The 13U AAA Canucks walked away from their Tier 1 Provincial Championships with a silver medal over the long weekend, after a resilient effort from the squad.
Their first opponent was the Saskatoon Cardinals, who tested the Canucks and prevailed winning 25-10 in a hard-hitting and high-scoring affair according to head coach, Dan Glasser. The Canucks left 11 base runners stranded, while every player recorded a hit in the loss.
After losing their opening game to the Cardinals, the Canucks came back and took down the Saskatoon 13U AAA League champs, Saskatoon Blue Jays 13-10. It was an impressive day at the plate for the Canucks as Ronan Tonge went five-for-five at the plate. Avery Nielsen, James Howe, Van Glasser, and Ryker Kretsch all picked up three hits apiece in the win.
Riley Ducharme pitched a solid five innings on the mound before Reid Weiss came into the game to close it out.
Their third game against the Regina Expos was a much lower-scoring game, but it was the Canucks who came out on top to win 5-2. Takeo Smith pitched nearly a complete game, throwing the maximum 85 pitches, leaving the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs.
At the plate, Tonge batted three-for-three with a home run, and Drayson Silbernagel picked up three hits as well. Reid Weiss, Glasser, Rylan Gray & Avery Nielsen each collected a couple of hits on the night as well.
Now with a 2-1 record, moving into their last round-robin game, the Canucks next opponent would be the Swift Current 57s. It was another close game winning 7-4 to earn a 3-1 record in round-robin play and securing 2nd place in Pool B.
Rylan Taylor, Howe, Kretsch, Glasser & Tonge all crossed the plate, with Tonge launching a solo HR. Ryker Kretsch pitched a complete game against the 57s and along with his shut-down defense behind him scattered four hits over seven innings.
Moving onto the semi-finals, the White Butte Broncos would be the Canucks, next opponent. Though Moose Jaw would give up a nine-run lead, they would eventually move onto the gold medal game with a 19-17 win, thanks to a stand-up double by Grady Johnstone to drive in the winning run.
Glasser threw a solid five innings on the mound in the win for the Canucks. Every player in the starting lineup reached base on the night in the late-inning thriller.
The Canucks would move on to face the Saskatoon Cardinals in the provincial final. The Cardinals would over power Moose Jaw, with the Canucks bringing home a silver medal.