The Vernon bats were as hot as the temperature Sunday at Lakeview Park as the 11U AAA Vernon Canadians earned a tie and a win in over the Kelowna Sun Devils and West Kelowna Diamondbacks.
In Game 1, the Canadians struggled defensively in the first four innings but rung up some big hits for a wild 17-17 tie.
Chayse Brumpton started for Vernon and threw a lot of strikes but three errors allowed four runs in the top of the first. The C’s responded in the bottom half with four runs. Dominic Meyer knocked in Kaleb Murray (walk) with a triple, followed by a fielder’s choice-RBI from Kacey Miller to score Meyer. Chayse Brumpton and Mark Johnson both tapped infield singles and Jonah Lee hit a two-run double to knock them in and tie things 4-4.
Both teams exchanged runs over the next three innings, with the Sun Devils taking a 14-13 lead through four innings. Jonah Lee pitched a three-up, three-down inning with two K’s in the fifth and the Canadians responded by scoring four in the bottom half, spearheaded by a two-RBI single from Miller.
The Sun Devils scored twice in the bottom half off Ryan Cox to put them up by one. Reid Williamson led off the bottom half with an exciting double, ripping the ball to centre and making a great slide into second base to avoid the tag. He advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a passed ball to tie the game.
Murray and Jamie Campbell each reached home all four times for the C’s (four walks for Murray and a triple and three walks for Campbell).
In the second game later in the day, the young Vernon squad responded with a 14-4 win over West Kelowna.
Murray started on the mound and allowed only one run and no hits over three innings, striking out seven and walking four.
The Canadians rewarded Murray with some more offence, scoring eight runs in the first three innings. Cox started things off in the bottom of the fourth with a walk and was driven to third off of a solid line drive single from Charlie Swartz.
Mark Johnson cashed both players in with a triple to the fence in right center, and Johnson later scored on a passed ball to put the Cs up 3-0 after one inning.
In the second, Campbell walked and was driven to third on a single to center by Williamson. Murray knocked in Williamson with a single and Cox drove Murray in with a laser ground ball double down the right field line. Cox scored on a single by Miller to make it 7-1.
After scoring one in the third (Swartz scoring on a passed ball), Johnson threw a shutout fourth and Brumpton drove in Campbell in the bottom half of the 4th and later scored on a fielder’s choice (Murray) to put Vernon up 10-2 after four complete.
Miller shut it down in the fifth with a dominating 10-pitch, three-strikeout performance.
The 10U A Canadians rallied to shade Kelowna A 15-14 before stopping Kelowna 6-4 in Game 2 Saturday at Lakeview.
Vernon lost 17-16 to Salmon Arm 11U and fell 11-10 to Penticton 11U AA in Sunday action.
The Sun Devils got out to a quick 8-0 lead after two innings but Vernon jumped right back in with a pair of runs in the second on doubles by Micah Davyduke and Tyson Wicklund. Grady Barg pitched a 1-2-3 third allowing the Canadians to jump back into the game on singles by Jordie Brown, Nolan Wilson and Devin Sorensen. A Vincent Sanfilippo triple cleared the bases to leave it 8-6 after three.
Devon Gregoire-Gabriel threw a shutdown inning in the fourth and the Canadian put up another four-run inning to take the lead 10-8. Kelowna put up 3 runs in the fifth but Vernon came right back with three on doubles by Carter Davidson and Drew Christensen.
Kelowna rung up three more in the sixth with Jordan Herrington walked to lead off the Vernon sixth. Turner Hayward singled and Brown walked and with the bases loaded and one out, Nolan Wilson’s walk off double to left field was the winner.
In Game 2, Christensen tossed four solid innings, striking out nine and giving up four hits. Carter Davidson provided two hits and Sanfilippo’s two-RBI ground-rule double put Vernon ahead for good.
On Sunday, the Canadians fell behind 5-0 after two innings to Salmon Arm before almost coming all the way back. Christensen led the way with three hits and Barg and Wilson added two hits apiece. Brown recorded three RBI.
Penticton scored four times in the first but the Canadians answered with four on a two-RBI double by Everett Brown and a single by Davyduke. Micah also threw three solid innings striking out six before handing the ball off to Turner Hayward for two more K’s.
Everett Brown went 3-for-3 with three doubles and 3 RBI, while Davyduke was 3-for-3 with two ribbies. Devin Sorensen also added two key hits.