Corey McKay’s one-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning scored Laurence Ulip from second base as the Long Island (N.Y.) West Tigers edged Hamilton’s Canadian Thunderbirds 11-10 in the championship game of the 13th Annual CanAm Classic Wood Bat Baseball Tournament at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium.
The Thunderbirds entered the championship game with a record of two wins and a tie while the Long Island entry came in unbeaten in three games in the 18-and-under tournament.
“It was a great game with a great comeback by the Thunderbirds,” said tournament convenor Mike Taylor. “Right fielder Ryan Van Spronsen (Harley, Ont.) would certainly have to be the offensive star of the game for us with his fourth inning, three-run home run (345 feet over the right field fence) which put us in front by a run.
“The two teams that we had expected to be in the final game were, and overall the tournament went well when you consider all the rain delays that we had. The Hamilton Cardinals (16-year-olds) surprised them selves by winning a game (8-4 over Ontario Tigers of Aurora), and not being blown out.”
Centrefielder Dan Penfold of Grimsby had two hits including a double and two runs batted in, with third baseman Christian Boghossian of Kitchener adding a single and two RBIs.
For Long Island, McKay had three hits including a double and three RBIs. Joe Bencivenga, Matt Carr, Ulip, and Kris Kelly added two hits apiece for the Tigers. Bencivenga batted in four of their 11 runs. Long Island West had 12 hits, committed three errors, and left 12 runners on the base paths. The Thunderbirds scored 10 times on seven hits, committed four errors, and stranded 10 men.
In Saturday’s home run hitting and base running competitions, the Brockville Bunnies swept both categories as Nathan Slack hit three out of the park in two rounds, and Jerry Coleman captured the base running with a time of 14.5 seconds.
The complete tournament results were:
LI Tigers East 4 vs Stratford Nationals 11
LI Tigers West 4 vs Ontario Tigers 2
Canadian Thunderbirds 2 vs Brockville Bunnies 0
Montreal Titans 9 vs Hamilton Cardinals 1
LI Tigers East 7 vs Canadian Thunderbirds 7
LI Tigers West 4 vs Hamilton Cardinals 2
Brockville Bunnies 1 vs Stratford Nationals 7
Montreal Titans 7 vs Ontario Tigers 3
Canadian Thunderbirds 3 vs Stratford Nationals 1
LI TigersEast 1 vs Brockville Bunnies 9
LI TigersWest 11 vs Montreal Titans 0
Ontario Tigers 4 vs Hamilton Cardinals 8
Brockville Bunnies 11 vs Hamilton Cardinals 0
LI Tigers East 15 vs Ontario Tigers 15
Montreal Titans 9 vs Stratford Nationals 0
Long Island West Tigers 11 vs Canadian Thunderbirds 10