Heat blaze their way to third place

The Salmon Arm Heat Peewee baseball team swung into third place at the Provincial Championships last weekend.

The Salmon Arm Heat Peewee baseball team swung into third place at the Provincial Championships last weekend.

The team battled through five games with four wins and two losses, losing by one point in their final game against Comox.

Their first game was on Thursday against North Delta and was a close finish, with a final score of 8-7 for the Heat.

Their first loss came after playing a team from the Sunshine Coast. Salmon Arm was up after the first two innings, but the Sunshine Coast capitalized on fatigue mistakes and took the game.

On Friday, the Heat battled against the Campbell River Tyee. Starting pitcher Keyan Orchard suffered a line drive to his knee in the first inning and was out for the rest of the game, but the Heat worked hard and ended up with a 5-5 tie at the end of the first inning.

Salmon Arm shut the Tyee down through the next two innings while continuing their battling and offensive demonstration. By the third inning, Salmon Arm was leading by 11, and although Campbell River came in strong in the fourth, they were no match for the Heat who defended their lead to win the game with a 17-10 score.

The Heat then battled a Kamloops team, and came out on top with a decisive 12-1 victory.

By placing second in the round-robin pool, the Heat were pitted against Comox in the semifinals.

The first two innings saw the Heat make nine hits, six runs and a solo home run by Logan Reynolds. Comox responded with five hits and two runs. After two innings, the heat were up by 6-2. The Heat managed to shut Comox down but the game ended in the seventh inning with a 7-7 tie.

In the extra inning, Colby Jepson scored a solo home run, but Comox battled back and ended the game with a final score of 9-8.

 

Salmon Arm Observer