Sweet silver for Cloverdale Peewee AAA Spurs

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Victoria Black Eagles' Matteas Hamblin (right) beats John Vulcano of the Cloverdale Spurs to second base during a BC Provincial Peewee AAA baseball championship game at Cloverdale Ball Park on Aug. 2.
— image credit: BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER

Cloverdale fought hard, coming back from two losses in round-robing play to earn a spot in the finals against Abbotsford Sunday.

That grit and determination helped the Spurs U13 take second place – on home turf – at the 2014 Peewee AAA provincial baseball championships in Cloverdale.

The Cloverdale Minor Baseball Association played host to B.C.’s best 13 and under teams July 31 to Aug. 3 at Cloverdale Baseball Park.

Ten teams – from Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Burnaby, White Rock, Coquitlam, Vancouver and Victoria – took part.

The Spurs finished the round robin 2-2, qualifying for the semi finals, where the team faced the  undefeated team from Burnaby.

It was a closely-fought battle, but Cloverdale defeated Burnaby 3-1, putting the Spurs into the championship finals against Abbotsford – like their Bantam AAA colleagues. Cloverdale got an early lead, but the Abbotsford team overtook them for a 12-8 win.

Cloverdale will represent B.C. at the Western Canada Baseball Championships in Altona, Man, Aug. 14 to 18.

The team is mostly 13-year-olds, with just three players who are 12, said Jeff Young, of the Cloverdale Minor Baseball Association.

They also boasted the only girl in the tournament, Hayley Grice.

Young said the Cloverdale Minor Baseball Association is deeply grateful to the local sponsors who have helped make hosting the championships a reality.

“Without their support, it wouldn’t be a success.”

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