Bantam AA Stingers Cap Impressive Summer With Bronze at Westerns

After winning the Bantam AA Provincials over the August long weekend, the Victoria Stingers capped off their summer baseball season by bringing home a bronze medal from the Western Canadian Championships in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

The Stingers summer began with a win at the Stars and Stripes Tournament in Linden Washington, going 4-0 July 5-7. After that they placed third in the Valley of Champions Tournament July 15-17 in Kelowna, suffering the first loss of the season in the semi-finals to the host Rutland 8-7. The Stingers won the four round robin games (Prince George 8-3, Cloverdale 18-5, Fish Creek 10-0 and Tsawwassen 7-6) and then won the bronze medal game 10-0 vs. Tsawwassen.

The Stingers would then win their way to Provincials, back in Kelowna, after beating Duncan 10-0 and 15-3 in the Island Zone Championships.

In Provincials August 1st to 4th, the Stingers started slow, losing 12-9 to Vancouver Thursday and then 8-4 to Abbotsford on Friday, but the boys bounced back showing their true character on Saturday and Sunday. They came out Saturday and beat Burnaby 30-6 (yes that score is correct!) and then beat Richmond 10-4 in a game where they could only surrender 5 runs or they would be eliminated because of the tie breaker rules.

Sunday in the semi-final game, the Stingers had to face the undefeated and top seeded Cloverdale. After falling behind 5-1 after 5 innings, they put up 5 runs in the top of the sixth and won the game 6-5.

The final game matched them against the other undefeated team, and the second seed, Vancouver. After letting up two runs in the top of the first, the Stingers turned it on and never looked back. They put up runs every inning on their way to a 13-3 win and became the U15 Provincial Champs!

The Stingers then travelled to Swift Current Saskatchewan for the Westerns, and represented as Team BC. They lost the first game 9-4 against Alberta despite out hitting them. Then they lost to Manitoba, the eventual tournament winners, 11-2. The Stingers then played a great game against Saskatchewan, but still fell 4-3. In their last game together as a team, the boys played one of their best and beat the host 8-3 thereby taking third place in the process.

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