Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
August 2, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The North Shore Twins broke open a tight one-run ball game with a 13-run third inning to cruise to a 18-7 mercy rule shortened win over the Nanaimo Pirates in the championship game of the BC Premier Baseball League (BCPBL) Provincials on Sunday afternoon at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.
North Shore’s Steve Moretto lets out a yell to celebrate scoring one of the Twins 18 runs in the final on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The 18 runs scored in the game by the Twins capped off a three-game span in which they won each game by the mercy rule and in the process, scored 52 runs on 38 hits in just 12 offensive at bats. If that is not an official BCPBL record for offensive production, then perhaps it should be, as the machine that is the Twins offence certainly kicked into gear after getting just six hits in their tournament opener, 6-5 loss, against the Okanagan A’s on Friday.
North Shore’s Cole Ensing (left) and Nic Carusi (right) were just two of 18 batters that came to the plate in a 13 run third inning for the Twins. Ensing and Carusi both had two-hit days (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Leading the way in the final for the Twins was second baseman Cole Ensing who had a three-hit day, including two singles in the big third that cashed in all three of his RBIs. Geoff Ehresman also had a good day with two hits, including a solo home run and a pair of RBIs, while Steven Moretto and Nic Carusi also had two-hit days to lead the 13 hit attack.
Home plate umpire Scott Ekhart, along with the Twins Nic Favaro (30) both signal that runner Steve Moretto (17) is safe on this play at the plate in the second inning Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Twins sent 18 men to the plate in that third inning, lashing out seven hits. The Pirates also committed four errors in the frame to help the Twins to the 13-run explosion.
North Shore baserunner Trevor Fonseca slides safely into third on this play in Sunday’s final (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Twins victory made a winner of a less than perfect Will McAffer, who struggled through four innings of work, giving up all seven of the Pirates runs on six hits, while walking six and striking out just two. Robert Hemer came on in relief in the final frame to record the final outs.
Defensive player of the tournament Steven Moretto of the Twins puts the tag on a sliding Matt Skingle of the Pirates (top) and then reacts when Skingle was called safe on this close play at third base early in Sunday’s final (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Pirates scored one in the first and one in the second to keep things close early, and then, with their backs to the mercy rule wall in the top of the fifth, scored five more to at least make their run count respectable.
Nanaimo pitcher Aaron Page is pulled off the bag by this throw when covering first on an infield single by the Twins Nic Favaro (30) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Cole Warken had a pair of hits for the Pirates in the losing effort in Sunday’s final (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Offensively for Nanaimo Garret Goodall led the way with a pair of hits including a double and a pair of RBIs. Cole Warken also had a two hit day with an RBI, while Josh Burgmann chipped in a hit, an RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Garrett Goodall was another Pirate who had a two-hit game in Sunday’s final (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
On the mound, the Pirates Aaron Page takes the loss, going two and one-third innings and allowing 10 earned runs on nine Twin hits, while walking three and striking out two. Sam Baker cleaned up in relief, giving up two earned runs on four hits the rest of the way.
Twins pitcher Robert Hemer gets the customary hug from catche Nic Favaro as the Twins clinch the 2015 BCPBL Championship (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Twins Matt Reyes is all smiles after the Twins clinched the BCPBL Championship (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Twins cap off a successful season that also saw them win the BCPBL regular season championship with a 34-10 record, finishing three games ahead of the 31-13 Victoria Eagles, the tournament host.
The 2015 BC Premier League Champion North Shore Twins (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)