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.