Seaway Surge host pair of weekend tournaments

MORRISBURG – The revitalized “AA” Seaway Surge baseball club hosted a pair of tournaments Fri., July 6 to Sun., July 8.

The event featured 18 teams from as far away as the U.S., Southern Ontario and Quebec in midget and major bantam divisions. The games were played at the newly upgraded diamond in Morrisburg, Morgan Field in Winchester and Kemptville’s South Gower Park.
Midget Division

The midget bracket featured six teams, including the Adirondack Lightning, Richelieu Yamaska Guerriers, Mississauga North Tigers, North York Blues, Pickering Red Sox and the host Seaway Surge.

Each team was guaranteed three games with the top four teams advancing to the semi-final games.

An Oakville A’s base runner eluded the tag at home by the Scarborough Stingers catcher to score during round robin play in the major bantam division at Morgan Field in Winchester. Twelve teams took part in the weekend tournament hosted by the AA Seaway Surge with games played in Morrisburg, Winchester and Kemptville Fri., July 6 to Sun., July 8.

The Surge were in tough with some very strong competition in the field and they opened the tournament in Winchester at Morgan Field with an 11-1 loss to the Adirondack Lightening. It was a sign of things to come as the Surge fell 11-5 to the Guerriers in their second game and 12-2 to the Mississauga North Tigers to go 0-3 in the tournament.

The Adirondack Lightning and Richelieu Yamaska Guerriers finished round robin play a perfect 3-0.

The North York Blues finished in third with a 2-1 record with their win against the Surge and an 11-1 decision over the Tigers. Their only loss a close 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Lightning.

The Mississauga North Tigers managed to squeak into the semi-final with a 1-2 record. Their only victory was a 5-1 triumph over the Pickering Red Sox securing their semi-final berth.

Here’s where it gets interesting. The Tigers stunned the undefeated Lightning 8-7 to move on to the championship game.

The Blues also upset the undefeated Guerriers 8-3 to set up a rematch with the Tigers in the final. A team they easily defeated 11-1 earlier in round robin play.

The championship game score reads more like a football game with the Tigers outlasting the Blues 18-17 in a match that was anything but a pitchers duel.

Despite only managing one win during round robin play, the Tigers walked away champions with two clutch performances when it mattered most.

Major Bantam Division
Twelve teams took part in the three-day tournament with games being played in Morrisburg, Winchester and Kemptville. The Seaway Surge, Richelieu Pirates, Royaux de Marie-Vic, East York Baseball Association, Red Sox Laurentides, Markham Mariners, Mirabel Diamond, Kanata Cubs, Lac St Louis Tigers Blue, Oakville A’s Scarborough Stingers and the Bytown Dodgers were split into three divisions for round robin play.

Seaway Surge, Lac St Louis Tigers Blue and the Red Sox Laurentides all won their divisions with a perfect 3-0 record. The Red Sox and Surge were especially impressive offensively with the Sox scoring 36 runs for and allowing 17 while the Surge got 35 across the plate and allowed 14 against.

The Oakville A’s starting pitcher held the Scarborough Stingers’ bats at bay during tournament play. The A’s came out on top, recording a 12-2 victory. Press Photos – Schoch

The Tigers went a different route using strong defence to advance to the semi-finals with their pitching staff throwing two shutouts and allowing only three runs in three round robin games.

The Markham Mariners were the other semi-final team finishing with a 2-1 record and their only loss coming at the hands of the Red Sox 7-5.

The host Seaway Surge had a tough draw as the top two powerhouse offensive teams faced off against each other. The Surge would end up on the wrong side of a heartbreaking 5-4 final.

The Tigers continued their suffocating defensive play with their third shutout in four games dispatching the Mariners 2-0.

The championship game featured the big bats of the Red Sox against the stalwart defence of the Tigers. However, the game didn’t end up being as tight as it looked on paper. The Red Sox pounded the Tigers 16-1 to take the championship.

The Seaway Surge will take part in four more tournaments at diamonds in Morrisburg, Kemptville and Winchester this weekend (Fri., July 13 to Sun., July 15) featuring teams from the rookie, mosquito, minor peewee division and minor midget divisions.