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Peterborough Junior Tigers unable to repeat as provincial champions



Submitted by Scott Cherwaty

August 10, 2021 – The Peterborough Champs 22u Junior Tigers couldn’t put it all together at the Provincial Championships in Leamington, Ontario on the weekend.

The Tigers started off against the Simcoe Giants on Friday night and lost a tough game 2-1 after outplaying the Giants on all aspects of the game except the one that counts which was the scoreboard.

The Tigers outhit the Giants 8-3 led by Brock Newell and Matthew Curphey with 2 hits each and other hits going to Jake Lockyer, Justin Groves, Ryan Brodie and Jake Kempt. Blake Cherwaty scored the only Tiger run after Brock Newell drove him in.

Tim Moloney pitched an excellent game going the distance striking out 11, giving up 3 hits and walking 3. The Tigers left the bases loaded twice and on runner at second and third, all with only one out.

In game 2, the Tigers next played Wyoming Wranglers and the game did not start off well at all for the Tigers as the Wranglers put up 6 runs in the first and 2 runs in the 3rd to take a 8 run lead.

The Tigers struggled a bit on the mound and in the outfield to start the game off. Brock Newell started on the bump going 3 innings giving up 7 hits and 9 runs ,6 of the runs being earned as well as striking out 3 Wranglers.

In the bottom of the 3rd the Tigers woke up and exploded for 9 runs led by Groves grand slam homerun. The Tigers took advantage of the Wrangles’ pitchers who walked 10 batters plus gave up 7 hits.

Brodie and Groves had 2 hits each with other hits going to Cherwaty, Lockyer and Curphey. Groves drove in 5 runs with Lockyer and Cherwaty having 2 each and Ethan Milele picked up the other RBI. Runs were scored by Miele(3) and Curphey(3), Evan Downer(2) and single runs scored by Steve Garvey, Cherwaty, Lockyer, and Groves.

Connor Cavanagh came in relief and pitched a strong 3 1//3 innings giving up 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts giving the Tigers a chance for the comeback. Brodie came in and picked up the win with 2/3 scoreless innings.

In Game 3, The Tigers came out on fire after their amazing comeback, to take the lead 8-1 after 2 innings over the Corunna Giants. The Tigers again outhit the competition with 7 hits vs 6. Downer led the way with a 3 run homerun in the 2nd inning and other hits went to Moloney(2), Groves, Kempt, Curphey and Cherwaty. Tiger runs were scored by Groves(3), Lockyer(2), Moloney(2), Cavanagh, Miele and Cherwaty.

Brodie went 2 innings on the mound striking out 6 and waking 2 leaving with a 8-1 lead. But three Tiger pitchers struggled after that and walked 9 batters and hit 3 which allowed the Giants to rebound with 7 runs in the 4th inning, tying it up at 8-8.

The Tigers did rebound with 2 runs in the 5th and 6th inning leading 12-9 going into the bottom of the 7th. and last inning. The Giants scored 4 runs to walk off the win.

The Simcoe Giants ended up winning the Championship with a 10-3 win over Leamington Lakers.