Oakville, High Park advance to Little League final

district1The “Road to the Little League World Series” in Williamsport, Pa. made its way through Erindale on Day 6 of the Little League Ontario District 1 Major Championship.

Defending champion High Park came from behind to defeat Stoney Creek 6-2 to advance to the championship game of the Little League Ontario District 1 Major Championship set for tonight (Thursday) in Erindale, weather permitting.

Stoney Creek jumped to a 2-0 lead after two innings of play on Day 6 of the tournament which started as a five-game, round-robin series leading to Wednesday’s semi-finals. The defending provincial champions will meet Oakville in the series final after Oakville eliminated Ancaster, 7-2.

Christopher Nolfi cut the lead in half for High Park on a solo homerun in the top of the third inning. Luke Tevlin tied the score when he reached home on A.J. Padmore’s RBI single in the top of the fourth. High Park then took the lead in the fifth inning, scoring three times and adding another in the top of the sixth.

Adriane Anlacan, in relief of starter Nathau Arruda, got the win for High Park going two innings on the mound, allowing one hit and fanning three Stoney Creek batters. Kevin Macdonald earned the save with one strike out in one inning of work. Nolfi went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a homerun with two RBI. Arruda went 1-for-3 with a double for two RBI, including the game winner. For Stoney Creek, Nick Jambrosic took the loss going six innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and striking out four batters. At bat, Jambrosic and Tyler Kamphuis each had singles.

Oakville scored three runs in the top of the second inning on doubles from Jamison Higa, Lee Joch and Matt Des Vignes to take a quick command of the game. Matt McKay also chipped in an RBI single in the third inning, which turned out to be the winning RBI. In the bottom of the second, Ancaster’s Ben Miller, Danny Davis, Eric Harbour and Matthew Grabstas each had singles. Ancaster added one more run in the top of the third inning on a bases loaded error by the first baseman. Oakville scored one in the top of the fourth and three more in the sixth to round out the scoring. Robert Cant, Mark Martone and Marko Jugovic each had a double in the sixth inning for Oakville.

Cant went five innings on the mound to earn the win. He gave up two earned runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four Ancaster batters. Jonnie Lawson got the save striking out three of the four batters he faced in the sixth inning. At bat, Des Vignes went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and Martone went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Mark Szostak took the loss for Ancaster going five innings and allowing four earned runs on six hits with eight strikeouts. Grabstas and Harbour each had RBI singles for Ancaster.

High Park and Oakville are scheduled to play at 8 p.m. Prior to the championship game the final game of the round-robin game that was postponed on Tuesday night will be played between Erindale and Dundas at 5:30.

The District 1 Champion will move on to the Little League Ontario Championship in Pembroke. The winner will continue on to the Canadian Little League Championship in Val D’Or, Que., with the winner advancing to the Little League World Series.