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LVR coach leads B.C. Capitals to silver medal — Ron Mace turns back the clock and returns to the diamond as a player

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
August 9th, 2011

Ron Mace of Nelson sparked the B.C. Capitals to a silver medal at the 50-plus National Baseball Championships B.C. Day Holiday Weekend in Burlington, Ontario.

Mace, coach of the L.V. Bombers Baseball team, registered a hit in the final game before Red Deer hitting took over as the Alberta squad pounded the B.C. Capitals 11-1 in the final of the 50-plus Tier I Division.

“(It) was all Red Deer as they hit four different B.C. pitchers hard and often scoring the 11 runs to win,” Mace said of the final game.

Mace, a seasoned veteran of the diamond game, was asked to play for the B.C. Capitals and traveled to the Lower Mainland several weekends to practice and play for the provincial champs.

B.C. opened the tournament with a 5-4 loss to Red Deer.

Kieth Faure of Langley was 1-for-2 and scored a run while Neil Henderson of Gibsons belted a two-RBI double.

Mace had an RBI on a suicide squeeze bunt in the sixth to give the Capitals a two-run lead

But a fielding error in the bottom of the inning with the bases loaded lead to three Red Deer runs and the win for the Alberta squad.

B.C. then won its next two games, blasting Ottawa Braumeisters 10-3 and Nova Scotia’s Pleasant Valley 12-6 to finish the round robin with the 2-1 record and a berth in the playoffs.

Against Pleasant Valley Mace had three RBI while the LVR physical education instructor pitched two innings of relief against Ottawa.

In the semi final, against Oakville, Mace was 1-for-2 at the plate, finishing the game with a walk and two RBI as B.C, thumped the Ontario rep 13-3.


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