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August 16, 2007

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chAMP’S CHATTER       
OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE 2007 CANADIAN MIDGET BOYS
FASTPITCH SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP- THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2007
 
 
At 9:00 Chepstow kept on a roll beating Sooke 8-2. Rory O’ Hagan led the Colts offensively with 2 hits and 3 RBI. Jared Clancy also chipped in with a couple of hits. At 9:30 Linwood recorded their first win beating Kitimat 7-4. Drew Barton led the Chief offence going 3-4 with 3 RBI.
 
The second set of games led off with a battle between the top two offences in the tournament Leduc and Newfoundland. The teams combined for 18 hits and 18 runs as Leduc recovered from giving up a 7-0 with 4 runs in the 6th to win 11-7.Cory Jones picked the win in relief of Jonathan Boyle. At 11:30 the Saskatchewan Chiefs scored 7 runs in the last 2 innings to beat Mike Oakes Welding 12-5. Ten different Chief players got hits including 2 by Bantam aged Brock Perry.
 
At the 1:00 game Quebec came back from a 4-0 deficit only to give up a run in the bottom of the 6th to lose 5-4. Nick Brooks picked up 4 RBI to lead the offence for Napanee. At the 1:30 game Devon McCullough gave up his first earned run of the tournament in 20 innings of work as the Aspen Selects beat Calgary 8-1. The Selects were led offensively by 4 homeruns; one by McCullough in the third and back to back to back dingers in the 6th by Steven Kessler, Lucas Owchar (inside the Park) and Steven Ryan
 
At 3:00 the Leduc 747 bats stayed hot as they scored 8 runs in the 3rd inning to beat Kitimat 9-4. Jonathan Boyle brought in 3 runs for Leduc and Cory Jones earned the win on the mound. In the 3:30 game Linwood beat Mike Oakes Welding Selects 5-2. Kyle Coles and Alec Erhlich both went 2 for 3 with Coles getting 1 RBI and Erhlich getting a pair.
 
The 5:00 game between Quebec and Chepstow featured one of the most unusual plays you will ever see. In the 6th inning Chepstow’s T.J. Zister got to first on a walk, but was later forced out on Darcy Cook’s ground ball, leaving Cook at first. The wily Cook then proceeded to steal 3 consecutive bases including home to score Linwood’s only run. Jonathan Roy was the hard luck loser for Quebec giving up just one hit. After going 0-2 on the first day the Colts have pulled off four straight wins to challenge for a top four playoff spot. The 5:30 game saw both the Saskatchewan Chiefs and Newfoundland & Labrador also go to 4-2 as the Chiefs beat the Selects 7-3. Dustin Keshane increased his total number of strikeouts to 68 in 28 innings with 17 more K’s The Chiefs pounded out 12 hits, including 3 by Denis Iron, as Johnny O’Reilly was tagged with the loss.
 
The 7:00 game saw the Aspen Selects win their 5th close game of the tournament to remain undefeated beating Sooke Smoke 4-2. Most of the damage was done in the 4th inning when the Selects forced Sooke ace Scott Lieph to throw 33 pitches, 12 of them to Lucas Owchar who grounded out to hit in the first Selects run. Travis Dauvin pitched 6 solid innings and Devon McCullough came in to close in the 7th. The duo limited Sooke to 4 hits, with Lieph only giving up 5. The last game of the night saw Napanee win a spirited game 7-2 over the Calgary Rockies. The Express blew the game (which ended 9 minutes before midnight) open with scoring 5 unearned runs with 2 out in the top of the 7th inning. Luke Leahy and Joran Graham limited the Rockies to just 3 hits.
 
The Playoffs begin tomorrow. Tiebreakers will be played for teams tied for fourth or eight spot as you cannot lose a life on tiebreaking criteria. 10 teams have a chance to get to 3 wins which could be enough to earn a tiebreaker to stay in the tournament. The top 4 teams get 2 lives when first plays fourth and 2 plays 3 tomorrow night. Six teams have a shot to have 2 losses or less which should be the cut off for the top 4
 
Team Name
Stand
Wins
Losses
Points
Played
Team Name
Stand
Wins
Losses
Points
Host – Aspen Selects
1st
6
0
12
6
AB2 Calgary
7th
2
4
4
AB1 Leduc
2nd
5
1
10
6
BC1 Sooke
7th
2
4
4
ON1 Napanee
2nd
5
1
10
6
ON2 Linwood
7th
2
4
4
DC Sask Chiefs
4th
4
2
8
6
BC2 Kitimat
10th
1
5
2
NL Newfoundland
4th
4
2
8
6
SK MOW Selects
10th
1
5
2
ON3 Chepstow
4th
4
2
8
6
QC Quebec
12th
0
6
0
      Top Pitcher               IP   Bat   ER Wins Loss   H%    R    K   HP    W ERA
Devon McCullough Aspen   21.3   84    1    3    0   18    2   28    2    4 0.33
Mark Kelly       Chepst 13.0   52    2    2    0   15    2   12    1    4 1.08
Joran Grahan     Napane 11.7   52    2    1    0   13    4   16    0    6 1.20
Travis Dauvin    Aspen   19.7   81    4    3    0   19    5   21    1    6 1.42
Luke Leahy       Napane 19.3   74    4    3    1   18    4   27    0    5 1.45
Dustin Keshane   Sask C 28.0 105   10    4    1   15   10   68    1    3 2.50
 
Top Batter               AP   AB    H    W    R    K   BA RBI OB%   SA   HR   SB
Ryan Friedrich Leduc     21   17   11    2    9    0 647    9   68 1294    1    0
Dennis Iron    Sask C    21   18   10    2    6    1 556    6   65 667    0    0
Stephan Ryan   Aspen     14   13    7    1    7    0 538    2   64 1000    1    1
Cole Reid      Laird     22   17    9    4    4    3 529    2   67 647    0    3
Ryan Haldane   Sooke     20   17    9    2    4    2 529    4   65 706    1    3
Shane Kelly    Newfou    25   23   12    2    6    4 522    4   56 826    0    1
 

                       9:00 BVI
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Sooke Smoke
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8
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Chepstow Colts
1
1
5
0
0
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8
9
0
 
                    9:30 GH
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Linwood Chiefs
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7
11
3
Kitimat Rockies
 0
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2
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0
4
6
3
 
                   11:00 BVI
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