By Courtenay Sampson TRU WolfPack baseball communications
The final day of the Canadian College Baseball Conference Nationals began early this morning (May 12th) win the Okanagan College Coyotes and the University of Fraser Valley Cascades playing out the final inning of last nights first game of the best-of-three tournament final. The second game of the final series kicked off as a well matched battle. Brett Reid (Toronto, ON) took the plate for the Coyotes, throwing 5 innings and letting up three runs before heading to the dugout. The Coyotes brought up Wyatt Hummel (West Kelowna, BC) next, to throw another 2.1 innings. Hummel struck out one and gave up two more runs on three hits when coaches decided it was time to bring out the teams go-to pitcher. Trevor Brigden (Toronto, ON) came out to pitch the final 1.2 innings of the game during which time Cascades failed to attain another run. The teams were tied 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, two outs and with a runner on second Massimo Peranio (Abbotsford, BC) took to the plate. With two balls and two strikes on the count Peranio hit a two run homer to take the game. Forcing the final to the tie-breaker game.
The third, and final game, of the series was a hard fought battle both teams had to dig deep to compete in. For the Cascades this was their 8th game of the tournament and the Coyotes their 6th. While the Coyotes substituted through six pitchers, the UFV Cascades relied on two, winning pitcher Liam Campbell (Chilliwack, BC) and Ian Zwartz (Mississauga, ON). Defensively the Cascades were a wall, letting up only two runs on seven hits. However, offensive is where the team won tonight's game. The Cascades scored 13 runs on 13 hits. Brody Vogel (Saskatoon, SK) scored four runs in four hits, one for each at-bat, but the stand out player of the Cascades was Stephen Horner (Vancouver, BC) who, in his four times up to bat, had three hits, two runs and a RBI of 7. The game was called in the seventh inning due to a mercy rule, with the University of Fraser Valley winning 13-2, taking the CCBC championship title for the 2018-2019 season.