Morning Star Staff
The Vernon Kal Tire AA Canadians stopped the Prince George AAA Knights 2-1 Sunday to repeat as champions of the Wesley Nelson Pee Wee Baseball Tournament in West Kelowna.
Rick Leroux’s crew got five strong innings from Caden Doyle, who allowed just one single before giving the ball to Nick Cherkowski. Prince George could only muster a lead-off double which led to their run in the bottom of the seventh, off Cherkowski.
The C’s scored in the fourth when Jaden Parsons led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out by Jarod Leroux and crossed home plate on Cherkowski’s single to left centre field.
Vernon got the winning run in the sixth when call-up Eric Foufoulas led off with a single and moved to third after singles by Caden Bracken and game MVP Parsons. With the Knights’ infield playing in to cut the run down at home, Leroux singled and Foufoulas slid in safely.
The Canadians opened by ambushing the Prince George AAA Outlaws 9-0 with pitcher Colton Schaper-Kotter taking MVP with two singles and a double. Doyle was 3-for-3.
Carter Morris earned the decision, Parsons stroked his first home run of the season and Chase Batchelor took MVP as the C’s rocked the Kelowna Ramblers 9-5.
Cherkowski went 3-for-3 and took MVP as Vernon ripped the Rutland Rockies 12-3, while Leroux was named MVP as the C’s bounced West Kelowna 9-5. Leroux, Parsons, Zach Orchard and Foufoulas each had two hits.
The Vernon C&A Contracting Canadians swept the West Kelowna Jays 11-1 and 16-6 in a Bantam baseball double header Sunday at Marshall Field.
In the first game, Tyler Wellman got the start and pitched three solid innings, allowing one run off two hits while striking out 10 batters. Tyler Liefke mowed down out six of seven batters he faced in relief.
Liefke was 2-for-2 at the plate with a home run. Other notables at the plate were Arron Fairbairn, who went 2-for-2 with a triple, and Chris Riva, with a pair of doubles.
In Game 2, Elliott Landy pitched two solid innings, striking out six while allowing one run. Bailey Wellman, Caleb Versteeg and Nathan Nesbitt helped out in relief.
Liefke smashed two more dingers, while Landy hit one tater, Nesbitt was 3-for-3 and Wellman went 2-for-3. Brett Lambert was solid all day in the outfield and at the plate ( 2-for-3 with three walks and six stolen bases).
C & A play three games this weekend, facing the Vernon Coldstone Creamery on Saturday at 11 a.m. They play Kamloops in a Sunday twinbill at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Marshall Field).
In Tadpole play Monday night at the Armoury Park, the Meterors edged the Grizzly Bears 15-14 in a battle of Coldstone Creamery sponsored teams.
The Bears scored early with a big hit by Matthew Brockman. The Meteors streaked around the diamond when Braxton McDonald knocked one into left field.
The Grizzlies came back in the second with some sharp outs at first base by Dylan Hatalcik, but couldn’t overcome a late Meteor comeback when Zachary Newman stepped on the plate.