The Stratford Queen’s Inn Bantams capped an undefeated weekend with an exciting 10-6 victory in 10 innings over Essex Jackets Sunday afternoon at National Stadium.
The win, in front of a larged crowd at the Stadium, gave Indians the OBA ‘B’ title.
Ben Ehgoetz’s squad rallied for four runs in the top of the 10th. The big hit was a two-run triple by Dalton Smith. A nice bunt single by Tanner Johnson also aided the rally.
Winning pitcher was lefty Chase Wheeler, who threw well in the late innings.
Stratford Nolan Grasby was named MVP of the final. With one out, the centre fielder threw out an Essex runner at the plate in the bottom of the seventh to keep the game tied and force extra innings.
Besides Stratford and Essex, the other five teams which competed in the double-knockout event on the weekend were Leamington, Belle River, Woodstock, Waterdown and Ancaster.
Indians started the weekend with a 10-2 victory over Belle River Saturday morning. In their second start, they met Essex and rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to win 6-4.
Next was a 5-4 victory over Leamington Saturday night.
First baseman Lucan Van Pelt was the hero, socking a walk-off, two-run double to win the game.
The victory gave the Stratford Bantams a berth in the final undefeated.
Coaching the Bantams this summer were Ben Ehgoetz, Greg Bilyea, Tyler Graham and Aaron Grasby.
“I think timely hitting was one of the biggest reasons we won it on the weekend,” Ehgoetz said. “I think we won the last three games, we won all of them after the sixth inning.
“So it was just getting that big, clutch hit when we needed it, and it was a different guy every day.”