Dave Weaver - Voice of Slo-Pitch
Well, the Tillsonburg Men's Slo-pitch season ended with various emotions last Tuesday night!
The B Final culminated with a triple play to end the hard fought series between GC Lounsbury and Kekambas. The Kekambas displayed elation and exhilaration as the victors while GC Lounsbury displayed feelings of shock, disappointment and disbelief!
The two teams battled it out and GC was poised to break the hearts of Kekambas, who held a slim two-run lead in the bottom of the seventh. Not being there to witness it (shame on me), what I've been told GC loaded the bases with nobody out. The batter hit a grounder towards first (once again this is just a depiction), Kekambas' Kyle Smith fielded the ball, touched the baserunner, then touched the bag and then threw home to complete the triple play ending the game and the series.
There was a twin bill on this final night and if there wasn't enough drama in the lid lifter, the C Final offered the same in the night cap. Ward's Automotive looked to be home and cooled as they held a six-run lead entering the Pelicans last at-bat.
Pelicans sent 11 batters to the plate while scoring six to tie the game forcing extra innings. They retired Ward's in order in the extra frame. Then cue the dramatics. After a one-out single from Ryan Verbuyst, Adam Jensen stepped up and walked it off with a home run.
Once again a successful season in Tillsonburg Slo-pitch. Tracey Pressey was at the helm of the Ladies League and once again Chris Parker was the man in charge for the Men's League, and both did exemplary jobs!
Thanks to all those who volunteered on both executives and to the umpires that give up their time to make sure the games happen!
Men's B Finals
GC Lounsbury 17
Kekambas - Brandon Rohrer (4-4), Travis Horvath (4-4) HR
GC Lounsbury - Trevor Stuyt (4-4) 2 HR, Greg Onaitis (3-4), Travis Nikin HR, Cory Smith HR, Jarrett Anderson HR, Devin Lee HR
The game went back and forth with GC plating five fifth-inning runs to go up by one. They added two more to lead by three entering the last inning. Kekambas scored six as the top six in their order all reached and scored. GC was at the top of their order in their half and put one across and then loaded the bases before the fateful triple play ended it.
Travis Horvath led the winners with a home run and four runs scored, Brandon Rohrer and Evan Prouse each scored three runs. Trevor Stuyt homered twice and reached four times for GC.
Men's C Finals
Ward's Automotive 8
Pelicans - Benson Howey (3-3), Tyler Danbrook (3-3), Nick Lonsbary HR, Adam Jensen HR
Ward's - Mike Mudford (3-4), Chad Vigar (3-4) HR
Ward's led this one throughout taking a six-run lead into the seventh. Pelicans, on the brink of defeat, started off their comeback with a three-run homer from Nick Lonsbary. They continued to move forward in their order and scored three more to tie it and force an extra inning. They retired Ward's in order in the eighth, then after a one-out single Adam Jensen walked it off with a home run.
Jensen led the winners with a homer and a pair of singles, Lonsbary had a double to go along with his double. Chad Vigar led Ward's with a homer and a pair of doubles. Devon Mcdonald also had a pair of doubles.
Men's D Finals
Diamond Dogs 17,
Boston Pizza 15
Diamond Dogs - Doug Falkins (5-5), Rob Underhill (5-6), Joe Allin HR, Brent Schooley HR
Boston Pizza - Jordan Bruckler (3-4), Kyle Jones (3-4)
Diamond Dogs, playing with nine, led by eight after four complete. Boston Pizza started their comeback with a five-run fifth inning rally. They got to within two in the sixth but went down in order in their last at-bat.
Doug Falkins led the winners with seven runs batted in. Rob Underhill had four singles and a double. Jordan Bruckler scored three runs for Boston Pizza.