Vernon pitcher Dylan Emmons struck out nine batters and allowed just one run in 6 2/3 innings as the host Kelowna Reds grounded the Penticton Tigers 7-4 in the Zone Bantam AA Baseball playdowns Sunday.
Emmons, who was picked up by Kelowna, also went 4-for-6 at the plate as Kelowna won the best-of-five series 3-1 and advanced to the B.C. championships, Aug. 2-6, in Aldergrove.
After having the initial game suspended due to rain and lightning on Friday in Penticton, the series moved to Kelowna for the resumption of Game 1 and the completion of Game 2 Saturday.
Game 1 saw a pitchers battle ensue where Easton Forrest of the Reds, scattered three hits over seven innings in a 3-2 loss.
Taylor Kanke and Matt Brodt silenced the Kelowna bats and stymied Kelowna hitters with 13 strikeouts while only allowing two hits. Both hits came off the bat of Ethan Jarvis.
The second game was a different story as the Reds came out swinging and racked up nine hits in a 5-2 win.
David Tongue was dominant on the mound for the Reds as he allowed only two hits with six Ks over seven innings, and also contributed two hits, including a magnificent drag bunt down the third base line to score the go-ahead and eventual winning run.
Emmons also supplied a pair of hits with Jeran Knorr playing a masterful second base, assisting on nine outs.
Game 3 Sunday was a battle of attrition as Penticton jumped out to a 5-1 early lead, only to have Kelowna chip away and tie the score 5-5 on a two-run single by Rhys Colpron in the bottom of the seventh.
Nathan Hettinga and Sam DeMelo combined to go 11 complete innings in a 6-5 comeback win with Markus Glowacki hitting a walk-off double in the bottom of the 11th to score Knorr, who doubled with two out for the win.
Game 4 saw Emmons take the mound for the Reds and he shut down the Tigers with four strikeouts and two hits over five innings.
The Reds’ offence did the rest with Glowacki, Michael Gini and Demelo each providing two hits.
Head coach Chris Jarvis is assisted by Marty Colpron, Kody Umperville and Brent Ueda.