2010 British Columbia Provincial Little League® Tournament Results
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British Columbia Provincial Tournament
Host - New Westminster (District 6)
At Justin Morneau Field; Moody Park

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Little Mountain (Vancouver)
District 3 Champions Whalley (Surrey)
District 5 Champions West Vancouver
District 6 Champions Hastings Community
District 7 Champions Layritz (Victoria)
District 8 Champions Trail
Host League New Westminster

Click here to view 2010 district tournament results for British Columbia.

Tournament Results:

Day 1 (Saturday, July 24):
Hastings Community 6, West Vancouver 0
Layritz 11, Trail 4
Whalley 17, New Westminster 5

Day 2 (Sunday, July 25):
Little Mountain 3, Whalley 2
West Vancouver 8, Trail 3
Hastings Community 11, New Westminster 3

Day 3 (Monday, July 26):
Hastings Community 12, Trail 8
Little Mountain 11, Layritz 4
Whalley 2, West Vancouver 1

Day 4 (Tuesday, July 27):
Little Mountain 10, West Vancouver 1
Whalley 13, Hastings Community 4
New Westminster 9, Layritz 4

Day 5 (Wednesday, July 28):
Layritz 11, West Vancouver 2
Little Mountain 8, Hastings Community 0
Trail 8, New Westminster 6

Day 6 (Thursday, July 29):
Whalley 15, Trail 4
Hastings Community 11, Layritz 4
Little Mountain 13, New Westminster 2

Day 7 (Friday, July 30):
Layritz 10, Whalley 8
Little Mountain 7, Trail 5
New Westminster 9, West Vancouver 5


Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Little Mountain 6 0 14
Whalley 4 2 27
Hastings Community 4 2 36
Layritz 3 3 45
New Westminster 2 4 62
West Vancouver 1 5 41
Trail 1 5 59

The top four teams advance to the semifinal round.

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. If a clear winner cannot be determined from head-to-head results, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio advances.

In the event of a tie involving three or more teams, once the initial tie is broken, the remaining tied teams are again compared on head-to-head record to determine if a clear winner can be identified. If no clear winner can be identified from head-to-head results among the remaining tied teams, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio is again used. This process is repeated until all ties have been broken.

British Columbia Provincial Tournament Finals

Semifinal Round (Saturday, July 31):
Little Mountain 14, Layritz 1 (4 innings)
Hastings Community 4, Whalley 1

Championship Game (Sunday, August 1):
Little Mountain 8, Hastings Community 0 (TITLE)


Summary:

Call it a new first for Canada's first.

Lucas Soper struck out six batters in 5-2/3 shutout innings as his Little Mountain Little League all-star team downed defending champion Hastings Community Little League, 8-0, in the British Columbia championship game at Justin Morneau Field in New Westminster.

The win -- Little Mountain's eighth at the provincial tournament and 13th without a defeat since the start of the international tournament -- brought a first-ever provincial championship in the major baseball division to a league chartered as Canada's first Little League program back in 1951. Little Mountain eventually extended its winning streak to 21 consecutive games by sweeping seven contests at the Canadian Region tournament in Ancaster, Ontario, and then winning its opener at the Little League World Series.

"We knew we had a great team this year, and today it was about not walking guys and playing error-free baseball," said Little Mountain manager Frank Soper. "We knew our bats were going to be there. I told them before the game, 'let's score five runs'. I knew with our pitching, we weren't going to allow any more than four runs."

Little Mountain's high expectations were balanced by a low-pressure approach to the tournament. The team's coaching staff wore loud, brightly colored pants as their game-day attire, and Soper required that his players smile at him before starting their at-bat. (The penalty for failing to do so: a stinky sock to the face.) The team instead shifted the pressure onto opponents with an aggressive approach to running the bases. Eleven of the team's thirteen players also played gold-level soccer, leaving the team with an abundance of speed and athleticism.

Little Mountain grabbed an early lead in the title game, scoring three runs before Hastings came to the plate in the first inning. Matthew Reyes -- whose sister Katie had been a member of Hastings' 2009 Canadian championship team -- helped his team to the fast start with a two-run homer. Lachlan Hunter later added a solo home run as part of Little Mountain's four-run fourth inning rally. Kristofer DeGuzman added a pair of singles and a triple for Little Mountain, while Lichel Hirakawa-Kao chipped in with three singles.

"I'm absolutely proud of our guys," said Hastings manager Vito Bordignon, whose team ensured that the league finished among the final four British Columbia teams for the seventh consecutive year.

"We played a better Little Mountain (team) today," said the Hastings manager. "That's baseball. Today wasn't our day; it was their day."

Little Mountain came into the title game with a huge pitching advantage -- by shuffling through a series of hurlers in his team's 14-1 semifinal round win over Layritz Little League, Soper kept all of his team's pitchers eligible to throw in the title game.

"Little Mountain is loaded," said Layritz manager Mark Ward. "They're stacked in pitching. They just keep on running one out after another that throws the ball."

While four Little Mountain hurlers combined to keep Layritz off the scoreboard, the team's offense plated three runs in the first inning, then five in the second and six more in the third. William Quito paced the offense with a three-run homer in the first, a run-scoring double in the second, and a run-scoring single in the third.

"The kids came out nice and relaxed. Our pre-game was perfect," said Frank Soper after his team became Little Mountain's first provincial finalist since 1963.

Hastings' path to the title game was more complex, as the District 6 champions broke a 1-1 tie late in the game and edged always tough Whalley Little League, 4-1, in the other semifinal round matchup. Kai Johnson's two-run single helped key the final rally, which helped to reverse Whalley's 10-4 victory when the same two teams met during round robin competition. Bordignon elected to use ace Matteo Vincelli (nine strikeouts) for the full six innings in the rematch, and the extended outing meant that Hastings' top pitcher was not eligible to face Little Mountain in the championship game.

Whalley also gave Little Mountain its closest game of the tournament, as the Vancouver team edged the longtime District 3 power by a 3-2 margin in Little Mountain's opener. Little Mountain followed the win with an 11-4 victory over Layritz, then pounded 16 hits in a 10-1 win over West Van. Little Mountain scored four times in the first inning, and slowly widened their advantage by scoring in four of its next five at-bats.

"They're the fastest team in the tournament, and they use that to their advantage," said West Van manager Jeff Stipic after the game. "With twelve-year-olds, if you can create a little bit of stress, you never know what can happen."

Little Mountain then clinched a semifinal round berth with an 8-0 victory over Hastings, and used a powerful offensive attack to close round-robin competition with wins over New Westminster and Trail. Soper's grand slam keyed a 13-2 win over New Westminster, and the team collected twelve hits in the victory over Trail.

"We are looking so forward to those Canadian championships," said Frank Soper after his team closed out the tournament with its final wins. "I watched the last five teams (British Columbia champions that also went on to win the Canadian championship) and there's no difference in those teams and our team. We have everything those other BC teams had."

Soon Soper's team had the other major prize that those teams collected, as Little Mountain defeated host Ancaster (Ontario) Little League, 13-1 in four innings, in the Canadian championship game. Little Mountain had previously reached the Little League World Series in 1953, when the league was known as Vancouver National Little League. The title came three years before the first all-British Columbia provincial championship was held, and Little Mountain's win at the 2010 Canadian championships gave the league a bookend to their Little League World Series appearance from the infancy of the international tournament.

Little Mountain opened the Little League World Series with a 4-2 victory over Chitre (Panama) Little League, before a pair of losses left the team with a third place finish in its pool.

Follow Little Mountain at the Canadian Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


Linescores:

  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Little Mountain 3 0 0 4 1 0 8 - -
Hastings Community 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 -




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