The Minor Mosquito Peterborough Tigers are back-to-back AAA Ontario Champions! The Tigers capped another hard fought provincial championship weekend with an 8-7 walk-off win over Hamilton on Sunday afternoon. The double knock-out tournament was played in Burlington.
The Tigers started the Ontario Championship Tournament with a 14-8 victory over Oakville on Friday afternoon. The Tigers were led offensively by Tyler Crawford, Thomas Dalliday and Cole Cavanagh, who all had multiple hits. Cavanagh also got the win throwing 5 innings and striking out 3. Lucas Cavanagh and Crawford pitched out of the bullpen to help secure the win. Crawford was game MVP.
In game 2, Peterborough faced Waterloo who was coming off a convincing win over Halton Hills. Peterborough jumped out to an early lead on a first inning, two run triple by Jack Hatton. However, Waterloo climbed back and took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 4th. The Tigers responded immediately with 5 runs in the bottom of the inning on RBI hits from Stanley, Philips and Ayden Turner. Peterborough held on for a 10-9 win. Dalliday, Beau Marshall and Noah Stanley all had 2 hits. Hatton, Philips and Brett Crowley each drove in 2 runs. Reed Tighe started the game on the mound and went 2 2/3 innings. Crawford threw 3 1/3 innings in relief and Lincoln Rose closed the game in the 7th. Rose was game MVP.
Game 3 of the tournament would be an early preview of the eventual championship matchup. Peterborough faced Hamilton and dominant pitching from Rose, Lucas Cavanagh and Stanley marched the Tigers to an 8-1 win. The pitching trio scattered 6 hits in the game and struck out 4. Cavanagh went 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Stanley entered in the 6th in a jam with the bases load and no outs. Hamilton was pressing with the score at 6-1. Stanley struck out the first batter he faced then induced an inning ending 4-6-3 double play. Crawford to Marshall to Cole Cavanagh to shut the door. Crawford and Dalliday each had 2 hits and Crawford drove in 2 of the 8 Peterborough runs. Lucas Cavanagh was game MVP.
Their third win of the weekend left Peterborough and Kitchener as the only remaining undefeated teams. They would play Saturday night with the winner entering the final day of the tournament in the driver’s seat. With plenty on the line, the Tigers gave the ball to Jack Philips and he delivered with 3 1/3 innings of no hit ball. Crowley came on in relief throwing 2 2/3 innings, giving up 3 hits and 1 run as Peterborough cruised to an 11-1 win. Crawford, Marshall and Crowley each had 2 hits. Marshall and Lucas Cavanagh drove in 2 runs each and Turner clinched the win with a walk off single in the 6th. Philips was game MVP.
On Sunday morning in game 5, Peterborough faced North York. The Tigers got a strong pitching performance from Reed Tighe who pitched 5 solid innings. Peterborough had a 3-1 lead into the 5th inning but could not hold on. North York pitching held the Tigers to 4 hits and the Blues took a 7-3 victory. Their first loss of the weekend left Peterborough, North York and Hamilton as the only remaining teams, however Peterborough would receive a bye through the 6th round to the Championship Game. Tighe was game MVP.
In the Championship Game, Peterborough met Hamilton for the second time in the weekend. Hamilton came out flying on offense scoring 2 in the 1st and 3 more in the 3rd. The Tigers were bending, still down 5 in the 4th when Crawford, Marshall and Hatton sparked the club. Crawford led off with a single, followed by an infield hit for Marshall and another for Hatton. The Tigers were on the board and still threatening with runners on the corners for Jack Philips. Philips doubled to left scoring Marshall and leaving runners at 2nd and 3rd. 5-2 Hamilton. The next hitter was Rose who scored Hatton with a sac fly to right. 5-3 Hamilton. With two out, Crowley, Stanley, Turner and Lucas Cavanagh would all walk. Tie game. New game. Back to even. We go to the 5th where Hamilton immediately answered back with 2 runs to retake the lead 7-5 and in the bottom of the inning would hand the ball to their ace to try to close it out the rest of the way. The stage was set for Hamilton when the first Peterborough batter struck out. But Crawford and Marshall both walked and subsequently stole 2nd and 3rd. With a squeeze by Hatton, Crawford would score. 7-6 Hamilton. We go to the 6th where Peterborough was still getting shut-down pitching from Crowley, who entered in the 3rd. No runs for Hamilton. In the bottom of the 6th, Rose would lead off with a walk and get moved to 2nd on a sac bunt by Cole Cavanagh. A wild pitch moved Rose to 3rd and another immediately scored him. 7-7 to the 7th.
Hamilton started their half of the 7th with a flare single to left. But Crowley got the next hitter to roll over to short. 6-4-3, 2 out. The next hitter would also ground out to end the inning. 7-7, bottom 7. With one out for Peterborough, Tighe laced a two strike single to right. Dalliday moved him to 2nd with a sac bunt. After an infield hit by Crawford, which moved Tighe to 3rd and a defensive indifference, which moved Crawford to 2nd, Marshall stepped to the plate for the Tigers. 2 on, 2 out, winning run at 3rd base. Strike one, then ball one, then a foul straight back for strike two. The anticipation was mounting. The 1-2 pitch…swung on…and belted to right field. Deep. Too deep. Tighe scores, Marshall is MVP and the 2009 born AAA Peterborough Tigers are back-to-back Ontario Champions!
Once again the Tigers want to thank Ricky’s All Day Grill, Berardi Brothers Plumbing and Peterborough Kia for their support of Tigers Baseball in the 2019 season.
The AAA Minor Mosquito Peterborough Tigers are Champions of the Tigers AAA Invitational Baseball Tournament, which took place this past weekend in Peterborough. The tournament featured 8 of the top 10 year old AAA baseball teams in Ontario. Peterborough beat Hamilton 7-1 in the Final to capture the title. Head Coach, Adam Crowley, said the tournament had an Ontario Championship feel to it. "We are proud of how our team competed this weekend against many of the best teams in Ontario. We were Ontario Champions in 2018 and this tournament had the same feel to it. Our group is excited to start off 2019 with such a great weekend of baseball."
The Tigers started the tournament with a 16-6 victory over Kitchener on Friday night. Cole Cavanagh got the win for Peterborough giving up just 4 hits in 3 1/3 innings while striking out 6. Lucas Cavanagh threw 2 2/3 innings in relief. Peterborough was led offensively by Beau Marshall who had 3 hits including a triple, 2 stolen bases and drove in 2 runs. Cole Cavanagh had a single, double, 2 RBI and was named game MVP.
In their 2nd game of the tournament, the Tigers had their first of two eventual meetings with a strong Hamilton Cardinals team. Hamilton stormed out to an early 5-0 lead and Peterborough could not rebound, falling 11-3 and setting up a must-win game on Saturday night with East York. The Tigers managed just 4 hits including a double from Jack Philips and RBI singles from Cole Cavanagh, Tyler Crawford and Marshall. Brett Crowley pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief, striking out 4 to earn game MVP.
Saturday night's must-win game vs East York was a complete effort from the entire Peterborough team. Jack Philips threw a complete game, scattering 6 hits while striking out 4 to earn the win as the Tigers won 14-2. Offensively, the team had 5 extra base hits. Ayden Turner led the way with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Crawford also doubled while Marshall and Jack Hatton had triples. Every member of the Peterborough team reached base as the boys piled up 16 hits in the victory. The win gave Peterborough a berth in the semi-final on Sunday vs the undefeated North Toronto A's. Philips was named game MVP.
The semi-final game was a back and forth battle. The Tigers struck for 4 runs in the first inning before falling behind 7-6 after 4. In the top of the 5th, Peterborough took the lead, but could not hold on as North Toronto tied the game in the bottom of the 6th. 7 innings was not enough to settle this one as the teams went to extras. After a scoreless 8th inning, Noah Stanley led off the 9th getting hit by a pitch. Crowley singled him to 2nd and Cole Cavanagh moved both runners and reached base with a perfect bunt. That set the stage for Jack Hatton's bases clearing double to clinch the win for Peterborough. Crowley was named game MVP throwing 5 1/3 innings of 3 hit baseball with 5 strikeouts. Stanley pitched 3 innings and Reed Tighe saved the game in the 9th. Hatton, Marshall, Cole Cavanagh and Thomas Dalliday all reached base 3 times to spark the offense.
Waiting for Peterborough in the Championship Game was a rematch with Hamilton. The Tigers went back to the Cavanagh pitching duo who held Kitchener in check on Friday night. This time, Cole threw 3 innings of no hit ball and Lucas scatted 3 hits over 4 innings. Peterborough took a 2-1 lead into the top of the 7th where Marshall led off with a single. Philips then pushed a bunt passed a sprawling pitcher to the first baseman who dove and then threw wide of the bag allowing Marshall and Philips to score. In the same inning, Lucas drove in 2 with a 2-out double to extend the lead to 7-1. The Tigers held the Hamilton bats in check giving up just 3 hits in the game and striking out 4. Key defensive plays in the 7th by Lincoln Rose in left field and Stanley at second prevented a Hamilton rally as Peterborough earned the tournament victory. Lucas Cavanagh was named game MVP. Hatton was named tournament MVP.
This event was made possible by our wonderful sponsors. The AAA Minor Mosquito Peterborough Tigers would like to thank Ricky's All Day Grill, Berardi Brothers Plumbing, Peterborough Kia, AIS Property Maintenance, Samantha Crowley - Exit Realty, Pita Pit (George Street), Kawartha Dairy and Hobies Sports for their generosity and support of the ball team.