EXETER – The Listowel Peewees were in fine form over the weekend, as the local club took all five games they played at the Western Ontario Baseball Association championship in Exeter.
Listowel faced little opposition on Aug. 15 in Game #1 versus North Middlesex, taking the contest 15-1. Blair Johnson pitched 4 1/3 innings for the win, while Travis Bannerman powered the offence with a triple and two doubles.
Game #2 on Saturday morning placed the Peewees in a contest versus one of the host teams in Exeter #1, but Listowel powered itself to a 9-3 victory.
Brandon Wall got the start and Nathan Hallman closed out the game as the tandem split the pitching duties nearly down the middle. Sam Town, Riley Kuepfer and Hallman each registered a pair of hits.
Listowel landed itself in the finals with a 10-3 win over Kincardine and a 7-2 victory versus Exeter #2. But Listowel would face a much more determined Kincardine squad in the finals on Sunday afternoon.
Both team’s starters went five innings apiece on the mound, with Kincardine having the 1-0 edge after the fifth. A Keegan Long triple broke the game open for Listowel in the sixth, giving the Peewees a 3-1 advantage.
After Kincardine retied the game in the home half of the sixth, an extra inning was needed to settle the championship. A Kincardine throwing error in the eighth allowed a Listowel run to score from third, and Kuepfer closed the door the rest of the way on the mound to seal the 4-3 victory and the WOBA title for Listowel.