Chilliwack’s Bantam AA Cougars returned from Kelowna this past weekend with an unblemished record in the Okanagan Spring Classic. The tournament featured eight Bantam AA teams – seven from around B.C. and a squad from Sherwood Park, Alberta.
Chilliwack started round robin play in the tournament by trouncing Victoria 13-2 in the opening game on Friday night.
The next morning saw the Cougars up early for an 8 a.m. Saturday start against home town Kelowna, where the Cougars put together a second convincing 14-1 win. The Cougars had the day to await a 5:30 p.m. showdown with the Vernon Canadians where once again Chilliwack’s pitching stymied the opposition hitters resulting in a 13-0 win to remain undefeated and take top seed in Pool B into Sunday’s crossover games where they would face the second Kelowna team in a sudden death semi final at 8 a.m.
Once again the Cougar pitchers controlled the game by keeping the Kelowna Reds off the score sheet.
The game started out as a pitcher’s dual until the Chilliwack hit the sticks in the bottom of the 4th inning, blasting the game open with five runs. They never looked back, winning the game 6-0 and moving on to the finals against a determined Victoria team that had knocked off Ridge Meadow Royals in the other semi final.
Chilliwack knew the final against Victoria was not going to be easy as both teams brought out their aces to try to win the title. Chilliwack managed to chip out a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the 5th, where the team added three more runs that sealed the 5-0 championship game win.
The Bantam AA Cougars will be busy this week in league play as they play Tuesday in White Rock, Thursday at Fairfield Park against Newton. Next weekend they play in Ridge Meadows on Saturday before returning home to face the Tri City Reds at Fairfield Sunday afternoon at 3 pm.
The Cougars now sport a combined tournament and league play record of 12 wins no losses and an impressive 110 runs for and only seven runs allowed.