RiverDogs fall painfully short
The Kamloops RiverDogs came close to winning their first Canada Day Classic title in 10 years, but fell short on Sunday, July 3, when they could not squeak by the Spruce Grove Sox in the tournament final.
Spruce Grove edged Kamloops 2-1.
In the seventh and final inning, Sox reliever Adam Johnson was able to secure the final two outs, stranding two Dogs on base.
Spencer Lord pitched well for Kamloops, despite giving up two runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Kamloops earned a spot in the final with a 4-3 semifinal victory over Mid-Island on Sunday morning in a game that saw Dogs’ hurler Mike Gilfillan go the distance on the mound.
Dylan Luison played the hero in the bottom of the seventh, driving in the winning run to finish the game with two RBI.
The Dogs’ next big tourney is the provincial championship, which gets underway on July 28 in the River City.