Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
June 23, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It took a while for them to get rolling, but when they did, they did not stop, as the Gordon Head Black Sox used a five-run third inning to spark themselves to an 11-0 mercy-rule shortened thumping of Duncan in the Greater Victoria Baseball Association Midget AA Championship Thursday night at Lambrick Park in Victoria.
As a dejected Reiya Tomida of Duncan (background) heads off the field, a jubilant Jarod Hooper (left) jumps into the arms of Black Sox pitcher Mike Moore to celebrate their 11-0 championship win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Black Sox struggled over the first two innings off Duncan starter Pearsen Moreside, but in the third, after Evan Rothnie and Joe Knox drew a pair of one out walks, Jarod Hooper would come through with a two-out, two-RBI single to put Gordon Head on the board. Another walk to James Scott would follow and then another two-RBI single by Arareso Cochrane would bump the Black Sox lead to 4-0 and Cochrane would later score to bump that to 5-0 before inning’s end.
Jarod Hooper would get the Black Sox offence running with this two-out, two-RBI single in the third (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
They would pile four more runs on top of that in the next inning, thanks in part to a two-RBI single from Zach Guerra that scored Nick Dominelli (walk) and Ben Dawson, who reached on an error. Guerra and Keegan Jasper (walk) would then steal their way around the bases and score thanks to some sloppy play by the Duncan defense.
Another two-out, two-RBI single, this time by Arareso Cochrane, would bump the Black Sox lead to 4-0 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Black Sox Zach Guerra was 2 for 2 Thursday, including a 2-RBI single in the fourth that extended the lead to 7-0 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Two more runs in the top of the fifth inning bumped the lead to 11-0 and set the stage for the Black Sox and their starting pitcher Mike Moore, to end the game early.
Speaking of Moore, the Black Sox offence overshadowed what was an excellent performance for him on the mound, as Moore, very quietly to that point, had pitched a near perfect game, allowing a single in the first that was quickly erased on a caught stealing and one in the fourth, while striking out six in the process.
Black Sox pitcher Mike Moore was near perfect surendering just two hits and facing just one batter over the minimum, in the five innning 11-0 win over Duncan (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
His perfection continued in that fifth and he retired the side in order to complete the mercy-rule rout and give the Black Sox the title.
With the win, it makes the fourth different park in four games to win a title this season, with Carnarvon winning Mosquito (Age 9-10), Triangle winning Pee Wee (Age 11-12), Peninsula winning Bantam AA (Age 13-14) and now Gordon Head winning Midget AA (Age 15-17).
One of Duncan’s only baserunners on the night, Jacob Smith, was caught stealing on this tag by Black Sox second baseman James Scott (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
GVBA Championship Week closes out on Friday night as the Bantam A’s take the stage for a 6:30 PM final, once again at Lambrick Park.
The 2016 GVBA Midget AA Champions – The Gordon Head Black Sox (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)