SELECT > TP Major Rookie Ball Selects Go Down Swinging in West Hill Tournament Semi-Final Game


Beneath a layer of sunny and overcast skies, the Ancaster Diamondbacks edged the Toronto Playgrounds Major Rookie Ball Selects 15-14 in a riveting seven inning West Hill Tournament semi-final game today at Adams Park.

The proceeding was a tooth and nail battle that was contested between two talented and well coached squads. From the first pitch to the final at bat, this playoff elimination game was a nail biter where both teams gave it their all over the course of seven frames and left everything they could possibly give on the field of play. 

In the end, the pesky Diamondbacks prevailed over a gritty TP team in the final inning to advance to the championship game against the Sudbury Shamrocks.

Despite the semi-final loss, Toronto Playgrounds had an excellent weekend at the tourney by finishing the round robin qualification phase with a sterling 3-0 record.

On Friday night, TP began its journey at the tourney with a thrilling marathon 14-13 victory over the Sudbury Shamrocks (the team that eventually captured the 2017 West Hill Tournament Championship).

With the wind in their sails, TP rolled to two standout victories on Saturday. In the morning proceeding, TP defeated the West Hill Blue Hawks 18-3. And in the afternoon affair, TP topped the Whitby Chiefs 11-5.

The unblemished round robin record catapulted TP into a semi-final showdown against the Diamondbacks.

The TP House League Baseball Committee wishes to commend Major Rookie Ball Select Coaches John Zilcosky, Eugene Winer, Garth Nichols, Hersh Perlis for their fortitude and patience in steering these talented Major Rookie Ball Selects to a semi-final appearance at the West Hill Tournament. In addition, the Committee extends a special kudos to team general manager Anaud Ganpaul for his hard work and dedication in keeping the team sailing on course during a long baseball season.

The Committee also wishes to thank all the Major Rookie Ball Select players, coaches and parents for representing the core values of the Toronto Playgrounds House League Baseball program with honour, dignity and professionalism, both on and off the diamond at the tournament, and on the EBA Select Loop circuit.

Way to go, TP!