cloverdale on Day 1, but responded with a 9-5 win over eventual champion Prince George and a 5-3 win over Vancouver.  The 2-2 record however was not enough to move into the semi-finals as both Ridge Meadows and Prince George in their pool had 3-1 records.

Premier Baseball League Playoffs

The 2012 BC Premier League playoffs began this past weekend and to say upsets were the order of the day was no understatement.  First off, the firt place Langley Blaze were stunned in 2 straight games by the North Shore Twins by scores of 3-0 and 2-0.  The Twins had been battling the Eagles for the final playoff position and I guess were happy to finish last and meet the Blaze.  

In another shocking upset, the 3rd place Victoria Mariners were stunned by the Coquitlam Reds who took a pair of 3-1 wins away from Henderson Park. ISN’s Glenn Ivens was on hand and you can read the details in his report HERE.

Finally, the Victoria Eagles travelled to Nanaimo to battle the 2nd place Pirates and as expected were swept by scores of 7-1 and 4-3.  The Eagles actually held a 3-1 lead heading into the 7th inning, but allowed the Pirates to tie it up and then go ahead in the 8th.  The losses though capped a generally successful campaign for the Eagles who made the BCPBL playoffs for the first time in their young history.

Sue B Ladies Fastpitch League Tournament

While the U18 Provincials were keeping Hyacinth and View Royal parks busy, the Victoria Ladies Fastpitch League were holding their annual year end tournament at Strawberry Vale.  The Sue B – named in honour of Sue Beischer, who played in the PGWSL for 12 years prior to passing away from ovarian cancer in 1994 – is a fun year end affair for all teams.  In the championship final it was a great hard hitting, fast pace game, with the Playoff Champion Svee Unit dominating on the bats to take the title over Diamond Fusion.  The final league award ceremonies recognized Dawn Evans with the Joannie Dillabaugh trophy and Jo Irvine with the Sue Beisher Award. The league also recognized Evy Paterson aka “Gram” from team Storm who has been supporting not only team Storm but the league and fastball for over 50 years. Her husband and herself co-established what is now Strawberry Vale Fastball at Rosedale park. She is there for any one who needs that boost of encouragement and a loyal fan through and through.

Lower Island Mixed Fastpitch League Finals

The Lower Island Mixed Fastpitch league wrapped up its season with the finals that pitted the A’s against the Shark Club.  On Friday night, the ladies on the A’s had 9 hits in total to help the A’s to the win.  Game 2 Saturday saw the Shark Club’s Damian Metcalfe pitch well and launch 2 home runs to see the Sharkies tie the best-of-three at a game each.  In the Game 3 final, A’s pitcher “Rook” was the story of the game, striking out 11, hitting 2 home runs and accounting for 5 RBIs in the A’s 12-2 Mercy Rule victory. Congratulations to the A’s on their win!