The Port Perry Lake Scugog Lumber Jacks can now say they are the Eastern Canadian Bantam Fastball Champions for 2012!
The boys earned one of the two Ontario spots in the OASA Eliminations back in early July and have worked diligently all summer to make sure that they would be bringing home the gold to Ontario via Port Perry.
After two silver medal finishes in the Elimination and Provincial tournaments earlier this year and a silver medal in the Eastern Canadian’s two years ago, the boys’ only goal this time around would be to make sure they were crowned champions.
The team had an impressive 4-1 record in the match up series and ended in second place overall.The first and second placed teams played off for a direct bye into the finals but the Jacks came up short against the Teeswater Otters in 8 innings of play losing by a score of 1-0.
The next day the Jacks had their work cut out for them as they fought their way back to the championship game by defeating the New Brunswick Slammers and a tough Newfoundland team.
The finals had Port Perry facing a well rested Teeswater team for the title.
In the first inning the Jacks got their first hit of the game but the team couldn’t capitalize on this opportunity.The Otters also had no luck scoring as they stranded their only base-runner.
In the second inning Matt Reid of Port Perry hit a line drive up the middle which unfortunately took Matt Wardrop, Teeswater’s starting pitcher out of the game with a lower body injury.Port Perry scored two runs in the inning on Ryan Jones’ hit to centre field.
The rally continued in the third for the Jacks as errors proved costly for a rattled Teeswater team.Heads up base running by Dylan Smith and hard hit balls by Clayton Robinson and Brendan Hall added to Port Perry’s lead.The Otters cashed in their first run of the game on back to back hits by the top of their lineup.
In the fourth inning the Jacks crushed any faint hopes of the Otters getting back into this game as Cody Till and Kyle Hunter both tripled followed with an out of the park home run by Layne O’Halloran.
Teeswater did manage to get 2 runs in the 5th on a string of singles to put some pressure on the Jacks.
In the top of the 7th pinch runner Trent Cooper scored on a pass ball to add to the Jacks tally.Teeswater continued to fight back but the final out was made in deep left field on a brilliant catch by Port Perry’s Jesse Simmons to end the game giving the Jacks a 9-3 victory.
Pitching for the Lumberjacks was #44 Jeff St. Pierre, allowing 7 hits, 3 earned runs, striking out 12 and walking 2 batters.
Picking up the silver medal was the Teeswater Otters and the Newfoundland team took home the bronze.Congratulations to all the teams on getting to the Eastern Canadians and representing their provinces.
Congratulations to the Port Perry Lake Scugog Lumberjacks Bantam Fastball team on their silver medal in the O.A.S.A.’s Provincial Elimination tournament held in Napanee last week. This feat accomplishes what the team set out to do - qualify for a berth in the Eastern Canadian Championships in Nova Scotia and represent their home town with pride and good sportsmanship.
Port Perry faced the Lyn Lightening in their first outing. Lyn is a new team to this competition and tried their best to compete with one of the strongest lineups in the province. The Jacks took an early lead and never looked back, Matt Reid and Jeff St. Pierre both hit out of the park homers in this game giving the team their first victory.
By far the best game of the tournament for the Jacks was against the host team the Napanee Express. The Express are no strangers to the Port Perry team as this rivalry has made for some exciting ball over the years.
The Jacks took an early two run lead as Brandon Griffen cashed in Port’s first RBI of the game on a hard hit single pass the second baseman and later came around to score on a field’s choice. After 4 innings of play the Express lead the game 3-2 as they continued to employ their bunt and run strategy successfully. In the top of the 5th Jeff St. Pierre smacked another out of the park homerun to give the Jacks a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the final inning with one out and runners on third and first for the Express their clean-up hitter crushed a fly ball to centre field. Cody Till made an impressive catch and threw the ball in as the Napanee runner on third tagged up and headed for home. The ball was cut off and thrown home where Layne O’Halloran did a great job blocking the plate and making the tag for a game winning double play.
A win in the next game would give the Jacks a ticket to Nova Scotia, a loss would lead to an uphill battle for the team. The Teeswater Otters were their next opponent; this was the team that joined the Jacks two years ago in the Canadians and took the gold. Port Perry was determined to get the job done and got off to an early lead in the first as Ryan Jones reached base on a hard hit to left field, Matt Reid followed up with a home run to deep centre field. In the 3rd Ryan once again crossed the plate giving Port a 3-0 lead. After solid base hits by Dylan Smith and Jesse Simmons, Layne O’Hallloran pounded a triple to centre field in the 4th chalking up a few more runs and leaving little hope for the Otters to get back into this game. The game was called by way of mercy as the Lumberjacks take a decisive 8-1 win in 6 innings of play.
The Jacks once again needed to face the Otters to see who would take the gold. This game was a close one, with the Otters taking it by a slim margin of 5-4. Defensively the Jacks didn’t have their best outing giving up 4 unearned runs in the game.
Port Perry had one final kick at the can as the Otters needed a double knockout to win and they started out with taking a one run lead into the third inning. The Jacks tied up the game in the 4th when Cody Till had an infield hit to score their first run of the game. In the fourth a few errors gave the Otters a 5-1 lead. Clayton Robinson managed two solid hits in the game but to no avail as on both occasions he remained stranded on the bases.
In the Jack’s final inning Layne O’Halloran hit another triple to left field cashing in 2 but that was all for Port Perry, as the Otters won by a score of 5-3 and the Jack’s have to settle for the silver medal once again.
Pitching all games for the Jacks was Jeff St. Pierre, a total of 30 innings striking out 44, walking 3, and giving up 6 earned runs. Offensively, Layne O’Halloran was on fire hitting 588 and picking up 9 RBI in the lead off position.
Jacks crowned Fastballfest champs by Jackie Dempster-O'Halloran/The Scugog Standard
The Port Perry Lake Scugog Lumberjacks Bantam Fastball team played their first tournament of the season and came up big winners as they went undefeated in Mitchell, Ontario and were crowned the Bantam Fastballfest Champions. With over 90 teams taking part in this event, it makes it one of the largest tournaments in Ontario. _First up for the Lumberjacks was the New Hamburg Heat. Layne O’Halloran, Ryan Jones and Jesse Simmons blasted home runs to help Port Perry to a 12-0 victory. The entire Jacks’ pitching staff combined effort yielded a one hit game. _Next up for Port Perry was the Tavistock Athletics, once again the game was pretty much one sided as the Jacks got out to a early lead and never looked back. Clayton Robinson had two hits and three RBIs in the game and Cody Till hit a solid triple to centre field to make easy work of the Athletics. Starting pitcher Jeff St. Pierre and reliever Ryan Jones combined for two hits, zero earned runs in this contest, with a final score of 10-3. _As luck would have it, the Lumberjacks third game was called after two innings of play due to inclement weather. The game was rescheduled for the following day, but unfortunately the Shakespeare team decided to forfeit the match. _In semi-final action, Port Perry faced a strong Grand Valley team. Grand Valley took an early three run lead as the top of their order provided to be aggressive batters. Completing seven innings of play and the score tied at 4 each, the game needed to be decided by way of international rules. Grand Valley added two runs as the Jacks committed a couple infield errors. With the pressure on, the Lumberjacks’ Trent Cooper hit a ball up the middle cashing in a run. Next up Dylan Smith’s timely hit wins the game for Port and advances them to the finals. Picking up the win for the Jacks was number 44 Jeff St. Pierre with 14 strike outs in the game. _The Lumberjacks faced a familiar foe in the finals as they took on Teeswater (a.k.a. Chepstow). Port Perry was swinging the bats well in this game breezing to a 6-1 lead after five innings of play, leading the way was Jeff St. Pierre and Brandon Griffin both with three hits. In the 7th inning, Teesewater tied up the score as the top of their order delivered with some solid hits. Port Perry true to form didn’t give up and with two out and a runner on third, a pass-ball allows Matt Reid to come in with a hard slide at the plate for the game winner. Getting the win for the Jacks is Jeff St. Pierre in a real nail-biter. _Please mark your calendars for Saturday, July 14, as Port Perry Minor Softball will be celebrating their 50th anniversary. There will be a big bash at the Lakefront with festivities going on all day!
Lumberjacks silence Cardinals by Jackie Dempster-O'Halloran/Special to The Scugog Standard
The Port Perry Lake Scugog Lumberjacks Bantam Fastball team played the Richmond Hill Cardinals in a regular season game last week. _In the previous two outings, the Jacks suffered losses so they were anxious to get back on the field to redeem themselves. _After a scoreless first inning, the Jacks tallied up five runs in the second on a couple base hits and an out of the park homerun from Trent Cooper. Matt Reid also picked up an RBI in the inning, putting the game further out of reach for the Cardinals. In the top of the third, an additional run came in for Port as Cody Till singled up the middle to pick up an RBI. _In the fourth inning there was a pitching change for the Cardinals and the boys managed to add another to the tally as Layne O’Halloran knocked in Jeff St. Pierre with his single to right field. _Starting pitcher Jeff St. Pierre sailed through the Cardinals lineup allowing two hits, one unearned run and striking out 10 batters in four innings of play. Reliever, Clayton Robinson came in for the last two innings allowing only one run on two hits. _A final pitching change in the fifth inning for the Cardinals seemed to quiet Port Perry’s bats as they could only muster up one hit in the remainder of the game. _Finals score was 7-2 for Port Perry. It was good to see some quality at bats from the Jacks this night, as the entire line up contributed to this win. Defensively the team did their job committing only one error in the game. _If you are interested in learning about the team visit their web site at http://www.ballcharts.com/teams/index.php?team=PortPerryJacks. _Don’t forget to check out more minor softball news and events in Port Perry by visiting Port Perry and District Minor Softball Associations’ web site at www.portperrysoftball.ca where you will find updated information for all house league teams.
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