Story by Christian J. Stewart – ISN
London, ON (ISN) – Team BC, featuring Victoria Eagle players Kurt Horne, Riley Edmonds and Brandon Feldman, the Victoria Mariners Colton Wood, and the Nanaimo Pirates Justin Clarkson, Luke Skingle and Griffin Andreychuk are Silver Medalists in the Baseball Canada Canada Cup, after losing a 9-8 nail-biter to Ontario in the Championship final on Sunday.
Team BC began the tournament on Wednesday with wins over Alberta (10-4) and Quebec (11-4), before stumbling on Thursday with an 8-4 loss to Ontario and Friday with a 3-1 loss to Quebec.
They lost 2 more games on Saturday including a 3-2 loss to Ontario and a 13-9 loss to Alberta, however the 2-4 record was enough to give BC a spot in the quarter finals against Nova Scotia, where they made amends for their 4 losses, drubbing Nova Scotia 16-1
Each player in the BC lineup scored at least one run, including three from Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, BC). Cleanup hitter Dawson Yates (Kelowna, BC) led the offensive attack while Connor Noble (Vancouver, BC) and Daniel Koo (Abbotsford, BC) pitched two innings each.
In the semi-finals, Colton Wood got the start and pitched the first 3 innings and after Québec scored two runs in the top half of the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead, BC sent eight batters to the plate and scored five runs in the bottom half en route to a 6-4 come from behind victory.
The inning was highlighted by first baseman Dawson Yates (Kelowna, BC) bases-clearing grand slam home run. Closer Connor Noble (Vancouver, BC) threw two innings the rest of the way to shut down the Québec offense.
In the final, Team BC was looking to overcome the two round robin losses to Ontario and started off on the right foot, holding a 3-1 lead after 3 innings of play. Team Ontario would explode however for 4 runs in the top of the 4th and another 4 runs in the top of the 5th however to jump into a 9-4 lead midway through the 5th.
Team BC would respond with a pair of runs in each of the bottom parts of the 5th and 6th innings to pull within one and with Victoria’s Kurt Horne shutting down Ontario in the 6th and 7th innings, the stage was set for the walk off win.
However it was not to be as the BCers went down in order in the 7th to give Ontario the game.