Tomcats clinch first place

Tomcats nail down top spot in league   


  St. Thomas defeats Brantford and Kitchener to finish first in Junior Intercounty



Sunday, August 8, 2021        

By Rob J. Ross 

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas have finished first in the Junior Intercounty Baseball League.

Wins over the Brantford Jr. Red Sox and Kitchener Panthers on Saturday, clinched top spot for the Tomcats, with an 8-3 record.

"Our guys have battled hard all season, so it's nice to see then rewarded," Tomcats' coach Paul Pettipiece said. "To secure home field is huge. We have so much fan support all season and it will be nice to have the added energy at Emslie."

League playoffs begin quickly as the Tomcats host a one game semifinal, against Brantford (7-5), Monday, 7:30 p.m., at Emslie Field. It's the same Sox team the Tomcats beat to nail down top spot.

"We are fine to play them again. With our pitching depth, they will see a few different arms," said Pettipiece, adding the keys to a semifinal win are the usual, pitching and defence.

The other semifinal features the Welland Jr. Jackfish (6-4) hosting the Guelph Silvercreeks (7-5).

The final will be a best of three game series, starting Friday, August 13th.

In their season finale, the Tomcats capitalized on five walks, in a seven run third inning, carrying the home team to a 9-2 defeat of Brantford.

Pitcher Jake Haak got the win tossing four innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out five batters.

Will Pollard had a pair of singles and scored twice. Dylan Howard punched out two singles, while Alex Fishback had a RBI single and drew a pair of walks in three plate appearances.

In the early game Saturday, a four run sixth inning lifted the Tomcats over the visiting Panthers, 6-4.

Kitchener led 3-2 after five innings.

Pollard finished just a home run short of hitting for the cycle, going three-for-four at the plate, driving in three runs on a base clearing triple. Mason Newell went two-for-three, with a RBI and Brad Verhoven, two-for-four, with one RBI.

Ryan Brown picked up the win, working the final two innings, in relief of starting pitcher Zach Banks.





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