Story by Christian J. Stewart – ISN
Nanaimo, BC (ISN) – With a 9-7 win over the North Shore Twins on Sunday, the Okanagan A’s have captured the 2012 BC Premier Baseball League Championship.
The A’s, 4th place finishers in the League this year, advanced to the Final Four after sweeping the Abbotsford Cardinals 8-7 and 11-0 in the playoffs. They then opened the round robin of the final four with a 13-3 drubbing of Coquitlam, before losing a close one, 7-6 to the Twins.
They would then advance into the finals, and a rematch with North Shore, following a 4-1 win over host Nanaimo.
In the final, the A’s would get on the board first in the top of the 3rd inning as a 2-RBI triple by Brandon Sonnenberg and a Nolan Handley sacrifice fly put them up 3-0.
The Twins would respond with a pair in the bottom of the inninng on the strength of a Griff Goyer home run and an RBI double from Louis Boyd.
Okanagan would blow things open with 4 more runs in the top of the 4th, thanks primarily to a bases loaded walk to James Ward (who would later score) as well as a 2-RBI double from Croft to take a 7-2 lead.
The Twins would pull within 3 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 5th, but in the top of the 6th the A’s Sonnenberg would knock in his fourth run of the day and Boyd would get his second RBI to put the A’s up 9-4.
The pesky Twins, who finished 8th in the league and surprised everyone with a playoff knockout of Langley, would not quit however, and scored 3 more runs in the bottom of the 6th, but with the tying runs on base, A’s pitcher Morgan Lofstrum enticed Boyd to fly out ending the inning.
That would be the end of the scoring and the A’s Croft would cme in to close out the win and give the A’s the Championship.