All three Cardinals Select Softball teams were in action on July 29.
The Midgets were in Brampton. For the first time in five tournaments, they would not play in a medal game.
However, the Mites and Bantams more than made up for that, as both teams won Gold. The Mites won with a bases loaded, walk-off walk in the bottom of the 6th over Vaughan.
The Bantams, used a superior run differential to break a 3-way tie for a chance at Gold. In a nail biter, they defeated Oakville by one run to claim Gold in their home tourney.
All three teams are now preparing for Provincial tournaments at the end of August.
Cardinals Select Softball Teams On A Roll
The Cardinal Bantam and Midget Select softball teams were in action this weekend and both came home with GOLD.
The Bantams were in Oakville where the swept through the round robin, to play our respected rivals, Etobicoke Chaos in the Championship Game. Both teams battle through the 7 inning game, unable to get the better of each other. In the 8th inning, through the International Tie Breaker, the Cardinals were able to cash a run in the top of the inning. The Chaos got two runners on in the bottom of the inning, but the Bantam Cards locked it down to secure the victory.
The Midget Cardinals travelled to Windsor, for a chance to three-peat at the Forest Glade Friendship tournament. Round robin games had them at 3-1 (15-3 win over Oshawa Rebels, 9-4 loss to Mississauga Majors, 13-6 win over Forest Glade, and a 15-2 win over Topham Park). This set up a re-match with the undefeated Majors in the Championship game. A slow start meant a 4-0 deficit going into the 4th inning. The girls rallied for one run in the 4th, two in the 6th and capped it with a five run 7th inning to capture the Championship 8-5.
The Erindale Midget Select team won their first tournament, hosted by Mississauga Southwest over Canada Day weekend. Behind great pitching from Eben, Roman and Jerod and hitting up and down the lineup the Cardinals went undefeated in pool play, winning their 3 games by scores of 12-1, 12-2, and 12-0. In a hard-fought semi-final against the Mississauga SW Twins the team staged a comeback in the bottom of the 6th, scoring 6 runs for a final of 6-2. The tough final against the London Nationals was more of the same as the team scored 3 runs in top of the 6th to walk away with a 3-2 win and the championship.
Thanks to all who came out and supported this Canada day weekend, thanks to the players for their fantastic play, and thanks to Coaches Damian, Ralph and Taylor for their work as well. The team of Patrick, Jerod, Eben, Roman, Aidan, Sean, Kyle, Russell, Jack, Trevor, Ryan and Liam get to enjoy the rest of their long weekend. Last but not least a shout-out as well to Philip, out for the tournament with a shoulder injury but back soon.
Cardinals Select Softball Starts Strong
The Mite, Bantam and Midget Select softball teams have come out of the gate strong, winning 4 medals in five tournaments.
On June 10, the Bantams won a silver medal in Cambridge. Going 3-0 in the round robin, they ran into a strong Forest Glade team in the final. June 11 saw the Midgets go 2-1 in round robin, winning a tiebreaker to play in the Consolation final, defeating Belleville for a bronze.
June 17 saw the Mite, Bantam and Midget Select teams in action. The Mites went 2-0-1 in round robin, qualifying them to play in the Championship. They were defeated by a strong Unionville, to receive a silver medal. The Midgets won all three round robin games, to play Whitby in the final. The Whitby team had only allowed 1 run in seven games. The Midget Cardinals rallied from a 4 run deficit to tie at 4, going into the sixth inning, before running out of steam to lose 9-4.
Congrats to the players on all three teams for a strong start to the tournament season.