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Ivy caps season off with championship win

North Dufferin Baseball League President Jesse McIntyre (centre) presents the Strother Cup to Sean Hayward and Vance White of the Ivy Leafs after winning the league championship on Sept. 23, 2018.

(David Anderson Photo)

2018 N.D.B.L. Champions - Ivy Leafs
Back row, l-r: coach Vance White, James Anderson, Steve Harrison, Sean Hayward, Brett Scott, Jeremy Uylenbroek, Kevin Dumond, Brad Grieveson, Craig Speers, Josh Henson, Chad Watters, Kael Racioppa.
Front row, l-r: Steve Bowman, Norm Love, Walker Ferri, Phil Tan, Brett Elliott, Dan Forrester, David White.
Missing from photo: Tyler Plumpton.

(David Anderson photo)

September 24, 2018

The Ivy Leafs won the North Dufferin Baseball League championship on Sunday against the defending league champions Bolton Brewers taking Game 5, 5-2, and Game 6, 8-3.

Saturday's game in Ivy was a marquee match-up between the team's best pitchers.

Ivy's Brad Grieveson delivered another strong outing, throwing seven complete innings allowing two runs on nine hits, walking one batter while striking out ten.

Trent Barwick was on the hill for the Brewers and allowed five runs on five hits and walked four.

Ivy started the scoring with a lead-off home run by Craig Speers in the bottom of the first inning. Bolton tied the game in the second which was short-lived as Ivy plated four runs in the third inning. The Brewers added another run in the fifth frame.

Brett Chater had a perfect day at the plate with three singles and a double for Bolton. Stephen Warden hit two singles with Mike Wallace, Chris Fafalios, and Greg Keenan hitting singles.

David White and Chad Watters each singled for Ivy with Kael Racioppa hitting two singles and Speers with the homer.

Ivy looking for the win going into Sunday's Game 6 in Bolton started haphazardly giving up a lone run to Bolton in the first frame on poor play.

Ivy eventually got on the board, scoring four runs on misplays from Bolton in the third. Ivy added three more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Bolton plated a run in the third and fourth innings in the losing effort.

Brett Elliott, Brett Scott, Speers, Watters and Kevin Dumond singled for the Leafs. Racioppa hit three singles and Norm Love had two hits. Tyler Plumpton hit a triple and James Anderson hit a three-run homer.

John Hutchinson led the Bolton offense with three singles. Chater and Tyler Milton singled twice with Wallace, Keenan and Francesco Amantea each getting a hit. Warden chipped in with a double.

Plumpton started on the rubber for the Leafs. He pitched four innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while walking two Brewers.

Grieveson relieved Plumpton in the fifth inning shutting down the Brewers offense allowing three hits and striking out two.

Andrew White pitched 2 1/3 innings for Bolton giving up four runs on five hits and walking three.

Alex Pagila pitched the next 1 2/3 innings allowing three runs on two hits with one hit batter.

Tyler Hawkins came in for the fifth inning allowing one run on two hits and two walks.

Nick Pettinaro finished the last two innings, giving up three hits while striking out one.

The championship caps off a stellar season for the Leafs, boasting a regular season record of 25 wins and one loss and a playoff record of 10 and 2.

League president Jesse McIntyre presented the Strother Cup to Sean Hayward and Vance White after the game. Grieveson was named the most valuable player during the playoffs and received the Paul Carruthers Memorial Award.

Strother Cup series a close affair

Brett Barwick of the Bolton Brewers slides into second base before the ball reaches Ivy Leafs' shortstop Brett Scott during Game 4 of the North Dufferin Baseball League championship series on Sept. 16, 2018.

(David Anderson Photo)

September 17, 2018

The North Dufferin Baseball League championship series between the Ivy Leafs and the Bolton Brewers remains tied after Games 3 and 4 were played over the weekend.

Before entering the weekend, both teams had taken a game a-piece in the best-of-seven finals.

Game 3 played on Saturday in Ivy ended with a 5-4 win for Ivy.

Bolton scored in the first inning and plated two more in the second.

The Leafs got on the scoreboard in the second inning scoring five runs.

Bolton plated one more run in the third.

Recording hits for the Brewers were Mike Wallace, John Hutchinson and Brett Barwick. Brett Chater, Keegan Murphey, Brendan Lyons and Shawn Chalmers hit two singles while Chris Fafalios hit a double.

Brett Scott, Kevin Dumond, and Steve Bowman hit singles for the Leafs with Tyler Plumpton hitting a double and Brett Elliott hitting a homerun.

Brad Grieveson was on the mound for Ivy and gave up four runs on 12 hits, walked three batters and struck out ten for the win.

Nick Pettinaro started for the Brewers and pitched two innings. He allowed five runs on five hits, walked two batters and recorded five strikeouts.

Alex Pagila pitched the remaining four innings allowing no runs, no hits, walking two batters and striking out two Leafs.

Game 4 was played in Bolton on Sunday and ended with a 10-5 win for the Brewers.

Bolton was first to get on the scoresheet scoring one run in the first inning. Ivy answered back with two runs of their own in the third inning to take the lead which was short-lived when the Brewers scored three more in the bottom of the third to reclaim the lead.

Ivy mustered another two runs in the fourth frame but was quickly out hit with Bolton scoring five more in the fourth frame. Each team plated one run in the sixth inning.

Elliott, Dan Forrester, and Kael Racioppa singled for Ivy. Walker Ferri hit a double. Scott and Craig Speers each hit a single and double and Josh Henson hit a single and two doubles on the losing side.

Bolton recorded 16 hits with Hutchinson and Carter Burnside hitting singles. Chalmers and Chater hit two singles each while Daniel Accardo and Brett Barwick hit a single and double. Fafalios chipped in with three singles and Stephen Warden hit two singles and a three-run homer.

Trent Barwick pitched all seven innings for Bolton. He allowed five runs on 11 hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

Steve Harrison started on the mound for the Leafs. Over 3 2/3 innings he allowed nine runs on 13 hits, walked one and struck out two Brewers.

Phil Tan pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up one run, on three hits, walking one batter and striking out one.

The series continues in Ivy on Saturday at 2 p.m. followed by Game 6 in Bolton on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Championship series tied

Mike Wallace of the Bolton Brewers touches second base to make an out against James Anderson of the Ivy Leafs and throws to first for the double play during Game 1 of the North Dufferin Baseball League championship series on September 8, 2018.

(David Anderson Photo)

September 10, 2018

The Ivy Leafs and Bolton Brewers both won a game over the weekend to knot the best-of-seven series in the North Dufferin Baseball League championship.

Game one played Saturday in Lisle ended with a 1-0 win for the Brewers while the second game on Sunday in Ivy finished with a 4-3 win for the Leafs.

The first game was a pitching duel between Ivy's Brad Grieveson and Bolton's Trent Barwick, both going the distance.

Barwick allowed no runs on six hits, with one walk, and recorded seven strikeouts.

Grieveson allowed one run on three hits and struck out five.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Mike Wallace of Bolton got on base by a double and was scored by a John Hutchinson single.

Ivy had a chance in the fifth with bases loaded, but a soft hit to Barwick on the mound resulted in a throw to home for an out and then to first for a double play. A fly out in the next at bat ended the inning.

Ivy out-hit Bolton with Steve Bowman, Kael Racioppa, Norm Love, and Chad Watters hitting singles. James Anderson chipped in with two hits.

Wallace hit a double and single and Hutchinson hit a single for Bolton.

On Sunday, game two was scoreless until the sixth inning when the Brewers knocked in a run.

The Leafs went ahead scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth but it was quickly relinquished when Chater in the top of the seventh, hit a two-run shot for the Brewers to make it 3-3.

In the bottom of the seventh with a man on base Love hit a single by the infield to score the walk-off run.

Craig Speers, Kevin Dumond, Dan Forrester, Tyler Plumpton, Watters, and Love singled for Ivy.

Steve Warden and Chris Fafalios recorded singles for Bolton with Wallace hitting two. Francesco Amantea and Brett Barwick hit doubles and Chater hit a single and a home run.

Nick Pettinaro started on the mound for Bolton and pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowed three runs on four hits, walked five and hit two batters, while striking out five.

Andrew White pitched the remainder of the game allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout.

Chris England toed the rubber for the Leafs for 5 1/3 innings. He allowed one run on six hits fanning three Brewers.

In relief, Grieveson pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up two runs on two hits with two strikeouts.

The series continues this weekend when play resumes at Ivy on Saturday at 2 p.m. Game four goes Sunday in Bolton with the first pitch at 3 p.m.


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