When the Carp 14C team (pronounced One Four C) team defeated the Donnacona Blue Sox, 7-6, in the championship final of the 50th annual AuSable Forks Memorial Fastpitch tournament on Sunday, July 15, the team included some local South Dundas talent.
Carp 14C is managed by Morrisburg native Eric Rosenquist and catching for the team is Riverside Heights native, Bobby Jack Hart.
Hart, who is enjoying his final season of fastball, has played for Carp for two years. At the tournament, he was named the most valuable catcher to join Rosenquist, who was named most valuable manager, in the silverware department.
“It was my 20th anniversary at this tournament,” said the talented catcher noting that on the tournament’s prestigious trophy there are some familiar old-time local team names like the Williamsburg Pioneers, the Johnstown Counts and the Cardinal Pats. “It’s a pretty prestigious tournament with some high calibre ball.”
Hart says he has had some great experiences with Carp 14c and is totally impressed with the skills of fellow South Dundaser, Eric Rosenquist. “I have played for a lot of managers over the years, but Eric is far and away the best. His attention to detail and the fact that he always goes above and beyond for his players speaks volumes for his love of the game. His most valuable manager award was well earned.”
Sweetening the victory for Hart was the fact that Carp defeated the two-time defending champs from Donnacona after trailing 6-2 in the fifth inning. That’s when Bruce Hackett connected for a grand slam to even the score 6-6.
Carp claimed the victory in the bottom of the 7th when Matt McKnish ended the game dramatically with a walk-off, two-run homer.
Last year Carp 14C lost to Donnacona in the final.
Hart also pointed out that Donnacona is the team that has dominated the Casey at the Bat tournament in Williamsburg each spring. Hart suits up for the local tournament with the Williamsburg Cigars who this year lost in the championship final to Donnacona, 6-1.
Hart says that although he is officially retiring from competitive ball at the end of this season, he will play next year, just once, as a member of an all star team that will be going to the 8th World Masters Games in Torino, Italy in August.
For his work, he is currently preparing to relocate his young family out west.