Chase Batchelor of the Vernon Redhawks reaches first base after an infield throw sneaks by Brendan Roffel of the Vernon Blue jays in Mosquito baseball action Tuesday night at Lakeview Park.

Chase Batchelor of the Vernon Redhawks reaches first base after an infield throw sneaks by Brendan Roffel of the Vernon Blue jays in Mosquito baseball action Tuesday night at Lakeview Park.

Canadians claim Mosquito baseball title

The Vernon Canadians stopped the Penticton Giants 9-2 Sunday in the West Kelowna Mosquito Tournament.

 

The Vernon Canadians stopped the Penticton Giants 9-2 Sunday in the West Kelowna Mosquito All-Star Baseball Tournament final.

It was the fourth game of the day for the C’s, who got great pitching from Sapien Joe, Sawyer Bliss, Caden Colemorgan, Landon Harison, Jacob Green, Maguire Laurdison, Eric Foufoulas and Shawn Huizinga.

Carter Morris was impressive on the mound in the final, striking out three in two innings followed by two more K’s in the final inning. MVP’s for the Sunday games were Christopher McIntosh, Lauridson and Colemorgan.

Vernon opened with a 12-9 victory over the West Kelowna Red Sox.

Foufoulas, Jacob Green, Harison, Ryan Gamage and Chase Batchelor  handled the mound duties.

Colemorgan, Morris, Foufoulas and Shawn Huizinga knocked in runs in the first inning, while  Joe doubled in Gamage in the third.

Morris picked up a nice line drive at first and threw to catcher Laurdison to tag a runner out at home.  Strong fielding came from Huizinga.

Christopher McIntosh doubled, while Colemorgan and Laurdison each tripled with Laurdison swiping home to put the C’s up 8-6 in the third.

The stellar Vernon defence was highlighted by throws from Laurdisen to Batchelor at second for a nice out and Joe at third to McIntosh at first for the third out. Morris nailed a line-drive, two-run dinger, while Gamage (game MVP) stroked a double to center field and later stole home to make it 12-7 C’s.

On Saturday afternoon, the Canadians shelled the West Kelowna Giants 17-5 with Harison jumpstarting the offence with a two-run tater.

Huizinga pitched the first inning and part of the second followed by Sawyer Bliss. Batchelor banged an RBI-double, while Colemorgan and Green followed with singles.

Batchelor took the mound in the third and fanned two batters.  The fourth inning saw Harison hit another two-run shot, again bringing in Gamage.  Joe and Laurdisen registered run-scoring doubles to give the Canadians a comfortable lead.

Colemorgan was strong behind the plate, picking up a bunt and throwing to first for the out while Batchelor struck out two more to close the inning.

Harison capped a sensational MVP game with a grand slam homer in the fifth, while Christopher McIntosh pitched a solid final inning striking out two.

In regular Mosquito action Tuesday night, Gamage rapped two triples, drove in three runs and scored the winning run as the Kal Tire Red Hawks edged the Prostock Blue Jays 11-10.

Hyaden Lewis smacked a two-run double for the Blue Jays, while teammate Brendan Roffel made a great catch at first in the second inning.

Erik Foufoulas and Tyler Sedlacek pitched for the Red Hawks with Sedlacek shutting down the Jays in the final inning.