The weekend of July 28 – 31 proved to be a great one for Barriere’s Dylan Luison and his baseball team, the Kamloops AAA Midget Baseball Riverdogs; who won the Provincial Championships at Norbrock Stadium in Kamloops.
The Dogs went into the Provincials as third in the league of 11 teams. They were definitely not predicted to win due to the fact they had only one senior player, eight second year players (including Dylan) and five rookies, whereas Ridge Meadows (the top team) and Vancouver (the second place team) both had mostly seniors on their teams.
Dylan’s team made it to the semi-final with a great win against Ridge Meadows of 3-1; and then went into the craziest final game they had ever experienced against the Vancouver team.
Dylan came out in top of the first inning with a triple and RBI making the score 1-0 for the Dogs. The Dogs hit in another two runs in the third inning bringing the lead to 3-0. All was going great for the Dogs until the bottom of the fifth inning when Vancouver (home team) knocked in five runs.
The Dogs came back in the sixth with four runs to make it 7-5.
So the dogs were once again in the lead, and all looked good, but then Vancouver rallied and the Dogs lost their lead again.
The score was 10-7 for Vancouver, and the Dogs only had one inning left to bat.
Incredibly the team pulled it off; hitting in four runs and went into the bottom of the seventh with a one run lead. The Dogs played the best the bottom of the inning, and the team was ecstatic when they won 11-10.
Dylan was catcher for all the games played, with three RBIs and one run in the final game.
Baseball is not yet over this season for Dylan and the Luison family, Dylan says he is currently training for the Western Canadians being held in Victoria on August 25-28.
He has also been invited to play in the Fall Classic Tournament in Phoenix in October, where Dylan will be playing with the Minnesota Twins U18 Scouting Team.
Dylan says he wants to thank the friends and family that have supported him and his team, and says, “A special thanks to Bryce and Wally [Welz] for coming to all my games.”