Russell Young of the Cloverdale Spurs beats Zach Schwab of the Prince George Knights to second base during a Mosquito AAA Tier 1 game at Cloverdale Ball Park

Two B.C. titles for Spurs

Cloverdale wins Bantam, Midget provincial tournaments

The Cloverdale Minor Baseball Association will be sending two teams to interprovincial championship tournament.

The Cloverdale Spurs won B.C. Minor Baseball’s 15-and-under (Bantam) provincial championship in Kamloops and will play at the national tournament Aug. 22-25 in Vaughn, Ontario.

Cloverdale placed second in their group in round robin play, winning two of four games. In Sunday’s playoff round, they topped Abbotsford 11-0 then edged the Vancouver Mounties 4-3 in the championship game.

The Spurs trailed 3-1 after six innings, but got a two-out, three-run home run from Aiden Mordecai in the top of the seventh. Broden Bydeweg was the winning pitcher, getting a strikeout to end the game with two Mounties on base.

The Spurs also claimed the provincial championship in the 18-and-under (Midget) age group in Chilliwack, and will play at the Western Canada tournament Aug. 22-25 in Winnipeg.

Cloverdale won all five games at the eight-team competition in Chilliwack, edging the Richmond Chuckers 3-2 in a semifinal contest before scoring seven runs in the first inning of the final on their way to an 11-2  victory over the South Okanagan Tigers.

Cloverdale Minor Baseball also hosted a pair of Mosquito (11-and-under) tournaments at Cloverdale Ball Park last weekend. The Spurs won a bronze medal in the AAA category, defeating Coquitlam 7-6 after losing to the eventual champions from Victoria by the same score in a semifinal game.

The host team also won bronze in the A group. After a 5-4 semifinal loss to Ladner, Cloverdale clinched a third-place finish with an 11-7 victory over Victoria.

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