The Kamloops RiverDogs won their last five games to capture the championship at the Norm Craig Invitational midget AAA baseball tournament in Kelowna on Monday.
The RiverDogs, who were beaten 4-3 in 10 innings by the Okanagan A’s in their tournament-opener, threw two shutouts Monday, beating the White Rock Tritons 3-0 in a semifinal and then taking out North Delta 4-0 in the final.
Tyler Cousineau tossed a complete-game two-hitter in the final, striking out three and walking one. He needed just 66 pitches for the seven-inning victory.
Colin Rintoul and Blayne Halland each had three singles and scored two runs.
In the semifinal victory, Dylan Luison drove in all three runs with a double, single and sacrifice fly. Mike Gilfillan scattered eight hits over seven innings, while striking out six and walking two.
On Sunday, the RiverDogs completed round-robin play with a 5-3 victory over North Delta. That left Kamloops at 3-1 and atop its pool.
Leyton Edye pitched a complete-game five-hitter, striking out two and walking two. Cousineau had two singles and two RBI, with Kyle Pouncy getting a hit, scoring a run and driving in another.
On Saturday, Rintoul stroked five singles, drove in five runs and scored three times and his brother Steven had three singles and five RBI as the RiverDogs bounced the Richmond Chuckers, 11-6. Jordan Kealty got the victory in relief, pitching two innings of scoreless ball. Gilfillan singled twice and scored three times.
In Saturday’s first game, the RiverDogs whipped the Victoria Eagles 9-0 in a game shortened to five innings by an eight-run mercy rule. Cousineau went the distance for the victory, allowing one hit while striking out three and walking one. Holland had two hits, a run and an RBI, with Connor Kozak tripling, driving in a run and scoring two, and Pouncy finishing with a triple, three RBI and two runs.
The RiverDogs return to league play this weekend. They are in Richmond and Vancouver.