Ancaster’s road to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., will have its toughest test on Monday when it puts its unbeaten record against undefeated, and defending Ontario champions, High Park.
Ancaster and High Park carry 3-0 records into the afternoon contest of the Little League Ontario District 1 Major Championship round-robin series. They square off at 8.30 p.m. in Dundas.
Ancaster doubled up Erindale 10-5 on Sunday to clinch a spot in Wednesday’s semi-finals. Benjamin Miller pitched two shutout innings in relief, allowing only two hits and three walks for Ancaster. Justin Mignardi was on base four times with a single, a double, a walk and a fielder’s choice. Teammate Liam Gallagher had two singles in three plate appearances.
For Erindale, Nick Zanette had a single, a double and a walk in four at bats. Joshua Slater was tagged with the loss for Erindale in two innings of relief allowing three earned runs on three hits.
High Park beat Oakville 10-0. The loss for Oakville leaves them at 2-1. Adriane Anlacan went six innings on the mound for High Park allowing one hit and three walks in the win. In six innings of work, Anlacan fanned 14 Oakville batters. Nathan Arruda also had a big game for High Park as he had three hits in four plate appearances, which included a single, a double and a three-run homerun.
Oakville’s only hit of the game came in the fourth inning when Matthew Des Vignes had a two-out single. Marko Jugovic took the loss for Oakville. Jugovic had four innings of work, allowing three runs, two of which were earned runs, on six hits and one walk while striking out three High Park batters.
The win clinches a spot in the semi-finals for High Park.
The first game of the day saw Stoney Creek defeat Dundas 9-0. Michael Singh pitched a complete game allowing no runs on two hits and striking out nine Dundas batters for the victory. At the plate, Singh had a triple that brought in the winning run and two additional runners. Billy Ferguson had a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning adding to Stoney Creek’s lead.
For Dundas, Aiden Kennah went five innings on the mound, allowed three earned runs on four hits and struck out four Stoney Creekers. Kennah also had a double at the plate. Dundas’ only other hit was a single from Mitch Bonnacorso in the fourth inning.
The win improves Stoney Creek’s record to 1-2 while Dundas drops to 0 and 3.
The tournament continues on Monday in Dundas with the first game going at 3:30 p.m. when Erindale faces Stoney Creek.
Teams will play five round robin games with the top four teams advancing on to the semi-finals. The semi-final winners will move on to the championship game on Thursday (July 23) at 7 p.m. at Springfield Park in Mississauga.
The District 1 Champions will move on to the Little League Ontario Championship in Pembroke. The Little League Ontario Champions will continue on to the Canadian Little League Championship in Val D’Or, Quebec with the winner advancing to the Little League World Series.
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.