Whitby Minor Peewee Chiefs 'A' win EOBA Championship Tournament

Updated Friday September 2, 2016 by Whitby Minor Baseball Association.

On the August 19-21 weekend the EOBA Minor Peewee championship tournament was held in Clarington. The T3 Chiefs, having won the regular season pennant, received a first round bye to Saturday where they played 5th place Pickering. 

Coming away with a convincing 10-5 win, the boys had to play a fresh Whitby T2 team and fell 7-0. This set a rematch with Pickering on Sunday morning, which they won 16-0 in one of their most dominant performances of a dominant season highlighted by Gavin O’Regan’s 44-pitch, 5-inning no-hit masterpiece in which he faced the minimum 15 batters, a lone walk the only blemish on an otherwise perfect game. 

The next game brought another difficult opponent in 3rd place Oshawa (and champions each of the previous three seasons). The Chiefs jumped out to an early lead, looking to cruise to a win, but Oshawa had other plans and battled back to take a 2-run seventh inning lead. In the bottom of the seventh, the Chiefs managed two runs to tie the game and we were on to extras. In the top of the eighth, Oshawa took the lead with a single run. In the bottom of the inning, with runners at second and third with 2 out, alert baserunning took advantage of an Oshawa error to earn a walk-of win and set up a rematch with the T2 Chiefs in an all Whitby final. 

With the pitching resources running low, the Chiefs came out swinging, putting up 21 hits and 16 runs to beat the undefeated T2 team 16-11 in a game that featured Bryson Betts’ and Ben Helsdon’s competitive pitching debuts in do-or-die situations. With both teams having lost only one game, and OBA rules prohibiting 4 games in a day, the deciding game was rescheduled to August 30. 

On that day, the T3 Chiefs came out swinging once again, putting up 16 runs in the first three innings without reply behind another solid pitching performance to take the championship 17-5 for their third tournament win and to cap an extremely successful season. 

The coaching staff, led by Stew Hutchison, could not be more proud of the boys’ efforts this season. Every player improved his game significantly over the course of the season, and not only have they become better baseball players, but the sportsmanship, teamwork and camaraderie shown both on and off the field have demonstrated that they are all well on their way to developing into fine young men. They all should be extremely proud. Congratulations once again on a fine championship season.

The 2016 EOBA Minor Peewee Champion Whitby Chiefs are:

24 - Noah Avis, 20 - Bryson Betts, 18 - Lucas Brockstein, 44 - Quin Doherty, 55 - Ben Helsdon, 21 - Jackson Hutchison, 5 - Cameron Jones, 26 - Nick King, 34 - Evan LaSalle, 11 - Kyle Lloyd, 7 - Michael McGivney, 33 - Gavin O'Regan, 46 - David Young