Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
June 19, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It is Championship Week for the Greater Victoria Baseball Association (GVBA) spring leagues and the Carnarvon Rockies were the first out of the gate to win hardware, defeating the Peninsula Royals 13-4 Sunday afternoon to win the Mosquito (Age 9-10) Championship at Wilf Sadler Field in Lambrick Park in Victoria.
Rockies pitcher Kasper Girsbrecht (centre) is all smiles with his teammates after closing out the 13-4 win over Peninsula (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Rockies left nothing to doubt in this game, jumping out to a 3-1 lead after the first and scoring five more in the second to hold an 8-1 lead after two. The Royals would respond with two in the third, but a three run third and a three run fifth, put the game away for Carnarvon.
The Rockies one-two pitching punch of Edward Traise (top) and Kasper Girsbrecht (bottom) was too much for the Peninsula Royals to handle (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Rockies 12-hit attack was led by Chase Kittleson who had three RBIs thanks to a triple and an inside-the-park home run. Kasper Girsbrecht also had a good day, with a pair of singles, a walk, two RBIs and three runs scored, while Ethan Graw, Edward Traise and Nick Gitzen all had two hits each in the win.
Kasper Girsbrecht also helped himself at the plate Sunday, getting a pair of hits and scoring three times (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Carnarvon’s Willem Thingleston heads to first after a base hit to right field on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
On the mound, the Rockies duo of Traise and Girsbrecht were solid, especially Girsbrecht, who gave up just one hit, while striking out seven in the final three innings of the game.
The Royals were led at the plate by Jake Stofer who had a triple, double, walk and two RBIs. Josh Gladstone and Leo Thomas also had a pair of hits in the losing effort.
Carnarvon’s Chase Kittleson gets ready to celebrate with his teammates after scoring on an inside-the-park homerun in Sunday’s 13-4 win over Peninsula (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Peninsula’s Jake Stofer lines up a pitch during Sunday’s game. Stofer had a pair of hits for the Royals in the losing effort (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The GVBA Championship week continues Tuesday with the Pee Wee (Age 11-12) Championship at Carnarvon Park at 6:00 PM. The action then switches to Lambrick Park for the rest of the week as the Bantam AA (Age 13-14) final happens Wednesday night at 6:30 PM, the Midget AA (Age 15-17) final goes Thursday at 6:30 PM and the Bantam A final goes Friday at 6:30 PM.
The 2016 GVBA Mosquito Champions – The Carnarvon Rockies (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)