Chiefs Minor Peewee T2 Champs in Mississauga

Updated Monday June 4, 2018 by Whitby Minor Baseball Association.

On Friday evening, in what was expected to be a tough group, the Chiefs started against a good Halton Hills T1 team. Giving up 2 runs in the first inning, the Chiefs battled throughout the game ultimately to fall 2-1 on a tough play to end the top of the seventh. Saturday morning, facing the North Toronto A's, the Chiefs came out to play. They gave up one in the top of the first, only to post five of their own in the bottom, highlighted by a towering blast to left field for Noah Foster's first ever home run, to take the lead for good. The Chiefs had to battle through a rough inning in which they surrendered five but never the lead, and eventually took the game 9-6 in 5 innings. Facing Mississauga North in the third game of round robin play, the Chiefs struggled to score. Going into the 5th inning, the Chiefs were ahead 2-1 and Mississauga put up 4 runs to take the lead, and put the Chiefs' tournament in jeopardy. In the bottom half, the chiefs proceeded to score three of their own to knot the game a 5 heading into the 6th and final inning. In the top half of the 6th, Mississauga once again took the lead and the Chiefs were down to their final 3 outs. With the Mississauga pitcher struggling with control, two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out.  A hard ground ball up the middle by Jakhai Reid-Innis scored two and ended the game in walk-off fashion.

The walk-off victory put the Chiefs in first place in their division which earned them a bye to the semi-final round on Sunday morning, where they met the Mississauga Majors.   Playing behind Noah Foster's superb 6.1 innings of pitching work, solid defence kept the Chiefs close until they finally broke free in the 6th, putting up 6 runs to take an 8-3 lead going to the final inning. With one out, Noah finally ran out of pitches to throw, and Matthew Gaspar came in to close the game with a couple of ground outs to advance the Chiefs to the Championship game.

With very little time to enjoy the win, the Chiefs had to change diamonds right away to face the undefeated Annette Athletics. The Chiefs had saved their best for last. The two teams battled hard for 4 innings. Flawless defence, coupled with stellar pitching by Jacobo Zamorano, resulted in just three baserunners and only one hit through 4 when the offence finally broke through and the Chiefs scored 4 runs on 5 hits with 2 out in the top of the 5th inning. Tommy Paddick came in to relieve Zamorano for the 5th, and with the help of the same flawless defence, emphatically slammed the door on any hopes Annette might have had, retiring 9 of 10 batters in near perfect fashion. Zamorano and Paddick combined to throw a 2 hit shutout to win the championship. Final score Whitby Chiefs 4 – Annette Athletics 0.

The coaching staff could not be more proud of the boys’ efforts this weekend. Every player rose to the challenge and became a better ball player this weekend. The concentration and maturity shown by the players in what was some players first ever competitive tournament was more than anyone could have asked or expected. They should all be proud of their accomplishment.

The Whitby Minor Peewee T2 Chiefs are: 27 - Owen Briggs, 2 - Matthew Elsenaar, 66 - Ozzie Fitzpatrick, 34 - Noah Foster, 10 - Matthew Gaspar, 1 - Christian Hiff, 9 - Brennan Kloostra, 24 - Ryan McGivney, 7 - Trey O'Donnell, 13 - Thomas Paddick, 11 - Jahkai Reid-Innis, 12 - Dylan Takahashi, 8 - Jacobo Zamorano. Coaches – Shawn Kloostra, Phil McGivney, Mike O’Donnell, Mark Takahashi, Carlos Zamorano.  Manager – Rob Paddick