Mustangs squeezed out of Bantam AA title contention
Losses in their first two games at the provincial Bantam AA baseball championships in Burnaby put the Cowichan Valley Mustangs behind the eight ball and they couldn't recover.
The Mustangs opened with an 11-8 defeat against the Vancouver Yankees and then fell 4-3 to Cloverdale.
"We knew at that point we had to win our last two and hope for some help,'' said Tod LeSergent, one of the Mustangs' coaches.
The Mustangs did their part and won the last two games, leading to a three-way tie for second place in their division. But that wasn't enough.
"Under the tiebreaking rule, the Yankees moved on,'' said LeSergent.
The team felt it had a great chance of contending for the title heading into the tournament.
"I think we were hugely disappointed,'' said LeSergent.
The first outing, he said, was "a game we felt we should have won against Vancouver Yankees.''
The Cloverdale game brought more of the same. "We had chances to win that one as well,'' LeSergent said.
The tournament at least ended on a high note with a 12-6 thumping of Rutland and an 8-7 extra-inning thriller over Burnaby.
The Mustangs attempted a squeeze play in the ninth inning with runners on second and third.
"The bunt was missed and it was a suicide squeeze,'' said LeSergent.
Luckily, it all worked out and Tanner Cummings still managed to score the winning run.