Stoney Creek beats the rain and Ancaster in see-saw battle


new_sc_logo_with_optimistThe Stoney Creek Astros edged out the Ancaster Yankees 13-11 in extra innings in the only game to be played at the Little League Baseball 2009 Major District House League Championships, being held at Stoney Creek Optimist Little League Park.

Stoney Creek opened the scoring in the top of the second inning scoring eight runs. Ancaster’s Stefan Cascioli had an RBI in the bottom of the second to get his team on the board. Ancaster then chipped away at Stoney Creek’s lead in the bottom of the fourth when Ty Wilson and Mark Szostak each had RBI singles.

The Creekers scored two more runs in the top of the fifth to extend their lead but Ancaster again chipped away at the margin with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Ancaster tied the score with three runs on five hits, which was highlighted by a two-run RBI triple by Szostak.

In the top of the seventh inning, Stoney Creek scored three times. Two of the runs, which included the eventual game winning score, came when Tyler Kamphuis hit a two-run RBI double.

For Stoney Creek, Max Hicks went five innings allowing four earned runs on four hits and struck out nine batters. Billy Ferguson had four singles and a walk in his five plate appearances. For Ancaster, Szoztak had a single, a triple and three RBI while Danny Davies also had a single, a triple and the RBI to send the game to the extra inning.

Rain forced the postponement of two other games scheduled for Saturday (June 20): Oakville and Erindale will now play on Friday (June 26) at 6:30 p.m. and Dundas will take on Erindale the same night at 8:30 p.m.

The semi-finals will now be played the next day at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The championship game will be moved to Sunday (June 27) with the first pitch at 1:05 p.m.

Six teams are involved in this round robin tournament. Teams will play in two pools with three games guaranteed with the top two teams in each pool moving on to the semi-finals of the tournament. High Park looks to defend their title that they won at the 2008 District 1 House League Tournament held in Stoney Creek. All games in the tournament will be played at Optimist Little League Park in Stoney Creek off of Highway 8.