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Wildcard Baseball starts!
15U AA Wildcard in Mission starts Friday July 21 and goes to July 23 , 10 teams fighting for 2 wildcard berths in the Provincials July 27 to July 30 in Victoria, excitement level is very high for all participating teams. Teams range from the BC Interior and over to Vancouver Island, all desperately seeking the 2 remaining provincial berths this will make for great games all weekend. Full schedule and location is on BC Baseball website: www.bcbaseball.ca/leagues/5059
The 15U BC Selects had no time to rest as the consolation final followed right after their mercy win vs. Silver Sluggers Blue. The 10th seeded team for British Columbia would meet the 9th seeded, Cangelosi Sparks White in the final game of the 2017 Great Lakes Wood Bat Classic.
BC Selects padded themselves a lead early by scoring 1 run apiece in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd innings staking themselves to a 3-nothing lead after 2 1/2 innings. Starting pitcher for the BC Selects, Hall would provide an RBI single in the 1st to bring home McIntosh who doubled with 2 outs. A SAC fly by Hendriks scored the Selects’ 2nd run in the 2nd inning, while Hall would once again come through singling to RF bringing home Sugi for their 3rd run. Sparks White would cut the deficit to 2 in the bottom of the 3rd making it 3-1 BC Selects after 3 complete.
The boys from up north wearing the red jerseys would continue to pour on the offence as Lott would bring home 2 runs with a single, Sugi doubled bringing home the aforementioned Lott and McIntosh recorded his second hit of the game with a 2 RBI single, BC Selects were now up 8-1 after 4 complete.
Hall gave the BC Selects another great start (3 2/3 IP 1H 1R 0ER 0BB 2K); however the wheels would fall off in the 5th as 4 walks, 1 hit by pitch and 4 hits given up by the BC Selects had Cangelosi Sparks White score 7 runs to tie the game at 8-8 after 5 innings. During the offensive 6th inning for Sparks White’, a leadoff double would later score giving them a 1 run lead. That was all Cangelosi needed as the 9th seeded Sparks White took this consolation final by a score of 9-8.
In their final game the BC Baseball 16U Selects played their best game of the GSL 16U Summer Slam tournament beating City Baseball Navy, the #2 seed in Pool A, by a score of 5-1. This was a very tight game with the score 2-1 in Team BC’s favor until they added 3 insurance runs in the top of the 7th inning, using clutch hitting and stolen bases to top up the score. Team BC showed improvement in all aspects of their game as the pitching and defence was excellent in allowing only one run, and the hitting continued its improvement in showing plate discipline and making contact throughout the lineup.
Overall the team finished with a 3-1 record, and the tournament was a great experience for the players as they were able to attend a Seattle Mariners game on July 6th in addition to facing good competition in the tournament that forced them to extend themselves and put new skills and strategies to the test.
Congratulations to all of the players and good luck for the rest season.
The BC 15U Select Team had to wait until day 3 to play their double header, but it was most definitely worth it. With a heart-breaking loss yesterday against a strong Fastball USA team, the boys representing BC Minor were determined to get back in the win column. They would face Force Elite who reside in the West side of Chicago, Force Elite needed a sweep of their 2 games today in order to place first in the pool.
Force Elite would get on the board first as a two out error by the BC Selects’ defence allowed Force Elite to take advantage and score 2, one of their runs came off a booming double down the left field line. Force Elite would tack on another run in the 2nd as a leadoff walk issued by BC’s starter, Lott would come around to score making it 3-0 Force Elite after 2.
Lott would give the boys wearing their red British Columbia shirts exactly what they needed, a quality 3 2/3 innings only allowing 3 runs (1 earned) while striking out 6. Force Elite’s starting pitcher, Caputo looked to be in full control as he continually induced weak pop ups and weak ground outs, Caputo and his Force Elite squad looked like they were easily headed towards a clean victory until a wild 6th inning came upon them.
With 1 out in the bottom of the 6th and the BC Selects still down 3-nothing, Logan Domanski decided to spark his team’s dormant offence by executing a perfect drag bunt that caught everyone by surprise. Domanski would plate the first run for the home team as Baybay, arguably one of BC Selects’ hottest hitters this tournament drove home Domanski with a 2-out single through the left side. A walk put two runners on (tying run now at 1st base), bringing up Diego Colebourne who ripped a 2-out 2-strike base hit to right scoring Baybay to bring BC Selects within 1 and the tying run now at 2nd while the go-ahead run standing at 1st.
Coach Cam Frick would bring in Jude Hall to pinch hit and Force Elite would counter by replacing their lefty reliever with their closer. Hall wouldn’t waste any time trying to gather “intel” on the new relief pitcher as the freshly-subbed Hall ripped a deep triple into right on the first pitch, the ball landed just fair and kicked up chalk, Euerby (tying run) would score with ease, Colebourne (go-ahead run) would score on a closely contested play at the plate, the ball would skip past the catcher as Hall rounding 3rd would make a break for home and score the 5th run of the game, getting mobbed by his teammates after safely sliding into home. Powell and McIntosh would end up closing the game out on the mound for the BC Selects as the boys from up north would win this one in exciting fashion, 5-3 your final.
In Game 2, Team BC sent Logan Domanski to the mound to face off against the Illinois Indians. Domanski threw well (6IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 1BB, 6K) but, in similar fashion to the first game of the day, the offence stayed silent until the last inning. Max Yuen came in to relieve Domanski in the 7th and retired the side in order.
With two outs in the bottom of the 7th and Team BC down by three Connor McIntosh picked up his third hit of the game ripping a single to left center. Diego Colbourne followed that up with a single of his own to right center bringing Braedy Euerby to the plate as the tying run. Euerby promptly took a 1-0 fastball deep to the right center wall easily scoring two. An errant throw trying to get Euerby at 3rd went out of play allowing Euerby to circle the bases, forcing extras. The Indians scored two in the top of the 8th to take the lead, 5-3 but the 15U Selects had no intentions of rolling over. They were intent on making their third multi-run comeback of the day.
Para led off the bottom of the 8th with a perfectly placed single to the 6hole. With the third baseman playing back, McGill laid down a perfect drag bunt and all of a sudden Team BC had the tying run on. When the Illinois coach indicated to his third baseman to hold his position on another bunt with runners on first and second, Sugi laid down another perfect bunt down third to load the bases. A wild pitch brought the first runner home and back-to-back singles by Domanski and Hall gave Team BC the victory!
With a 3-1 record in round robin play, the Team BC 15U Selects have earned a spot in the Silver Championship semi final at 3:45 CST, playing the winner of GoPro Baseball and Woodall Academy Blue.
BC Baseball 16U Selects drop to 2-1
The BC Baseball 16U Selects lost 12-3 to City Baseball Gold today in a first place playdown game. The team’s pitching, which to this point in the tournament had been a strong point, unfortunately had an off day, giving up 10 walks and 2 hit batters to go along with 7 hits allowed. Tomorrow the team the will play it’s final game against City Baseball Navy in a consolation game between two second place teams, before heading for home.