North Shore Advances to BCPBL Final With Win Over UBC

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The Twins greet Adam Maier (13) after he scored one of their five runs Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Story and Photographs by Christian J. Stewart

August 3, 2019, Vancouver, BC – The North Shore Twins have advanced to Sunday’s Championship game of the BC Premier Baseball League Provincials following a 5-2 win over the host UBC Thunder Saturday afternoon at UBC Stadium in Vancouver.

The Twins Joseph Sinclair got the win Sunday, going 5 full innings and giving up just two Thunder runs on five hits (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
The Twins Joseph Sinclair got the win Sunday, going 5 full innings and giving up just two Thunder runs on five hits (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Twins used a three-run third inning to jump into the lead, highlighted by an RBI single from Adam Maier and a two-RBI single from Griffin Palfrey, but then watched as the scrappy Thunder, upset winners already over the Reds and Pirates, got a two-RBI single from Nick Fry in the top of the fourth to climb within reach.

UBC's Luka Van Gorkum does his best to disrupt this double play turned by the Twin's Sam Van Snellenberg (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
UBC’s Luka Van Gorkum does his best to disrupt this double play turned by the Twin’s Sam Van Snellenberg (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Twins though, would add some insurance in the sixth, as Lucas Yang would stroke a two-RBI double down the third base line, scoring Hilo Yamamoto (single) and Damon Hutchings (single) to up the lead to 5-2.

Twins third baseman Hilo Yamamoto makes a nice play against the Thunder on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
Twins third baseman Hilo Yamamoto makes a nice play against the Thunder on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

That would be all closer Mac Gatzke would need, as he retired the side in order in the seventh to get the save in relief of starter Joseph Sinclair.

UBC's Daniel Suarez slides safely under the throw to North Shore's Griffin Palfrey (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
UBC’s Daniel Suarez slides safely under the throw to North Shore’s Griffin Palfrey (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

For the Twins, starter Sinclair picks up the win, going five full innings and giving up the two Thunder runs on five hits, four walks, while striking out seven.  UBC’s Jackson Fleming takes the loss, pitching a complete game and giving up the five Twins runs (three earned) on nine hits, three walks, while striking out three.

UBC's Vic Domingo gets high fives after scoring one of the Thunder's runs Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
UBC’s Vic Domingo gets high fives after scoring one of the Thunder’s runs Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Offensively the Twins were led by Maier, Hilo Yamamoto and Damon Hutchings who had two hits each, with Yang and Sam Van Snellenberg contributing a double each.

UBC second baseman Kai Koyama-Wong puts the tag on the Twin's Griffin Palfrey on this play in Sunday's game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
UBC second baseman Kai Koyama-Wong puts the tag on the Twin’s Griffin Palfrey on this play in Sunday’s game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Twins advance to the final and now have the luxury of having to lose twice to whoever they play, to lose the championship.  They are 2-0 and in the double-knockout format, should they lose the 3:00 PM game Sunday, a second championship final game would be played at 1:00 PM Monday.

Looking for the opportunity to get revenge on the Twins will be the Thunder, who advance to the 12:00 Noon semi-final on Sunday, where they will play the winner of the Mid-Island Pirates and Coquitlam Reds, who play at 6:00 pm Friday.

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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.