- BC Games
Rutland player helps Team B.C. to title
It was a week on the baseball diamond Elliott Morrow-Lisa is unlikely to ever forget.
The 13-year-old from Rutland returned home Monday from Sylvania, Ohio where he helped Team B.C. Selects win the Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series in the U12 division.
The provincial squad, comprised of players from across B.C., went a perfect 8-0 against competition from all across North America.
B.C. secured the title with an 11-3 win over the Wisconsin River Cats in the final.
"It was a lot of fun," said Morrow-Lisa, who was selected to the provincial team following tryouts earlier this summer. "The teams are all really good, better than teams I'm used to playing against."
Morrow-Lisa, who plays locally with the Rutland Rockies peewee AA team, played in all eight games for Team B.C.—starting in six—while playing both left field and serving as the designated hitter.
And Morrow-Lisa was particularly effective with the bat, hitting the longest home run of the tournament at close to 300 feet. He also had three triples during the week along with two doubles and, for his efforts, was named winner of the Best Bat award.
It's presented annually to a player who makes an especially big impact at the plate for his club.
"I never thought about winning something like that," he said.
Morrow-Lisa drew praise for his play both from the Team B.C. coaching staff and B.C. Baseball minor rep Mike Kelly.
"Elliott was a great addition to the CABA team, he was a great hitter a pure hitter and he deserved the top hitter award," said Kelly. "A very coachable kid, and the Okanagan should be proud to have him on the team."
As for Team B.C.'s overall success at CABA, Morrow-Lisa pointed to a multitude of talent on the roster.
"There were just a lot of really good players on the team," he said. "We had good pitching and good hitting."
Morrow-Lisa will be back with his Rutland Rockies teammates this weekend at the B.C. peewee AA championship in Chilliwack.