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Tomcats win five of past six games

 Tomcats coming into playoff form 


   St. Thomas wins five of six games over past seven days eying Elims



  July 11, 2022


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By Rob. J. Ross 

ST. THOMAS - With the Ontario Baseball 22U Elimination tournament around the corner, the St. Thomas Tomcats are coming into playoff form.

Over the past seven days, the Tomcats won five of six games, including both games of a double-header, against Welland, Sunday, at Esmlie Field.

"We're starting to hit our stride," Tomcats manager Arizona Phoenix said. "We're playing really well defensively and pitching really well. Our at bats are getting a lot better.

In the second game, the Tomcats scored eight runs in the sixth inning, to walk off Welland, in a 14-4 mercy.

The home team opened with five runs in the first inning.

Will Pollard and Tyler Mosher, both were two-for-four and walked once, while Macguire Gordon and Dylan Howard were each, two-for-four. Alex Liem singled and drew two free passes to first base.

St. Thomas beat Welland, 10-7, in game one.

"A lot of runs today," said Phoeniz smiling. "That's been an emphasis of ours, because we have struggled hitting with runners in scoring position. We challenged the guys before the game today and we did a lot better job."

The Tomcats won 9-2, at Waterloo, on Saturday.

"Our pitching was our highlight and we had a few guys hit the ball.

St. Thomas is 19-13 overall, including tournaments this year.

"Most of the games that we've lost, we've been right there," said Phoenix. "We just haven't had any timely hitting. Now we're starting to get that and score a lot of runs. It's really good to see."

The Tomcats host Hamilton, Thursday, 7 p.m., at Emslie Field, in the final scheduled home game.

St. Thomas has an exhibition double-header against the Ontario Nationals, Saturday, July 16, in St. Marys.

The 22U Eliminations, is July 21-25, at Windsor. St. Thomas opens against Leaside, 3:30 p.m. on the Thursday.

Five other Junior Intercounty League teams - Welland, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and Guelph, will join St. Thomas at Elims.

"I expect our league to show well," said Phoenix. "Our league has been strong this year."