Peninsula Takes Bantam AA Baseball Title

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

June 22, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Greater Victoria Baseball Association (GVBA) Championship Week continued on a rainy Wednesday night at Lambrick Park, with Peninsula becoming the third different park in three nights to claim some hardware, winning the Bantam AA title with a 7-3 win over the Carnarvon Reds.

Peninsula’s Hunter Lastiwka (16) slides home safely for the first run of the game as the ball escapes the glove of Carnarvon catcher Nick Kojima (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

They join the Carnarvon Rockies (Mosquito) and Triangle Pickles (PeeWee) who won their division championship games on Sunday and Tuesday nights respectively.

Peninsula would get things going in the bottom of the first, when their second batter, Hunter Lastiwka, would triple to the fence and then come in to score on an RBI-groundout by Lucas Cracknell.

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Peninsula’s Hunter Lastiwka (16) sprints to third with a triple early in Wednesday’s game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

They would add three more in the second on the strength of a sacrifice fly by Gurvir Baidwan that scored Zach Young (single), an RBI double from Julian Koenig that scored Josh Davis (hit by pitch) and an RBI single from Jacob Parsons that scored Koenig.

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Peninsula’s Gurvir Baidwan would have an RBI sacrifice fly and a hit in the 7-3 win over Carnarvon (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Carnarvon would battle back to make it 4-3 with a three-run third inning that saw Jackson Blanchard, Owen Chow, Trey Hammond and Daniel Pugh string four consecutive hits together, but Peninsula would respond with one of their own in the bottom of the inning, thanks to a single by Cracknell and an RBI double from Sebastien Marquez.

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Peninsula starter Shawn Lansdell had a good outing Wednesday, throwing six full innings and giving up three Carnarvon runs on six hits, while walking four and striking out ten (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

That 5-3 lead would hold until the fifth when Peninsula would add some insurance, scoring a pair of runs on the strength of double from Cracknell, his second hit of the night and a triple by Kody Stofer.

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Peninsula’s offence was led by Lucas Cracknell (13) who had a pair of hits and scored twice in the 7-3 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Other than that three-run inning, the Reds had difficulty all night generating any offence off Peninsula starting pitcher Shawn Lansdell, who was strong throughout, throwing six full innings and giving up the three Carnarvon runs on six hits, while walking four and striking out ten. Zach Fletcher came in to pitch the seventh, walking the leadoff batter, then striking out the side to close out the win.

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Sebastien Marquez gave Peninsula a 5-3 lead with this third inning RBI-double down the right field line (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Carnarvon starter Kai Gelling takes the loss, going three full innings and giving up five Peninsula runs on six hits. Iseah McConnell would be effective in relief, throwing three innings and giving up two runs on three hits, no walks, while striking out seven.

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The 2016 GVBA Bantam AA Champions – Peninsula (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

GVBA Championship week continues Thursday with the Midget AA finals and then closes out Friday with the Bantam A finals. Both games are at Lambrick Park and are scheduled for 6:30 PM starts.

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