Alvinston defeats Straffordville, 11-4, in the men's final, of the fastball tournament
June 6, 2022
By Rob J. Ross
FINGAL, Ont. - The Alvinston Jr. Aces took the inaugural Billy Horne and Trevor Barton Memorial fastball tournament.
Alvinston scored six runs, in the fourth inning, to mercy the Straffordville Giants, 11-4, in five innings, in the Men's division final.
Ethan Smith and Matt Weiler, both went two-for-three, including a solo home run. Josh Hamilton was two-for-two.
Darren Pace had a solo homer, forcing the Aces to play the bottom of the fifth inning.
Alvinston pitcher Nick Ford, tossed a four hitter, over the five innings, while striking out seven batters.
Straffordville made its first ever appearance in a tournament final.
The Giants finished 1-2 in pool play, but upended host St. Thomas Storm, 10-5, in the quarterfinals, before downing the 4-0 Chippewa Chiefs, 8-5, in the semifinals.
Alvinston finished 6-0.
Wilmont beat Drumbo, in the U17 men's final.
William 'Bill" Horne, who passed in March, 2021, was one of most celebrated pitchers and team managers in Canada, coaching at the minor, junior and senior levels.
In 2005, Horne assembled the St. Thomas Evergreen Centennials and won the Canadian senior men's championship, on their home diamond at the Tarry Complex. The Centennials repeated as champs in 2006.
Barton was only 20 years old, when he tragically lost his life in a train accident in 2012. The Trevor Barton Memorial Foundation was created to focus on removing financial barriers for children across Ontario.
Tournament organizers, the St. Thomas Storm, will be making a donation to the Barton Foundation.
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