Sandlots: Oakville wins Midwest Elite, Mets win Mizuno

*Tysen Hansen pitched a one hitter to help the Oakville Royals win the Midwest elite tourney in Toledo.  

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By Bob Elliott

The Oakville Royals 16s avenged a championship game loss the week before in the Beast of the East tourney by knocking off the Oxford Arrows 8-1 in the final of the Midwest Elite tournament in Toledo, Ohio.

Chase Dobbie’s double, Sean Alp’s single and Josh Williams’ triple produced three runs, while Matt Thomas pitched five innings for the win.

The Royals opened by defeating the JTB Tigers 5-1 as Tysen Hansen pitched a one hitter.

Nathan Halliday then beat the Darien Comets 5-2 as Williams doubled.

Brendan Butrimas was impressive beating Cincinnati’s JB Yeager 9-1 as Ryan Freemantle hit two singles and a triple. John Crawford had three singles and Alp two doubles.

Oakville rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat the South Bend Scrappers.

Freemantle, Dobbie and Alp had consecutive singles before Williams capped the rally with a double.

Mizuno champs: Centre fielder Brodie Jeffery hit a two-run double down the right-field line giving the Toronto Mets 18U a 6-5 win over the Lanaudiere Braves to win the Baseball Quebec Mizuno Challenge in Longueuil, Que.

Down a run with two out in the bottom of the ninth, Mitchell Triolo singled and Connor Panas reached on a dropped third strike, setting the stage for Jeffery’s game-winning double.

Triolo was 4-for-5, including a run-scoring hit in the seventh to force extras earning championship game MVP honours.

The Mets opened the tournament by downing Quebec City 7-0 as Andrew Simonetti pitched a complete- game shutout. Grant Tamane and Jake Hillier each had two hits and two RBIs, with Hillier hit a homer.

Jack Dennis pitched five innings and Philippe Cote two scoreless as the Mets beat Laval 9-1. Connor Ledger had two doubles and two RBIs.

Jeffery knocked in the lead run and Ledger tagged a solo homer in a 3-1 win over the Montreal Orioles. Jordan Giller retired 17 batters in order, recording 11 strikeouts for the win.

The Mets beat Les Ducs de Rive Sud 4-2 in the semifinal as Hillier doubled, Jeremy Newton had the bases loaded in the seventh when coach Ryan McBride summoned Simonetti who struck out the side sending the Mets into championship game.


Tourney Time: The 20-team Hap Walters Memorial Invitational senior tourney goes this weekend at parks in Mississauga, Etobicoke and Oakville.

Besides the defending champion Windsor Stars, the field includes: The Glanbrook Grizzlies, Erindale Cardinals, Brampton Battlecats, Burlington Brants, Etobicoke Rangers, Mississauga Southwest Twins, Ilderton Red Army, Markham Mariners, Lakeside Lizards, Milton Red Sox, Newmarket Hawks, Niagara Metros, Strathroy Royals, Leaside Maple Leafs, Peterborough River Dogs, Windsor Athletics, Thornhill Reds, Oakville A’s and the Tecumseh Thunder.

The semifinals and final take place Sunday at Ninth Line North and Erindale Cardinal Field.


Briefly: The Windsor Selects, coached by Richard Soloman, won the Great Lakes Elite Invitational last month and are the lone Canadian club at the USSSA/ESPN Rise world championships, July 19-24 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. ... The Erindale Cardinals celebrate their 30th anniversary will stage their annual alumni game Sunday, Aug. 7, at noon at Cardinal Field.


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