2003 Ontario Provincial Little League® Tournament Results
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Ontario Provincial Tournament
Host - Brockville Legion (District 7)
At Brackenreid Park

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions High Park (Toronto)
District 2 Champions Kanata
District 3 Champions Westfort International (Thunder Bay)
District 4 Champions Timmins LaRonde
District 5 Champions Windsor West
District 6 Champions Gloucester
District 7 Champions Brockville Legion
District 8 Champions Pembroke

NOTE: Brockville advanced to the provincial tournament by winning the District 7 tournament, meaning the tournament did not require a nine-team schedule which included a host league.

Tournament Results:

Round 1 (Monday, July 21):
Windsor West 10, Pembroke 0
High Park 10, Timmins LaRonde 0
Gloucester 12, Westfort International 2
Kanata versus Brockville Legion (Postponed - Rain)

Round 2 (Tuesday, July 22):
Westfort International 14, Timmins LaRonde 2 (4 innings)
Windsor West 5, Kanata 4
High Park 11, Gloucester 4
Brockville Legion 12, Pembroke 6 (8 innings)

Round 3 (Wednesday, July 23):
High Park 17, Westfort International 2 (5 innings)
Pembroke 10, Kanata 7
Brockville 6, Windsor West 2
Gloucester 15, Timmins LaRonde 1 (4 innings)

Round 1 - Make-Up Game (Friday, July 25):
Brockville Legion 15, Kanata 10


Pool 'A' Standings

W

L
High Park 3 0
Gloucester 2 1
Westfort International 1 2
Timmins LaRonde 0 3


Pool 'B' Standings

W

L
Brockville Legion 3 0
Windsor West 2 1
Pembroke 1 2
Kanata 0 3

The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinal round.

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. If a clear winner cannot be determined from head-to-head results, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio advances.

In the event of a tie involving three or more teams, once the initial tie is broken, the remaining tied teams are again compared on head-to-head record to determine if a clear winner can be identified. If no clear winner can be identified from head-to-head results among the remaining tied teams, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio is again used. This process is repeated until all ties have been broken.

Semifinal Round (Saturday, July 26)

High Park 6, Windsor West 3
Gloucester 6, Brockville Legion 5

Ontario Provincial Championship Game (Sunday, July 27)

High Park 7, Gloucester 2 (TITLE)


Summary:

Twelve plus three? According to High Park Little League manager David Trimble, it doesn't add up the way you'd expect.

Trimble, in his 34th year of involvement with the High Park program, believes the true result of the calculation is one: the team.

ďWe donít elevate any of our players," Trimble explained as his team prepared for the Canadian Region tournament in Nova Scotia. "We donít have captains because to us, theyíre all captains. If somebody hits a home run itís everybodyís home run and if somebody makes an error itís everybodyís error . . . Itís a team effort. Itís 12 (players) plus three (coaches) equals one (team). Thatís the way we play our game.Ē

If twelve plus three equals one, it also adds up to an even dozen. High Park won its twelfth Ontario provincial tournament in 2003, and its seventh in ten years. One year after finishing third in a tournament won by Gloucester, High Park dispatched the defending champions 7-2 in the championship game at Brackenreid Park in Brockville.

High Park's team-first approach was on display in the championship game. Beau Hobbs delivered an RBI single in the second inning, and with his team clinging to a slender 2-1 lead in the third, launched a three-run homer to put the Braves firmly in command. Matt Goncalves later added a two-run double, and Maxx Smyth chipped in with a pair of singles as eight different High Park players had base hits. Ryan Panas held the Gloucester offense in check for much of the game to earn his second win of the tournament.

Trimble credited his team's success to the overall strength of High Park's program.

"It's our house league program," said the longtime High Park manager, who guided High Park to its most recent Little League World Series appearance in 2000. "You have to have a good house league to bring a team like this on the road."

Gloucester's all-stars reached the Ontario finals for the second consecutive year despite drawing its team from a very small pool of eligible players. The Athletics fielded only two teams for regular season play.

"I told them . . . they should be proud of what they accomplished," said Gloucester manager Jocelyn Guimond after the championship game. "To be finalists in Ontario, there are a lot of teams that want to go that far, and (Gloucester) got the opportunity."

The two finalists were among the favorites going into the tournament, and did not disappoint in pool competition. High Park scored in double-digits in each of its pool games, including an 11-4 win over the Athletics in their second outing. The Braves opened the tournament with a mercy rule-shortened 10-0 victory over Timmins LaRonde. Panas and Andrew Perryman combined on a four inning no-hitter in which all twelve outs were recorded via strikeouts. Smyth delivered a grand slam and a double, while Goncalves doubled, singled, and scored twice.

The next day, High Park downed Gloucester in the teams' first meeting. Lucas Kawa scattered six hits and struck out six in a complete game effort, and Panas' two-run homer paced High Park's thirteen-hit attack. The Braves exceeded that output the next day, rapping out thirteen hits in a 17-2 romp over Westfort International. Panas and Kawa each homered and doubled, while Smyth contributed a homer and a single as High Park advanced to the semifinal round.

Gloucester soon joined the Braves in the semifinals, shrugging off their loss to High Park and defeating Timmins 15-1 in four innings. The Athletics scored six times in the second inning to support pitcher Felix-Antoine Guimond, who struck out four batters in three innings of work. Cody Mombourquette homered, doubled, and drove in five runs, while Sam Billings also homered and Edgardo Montes scored three times.

Gloucester had opened the tournament with a 12-2 win over Westfort International. Felix-Antoine Guimond homered and scored four runs, and Mombourquette doubled twice and tripled while scattering five hits on the mound.

High Park had little trouble ousting Windsor West 6-3 in on semifinal matchup, as Smyth and Panas delivered home runs. Gloucester however, needed a late rally to overcome a 4-2 deficit after four innings before eventually topping previously unbeaten Brockville 6-5 in seven innings. Connor MacLeod drove in three runs, including the game winner in the bottom of the seventh when his single to right field scored Mombourquette and pushed his team into the finals.

High Park prevailed in the championship game, and Trimble, aided by longtime High Park volunteer Bill Barry (30 years of service to the league, including coaching and managing two teams to the Little League World Series) vowed to continue the approach that has made the Braves a perennial contender.

"We won't change from our game plan," said Trimble as his team took aim at the Canadian Region tournament in Sydney, Nova Scotia. "We take it one pitch, one game, one inning at a time. We don't know anything about our competition."

High Park won four of its five round-robin games at the Canadian championship tournament, and reached the semifinal round before falling 4-3 to eventual runner-up Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) Little League.

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