A provincial championship in the Cards for peewees

The Pee Wee “A” Comox Valley Cardinals are provincial baseball champions.

The Cards won the banner in near-perfect fashion in Delta last weekend, posting five straight wins, after dropping their opening game of the tournament, to South Burnaby.

Victories against Burnaby, Chilliwack and Ridge Meadows gave the Cardinals a 3-1 round robin record and set up a Sunday morning crossover semifinal game against Salmon Arm, who finished second in the opposite pool. The Heat, who were in the provincial tournament for the first time in 11 years, jumped out to an early 5-0 lead before the Cardinals began to chip away.

“Jacob Volkers kept us in the game with some strong pitching in the middle innings giving our boys a chance on erasing that deficit,” coaching staff member Jeff Pilon.

The Cardinals waited until the last possible moment to complete the comeback.

Back-to-back doubles from Brier Pilon and Conner Mcnamee, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning tied the game 7-7 and sent it to an extra inning.

The Heat regained the lead in the top of the eighth, with a solo home run, only to have their hearts broken in the bottom of the inning.

The Cards scored twice in their half of the eighth to win the game 9-8 and advance to the championship match.

The momentum gained in the semifinal carried over to the final and the Ridge Meadows Royals didn’t stand a chance.

The Cards crushed 21 hits in the final for a 15-5 win (five innings) to win the provincial title.

“This was a tremendous performance by all 13 players on our roster as every kid had some contribution all weekend,” said Pilon. “We had terrific support from friends and family all weekend and were the loudest fans by far all tournament.”

The organization passed along a huge thank you to all coaches – Steve Mcnamee, Brad Smith, Jeff Pilon and Robert Mulrooney for all the hard work the past couple of months.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A vial of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a family doctor office, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Paris. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Christophe Ena
Tentative COVID-19 vaccine site chosen in the Comox Valley

B.C. is moving into Phase 2 of its COVID-19 mass immunization plan

Cumberland is considering downtown densification proposals, and with that comes questions around parking, among other things. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Water bottling ban, parking key changes for Cumberland zoning

Bylaw on amendments still need adoption following March 2 hearing

Arzeena Hamir, working her booth at the Comox Valley Farmers Market. LUSH Valley was recognized last month as a partner of the year by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets. Photo by Bill Jorgensen
LUSH Valley recognized for collaboration with Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

They won Partner of the Year award by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets

Chelsea Harry was last seen Feb. 21. Photo via Comox Valley RCMP
Comox Valley RCMP seeking help locating a missing woman

Missing person last seen in Courtenay on Feb. 21

A Coast Range Cannabis store has been approved for the Crown Isle Shopping Centre in Courtenay. Photo submitted
Courtenay council approves seventh cannabis retailer

Coast Range Cannabis to open second store in the Comox Valley

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. research reveals how pandemic has changed attitudes towards sex, health services

CDC survey shows that 35 per cent of people were worried about being judged

Some Canadians are finding butter harder than usual, resulting in an avalanche of social media controversy around #buttergate. (Brett Williams/The Observer)
#Buttergate: Concerns around hard butter hit small B.C. towns and beyond

Canadians find their butter was getting harder, blame palm oil in part one of this series

Construction takes place on Bamfield Main in early February 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY CTV NEWS)
Ongoing Bamfield roadwork unrelated to planned $30M fix

Construction by Mosaic unrelated to $30M upgrade ordered in wake of fatal bus crash

Preliminary design for a new composting facility at the Campbell River Waste Management Centre is ready to share with the public. Photo supplied
Facility to enable curbside organics collection in Comox Valley, Campbell River

The preliminary design for a new composting facility being built at the… Continue reading

The Regional District of Nanaimo’s board is forwarding a motion on illegal dumping to the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities’ upcoming annual general meeting. (Kane Blake photo)
Island communities asked to join forces in seeking help fighting illegal dumping

RDN resolution to be forwarded to Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon speaks in the B.C. legislature, describing work underway to make a small business and tourism aid package less restrictive, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends deadline for tourism, small business COVID-19 grants

Business owners expect months more of lost revenues

Protestors against old growth logging gather in front of the courthouse in Victoria on Thursday morning. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Protesters gather at Victoria courthouse to oppose Port Renfrew logging

Logging company seeks injunction to remove blockades near its Port Renfrew operation

Most Read