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New Hamburg Mustangs U21 Defend Their Crown

Posted on 06/27/2017

Home advantage proved to be crucial, as the New Hamburg Mustangs defended their crown in the OASA U21 Men’s Provincial Championship this weekend.

The two-day tournament, running from June 24-25, was held at the New Dundee ball diamonds after softball organizations in Baden and New Hamburg put together a winning bid to host this year’s edition.

New Hamburg’s representive (joined by other local teams in Wellesley and Tavistock) was hungry to defend the title that they had won last summer in Grafton.

The Mustangs’ first game of the day pitted them up against the Ottawa Kars Aces. A sluggish start from the Mustangs allowed the Aces to stay in the game, before a big fifth inning propelled the Mustangs to a 7-0 win to start their title defence.

Next up for New Hamburg was a solid Owen Sound Selects team which gave the Mustangs all they could handle. It was an offensive display with both teams trading runs early before the Mustangs pulled away for a big 12-6 win.

Those two victories set up a showdown in the undefeated game against the Tavistock Athletics — another local representative at the tournament. The winner would advance directly to the final and have to be beaten twice.

The slow start trend continued for the Mustangs, but their mid-game bats came through once again and the team was able to cruise to a 9-4 win, earning them a late start time on Sunday.

After losing their first game of the tournament Saturday morning, the Port Perry Bulls rang off four wins in a row to propel themselves to that final matchup against New Hamburg.

The Bulls continued their strong momentum, and made it five wins in a row by shutting out the Mustangs 6-0 in the first final matchup.

That win by Port Perry forced the “if necessary” game — due to the fact that New Hamburg had advanced to the finals undefeated — so it would come down to a winner take all final game.

After being shut out in the first game, the Mustangs made sure that didn’t happen again as the jumped out in front 3-0 after the first inning.

The quick start was key, as it was back and forth from that point on. Port Perry continued to put pressure on the Mustang pitching and defence.

After a tense couple innings, the Mustangs held on for a 9-5 win and claimed the title of Ontario’s best for a second consecutive year.

Personal awards came for New Hamburg’s Jake Wiffen, who won tournament MVP, and to pitcher Tyler Randerson — winner of the Bob Domick Pitching Award.

The tournament saw a good turnout both in terms of crowds and quality of ball.

Now, several Mustangs players will be preparing for the trip to Winnipeg to compete in this year’s Canada Summer Games.

Eight members of the local team have made Team Ontario, and will be joined by several of their opponents from this weekend as they make up the 15-man roster for the provincial squad.


Source: NH Independent

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