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Prince George Midget Knights survive semi-final scare en route to B.C. Minor banner

This is their third provincial league title in the last four years

Nobody said it was easy, but nevertheless, the Prince George Surg Med Midget Knights are back on top.

After overcoming a seven-run deficit in the semis, the local club pulled away from the Vancouver Expos in the last two innings of the gold medal game for a 9-4 victory and captured their third B.C. Minor Baseball provincial pennant in four years.

Kolby Lukinchuk threw a near-complete game in the championship final on Sunday (Aug. 4), going six-and-a-third innings before Jacob Ross came in to nab the last two outs.

The 18U AA event in Kelowna saw the Knights go undefeated at 6-0.

However, they nearly missed out on a chance for the title, finding themselves down by as much as seven runs in the semi-final match against Vancouver (the Expos had two teams at the tournament) earlier in the day.

The Knights had never trailed on the weekend, starting a little bit behind on the sticks and were down 5-0 after two and 8-1 after four.

Then, in the sixth, Prince George scored 14 runs in an inning that lasted an hour and 15 minutes to make it a 15-8 score with one frame to play.

The Expos managed to get one run in the seventh through Brady Pratt’s relief-pitching efforts, allowing Prince George to punch their ticket to the final.

The Knights outscored provincial opponents 86-22; the round-robin scores were:

  • 7-3 win over Vancouver Expos 1
  • 24-1 win over Penticton Tigers (Mercy rule)
  • 14-4 win over Mission Twins
  • 17-1 win over Tri-City Thunder (Mercy rule)

The win is also a sigh of relief for the Midgets after missing out on the chance to win a third straight B.C. Minor Baseball finale last year, getting edged out 7-4 by eventual-champion Aldergrove Dodgers in the semi-final.

That being said, Prince George will now try to capture a Baseball B.C. 18U AA provincial championship for a third consecutive season when they head to Burnaby this weekend (Aug. 8 to 11).

Their schedule is as follows:

  • Aug. 8 = Knights host Tri-City Thunder @ 1:10 p.m.
  • Aug. 9 = Knights visit Vancouver Expos @ 10:50 a.m.
  • Aug. 9 = Knights visit New West/Queens Park Royals @ 5:50 p.m.
  • Aug. 10 = Knights host Ladner Red Sox @ 3 p.m.
  • Aug. 11 = Playoffs TBD

Unfortunately, the long weekend did not favour three other Prince George teams at their B.C. Minor Baseball championships.

The 13U AAA and 11U A squads could not win a single game, finishing with a 0-4 record in Victoria and Kamloops respectively.

The 11U AAA Tier One Knights mustered one victory over a 1-3 weekend in Abbotsford, a 5-0 shut out over the Duncan River Cats.