SOO MINOR BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
The SMBA season is well under way at Sinclair Yards and the players have shaken off the winter rust.
The Midget Division got off to a late start this year but the first game between the O’Sullivan Funeral Home Angels and Allstate Expos didn’t disappoint. A four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Expos a 12-8 lead and Dana Lesage came in to close it out in the seventh and secure the win. Jordan Trudeau was prefect at the plate going three-for-three, stealing three bases and scoring three runs. A tremendous play by Angels shortstop Noah Thompson to shut down an Expo rally in the fifth had both benches and the spectators applauding. Zack Duchesne and Joe MacLean looked sharp on the mound for the Angels.
In the first game of Wednesday’s double header against the Elk’s Bantam Black Sox, the Angels were in command until the seventh inning when the rain opened up and with it the Sox bats. Four runs in the bottom of the seventh gave the Sox a walk off 9-8 win. Luke McCooeye was impressive on the mound early for the Angels going three strong. Black Sox Dylan Sewell kept pace with McCooeye and the game was shaping up as quite a pitchers duel until the Angels starting hitting in the fourth and fifth innings. James Messich and Jarrod Saccro each scored twice for the Angels while Todd Webb pitched the final two innings for the win. The second game was rained out.
In Bantam, the Pioneer Construction Crush and Nu Era Funding Aces split this week’s games. On Monday, Nick Ritchie picked up the Crush and carried them on his back. Nick went two-for-three at the plate, scored twice and in the field picked off a runner at third and made two fly outs to push the Crush to a 13-11 win over the Aces. Enrico Palarchio has emerged as Pioneer’s closer picking up his second save of the year to preserve the win. Jarrid Smith had five runs batted in for the Aces.
Nu Era exacted some revenge on Thursday beating up on the Crush 18-8. Elijah Neilson and Jarrid Smith took care of the pitching while the rest of Aces capitalized on a few Pioneer errors to rack up the RBIs. Carter Fielding had three stolen bases and scored twice for the Aces while Noah Belec was three-for-three with four RBIs and two stolen bases. Kelsey Tanner showed her speed for Pioneer going three-for-three, stealing five bases and scoring three times.
In Pee Wee, Holy Cow’s Ice Cream has emerged as an early season favorite sitting atop the standings at 4 -1. The Pee Wee division is up to four teams this year so expect someone to step up and challenge HCIC for the lead soon.
In Mosquito, two teams are still undefeated. Sault Airport is at 3-0 and Flakeboard has two ties to go along with one win. Only one game separated the bottom four teams.
Rookie/TBall and Intro TBall registrations were filled up to capacity this year and all three Divisions are moving along with games Monday to Thursday at Sinclair Yards, home of the world's largest baseball.
Scores and Schedules can be found on our website www.sooball.com.