Tigers score big win against West Kelowna

A 3-0 shutout victory against West Kelowna improved the South Okanagan junior Tigers to 9-2.

Junior tigers pitcher Shane Price played a key role in a 3-0 win over West Kelowna. His strong pitching added to the Tigers impressive defence.

Junior tigers pitcher Shane Price played a key role in a 3-0 win over West Kelowna. His strong pitching added to the Tigers impressive defence.

A 3-0 shutout victory against West Kelowna improved the South Okanagan junior Tigers to 9-2.

The Tigers got off to a good start, shutting down West Kelowna with strong defence and great pitching by Shane Price. The Tigers then made their chances at the plate count, driving in three runs. The remainder of the game was tight, as both teams had runners reaching the bases, but couldn’t score.

A strength to the club this season has been a dedicated group of players with “huge parental support,” according to Tigers coach Romeo DeCosse. The players are also responding to positive coaching.

“Our goal is to win the league but we’d love to go to the provincials and are close to reaching this goal,” said DeCosse.

Players who have stood out are Mathew Brodt, Matthew Jones, Ryan Konno and Chase DeCosse. Coach DeCosse said Brodt “is an incredible centre fielder who consistently robs the opposing team of base hits as well as a very strong pitcher and solid on the bats.”

Jones has been a “fabulous second baseman with a solid bat who brings strong, positive leadership.” Konno is a vacuum at first base and awesome closer with a fantastic bat. And DeCosse is the general behind the plate and a solid lead off with a consistent steal for the team.

DeCosse said the team bonds well and they never want to leave the field.

“Our season is strongly contributed to the never ending energy and positive support of our coaches, Joel Graff and Dallas Jannie,” said DeCosse. “We say ‘and that’s what we call Tiger baseball!’”