august2007

Midget Nationals - Friday

August 17, 2007

Saskatoon, SK


chAMP’S CHATTER        
OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE 2007 CANADIAN MIDGET BOYS FASTPITCH   CHAMPIONSHIP FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2007
 
 
The first game of the morning saw the Aspen Selects squeak out a 3-0 win over Kitimat. Devon McCullough allowed only two runners past first to earn the four hit shutout and spoil a great effort by Rockies pitcher Brodie Marshall who held the Selects to 6 hits. Leduc’s bat stayed hot against as they scored 8 runs on 9 hits in just 5 innings and beat Chepstow 8-1. Tanner Nault led the attack with a 2 run homerun and Bobby Spigot chipped in with 2 RBI.
 
The 11:00 game saw the Linwood Chiefs explode for 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to come from behind and claim a 6-3 victory over the Calgary Rockies. Brian Culliton did most of the damage with a 3 run triple. At 11:30 Dustin Keshane pitched the Saskatchewan Chiefs to a 4-3 victory over Napanee Express. Denis Iron was the big man at the plate for the Chiefs recording 2 RBI and scoring 2 runs, Joran Graham responded for the Express with a 2 run homerun.
                                                                                                                                                            
At 1:00, the runs came fast and furious as Mike Oakes Welding Selects beat Quebec 9-8. Steven Loitz led the attack with a single and triple and 4 RBI, and Mathieu Roy countered with 3 hits for Quebec. Patrick Burns closed the game with a perfect 7th. At 1:30 Sooke tried to ride the arm of Scott Lieph one more time, but a 9 batter 3rd inning produced 4 hits and 4 runs for the Newfoundland Selects who went on to win 6-5. Sooke had their shot in the 7th when Darcy Walushka led off with a triple but was stranded.
 
The 3:00 game at BVI was a spirited affair between the Rockies – Kitimat and Calgary that saw 2 ejections. Calgary used three pitchers to get through the game, but they ran out of gas giving up 5 in the 7th. Trevor Gicas led Kitimat with 3 hits and 2 RBI. It was the last game of the tournament for both teams as they each finished with two wins. The 3:30 game had a lot of provincial pride on the line as Ontario 1 – Napanee took on Ontario 2 Linwood. Linwood was able to exact some revenge for earlier losses by squeaking out a 5-4 win. Pitcher Dylan Cuningham came back from a scary injury where he took a pitch in the face in the first game, to return to the mound and produce a gutsy victory. Napanee took an early 4-0 lead after 2 innings, but Cunningham settled down and only gave up 2 more hits. Linwood stormed back with 3 in the 3rd chasing starter Joran Graham. They later got runs in the in the 5th and 6th to give reliever Luke Leahy the loss. Alec Ehrlich and Brent Freeman led the Chief’s offence with 2 hits apiece.
 
The 5:00 game at BVI saw 2 teams going in opposite directions. The second place Leduc 747’s beat the last place team from Quebec 8-1 in 5 innings .Courtney Nelson, Michael Hauser and Kyle Michalsky each had 2 hits for Leduc, while Devin Swyripa got the win. Two teams fighting for a top 4 spot met in the 5:30 game. The Chepstow Colts beat Newfoundland Selects 4-2 to stay in the top tier. The Selects got 8 hits off winner Mark Kelly but only managed to score 2 runs, while they gave up 4 runs on 4 hits. Their 5 errors was the big problem for the Selects and for the losing pitcher Andrew Murphy.
 
The first game of the night at BVI saw a match up between two playoff bound teams played in front of a loud and enthusiastic crowd. Starter Mark Bonin pitched 5 strong innings and combined with Travis Dauvin to out dual losing pitcher Dustin Keshane in a 5-3 Aspen Selects win over the Saskatchewan Chiefs. Steven Ryan had 2 triples, 2 RBI and scored a run to lead the Selects offence. In the second game the Sooke Smoke claimed the final playoff spot with a commanding 13-3 win over Mike Oakes Welding in 5 innings. They had 16 hits including 4 from Darcy Walushka
 
FINAL PLACINGS FOR THE PRELIMINARY ROUND
 
Team
P
W
L
Pts
Team
Place
Wins
Loss
Points
Host Aspen Selects
1st
8
0
16
ON2 Linwood
7th
4
4
8
AB1   Leduc
2nd
7
1
14
BC1 Sooke
8th
3
5
6
DC Sask Chiefs
3rd
5
3
10
BC2 Kitimat
9th
2
6
4
NL Newfoundland
4th
5
3
10
SK MOW Selects
10th
2
6
4
ON1 Napanee
4th
5
3
10
AB2 Calgary
11th
2
6
4
ON3 Chepstow
4th
5
3
10
QC Quebec
12th
0
8
0
 
 
 
Tiebreaking games for 4th place were determined in the following manner
4 teams were tied at 5-3. They did not all play each other so plus/minus was used to award 3rd place to the Saskatchewan Chiefs who were +20, Napanee was +17, Chepstow was +8 and Newfoundland was +7
 
Tiebreaking games       11:00 AM BVI                Chepstow vs. Newfoundland
                                    1:30 PM BVI                  The winner plays Napanee
Playoff games              6:30 PM BVI                 Host plays final tiebreaker games winner
                                     8:30 PM BVI                 Leduc plays Saskatchewan Chiefs
 
Top Pitcher                IP   Bat   ER Wins Loss    H%   R    K   HP    W      ERA
Devon McCullough     Aspen   28.3 109    1   4    0    17    2   42    2   4      0.25
Travis Dauvin  Aspen   21.7   89    4   4    0    19    6   27    1   6  1.29
Luke Leahy     Napane 26.3 108    5   3    1    20    6   38    0   8  1.33
Mark Kelly     Chepst 20.0   81    4   3    0    20    4   14    1   5  1.40
Jonathon Boyle Leduc   15.7   77    5   2    0    25   11   19    2   8  2.23
Dustin Keshane Sask C 41.0 158   14   5    2    16   18   91    1   4  2.39
 
Top Batter              AP   AB    H    W    R    K   BA  RBI OB%   SA   HR   SB
Ryan Haldane    Sooke   26   23   13    2    7    3 .565    8   69  826    2    5
Dennis Iron     Sask C 28   22   12    4    9    1 .545    9   69  773    1    1
Ryan Friedrich Leduc  28   24   13    2   12    2 .542   10   65  1000    1    0
Stephan Ryan    Aspen   21   18    9    1    8    1 .500    4   60  1056    1    1
Cole Reid       MOW     29   23   11    5    6    3 .478    3   61  609    0    3
Kalyn Robinson MOW     23   23   11    0    6    1 .478    4   52  870    0    1
 

9:00 BVI
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
R
H
E
Aspen Selects
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
3
6
0
Kitimat Rockies
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
 
9:30 GH
1
2
3
4
5
R
H
E
Chepstow Colts
1
0
0
0
0
1
5
1
Leduc 747
0
1
3
3
1
8
9
2
 
11:00 BVI
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
R
H
E
Calgary Rockies
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
3
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