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Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019
A different kind of double-double for Sudbury Shamrocks
by Randy Pascal

Contrasting weekends both arrived at exactly the same point for a pair of Sudbury Shamrocks baseball teams, as the local association claimed not one but two provincial championship banners on Sunday.

Both the Rookie Ball team and the Minor Bantam squad turned the trick, though the former had to dodge far more close calls than the latter en route to their ultimate goal.

The rookie youngsters marched in step with their older clubmates early on, breezing through games one and two. Back to back to back home runs from Alex Marshfield, Ty Dubreuil and Tanner Morris highlighted a 24-8 victory over East Mountain on Friday, the Sudbury crew looking equally as impressive in disposing of Waterloo by a final count of 14-2 the next morning.

Things got a lot more interesting that afternoon as the Shamrocks needed a defensive gem by Owen Lamothe, turning a double play that kept the contest tied at 8-8 in the sixth, his teammates plating the game-winning run in the bottom half of the same inning for a 9-8 win over Collingwood.

There would be no slowing down the northern boys in the quarter-finals as Sudbury thumped Delaware 8-1. The bats were booming, as Morris belted a two-run HR and a triple, Dubreuil added a three-bagger of his own, and Peyton Goudreau drove in three with a bases clearing triple that sealed the contest in the sixth.

An all-northern affair provided plenty of offense as the Shamrocks outslugged the Sault Ste Marie Black Sox 13-9, earning a berth in the final. The locals broke the encounter open with a seven-run rally in the fifth inning, an outburst that was kicked off by a three-run blast from Ty Dubreuil.

The Sudbury lads looked to be in full control in the gold medal affair against Collingwood, scoring no less than six times in the bottom of the first inning. That, however, was the bulk of their offense, the Shamrocks adding only two more to their total and holding on for an 8-7 win in the end.

A Ryan Thompson double drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Owen Lamothe was recognized as Most Sportsmanlike Player, Ty Dubreuil took home Defensive Player of the Game honours, and Tanner Morris capped off a great weekend, named Game MVP.

The remainder of the 2018 Select OBA Rookie Championship team includes Bradley Eady, Pierce Mills, Adrien Potvin, Andrew Roney, Harry Yeomans and Blake Chenier. Members of the team coaching staff were Derek Goudreau, Dale Dubreuil, Steve Marshfield, Al Chenier, Blake Goudreau and Craig Thompson.

There was substantially less tenseness in the air in Bolton, site of the Minor Bantam "A" OBA (Ontario Baseball Association) rep provincials. A talented pitching-heavy Sudbury crew overwhelmed the competition by a combined score of 70-14 over the course of six games, a stretch that was capped off by a 10-0 triumph, in the final, over Guelph.

With a starting rotation that included Ryan Lacasse, Justin Lancup, Carson Harvey (complete game shutout in final), and a relief corps of Cole McPhee, Caleb Sanders, Scooter Rienguette and Brett Richardson, the Shamrocks were more than poised to claim their third all-Ontario crown in the past four years.

The local team, which also enjoyed noteworthy success against "AA" competition over the course of this summer, knocked off, in order, Newmarket (18-3), Ajax (7-1), Guelph (14-4), Lasalle (7-4) and Richmond Hill (14-2), befoire running roughshod over Guelph for a second time.

In addition to the impressive collection of hurlers noted above, the 2018 Minor Bantam champions lineup also finds Cole Goudreau, Ben Fowke, Caleb Small, Keenan Castle and Ryan Rubic suiting up for the Shamrocks squad that is guided by a coaching staff of Trevor Goudreau, Chris McPhee, Shawn Paquette, Trevor Cain and Greg Richardson.

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