2008 Ontario Provincial Little League® Tournament Results
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Ontario Provincial Tournament
Host - Timmins LaRonde (District 4)
At Mountjoy Historical Park

Pool 'A' Participants
District 2 Champions East Nepean
District 3 Champions Port Arthur Continental (Thunder Bay)
District 4 Champions Timmins LaRonde
District 8 Champions Perth

Pool 'B' Participants
District 1 Champions High Park (Toronto)
District 5 Champions LaSalle Turtle Club
District 6 Champions Orleans
District 7 Champions Brockville

The eight provincial tournament qualifiers are divided into two separate four-team draws, with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the semifinal round.

Click here to view 2008 district tournament results for Ontario.

Tournament Results:

Pool 'A' Bracket

Round 1 (Monday, July 21):
East Nepean 17, Perth 3
Timmins LaRonde 13, Port Arthur Continental 2

Round 2 (Tuesday, July 22):
East Nepean 11, Port Arthur Continental 7
Timmins LaRonde 12, Perth 4

Round 3 (Wednesday, July 23):
Port Arthur Continental 12, Perth 10
Timmins LaRonde 12, East Nepean 2

Pool 'B' Bracket

Round 1 (Monday, July 21):
Orleans 10, LaSalle Turtle Club 0
High Park 8, Brockville 1

Round 2 (Tuesday, July 22):
High Park 15, Orleans 1
Brockville 7, LaSalle Turtle Club 6 (9 innings)

Round 3 (Wednesday, July 23):
LaSalle Turtle Club 7, High Park 2
Brockville 6, Orleans 3


Pool 'A' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Timmins LaRonde 3 0 8
East Nepean 2 1 22
Port Arthur Continental 1 2 34
Perth 0 3 41


Pool 'B' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
High Park 2 1 9
Brockville 2 1 17
Orleans 1 2 20
LaSalle Turtle Club 1 2 19

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 (Friday, July 25)

Timmins LaRonde 8, Brockville 7
East Nepean 8, High Park 6

Ontario Provincial Championship Game (Saturday, July 26)

Timmins LaRonde 13, East Nepean 5 (TITLE)


Summary:

It started as a trickle, then became a flood. Just hours before the Timmins LaRonde and East Nepean Little Leagues were set to play for the Ontario provincial championship at Mountjoy Historic Park, a Timmins volunteer driving by the field noticed that the infield bore a close resemblence to a swimming pool. The field's sprinkler system -- which had been used without incident throughout the week -- had malfunctioned overnight, and water gushing from a burst pipe left much of the infield ankle-deep in water.

"It was a mess. It was just horrible," grounds crew supervisor Gates Caron said.

"We called everybody we knew to get down here to do some damage control," added tournament director Shawn Roy.

Although some thirty-odd volunteers, including parents from both tournament finalists, managed to get the field into playing shape by that evening, a passing rainstorm scuttled plans and forced officials to postpone the game until the next day.

When the two teams finally met, the outcome was determined by a flood of a different kind. After scoring a trickle of runs in the game's early innings -- one in the first, two in the second, and two more in the third -- Timmins burst forth with six runs in the top of the fourth inning, and pulled away from East Nepean in a 13-5 championship game win. The victory gave Timmins its first-ever Ontario championship in the major baseball division.

Timmins' initial flurries of offence helped stake the tournament hosts to a 5-4 lead entering the fourth. Nick Brousseau and Joseph Lepage each doubled and scored for the Lynx in the second, and Corey Bechard delivered a two-run single in the third. But East Nepean hung close thanks to the bat of Evan Young, who drilled a solo home run in the second inning and added a three-run shot to right field in the third.

Timmins finally overwhelmed East Nepean in the fourth, when a pair of singles, a double, and a pair of walks fueled the six-run rally.

"We had one big, explosive inning and the boys were able to hold them off because (East Nepean) has some very good bats," said Timmins manager Pat Durepos. "Our goal was to contain their guys. One out at a time, one pitch at a time."

Durepos was right to be wary of East Nepean, which rallied for three come-from-behind victories in the provincial tournament. But reliever Nicholas Malette, who relieved Bechard in the fifth inning, surrendered only one run to seal the Lynx' victory. It was the Timmins' fifth win in as many games at the provincial tournament, and their second over East Nepean.

"(We) went undefeated, but it wasn't like it was easy," said Durepos.

Timmins had needed a last-ditch rally just to reach the championship game, when they overcame Brockville Little League, 8-7. The Lynx trailed by a run entering the sixth, and was down to its final out before pushing across the tying and winning runs. Austin Boulard extended the game, legging out an infield hit that scored MacKenzie Harbar from third base with the tying run. A walk and hit batsman loaded the bases, then Ryan Dubeau drew a walk on a full count pitch to force in Boulard with the winning run.

After Boulard recorded the first out in the bottom of the inning, Bechard closed out the win with a pair of strikeouts.

"We were coming back pretty much the whole game," said Durepos. "And that shows an extreme amount of character for us to do that."

Timmins scored in each of the game's first four innings, but East Nepean plated six runs between the second and fourth innings to grab their one-run lead.

"The boys got down on themselves, but we were able to keep them on their toes," noted Durepos, whose team left the bases loaded in both the first and second innings. "(Our kids) got their bats going and their confidence was building."

Timmins had far less difficulty in its three pool wins. The Lynx opened the tournament with a mercy rule-shortened, 13-2 victory over Port Arthur Continental Little League, then built an 11-0 cushion after just two and one-half innings in a 12-4 win over Perth Little League. The two wins clinched a semifinal round berth, and the Lynx then used an eight-run fourth inning rally to subdue East Nepean, 12-2 in four innings.

East Nepean had also claimed a semifinal round berth by opening the tournament with two wins, and the Eagles then reached the championship game after a furious late rally pulled them past High Park Little League, 8-6. The Toronto squad led East Nepean 6-2 entering the final inning, but East Nepean scored six runs in the top of the sixth, including three with two outs, to secure the win.

High Park had led for most of the game, as the Braves' first four hitters in the bottom of the first all reached base and scored. Jonathan Kovac later added a two-run homer for High Park.

Kovac had helped High Park clinch first place in its pool with a grand slam home run in the Braves' first tournament win, and then threw a one-hitter in High Park's 15-1 victory over Orleans Little League on the tournament's second day.

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