Gators snatch third

The Okanagan Falls Gold Star Fencing Gators finished third in playoffs

OKANAGAN FALLS Gold Star Fencing Gators’ Sam Anderson was 3-for-3 at the plate during the Little League Major playoffs in Beaver Valley last weekend. He helped the Gators finish in third place.

OKANAGAN FALLS Gold Star Fencing Gators’ Sam Anderson was 3-for-3 at the plate during the Little League Major playoffs in Beaver Valley last weekend. He helped the Gators finish in third place.

The Okanagan Falls Gold Star Fencing Gators finished third in the Little League Major playoffs.

The Gators were in Beaver Valley last weekend where they lost 15-13 to Castlegar in the semifinal. The Gators trailed 15-4 when their bats heated up. Gators coach Tony Orioli said they had a chance to tie, but left the bases loaded in the final inning. Sam Anderson went 4-for-4 and Anthony Schembri, 3-for-3.

In round robin play, the Gators won two of three games. After opening with an 11-3 loss to Nelson, the Gators feasted on Salmon, 15-3 and Trail, who was 2-0 before their meeting, 14-6. Against Salmo, Hank Cumming went 3-for-3 at the plate and pitched two scoreless innings. Ethan Poole, Mason Holt and Brendan Sommerville each went 2-for-2 at the plate. The Gators meeting with undefeated Trail was a must-win said Orioli.

“The best game of the year,” said Orioli, adding the Gators combined solid defence with great hitting. Matt Olsen and Adrian Orioli were solid on the mound, while Orioli also went 3-for-3 hitting two home runs. Olsen also went 3-for-3 and hit one homer.

The Gators will host the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken 12-60 BC Provincials on July 3-5 in OK Falls at Keogan Park.

The team is still looking for players born in 2002/2003 who are interested in playing summer baseball in June/July. The program will involve practices and games. If interested, email Tony Orioli at


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