Chiefs Bantam T2 Champs at 18th Annual Father's Day Classic

Updated Saturday June 22, 2019 by Whitby Minor Baseball Association.

Happy belated Father’s Day to all the fathers in the Whitby Minor Baseball family!

Over this past weekend, the 15U Whitby Chiefs Tier 2’s hosted a field of 11 other teams ranging from Ottawa to Windsor at the 18th annual WMBA Father’s Day Classic.

Friday night’s opponent came in from Leaside. Over the course of the game, Leaside, with the aid of a slow start from the home side built a 4 to 3 lead going into the top of the final inning when the home town Chiefs stage what turned out to be only the second best come back of the weekend. Down to a final strike, Greg Giles, battled, and drew a walk. Smart yet aggressive baserunning, got him to third, and he eventually scored via a balk to tie the game. The floodgates opened and the Chiefs went on to add on 5 more runs to take the game 9-4.

The Saturday games brought on Halton Hills and the Bytown Dodgers (out of Ottawa) and the Chiefs bats came alive, prevailing 11-4 and 16-0 respectively. This made their group record 3-0, and top seed for Sunday' knockout stage. The semifinal brought Barrie “A”, and another convincing 11-2 victory.

In the final, the Chiefs faced off with a well prepared and well coached Tecumseh Rangers team (out of the Windsor area). Through 6.5 innings Tecumseh was able to build a well-earned 5-2 lead, and the Chiefs were down to their final at-bats in the bottom of the 7th. The home town heroes with the aid of Greg Giles walk, a Michael McGivney single, another walk by Josh Williston, followed by an RBI walk by Leydon Gray, made the lead 5-3 with one out and bases still loaded. Ewan MacNeil smashed a 2 RBI single up the middle and alertly swiped second on the throw home, to tie the game and set the stage for the most improbable ending. Following a strikeout, the Chiefs bring to the plate what turns out to be the final at bat of the game. With Bryson Betts pinch running at third for Gray, Evan La Salle battles for several pitches, refusing to go quietly, and the Chiefs were down to their final strike once again. Finally, Evan swings and misses for strike three, but the ball was mishandled by the catcher and refusing to quit, he alertly hustled to beat the throw to first while Betts scored for the 6-5 walk off win.

Showing true WMBA camaraderie, after receiving their Championship Hats, the 15U’s hustled over to the adjacent diamond to cheer on the 13U Chiefs as they finished off what turned out to be a 6-0 weekend and a Father's Day Classic sweep for Whitby Minor Baseball. Congrats boys and well done.

We would like to thank and congratulate Whitby Minor Baseball on running yet another successful tournament weekend, in particular Anita Barnard - you did a great job (by the way, you asked for a repeat from the 2004’s, there you go).

Finally, congrats to all the 15U and 13U players, coaches, parents, and friends of the programs on your victories, enjoy them. No parades though.

The Whitby Bantam (15U) T2 Chiefs are: 20 - Bryson Betts, 16 - Lucas Brockstein, 44 - Quin Doherty, 43 - Jack Garey, 13 - Greg Giles, 18 - Leyden Gray, 15 - Jordan Hartley, 17 - Cameron Jones, 34 - Evan LaSalle, 49 - Ewan MacNeil, 7 - Michael McGivney, 71 - Peter Ricci, 6 - Joshua Williston

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