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Two B.C. titles for Spurs

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, part of the provincial championship tournament hosted by the Cloverdale Minor Baseball Association.  - BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER
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, part of the provincial championship tournament hosted by the Cloverdale Minor Baseball Association.
— image credit: BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER

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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