The WolfPack will have to wait at least another year to end their Canadian College Baseball Conference championship drought, which began in 2010, the year after their last title.
On Saturday, Thompson Rivers University looked to book a spot in the best-of-three championship final with a win over defending champion Okanagan College of Kelowna. Failing that, a victory over Fraser Valley University would do the trick.
Alas, TRU fell 7-1 to Okanagan College in the first game, setting up an elimination contest against Fraser Valley. With the tourney being a two-loss knockout, and with the WolfPack and Cascades each carrying one loss, the winner would advance to the final against Okanagan College and the loser would be out.
In the end, Fraser Valley prevailed 9-4, propelling the Cascades to the final series and leaving the WolfPack with a third-place finish.
Against Fraser Valley, Malik James led the WolfPack, going 3-for-4 at the plate and driving in two runs. Adam Filmon had a run and two RBI, with the remaining three runs coming from Taylor Van Ham, Liam Rihela and Zac Comeault. On the mound, Joe Siniscalchi pitched two innings, allowing five hits and five runs (four earned) and striking out two. Tyler Hodder pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and two runs.
Dylan Merritt of Fraser Valley helped pace the offence, going 2-for-4 at the plate and scoring two runs. Jonah Weisner also had two runs for Fraser Valley, while Travis Klein added two RBI. Salmon Arm’s Riley Jepson was 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI. On the mound, Dylan Emmons went eight innings, striking out 13 WolfPack batters and allowing two runs.
Against Okanagan College, TRU led 1-0 after the first inning, but a five-run eighth inning sealed the win for the Coyotes, who out-hit the WolfPack 8-2.
The championship final between Fraser Valley and Okanagan College begins with Game 1 on Saturday night, followed by Game 2 on Sunday at 11 a.m. Game 3, if necessary, will be played Sunday at 2 p.m.
All games are at Norbrock Stadium.
In the regular season, the top three teams mirrored that found in the championship tourney, with TRU first at 21-7, Okanagan College second at 21-7 (TRU snared first via a tiebreaker) and Fraser Valley third at 15-9. The four remaining clubs — Lethbridge’s Prairie Baseball Academy, Edmonton Collegiate, University of Calgary and Vancouver Island University — all finished the regular season with sub-.500 records. Those four clubs were also the first four eliminated in the championship tournament.
Thompson Rivers University entered the CCBC championship tournament at Norbrock Stadium as the No. 1 seed by virtue of finishing first in the seven-team circuit’s regular season. The club finished with a 1-2 record.
Past CCBC Champions
2018- Okanagan College Coyotes
2017- Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs
2016- Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs
2015 - Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs
2014 - Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs
2013 - Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs
2012 - Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs
2011 - Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs
2010 - Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners
2009 - Thompson Rivers University WolfPack
2008 - Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs
2007 - Thompson Rivers University WolfPack
2006 - Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs
2005 - Thompson Rivers University WolfPack
2004 - Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs
2003 - Kwantlen University College Eagles
2002 - Capilano Blues