By Christian J. Stewart (ISN), With Files From Derek Gale and Evan Keenlyside
Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Wildcats Pee Wee “A” baseball team captured Provincial Gold in Kelowna last weekend to cap off an extremely successful Provincial’s weekend for Greater Victoria Minor Baseball teams. In addition to the Wildcats’ Gold, GVBA teams earned 3 Silver medals (Pee Wee “A” Tigers, Mosquito AAA Black Eagles and Bantam AA Stingers) as well as a Bronze (Mosquito “A” Red Eagles).
The Wildcats went undefeated through the tournament, winning six straight games to win the title, beginning with a 7-1 win over Cloverdale in the first game of pool “B” and later that day an 11-0, 5-inning mercy rule win over Vernon.
On Friday the Wildcats met with the other Pee Wee A team from Victoria , the Tigers , and beat them 13-8 in a hard fought game that was clinched in the 5th inning with a 3 run homer from Jordan MacDougall.
Saturday the Wildcats met with Prince George and would mercy them 10-0 in 5 innings. Josh walker and Spencer Kearley would team up to pitch the shut out and Robert Webster would add a home run deep to right centre.
After winning 4 straight games the Wildcats would finish at the top of pool “B” and meet Comox in the crossover. The Comox Cardinals have a very good team but were no match for the Wildcats bats, who received home runs from Alec Mayer, Robert Webster and Graham Dube’, who would finish with 7 RBIs in the game. Spencer Kearley pitched the complete game 14-2 win to put them in the final.
In the other pool crossover, the Victoria Tigers pulled off the upset of the tournament beating the very strong Aldergove Dodgers. The Tigers were down 11-4 and came back to win 14-13, setting up the all Victoria showdown final.
The championship game was played in 114 F heat and the Wildcats got off to a fast start with a squeeze play bunt from Jon Gale which scored 2 runs on a throwing error and moved Gale to 3rd base. He would later score what would prove to be the winning run, but the Wildcats would continue to pile on the runs helped by a home run from Alec Mayer and go on to win 15-2. Josh Walker pitched a complete game, ending the match by snagging a line drive for the final out.
The Wildcats had an amazing season going 18-0 in tournament play, winning the Island championship, as well as the Provincial championship. What’s more amazing is the fact that the team consists of mainly players from the Esquimalt Baseball Association, which only had two teams in the Pee Wee Spring division to pick from. The Wildcats have 10 Esquimalt players, one from Gordon Head and one from Layritz.
Mosquito “A” Red Eagles – Bronze
The Mosquito AAA Black Eagles began their Provincials in Cloverdale on the wrong foot, dropping a 9-1 decision to Abbotsford, but them rebounded to win the rest of their round robin games over Rutland (17-7), Duncan (11-0) and Ridge Meadows (7-3). That put them into the semis against Cloverdale where they emerged with an 8-6 win. In the re-match with Abbotsford in the final, the Eagles wilted in the 100 F plus weather and lost a tough one, claiming the silver medal.
Bantam AA Stingers -Silver Medal
Championship Sunday brought a date with the Vancouver Minor Yankees, and the Stingers came out and virtually ended the game in the first inning, posting nine runs (including a Kurtis Gamble home run) en route to an 11-1 blowout win. Brendan Turcotte was once again the pitching star, pitching a complete game.
With a season record somewhere around 40 wins and 1 loss, the Chilliwack Cougars were bound to be a formidable opponent in the final. Seven Cougar runs in the first two innings later, it seemed hope was all but lost. But a gutsy comeback in the third inning saw the Stingers claw back to within one run. Unfortunately, that’s as close as Victoria would get, losing 10-6.
This coming weekend, the Pee Wee AAA Red and Black Eagles begin their quest for Provincial Gold in Richmond.