This Week in Baseball: Pelham Tournament

The weekly "This Week In Baseball" articles overview the activities of various Pelham Minor Baseball Association teams.  Teams span from T-Ball to Midget age with several rep teams representing Pelham across the region.  Please watch for some familiar names throughout the season!

The Group 92 Mechanical Rookie Rep Panthers are the new team on the block, as this is Pelham's first year fielding a team in the Rookie Rep division. The players are getting use to each other and making great strides in practices and games. The coaching staff is dedicated to growing the players and getting them ready for following years of baseball. In the first weeks of league play, the Panthers lost the first two, but had a big win in the third game. It was great to see the kids enjoy their first win. The schedule gets busy the next few weeks with games and tournaments and the players are anxious to get going. Many thanks to our sponsor, Group 92 Mechanical Inc., and the parents for the support and encouragement. 

The Miller Restoration Mosquito Rep team had a very exciting 6-5 win this week against the Binbrook Bisons on the road. Matthew Oakes missed an over the fence homerun by about 1 metre, legging it out for a double instead. Catcher Cameron Wells tagged out two runners at the plate, one after attemping a Coghlan-style leap around. Maverick Halstead caught a timely pop-up and Max Myers effortlessly caught a long fly ball in left field. Solid pitching by Andy Nawrocki, Mitchell Morden and Connor Jolicoeur kept the game close enough for an astounding last inning tag out by Julian Rubino after a steal attempt of second.

The Pelham Medical Associates hosted the second annual Pelham Peewee tournament this weekend for eight visiting Southern Ontario teams. The first game was won 12-4 over Waterdown with starter Ethan Wells pitching five strong innings with MVP battery mate Wyatt Gibson calling the pitch selection. A tie against yet undefeated Kawartha on Saturday afternoon left the boys just short of advancing to defend their 2016 tournament title. Beautiful catches by Jake Laewetz and Nate Girling in the deep outfield keep the game close while the bats when to work. A triple by Cole Townson and multiple singles by game MVP Jake Passmore contributed to the run production. A leaping line drive catch by second baseman Will Baltrusiunas kept the game at a tie and allowed Wyatt Gibson to pitch the complete game.