Surge exit tournament semi-finals

Seaway Surge batter Ben Lapier (#66) swings at a pitch from Royeaux de Marie-Victorin Bleus pitcher Zach Gaudreau (#11) during their game Saturday July 7th at the Morrisburg Waterfront Park. The Surge defeated the Bleus 5-0, finishing Pool A with a record of three wins, zero losses. The team advanced to the tournament semi-finals where they lost a close game to the Red Sox Laurentides 5-4. (The Leader/Blancher photos)

MORRISBURG – The first of three weekends of the Seaway Surge baseball club’s Seaway Shootout tournament took place July 6-8th at ball diamonds in Kemptville, Winchester and Morrisburg. The first week saw teams in the Major Midget and Major Bantam levels face off. This is the sixth year the tournament has been held, and for the first time games were played at the Morrisburg Waterfront Park.

The host Surge kicked off round-robin action on July 6th, doubling the Richelieu Pirates 16-8 at the Morrisburg Waterfront Park. For the team’s late game of the day, the Surge downed the East York Bulldogs 14-6 in Kemptville.

The team’s final round robin match had them shut out the Royeaux de Marie-Victorin Bleus 5-0 on July 7th in Morrisburg.

Finishing at the top of Pool A, Seaway advanced to the four-team single elimination playoffs.

Joining the Surge in the playoffs were Pool B winner Red Sox Laurentides, and Pool C winner Lac St. Louis Tigers Bleu. Both teams also had 3-0 records in their pools. The Markham Mariners had the best record out of the second place teams in the three pools combined, as settled by run-differential, and advanced as the wildcard team.

Lac St. Louis advanced to the finals defeating Markham 2-0 in Kemptville July 8th. Seaway challenged Laurentides in Winchester in their semi-final match, but fell short losing 5-4. In the tournament final, Laurentides crushed Lac St. Louis 16-1 to win the Major Bantam division.

In the eight-team Major Midget tournament this past weekend, the Surge did not fair well, losing all three games in Winchester.

Tag! You’re out! Bleus first baseman Shane McGrath tags Surge runner Ethan Marion between first and second.

On July 6th, they lost 11-1 to the Adirondack Lightning, while on the 7th they were defeated 11-5 by the Guerriers – Richelieu-Yamaska, and lost 12-2 to the North York Blues.

Up this coming weekend, eight teams will challenge for the Minor Midget division tournament, with four games scheduled at the Morrisburg Waterfront Park. All three Surge games will be played in Kemptville.

In Morrisburg, the Orleans Red Sox will take on Bloordale at 9 a.m., the Kanata Cubs will challenge the Ancaster Diamondbacks at 11 a.m., Oleans and Ancaster will square off at 2 p.m., while the Kanata Cubs and Martingrove will duel on the diamond at 4:15 p.m. The same weekend, the Surge host three teams in the Rookie division, East Nepean Eagles, St. Lazare Mustangs and Kanata Cubs. All games from that tournament will be played in Kemptville.

The Mosquito level tournament is also in Kemptville this weekend, with the Surge hosting seven teams. Running in Kemptville also is the Minor Peewee division, with Seaway hosting nine teams.

Wrapping up the Shootout tournament July 20-22nd is the Minor Peewee division with Seaway hosting seven other teams in Chesterville, and the Minor Bantam division in Kemptville with Seaway hosting four other teams.