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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
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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.




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Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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