The North Shore Bantam Twins won the 15U Bantam AAA Western Canada Baseball Championship in Spruce Grove over the weekend.
The North Shore Twins played the (host) Parkland Twins in their opener and slowly chipped away at Parkland, finishing the game with a 13-4 win. On Saturday the Twins played Regina (Saskatchewan) and with the Twins holding a lead late in the game, gave up a two run double which tied the game and sent it to extra innings. Regina scored two more runs to take a 6-4 lead. North Shore answered back with one, but stranded the tying run on third base. After suffering a 6-5 loss the Twins played a must win game vs Bonivital (Manitoba). The Twins jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead and coasted for the balance of the game to a 10-2 win. Three teams ended up tied at 2-1 so math determined that the Twins took first place in the pool and moved into the semi-final. The Twins took on the White Rock Tritons. The Twins scored early and often and cruised to a convincing 12-2 win, which ended with a walk off 2run HR. With a ticket into the final, the Twins got the opportunity to play the undefeated and powerhouse Okotoks Black Dawgs. The pitchers on both teams dominated the hitters all game until the top of the 7th. North Shore got their lead off hitter on and advanced to second base via an error. The stage was set... the Twins got a base hit up the middle with two outs and scored the first run of the game. In the bottom of the 7th Okotoks had the tying run on third and winning run on second with two out, but a timely backwards K ended the game and clinched the championship/gold medal for the Twins. Much credit to the Okotoks Dawgs for playing a great game! The adage in baseball about quality pitching, sound defence and timely hitting once again proved to be true.
It was a special year for the Bantam Twins team as they likely fielded one of the youngest Bantam AAA teams in the province with 11 grade 8 players and 5 grade 9 players. A special thanks to all the parents for their support over the year; as well, to the coaching staff of the Bantam Twins for their dedication to advancing this team forward in every opportunity possible.