submitted Championship Photo
The Corunna Midget Giants captured the Ontario Baseball Association Midget “C” Championship in the tournament of which they were the host team on the weekend.
Game 1 Friday night saw Corunna defeat Kincardine 10 – 0 in a five inning game. Jeremy Devereaux pitched a one hit win that saw him throw only 65 pitches in his five innings of work. Lauchlin MacDonald with three hits and Jake Dolbear with two led the Giants offense. Kyle Scott had three RBI’s for the winners.
Photos - Giants vs Amherstburg
Game 2 the Giants faced the Amherstburg Cardinals who had won the WCBA/SPBA Midget League championship two weeks earlier. The Corunna squad came out on top with a 6 – 4 victory. Jake Dolbear was a dual threat for the Giants as he pitched 4.1 innings allowing only 1 hit, 2 runs of which only one was earned run. He walked 2 and struck out 7 batters. At the plate he was 2 for 2 with 4 runs batted in. Zack Sutherland also had two hits for the Giants. Jordan Pavey picked up the save in relief of Dolbear.
Game 3 Hanover was the opponent for the Corunna squad. The Giants came out hoping to avenge a loss to Hanover earlier in the season in the Stratford tournament. The Giants jumped on the scoreboard early as they crossed the plate 8 times in the first three innings. They added runs in each of the next three innings to come away with a 13 – 7 victory. Hanover scored 2 runs in the first inning and added single runs in the 4th and 5th but were never really in the game after the third inning. They added 3 runs in the 7th as well. Kyle Smith picked up the win allowing 3 runs on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4. Kyle Scott in relief of Smith finished the game for the Giants. Offensively the Giants were led by Mark McLachlin who had a double and a triple with 3 RBI’s. Hanover committed 6 errors in the game.
Game 4 Sunday morning saw the Giants come in as the only undefeated team. The faced the Port Dover Sailors while Amherstburg faced Hanover in the other Round 5 game. Jeremy Devereaux took the hill again for the Giants who were hoping to advance to the finals undefeated in the double knockout tournament. Jeremy threw another strong game for 6.2 innings allowing 4 runs of which 3 were earned runs and 9 hits. Corunna committed 5 errors behind Devereaux. The Giants took 3 – 2 lead into the seventh inning only to see the Sailors score two runs on with two out. A single, double and another single did the damage. Zack Sutherland came in to get the last out in the top half of the inning. In the bottom half of the seventh inning Corunna put runners on 1st and 3rd with one out but a short pop fly to left and a strikeout ended the threat for the Giants and Port Dover came away with a 4 – 3 victory.
Amherstburg beat Hanover 4 – 3 in the other game which game them a bye to finals as Corunna and Port Dover had previous byes in the tournament. This forced the Giants to face Port Dover again in a do or die situation for both squads. Zack Sutherland stayed on the hill for the Giants in their fifth game. Sutherland pitched 7 solid innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits as Corunna prevailed for a 4 – 2 victory. He struck out 2 and did not walk a batter. Port Dover countered with equally impressive pitching as their first pitcher threw 3.2 innings allowing only 2 hits but he walked 6 batters and the Giants were able to capitalize and scored 4 runs. He struck out 7 Corunna batters. His relief did not allow any hits or runs in his 2.1 innings of work. Port Dover took a 2 – 0 lead in the first inning. A single, stolen base and a single scored their first run. A wild pitch advanced the runner to third who scored on a sacrifice fly to center for the 2 – 0 lead. In the bottom of the 3rd inning Corunna loaded the bases with one out on 2 walks and an error. Jake Dolbear laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to score the Giants first run and he was safe at first as the Sailors could not field the ball. With bases still loaded Keenan Smith hit a sacrifice fly that scored Kurt Brown and Sutherland moved over to 3rd. Two mental errors by Port Dover allowed Sutherland and Dolbear to score as well and Corunna took a 4 – 2 lead. That lead held as Corunna advanced to the finals vs Amherstburg.
Keenan Smith took the hill in the championship game vs a very strong Amherstburg squad. Corunna was the visiting team and in their top half of the 1st inning they jumped out to a 2 – 0 lead quickly. Colton Osborne was hit by a pitch to lead of the inning. Kurt Brown then bunted to sacrifice Osborne to 2nd but a throwing error allowed Osborne to go to third while Brown advance to 2nd. Jake Dolbear then laid down another perfect sacrifice bunt to score Osborne. Brown advanced to third and Dolbear was safe at first. Dolbear stole 2nd then Keenan Smith hit a sacrifice fly to score Brown from 3rd . Dolbear advanced to 3rd on a ground out by Derek Williams. Mark McLachlin and Jake Romphf both walked to load the bases again but a timely strikeout by the Cardinals pitcher ended the inning. Amherstburg got one run back in the bottom of the second inning on a double and two groundouts. That would be all the scoring until the 5th inning when Corunna would push across three more runs, all with two out. Dolbear singled, Williams walked and McLachlin then singled to load the bases. Jake Romphf then singled to score Dolbear. With the bases still loaded Jordan Pavey hit a double to left center that scored two more runs. Lauchlin MacDonald ended the inning on a line drive out to left field that the left fielder made an unbelievable catch. The sixth inning went quickly for both teams and then in the bottom of the 7th inning saw Amherstburg put their first two batters on base with singles and they both advanced on a ground out to the shortstop. Keenan Smith then struck out the next batter for two outs but he had to come out of the game as he had reached his pitch count limit. Keenan’s younger brother Kyle then came in the game in relief of Keenan. Four pitches later the game was over with a fly out to left field and the Giants were OBA champs. Keenan Smith allowed 7 hits, 1 run over his 6.2 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out one for the victory.
The Corunna Midget Giants ended the season with a 23 -14 -4 record. They were led by Head Coach Ken Williams and assisted by Joe Lavers, Keith Brown and Chad Sutherland.
The Giants would like to Thank Cliff Scott for his endless work in convening the OBA tournament, all the parents and volunteers who made the tournament a huge success and all of the fans who came out and supported the team throughout the entire weekend and all season long. Not to be forgotten, a huge THANK YOU goes out to Eric MacKenzie whose hours and hours of work and tireless effort made our diamond the best to play on.