Canadians capture Valley crown

Vernon Canadians shell Surrey Cardinals 12-2 in final of the Valley of Champions Mosquito AA Baseball Tournament in West Kelowna.

The Vernon Canadians shelled the Surrey Cardinals 12-2 in Sunday’s final of the Valley of Champions Mosquito AA Baseball Tournament in West Kelowna.

Tourney MVP Carter Morris struck out five batters over three innings and walked home to score Vernon’s first run in the first inning.

Maguire Lauridsen smacked a line drive double to centre field to bring in Morris in the third, while Caden Colmorgen doubled in Lauridsen and Chase Batchelor. Brayden Beacom walked with the bases loaded for Vernon’s fourth run of the inning.

Colmorgen made a nice pick up in centre field and threw to Nick Foufoulas at second for a close out. A deep, left-field hit was scooped up by Jackson Soucy, who relayed to Batchelor for a close tag out by third baseman Lincoln Connor.

Batchelor stroked a line-drive double to left field to score Foufoulas and Morris in the fourth. Lauridsen nailed a single to score Batchelor and then ran some text-book base stealing to make it to third. Morris singled in Lauridsen. Soucy recorded a vacuum glove and bullet throw to Foufoulas at second for a nifty backhand tag for the second out.

Landon Harison singled in Ryan Gamage, Foufoulas drove in Connor, and Harison stole home in the fifth. Batchelor was on the mound and fanned a pair.

Head coach Mark Batchelor and assistants Colin Rafferty, Gus Morris and Achim Colmorgen guided the Canadians in a great weekend of ball.

The C’s opened the tourney with a 15-0 ambushing of the West Kelowna Diamondbacks as Connor tripled and doubled while knocking in one run and Lauridsen smacked a triple, single and three ribbies.

Koll Cherkowski ripped a two-run double, while Gamage, Morris and Colmorgen each drove in two runs. Beacom took game MVP.

Vernon opened with a 14-11 win over the Tsawwassen A’s with MVP Soucy doubling in Harison with the winning run in the sixth.

Lauridsen and Gamage each smacked run-scoring doubles and swiped home, while Colmorgen crushed a three-run triple and Connor rapped a two-run double.

The C’s toppled the Penticton Thunder 11-8 and lost 9-7 to the Cardinals in Saturday action.

Morris hit a pair of doubles and a triple while swiping third and home. He also made an amazing stretched-out catch at first to intercept a line drive for an out.

Lauridsen hit a run-scoring double and stole home, while Colmorgen tripled and Beacom swiped home.

Harison pitched three strong innings, made a daring steal home and ran down a few grounders from the hill to earn MVP in the loss to Surrey,

Foufoulas provided stellar defence at second base and hit a RBI-double, while Gamage delivered three ribbies on a double and single. Morris hit a two-run double, Beacom swiped home and Colmorgen struck out two batters in relief.