The Trail Orioles certainly didn’t have a blast at the eighth annual Baseball Blast tournament in Kelowna over the Canada Day weekend.
The team went 0-3 and failed to make the playoff round for a quick exit in the 12-team tournament that featured over $10,000 in prize money.
The Orioles fell 9-2 to the defending Canadian senior men’s baseball champion Burnaby Bulldogs before dropping a narrow 6-5 decision to Parkland, out of Edmonton. They stay in Kelowna ended with a 2-0 loss to the Kamloops Sun Devils, which spoiled a four-hit pitching effort from Kellen Jones.
The Seattle Studs took home the top prize of $4,600 after blanking Thurston County, Wash., 7-0 in the championship game Sunday evening. It marked the second year in a row the Studs captured the tournament title.
The Orioles are back home to roost for a three-game set this weekend against the Vernon Diamondbacks. The teams will place twice on Saturday in Castlegar and one game Sunday morning at 8 a.m. at Butler Park.