K-W Christian Mens SloPitch League: Welcome
Our mission is to combine fun, competition and the love of sports with the opportunity to build relationships with other Christians and in the process introduce people to Christ while encouraging others to deepen their relationship with God. We are committed to promoting a Christian environment where fellowship, recreation and ministry can take place.
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Woolwich (St. Jacobs (Snider Park), Lions, Industrial, Heidelberg and Breslau) Field Cancellation Website (scroll halfway down page for ball diamonds): http://www.woolwich.ca/modules/facilities/Index.aspx?CategoryIds=&FacilityTypeIds=46&Keywords=&ScrollMap=true&CloseMap=false
Wilmot (New Dundee, Petersburg and St Agatha) Field Cancellation Website: http://www.wilmot.ca/modules/facilities/Index.aspx?CategoryIds=&FacilityTypeIds=11&Keywords=&ScrollMap=true&CloseMap=false
Prior year tournament summaries:
The 2017 tournaments were a success. Everyone had a great time and the weather was good.
I will get right to it...
A Division - This tournament was very competitive with many close baseball games. With the way teams were playing, any team could have won any given ball game. We seen a game winning run called back due to the player sliding at home, we seen a few walk off games and lots of baseballs flying out of the park. The round robin was very tight except the Orioles who cruised through and took first place. A strong outing by Elevation placed them in second place with some key victories and a very tough tie (noted above). Ray of Hope had a strong start to the tournament but fell to both the top teams and came into a three-way tie with the Cobras and Royals. The Cobras in their first year moving up had a few competitive games and won a key game to get them in the mix. A three way tie had to be broken with Hope having the best run differential and the Cobras beating the head to head to finish 3rd and 4th respectively. In the first semi final there was a back and forth affair between the Orioles and Cobras. Both teams held leads and the game was always close. The Cobras tied the game up in the top of the 9th forcing the hands of the Orioles who came through and scored the game winning single in the bottom half to advance to the finals. The other semi final was a back and forth battle between Ray of Hope and Elevation. Neither team taking control until the final innings, Ray of Hope separated themselves by enough and held on to win the game. In the finals, after getting off to slow start, the Ray of Hope Rays were able to scrap together a few runs, stay in the game and eventually take the lead against the powerful Orioles team. Holding onto the lead, with the Orioles threatening, Ray of Hope won the game by a final score of 20-16.
In the B Division, the Creekside Panthers upset the top-seeded Grandview Angels in one semi-final, and the EMC Raiders edged out the Creekside Cardinals in the other. The Panthers were looking for their third straight tournament title, and started out quickly with 3 runs in the first inning. Neither team could get much offence going in this one, with both sides wasting some bases-loaded opportunities. The Raiders scored 2 in the 6th to take a 6-5 lead. The Panthers responded with 3 in the 7th and the Raiders tied it up at 8 heading into the 9th. The Panthers scored once to take the lead going into the bottom of the 9th. A one-out single plated the tying run, and then with 2 outs a short fly ball fell into left field between 3 fielders allowing the winning run to score from 2nd and gave the Raiders the victory. A great game to cap a another fun season in B Division
In C, Expos and Grizzlies battled it out in the final game. It was a real back and forth game with both teams clearly showing signs of tiring with bursts of energy. Eventually, the Expos gained a final rally and moved ahead, leaving the Grizzlies with an insurmountable gap and falling to the Expos with a final score of 33-23.
In D, the Hurricanes held off a tough Hammerheads team to capture another title beating them 20-13 in the final.
Thursday, September 8
After a bad storm Thursday night that put a damper on the start of the tournament weekend, the weather turned out to be great we had a great weekend for baseball. The A division tournament was once again a closely contested competition. With the rain Thursday games had to be moved away from PHBY Friday and over to Budd Park. Luckily it dried out and we got games back to PHBY for Saturday. The round robin featured many close games and even a tie. Koinonia watched the final round robin game between Grandview and Ray of Hope with special interest, as their chance of a semi-final berth depended on the outcome. The semi-finals saw the round robin winning Creekside Orioles defeat those Koinonia Royals, while the First Baptist Batsmen defeated Elevation Nationals in the other semis. Creekside and First Baptist played for the championship. In the final game, Creekside took the lead in the 3rd inning, and held a 6 run advantage by the 5th. However, the Batsmen chipped away at the lead, and scored 4 runs in the top of the 8th inning to cut the lead to 1. In the top if the 9th First Baptist scored 3 runs, turning a 1 run deficit into a 2 run lead. That lead held up in the bottom of the inning, as First Baptist defeated Creekside to repeat as tournament champions. Final score 11-9. Congratulations to all teams for another exciting year of close competition.
Out in New Dundee the B division got off to a tight start that seen some close games and some not so close games but there seemed to be good spirits through it all. The EMC Raiders swept through the round robin beating every team andfinishing first place. The regular season champions LMC Cobras finished second losing only to the Raiders andthe Cardinals took third over the Panthers with a round robin win in a tight battle for 3rd. In the first semi the red hot Raiders could not seem to get the bats going against a fresh Panthers team who came in Staurday playing no round robin games. The Pathers defence shut them down and the bats started rolling to earn the Panthers a spot in the championship. On the other diamond the Cobras faced off against the Cardinals in a tight game. Both teams were hitting the ball well and the game was back and forth each inning as one team had a big inning the other came right back to make it close. The Cobras took a 2 run lead into the ninth and held on for a one run win. In the championship we saw 2 teams that tied 2 games against each other in the regular season and played in a 1 run walk off win in the round robin. The Panthers got the bats started early while the Cobras couldn't seem to get anything going early which was helped by some great Panthers defence. The Panthers held a steady lead thorughout the game and got a crucial double play in the 8th with the bases loaded to end the inning and stay up by four. A run in the 9th gave them a 5 run cushion heading into the bottom half. The Cobras laoded the bases immediately and gained some momentum. They scored 3 to pull within 2 runs and again had the bases loaded looking to tie it with a single. A line drive that looked to be going up the middle was grabbed by a nice jumping play and the Panthers held on for an exciting championship win, their second in a row. Congratulations to the Creekside Panthers.
The C Division kicked off out in St Clements where the regular season winning Lions took their momentum in strong to the playoffs. A tight division saw a 4 way tie to end the regular season. It was a beautiful weekend for baseball. The Trinity Twins rolled through the round robin, going 5-0. The semis saw the Twins take on the Grandview Gators while regular season champs the WOM Lions faced off against the Northside Falcons.The Twinsused their momentum to push past the Gators and the Lions moved past the Falcons to see a rematch of the C Divisions prior year championship. It was a tightly contested game from start to finish. Trinity held an advantage through six innings only to see the Lions storm back to tie the game after the seventh. WOM pulled ahead by two in the top of the eighth, but the Twins mustered a six run rally in the bottom to take the lead back. After three hard hit shots found there way into outfield gloves in the top of the ninth, Trinity held on for a 16-12 victory, repeating as C division champions. Congrats Twins!
Out in Petersburg we saw the new D division kick off. After a double booking we had some scheduling issues but worked through and had a great weekend. Saturday rolled around with the Creekside Blue Jays ruling the roost at 4-0. The Hurricanes sat at 3-1, punching their ticket to a guaranteed playoff spot as well. The FBC Rangers picked up their third win against the GABC Hammerheads first thing Saturday morning to set up a battle for second place versus the Hurricanes in both teams final round robin game. The Blue Jays won their final game to finish their dominating Round Robin play. The GABC Hammerheads faced off against the HBF Rays in what could have been the deciding game for fourth place. The Hammerheads needed the victory which would have rendered the missed game from the night before moot, but the Rays squeaked out the win. Meanwhile the Rangers beat the Hurricanes in a 1 run game to lock down 2nd place and set up a great rematch for the semis. The Rays faced off with Central Air. A win for Central would have created a 3 way tie for fourth place. The game was a back and forth affair until the Rays decided that they were ready to meet the Blue Jays in the semi’s and closed the door on a valiant Central team. The Blue Jays were rested and ready to play the young, upstart Rays. The Rays were brimming with confidence and energy. The Game was closely fought for the first few innings. The Blue Jays put the pedal to the metal and showed why they were 5-0 in the Round Robin. Meanwhile on the Lower diamond the rivalry of the Rangers and Hurricanes continued to heat up. The tight game a few hours before was fresh in everyone’s minds. The ball left the tiny field on many an occasion. The score went up just like the temperature outside. When the mercury finally reached its pinnacle the Rangers came out on top. The finals was a showdown of the best season record versus the best record of the tournament. The Rangers, grabbed a 1 run lead in the top of the first and refused to give it up for the rest of the game. A light rain tried to cool off the competition, but it only cooled the air. The Blue Jays fired back again and again, but the Rangers answered back every time. The Rangers won with a score of 23-13, taking their first title in many years.
Monday, September 1
The year end tournaments were held this past weekend and all three had some exciting weekends.
We will start with the A...
(Played at the beautiful park Peter Hallman Ball Yard)
The 2014 A division tournament was a closely fought affair, with no dominant teams, and several tie games adding to the complexity and drama of the round robin standings. Before the last round robin games were played, no less than three teams had a chance at the 4th and final playoff berth. When the last round robin games were over, the playoff picture was finally clear. The Koinonia Titans would play the First Baptist Batsmen in one semi-final game, and the Koinonia Royals would face the regular season champion Elevation Nationals in the other. In the semi-finals, the Batsmen defeated the round robin winning Titans on diamond 3, while the Koinonia Royals were victorious over the Nationals on diamond 1, setting up a rematch of last year’s final: Batsmen vs Royals. In the final game, First Baptist jumped out to an early lead, and held the advantage into the bottom of the 9th inning. The Royals mounted a charge in the 9th, scoring 6 runs, but the Batsmen’s lead proved too much to overcome. When the final out was make at third base, the First Baptist Batsmen were 2014 tournament champions. Final score: 17-11. Congratulations First Baptist. And congratulations to all teams on a close-fought, exciting regular season and tournament.
On to the B...
The B tournament weekend was held in St. Clements and was a good weekend overall. A few disputed calls and a no show umpire but what is a weekend without a few kinks. EMC came roaring out of the gates with a 4-0 start and against some of the higher seeded regular season teams too. Creekside and LMC played a good round robin as well playing neck and neck with the Cobras edging out a close win. The Cobras started out 1-2 but came back with 4 straight wins to come first place via a 3 way tiebreaker with the Cardinals and Raiders. The Expos also had a good round robin and finished 4th. They took on the Cobras in the first semi final but their bats ran out and the Cobras kept rolling to the final. The other semi final pitted two 5-2 teams against each other. TheRaiders started down 8-2 early and came back to go into the 9th tied. Creekside's SS and middle outfielders made some amazing plays but were not enough as EMC scored 7 in the top of the ninth and the Cardinals couldnt score in the bottom. 18-11 final score.
So the final the Cobras took on the Raiders. Both teams had some big hits, key plays and some amazing catches. The teams were tied going into the ninth but neither could get a run across. This was costly for the Cobras not scoring in the bottom of the ninth as the Raiders came out hitting in the top of the tenth with 7 runs. The Cobras couldn't match the firepower and the Raiders on a nice catch to end it won the B tournament. Congrats Raiders!
And finally the C in New Dundee/Manheim...