The best of Peterborough Baseball was on display in Kanata this past weekend with 2 teams from Peterborough making it to the finals of Eastern Ontario Baseball championships.
The Chemong Family Dentil Minor Bantam Tigers (14 and under) and the Canadian Tire Pit Stop Major Bantam Tigers (15 and under) both represented Peterborough at the season ending tournament. The reason the Majors and Minors were in the same tournament was because in order to help aid in their Development, the Minors chose to play a year up in the Major Bantam loop.
The Minor Bantam Tigers, last years All Ontario Peewee Champions finished 4th in regular season giving them a tough draw in the tournament. The Minors beat Oshawa A 5-2 on Friday night and Ottawa 11-1 on Saturday. After loosing to The Major Tigers 2-1 Saturday night the Minor Tigers beat Ottawa again 5-3 as they made their way through to the tourney semifinal, against the Seaway Surge. The Surge, the number 2 seed in the tournament took and early lead 2-1 and With some good base running, The Minors took it back from the Seaway Surge (Brockville) 5-3, coming from behind in the 7th inning to secure the birth into the Finals.
So at 2:30 Sunday afternoon it became a Peterborough showdown. 2 teams very familiar with each other. Both teams occasionally scrimmage and practice together in the off season now playing for the Eastern Ontario Finals. The Major Bantams were the number one seed in the tournament finishing first place in the season 20-3-1 and going into the final game on Sunday they were also undefeated in the round robin play in the tournament. Peterborough major Bantams had beaten host Kanata 6-5 Friday night, Peterborough Minor Bantams 2-1 on Saturday and the Kawartha Cubs twice 8-3 and 9-0 to reach the finals.
The Minor Bantams coached by Ryan Hagerman got out to an early 2 run lead in the first inning on the Major Tigers. The Majors Tigers scored 1 in the bottom of the first and 1 in the bottom of the 3rd to tie the game. In the fifth inning the game got opened up with a sacrifice bunt by Andrew Donoghue scoring 2 runners. That lead was extended with a 5 run inning. It was a great battle with these two teams 3 hours away from their hometown. Final score after 7 innings the Major Peterborough Tigers 10 Minor Tigers 3. The Major Peterborough Tigers coached by Aaron Gilmoure went undefeated in the Eastern final to win the gold medal. Gold and Silver given out at the tournament, gold and silver brought home to Peterborough.
With The success of both of the Peterborough Baseball Association Bantam Tiger teams over the last couple of seasons, they have been invited to move these teams to a higher level of REP baseball. For the first time ever Peterborough Baseball has been granted Elite status for their baseball program. Next season The PBA will have U16 and a U15 Elite baseball that will play with other centres in Ontario in a high performance/development baseball league that will travel to US showcase tournaments, play in the Ontario Elite league and could potentially represent our city at their National Championships. Coach Haggerman will be running the U15 team and Coach Gilmoure will handle the U16 team. Both teams will be formed this fall with tryout dates already set.
For your information:
U16: tryout schedule.
Aug 26 Riverside 10AM
Aug 30 Riverside 7PM
Sep 6 Trent 7PM
Sep 9 Trent 4PM
U15: tryout schedule
Aug. 24 Riverside 7pm,
Aug. 27 Riverside 7pm.
September 9 Trent 10am
September 10 Trent 10am
Feel free to visit Peterborough Baseball www.peterboroughbaseball.ca if you have questions or to register for the tryouts.