Cougars edge Reds to stand as best in the west

Chilliwack's bantam AA Cougars won the 2012 Western Canadian bantam AA championship in dramatic fashion Sunday afternoon in Morden, MB.

Chilliwack’s bantam AA baseball Cougars are Western Canadian champions.

Donovan Moorman delivered a walk-off double Sunday afternoon, driving in Josh Anderson to give the Cougars a dramatic 6-5 win over Alberta’s Strathmore Reds.

Chilliwack claimed the title on a foreign diamond in Morden, MB, going unbeaten through five games. They started the tournament with an 11-3 win over the Manitoba champion Altona Bisons Friday afternoon.

Moorman got the assault started in the second inning, leading off with a single before stealing second base. He advanced to third on a throwing error and came home on a Justin Maunahan double. The Cougars plated four more in the inning, helped by sloppy Bisons defence and wild Bisons pitching.

Chilliwack scored five more in the fifth and carried their bats into their second game, a 10-1 route of the Reds.

The game was close until the sixth inning, when the Cougars exploded for six runs.

Liam Campbell led off and took first base after getting hit by a pitch. Campbell stole second and watched as Maunahan was walked. With runners at first and second, Darrin Lodovica laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached safely on a throwing error by Reds third baseman Dayne Redland.

Campbell and Maunahan both came home to push Chilliwack’s lead to 6-1.

The next batter, Dylan Emmons, reached base on a wild pitch and gave way to pinch-runner Shane Rutley.

Tony Pharand followed with a double that plated Lodovica and Rutley. Pharand came home on a Tyler Gray single and Collin Kellington came home later on a wild pitch, wrapping up the adventurous inning and putting the game well out of reach.

The Chilliwack bats continued their onslaught in a 6-1 win over their hosts from Morden Saturday afternoon. This one was scoreless through three innings, but the Cougars scored three in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth.

Anthony Aiello, Moorman and Parker Logan held the Morden bats in check with an efficient pitching performance.

With a berth in the finals on the line Sunday morning, Chilliwack out-slugged the Saskatchewan champion Estevan Haulers.

The Prairie crew led 5-1 through four-and-a-half innings. But the Cougars blew the doors off in the bottom of the fifth, plating seven runs. Anderson had the big hit, knocking in Pharand and Devyn Heggs with a two-run triple. Moorman added a double with Jordan Scherbey (single), Maunahan (single), Lodovica (error), Pharand (single) and Aiello (error) all reaching base as Chilliwack batted around the order.

The Cougars added three more in the bottom of the sixth, booking their spot in the gold medal game.

Other players contributing to the title run were Dan Rogers and Alex Leiper.

Just Posted

Folks look through some of the items for sale during the Voice of Hope giant garage sale at 7350 Barrow Rd. in Chilliwack on Saturday, June 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Giant garage sale today in Chilliwack supports Kenyan widows, orphans

Funds go to Chilliwack-based Voice of Hope charity to improve quality of life for impoverished Kenyans

Ben Holwerda of the Chilliwack Spartan Swim Club competes in a swim meet at the Landing Leisure Centre on Feb. 12, 2011. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre to close temporarily for scheduled maintenance

Pools, steam room, and sauna at Landing Leisure Centre closing for maintenance July 19 to Sep. 4

Kalyn Head, seen here on June 4, 2021, will be running 100 kilometres for her “birthday marathon” fundraiser on July 23. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack woman’s 100-km birthday marathon to benefit Special Olympics B.C.

Kalyn Head hopes run raises awareness, advocates for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities

Volunteers will gather at South Gate Shopping Centre on Fathers Day before fanning out to help clean up downtown Chilliwack. (Facebook photo)
Kindness Chain Chilliwack Association organizes Fathers Day cleanup

Volunteers will spend 90 minutes fanning out to gather trash in downtown Chilliwack

Dancers from the Sts’ailes First Nation perform the eagle dance at a welcome banner dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 10. “Ey Swayel” is a Halq̓eméylem term translated as ‘a good day.’ (Adam Louis/Observer)
VIDEO: ‘A good day’ for Agassiz school as Sts’ailes welcome banner is dedicated

Banner hangs above the school’s entrance, welcoming students, staff and visitors

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

New research suggests wolves can be steered away from the endangered caribou herds they prey on by making the man-made trails they use to hunt harder to move along. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Culling cutlines, not B.C. wolves, key to preserving caribou herds: researcher

The government has turned to killing hundreds of wolves in an effort to keep caribou around

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Gary Abbott (left) and Louis De Jaeger were two of the organizers for the 2014 Spirit of the People Powwow in Chilliwack. Monday, June 21, 2021 is Indigenous Peoples Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 20 to 26

Indigenous Peoples Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, Onion Rings Day all coming up this week

Gwen Spencer Hethey with her uncle and mentor Major Frederick Richardson. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame)
‘She was a killer’: The B.C. woman who pioneered female sharpshooting

Gwen Spencer Hethey made military men ‘look like turkeys’ says her son

Central Okanagan Grade 12 grads are set to get $500 each after a more than $1 million donation from a Kelowna couple. (File photo)
B.C. couple donating $500 to every Grade 12 student in the Okanagan

Anonymous donors identified as Kelowna entrepreneurs Lance and Tammy Torgerson

Rita Coolidge played the main stage at Vancouver Island Musicfest in 2017. (Black Press file photo)
This year’s Vancouver Island MusicFest to virtually showcase beauty of Comox Valley

Returning July 9 through 11 with more than 25 hours of music performances

British Columbia’s premier says he’s received a second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. (Twitter/John Horgan)
B.C. premier gets 2nd dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

John Horgan shared a photo of himself on social media Friday afternoon holding a completed vaccination card

Most Read