Midget C’s capture bronze
The Vernon Kal Tire midget AA Canadians pounded their rivals from Kelowna to take home bronze in the Valley of the Champions tournament.
Vernon spanked the Kelowna Jays 9-1 in the consolation game in Kelowna.
Shelby Hartwig was red hot with the bat, going 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead a well-balanced attack.
Tyler Lacktin Doyle went the distance allowing six hits, struck out nine and was MVP, while shortstop Keenan Joly made some highlight reel plays on defence.
“This was the best group of players I have ever coached,” said Canadians’ coach Terry Chudyk.
The Prince George Knights clipped the C’s 10-4 in the semifinals.
Vernon came out slugging in the first with four runs on six hits, but couldn’t put together a second push once Prince George made a pitching change to go with their staff’s ace, a player the C’s believe the Knights were saving for the tournament final.
The one they call ‘B Man,’ Brenden Zupp, was solid at second base and was game MVP. Dylan Emmons took the loss in going the distance, striking out seven.
The C’s and the Clive Coyotes from Alta. opened the tournament at Marshall Field Friday with a 6-6 draw.
The Coyotes tied the game off a two-out bloop single in the last inning.
Tyler Liefke was game MVP and looked like a young Ken Griffey Jr. the way he was running down balls in the outfield for the C’s.
The Canadians came out bashing in their second game, as they bounced the Newton Giants 20-4.
Hartwig and Jarrod Larsen were lights out on the mound, holding the Giants to six hits.
Garner Chudyk belted four RBI and Hartwig (MVP) chipped in offensively with three RBI.
The Canadians edged the Ladner Red Sox 8-6 Saturday morning.
With the Sox up 6-4 in the sixth, Lacktin Doyle came up clutch as he drove in a pair.
In the seventh, Mitchell Lukacs smacked a double to the gap for a pair of RBI. Joly was game MVP.
The Canadians scorched the Surrey Expos 15-9 Saturday afternoon.
Lacktin Doyle drove in four runs, Kristian Currie picked up three RBI and Chris Riva went 3-3 and flashed the leather at the hot corner to earn MVP.