St. Thomas lone 3-0 team at the provincial 13U 'C' championship
September 3, 2022
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Cardinals are in a good spot heading in to the final day of the Ontario Baseball 13U 'C' championship.
St. Thomas is the lone undefeated team, at 3-0, following a 9-3 win over St. Marys, Saturday, at the Tarry Complex.
"I couldn't be more proud of these kids. They just come out and give effort," Cardinals head coach Chris Wilkins said. "They don't quit. They keep at it. They back each other up. They're a great bunch of boys."
The Cardinals scored three runs in each of the third, fifth and sixth innings.
Leading 3-1 in the fifth, Tyler Perrott delivered a two-run double and scored on a sacrifice hit from Chase Nelson.
Luke VanVelzer and Gray MacIntyre punched out back to back RBI doubles in the sixth, followed by a RBI single by Andrew Oakes.
Perrott finished with two doubles, a single and three RBIs. Andre Houde had three singles, while Austin Wright had a pair of singles and scored two runs and Oakes, two singles, was hit by a pitch. VanVelzer had three RBIs and Macintyre, two.
"I think they (St. Marys) kind of conceded the game part way through," Wilkins said. "But our guys kept on it. Kept hitting. That was key."
St. Marys had played earlier in the afternoon, defeating Lucan-Ildertin, while it was the only game of the day for St. Thomas.
The Cardinals won both games on Friday, edging Halton Hills, 2-1 and downing Corunna, 15-5.
St. Thomas has a rematch against St. Marys, in the semifnals, Sunday morning.
"We have to stay on the bats. They practiced hard all season and the batting has come around and the same with the defence and pitching," Wilkins said. "Pitching is always key, but if you don't put runs on the board it doesn't really matter. Hopefully we can keep the bats hot tomorrow."
If St. Thomas wins their semifinal, the Cardinals would have two games to capture the provincial title. A loss would leave three teams at 3-1, creating an additional semifinal, with one team waiting in a single game final.
"This has been our goal all season, OBA's," Wilkins said. "Come here and play and compete well and take home a championship. It's in the back of all of their minds. I hope they hang on to that and focus all day long."
There could be an all Elgin County final.
The Aylmer Pirates, out of the Southern Counties league, are 2-1 and face Lucan-Ilderton (2-1), in the other semifinal.
At the provincial 14U 'B' championship, at Emslie and Cardinal fields, St. Thomas is also in the semifinals, with a 3-1 record.
The Cardinals opened the eight team tournament with a wild 18-16 comeback win over LaSalle, on Friday. Leamington dropped St. Thomas, 11-1, Friday night.
Today, St. Thomas won both games, defeating Woodstock, 7-2 and Woodslee, 8-6.
The Cardinals take on Port Lambton in their semifinal, Sunday morning at Emslie.
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