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A great start to summer tournament time for the U11 Voyageurs
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The Toronto Blue Jays can apparently learn a thing or two from the Sudbury U11 Voyageurs.

Buoyed by the timely combination of pitching and hitting, the latter would earn a championship banner in their first tournament action of the summer, capturing the Innisfil Ultimate Summer Showdown earlier this month by stringing together five consecutive victories.

Pitching was at the forefront in game one as the Sudbury mound foursome of Daviy Dale, Max Gould, Rory McDavid and Jack Stone limited the Brockton Royals to just five hits, striking out 14 batters along the way and emerging triumphant by a final count of 6-4.

With the bats now fully loosened up, the Voyageurs unleashed on Saturday morning, thumping the Bradford Tigers 15-3 as the underage tandem of Meric Whissell and Issac Mussen teamed up for a quartet of hits to help lead the way.

Pitcher Ava Wicklander went the distance, giving a well utilized staff of hurlers some much needed rest for the balance of the competition.

More of the sense in game three as rock-solid catcher Reid Pitre guided the duo of Brady Ceaser and Trent Morris (5 IP - 6 hits - 2 runs - for the pair) through a balanced outing as Sudbury stopped the Innisfil Cardinals 13-2.

Nate Didone belted a double and a triple to pace the Voyageurs' attack while Jacob Roy chipped in with a pair of base hits.

The inevitable bump in the road would come Sunday morning as the North Toronto A's jumped out to an early 4-0 lead only to see the northern crew battle their way back behind the calming pitching influence of Daviy Dale (5 IP - 14 strikeouts).

With the score deadlocked at 4-4 in the fifth inning, Issac Mussen legged out an infield hit and came around to score the game-winning run as the Voyageurs trimmed the A's.

With their pitching staff still raring to go but Mother Nature not cooperating in the least, the Sudbury squad was awarded a win in the finals as their opponents ran into severe challenges on the mound due to the maximum pitch restrictions that are now common at youth tournaments across North America.

"It was a treat to see all of the hard work and dedication throughout the winter come together," noted U11 Voyageurs' head coach Carter McDavid. "This is a special group and we are excited to see what the rest of the season has in store for them."

The remainder of the Sudbury coaching staff is comprised of Brian Ceaser, Mike Stone, Mike Pitre and Blake Didone.

The Sudbury U11 Voyageurs followed this tournament up with a second straight triumphant weekend of games, this time at home as the team shone on the diamonds of the Terry Fox Sports Complex just one week ago.

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