Locals struggle in District 1 Little League tourney

The “Road to the Little League World Series” in Williamsport, Pa. made its way through Toronto’s High Park on Day 5 of the Little League Ontario District 1 Major Championship.

Tuesday’s first game of the day saw Oakville defeat Ancaster 10-0 in five innings of play to clinch second place in the round robin. Oakville held a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when the skies opened up and caused a two and a half hour rain delay. For Oakville, Robert Cant got the win going one inning allowing two hits and striking out two Ancaster batters. Jonnie Lawson went 3-for-3 at the plate with two singles and a two-run homerun for Oakville.

Lawson’s teammate Logan Gauer went 2-for-2, both doubles, with one RBI. Nolan Roth, Ben Miller and Eric Mignardi all had singles for Ancaster. Ancaster’s only other hit was a double by Justin Mignardi.

The two teams will meet each other in the semi-finals on Wednesday at 8:00 PM in Mississauga’s Erindale.

The second game had High Park defeat Stoney Creek, 13-1, in four innings. Jessie Day-Spiteri went three innings on the mound for High Park fanning four Stoney Creek batters. Luke Tevlin went 2-for-3 at the plate with a single, a double and two RBI while Finlay Malcolm had two singles.

Max Hicks took the loss for Stoney Creek, allowing two earned runs on one hit, walking one batter and striking out one in two innings of work. Nick Jambrosic broke the shutout with an RBI single which brought in Kip Peragine, who walked to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning for Stoney Creek.

Stoney Creek and High Park will meet in the semi-finals today (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. in Erindale.

The day’s final game of the round robin portion of the tournament, between Erindale and Dundas, was postponed due to the curfew at High Park. Because both teams have a record of 0-4 and the game will not affect the semi-finals, the game will be played on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Springfield Park in Mississauga. The Championship game originally scheduled for 7 p.m. will be pushed back to 8 p.m.

The District 1 Champions advance 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. The High Park Braves enter this year’s District tournament as defending district champions.