Burnaby, Kamloops, Langley and Trail in Driver’s Seat at Senior Men’s Baseball Provincials

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

August 3, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Burnaby Bulldogs, Kamloops Sun Devils, Langley Blaze and Trail Orioles all sport 2-0 records after Day 2 of the 2013 BC Senior Men’s Baseball Provincials that are being held at Lambrick Park in Victoria.

To begin the day on Saturday, the Mavericks 1 team and Burnaby would need to complete their suspended game from the night before and it would be the Bulldogs prevailing, as Sean Hotzack would launch a leadoff home run in the top of the 10th inning off Maverick pitcher Graham Campbell to make the difference.

The Mavericks would be kept in check by Burnaby pitcher Clayton Franco who retired the six batters he faced in the 9th and 10th to get the win.

Burnaby vs. Nanaimo
In Burnaby’s second game of the day, they would move to their 2-0 record with a 5-0 win over the now 0-2 Nanaimo Coal Miners.

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Burnaby’s Kevin Powell bids for a base hit in his game against Nanaimo Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Burnaby would jump out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first, add two more in the top of the sixth and another run in the top of the seventh en route to the win.

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Nanaimo left fielder Donny Macquarrie makes a catch during a game against Burnaby Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Left-hander Matt Trimble went the distance on the hill to get the win for the Bulldogs. Kevin Powell led the way at the plate for the Bulldogs going 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Corey Strong also had a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs.

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Nanaimo hurler Matt Trimble would go the distance to earn the 5-0 shut-out win over Nanaimo (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Trail vs. Prince George
The Trail Orioles began their tournament with. 4-3 win over the Prince George Grays as Jordan Kissock and Corey Smith contributed 2 RBIs each in the morning win. Trail pitchers held the Grays to just three hits in total.

Trail vs. Victoria Mavericks 2
Trail would then go on to face the Victoria Mavericks 2 squad in their second game of the day and would emerge with a 9-1 win.

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Trail second baseman Kiseung Nam awaits the throw as the Mavericks Jared Roberts slides into second base during their game Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Veteran Brad Franklyn got the start on the hill for the Mavericks and he would keep the game close through the first four innings as Trail would lead 2-1, having scored a run in the 1st and another in the 3rd, while the Mavericks responded with a run in the bottom of the 1st.

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Veteran Brad Franklyn would get the start against Trail on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Trail would then explode for 4 runs in the 5th inning, knocking Franklyn out of the game, to make it 6-1 and then add another 3 in the 6th off reliever Andrew Crowe to make it 9-1.

Leading the way offensively for Trail was Dallas Calvin who went 3 for 4 with 5 RBIs, while Jim Maniago and Scott Davidson scored three runs each.

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Trail’s Dallas Calvin would have a solid game Saturday, going 3 for 4 with 5 RBIs against Victoria 1 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Trail starter Jordan Kissock went the distance for the win, giving up the 1 Maverick run on just 4 hits while striking out 8.

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Trail’s Jordan Kissock would get the complete game victory against Victoria 1, giving up 4 hits while striking out 8 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Kamloops vs. Victoria Mavericks 1
After dropping the tough 4-3 game one decision to Burnaby in the morning, the Mavericks faced a must win situation against the 1-0 Kamloops Sun Devils who the night before destroyed Nanaimo 14-4.

The Mavericks would start lefty Jason Gibson while the Sun Devils would respond with right hander Lee Ingram.

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Victoria’s Jason Gibson would get the start against Kamloops Saturday and take a 6-3 lead into the 5th inning (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Both pitchers would ease their way through the 1st inning, but then in one of those quirks of baseball, would both struggle to find the plate in the 2nd, with Gibson walking in two Sun Devil runs in the top of the inning and Ingram doing the same in the bottom of the inning, plus surrendering another on a ground out to give the Mavericks a 3-2 lead.

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Kamloops first baseman Ben Bradford awaits a throw during his game against Victoria on Saturday evening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Mavericks would add two more in the bottom of the 3rd thanks to a walk to Sean Murphy and a single from Bobby Scott, both of which then came around to score on subsequent Kamloops fielding errors.

After exchanging runs in the 4th inning – Kamloops got a double from Keenan Chanin who would score on a sacrifice fly by Erik Herbranson, while Victoria got an RBI double from Murphy – the Mavericks looked to be comfortably in the lead 6-3.

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This slide by Victoria’s Bobby Scott disrupted Kamloops shortstop Adam Halland just enough to cause his throw to first to sail wide, resulting in one of Victoria’s 3 runs on Saturday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

That lead soon became uncomfortable and in fact non-existent, as Kevin Pockett took to the hill to begin the 5th and Trail quickly went to work scoring three runs, two of which came on a bases loaded single from Pat Brown, to tie the game 6-6.

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Kamloop’s Pat Brown heads to first after one of his 2-RBI singles against Victoria on Saturday evening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

They would add three more in the top of the 6th inning, this time off Mavericks pitcher Matt Atkinson and suddenly it was the Sun Devils who now had the comfortable 9-6 lead.

That lead became even more comfortable in the top of the 7th as the Sun Devils would tack on two more runs with a 2 RBI single from Will Devick, his 4th hit on the day and Kamloops an 11-6 lead.

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Mavericks catcher Jarred Lehive chases down a Kamloops basrunner during Saturday night’s 11-6 Trail win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Meanwhile Ingram, who had settled in nicely after that rough second inning, found his groove and finished the game allowing just 3 hits overall to the Mavericks, striking out 6 in the process.

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Kamloops pitcher Lee Ingram would struggle a bit with his control, but would come away with the 11-6 win against Victoria 1 on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Player of the game went to the Sun Devils Will Devick who went 4 for 5 at the plate with 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored.

Langley vs. Prince George
In the final game of the day, the powerful Langley Blaze showed why they are one of the favourites here as they scored 11 runs in the top half of the 1st inning to move on to a 19-9 mercy-rule win over the 0-2 Prince George Grays.

Scott Webster led the way for the Blaze with a pair of hits including a home run, 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

Ten of the Blaze’s first runs came before there were 2 outs in the inning. They then added 4 more in the 2nd and 2 each in the 3rd and 4th to lad 19-0 at one point.

The Grays, looking to salvage some pride, managed to put a 6 spot up in the bottom of the 4th and score another 3 in the bottom of the 5th to make the score a bit more respectable.

The round robin portion of the tournament continues Sunday as 2-0 Langley takes on 2-0 Trail at 9:30 am, Prince George (0-2) takes on Victoria 2 (0-2) at 12:00, Burnaby (2-0) takes on Kamloops (2-0) at 12:30 and Nanaimo (0-2) takes on Victoria 1 (0-2) at 3:00 pm. Playoff games are scheduled for 6:00 and 6:30 while the championship game is slated for 9:30 am Monday.

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