By Dan Rankin
Not unlike a certain Toronto-based MLB franchise, DCVI’s Boys Baseball team’s season came to a disappointing end Wednesday, as they fell 11-7 to their hosts from Listowel in the Huron-Perth baseball semi-finals.
The Salukis advanced to the semifinals with a 5-4 walk-off win over South Huron in St. Marys on Oct. 12. That win secured a fourth place finish for St. Marys DCVI (4-3) in their eight-team division. The other teams advancing to the semis were Listowel, Stratford Central and Stratford Northwestern. DCVI was the only Single A team in the semis, against three other AA schools.
In its meetings with the other semi-finalists during the season, DCVI fared pretty well. They beat Stratford Central 11-6 on Sept. 21 and Northwestern 8-2 on Sept. 28. But they fell 8-1 to Listowel in their second last game of the season on Oct. 5, and it was LDSS that DCVI wound up matched with in the semis.
The Lightning (6-1) were the only team to allow fewer runs than DCVI during the season. DCVI allowed 29 runs in seven games to Listowel’s impressive eight runs allowed. Northwestern (5-2) allowed 30 runs and Central (5-2) allowed 31.
In their semi-final, pitcher Jordan Keeler threw five innings, while relievers Eric Taylor, Liam Osborne and Max Boonstra shared duties in a tough sixth inning during which Listowel plated the eventual game-winning run.
“It was a little disappointing in the end, but it was a good season all around,” said DCVI coach Scott McCutcheon, who has coached the ball team since it was introduced at DCVI six or seven years ago.
Listowel met Northwestern in the final, falling 7-6 to the Stratford squad. Northwestern, who had former Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame director of operations Tom Valcke on its coaching staff, topped Stratford Central 8-5 to qualify for the final.
The Northwestern Huskies entered the last inning of the gold medal game at John Bell field in Listowel down 6-1, but shocked the hosts with a six-run outburst to earn the coveted berth to WOSSAA next May. It will be Northwestern’s first appearance at WOSSAA.