Tigers Dominate Double Header with Sun Devils
Game 1: Tigers 8 - Sun Devils 0
Braedy Euerby gets the ball in Game 1 against divisional opponent Kelowna on a beautiful sunny day in Ladner. After retiring the Sun Devils in order in the top of the 1st, Euerby helped his own cause driving a high fastball deep over the left field fence for his first home run of the year, to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead after 1. In the 2nd, Euerby needed only 11 pitches to strike out the side in order. Richards led off the bottom half with a line drive double to the left center gap and scored on a Wegner single. In the 3rd, Euerby and Kelowna starter, Osborn, both struck out the side. Euerby retired the side in order again in the 4th, at which point Coach Cam brought up the opportunity of a perfect game. In the bottom of the 4th, Richards again led off with a liner to the gap this time for a single. A Heppner double to deep left put runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. A wegner RBI groundout and a Siemens single made it 4-0 after 4 complete. Euerby continued to be lights out as for the 3rd time in 5 innings he struck out the side in order. Sheehan relived Osborn (4IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2K, 1BB) in the bottom of the 5th, and the Tigers pounced on him with three straight singles by 3-4-5 hitters Thomas, McIntosh and Warkentin to put the Tigers up 5-0 with runners at the corners. A stolen base put runners at 2nd and 3rd and 2 RBI groundouts later by Richards and Heppner put the Tigers up 7-0 after 5 complete. Sitting at 60 pitches through 5, Euerby was efficient in the sixth, retiring the side on 8 pitches. In the bottom half the Tigers again got the first three hitters on base (Olesen, McCarthy, Euerby) but this time managed only 1 run on a RBI groundout by Thomas. Euerby, known for his stern 'game face' was rocking a wide grin as he jogged out for the top of the seventh in search of his first perfect game. Euerby was effiecient again as he struck out the first two hitters of the inning on three pitches a piece. Batting 10 men in Game 1, Kelowna's leadoff hitter, Castro was the 21st batter to step up against Euerby and on the first pitch he made the hardest contact yet a sharp foul ball over the first base dugout. After a slider missed in the dirt, Heppner flashed two fingers for a second time and Euerby froze Castro on the inside corner. Heppner opted for a fastball away on 1-2 and Castro chopped one to Olesen at 2nd who threw a strike to Siemens for the final out.
21 up, 21 down, Perfect!
Player of the Game: Braedy Euerby (7IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 17K, 0BB, 80/60 pitches/strikes)
Game 2: Tigers 21 - Sun Devils 2
Noah Thomas got the start in Game 2, looking to carry over success from a great 1st start two weeks earlier against Kamloops. This one had action from the first batter, as Kamloops lead-off man Renneberg drove a ball to deep left center to kick-off the game, only to be robbed by Sean Heppner. Thomas retired the next two batters to keep the momentum on the Tigers side. It definitely carried over to the bottom half, as the Tigers sent 15 batters to the plate, scoring 11 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks, highlighted by a 2 RBI double by Heppner and a rare two hit inning by CJ Olesen. Kelowna managed to get two runners on with 2 out in the 2nd, but the threat ended when Olesen called for a daylight pickoff at 2nd. In the bottom half, the Tigers scored three runs on 4 hits, highlighted by a 2 RBI double by Euerby to the power alley in right center. Thomas went back out for the third, knowing it was his last inning of the day and he finished strong, striking out the side on 12 pitches (3IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB, 5K). Kelowna brought in Melissa Rambold in relief in the 3rd and she shut down the heart of the Tigers offence in order. Tigers reliever Siemens matched Rambold in the top of the 4th, retiring the side while allowing a walk to Rambold. The Tigers managed another big inning in the 4th, sending 11 men to the plate and scoring 7 runs on 7 hits and two walks including a bases clearing double off the top of the left field fence from McIntosh. The Kelowna bats came alive in the 5th scoring two runs on three hits but it was too little too late as the red hot bats of the Tigers had put the game out of hand early.
Player of the Game: Connor McIntosh (3/4, 2 - 1B, 2B, 2R, 5RBI)
2016 BC Minor Baseball Provincial Champions
2016 Fall Classic Champions
2016 RCBA Queen Victoria Tournament Champions
2015 USSSAWA Summer Slam Champions