Despite suffering their first loss of the summer during the Island midget AA baseball championships last weekend, the host Duncan RiverCats overcame that obstacle and managed to qualify for provincials.
The RiverCats entered the Island championships at Evans Park with a record of 10 wins and no losses, and won their first game of the tournament before losing a tough battle with the Campbell River Tyees on Saturday afternoon.
The Tyees won 5-3 to hand the RiverCats their first defeat of the season despite the brilliant pitching of Blair Robertson, who handled the first six innings for the Duncan squad, and top-notch defence behind him, which included Keir Baknes throwing a runner out at home plate.
The RiverCats opened the tournament earlier that day with a six-inning 14-4 mercying of Victoria. Jordy Frost started on the mound and pitched three hitless innings before Adam Sakuma relieved him partway through the fourth and shut the door the rest of the way. Sakuma was also effective with the bat, collecting a pair of hits to earn game MVP honours.
Needing a decisive win in their third game early Sunday afternoon in order to advance to provincials, the RiverCats jumped out to an 18-1 lead over Comox on their way to a
decisive 21-11 victory.
"We seemed to relax too much and let Comox back in it before ending it in the 6th by mercy," head coach Jim Frost said.
Once again, the RiverCats got an outstanding outing from their starting pitcher. Again it was Jordy Frost, who went into the fourth inning and gave up only one hit,
while helping his cause with two hits, to be named game MVP. Jaysen Paddle came up big with a triple and three singles, while Robertson had three hits, and Reiya Tomida had two doubles.
The RiverCats will head to Mission for the midget AA provincial championships beginning this Thursday.