After winning their opening game in the year-end playoff tournament in Kemptville on Saturday, July 18, the Pioneer 1’s ended their playoff championship bid with a 12-6 loss to Prescott.
The third place Pioneers opened in the tournament against the sixth place Kemptville 2’s with an 11-0 victory, before falling victim to Prescott in the semi-final.
A charged up Pioneer squad hit the field against Kemptville to put it away in just four innings. Kemptville had only three players reach base as Pioneer pitchers Ben Radley and Cam Shaver teamed up for 10 strikeouts, while Dejong made a highlight reel catch at first.
Scoring for the Pioneers were Wyatt Barkley (2), Rory Gilmour (2), Quinten Barrie (2), Stef Kronstal, Shaver, Hudson Fetterly, Luke Byvelds, and Aiden Hutt.
The win set up a date with second place Prescott in the A semi-final, with the Pioneers winning the coin toss for home field.
Prescott had the offence rolling early, bringing five runners home but the Pioneers countered with one by Barkley in their half of the first.
The next three innings were much better as both teams settled in.
Prescott brought their run total to eight, while Fetterly, Byvelds, and Gilmour all stole home for give the Pioneers four runs..
Prescott broke it open in the top of the fifth with the maximum five runs to give them a commanding 13-4 lead.
However, the Pioneers would not go quietly.
Monty Dejong came to the plate with Shaver on base. He battled with the pitcher until he got a pitch he liked, then drove it over the right fielder’s head.
Both Shaver and Dejong both scored on the inside the park home run and were greeted at the dugout with high fives and smiles from all.
The game would ended 13-6 for Prescott who went on to defeated first place Kemptville 1 in the championship final, 12-6.
The Pioneer coaching staff is very proud of what the boys accomplished this year.
Back in early workouts in April a number of them hadn’t thrown a ball or swung a bat, so coming within one win to going to the championship shows what hard work and determination can do.