Peewees rally to beat the BMO bantams
by Randy Pascal
Scoring the maximum five runs in both the third and fourth innings, the Sudbury Peewee Rep baseball team held on in the end, upending the
BMO Bantams 11-8 in SMBA (Sudbury Minor Baseball Association) action Tuesday night at the Terry Fox Sports Complex.
With starting pitcher Philip Miller holding the Peewees at bay in the early going, the BMO crew jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings, with
Andrew McKinnon doubling home a pair of runs in the second.
The Peewees came alive in the top of the third, thanks in part to four walks and a two-run RBI single by Tyrus Cuculick against reliever Joel
Venne, as both teams rotated pitchers with a great deal of regularity.
The Bantams battled back in the bottom of the frame, taking a 7-5 lead as the BMO boys capitalized on a pair of errors and an RBI single from Miller.
But three straight walks opened the door for the rep team playing up a division, with Andrew Gorman and Ryan Barton both plating runners as
part of a second straight five-run outburst.
From there, Peewee closer Vince Bonhomme held firm, limiting the opponents to just one run while striking out five over the final two innings
of play, providing some helpful momentum as the team prepares for tournament action later this month.
The local squad are one of ten teams competing at the Buck Pringle Select Tournament from June 29th until July 1st in Orillia, with a field that
also includes representatives from Mississauga, Markham, Vaughan, Thornhill, Stayner, Brampton and North Bay.
Meanwhile, this coming weekend (June 15th - 17th) will see all of the SMBA teams in action as the group stages their annual Father's Day Tournament,
with finals slated for early Sunday afternoon at the Terry Fox Sports Complex.