Well Spurs fans, unfortunately, the season has come to a close. Your Cloverdale Spurs gave it everything they had but were unable to beat a determined Abbotsford team as the Spurs fell 12-6 to their arch rivals.
The game literally started with a bang as the Abbotsford lead-off hitter hit a home run off the first pitch. It continued on in the same inning as Abbotsford hit another 2 run homer. By the time all was said and done, it was 6-0 after the first inning. But to the credit and character of the Cloverdale Spurs, they did not give up. The Spurs answered with 6 runs of their own in the 4th inning. But Abbotsford came back and scored 6 more funs in their 3 last at bats.
We are all proud of what the Spurs accomplished this past season. Their overall record was 18 wins and only 4 losses and as mentioned in previous entries, they excelled defensively and offensively. The boys all got along as a team (as did their families) and we had a fun and enjoyable season together.
Everyone on the team contributed throughout the season. Connor, Trevor, Noah, Reese, Jake, Jeff, Thomas, Bryce, Kyle, Kristjan, Brent and Nick - you should all be proud of your accomplishments.
The coaches did a tremendous job in developing the team and creating a great environment to play in. Pat, Joe, John and Brad - thank you for the wonderful job you did coaching and leading this team to all their success.
Several Spurs players have been picked up by the two teams (Ridge Meadows and Abbotsford) that will be representing BC at the Western Championships in Brandon, Manitoba on Aug 20-23. We wish all the best for Nick, Reese, Kyle, Kristjan and Jeff. Ironically, Nick and Kyle will be playing against Kristjan, Reese and Jeff.
To the fans - thank you for all your support throughout the season. Good luck to all next year and enjoy the rest of your summer.
Your Cloverdale Spurs have made it to the provincial semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Victoria. Once again the bats started off slowly as the Spurs did not score any runs in the first two innings. Reese Frey started off the second with a solid double. This was followed by another double deep into centre-right by Nick Laflamme that scored Reese. Nick went to third on a pass ball and was subsequently scored by a single by Trevor Gentles.
Kristjan Storrie pitched the first 3 innings with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Jeff came in to relieve and pitched 2 and 2/3 innings allowed 1 walk while striking out 5 batters. Jake Bracey came in to close the game allowed no walks and struck out 2 batters. A nice sliding catch by Jeff in right field ended the top of the 6th. Once again the Spurs defence showed why they are the best defensive team in the province.
With the win, the Spurs improved to 3 wins, 1 loss and finished first in their pool. The Spurs now play the semi-final game against the 2nd place from the other pool at 10 am. Sunday morning with the winner going on to the the final game scheduled for 2 pm.
At press-time, the Spurs' opponent was yet to be determined.
The Cloverdale Spurs played in a must win game on Friday and boy did they deliver. Facing a very good Vancouver Monarch team, the Cloverdale Spurs scored a well-deserved 4-2 victory. Kyle Starinieri pitched a fantastic 5 and 1/3 innings, allowing zero walks and striking out 5 batters. Nick Laflamme came in to relieve Kyle and pitched the remaining 1 and 2/3 innings, allowing no runs.
The first three innings were scoreless for both teams. In the 4th inning, Reese started off with a single, followed by a Nick single. Jeff bunted with runners at first and second. Reese scored on an overthrow to third. Jeff and Nick moved to second and third. Connor Folick came up with a clutch single to score Nick while Jeff moved to third . A great single by Brent drove in Jeff for another run and moved Connor to third. Unfortunately Brent was caught leaning on a lead off and was caught in a run down between 1st and 2nd. Bryce Derton laid a great bunt to score Connor. Score after 4 innings, Spurs 4, Vancouver no score.
Vancouver managed to score two runs in the 5th inning but that was all the Spurs were going to give up today. A Vancouver runner trying to steal second was thrown out by a great throw from Reese Frey to Noah.
The game ended on an exciting play when there was one out and short stop Jeff Godard caught a short fly ball in shallow left field and then threw out a runner on second base that had not tagged up.
Final score, Spurs 4, Monarchs 2 in seven innings.
Next game is noon on Saturday, against the Victoria Black Eagles, who upset the White Rock Mariners in an exciting 10-9, 8 inning game earlier in the day.
Your Cloverdale Spurs had mixed results on the first day of the Provincials on Thursday. The 12 pm game saw the Spurs defeat the Ladner Red Sox 11-2. Kyle and Jeff shared pitching duty and were fantastic. Supported once again by an awesome Spurs defense. Reese and Jeff had the hot bats as they each went 4 for 4.
In the second game of the day, the Spurs started slow. Quiet bats from the Spurs resulted in White Rock building a 3-0 lead after 3 innings. In the top of the 4th, the Spurs decided to wake up. Jeff got it started, followed by a Noah single, a Bryce bunt to score Jeff (Bryce was safe at first) and then Connor with a nice hit that scored Noah and Bryce. (Unfortunately, Connor was thrown out at second) But the Spurs weren't done. Kristjan hit a nice single and then Trevor scored Kristjan. After 4 innings, the Spurs led 4-3. However, White Rock came back to score 2 runs in the 6th inning with some effective bunting. The Spurs were unable to score during their last at bats. Final score, White Rock 5, Spurs 4.
Next up, a must win game against Vancouver on Friday at 3 pm.
Well Spurs fans, if there was any doubt that the Spurs' bats had quieted down, they were all erased on Sunday, August 1 when the Spurs played Kamloops in the morning and then Nanaimo in the afternoon.
Yours truly was unable to attend so there are very little details. Probably a good thing for the opposition as the total combined score was 48 -4 for the Spurs!
In the first game, the Spurs took 5 innings to beat Kamloops 13-3. In the second game, the Spurs strong hitting combined with a bunch of walks from the Nanaimo pitching, resulted in a 35 -1 victory (yes that's right) in a five innings over Nanaimo. (highlighted by an inside the park home run by Reese Frey)
Overall the Spurs finished with an 11 and 1 record, scoring 138 runs while allowing only 31 runs against.
The challenge for the Spurs now is to keep sharp and maintain their intensity as they head to Kamloops for the provincials. First game is on Thursday at noon against the always competitive Ladner Red Sox.
The Spurs will have to keep focused as they are in a tough qualifying pool with Vancouver, Ladner, Victoria Black and White Rock. Top 2 teams in the pool make the semi finals.