High Park defends Little League district title

Defending champion High Park Braves outlasted the Oakville Whitecaps to win the Little League Ontario District 1 Major Championship game, 3-0, to advance to the provincial championship.

Playing in Erindale, the Braves took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning on Thursday night when Craig Ogaki scored on Matthew Voight’s sacrifice bunt and an errant throw to the plate that allowed Christopher Nolfi to score. High Park’s other run came in the top of the sixth when Adriane Anlacan scored on a wild pitch.

The Whitecaps got three singles from Rob Cant, in the first, Jamison Higa and Lee Joch, both in the second inning.

On the mound, Anlacan got the win going six innings, allowing three hits, one walk and striking 13 batters. Kevin Macdonald pitched to one batter who flew out to the second baseman to earn the save for High Park.

For Oakville, Andrew Boyce went six innings allowing three runs, none earned, on one hit and one walk. Boyce fanned six High Park Braves.

High Park advances 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 Little League Championship in Val D’Or, Que., with the winner advancing to the Little League World Series.

Prior to the championship game, Erindale faced Dundas in the final round robin game that was postponed on Tuesday night in High Park.

Erindale defeated Dundas 3-1 to earn its only win of the round robin and dropped Dundas to an 0-5 record.

Erindale’s Deep Desai got the win on the mound going two innings of relief and allowing just one hit while striking out three Dundas batters. Aiden Kennah took the loss for Dundas going four innings allowing two earned runs on four hits and four walks while fanning six Erindale batters. For Erindale, Patrick Hogg and Mitchell McCarthy each had an RBI single while Mike Taylor, for Dundas, had an RBI single and Sebestien Lech had a double.