North Peace Minor ball teams advance to tournament finals in Grande Prairie

Players from the North Peace Minor Mosquito team with their trophy after winning the final in Grande Prairie. Photo by Forrest Liddicoat.

GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – All three North Peace Minor Baseball teams made their respective tournament finals in Grande Prairie this past weekend.

The North Peace Minor Mosquito team in Grande Prairie. Photo by Forrest Liddicoat.
The North Peace Minor Mosquito team in Grande Prairie. Photo by Forrest Liddicoat.

The Mosquito Black Sox rolled through the preliminary round undefeated, with strong pitching from the team keeping their opponents off the scoresheet. The team continued their strong play in the semis, and then went on to the final 10-1 over Beaverlodge.

The North Peace Minor Pee Wee team in Grande Prairie. Photo by Forrest Liddicoat.
The North Peace Minor Pee Wee team in Grande Prairie. Photo by Forrest Liddicoat.

The Pee Wees also rolled to an undefeated record through the prelims and had a strong semi-final game. In the finals, they came up against a very big and hard pitching High Level team. It was a super close tilt; The Black Sox were down 4 runs going into the 7th inning but came back to go ahead by 1 run. In the bottom of the 7th, High level hit a walk-off homer to eventually take the win.

The North Peace Minor Bantam/Midget team in Grande Prairie. Photo by Forrest Liddicoat.
The North Peace Minor Bantam/Midget team in Grande Prairie. Photo by Forrest Liddicoat.

The Bantam/Midgets came away with a 2-and-1 record in the preliminary round, continuing their strong play in the semis with a 9-5 win over Beaverlodge. In the finals, they came across the host Grande Prairie Reds. The Bantam/Midget Black Sox kept it  close right to the end, sadly losing the final 7-6.

North Peace Minor President Forrest Liddicoat said “Overall, for our very first tournament, it was a huge success for all 3 teams to make the finals of each division. It shows a lot about the talent of baseball players in Fort St John and area. We look forward to helping these kids become even better and continue to play in tournaments around the area and hopefully host a big tournament in FSJ next season.”

At Saturday’s wind-up in Fort St. John, the blast ball, T-ball and Rookies played some fun games to wrap up the season. The Rookies also had a skills competition for Base running, Hitting and accuracy throw. The Phillies had two players win in their categories: Kyle for Longest Hit, and Chaz Lucas won Fastest base Runner. Damon Clay from Cecil Lake won Most Accurate Throw.