Mosquito A Tyees win bronze at B.C. provincials

The Campbell River Mosquito A Tyees went from unknowns to favorites over a four-day tournament in the Lower Mainland

The Mosquito A Tyees battled their way to a bronze medal finish at the provincial championships last weekend.

The Campbell River Mosquito A Tyees went from unknowns to favorites over a four-day tournament in the Lower Mainland.

On Sunday, the Campbell River Mosquito A Tyees overcame an earlier defeat in the semi-finals to capture the bronze medal game 5-4 over Cloverdale.

The Tyees entered the tournament as unknowns from the North Island and attracted little attention until the skill competition.

During four events, the Tyees’ Connor Hall finished second in a tiebreaker for the catchers’ competition, Jalen Price captured the Home Run competition and the team finished near the top at the next two competitions.

By then the team had everyone’s attention. This was further confirmed over the next two days.

In games on Friday and Saturday, the Tyees went 3 and 1.

On Friday, the Tyees defeated Cloverdale 13-7 in game one and then lost game two to Chilliwack 10-9 in the bottom of the sixth.

On Saturday the Tyees returned with two convincing wins over Rutland and Ladner to capture top spot in their pool.

On Sunday, the Tyees faced Abbotsford in the semi-finals. After five innings the teams were tied 1-1.

In the top of the sixth, Abbotsford squeezed two runs across and the Tyees were unable to answer in the bottom of the inning. Abbotsford went on to win the championship later in the day.

After this the tough defeat the  Tyees were able to regroup and defeat Cloverdale once again in the bronze medal game in a very close 5-4 game which came down to the final out.

This was an amazing weekend for the Island boys.

Price was once again impressive, twice clearing the fence in game action for two very important home runs over the weekend.

The young Tyees left their first provincials impressing many with the prospects of future success.

As with the Islands, this took a complete effort from the whole team and a memorable experience for all involved.

Game MVP honours were won by Price, Jamie Ingersoll, Brodie Comerford, Connor Hall, Brayden McCauley and River Fahey.