Nelson came home as champions following the final game of the West Kootenay Babe Ruth Championships. Pictured here are (front row L-R) Chase May

Nelson came home as champions following the final game of the West Kootenay Babe Ruth Championships. Pictured here are (front row L-R) Chase May

Nelson dominates Trail in final

Local team takes home the Babe Ruth Baseball championship.

Nelson dominated Trail during the West Kootenay Babe Ruth Baseball championships, not only winning its final game at Queen Elizabeth Park but also taking the top spot in the league for the first time in over 20 years.

“Throughout this year we started a little bit slow, but as we started playing more as a team and got consistent. This was a great victory for the kids, because we don’t usually beat Trail—they’ve got one of the best teams,” said head coach Roger May.

Nelson ended the year with 13 wins, 4 losses and 2 ties—just narrowly ahead of the Trail Athletics.

May said the top hitters for the game were Benoit Thibeault, Chase May, Jayden Maida and Justin Lasichuk.

May said Thiebeault did an excellent job pitching the first half of the game, and then McLeod slowed Trail’s momentum significantly.

“He’s been one of my most consistent pitchers throughout the whole year, and as soon as he starting pitching he shut their hitting down,” said May.

May praised his players.

“This is a huge achievement for Nelson ball,” he said.