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Area bantam and pee wee baseball players converge on Amherstburg

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The baseball diamonds at the Libro Centre and Centennial Park were busy on the weekend.

The Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association (AMBA) hosted pee wee select teams at Centennial Park and bantam select teams at the Libro Centre over the weekend. Tournament convener Dan Hebert explained that Amherstburg had one team in each division unlike other centres that were able to combine teams into an all-star team and enter them.

Amherstburg and Leamington squared off in bantam select tournament action at the Libro Centre last Saturday.

There were six teams in the pee wee division with the Cardinals being joined by Windsor Central, Harrow, Forest Glade, Riverside and Tecumseh. Hebert said those teams are likely going to be playing in the last organized baseball games at Centennial Park as that park is now property of the Greater Essex County District School Board and will have the new public high school built on top of it.

“There’s nothing else scheduled after that,” said Hebert.

The bantams featured teams from Amherstburg, Belle River, Leamington and LaSalle.

Hebert said while younger age divisions are played elsewhere in Essex County, he wanted to keep the older age groups in Amherstburg. He said the premier diamond at the Libro Centre is “the best diamond in the county.”

The Amherstburg Cardinals bantam select team finished third
in the tournament held in town over the weekend.

Hebert also credited the volunteers and the local youth that umpired the games. The latter, he said, put in a ten-hour day Saturday umpiring four games.

In the bantam select tournament, Leamington defeated LaSalle in the final with Amherstburg placing third. In the pee wee select tournament, Forest Glade won by defeating Windsor Central in the final while Amherstburg placed fifth.

Amherstburg South County Predators win pee wee championship

 

The Amherstburg South County Predators won the Pee Wee Championship earlier this spring.

It was a hard fought game against the Kingsville South County Predators  but the Amherstburg team was able to pull off an overtime victory. The championship game  reflected the season that the Amherstburg South County Predators had in that they always worked together as a team to bring out the best in each other and they never gave up on a game. This team was comprised of a wonderful group of girls that always supported each other and displayed a genuine love of the game.

Team Roster: Mia Mitchell, Hanna Coulson, Carly Palumbo, Mackenzie Benoit, Sofia Kulik, Allison Gailitis, Justine Gorham, Julia Rufo, Kira McCurdy, Morgan Tweedell, Claire Shipper, Santi Dewan, Bianca Goncalves, Emma Burke, Alexis Robson. Coaches: Head Coach, Jamie McCurdy, Assistant Coaches: Kevin Mitchell and Shaun Tweedell. Trainer: Tara Penny. Team Manager: Nancy Gorham.

The players and parents would like to thank the coaches for their dedication and commitment to the team. A special thanks to our team manager Nancy Gorham for the countless hours spent organizing our lives! Also, to a great group of parents that always were positive and cheered on our girls! Looking forward to next year.

—Submitted by Crystal Palumbo

AMBA hosts pee wee travel baseball tournament

By Jonathan Martin

 

The Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association peewee travel tournament’s final game has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The game, which was originally scheduled for this past Sunday, hadn’t been given a new time at time of writing.

It will see the Amherstburg Cardinals mixed major take on the Essex Yellow Jackets.  Convener Bert Schipper said the baseball diamonds had been completely saturated with rainwater, so there was no choice but to pull the plug and try again later.

Over the weekend, peewee players from across Essex County and up to Richmond Hill took to Centennial Park’s fields.  Participating teams included LaSalle, Amherstburg Major, Amherstburg Minor, Essex and Richmond Hill.

The Amherstburg Cardinals pee wee baseball team were one of the participants in the recent tournament the Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association hosted.

According to convener Bert Schipper, this is the first time in around a decade Amherstburg has hosted a Baseball Ontario-sanctioned travel tournament.

“This is an opportunity for me to learn and get good at it,” he said.  “We have the provincial championships for Bantam C coming to the Libro (Centre) on Labour Day weekend.”

Schipper said hosting tournaments in the town benefits everyone.

“It brings people in and it brings business in,” he said.  “Especially for the teams’ sponsors, who are all local businesses.”

He added that this is the first time in more than a decade that Amherstburg will host the Bantams.  “I’m glad I have this tournament to warm up,” he said.

Unfortunately, no amount of practice can hold off rain.

Local house league baseball teams converge on Amherstburg

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

House league baseball teams from around Essex County and Windsor converged on Amherstburg for a weekend tournament earlier this month.

The wrap-up tournament saw eight teams in the pee wee division with teams coming from Kingsville, Forest Glade, Turtle Club (LaSalle), Leamington, Belle River, Tecumseh, Windsor Central and Riverside. That division played primarily at Centennial Park.

Amherstburg was represented in the bantam tournament held recently at the Libro Centre. (Back row): coaches Rob Faraday, Mike Bergeron , players Ed Laroye, Kain McDonald, Coach Brian McDonald, players Nolan Crain, Andrew Pickle, Andy Beneteau, head coach Dave Wharram. Bottom row: Jake Hamilton , Jacob Kelterborn, Matthew Pickle, Devon D'Alimonte, Ryan (Buzz) Wharram. Laying in front is Josh Bergeron. (Special to the RTT)

Amherstburg was represented in the bantam tournament held recently at the Libro Centre. (Back row): coaches Rob Faraday, Mike Bergeron , players Ed Laroye, Kain McDonald, Coach Brian McDonald, players Nolan Crain, Andrew Pickle, Andy Beneteau, head coach Dave Wharram. Bottom row: Jake Hamilton , Jacob Kelterborn, Matthew Pickle, Devon D’Alimonte, Ryan (Buzz) Wharram. Laying in front is Josh Bergeron. Frankie Jariett is absent. (Special to the RTT)

The bantam division saw five teams compete. Action was mainly at the Libro Centre, though one game was at Centennial Park. Teams from Amherstburg, Turtle Club, Riverside, Windsor South and Forest Glade took to the field with Amherstburg being eliminated with a 15-5 loss Saturday night to Forest Glade.

This was the second straight tournament in Amherstburg in successive weekends, with the South Shore Interlock Tournament the previous weekend for the pee wee players. That was at Centennial Park.

Ed Laroye pitches to the plate  during the recent bantam  tournament held in Amherstburg. Most of the games in the bantam division were at the Libro Centre while pee wee teams  competed at Centennial Park.

Ed Laroye pitches to the plate during the recent bantam tournament held in Amherstburg. Most of the games in the bantam division were at the Libro Centre while pee wee teams competed at Centennial Park.

“This team being put together in a very short period of time to represent Amherstburg in the tourney we were hosting. This team really worked hard and although didn’t make the finals on Sunday we still walked away winners. I couldn’t be more proud of the dedication these 12 guys showed the past month or so while preparing for this tournament,” said bantam head coach Dave Wharram.

Pee Wee Interlock teams come to Amherstburg for playoff tournament

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

Teams from around Essex County converged on Centennial Park for a playoff wrap-up tournament for the South Shore Interlock Baseball Association (SSIBA).

Delaney Gillis makes a play at shortstop.

Delaney Gillis makes a play at shortstop.

Nine pee wee teams (ages 12-13) from around the county, including one from Amherstburg, competed in the tournament. Convener Dan Hebert said the three-day tournament was conducted with a round-robin format with each baseball team guaranteed at least three games.

“We bid for it at the beginning of the year,” said Hebert. “Amherstburg has had it the last few years.”

Tyler Jenkins get a hit for Amherstburg in the Aug. 11-13 South Shore Interlock Baseball Association tournament at Centennial Park.

Tyler Jenkins get a hit for Amherstburg in the Aug. 11-13 South Shore Interlock Baseball Association tournament at Centennial Park.

There will be another playoff baseball tournament in Amherstburg this weekend, as nine house league teams and four bantam teams (ages 14-15) will use both Centennial Park and the Libro Centre to decide their championships.