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10u Toyota Tykes AAA Champions
Submitted By Kent Weber on Sunday, June 24, 2018
Cambridge, ON  — Congrats to the 10u’s for another gritty weekend performance and their 2nd straight AAA Tournament Championship -- the 2018 Toyota Tyke Cambridge Classic.  It was another 12-man Team-first effort.   The boys born 2008 pitched 8, scored 9, got RBI’s from 10, hits from 11 and multiple put-outs from all 12 players.

Toyota_Tyke_Logo_250w.jpgIn Game 1, the Badgers pulled off a tight 7-6 victory over a tough Hamilton Cardinal squad.  The Badger offense featured 3 hits each from Ryan LeHouillier and William Weber, and two huge shots from Kolton Bergeron.  From the hill, Byron Weber led off with a 3 2/3, 4 hit, 2-run, 70-pitch gem, and was backed up by strong relief.   Will Sartori collected 4(!) huge catches in Right Field, to rob hits and almost single-handedly quell multiple offensive rebellions, and secure the day’s Hard Hat award.


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In Game 2 on Saturday morning, the boys unleashed a convincing 11-1 five-inning win over Leaside.   Mason Lange ripped the years 1st HR,  and hurled a stifling 3.2 inning, 2 hit, 2 walk, 4K gem to set the tone.  Jamie Moore led the way driving in 4, with two Home runs.  5 other Badgers logged 2 hits, including Leo LeClair, Logan Dawe, Byron Weber, Will Weber, and Mason Lange.  On the mound, Leo LeClair finished the job throwing 2.1 innings of left-handed tails in a 1 hit, 0 Run, 3K clinic.

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In game 3, the 10u Badgers dug a hole. Despite committing only 1 error in each of the previous two games, 6 different Badgers recorded an uncharacteristic error, to help give a tough-hitting Petersborough squad the 15-6 runaway victory.  Led by Gavin McIlwain’s fence bruising power, (he missed the seasons first over-the-wall HR by 3 inches), four Badgers did produce extra base hits, but the Tiger defense stranded 8 Badger baserunners and kept the momentum at bay.   Despite the loss, the 10u’s 2-1 record was good enough to advance to the semi-final to face Hamilton for a second straight meeting. 

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For Game 4, the 1pm Sunday Semi-Final, the MVP went to Team Covemaeker for delivering extra fluids and ice-soaked neon towels to keep the dream alive (literally, alive!) during crazy hot 34 degree heat, while the boys battled a stingy Hamilton defense to hold on for a 4-2 victory.  A quartet of Badgers managed multiple hits, led by Cole Edmundson, who also stole 2 bases.  Despite 12 hits, the Badgers stranded 9, and found themselves down 2-1 in the top of the 5th, until Logan Covemaeker cracked the game’s only XBH to drive in two huge runs and take the lead 3-2.  On defense, great plays and heavy heat from the mound helped keep Hamilton in check.  Jamie Moore went 4 innings, allowing just 5 hits and 2 runs, striking out 7.  Byron Weber pitched the final 3 innings with 1 hit, no walks, no runs and 4K’s.   In the bottom of the 7th, with the tying run at bat, and in signature situational fashion, Will Sartori caught a glove-ripping deep liner in Right and doubled up the runner to crush the Cardinal rally, and the boys danced into the final pairing.

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The Tournament final (Game 5) on the Cambridge stadium diamond featured a rematch with the Petersborough Tigers.  This time, the Badgers delivered a signature 15-hit, 0 error gem to secure the 9-5 win.  Mason Lange and Ryan LeHouillier each collected 3 hits.  4 more Badgers collected 2 hits, including Leo LeClair who also started off on the mound with a stingy 69-pitch, 2hit, 1-run beauty with 6 punch outs.  And in true team fashion, as the final of 4 pitchers, Logan Dawe came on in the 7th to throw a single pitch, generating the 6-3 ground out which capped off the Championship.

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Congrats to a special group of hard-working boys that came together and played big!   Special thanks to Team Sartori for iconic photos that helped capture the magic.  #GoBadgers.
 
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