High Park clinched first place in round robin play by doubling up Ancaster 4-2 in the final game of the day at the Little League Ontario District 1 Major Championship.
High Park, defending Ontario champion, and Ancaster went into last night’s game in Dundas with identical 3-0 records.
High Park’s starter, Kevin Macdonald, went four innings allowing a single hit and struck out three Ancaster batters. Luke Tevlin took the save even though he allowed two runs, one of which was earned, on two hits. A.J. Padmore had a double and a three-run homerun, which turned out to be the game winning hit.
For Ancaster, Nolan Roth went five innings allowing four earned runs on eight hits and four strikeouts. Mark Szostak and John Alpaugh each had a double in the sixth inning for Ancaster in a late rally which came up short.
In the opening game of the day, Stoney Creek clinched a spot in the semi-finals with a 2-1 victory over Erindale. Kip Peragine went three innings on the mound for Stoney Creek, allowing one earned run on three hits and striking out one. At the plate Peragine had an RBI single to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Slater Frith brought in the game winning run in the bottom of the sixth with a bases loaded hit. Patrick Hogg took the loss, going six innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and fanning four Stoney Creek batters. Hogg also drove in Erindale’s only run with a single in the fourth inning. Anthony Harris went 2-for-3 at the plate, both singles, and two stolen bases.
The second game saw Oakville shutout Dundas in four innings by a final score of 10-0. Jonnie Lawson pitched one inning of relief for the win. Lawson struck out two batters in his inning of work. Robert Cant went 3-for-3 at the plate with two singles, a double and two RBI for Oakville. Teammate Mark Martone also went 3-for-3 with two singles, a double and an RBI.
Sebastien Lech took the loss for Dundas going three innings, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits and two strikeouts.
The tournament continues with the final day of round robin action today (Tuesday) in Toronto’s High Park. The first game starts at 3:30 p.m. when Oakville and Ancaster battle for second place.
The semi-final winners will move on to the championship game on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Ontario District 1 Champions will move on to the Little League Ontario Championship in Pembroke.