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Peewee T2 Chiefs win St. Thomas Cardinals Classic tournament.

Updated Wednesday June 5, 2019 by Whitby Minor Baseball Association.

The Peewee T2 Chiefs kicked off their tournament season with a championship this past weekend at the 14th Annual St. Thomas Cardinals Classic.

On a cool Friday evening, in what was expected to be a competitive group, the Chiefs opened against the North London Nationals. Batting first, the Chiefs put up two quick runs in the top of the first and broke it wide open with 9 runs on 6 hits in the top of the second to cruise to a 15-7 win scoring runs in all innings. Saturday morning, facing the Scarborough Stingers, the Chiefs brought their hitting shoes, belting out 12 hits and scoring 12 runs including 2 triples while allowing only 3 hits as the pitchers continued to dominate as they have so far in the regular season. Final score: Chiefs 12, Stingers 1.

In what's becoming a depressingly familiar theme this spring, the rest of Saturday was rained out and the third round robin game was moved to Sunday morning.

After an evening of fun team bonding and surprisingly inexpensive pizza, the Chiefs faced their toughest opponent of the season in the LaSalle Titans. With LaSalle hitting in the top of the first, they threatened early when a leadoff hit reached third with one out, but a rare 5-3-2 double play ended the threat and the Chiefs proceeded to plate 2 in the bottom half. Excellent pitching from both sides (highlighted by Matthew Gaspar scattering 6 hits over 6.1 innings) kept the score close until the bottom of the sixth when the Chiefs exploded for 6 runs capped off by a two-run line drive home run by Jude Moss (his first ever) that easily cleared the left-centre field fence. Final score: Chiefs 8, Titans 1. The win clinched first place in the group and a spot in the semifinal.

The semifinal game was an even tougher affair against EOBA opponent Quinte Royals who had only allowed 7 runs while scoring 36 in the three games prior. Game 1 starter Noah Foster was given the ball and Quinte managed to score 1 in the top of the first. The Chiefs answered back with three of their own in the bottom to take the lead. Quinte pulled to within one in the third, but two insurance runs in the fifth sealed it for the Chiefs while Foster settled in to pitch a solid 5 innings allowing just 3 hits while striking out 6.

In the final, the Chiefs faced the Exeter Express. The Express, also playing in their third game of the day, were getting stretched a little thin in pitching and the Chiefs took advantage right away, plating 8 in the top of the first and never looked back. The game ended with Jude Moss catching a fly ball in centre field and throwing out a runner at the plate who was trying to break the shutout. Alex Uher, in just his second start ever, pitched 3.1 stellar innings, striking out 8 and not allowing a hit. He was relieved by Jacobo Zamorano who also allowed no hits for the second team no-hitter of the season. The Chiefs scored 17 runs on 15 hits for a final score of 17-0.

Jude Moss was named tournament MVP with a home run, two triples, a double and 11 RBI on the weekend, to go along with some excellent work in centre field including a circus catch and two outfield assists.

In their next tournament, the Chiefs are looking forward to hosting the 18th Annual Whitby Father's Day Classic June 14-16.

The coaching staff, led by Shawn Kloostra, could not be more proud of the boys’ efforts this weekend, and are excited to see just how much this talented group can accomplish in the coming months.

The Whitby Peewee T2 Chiefs are: 27 - Owen Briggs, 2 - Matthew Elsenaar, 66 - Ozzie Fitzpatrick, 34 - Noah Foster, 10 - Matthew Gaspar, 44 – Darryl Jones, 9 - Brennan Kloostra, 24 - Ryan McGivney, 22 – Jude Moss, 13 - Thomas Paddick, 11 - Jahkai Reid-Innis, 23 – Alex Uher, 8 - Jacobo Zamorano; Assistant Coaches: Michael Lambert, Phil McGivney, Carlos Zamorano; Manager: Rob Paddick; Bat Boy: Michael Gaspar