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August 17, 2007

Saskatoon, SK


CHAMP’S CHATTER       
OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE 2007 CANADIAN MIDGET BOYS FASTPITCH CHAMPIONSHIP
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2007 – EVENING EDITION
 
                                       
 
 
The first game of the Thursday 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 as they scored 8 runs on 9 hits in just five 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 1348 loud and enthusiastic spectators. 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.
 
FRIDAY’S GAMES
 
The first tiebreaker game saw a rematch of the Chepstow and Newfoundland game played yesterday at 5:30. This time it was different, as the Selects’ bats woke up in the 4th inning producing 13 hits and 11 runs off losing pitcher Dustin Veenhoff. Newfoundland’s Shane Kelly was just a homerun short of hitting for the cycle as he hit a single, double and triple in his 3 plate appearances. Chepstow chased starter Johnny O’Reilly in the 4th and made things interesting in the bottom of the 7th scoring 3 and leaving the tieng run at the plate.  
 
In the last tiebreaker Napanee Express earned an extra life in the playoffs as they exploded for 4 runs in the 5th and 5 in the 6th on way to a 10-3 win over Newfoundland. Kyle Arsenault got the win, limiting the Selects to 6 hits. Kyle Lloyd had a 2 run shot, scored 2 more and had 3RBI to lead the Express at the plate. Four other Napanee players had two hits: Ryan Mills, Nick Brooks, Lucas McNeil and Scot Mills.
                                                                                                          
QUALIFYING ROUND STATISTICS
 
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
 
FINAL PLACINGS FOR THE QUALIFYING  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
ON1 Napanee
4th
5
3
10
SK MOW Selects
10th
2
6
4
ON3 Chepstow
5th
5
3
10
AB2 Calgary
11th
2
6
4
NL Newfoundland
6th  
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
 
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
Game
Time
Team 1
vs
Team 2
Park
C1
6:30 PM
Host Aspen Selects
vs
ON1 Napanee Express
Bob Van Impe
C2
8:30 PM
DC Saskatchewan  Chiefs
vs
AB1 Leduc 747’s
Bob Van Impe
C3
9:00 AM
ON3 Chepstow Colts
vs
BC1 Sooke Smoke
Bob Van Impe
C4
11:00 AM
NL  Newfoundland Selects
vs
ON2 Linwood Chiefs
Bob Van Impe
C5
1:00 PM
LC1
vs
WC3
Bob Van Impe
C6
3:00 PM
WC4
vs
LC2
Bob Van Impe
C7
5:30 PM
WC1
vs
WC2
Bob Van Impe
C8
7:30 PM
WC5
vs
WC6
Bob Van Impe

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