Posted on: May 14, 2017
Jordy Cunningham – WolfPack Baseball Communications
After going 3-1 in round robin play in the CCBC Championships, it was time for playoff Sunday for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack Baseball team. They had to take on the Okanagan College Coyotes in the semifinal to start the day. They beat them, winning 6-2 off a complete game effort by Tyler Hodder.
With the win, the team was off to the finals against the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs. The ‘Pack battled all game and were so close to bringing home the championship but they fell short as they lost 4-3 in 11 innings.
Tyler Hodder (Fort McMurray, AB) made his first start in three weeks in the semifinal against the Coyotes. He threw a complete game, allowing two runs on eight hits and seven walks while striking out five.
Tyler Hodder – W, GC, 9 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 0 HBP, 5 K
Adam Filmon (Winnipeg, MB) had a big game in the semifinal as he went 2-4 with a RBI double and a run scored. Josh Snider (Moses Lake, WA) drove in a run with a base hit. Ethan Mohan (Calgary, AB) and Vance Fode (Bow Island, AB) each collected a RBI off a walk with the bases loaded. Blayne Halland (Kamloops, BC) and Malik James (Toronto, ONT) also added a base hit each.
Adam Filmon – 2-4, 2B, RBI, R
Josh Snider – 1-4, RBI, K
Ethan Mohan – 0-2, RBI, BB, 2 HBP, K
Vance Fode – 0-3, RBI, K
Blayne Halland – 1-3, R, 2 BB, K
Malik James – 1-4, R
Josh Hillis – 0-3, 2 R, BB, K
Scott Wood (Stratford, ONT) started on the mound in the finals and despite the loss, had one of the best pitching performances in TRU history. He threw 10 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on ten hits and two walks. He also struck out two batters.
Scott Wood – L, 10.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 2 K
Offensively, Blayne Halland went 2-5 with a RBI double, his third double and eighth RBI of the tournament. Malik James drove in a run on a single. Greg Labranche (Maple Ridge, BC) brought in a run on a sacrifice fly. Adam Filmon collected another two hits, going 2-5 with a run scored. Vance Fode also hit a double as he went 1-2.
Blayne Halland – 2-5, 2B, RBI (finished tournament with .481 batting average, 3 doubles [2nd] and 8 RBI [2nd])
Malik James – 1-4, RBI, BB, 2 K
Greg Labranche – 0-3, RBI, 2 K
Adam Filmon – 2-5, R, K
Vance Fode – 1-2, 2B
Josh Hillis – 1-5, R, K
Ethan Mohan – 0-3, R, 2 BB, 2 K
Taylor Van Ham – 1-3, K
Josh Iannetti – 1-4, BB, 3 K
Despite a very up and down regular season, it was a very good year for the WolfPack. It was their first time being to the finals in two years and they got about as close as they could without winning the whole thing. The loss leaves a bad taste but it just means the team will come back next season even hungrier after being so close to winning this season.
The ‘Pack would like to thank all the families and friends who supported the team all season long. Have a good summer and see you all next season!