The 2012 BC Minor Provincial Tournaments kicked off over the August long weekend and in addition to the Pee Wee Wildcats Gold (see story above), three other GVBA teams came home with Silver medals (Pee Wee A Tigers, Mosquito AAA Black Eagles, Bantam AA Stingers) and one with Bronze (Mosquito A Red Eagles).Pee Wee A Tigers – Silver
After making their way into the semi-finals with a 3-1 record, the Pee Wee A Tigers met up with the Aldergrove Dodgers and stunned the Dodgers (who had won their 4 round robin games by a combined score of 57-10) in a wild 14-13 affair. That put them into the finals for a re-match with the Victoria Wildcats (see story above), who had beaten the Tigers 13-8 in the round robin. The affair with Aldergrove had taken too much out of the Tigers though and they fell to the Wildcats 15-2.
Mosquito "A" Red Eagles – Bronze
The Mosquito "A" Red Eagles travelled to Coquitlam Moody for their Provincials and after beginning with three straight wins over Richmond (11-5), Campbell River (24-2) and Ridge Meadows (16-12), they lost a 10-9 heartbreaker to Abbotsford to put them up against eventual champion Cloverdale, losing 8-3. They then rebounded to defeat North Delta in the Bronze Medal game.
Mosquito Black Eagles AAA Tier I – Silver Medal
The Mosquito AAA Black Eagles began their Provincials in Cloverdale on the wrong foot, dropping a 9-1 decision to Abbotsford, but them rebounded to win the rest of their round robin games over Rutland (17-7), Duncan (11-0) and Ridge Meadows (7-3). That put them into the semis against Cloverdale where they emerged with an 8-6 win. In the re-match with Abbotsford in the final, the Eagles wilted in the 100 F plus weather and lost a tough one, claiming the silver medal.
Bantam AA Stingers -Silver Medal
With four returning players from last year's provincial silver medal team, as well as nine talented newcomers, expectations were high for the Victoria Stingers at this year's bantam AA provincial in Aldergrove.
The Stingers started off quite shaky, grinding out a 1-0 win over Tri-City, with Brendan Turcotte's six shutout innings rescuing the icy cold bats. Game two saw the Stingers play improve, beating tournament host Aldergrove 7-3 in a game which was never really in doubt. Game 3 was a matchup against highly ranked Abbotsford, and Victoria came out flying, finishing off the Angels 14-4 in a mercy rule-shortened game. With first place in the pool clinched, the Stingers beat a scrappy Richmond team 28-12 in their final round robin test.
Championship Sunday brought a date with the Vancouver Minor Yankees, and the Stingers came out and virtually ended the game in the first inning, posting nine runs (including a Kurtis Gamble home run) en route to an 11-1 blowout win. Brendan Turcotte was once again the pitching star, pitching a complete game.
With a season record somewhere around 40 wins and 1 loss, the Chilliwack Cougars were bound to be a formidable opponent in the final. Seven Cougar runs in the first two innings later, it seemed hope was all but lost. But a gutsy comeback in the third inning saw the Stingers claw back to within one run. Unfortunately, that's as close as Victoria would get, losing 10-6.
This coming weekend, the Pee Wee AAA Red and Black Eagles begin their quest for Provincial Gold in Richmond.