Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart
August 2, 2019, Vancouver, BC – A three-run home run by Eli Saul in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the difference as the host UBC Thunder upset the Coquitlam Reds 3-1 Friday afternoon in the first game of the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League Championships being played at UBC Stadium in Vancouver.
Saul’s late inning heroics made a winner of pitcher Vic Domingo, who was stellar on the mound for the Thunder, going the distance and giving up a single run, on a balk in the first inning, while allowing only three hits, two walks and striking out nine.
His counterpart on the mound, Coquitlam’s Justin Adomoski, who entered the game after starter Madjik MacKenzie had thrown only two pitches, was equally effective, giving up two hits and two walks, while striking out seven.
Adomoski left the game in the sixth after giving up a walk and reliever Cody Hendricks then gave up a hit to Matthew Suarez and then the home run to Saul on the first pitch Saul saw from the reliever, launching it well over the right field fence.
With the win, the Thunder now move on to play the Mid-Island Pirates at 6:00 PM Friday, while the Reds will play the loser of the 3:00 PM Friday game between the North Shore Twins and Langley Blaze at 12 Noon Saturday.