Priority Concrete Cardinals double crosstown rival Overland West Tigers 8-4 to capture West Kootenay Little League title
Jackson Hare doubled in two early runs sparking Nelson’s Priority Concrete Cardinals to an 8-4 victory over crosstown rival Overland West Tigers in the final of the West Kootenay Little League Minor Division championship Wednesday evening at Queen Elizabeth Park.
Hare’s double came off Tigers starter Kyein Evans, sparking the Cardinals to an early 4-0 lead.
Priority Concrete added two more runs in the second before the Tigers rallied for a pair of runs of their own compliments of a single by Mike Zarikoff and a double from Jacob Erickson. Erickson later stole home to cut the lead to 6-2.
The Cardinals increased the lead to 8-2 as Matthew Bullen and Max Korinth found home plate.
Overland West managed to push across two more runs but that would be as close as the club would come as the Cardinals held on for the title.
Other notables form the game were a single and double from Jacob Erickson and pitchers Kyein Evans with five strikeouts, Ronan Gray with three and Mike Zarikoff with four for the Tigers.
Hare had two doubles and a single, Forte had three singles and McMillan pitched three strikeouts, Hare with four and Forte with two.
The win by Priority Concrete sent a bit of a shockwave through the Little League Baseball system as no Trail team advanced to the final.
In past years Nelson teams played second and third fiddle two teams from the Silver City, Beaver Valley and Castlegar.
Next up is the All Star season as players from throughout the region form West Kootenay Teams.
One of those teams will be in Trail July 20-28 for the B.C. Little League Championships at Andy Belisky Park.