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U10 Spurs win provincial gold

Cloverdale team capped perfect season with championship banner
It was all smiles for Cloverdale’s U10 Spurs after the kids captured a provincial championship banner over the August long weekend. Back row: (coaches) Ron Bobiles, Brad Jones, Mike Eskildsen (head coach), and Ryan Neufeld. Middle: Jackson Hahn, Teagan Ertmoed, Cooper Neufeld, Ethan Eskildsen, and Deon Dial. Front: Jiwon Kim, Kaden Grin, Dean Jones, Ronan Bobiles, Hudson Cox, Grayson Thomas, and William Todorovic. (Photo submitted: Tina Todorovic)

Cloverdale’s winning ways have extended down to U10.

The U10 Spurs captured a provincial championship banner over the August long weekend.

“They remained undefeated winning all league, tournament, and provincial games,” said team manager Tina Todorovic.

The Spurs played six games in the provincial tournament, which was held at Palmer Field in Richmond.

In their first game of the round robin, Cloverdale topped Comox 11-9. The Spurs then dumped Victoria 17-12 in their second game July 29.

On July 30, Cloverdale whalloped Penticton 20-1, easily winning their first game of the day. In their second game, they managed to outlast Ridge Meadows 14-13 to take the victory and finish the round robin undefeated.

In the semifinal on Sunday morning, Cloverdale found a way to win another one-run game, outpacing Ladner 8-7 to propel them into the gold medal final.

Cloverdale’s bats and defense went to work in the final as the Spurs put up up more than a dozen runs on Nanaimo while holding the Island team to only a few. Cloverdale cruised to victory gold with a 16-3 win.

“The team came into the tournament as the number one seed,” said head coach Mike Eskildsen.

Eskildsen added that he thought the kids had “a target on their backs” because of their strong league play. The kids went 7-0 in their Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley summer interlock games, scoring a combined 100 runs (double digits in all seven games they played) while only allowing 29 runs scored against.

“It was their goal from day one (to win provincials) and I’m so proud they achieved it,” Eskildsen said, “Lots of hours and hard work, but it paid off after that final out and the celebration. So proud of them and look forward to see if it’s possible again for next season.”

“Their coaches, parents, and all supporters and sponsors are so incredibly proud of their hard work and determination throughout the season,” Todorovic added.

It has been very successful summer for Cloverdale with many teams winning both baseball and softball provincial gold medals.

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Malin Jordan

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Malin is the editor of the Cloverdale Reporter.
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