Every Vancouver Canadians prospect that was interviewed this year told JaysProspects the same thing – they wanted Vancouver to win another Northwest League Championship. Now, after last night’s 7-4 win over the Everett AquaSox, the team is that much closer. They will now be entering the Championship series, competing against the winner of the East Division Final between Boise and Yakima with their best-of-three series tied at one.
Prior to the game, Art Charles indicated that his focus this season has been to help his team succeed.
“I want to get a ring this year. As of right now we have a good chance. I want to do whatever I can to help my team win,” he said.
And Charles did just that. In fact, in the very first inning, the powerful first baseman gave the C’s a 3-0 lead after he crushed a home run off of AquaSox starting pitcher Victor Sanchez. The Canadians would add two runs to their lead in the second after Jorge Flores doubled in Tucker Frawley and later scored when Kellen Sweeney reached on a fielding error.
In the sixth, the Canadians would score again, but it was a crazy inning at that. After Frawley walked and moved to third on Flores’ single, both runners advanced on a balk from AquaSox pitcher, Taylor Ard. Flores then moved to third on a dropped third strike to Ian Parmley, and later scored on a wild pitch. At this point of the game, Vancouver had a 6-1 lead much to the hometown’s chagrin.
This lead was all that C’s starting pitcher Taylor Cole would need, as he had another masterful outing, pitching six complete innings, allowing only one unearned run on five hits with three walks while striking out three. Arik Sikula also earned his second consecutive save, pitching a scoreless ninth and allowing the Canadians to win by a final score of 7-4.
The Canadians intend to send RHP Javier Avendano to the mound for Game 1 of the Northwest League Championship Series. Let’s hope that the C’s are on their way to winning back-to-back championships.