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Prince George Midget Knights settle for second in season-opening tournament

Team was looking for back-to-back titles at one of Western Canada’s biggest baseball meets
The Prince George Surg Med Midget Knights at Citizen Field (via Kyle Balzer)

A Saturday surge from Prince George’s top minor baseball club propelled them to the finals of one of Canada’s most prestige events on Summer’s calendar.

The Midget Knights fought all the way to the finish line at the Dave “Doc” Plotsky Memorial Tournament in Sherwood Park, Alberta on the weekend.

However, their efforts were halted in the gold medal game, falling by a score of 13-3 to the champion-Edmonton Trapper for a second-place finish.

The Knights finished with a record of 2-2-1 at the three-day, 16-tam event one province over.

Despite jumping out to an early 3-0 lead through two innings, Prince George started round-robin play on Friday (May 31) with a 11-7 decision to the Unity Cardinals, which was followed by an 8-8 tie on Saturday morning (June 1) to the Trappers.

Needing a victory to keep their chances at a medal alive, and no break time between games to completely recover, the Knights powered through with authority in their third contest by a score of 12-2 over the Okotoks Outlaws.

Kolby Lukinchuk threw 10 strikeouts in that tilt, pitching a six-inning complete game.

Derian Potskin took the mound in the final preliminary game, which was a must-win for the Knights, throwing over 100 balls in aiding the team to 8-2 upset of the Edmonton Padres to reach the final.

In the gold medal match, Prince George couldn’t find a second gear on the bats, managing just a trip of runs and settling for silver.

They won 2018's installment of the "Doc" Plotsky Memorial, beating the Strathmore Reds 10-1 in the final.

The Knights are back in action this week for Prince George Senior Men’s Baseball (PGSBL), taking on the Inland Control and Services Tigers on Wednesday (June 5), 7 p.m. at Citizen Field.

The next tournament will take them to Mission, B.C. for the Canada Day Classic, June 28 to July 1.