South Okanagan Minor Baseball Association coach Nuno Monteiro works with a player during winterball sessions at the Penticton Community Centre. The baseball season got underway last weekend. Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

Baseball action in full swing

Baseball season is in full swing in Penticton.

Baseball season is in full swing for the South Okanagan Minor Baseball Association.

The Penticton Thunder 13 and under AA peewee team opened with a pair of wins against the West Kelowna Diamondbacks on April 23. In the first game, a 9-4 decision, Diogo Monteiro got the Thunder’s offence going with two monster doubles to help give them an early lead. In an 11-8 win, Jack MacIntosh took to the mound midway through the game and shutdown the opposition, helping the Thunder climb back from an early 7-4 deficit.

In under-nine tadpole action, the Pirates topped the Tigers 15-8. The Pirates were backed by sound defence and offence throughout the lineup, led by Peter Forbes’ bat. Adelias Rivera-Alex of the Tigers completed a double-play in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Reds defeated the Twins 15-8. William Reid made a spectacular shoestring catch for the Twins to end the game. Summerland and the A’s battled to an 11-11 finish. Jordan-Ray Gabriel made a great defensive play at second base to end the game and preserve the tie for the A’s.

In mosquito action, a pair of Summerland teams, the Chiefs and Reds battled to a 8-8 draw. There was excellent hitting by both sides. The Chiefs were up two runs going into the bottom of the fifth. Braxton Becker turned a walk into a run scored after he stole two bases. Then Dylan Harrison tied it up with a clutch triple with two outs. Rhett St. John was great with the bat and on the mound.

The Summerland Jays used home field advantage to edge Osoyoos 12-11. The Pirates clobbered Princeton 12-4 at McLaren Field.

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