OBA Championships conclude locallyMonday, September 03, 2012 by: Brad Coccimiglio
The Elks 341 Bantam Black Sox wrapped up the 2012 Ontario Baseball Association Bantam ‘A’ Championships over the weekend with a 2-2 record.
The tournament, held locally at Sinclair Yards, saw 11 of the provinces best teams compete for provincial supremacy with the Tecumseh Rangers coming away with the tournament title.
The Rangers took the tournament title on Monday morning with a 2-0 win over Sudbury. Jacob Lewsaw knocked in both runs for Tecumseh with the second coming on a suicide squeeze in the sixth inning.
The game was pushed to Monday after the Rangers were forced to play three games on Sunday just to get themselves to the final. By OBA rules, Tecumseh could not play a fourth game on the day unless agreeing to it. The coaching staff felt best that the final be moved to Monday morning.
Just to get to the final, Tecumseh needed an extra innings 10-9 win over Oakridge on Sunday evening. Trailing 6-4 heading into the seventh inning, Tecumseh scored a pair of runs to tie the ball game but proceeded to give up three runs in the top of the eighth inning. In the bottom of the inning, Tecumseh scored a pair of runs and found themselves with two runners on. Back-to-back suicide squeezes by Michael Diana and Colin Curran, put the Rangers into the final.
Sudbury got to the final after three teams were remaining in the double elimination tournament and a draw was needed to determine the bye into the championship. Because Tecumseh had already received a bye in the tournament, a draw was held between Sudbury and Oakridge to determine the bye. Sudbury won the draw and Tecumseh face Oakridge to determine the other finalist.
As for the local entry, the Black Sox opened the tournament with a 15-14 loss to Oakville. Brandon Dewar had a double and two singles while Connor Henderson and Beau Nolan had a pair of singles each. Colton Read reached base three times with a single and two walks. Jacob Renpenning and Spencer Walker had a pair of singles each for Oakville.
Game two saw the Black Sox beat Kitchener 7-3. Read and Zach Duchesne each had a triple in the win.
A 5-3 win over Thunder Bay kept the tournament going for the Black Sox on Saturday. Liam Riley reached base four times in the win, while Joel Soltys had a single and three walks.Max Rydholm and Matt Mustapic had two singles each for Thunder Bay.
The Black Sox championship bid ended with a 5-3 loss to Oakridge. Nolan tripled in the win while Duchesne had a single and a walk. Spencer Dawe had a single and walked for Oakridge in the win.
Thunder Bay 11, Oakridge 1
Thunder Bay: Bryce Jorgenson – 2 singles; Matt McGonigal – 2 singles
Oakridge: Jeremy Noonan – RBI single
Sudbury 7, Wexford 5
Sudbury: Brody McCaffrey – triple, single
Wexford: Perex – double, 2 singles
Ajax 7, Guelph 6
Ajax: scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to pick up the win
Kingston 11, Kitchener 3
Kingston: opened up an 8-0 lead through two innings
Wexford 5, Guelph 0
Loss eliminates Guelph
Tecumseh 14, Thunder Bay 6
Tecumseh: John Goulet – four singles, Stephen Coppola – two singles
Ajax 6, Sudbury 5
Ajax: Colton Robinson – double; Brayden Jobin – double, single; scored winning run in the top of the seventh inning
Sudbury: Josh Clark – 2 singles
Kingston 19, Oakville 0
Kingston: scored seven runs in the first inning and 11 more in the second
Oakridge 14, Wexford 0
Loss eliminates Wexford
Sudbury 6, Oakville 1
Loss eliminated Oakville
Kingston 16, Ajax 2
Sudbury 15, Ajax 8
Sudbury: nine run third inning
Tecumseh 6, Kingston 3
Tecumseh: Ben Clarke – single, walk; Jacob Lewsaw – single, walk; Matthew Mousseau – single, walk
Kingston: Kenneth Allan – two walks
Sudbury 9, Kingston 8
Sudbury: down 7-3 going into the seventh inning; Brody McCaffrey – two walks; Ethan Jodouin – two walks, hit by pitch
Kingston: Cameron Blakely – single, walk; Wyatt Crampton – two singles; Will Van Allan – single, walk; eliminated with loss
Oakridge 15, Tecumseh 1
Oakridge: Mitch Oliver – triple, walk; Collin Baillie – single, walk; Spencer Dawe – single, walk; Austin Holland – two walks