The Aurora-King Baseball Association Minor Bantam Rep team spent the weekend putting on a baseball clinic in Bolton, taking home the championship Sunday afternoon.
The tournament started with a tightly contested 3-3 tie against a strong team from Ajax. Parker Holmes held the Ajax bats at bay pitching a complete game five hit performance while Wesley Maya produced a clutch late inning hit to score Quentin Weir and tie the game. Catcher Owen Papulkas called an exceptional game to navigate Holmes through the Ajax batting order, and threw out two runners trying to steal third base, limiting the score to three.
Saturday the Aurora bats were a force to be reckoned with outscoring the opponents 23-4. In the morning game Aurora topped North Toronto 9-1. Jackson Maclean went 3 for 3 at the plate and Ethan Belisle lead the way with 3 RBI’s. Maclean also combined with Aidan Katz and Jackson Gosselin to limit North Toronto to one hit in the game.
In the afternoon, Aurora played a tough team from Ottawa with first place on the line and the winner advancing to the semi-finals. Aurora prevailed in a 14-3 win kicked off by a big seven run first inning. Ethan Solilo led the onslaught going 4-4 with three RBI’s and scoring two runs. Aurora pitchers Solilo and Belisle held the strong hitting team from Ottawa to just three hits while striking out six batters.
The Semi-finals on Sunday morning matched league rivals Aurora and Orillia against each other. Aurora built a 6-2 lead and stellar defence lead by shortstop Ryan Cariou and second base Kyle Weir held a late game push from Orillia to win 6-4 and advance to the tournament final.
In the final, Aurora was up against a tough Mississauga Twins team that saw a determined back and forth game for the championship. Katz, Gosselin, and Maclean pitched an outstanding game navigating the strong batting order from Mississauga and held the power hitting team to nine runs, working through many difficult situations. Aurora entered the final inning trailing 9-5 but remained resilient rallying to score four runs in the inning, highlighted by a two out double, and forth hit of the game, from Nick Giorgio to force the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the next inning, Aurora loaded the bases and Gosselin hit the game winning single over the drawn in defence to score the tournaments winning run.