Chiefs Peewee T2 Champs in Niagara FallsUpdated Thursday July 27, 2017 by Whitby Minor Baseball Association.
The Peewee T2 Chiefs continued their winning ways, undefeated at the First Annual Fred Morocco Memorial Peewee Tournament July 21-23 in Niagara Falls.
In what was expected to be a tough group, the Chiefs started against Leamington on Friday night, putting up 5 runs before throwing a pitch, and added another 4 in the second to cruise to a 12-3 win. Having lost the coin toss again Saturday morning, the Chiefs scored 3 in the top of the first and never looked back, scoring in all but one inning for a 11-3 final over Mississauga North. The Saturday afternoon game saw Markham shut the Chiefs down in the top of the first for the first time in the tournament, but error free defence and clinical pitching allowed the bats to come alive again and the chiefs scored multiple runs in 4 innings to finish with a 12-1 win and top seed going into the knockout round on Sunday.
Facing a very good Mississauga Majors T1 team in the semifinal, the Chiefs fell behind to an early 2-0 deficit only to battle back thanks to a Noah Avis home run and a huge two-out RBI single by Leyden Gray to knot the score at 2-2 going into the sixth inning. Mississauga proceeded to put up two runs in the top of the sixth, but more timely hitting and alert base running allowed the Chiefs to score 3 in the bottom to take a 5-4 lead heading into the 7th. Darcy (Osouza) D’Souza finished up with a clean inning and the Chiefs were on to their second final in as many tournaments.
Facing Bloordale, who defeated hosts and last year’s OBA A Champions, Niagara Falls in the other semifinal, we were unsure what to expect. After a tidy 1-2-3 defensive top of the first, the Chiefs came out swinging, belting out 10 hits and 12 runs in the bottom of the first featuring yet another home run from Noah Avis. The rest of the game was highlighted by yet another masterful pitching performance by #43 Jack Garey, who required just 43 pitches to seal the 2-hit complete game shutout. Final Score: 15-0.
Scotty Rodrigue was named Tournament MVP with 11 hits in 14 at-bats including 4 doubles.
Congratulations to Noah Avis, Bryson Betts, Lucas Brockstein, Darcy D’Souza, Quin Doherty, Andrew Foster, Jack Garey, Leyden Gray, Nick King, Evan LaSalle, Michael McGivney, Scott Rodrigue and Joshua Williston.