The Ladner Red Sox will be looking to cap off a dominant summer season in style when they host B.C. Minor Baseball’s 18U AA Provincial Championships, starting today at Cromie Park.
The five-team event will feature three days of round-robin action and culminates with the gold medal game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Red Sox were already guaranteed spot in the tournament as the host association but there was little in the way of complacency when it came to the league playdowns. Ladner finished on top of the 13-team Lower Mainland league with a 12-1-0 record to earn the No. 1 seed.
Besides the impressive league run, the Red Sox also finished second at the recent Valley of the Champions Tournament in Kelowna, losing to an Alberta academy team in the final.
Rounding out the teams at Cromie are the other top three finishers in league play — Vancouver Community (10-1-1), Vancouver Minor (9-3-0) and Tsawwassen (8-4-0) — along with Vernon. Tsawwassen edged North Shore for the final Lower Mainland spot thanks to a 12-0 win over Abbotsford on Monday, its third straight victory.
Here is the tournament schedule:
Thursday, July 28
11 a.m. Tsawwassen vs. Ladner
2 p.m. Vancouver Minor vs. Vancouver Community
5 p.m. Ladner vs. Vernon
Friday, July 29
9 a.m. Vancouver Community vs. Tsawwassen
Noon: Vancouver Minor vs. Ladner
3 p.m. Vernon vs. Vancouver Community
6 p.m. Vancouver Minor vs. Tsawwassen
Saturday, July 30
11 a.m. Vernon vs. Vancouver Minor
2 p.m. Vancouver Community vs. Ladner
5 p.m. Tsawwassen vs. Vernon
Sunday, July 31
9 a.m. Second Place vs. Third Place (semi-final)
1 p.m. Semi-Final Winner vs. First Place