The Sicamous Stealers rolled into Vernon to play the Westside Outlaws for the second time this season.
Westside handed Sicamous their biggest loss of the season the last time they played, beating the Stealers 24-3. Word from the Sicamous locker room was they were not going to let that happen again.
The Stealers opened the game with their best pre-game cheer of the season and that rolled into a totally amazing game. The first inning was owned by Sicamous, bringing nine batters to the plate with eight reaching base, scoring five runs.
Sicamous’ defense in the bottom of the first shut the Outlaws down with a stellar three-up, three-down, to finish the first inning with a 5-0 lead – the first time this season the Stealers have accomplished this. In the second inning, Sicamous scored one and Westside scored five, making the score 6-5 for Sicamous.
The third and fourth innings were very tight defensively with Sicamous scoring three runs and Westside scoring one. The score was 9-6 for Sicamous after the fourth.
In the top of the fifth, the Stealers scored one to increase their lead to 10-6. The first two Outlaw batters were quick outs and the Stealers fans were out of their seats with only one out left for the win.
The next two batters reached base and then it happened.
A judgment call made by the ump on a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases. Coach Rob Sutherland appealed the call that the batter leaned in to the pitch to take the hit. It would have been the third strike and game over; however, the call was not to be changed and the Outlaws scored five runs in the inning to take the win 11-10. By far the best game this season for the Stealers.
Good showing by Liam Davies who started the game as back catcher. His work ethic behind the plate in blocking everything thrown at him was a lesson to all catchers on sacrificing your body to make the play. At bat, Liam went 2/3 on base per cent bringing in two RBI’s.
Game #12 in Sicamous was cancelled due to rain and will be re-scheduled for a later date.
Submitted by Rob “SUDS” Sutherland.