(TECUMSEH,, ON) – St Clair defeated Humber 1-0 in the Gold Medal game at the OCAA Provincial Championship Tournament held at Lacasse Park in Tecumseh Saturday afternoon. The win marked the Saints 5th consecutive Gold Medal as they remain the only OCAA Champion in men’s baseball.
St Clair needed just one run which came in the 4th inning when Austin Oulds stole home after a dropped third strike that needed a throw to 1st base. Oulds timed it perfectly and raced home using a wide slide to evade the return relay, to score in dramatic fashion.
Saints starting pitcher Seth Chauvin put together a sterling performance with a complete game 3-hitter which featured 4 strikeouts and 2 base on balls. Chauvin worked out of jam in the 4th inning by stranding two runners in scoring position with a pair of strikeouts to end the threat.
Humber put a runner on base with plans to tie the game in the 7th inning, but a nice play on a sinking liner to left field by Garik Godard meant the Saints were just one out from celebration. A passed ball moved the tying run to 2nd, but a ground ball to shortstop Kevin Dion allowed the Saints to collect in the middle of the field to enjoy their championship in front of the hometown fans.
The Road To Gold
- St Clair 6 : 5 Fanshawe
- St Clair 9 : 4 Humber
- St Clair 1 : 0 Humber
Chauvin was named Player of the Game for St Clair for his efforts on the mound in a contest that proved to be a true pitcher’s duel. Humber’s starting pitcher, Rory Pollard, was unrewarded with victory, but threw a 4-hitter while striking out 7 over 6 innings. He was named Player of the Game for the Hawks.
Saints first baseman Michael McKay was named the Championship MVP with centerfielder Carson Burke and Dion taking a spot on the tournament All-Star Team. Humber’s Steven Hough and Justin Marra, along with Fanshawe’s Carlos Arteaga, were the remaining members of the Championship All-Star team.
Fanshawe earned a Bronze Medal by virtue of a 7-6 loss to Humber which also served as a back door qualifier to the Gold Medal round, in the double-knockout format. Fanshawe had control of that game with 6-0 lead in the 2nd inning, but Humber chipped away, culminating with a walk-off run in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Dion and pitcher Taylor Pappin were also named regular season All-Stars by the OCAA.