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Golden Knights: Prince George midget baseball wins Canada Day tournament in Mission

Local club goes undefeated, redemption from 2018 event
PG Midget Knights - 2019 Mission Canada Day champions
The Prince George Midget Knights won gold and went undefeated at the 2019 Canada Day Tournament in Mission, B.C. (via Prince George Midget Knights)

The Prince George Knights have conquered the lower mainland.

The ‘AA’ midget baseball club were the victors of the 2019 Canada Day tournament in Mission, going undefeated at 6-0 and doubling up the Tri-City Thunder 4-2 in the final.

This was Prince George’s first appearance in the District since their semi-final exit from last year’s event, outscoring the other five teams 59-15 over the long weekend.

Kolby Lukinchuk was the winning pitcher, going wire-to-wire in the gold medal match and earning MVP.

Day One of the three-day contest saw the Knights cruise by the competition with 7-2 and 25-6 victories over Burnaby and North Shore respectively, which included a Derian Potskin grand slam in game two.

Potskin had a hot stick the following day with a home-run in the Knights’ 7-3 victory Sunday afternoon (June 30), but also a hot hand on the mound in throwing a complete game against the host-Mission Twins.

Prince George then faced the Vancouver Expos back-to-back.

They won the final round-robin game by a score of 5-1, and 11-1 the next day in the second semi-final to get to the championship game.

This was the Knights second tournament of the 2019 season; they earned a silver medal from the Dave “Doc” Plotsky Memorial Tournament in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

The team’s next venture will take them to Kelowna for the Valley of Champions from July 12 to 14.

The Knights are also back in action this week in Prince George Senior Men’s Baseball, taking on the Queensway Auto World Red Sox on Friday (July 5) 6:30 p.m. at Citizen Field.