Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
June 28, 2017, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Duncan pitcher James McMahon threw a complete-game, three-hitter to lead Duncan to a 6-1 victory over Gordon Head in the Greater Victoria Baseball Association (GVBA) Midget AA (18U) Championship Wednesday night at Lambrick Park in Victoria.
McMahon was cruising early through the Gordon Head line-up, surrendering just three walks through the first four innings. He gave up his first hit of the game on an infield single to Gordon Head’s Mike Moore to lead off the fifth inning, but then retired the next three batters to escape the inning with no further damage.
Gordon Head finally got to McMahon in the sixth when Jonathan Allen would lead off with a single and eventually score on a Myles Petersen base hit, but that would be it, as McMahon would close things out, retiring the next four batters to end the game and finishing with 11 strikeouts on the day.
Meanwhile, McMahon would get all the offensive support he needed in the very first inning, as Mike Arscott and Watan Suzuki would both draw walks off Gordon Head starter Cole Tudway-Cains and then come in to score respectively on ground out RBIs from Yudai Suzuki and Jacob Smith.
Duncan would tack on three insurance runs in the third, when Evan Pywell and Devon Bryson led off the inning with back-to-back singles, with Bryson’s single scoring Pywell, and then later getting a two-RBI single from Smith that would score Bryson and Yudai Suzuki, who earlier was hit by a pitch.
Gordon Head’s Tudway-Cains would be replaced after a leadoff single from Duncan’s Brandon Langer began the bottom of the fifth and reliever Calvin Wambolt would give the Gordon Header’s some hope, striking out the first four batters he faced, but a walk to Duncan’s Arscott in the fifth proved costly, as Arscott stole both second and third and then came in to score on a throwing error to add another insurance run and put the game out of reach.
Tudway-Cains finished the night going three full innings and giving up five runs on five hits, while walking three and striking out two. Wambolt in relief, went three innings, giving up just a run on no hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out seven.
The Duncan win was the second trophy of the week to head north over the Malahat, as the Duncan “Rickies” captured the Bantam A title Monday night with a 12-9 win over Ladysmith. Other GVBA Championship winners this week have included the Carnarvon Athletics (Mosquito) and Carnarvon Reds (Pee Wee AA). The Pee Wee A final was also played Wednesday night between a pair of Carnarvon teams, but results were not available at press time.
GVBA’s Championship week wraps up Thursday night with the Bantam AA final, as Layritz will take on Gordon Head in a 6:30 pm start at Lambrick Park.