Saturday June 24, 2017 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Victoria’s Beacon Hill Little League Allstars took a step in the right direction towards the 11-12yr old Provincial Championships Saturday with a 10-4, game one win in a double header versus visiting Dunbar Allstars of Vancouver.
Playing in their first exhibition game since allstar team was assembled under Head Coach Tak Niketas , the Beacon Hill squad took on the exhibition series in preparation to host next month’s Provincial Championships at Hollywood Park July 22-30. The weeklong tournament will see the best Little League baseball from eight provincial districts and the host team all compete for the Provincial title.
Hot pitching, and cool bats, would see both sides come away knotted after one inning as Beacon Hill starting pitcher Max Globman would do battle with his Dunbar counterpart, RH ball chucker Marco Mitchell.
Great defensive infield efforts, combined with aggressive base running and hotter bats would see Beacon Hill erupt for two runs in the second and another four runners across home plate in the fourth would sit down Dunbar’s Mitchell and put Beacon Hill in the driver’s seat with a 7-1 lead to seemingly put the game out of reach for the visiting allstars. Beacon Hill’s LHP Tess Sawkins would see action from the mound in the third inning, while Dunbar would counter with LHP John Zioulas in relief of Mitchell in the fourth inning.
Beacon Hill’s bats would continue Dunbar’s woes, adding another three runs for a 10-1 lead after five innings before Dunbar, sensing a shift in momentum after a couple of great defensive plays, would dig deep, finding their bats in the bottom of the fifth inning. Dunbar’s Noah Goodine would take a Sawkin’s pitch across the numbers, putting the ball to the center field fence for an double and an RBI to mark Dubar’s first run batted in since the opening inning, bettering their margin 10-2.
Sawkins, despite a great performance in relief, would, two batter’s later, give up the game’s only homerun on a centerfield, 2 run shot by left fielder Max Ackerman to give the home team pause for thought and the visitors a more respectable 10-4 score.
For Dunbar, all was too little too late, as Sawkins would settle in to close the game out, giving Beacon Hill their first victory on their way to the July BC Provincial Championships.