Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
June 27, 2017, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Carnarvon Reds put up a five-run third inning to overcome a 3-0 deficit and went on to defeat the Peninsula Royals 7-3 in the Greater Victoria Baseball Association (GVBA) Pee Wee AA Championship Tuesday night at Carnarvon Park in Victoria.
The Royals looked good early in this one, as they used some small ball to grab an early lead off the Reds and their starting pitcher Jacob Wayman. Jake Stofer would lead the game off with an infield single and eventually come in to score on a sacrifice fly from Declan Pender to put the visitors up 1-0.
Stofer would help Peninsula up that lead to 2-0, when his RBI-single in the top of the second inning scored Lucas Holt who had singled. In the third, Jack Swinton would double with one out and move to third when the ball went out of play. He would eventually score on a wild pitch and the Royals led 3-0.
In the bottom of the third, after cruising through the first two innings relatively unscathed, Royals starter Swinton would surrender a lead-off walk and then a double to Carnarvon’s Tristan Cummins. After a strikeout, Jai Berezowski cashed in the first Reds run when his hard hit ball was mishandled by the Royals third baseman. Tyrus Hall then walked and Tyler Finlay reached on a fielder’s choice that scored a second run.
Dominic Biello then struck the biggest blow of the inning, a two-RBI single that scored Berezowski and Hall. That was followed by an RBI-ground out from Oliver Mabee and just like that, the Reds had jumped into a 5-3 lead.
Carnarvon’s Hall would take over on the mound for Wayman with two outs in the fourth inning and he would take things the rest of the way, using his defence when needed to shut-out the Royals, scattering three hits, while striking out four in the process.
Hall would help his own cause when he led off the bottom of the sixth inning with an opposite field home run off Peninsula reliever Pender, who had entered the game rather dramatically in the fifth by striking out the side. Finlay would also double and later score to add another insurance run in the inning, providing the final margin of victory for the Reds.
Finlay and Wayman led the way offensively for Carnarvon with a pair of hits each, with Finlay and Hall, including his home run, each scoring twice. For the Royals, Stofer and Holt had two hits each, while Griffin Gladych reached three times on walks, two of which were intentional.
Wayman gets the win for the Reds, finishing with 3.2 innings pitched and surrendering three runs on four hits and five walks, while striking out one. Swinton takes the loss, going 3.2 innings and giving up five runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out three.
GVBA’s Championship Week continues Wednesday with the Pee Wee A final, also at Carnarvon (a 6:00 PM start) and the Midget AA final between Gordon Head and Duncan at Lambrick Park (6:30 pm). On Thursday, the Bantam AA final goes at Lambrick Park with Layritz taking on Gordon Head. That game is also a 6:30 pm start.