TEAM wins U14 Softball Championship!
TEAM U14 boys put forth a terrific effort at the PSAA softball tournament at chilly Birchwood Park this week. After a slow start in game one against Dearcroft, the players rebounded nicely, winning game two. It was a hard fought, defensive minded 3-2 victory over Fern Hill on the strength of a two run double by Declan and great defense from Chris and Joe. TEAM finished in a three-way tie for first place in their pool – which set up a coin toss to determine their ranking. Great fortune was on our side as TEAM won the tiebreaker coin flip and had a bye right to the semi-finals. This set up a playoff match against Toronto French School. TEAM came out blazing hot from the get go and won a convincing 9-0 decision. Every member of the club contributed at least one hit to the attack. Highlights were Alex‘s home run, Declan‘s three hits, Matthew‘s four RBIs, and Omogbai‘s two-run triple. Noshad, Gabe, Connor and Luca were solid defensively in the field.
TEAM was now off to the finals ansd a rematch with Fern Hill. The visitors from Fern Hill took a quick 1-0 lead and quickly stretched it to 5-0. But, with a no quit attitude and fierce determination, TEAM clawed their way back into the game. A three-run third inning capped off by Chris‘s RBI single, and a two run fourth inning sent the game to a sudden death extra inning. Fern Hill scored two runs to take a 7-5 lead. Once again, it looked like heartbreak for TEAM, but no! Not this time! With Noshad on second base and one out, Matthew hit a two-run homer to tie it up! Then, Declan, Omogbai, and Alex hit consecutive singles to load the bases. With two outs, Joe came to the plate and hit a single, scoring Declan for the championship run. After many years of coming close, TEAM School brought home the plaque and reign as boys’ softball champions.
Mr. Bhandari and Mr. Becker would like to congratulate all the boys on a fantastic tournament. They are especially proud of the great sportsmanship and the heroic effort displayed throughout the day.
Well done gentlemen … and remember that “spring training” is only 49 weeks away!