PURRING ON ALL CYLINDERS, THE BAYCATS PREVAIL OVER TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS AT LENNOX PARK
Tournament Photo courtesy of Bill Evans
Under a canopy of hot and humid skies, the Barrie Baycats defeated the Toronto Playgrounds Bantam Selects 10-2 this afternoon in a Barrie Minor Baseball Association (BMBA) Bantam Select Tournament Semi-Final playoff elimination game at Lennox Park.
With the loss, TP was knocked out of further contention at the tournament in Barrie, Ontario.
TP began its journey at the tourney on Friday evening with a convincing 13-3 win over Turtle Club to earn its first round robin victory.
With the wind in its sails, TP defeated Cambridge 11-4 in a Saturday morning affair to garner its second round robin win.
In a tooth and nail battle, TP fell to the Barrie Baycats 5-2 yesterday afternoon to finish the round robin with a 2-1 record. As a result, TP received the number four seeding in the six team playoff elimination round at the Barrie Tourney and had to face the Guelph Royals in a quarter-final elimination game on Sunday.
Early this morning, TP took no prisoners as they defeated Guelph 16-5 in a seven inning quarter-final contest to punch a ticket into a semi-final round showdown against Barrie.
In a postgame interview, TP Bantam Select Coach Bill Evans was effusive in his praise for the team’s overall effort at the BMBA Tournament: “Thanks to our diehard coaching staff of Aidan, Tim and Sadie. And many thanks to all the families for making the weekend possible. And of course, kudos to all of our players, who played five tremendous games in Barrie, and represented TP with dignity and honour both on and off the field.”
Despite falling short of their goal of advancing to the championship round of the BMBA tourney, the entire TP team had a fun and rewarding weekend experience at the Barrie tournament.
The TP Baseball Committee wishes to commend TP Bantam Select Head Coaches Aidan McClory and Tim Lawrence and Assistant Coaches Bill Evans and Sadie Whitfield-Smith for their fortitude and patience in steering these talented Bantam Selects to the semi-final round of the Barrie Tournament, and through the highs and lows of the 2018 season.
The Committee also wishes to commend all the Bantam Select players, coaches, parents and family members for representing the core values of Toronto Playgrounds Baseball program with honour, dignity and professionalism both on and off the diamond during the course of the 2018 season.
WAY TO GO, TP!