In true underdog fashion, the Salmon Arm Blue Thunder peewee baseball team was crowned the champion in a four-team tournament this past weekend at Klahani Park.
Seeded as the fourth team after the round robin, they were matched up with the number-one seed, the West Kelowna D-backs, in the semi-finals. In the other semi-final the Salmon Arm Reds faced off against Rutland.
The Blue Thunder won decisively over the D-backs thanks to active bats and solid defensive play in the infield. The Reds came up just shy of a birth in the final, losing a close contest to the team from Kelowna. In a pressure-filled final, the Blue Thunder used home-field advantage to their benefit and defeated the well-coached side from Rutland.
The Blue Thunder and Reds hit the sandlot in regular season action this weekend at Elks Park. Games start at noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.