05/15/2017 7:44 AM
Sunday afternoon was a game not many PBA players, coaches, fans and family members will soon forget. The same thing has been said many times over the last 7 years, but yesterday’s game may top them all. The PBA Varsity team fought through 11 innings, including a 10th inning rally to tie the game to beat longtime rival Thompson Rivers University 4-3. With that win PBA took home their 7th championship in a row, and capped off a remarkable 2017 season.
The PBA squad started things off the right way in the championship game with 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Those would be the only 2 runs they could scratch across until the 10th inning of the ball game. TRU answered with 2 runs of their own in the top of the 3rd. Both teams had chances to add to the scoring, including a bases loaded opportunity to win in the bottom of the 9th for PBA, which they failed to capitalize on. Heading to extra innings TRU picked up a run in the top of the 10th, and PBA did an outstanding job holding them to just 1 run. After a leadoff single, and then a double to score the go ahead run, reliever Greg Hollman tugged his hat down and got two strikeouts and a ground out to limit the damage to just 1. In the bottom half of the inning the streak was on the line, PBA had to score, and score is what they did. Two singles and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with 1 out for outfielder Eric Davies. Davies delivered with a sacrifice fly to left field to tie the game at 3-3. Hollman held TRU off the score sheet in the top of the 11th and the offense sealed the victory in the bottom of the inning. An error by the TRU shortstop put Dylan Flash on 1st. After a fly out, Flasch stole second base to get himself into scoring position with 2 outs. That’s when sophomore catcher Carter Witbeck played hero, and drove Flasch in for the championship winning run, and PBA was off to celebrate. Hats off to TRU’s starting pitcher Scott Wood who threw all 10.2 innings in the championship game for the Wolfpack on Sunday afternoon.
With yesterday’s win Coach Hubka secured his 7th CCBC Championship in 7 seasons as the head coach of the program. All told the team went 34-9 on the season. 9-5 in the pre-season, 21-3 in the CCBC regular season, and 5-1 in the CCBC tournament. There have been some great teams in PBA history, but 2017’s version of the PBA squad will go down as one of the best ever. Year after year it is amazing to see a new group of kids grow to carry on the tradition that is instilled in them at PBA. It has now been the better part of a decade since any other team has held the CCBC Championship! Winning that championship is the goal at the start of September each year for the PBA program, and the hours and hours of hard work put in by these young men is astounding. Congratulations to everyone involved in 2017, and thank you to everyone who has supported the program this season!