Three-peat! Vancouver Canadians capture third straight title

Vancouver Canadians celebrating after capturing their third straight title on a 5-0 win over the Boise Hawks.

On September 9, the Vancouver Canadians baseball team clinched their third straight Northwest League title with a 5-0 victory over the Boise Hawks in the deciding game of a best-of-three series. This title was the result of tremendous success in Vancouver baseball.

The Vancouver Canadians had a commanding post season, with convincing victories against the Everett Aquasox. Ladner, BC native Tom Robson was stellar in his performance. He was “confident the team was in a comfortable position” going into the championship series. However, when the team ventured into Boise, the Hawks were ready. Evidently, the rusty Canadians fell 5-0 in the series opener.

In Game 2, the two formidable teams traded runs early, until Andy Fermin instigated a Canadian offensive attack. Canadian’s pitcher Scott Silverstein also came in the 9th inning to shutdown the Hawks. In the end, Vancouver prevailed 4-2, evening out the series at one-game-apiece.

In Game 3, Tom Robson was dominant yet again, while Northwest League MVP L.B. Dantzler helped out with a two-run double in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The Canadians tally on three more runs in the bottom of the 8th inning put the game out of reach 5-0.

It was a fairy-tale finish, with Vancouver becoming the first team since the 1993-1995 Boise Hawks to win three straight Northwest League titles. (

The victory also pulled closer ties with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Canadian’s major league affiliate.

The Vancouver Canadians have been an integral part of this year’s summer. It was mutual appreciation, involving both the city and the team.