The Twins and the Diggers had something of a rivalry throughout this fast pitch season. The two teams met one last time on Sunday evening to determine the league championship and in a dramatic seventh inning, the Twin’s scored three runs for the win.
“In the sixth inning we had Paul Whitecotton on first and Aaron Johnstone, who is one of our best players, hit a double for sure,” recalls Diggers coach Tom Woodward. “Paul ran to past second to third and then had to turn back, and got tagged out on the way back to second.”
At the top of the seventh, the Twins got a player to third, and Tyler Jacquette got a hit up the line, allowing the player on third to get home. Next, Matt Guildersleeve got a double, scoring another two runs for the Twins.
The Diggers managed to load the bases when they got up to bat, but Twins pitcher struck them out before they could get another run.
“We haven’t won in eight years,” says Twins coach Julian Stevenson. “We’re probably the oldest team in the league by now, but still, it would be great if we could keep this going.”
Tournament announcer Wayne Seaman says the parity of play made for exciting ball throughout the whole tournament.
“The games are not nearly as predictable as they were a few years ago,” said Seaman. “What really excited me, though, was seeing all the kids out there watching - eager to be the next generation of Bowen Island Fast Pitch players. The game is dying just about everywhere, but the persistence of keeping it alive here is a testament to the success of the league.”