Cubs qualify for Canadian Junior men's fastball...
Bookmark and Share
Jun 23, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Cubs qualify for Canadian Junior men's fastball championships

Stratford Gazette

Pat Payton

Sports editor

NAPANEE – Murray Patterson and his Stratford Cubs have qualified for the Canadian Junior men’s fastball championships.

The nationals are Aug. 8-11 in Irma, Alberta.

Here this past weekend, Cubs finished second overall in the 11-team, double-knockout OASA Elimination tournament.

Stratford met Napanee Express, the undefeated host team, in Sunday’s final.

Cubs scored six runs in the first inning, but then hung on for an 8-7 victory after Napanee pushed across two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh.

It forced a second and deciding game. In the winner-take-all affair, the Express scored four times in the first inning and two more in the second en route to a 6-0 win.

“We kind of ran out of steam in the second game,” coach Patterson said.

In addition to Napanee and Stratford, third-place Owen Sound also qualifies for the Canadians in Alberta. Fourth-place Tavistock doesn’t qualify.

Cubs opened the weekend with a 3-1 victory over St. Marys Steelworkers.

After losing their second start, 5-1 to Owen Sound, Cubs began their long road back with an 8-0 romp over Newbury (near Chatham).

A 5-1 Stratford win over Tavistock guaranteed Cubs at least third place and a berth in the nationals. They then stayed on the diamond for a rematch with Owen Sound.

Trailing 4-3, Stratford scored a run in the top of the seventh to tie it and force extra innings. After a scoreless eighth, Cubs scored three runs in the ninth to win it 7-4 and gain a berth in the final against Napanee.

Bookmark and Share

(0) Comment

Join The Conversation Sign Up Login

Latest Local News


Downtown St. Marys truck parking ban an option

Members of Citizens Against Bad Truck Traffic express disappointment that others of the group's...



Local woman celebrates 100th birthday

HARRISTON – Every birthday is certainly worth celebrating, but when the milestone is No. 100, you...


In Your Neighbourhood Today