Bats that had been hot were suddenly cool. That unwelcome development, combined with struggles on defence, ended the provincial championship hopes of the Prince George IDL Knights.
In a Sunday semifinal game at the B.C. Minor Baseball midget double-A provincial tournament, the Knights lost 9-5 to the Richmond Chuckers. The Knights managed just three hits in the game, and only two off lefty Trevor Anderson, who worked the first five innings for Richmond. On the flip side of the coin, the Knights gave up four runs in the second and fourth innings. To make matters worse, all four in the second inning were unearned.
The 15- to 17-year-old Knights finished the 10-team tournament with a 3-2 record. The event was held at Citizen Field and Rotary Field.
In Sunday's other semifinal, Ridge Meadows defeated Rutland 8-5. In the championship game, also Sunday, Ridge Meadows topped Richmond 7-1 and qualified for the Western Canadian championship, Aug. 12-15 in Newton.
See Tuesday's Citizen for more.