Junior Mariners are BC Junior Premier Champions!

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN

Surrey, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Junior Premier Mariners defeated the Abbotsford Junior Cardinals 7-2 Sunday to win the 2012 BC Junior Premier Baseball Championship Sunday at Whalley Park in Surrey.

The Mariners went undefeated through the final eight tournament. Ranked as the 4th seed they promptly set about their winning ways with an opening day win against Vancouver on Thursday. The game was was tied 1-1 until the 6th when the Jr Mariners scored twice. Big hits were a Tanner Hess triple and Michael Varley double.

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Tanner Hess, here batting earlier in the year, would have a big triple in the M’s first game against Vancouver (File Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In their second game Friday, the Mariner’s dispatched Nanaimo 4-0 on the strength of a one-hit shut-out from pitcher Dallas Patterson. Nick Dawson knocked in the game’s first run with a double and that was enough for Patterson.

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The M’s Dallas Patterson would pitch a complete game, 1-hit shut out against Nanaimo (File Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In their third and final round robin game, the M’s met up with the number one seeded Langley Blaze and despite being out-hit 8-3, the Jr Mariners came out on top. Lucas Piechnik knocked in the eventual game winning run in the 5th with a single, while winning pitcher Nick Dawson went the distance.

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Lucas Piechnik, atting here earlier in the year, would have game winning hits against Langley and in the semi-final against Coquitlam and add a pair of hits in the final against Abbotsford (File Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

With that last win, the M’s clinched first in their pool and secured a match-up with the Coquitlam Reds, the second place finishers in the other pool.

In that semi final, the game remained scoreless until Lucas Piechnik’s triple in the 5th inning drove home the game’s only run. Outstanding pitching performances by Redlegs Ryan Mose (6 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 10 Ks)) and Jr Mariners WP Zach Downey (7 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 Ks) kept the game close, but it was Downey prevailing in a nail-biting finish.

In Sunday’s final against Abbotsford, the Mariners got down early 1-0 in the first, but then scored 4 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings to jump into a 4-1 lead.

The Cardinals would chip back with a single run in the bottom of the 4th, but a 3 run top of the 6th would put the game away for the Mariners.

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Michaely Varley would go 3 for 3 in the final for the M’s (File Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Leading the way on offence for the M’s was shortstop Michael Varley who went 3 for 3 at the dish, while Mitch Bryan had 2 hits and 3 RBIs. Piechnik also had a pair of hits, while Nick Dawson knocked in a pair of RBIs.

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Tanner Hess would get the complete game, 7-2 win in the Championship final against Abbotsford (File Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

On the hill, Tanner Hess went the distance for the win, scattering 7 hits and walking only 1 in his full 7 innings of work.

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