Sooke Loggers clearing the field
The Sooke Logger’s tournament winning streak seems to be holding strong.
Most recently, they played in a mid-season men’s fast pitch tournament in the Lower Mainland for the inaugural BC Cup in Vancouver’s South Memorial park. The tournament ran from June 21 to 23. Sooke Loggers won the cup.
The BC Cup features five of the province’s top “B” club teams including:
South Hill Giants
Abbotsford Yard Dawgs
On Saturday morning, Sooke Loggers played their first round-robin game against the Nanaimo Wheatchief team. The Loggers danced away with a 9 to 1 victory.
In the afternoon, they met the South Hill Giants for their second game and managed a 3 to 2 win.
Later that evening, the Loggers faced their first loss in a long time against the South Hill Giants.
“We had one game where our bats were a bit dead and lost 5 to 1 but we bounced back great,” summarized Len Banner.
On Sunday, the finished their fourth and final round-robin with a clean sweep against the Abbotsford Yard Dawgs, 9 to nil.
In the playoffs, which began immediately after the round-robin, Sooke Loggers rematched with the Abbotsford Yard Dawgs, and squeaked through with a 6 to 5 win.
In their second and final playoff game, the South Hill Giants, who also won three games in the round-robin, took their best shot at the Sooke Loggers.
As described on theInsideCurve.com website (“Loggers Chop Down Giants”), “The final had the Loggers Scott Lieph facing the Giants Craig Pidcock. Scott Lieph surrendered only four hits and the top two Sooke hitters for the weekend Andrew Medwedrich and Dan Whiteford drove in a couple of runs each to cement the victory.”
And on that note, the Loggers nailed the game, and won the inaugural BC Cup, with a 5 to 0 victory.
Sooke players ranked extraordinarily well. Top tournament players included Andrew Medewedrich, with a top batting average of .684; Dan Whiteford batted in 10 runs for the highest RBI; and, Richard Haldane sealed the top pitcher award with 0.58 earned run average (ERA).
Also on the Sooke Loggers roster were Brian Banner, Chad Bryden, Kyle Cowick, Ben Edgington, Blake Hunter, Scott Lieph, Nick Medwedrich, Tim Scaber, Adam Shnarr, and Kris Walushka.