St. Thomas takes care of Brantford winning both games of a double-header
improving to 9-0 in the shortened minor baseball season
Sunday, August 22nd, 2020
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Cardinals are closing in on a perfect season in the 11U minor baseball.
Their exhibition schedule may have been shortened due to COVID-19, but staying undefeated over any time period is an achievement.
St. Thomas moved to 9-0 after winning both games of a double-header against the Brantford Jr. Red Sox, 12-1 and 11-6, today at the Tarry Complex.
"We have a pretty good core of kids on this team. We take lots of BP (batting practice) and they like hitting the ball around," Cardinals' manager Jed Doan said. "We always move kids around at every position so they are comfortable at every position. It's about keeping their confidence up."
That was certainly the case against Brantford, with Preston Gryp and Cal Farquhar, usually the Cardinals' catchers, each starting a game on the mound.
"They don't usually get to be on that side of the playing field but they did great," Doan said. "Good praise to our pitchers. They did a good job. All of the guys who pitched today, that was their first time pitching this year. They did excellent. We're pretty deep with pitching. It was the first time for Gray MacIntyre pitching in a game, ever."
Offensively, the Cardinals use the diamond like it's own personal running track. The team racked up 40 stolen bases over two games.
Kole Barned swiped five bases in game one including home plate.
"We never give up and we're pretty confident on the base paths. We use our speed to our advantage," Doan said.
Returning to the diamond was a welcomed relief for the Cardinals.
"I'm glad we're doing something this year to get ready for next year because next year we're peewee and the bases move back and the mound moves back. There's also leading off," Doan said. "Next year we're going into AAA tournaments (peewee), so we got to be on our game all of the time. Sitting out a whole year and going into peewee would have put us behind the eight ball."
Along with five stolen bases in game one, Barned had two RBI and scored twice. Luke VanVelzer went three-for-three, including a double, with four RBI and two runs scored. Jacob Bosma had a two-run triple and scored on an error.
In game two, one of the closest games this season for the Cardinals, Farquhar had a line of a single, double and a base on balls, one RBI, two runs scored and three stolen bases. Chase Nelson had pair of singles and a free pass to first base. Cooper Doan drew two walks, swiped four bags and scored twice. Barned chipped in with two RBI.
Brantford was within a run, until St. Thomas scored four runs in the fifth inning, the maximum amount allowed per inning at this level.
Gryp worked the first three innings of game one, striking out six and walking three. Farquhar tossed three innings in game two, striking out four batters and walking two.
St. Thomas has three games remaining on the schedule.
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