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Kamloops Sun Devils best Burnaby to capture B.C. championship

Kamloops Sun Devils
The Kamloops Sun Devils won the 2019 BC Senior Baseball Champion on Monday, Aug. 5. (via Twitter)

The Kamloops Sun Devils are baseball's best in the province after winning the 2019 B.C. Senior Men’s title over the long weekend (Aug. 2 to 5) in Trail.

Kamloops beat the defending champion Burnaby Bulldogs in the final, edging out a 1-0 victory to clinch a spot in the 2020 national championship.

Taylor Van Ham was named the tournament's most valuable player, hitting .478 over the weekend with four doubles, four stolen bases, a home run and eight RBIs.

The last time the Sun Devils won this tournament was also in Trail, back in 2014.

Things started out rocky for Kamloops, dropping the tournament opener to the Coquitlam Angels by the lopsided score of 14-4.

The Sun Devils finished the round-robin in third place, with a 4-1 win over the Victoria Mavericks (blue squad) and a 5-2 loss to Ladysmith.

In the knockout stage, they beat the host Trail Orioles 8-4, setting up a rematch with Coquitlam. Kamloops would dominate this time, winning 7-1.

With the victory, the Sun Devils will advance to the 2020 Men's National Championship in Sydney, N.S.




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