Team B.C. was second behind Ontario with 19 medals going into Thursday afternoon action at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg.
Carter Morris of Vernon pitched a gem of a game Tuesday as B.C. edged Saskatchewan 2-1 in baseball at Elmwood Giants Field. B.C. finished third in their pool at 3-3 by a fraction of a run, losing the tiebreaker to Saskatchewan (3-3).
Morris was on the mound for 6 1/3 innings without giving up an earned run. He displayed great control, throwing strikes and then being aided by some solid defensive play behind him. Jayden Knight (Langley) and Daniel Gernon (Cloverdale) continued their hot hitting with two knocks apiece.
The game went right down to the wire, with the deciding run being scored via a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning.
B.C. lost 3-1 to Ontario (4-1) in quarterfinal play Thursday and face Quebec this morning in a final placing game. B.C. defeated Quebec twice in preliminary action with Morris winning one of those games.
Morris, 15, is entering Grade 11 at Seaton Secondary. His fastball tops out at 87 miles an hour. He went 6-5 with 49 strikeouts and a 2.65 earned run average with the Kelowna-based Okanagan Athletics of the B.C. Premier Baseball League this season.
In women’s basketball, Mackenzie Horst of Vernon drained 11 points in 26 minutes of floor time as B.C. fell 67-61 to New Brunswick in quarterfinal play Wednesday at the Duckworth Centre.
Georgia Alexander of Victoria canned 18 points for B.C., coached by Vernon’s Joe Enevoldson, a Fulton Maroons grad.
B.C. lost 73-45 to Ontario in a round of 16 game Tuesday with Horst ringing up eight points and 19 minutes of court time. Alexander pocketed 11 points.
“We have all the pieces we need to go out with a bang tomorrow and we’re really excited to play like the team we know we are,” said Alexander, prior to a final placing game later Thursday versus Nova Scotia.
Landon Currie of Vernon and Team B.C. open the men’s volleyball schedule Monday afternoon against the Yukon.
Trinity Hansma of Armstrong just missed a bronze medal in the women’s high jump Tuesday with a personal-best leap of 1.70 metres. The bronze-medalist also jumped 1.70 but Hansma had a couple of misses at 1.68 and finished fourth.
Hansma, a 16-year-old Pleasant Valley Secondary student, will return to Manitoba for the Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships, Aug. 11-13, in Brandon.
Vernon’s Laura Medcalf is manager of B.C.’s triathlon team which saw Desirae Ridemour of Cowichan strike gold in the women’s race Monday at Birds Hill Provincial Park ahead of teammate Hannah Henry of Victoria.
Michael Milic of Delta took silver in the men’s race Monday.
There are 16 sports, 250 events and 4,000 athletes in the Summer Games.