The battle of the two undefeated teams goes today, as the B.C. Little League provincial championships wrapped up its third day of games Monday with White Rock and Hastings remaining undefeated.
After White Rock pitcher Adam Van den Brink struck out four batters in the top of the first, lead off hitter Nolan Webster greeted the Beacon Hill pitcher with a solo home run, as White Rock jumped all over the Hill scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a commanding lead.
Van den Brink got Beacon Hill’s lead off hitter, Nick Lee, to swing at a third strike, but the ball eluded the White Rock catcher so Lee scampered to first on the dropped third-strike rule.
Van den Brink then struck out three more batters to get his team out of the inning and the bats rolling. His eight K’s in the game leads the tournament.
But Beacon Hill replied in the third, getting back-to-back singles from Matthew Sutherland and Lee, followed by a couple passed balls, which eventually scored Lee.
The Hill rallied in the fifth. Lee doubled and Evan Murry followed it up with a single.
After Chris Niketas went out, Sean Young popped a ball just over third-base, but the White Rock shortstop tracked it down and made a great diving catch for the out and Lee tagged up and scored to cut the lead to two.
Murry would score moments later on a passed ball to make it 4-3, however, the Rock closed the door after that, adding two more runs in the bottom half of the fifth for the 6-3 win.
In the Hastings vs Forest Hill match, the powerhouse from Vancouver-Burnaby continues to steamroll its opponents as it defeated Forest Hill 18-2.
Cole Dalla-Zanna belted two homeruns for Hastings, and Carter Kada-Wong, Steven Moretto, and Thomas Neal each hit single round trippers as Hastings continued to coast through the tournament.
With its third straight win by more than 10 runs, Hastings sits atop the standings tied with White Rock who is also at 3-0.