Wednesday, June 14, 2017
By Rob J. Ross
LONDON, Ont. - The Northdale Central Knights, from Dorchester, are the Thames Valley District School Board boys' slo-pitch champions.
A hat trick of home runs, two coming in a seven run fourth inning, carried the Knights over London Jack Chambers, 11-3, in the boys' final, held at Stronach Park.
Northdale Central completes an undefeated season, going 3-0 in the playoffs, following an 8-0 regular season.
Tied at two after three innings, the Knights broke the championship game open with a seven run outburst.
The Knights sent 10 batters to the dish in the home half of the fifth, including Andrew Muir and Ben Langstaff, who both hit three run homers. Brendan Mahood followed with a RBI triple.
Mahood returned in the fifth inning with a two-run homer.
Jack Chambers opened the scoring in the first inning, but Dylan Roberts gave Northdale Central a 2-1 advantage in the second inning, with a two-run double. Jack Chambers tied the game in the third.
Northdale Central escaped a potentially big fifth inning for Jack Chambers, who loaded the bases with just one out, but only managed one run.
In their earlier playoff games, the Knights defeated London Northridge, 6-3 and Lambeth, 16-5.
A year ago, Northdale Central won the consolation final.
Summers' Corners, from Aylmer won the TVDSB girls' slo-pitch gold medal. St. Thomas Locke's took the consolation title. Northdale Central placed fourth.