CORNWALL – For the second year in a row, the Seaway Spartans boys baseball team reached the SDG county championship finals.
For many years, the Holy Trinity Falcons and St. Joe’s Panthers would play one game as the only two teams to battle for the right to represent SDG at EOSSAA. Seaway made it three last season, joining the county league.
This year, the addition of North Dundas and La Citadelle made the SDG championship a real tournament.
Last year, Seaway played the spoiler in their premier season, upsetting the Falcons 11-8 to take on the Panthers for the championship. The Spartans lost to St. Joe’s 11-0. This year both the Falcons and Spartans were out for redemption.
In their pool, Seaway took on the North Dundas Devils first May 17th in Cornwall, handily beating them 13-3. Ben Lapier had four runs for Seaway, Curran Gilmour, Dean Lapier, and Emytt Fetterly each scored twice. Joshua Broad had three RBI’s for the team.
The team’s second match saw the Spartans lose to the Panthers 16-6. Colin Van Hoof scored two runs and had one RBI in the loss.
The Spartans had a 1-1 record in their pool, tied with the Panthers.
The tie was settled on score differential, with Seaway earning a spot in the final.
In the other pool, Holy Trinity found their way past La Citadelle to the final.
The resulting rematch held May 18th was a no-hitter. Unfortunately for Seaway, it was not in their favour.
Starting on the mound for Seaway, pitcher Curran Gilmour pitched two innings before allowing one run. He struck out 13 Falcons’ batters before the sixth inning.
Looking to create some space, Holy Trinity put three runners across the plate in the inning, extending their lead to 4-0. The Falcons added one more in the seventh inning to close the game with a 5-0 win.
Falcons pitcher Nathaniel Van Putten pitched all seven innings, allowing a walk and one error, to pick up the county championship win. He struck out 19 Seaway batters in the game. Gilmour had 18 K’s in the match.
The Falcons will travel to Kingston May 23rd to compete for the EOSSAA championship.