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We lucked out this past week for weather as our Men’s finals finished up.

I would like to first off thank Chris Parker and Tracey Pressey, presidents of their respective leagues, for the excellent jobs they did this year supported by their respective executive members. All the umpires that made the games happen this year, particularly to Troy Temple and Mike Schmeltz who umpired for both leagues! I personally would like to express my gratitude to all the excellent scorekeepers who’s efforts allow me to write an extensive and concise column each week. Lastly to all the players, their supporters and spectators who help make these leagues number one in this town and surrounding areas.

Thanks, until next year!

Men’s A

Haines Roofing took home the title after a mercy in Game 5 over I.C. Waters on Thursday night. Congrats to both teams on successful seasons!

I.C. had forced a deciding game after a mercy win Tuesday night. It was like two different teams on each nights as Eric Lockey and his I.C. defence shut down Haines on Tuesday night allowing just seven runs while scoring 22. Haines pitcher Craig Smith and his defence allowed just one in the deciding game while scoring 16.

Game 4 – Finals

I.C. Waters 22, Haines Roofing 7

I.C. – Steve Leacock 4-4 Hr, Chris VanParys 3-3 Hr, Mike Shewan Hr, Shawn Crane Hr, Darren Cadotte Hr

Haines – Adam Thomson 1-1, Scott Balazs 2-2

Everyone in I.C.’s order had at least two hits in their dominating six-run mercy. Chris VanParys was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Shawn Crane homered and scored four runs.

Game 5

Haines Roofing 16, I.C.Waters 1

Haines – Scott Balazs 3-3 Hr, Joe Thorburn 2-2, Dave Phillips Hr, Dan Clark Hr

I.C. – Darren Swick 1-2, Eric Lockey 1-2, Mike Shewan

Craig Smith allowed just six hits in pitching Haines to the championship. Scott Balazs led their offensive attack with a homer and a double, Dave Phillips scored three runs.

Men’s B

East Elgin Spartans dominated Diamond Dogs in their two wins outscoring them 49 runs to 15 in capturing their first ever championship. As they did all season long, they relied on a high powered offence. Congrats to both teams on their fine campaigns. It was nice to see Spartans’ injured pitcher Peter Froese on hand to join in the celebration.

Game 3 – Finals

East Elgin Spartans 20, Diamond Dogs 10

East Elgin – Martin Klassen 4-4 Hr, Johnny Klassen 4-4 2 Hr, Corny Krahn 2 Hr, Jake Klassen 2 Hr

Diamond Dogs – Alex Dalby 3-4, Dallas Dalby 2-3

East Elgin led off their first at-bat with Corny Krahn homering. They went on to homer six more times accounting for 11 of their 20 runs. Johnny Klassen drove in five for the winners.

Game 4

East Elgin Spartans 29, Diamond Dogs 5

East Elgin – Jake Klassen 5-5, Corny Krahn 5-5 Hr, Martin Klassen Hr, Abe Krahn Hr

Diamond Dogs – Brett Sinden 2-2, Ross Groat 2-2, Dallas Dalby Hr

Everyone in the winner’s order scored at least two runs and had at least two hits. Corny Krahn was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, Martin Klassen drove in six runs. They had 16 extra base hits.