Justin Leonard, Nathan Robitaille, Kaiden Maw, Thomas Maw, Braden Clark, Nevin King, Calvin Cameron, Dustin Leonard, Clayton Leonard, Zach McLean, Cole Lemay, Owen King, Tye King, Nolan Maw (Helper)
Norm Robitaille, Rob McLean, Larry Patenaude, Fred Patterson, Nicole Robitaille (Manager)
Port Perry Squirt Rep Invitational Tourney
May 22 and 23, 2010
Rattlers win “A” Championship
Perfect 5-0 Record
GBMSL Rattlers Squirt OASA team played in a rep invitational tournament on May 22,23 in Port Perry. The Rattlers are a rep fastpitch team made up of players from the Georgian Bay Minor Softball League. The team’s host community is Toanche, which is located outside of Penetang. Ten teams attended the tournament, mostly from the east. Teams that attended were; Campbellford, Brantford, Cobourg, Ennismore, Stouffville, Port Perry, Chepstow, Bellville, Norwood and the Rattlers.
The Rattlers opened the tourney with an 8-1 win over Port Perry. Nathan Robitaille led the team to victory earning the win for the Rattlers. The Rattlers pounded the ball and ran the bases with a purpose in this game. They managed to score 5 runs in the third inning to break the game wide open. Hits went to Zach McLean, Dustin Leonard, Clayton Leonard, Calvin Cameron, Thomas Maw, Nathan Robitaille, and Cole Lemay. The Rattlers showed poise and patience at the plate as they collected 14 walks in this match. Nathan shook off some cobwebs in his first start of the season and cruised to victory.
The second game was a little closer, a 10-6 win, but Justin Leonard knuckled down and earned the win over Chepstow. Defense for the Rattlers in this game was solid as Leonard continued to pound the ball low in the strike zone thus using his defense for 10 ground ball outs. The bats came to life early and often to get enough runs to carry the game. Hits came from Zach McLean, Dustin Leonard, Clayton Leonard, Calvin Cameron, Nathan Robitaille, Justin Leonard, Braden Clark, and Tye King. The big momentum shift of the game came off the bat of Nevin King who pounded a home run off the Chepstow starter. The Rattlers number four hitter Clayton Leonard also had a big game going 2 for 3 with a triple. Defensive play of the game came from Cole Lemay as he made a shoe top catch in the field and then doubled up the runner at first. Justin needed some time to adjust in his first start as a member of the Rattlers but proved to be up to the challenge. Congratulations from the coaching staff Justin in your first rep fastpitch win!!!
On the Sunday, Nate took the ball against Ennismore and shut the door. The Rattlers proved to be too much for Ennismore and they blew the game wide open in the fourth inning with 9 runs. Owen King’s bat came to life in this one as he stroked a double to the outfield and added a walk. Zach McLean had a good game at the plate hitting a double and added two walks. The Rattlers won this match handily posting a 14-0 win. The lessons learned from last year’s season didn’t go unheeded as the Rattlers held up their running game and showed Ennismore some respect. Well-done guys.
The final game for the round robin was against Cobourg. Justin once again proved very efficient in keeping his pitch count low and earned an 11-2 victory. Defense was once again the highlight of the game, frustrating the Cobourg offence. The hits kept coming in this game as all the Rattlers reached base safely except for one. Thomas Maw was the big hitter in this one going 3 for 3 with two doubles and a single. Braden Clark also proved up to the challenge going 2 for 3 and had a great defensive game. Calvin Cameron reached base safely twice and platted both times. Justin threw an impressive 67 pitches in 7 innings. The Rattlers finished the round robin a perfect 4-0.
Having taken top spot in the “B” pool, the Rattlers earned a berth in the “A” Championship against Stouffville who came out on top in the “A” pool. Robitaille got the start for this one. The Rattlers lost the coin toss and took the visitors handle as an advantage. The team came out swinging with three hits and two walks in the first inning and jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The Rattlers never looked back in this one and shut the door for the rest of the game. Dustin Leonard, Kaiden Maw, and Nevin King plated runs. Justin Leonard proved he could also help with his bat as he went 2 for 2 with solid singles. It was Tye King’s turn to wake up the bats as he had a solid single in this match. The Georgian Bayers’ added another run later in the game for an impressive 3-0 win in this final. Nathan pitched his best game of the tournament allowing only 3 hits, 2 walks, while striking out 10 in 6 innings of work.
The coaching staff would like to thank the players and parents for representing GBMSL with class. Although this win is very sweet for the team, we also know that much hard work is left to be done to achieve our goal of winning a Provincial Championship. We would also like to thank our sponsors, PBS Motors and Pumps, Toanche, and our generous fans. The Rattlers next tournament is in Brantford on June 12, 13.
Brantford Squirt Rep Invitational Tourney
June 12 and 13, 2010
Rattlers Finish Second, Take Silver
GBMSL Rattlers Squirt OASA team played in a rep invitational tournament on June 12, 13 in Brantford. This tourney featured five teams that could be competing for an A Provincial Championship in August. This tournament was a challenge for all involved, as the games were very competitive. Brantford, Wellesley, Campbellford, Port Perry, and our Rattlers all battled for a chance to be in the finals.
The Rattlers opened the tourney with a 2-0 win over Campbellford. The players struggled early at the plate in this one but managed to earn a win. Campbellford’s lefty pitched a terrific game. The Bayers’ showed patience earning four walks but was not able to cash them in. The first run was platted by Zach McLean on a wild pitch. Thomas Maw later tripled banking an insurance run that was scored by Braden Clark. McLean added another hit in the last inning to lead the way offensively going 2 for 3. Walks went to Clayton Leonard, Braden Clark, Thomas Maw, and Justin Leonard. Nathan Robitaille earned the win with a pitching line of 6I, 4H, 1BB, 12K, 0R
The second game was the Rattlers first loss of the season. Port Perry came to this tournament gunning for a win to avenge the loss in the first tournament. Port Perry managed a 6-5 win against our boys. The Rattlers came out flat in the first inning and the normally strong defense had difficulty. Justin Leonard started this one and managed to get out of the inning striking out two, but not before Port Perry had scored four runs. The Rattlers settled in and battled back but couldn’t overcome the first inning let down. Hits went to McLean, Robitaille, Lemay, T.Maw, and J.Leonard. The slugger for this game was Kaiden Maw going 3 for 3 with a walk. After the defense woke up, Justin Leonard pitched a great game and continues to impress the coaches. Pitching Line was 7I, 7H, 2BB, 7K, 6R.
On the Sunday, the Rattlers faced the hometown team Brantford. This was probably the best game of the tourney, unfortunately it was also a loss for our Bayers’ 5-4. Robitaille started the game for our team and faced a very good hitting line-up. Both pitchers dominated the game until the sixth and final inning when they both began to tire. The Rattlers struck first with four runs in this exciting finish. With a commanding four run lead, they entered Brantford’s last at bat counting outs. They gave a gritty defensive performance but were not able to stop the seeing eye singles that reached the outfield for hits. The Heat came back and scored the fifth and final run with a solid triple to right field. Hits went to K.Maw, D.Leonard, Cameron while doubles where swatted by Robitaille, C.Leonard. Justin Leonard had a great game at the plate going 2 for 2 with a single and a double. Robitaille’s pitching line was 6I, 7H, 2BB, 4K, 5R.
The final game for the round robin was against Wellesley. This game was never really close. Leonard started and pitched a great game as the team never looked back for a 7-0 win. The Rattlers, still upset over the dramatic loss, came out and played a great team game. They executed our game plan and put pressure on Wellesley’s defense every inning. Hits went to K.Maw with three, D.Leonard with two, Cameron with two, Robitaille with two, J.Leonard with two. McLean and Lemay also added singles. Thomas Maw had an explosive game at bat going 3 for 3 with a triple. Leonard turned in an excellent performance, probably his best. Pitching line 6I, 2H, 0BB, 8K,0R. Great game Rattlers.
Having gone 2-2 in the round robin, the Rattlers managed to secure second place due to a low run differential. Placing second meant a birth in the final and a chance to play a second match against Brantford.
Having pitched a great previous game, Leonard got the start in the gold medal match. Having lost the coin toss again (seems to be the hardest thing to win for us) our boys came out swinging. Leadoff hitter McLean started with a single and K.Maw took advantage of an RBI opportunity stroking a solid single of his own to plate McLean. The bottom of the inning proved too much for our team and they couldn’t overcome some solid hitting by the Heat as they scored five runs. Leonard was replaced with Robitaille to help end the inning. All of Brantford’s scoring came in the first two innings as the team shut them down the rest of the way. The Rattlers came back to score two runs but lost 8-3 in this final match. Other hits went to J.Leonard, D.Leonard, and Clark with a triple to T.Maw. Zach McLean kept the heat’s defense on their toes. He lead the way at the plate going 3 for 3 while scoring two runs. Pitching lines Leonard 2/3I, 6H, 0BB, 0K 5R. Robitaille 5 1/3I, 5H, 2BB, 7K, 3R.
Having played five games in two days with ten players, the Rattlers put in a gutsy effort in this tourney. The coaching staff appreciated the dedication put forth by the players. It can be difficult playing in a tournament with a short bench, but they proved that Rattlers never quit. Once again it was a fun filled weekend and we have the parents to thank for this. We really appreciate your support. Second place in a tournament as competitive as this one is an achievement. Keep your spirits up Rattlers, as the adversity that we faced will only make you better players.
Our next tournament is in Port Perry on July 17, and 18. This qualifier will begin our quest for a Provincial Championship. GO RATTLERS.
Provincial "A" Championships in Toanche
Game 1 is on Saturday August 7th @ 11:30 a.m. in Toanche