Mike Davies: Sports Editor Ω
Beating the TRU WolfPack baseball team in the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference (CCBC) league championships may prove to be a difficult task.
The tournament host WolfPack has dominated the league over the last few weeks of the regular season—demonstrating that the defending silver medalists will once again be the team to beat entering next weekend’s championship tournament at NorBrock Stadium.
In their final weekend series at home—April 30/May 1—the ‘Pack took on the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute (VIBI) Mariners and the Okanagan College Coyotes (OCC), and outscored their opponents over the four games by a total of 39-9.
Pitcher Danny Moore tossed a two-hit complete game on the Saturday against OCC for the 5-2 win, and the WolfPack showed the fans in attendance that the league does not have a “mercy rule,” as they walloped the defending CCBC champion Mariners by a score of 19-2.
Stefan Lono was the winning pitcher in the rout of VIBI as he went six innings giving up only three hits, one run, one walk and striking out three.
The team followed up Saturday’s dominance with two more wins to bring their overall record to 18-7 (.720 win percentage), good enough for second place in the Chris Reitsma Division of the CCBC, just a half-game back of the Prairie Baseball Academy (PBA) who sat at 16-6 (.727 win percentage).
The team then traveled to Calgary to finish the regular season against the league leading PBA from Lethbridge and the Calgary Dinos.
With the league pennant on the line, the ‘Pack had their eight-game winning streak snapped by the PBA Dawgs on Saturday, May 7, but won their final three games of the season to take top spot away from the Lethbridge-based team.
Denver Wynn pitched a complete game on Sunday, May 8 against PBA for his fifth win of the year, moving him into second place in the CCBC in that category behind teammate Danny Moore (6).
Wynn also ends the season as the league leader in ERA with a mere 1.50.
Their opponents in the championship tournament won’t just have to worry about hitting TRU’s pitching, however, as the ‘Pack also have some of the best hitters in the league to contend with.
Dave Hole leads the CCBC in RBI with 23. He also batted a .281 with five doubles, a triple and a home run.
Dillon Morgan, who also pitches for the ‘Pack, sits in third place in the CCBC in batting average with a .373 and added 19 RBI, good enough for fourth league-wide.
The WolfPack host the championship tournament from May 12-15 at NorBrock Stadium at MacArthur Island Park. A full-tournament pass costs $20 while a single game admission is $5.
The WolfPack open the tournament with a match against the defending champion VIBI Mariners at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, and then play the number five seeded Calgary Dinos at 7:30 that night.
Come on out and watch the league Home Run Derby on Friday, May 13 at 5:00 p.m. and stick around for the Wolfpack game at 7:00 p.m. as they take on OCC.
At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14 the ‘Pack will meet up with the number-two seeded PBA in the last match of the preliminary round to determine the placements in the semi-final matches.
The tournament championship game goes Sunday, May 15, at noon.