The Road to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., started with extra elements thrown into the path: a rain delay, an extra inning contest and a mercy-ending.
The opening night of the Little League Ontario District 1 Major Championship got underway in Stoney Creek with High Park defeating Erindale, 10-1, after an hour and a half rain delay in the top of the fourth inning. For High Park, Nathan Arruda went six innings, allowed one earned run on three hits and struck out 12. At the plate, Christopher Nolfi went 3-for-4, all singles.
For Erindale, Connor McCarthy had a single and a walk. Deep Desai was a special pinch runner for McCarthy in the third inning and scored Erindale’s lone run on Joshua Slater’s RBI single.
In the second game of the night, Oakville and Stoney Creek had a classic, going 10 innings with Oakville coming out on top, 2-1. Greg Barbuto collected the win going four innings, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out four Stoney Creek batters. Mitch Over was the winning run when he was walked in on a bases loaded pass.
For Stoney Creek, Nick Jambrosic went six innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits and struck out eight. At the plate, Kip Peragine, Matthew Frketich and Tyler Kamphuis each had singles for Stoney Creek.
The final game of the night saw Ancaster defeat Dundas 12-1 in four innings. Nolan Roth had three singles and scored three times in three plate appearances for Ancaster. For Dundas, Aiden Kennah had an RBI double in the fourth inning.
The tournament now moves to Oakville for three games today (Saturday).
Teams will play five round-robin games with the top four teams advancing to the semi-finals. The semi-final winners will move to the championship game on Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m. at Springfield Park in Mississauga.
The District 1 Champions advance to the Little League Ontario Championship in Pembroke, hosted by Pembroke and Petawawa Little League. The Little League Ontario Champions will continue on to the Canadian finals in Val D’Or, Quebec, with the winner advancing to the Little League World Series. The High Park Braves enters this year’s District tournament as defending district champions.
Eleven divisions of play in Little League Baseball and Little League Softball culminate in World Series tournaments. In a 45-day period, more than 30,000 tournament games are played in more than 100 countries.
For more information on the Major District Tournament visit www.d1majors.com.
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