Team goes undefeated on final day, defeats Exeter for gold
By Pat Payton
It was two very different days for the St. Marys White Mosquito baseball team.
The White squad, coached by Rich Ballantyne, Ray Cousineau and Scott Hossack, went 0-3 in three round-robin games on the Saturday and finished fourth in their pool. However, in the cross-over playoffs the following day, the White team went 3-0 to win the eight-team tournament held in St. Marys on the July 14-15 weekend.
All four Mosquito teams from St. Marys minor ball competed in the tourney as well as teams from Exeter, Barrie, Dorchester and Wallaceburg. Games were held at the King diamond and Rotary Field at the Hall of Fame, and at Teddy’s Field.
St. Marys Black team had the best record (3-0) on opening day to finish first in Pool ‘B’. They defeated Wallaceburg Warriors 18-6, Barrie Baycats 12-6 and St. Marys Red 16-8.
St. Marys Red went 2-1 to finish second in Pool ‘B’ on Saturday. They defeated Wallaceburg 19-9 and Barrie 13-6, before losing 16-8 to St. Marys Black.
St. Marys Blue went 1-2 to finish third in Pool ‘A’ on Saturday. They lost 11-9 to Exeter Express and 9-2 to Dorchester Diamondbacks, before defeating St. Marys White 18-8.
St. Marys White lost all three of their preliminary games Saturday. In addition to losing to the Blue squad, they were defeated 6-1 by Exeter and 13-8 by Dorchester.
On very hot weather conditions on the Sunday, the White team started their championship march with an 11-10 victory over the Black squad in the quarter-finals.
In other quarter-final games in the morning, Red defeated Blue 9-3, Dorchester blanked Barrie 10-0, and Exeter defeated Wallaceburg 15-5.
In the semi-finals, White defeated the Red 12-5 at Rotary field, while Exeter doubled Dorchester 6-3 at Teddy’s Field.
Sunday afternoon’s final proved to be a high-scoring affair as White out-lasted Exeter 14-13.
Grayson Boreham scored three times for St. Marys, while Isaac Cousineau, Trevor Richardson and Brayden Roberton all crossed the plate twice.
Handling the pitching duties for the tourney champs were Richardson, Cousineau, Robertson, Trevor Aarts and Jared Ballantyne.
“It was a total team win,” coach Ray Cousineau told the Independent. “And (organizer-coach) Scott Walsh and the volunteers did a great job of running the tournament.”