2002 Ontario Provincial Little League® Tournament Results

Ontario Provincial Tournament



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2002

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Ontario Provincial Tournament
Host - Port Arthur National (Thunder Bay) (District 3)
At George Burke Park

Participating Teams:
District 1 Champions High Park (Toronto)
District 2 Champions East Nepean (Ottawa)
District 3 Champions Port Arthur Continental (Thunder Bay)
District 4 Champions West Nipissing
District 5 Champions Windsor East
District 6 Champions Gloucester (Ottawa)
District 7 Champions Brockville Legion
District 8 Champions Perth
Host League Port Arthur National (Thunder Bay)

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Gloucester 2, East Nepean 1

Winner's Bracket Quarterfinals:
Windsor East 15, West Nipissing 1 (4 innings)
Toronto High Park 7, Perth 3
Brockville Legion 12, Port Arthur National 4
Gloucester 8, Port Arthur Continental 3

Loser's Bracket - Round 1 (nine teams remain):
East Nepean 18, West Nipissing 1 (4 innings; elim.)

Loser's Bracket - Round 2 (eight teams remain):
Port Arthur National 10, Port Arthur Continental 8 (elim.)
East Nepean 10, Perth 0 (4 innings; elim.)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Toronto High Park 3, Windsor East 1
Gloucester 3, Brockville Legion 0

Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Windsor East 3, Port Arthur National 2 (elim.)
Brockville Legion 2, East Nepean 1 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Gloucester 6, Toronto High Park 1

Loser's Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Brockville Legion 3, Windsor East 0 (elim.)

Loser's Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Brockville Legion 7, Toronto High Park 3 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Brockville Legion 7, Gloucester 1
Gloucester 14, Brockville Legion 0 (4 innings; TITLE)


Summary:

It took sixteen games over seven days to bring the 2002 Ontario Provincial Tournament to a winner-take-all meeting between Gloucester and Brockville Legion.

It took only one inning to separate the two teams.

Gloucester sent fourteen batters to the plate and scored ten runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a mercy-rule shortened 14-0 victory over Brockville at George Burke Park in Thunder Bay.

The win gave the Athletics their first ever provincial title, and advanced Gloucester to the Canadian Region tournament in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Gloucester rapped out nine hits in the decisive inning, including Julien Arcand's three-run double and Adrian Brochu's three-run home run to right center field. The homer was Brochu's second hit of the inning.

"Hats off to them," said Brockville manager Dave Saunders. "They nailed the ball right from the get go and hit it hard. They were the better team today, for sure."

Gloucester pitcher Andrew Fiore held Brockville to three hits in the championship game, while walking only one. The Athletics' starter had three hits of his own at the plate, and drove in two runs. Brochu contributed three hits and drove in four runs, while Edgardo Montes added a pair of RBIs.

The title game was the teams' third meeting of the tournament. Brochu struck out ten and allowed only three hits as Gloucester sent Brockville into the loser's bracket with a 3-0 win in the winner's bracket semifinals. Brochu and Brockville hurler Matt Wing both took shutouts into the fifth, before Corey Cowick's double down the third base line drove in the game's first run. Wing took a two-hitter into the sixth, but Felix Antoine-Guilliam greeted a Brockville reliever with a two-run double to give the Athletics a pair of insurance runs.

Gloucester then moved into the title game with a 6-1 victory over perennial District 1 power Toronto High Park, while Brockville bounced back with a trio of wins. The District 7 champions edged East Nepean 2-1, then shut out Windsor East 3-0 on eleven-year-old Tim Nedow's no-hitter. Wing hit a solo home run in the first inning, and Nedow, who experimented with a new sidearm delivery in the game, struck out thirteen to keep his team in the running for the title.

Brockville used a five run fourth inning rally to move into the title game with a 7-3 win over High Park, and then Nedow helped force the tournament to an 'if' game with a five-hitter as Brockville knocked off Gloucester 7-1. Fiore gave Gloucester the lead in the top of the first with a single that drove in Brochu, but the game's momentum turned in the second inning when Brockville center fielder Spike Fawcett reached over the fence to rob Joshua Phillips of a two-run homer.

Brockville tied the game in the bottom of the inning, and took the lead for good on Nathan Slack's two-run single in the bottom of the third. Fawcett extended the lead to 4-1 with a single that scored Slack, and Brockville added three insurance runs in the fifth.

"Brockville has an excellent team," said Gloucester manager Dwayne Cowick after the teams' final meeting. "They're just as tough as any team we'll face at the nationals."

Gloucester won four of its five games in the round-robin phase at the Canadian championship tournament. The Athletics defeated Whalley Little League (Surrey, British Columbia) 5-0 in the semifinal round before falling to North Regina (Saskatchewan) 5-0 in the championship game.

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Linescores:

  Championship Series Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Gloucester 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 -
Brockville Legion 0 1 3 0 3 x 7 - -
  Championship Series Game 2
Brockville Legion 0 0 0 0 0 3 -
Gloucester 10 0 4 x 14 - -




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