Rutland beat the Vernon Canadians 6-2 in the zone AA bantam baseball final Sunday at Blackburn Park in Salmon Arm.
Rutland will represent the zone at provincials this weekend in Richmond.
Alex Tonge pitched six quality innings, keeping Rutland at bay.
Ryan Gamage belted two hits in three trips to the plate and recorded several outs at first to earn game MVP honours.
Hayden Lewis was stellar at second base, turning a double play that would have put a smile on Roberto Alomar’s face in the fourth inning.
Ben Fortems went 2-for-4 and pitched the final inning. Falcon Thomas and Dakota Becker cashed in the C’s’ runs.
The Canadians mercy-ruled Salmon Arm 14-1 in the semifinals on Sunday.
Evan Schmidt was throwing heat on the mound as he fanned 11 batters over five innings and was named MVP.
Thomas woke up the bats by crushing a triple in the first. In the fourth, Ryan Vandesande singled and made it around the bases on passed balls as the C’s scored five runs in the inning.
Matthew Hansen went 4-for-4 with three runs, and a pair of RBI. Tonge was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Fortems scored three runs.
After rain cancelled a game with Penticton, the Canadians faced Rutland in their final round robin game Saturday night.
Rutland doubled the Canadians 20-10 in an offensive barnburner.
Hansen continued to crush the ball, going 3-for-3 and scoring three runs for game MVP.
Thomas smoked a pair of hits in three trips to the dish, knocked in three and scored three runs.
Becker recorded a single, a double and three RBI.
Tonge also singled and doubled, drew a walk, drove in a pair and stole two bases. Defensive errors allowed Rutland to pull away after the fourth inning.
The Canadians tied Salmon Arm 2-2 Friday.
Tonge pitched a pair of innings and struck out three. Schmidt came in for three innings and K-ed five batters and Fortems struck out two in two innings.
The Canadians couldn’t solve Salmon Arm’s pitching; they only recorded four hits. Fortunately, they were all doubles from Koll Cherkowski, Hansen, Thomas and Lewis. Cherkowski was MVP.
The Canadians are coached by Mike Lewis, Blair Hansen and Keith Becker.