2014 Mounties Never Stopped Believing!
It was a tale of two seasons for the 2014 Mounties. After floundering through the early part of the season where absolutely nothing seemed to go right the Mounties were sporting an 8 and 17 record after 25 games. The Mounties players were a frustrated group but never lost faith and refused to stop believing in themselves.
Quietly led by their catcher Nic Williams, the Mounties caught fire the second half of the season going 32 - 7 - 1 in their last 40 games. The Mounties finished the season with 40 wins to extend their 7 year streak of winning 40 or more games in a season. No other Bantam AAA program can make that claim.
The Mounties coaches and players set the bar high every year and have very high expectations. This is the first year since 2010 the Mounties have not reached the Provincial Championship Game. As disappointing as that was the Mounties coaches are more proud of this team than any team they have coached. These young men stuck together and showed what character and hard work can achieve. This was a special season and one that we will all remember and be proud of.
The first sign that we were turning the corner came in the Richmond Tournament when we defeated Ridge Meadows in the dreaded Toilet Bowl game. From there the boys won the Attack of the Bats Tournament in Kitsap County, WA. The next weekend they proved to everyone including themselves that the previous week was not a fluke when they showed everyone they were not just a flash in the pan capturing B.C. Minor's first ever CABA Can-Am Tournament Championship in White Rock.
The boys needed to win nearly every league game to overtake the Richmond Chuckers and escape the Wild Card Tournament. They succeeded and went on to win 15 of their last 16 games including all 4 Provincial Round Robin games before they were stopped by the Spurs.
At the end of the day the Cloverdale Spurs are the 2014 Provincial Champions and deservedly so. But in the Mounties coaches hearts the 2014 Vancouver Mounties baseball players are all Champions and will always be special as they were 11 proud young men who could have folded but they did the opposite by never stopped believing in themselves. The Vancouver Mountie coaching staff will miss you all and wish you all the very best in your future baseball endeavours.
Final Facts and Figures.................
The Vancouver Mounties are proud of the fact that the team can continue to win and be successful on the field and at the same time developing and playing ALL players providing them with all kinds of opportunities to play, pitch and hit.
The Mounties played 65 games and pitched ALL 11 players on their roster with each of them picking up at least one win on the hill. 9 players pitched 25 or more innings. Every player played in at least of 70 percent of the innings played during the regular season, averaging 186 plate appearances per player with each player having at least 123 at bats.
Mountie Offensive Leaders:
.370 Batting Average (MacMilllan)
.489 On Base Percentage (Walters)
235 Plate Appearances (Napieralski)
57 Hits (Reid and Williams)
53 Singles (Williams)
12 Doubles (Reid and MacMillan)
4 Triples (Reid)
4 Home runs (Walters)
92 Times on Base (Napieralski)
58 Runs scored (Napieralski)
39 Walks (Lee)
11 Hit by Pitch (Maunahan)
52 RBIs (Reid)
29 Stolen bases (Sebben)
58 Strike outs (Walters)
Mountie Pitching Leaders
22 Appearances (Napieralski)
15 Starts (Lee)
8 Wins (Neal)
7 Losses (Lee)
2 Saves (Reid and Napieralski)
1 Hold (Paguio and Napieralski)
3 Complete Games (Neal, Lee, and Gee)
66.67 Innings pitched (Lee)
1.19 ERA (Gee)
97 Strike outs (Neal)
48 Walks (Neal)
70 Hits allowed (Lee)
8 Hit batters (Gee)
12 Wild pitches (Neal)
.138 Batting Average against (Walters)
.290 On Base Percentage Against (Napieralski)
Mounties' Walters Gets Picked Up to Nationals!
Congratulations to Vancouver Mounties Tim Walters who was picked up by the 2014 Provincial Champion Cloverdale Spurs to join team BC at the Nationals in Vaughan, ON. Tim has worked hard to improve his game all year long and will be a great addition to the Spurs.
The Spurs also picked up 5 other players to supplement their roster: Sam Shoemaker (White Rock), Dawson Gray (White Rock), Liam Kruse (Victoria Black), Cole Dalla-Zanna (Burnaby) and Austin Brown (North Island).
Western Pickups Announced!
The Abbotsford Angels have picked up 3 players to join them in their quest at the Western Canadian Championships. Congratulations to Nate Doleman (Nanaimo), Jayden Marsh (Nanaimo) and Perrin Finley (White Rock).
Mounties Season Ends One Game Short!
The Vancouver Mounties lost to the powerful Cloverdale Spurs 10 - 2 knocking them out of contention for their 3rd Provincial title in the past 5 years. The Spurs broke a 1 - 1 tie in the top of the 5th scoring 3 when they executed some small ball. The Mounties fought back with 1 run in the bottom of the inning to close the gap to 4 - 2 after 5 innings. But after that it was all Spurs!
The Spurs used some long ball when Cratty hit a 3 run homer in the top of the 6th to break open the game. Moore pitched a 3 hitter for the Spurs and kept the Mounties batters guessing all day long. In the Championship Game the Spurs defeated the Abbotsford Angels 5 - 2.
The Spurs who ran away with the league title this year were the class of the league all year long are the first Bantam AAA team to win a Provincial Title and a League Title in the past 10 years. Congratulations to the Spurs coaching staff and players who faced adversity early in the tournament and were able to fight back and win the Championship. Best of Luck to the Spurs at the Nationals.
The Vancouver Mounties coaching staff, parents, and player would like to extend our thanks to Okanagan Tournament organizer Cara Fischer and all the other Okanagan parents and volunteers for all their efforts in providing an outstanding atmosphere for all the players to do what they love to do. Your efforts of cleaning bathrooms, picking up litter, maintaining fields, etc. did not go unnoticed and without volunteers like you these tournaments can not be successful. Thank You!
Also a shout out to Head Umpire Jerry Tregaskis and his crew of umpires who officiated all of the games in the very hot 38 Celsius temperatures. It is a tough task being an umpire never going to make everyone happy and no one tells you when you got it right but there are hundreds that have no trouble letting you know if you got one wrong. It is not a job where you will win any public opinion polls. But we all know that the umpires do their best get 99 percent of the calls right and more importantly this crew treated all players and coaches with the utmost respect. Thank You!
Lastly thanks to B.C. Minor Coordinator Mike Kelly who over saw the Tournament and made himself available all weekend to anyone who wanted to talk baseball or had any concerns or questions about the Tournament. Mike was fair, accommodating, and assertive when needed, that is all anyone can ask for. The Tournament was well run. Thank You!
Another Semi Final coming up for the Mounties
The Mounties made their way as the first seed in Pool B to the semi final game with an 8-7 victory over the Richmond Chuckers. It was a three pitcher effort with Nathan Lee, Kyle Maunahan and Hudson MacMillan taking the hill. Maunahan recorded the victory and MacMillan the save. Defensively the Mounties struggled making 5 errors giving the Chuckers life as they clawed back and went ahead in the 6th plating two unearned runs. In the top of the 7th the Chuckers reciprocated by allowing two unearned runs giving the Mounties the victory. Offensively, although the Mounties put up 10 hits, they stranded 15 runners.
If the Mounties expect to advance past the semi final, they will have to bring a better effort when they face the #1 seed Cloverdale Spurs who are coming on at the right time. The tilt goes at 10 am on Sunday August 3. The other semi final sees the Abbotsford Angels taking on the Okanagan Athletics. The final will take place starting 1.5 hours past the end of the semi final games at approximately 2 pm.
Bantam AAA Provincial Scores
Saturday August 2nd:
Abbotsford Angels 10 @ North Island Royals 15
Cloverdale Spurs 10 @ Nanaimo 0
White Rock 4 @ Victoria Black 8
Burnaby Braves 16 @ North Island Royals 9
Okanagan Athletics 12 @ Richmond Chuckers 2
Just another day at the park for the Mountie Nation
The Mounties took both games today at the Provincial Championships: 7-2 over White Rock Tritons and an 11-1 mercy victory over the Okanagan Athletics. Solid pitching and hitting throughout both games have staked the Mounties to a 3-0 record and a secured spot in the crossover game.
In the first game, Tim Walters tossed a two hitter while striking out 8, walking 1 over 5.67 innings. He allowed 1 unearned run in the 1st that was aided by 3 errors. Owen Napieralski relieved for 1.33 innings giving up the 2nd run of the game. On the offensive side 6 Mounties bashed out 9 hits including 4 doubles. Blake Reid topped off the game with a home run.
In the late afternoon second game Cody Gee took the hill against the home favourite Okanagan Athletics. Pitching over 4.67 innings Gee held the Athletics to 2 hits and 1 run. Owen Napieralski came in again in relief and promptly picked off a runner at first ending Okanagan's any hope of scoring another run. 6 pitches later in the 6th inning, Okanagan had seen their last bats. The Mountie offence was outstanding in this game. Over just 5.67 innings the Mounties pounded out 16 hits with 4 doubles again and two towering 300+ ft home runs from Tim Walters; the last one was a walkoff grand slam to end the game in a mercy.
Bantam AAA Provincial Scores
Friday August 1st:
Victoria Black Eagles 3 @ Okanagan Athletics 5
Abbotsford Angels 5 @ Cloverdale Spurs 2
North Island Royals 3 @ Nanaimo Pirates 4
Richmond Chuckers 4 @ Victoria Black 5
Burnaby Braves 2 @ Abbotsford Angels 9
Mounties Clip Eagles Wings in Provincial Opener
A good old pitcher's duel was the order of the day in the Mounties-Victoria Black Eagles tilt earlier this afternoon. It was a tightly pitched affair with both starters giving up only 3 hits each.
Thomas Neal pitched a gem for the Mounties going the distance on 88 pitches, striking out 7 and walking only two. The Eagles' Liam Kruse struck out 8 but walked two and hit another in the bottom of the 6th bringing Blake Reid to the plate and he promptly spanked a bases clearing double to put the Mounties ahead. Reid himself would also score via a wild pitch completing the scoring in a 4-0 Mountie victory.
Next up on the hit list: White Rock Tritons
Bantam AAA Provincial Scores
Thursday July 31:
Cloverdale 0 @ Burnaby Minor 3
White Rock 6 @ Okanagan 3
Nanaimo 0 @ Abbotsford 3
North Island 1 @ Cloverdale 6
Richmond City 15 @ White Rock 2
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