Knights cap Westerns with come­back win

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Ted CLARKE Ci­ti­zen staff [email protected]­i­t­i­

The PG Surg Med Knights ended it with a bang.

Trail­ing the Le­duc Gi­ants 9-3 Sun­day morn­ing, the Knights scored seven runs in the bot­tom of the sev­enth in­ning in a walk-off 10-9 vic­tory which evened their record to 2-2 at the West­ern Cana­dian 18U midget dou­ble-A base­ball cham­pi­onship in Strath­more, Alta.

But the Knights’ dream of re­peat­ing as West­ern Cana­dian cham­pi­ons ended with that vic­tory.

They needed to de­feat the Gi­ants by four runs to ad­vance to the fi­nal and fin­ished third in the five-team tour­na­ment.

The Gi­ants, Knights and Unity Car­di­nals were all tied af­ter the pre­lim­i­nary round with 2-2 records. The de­cid­ing fac­tor to de­ter­mine the other fi­nal­ist was the num­ber of runs each team al­lowed per de­fen­sive in­ning in head-to-head games against the other two tied teams.

The Gi­ants played 12 de­fen­sive in­nings in their games against the Knights and Car­di­nals and al­lowed 10 runs for a 0.833 ra­tio. The Knights gave up 12 runs in 13 de­fen­sive in­nings against Le­duc and Unity and were left with a 0.92 ra­tio. The Car­di­nals al­lowed 15 runs in 12 in­nings com­bined against Prince Ge­orge and Le­duc, which added up to a 1.25 ra­tio.

The Gi­ants moved on to the fi­nal Sun­day af­ter­noon against the Al­tona Bisons (3-1), who beat them 4-3 for the cham­pi­onship.

The Knights opened Fri­day with a 3-1 loss to Unity, the Saskatchew­an cham­pi­ons. On Satur­day they lost 2-1 to the Man­i­toba–cham­pion Bisons. The Knights came back Satur­day night to edge the Strath­more Reds 7-6.

Prince Ge­orge qual­i­fied for the West­ern Cana­dian tour­na­ment af­ter win­ning the Base­ball BC provin­cial cham­pi­onship last week­end in Burn­aby when they beat the host Braves 7-1 in the fi­nal.

The Knights also cap­tured the BC Mi­nor Base­ball provin­cial crown, two week­ends ago in Kelowna, when they de­feated the Vancouver Cana­di­ans 9-4 in the cham­pi­onship game.

The Knights have four grad­u­at­ing play­ers this sea­son – Kaelon Gibbs, Richard French, Kolby Luk­inchuk and Brady Pratt. They’ve played their fi­nal midget tour­na­ment but the Knights still have some base­ball left.

They’ll be­gin the Cen­tury 21 Prince Ge­orge Se­nior Men’s Base­ball League play­offs Tues­day at 6:30 p.m. at Ci­ti­zen Field when they face the In­land Con­trol & Ser­vices Tigers.

The Knights fin­ished sec­ond in the five-team league with a 9-11 record, equal to that of the third-place Tigers. The win­ner of the Knights-Tigers game will play the first-place (16-4) Queensway Auto World Mariners Wed­nes­day at 6:30 p.m.

In the other play­off matchup Tues­day at 9 p.m., the (8-12) fourth-place JRJ Con­struc­tion Ori­oles face the (8-12) fifth-place D.O.B. Con­tract­ing Gla­di­a­tors.

They needed to de­feat the Gi­ants by four runs to ad­vance to the fi­nal and fin­ished third in the five-team tour­na­ment.

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