The Vernon Canadians closed out a tough season with two losses to Cloverdale Spurs in B.C. Midget AAA Baseball league play Saturday at Hillcrest Park.
The Canadians finished 10-31-1 and in 14th place. They need to place in the top-two during the wildcard tournament this weekend in Tri Cities in order to advance to provincials in two weeks in Nanaimo.
The Spurs edged the Canadians 7-4 in the opener. Staff ace Dylan Emmons took to the mound in his final midget regular season start. He pitched six innings, picked up seven strikeouts and surrendered three earned runs.
Emmons finished 5-5 with a 1.96 ERA and 126 strikeouts. Ethan Huizinga smacked an RBI double and a single in four trips to the plate. He led the Canadians with a .324 average and a .440 on base percentage.
Tyler Liefke continues to be a speed demon on the base paths since returning from his foot injury. Liefke went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and stolen bases and scored one run. He finished with 22 stolen bases in 11 games with a .344 average.
Kadyn Thomas was 1-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base.
“We came out flat in the first game, it seems as though when Dylan is pitching the boys go into autopilot and assume he will strike everyone out,” said Canadians’ coach Ken Liefke.
The Spurs clipped the Canadians 3-2 in extra innings in Game 2.
The Spurs finished the year 10th at 18-24.
Brayden Damini pitched 7.2 innings with six punchouts and he allowed three earned runs.
Huizinga was 3-for-4 with three singles, an RBI and one run scored.
Emmons was 1-for-3 at the dish. He finished the year with a .252 average and led the C’s with 18 RBI.
“We played much better defensively in Game 2 but our bats went cold. We had four hits and Huizinga had three of them,” said Liefke.