Riley Edmonds pitched a complete game, 5-hit shut-out to lead the Victoria Eagles to a 1-0 win over the Abbotsford Cardinals in the BC Premier Baseball League Championships on Saturday afternoon, thereby guaranteeing the Eagles a spot in the championship final on Sunday.
The Eagles win gave them first place overall in the round robin with a 2-1 record (the Eagles lost earlier on Saturday to vancouver 3-0), and thus a bye into the finals, as the win handed Abbotsford their first loss and a similar 2-1 record, with the Eagles advancing because of the head-to-head victory.
The offensive heroics for the Eagles in the final round robin game came in the top of the 5th inning, when Zane Takhar led things off with a single, was moved to third on a single by Kyle Murai and a walk to Vinny Martin and then came in to score on an error by the Abbotsford shortstop off the bat of Brandon Feldman.
After Edmonds retired the Cardinals in order in the 6th, he would find himself in trouble in the bottom of the 7th after hitting the leadoff batter and then giving up a single, but then would get a fielders choice and two big strikeouts to end the game with the winning runners left on base for Abbotsford.
The Eagles will now play the winner of a semi-final between Abbotsford and Nanaimo that goes at 12:30 pm Sunday. Nanaimo (1-2) won the third place position after beating Vancouver 7-6 in nine innings in the final round robin game for those teams.
The Championship final goes at 3:00 pm at Delair Park in Abbotsford.