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Bantam Elite Whitby Chiefs are back to back champions of the Vaughan Vikings tournament

Updated Monday June 24, 2019 by Whitby Minor Baseball Association.

The Bantam Elite Whitby Chiefs are back to back champions of the Vaughan Vikings tournament! 

After winning last years tournament in Minor Bantam, the Chiefs arrived at Vaughan Grove Sports Park on the weekend of June 21-23 looking for another title.  On Sunday afternoon, the Chiefs got what they came for.

Whitby started strong on Friday night beating West Toronto 8-1.  Nick King and Greg Lachance both pitched well for the Chiefs and allowed only 2 hits over 7 innings.  Zach Kourous, Parker Bailey and Griffin Catto all had 2 hits to help power the offence.

Saturday morning saw the pitching duo of Liam Conway and Jackson Hutchison shut out North Toronto 6-0 while seven different Chiefs recorded hits, led by Zak Szabo and his 2 RBI’s.  In game three, Parker Bailey and Zach Kourous both pitched to help Whitby mercy Sudbury 15-3 after 5 innings of play.  Greg Lachance led the team’s offence in the blowout, with five RBI’s on two doubles and a triple.  Cody Hagerman also had 3 hits while Kayden Chung and Liam Conway both had 2.

In Sunday’s semi-final against Oakville, the Chiefs offence didn’t let up.  Griffin Catto had three RBI’s on four hits and Whitby had 16 hits in total in a 16-1 rout.  Zak Szabo and Zach Kourous (Big Zee and Little Zee) took care of the pitching duties, with Szabo striking out 8 in three and a third innings of work. 

Sunday’s final was a battle of two undefeated teams as Whitby took on Etobicoke.  The Chiefs offence continued to roll in this one as Whitby scored 9 runs on 8 hits.  Noah Avis led the way with 3 RBI’s on 3 hits.  Griffin Catto and Cody Hagerman combined to allow only 3 hits while striking out 12 in seven innings of play as Whitby would go on to win the Championship by a score of 9-3. 

The Chiefs ended the weekend with a perfect 5-0 record and outscored opponents 54-8 during the tournament.  The pitching staff, which was caught by Jackson Hutchison and Brett (Peanut) Hardy, allowed only 18 hits and 18 walks over 31 innings of work while striking out 39.  In addition to the great pitching and offensive display, Whitby’s defence was stellar all weekend long. 

Team members are – Kayden Chung, Greg Lachance, Brett Hardy, Zak Szabo, Jackson Hutchison, Noah Avis, Nick King, Liam Conway, Parker Bailey, Zach Kourous, Griffin Catto, Cody Hagerman. Coaches are Gerry Prendergast, Clare Osborne, Ryan Verrydt and Jake Ross.