St. Thomas hands Woodstock first loss to set up one game showdown
September 3, 2023
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - It will be a one game shown down for provincial glory.
The St. Thomas Cardinals and Woodstock Wranglers clash in the Ontario Baseball Association 8U final, 9 a.m. Monday at the Tarry Complex.
Both teams are 4-1, after the Cardinals defeated the Wranglers, 16-7, Sunday afternoon, handing Woodstock their first loss of the tournament.
"This game we came out gunning and kept the gas on," Cardinals head coach Jason East said. "I really wish we were playing the game tonight, because we would have all of the momentum in our favour. The boys were pumped up."
Tied at one, the Cardinals broke out scoring five runs in the top of the second inning. Woodstock scored two runs in the home half of the second and two more in the third, pulling to within a run of St. Thomas, at 6-5.
In the fourth inning, Tucker Taylor ignited a seven run outburst with a two-run single, for 13-5 lead. The Cardinals added three more runs in the sixth.
Player of the game Noah Annett batted three-for-four, with three RBIs.
Earlier in the day, St. Thomas was one out away from being eliminated by the Simcoe Giants, before scoring five runs with two out in the top of the seventh inning. Simcoe replied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Cardinals held on for a 12-11 win.
"We kind of gutted one out there," East said. "It was rookie ball. It was going back and forth. It was a good old shootout. We managed to hold them off at the end."
Ashton Millyard batted four-for-four, with two RBIs. Dylan East was three-for-four with two RBIs. Annett and Miles Tregenza, each had a pair of singles and drove in two RBIs.
Cooper Bale was named player of the game.
St. Thomas dropped their first game of the 13-team four day tournament, losing to Leamington, 13-7. The Cardinals then responded with a pair of wins on day two Saturday, crushing Welland, 20-5, and edging Dorchester, 10-9.
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