For the second year in a row, the Carnarvon Cannons U9 All Star team have captured gold in the Island Regional Tadpole Championships, held July 10 to 12 in Colwood.
Undefeated in six exhibition games, the Cannons had to slug their way out of tough spot on Saturday when they trailed 10–2 in the bottom of the final inning against the Gordon Head Royals. The team pulled together to score nine quick runs to win the game in a dramatic turnaround. They went on to win all four games and finish first in their pool before defeating host team the Triangle Red Rockets in the semi-finals.
In the final, the Cannons faced the Peninsula Vikings, who had just come off a fight-to-the-finish with Gordon Head. Under a blazing sun at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre ball field, the Cannons blasted to victory with a 13-2 win over Peninsula.
“The boys worked hard but most importantly they kept it fun and positive each step of the way,” said coach Mike LeVecque, who shared duties with Eric Chang and Rich Fast.
MVPs for tournament games included Jonah Chang, Ben Colby, Kaelan Hayashi, and Quinn Krutzmann. Luke Achtem earned the MVP award in the final game for making a tricky double-play, catching a towering fly ball in left field and then making a long throw to Matt LeVecque at home plate to catch a tagged-up runner.