The Greater Victoria Baseball Association’s Mosquito A Red Eagles baseball team capped off a successful tournament ball season with a bronze medal at this year’s provincial championships, Aug. 2 to 4 in Cloverdale. After opening round-robin play at the Provincial championships with a 4-1 loss to Ladner, the Victoria boys earned three successive wins against Prince George (14-2), Chilliwack (15-5) and Penticton (13-11) to move on to the bronze medal game where they lost 11-7 to a tough Cloverdale team. (It had been decided before tournament play began that the bronze medal game would be deemed an exhibition game and that both teams would be deemed bronze medalists).
Coached by Chris Hambley, Tyler Luchies and Harold Cull, the team included players from the GVBA member associations of Carnarvon, Triangle, Peninsula and Gordon Head. While the Mosquito A team is typically a nine-year-old team of first-year Mosquito-age players (Connor Melanson, Brendan Franklin, Jacob Popadynic, Dominic Hambley, Jordan English, Cole Daniel, Spencer Harman, Timothy Szo, Ben Bryson and Ryan Whelan), this year’s team also included three eight-year-olds: Owen Luchies, Tyrus Hall and Julian Cull.
With an overall record of 12 wins and eight losses throughout the month-long season, the team of talented eight and nine-year-olds had a combined 228 hits for 233 runs and a batting average of .456. Of 641 batters faced, the team made 305 outs and gave up 184 hits, allowing only 185 runs against all season.