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Knights claim Strother Cup

North Dufferin Baseball League secretary Scott Anderson (third from left) presents the Strother Cup as league champions to Steve Baldry, Todd Patton, Peter Kinghan and Sean Connor of the New Lowell Knights during a post game presentation Sept. 21, 2019.

(David Anderson Photo)

2019 N.D.B.L. Champions - New Lowell Knights
Pictured are from back row, l-r: Gord Zeggil, coach Peter Kinghan, Sid Beelen, Chris Rettie, Allan Brownridge, Todd Patton, Brandon Norrie, Dale Lightheart, Sean Connor, Jesse McIntyre. Front row, l-r: Kurt Roy, Todd VanLieshout, Chris Greer, Steve Baldry, Mack Morrish, Tanner Zeggil, Jake Nicholson

(David Anderson photo)

September 22, 2019

The New Lowell Knights bettered the Bolton Brewers Saturday taking Games 4 and 5 of the North Dufferin Baseball League championship series 8-6 and 14-5 to win the famed Strother Cup.

The first game of the double-header had both teams scoring a run in the first inning. Bolton plated two more in the third and three in the fourth.

New Lowell scored one in the third and three in the fourth to come within one of the Brewers. In the fifth, the Knights scored three more runs and held off the Brewers to take the win.

Stephen Warden hit three singles for the Brewers while teammate Brett Chatter also had three hits including a home run. Mike Wallace chipped in with two hits and Carter Burnside and Greg Keenan singled.

New Lowell had ten hits with Todd Patton leading the way with three singles, a double and single from Tanner Zeggil, two singles from Brandon Norrie and Chris Greer and a hit from Chris Rettie.

Andrew White pitched for Bolton going four innings. He gave up five runs on seven hits, walked one, hit one batter, and struck out three Knights.

He was relieved by Nathan Robinson who pitched two innings, gave up three runs on three hits.

Allan Brownridge was on the bump for New Lowell. He pitched a complete game, with six runs allowed on ten hits, walked two, hit one batter, and struck out one.

In Game 5, Bolton took the first shot scoring two runs in the first inning. It wasn't until the second frame New Lowell was on the board with two of their own.

The Knights cracked the game wide open in the third plating 11 runs and then added one more in the fourth.

Bolton's Chater knocked out a homer in the third and two more players crossed the plate in the fourth before being silenced by the Knights.

The Knights banged out 14 hits including a home run and single from Sid Beelen, a double and single from Zeggil, Norrie, and Greer, and two singles from Patton and Sean Connor. Kurt Roy and Jake Nicholson helped with a single.

Chater was the best hitter for the Brewers with a home run, a double and single. Teammates Chris Fafalios and Nick Pettinaro hit a double. Wallace, Tyler Milton, and John Hutchinson singled in the losing cause.

Another tactful performance was displayed by Steve Baldry toeing the rubber for the Knights. Over his seven innings, five runs were scored on eight hits, he walked three and struck out five for the win.

Trent Barwick opened for Bolton for 2 1/3 innings, giving up 11 runs on nine hits, with one walk.

White entered to finish the third inning with two runs allowed on three hits.

Troy Barwick finished the game going four innings. He gave up one run on two hits, walked one, and hit one batter.

Following the game, the most valuable player in the playoffs award was presented to Patton and Norrie of the Knights.

League secretary Scott Anderson presented the Strother Cup to coach Peter Kinghan, Patton, Connor, and Baldry.

New Lowell wins Game 3

New Lowell Knights' Gord Zeggil slides into second base as the ball skips off Brett Chater of the Bolton Brewers during Game 3 of the North Dufferin Baseball League championship series Sept. 14, 2019.

(David Anderson photo)

September 15, 2019

A single run made the difference for the New Lowell Knights who won 7-6 over the Bolton Brewers on Saturday.

The two teams met for Game 3 of the North Dufferin Baseball League championship in Bolton where the Knights quickly got on the scoresheet with a run in the first inning.

Not to be out-done, Bolton's Chris Fafalios hit a home run to tie the game in the second half of the inning.

New Lowell plated three runs in the second and two in the fourth to take a lead. Mike Wallace of Bolton hit a two-run shot in the third and one run was scored in the fifth inning to come within two.

The Brewers forced an extra inning by scoring two runs in the seventh but were unable to halt the Knights who scored one to reclaim the lead. Bolton failed to produce in their half of the inning.

Brandon Norrie had a double and two singles for the Knights. Tanner Zeggil and father Gord Zeggil both hit two singles with Sid Beelen, Todd Patton, Dale Lightheart, and Chris Greer chipping in with a hit. Kurt Roy hit his second triple of the series, which brought in the winning run.

In addition to Bolton's home runs, Wallace also hit a double. Brett Chater and Stephen Warden doubled and singled, while John Hutchinson and Frank Amantea each had a hit. Brett Barwick hit two singles.

Steve Baldry had command of the ball for the Knights striking out five Brewers in his eight innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits.

Bolton's Trent Barwick pitched a complete game, gave up seven runs on 12 hits, walked three, hit one batter, and struck out two.

Rain and poor field conditions cancelled Sunday's contest. Game 4 will be played this Saturday as the two teams meet for a double header starting at 1 p.m. in Bolton.

Brewers, Knights split games

Greg Keenan of the Bolton Brewers attempts to tag Steve Baldry of the New Lowell Knights in a pick-off attempt at first base during Game 1 of the North Dufferin Baseball League championship series on Sept. 7, 2019.

(David Anderson photo)

September 9, 2019

The Bolton Brewers and New Lowell Knights are tied at one game a piece after two games on the weekend in the North Dufferin Baseball League championship series.

The best-of-seven affair started Saturday in Lisle where the Knights squeaked out a 5-4 win in a nine inning contest.

New Lowell opened the game with two runs in the first inning and a third in the sixth inning.

Bolton scored a single run in the third and fifth frames and tied the game in the seventh, forcing extra innings.

In the eighth inning, both teams scored a single run to keep it tied, but the Knights scored in the ninth and held off the Brewers for the win.

Brandon Norrie led the Knights with a single and double. Teammates Tanner Zeggil, Chris Rettie, Sean Connor, Jake Nicholson, Steve Baldry, and Dale Lightheart each singled during the game.

Brett Chater, Mike Wallace, and Stephen Warden hit two singles for the Brewers. Carter Burnside doubled and Chris Fafalios, John Hutchinson, Brett Barwick and Trent Barwick chipped in with a base hit.

Brendan Lyons pitched nine innings, allowed five runs on eight hits, walked four and struck out three for Bolton.

Baldry started on the mound for New Lowell. He pitched six innings, gave up two runs on eight hits, walked three, and struck out six.

Norrie finished the game for three innings, allowed two runs on three hits, walked two and hit one batter.

Game 2 on Sunday in New Lowell was in favour of the Brewers who won the contest 14-11.

Bolton scored early with three runs in the first inning, two of them home runs by Chater and Wallace. The Brewers plated three more runs in the second inning, a lone homerun from Fafalios in the fourth, took a commanding lead in the fifth frame scoring six runs, and finished with a single run in the seventh.

New Lowell's big inning was in the second scoring five runs, three of them on a triple by Kurt Roy. In the fifth and sixth frames a run was scored and an attempted come back in the seventh when four runs were scored, including a two run homer from Norrie.

Bolton collected 14 hits, with a home run from Wallace and Fafalios, a home run and single from Chater, four singles from Andrew White, two from Hutchinson, and base hits from Warden, Burnside, Nick Pettinaro, and Greg Keenan.

Norrie lead the Knights again with a home run, a double and a single. Kurt Roy chipped in with a triple and Todd Patton with two doubles. Sid Beelen doubled and singled, Zeggil hit two singles and Sean Connor and Rettie had a base hit.

Norrie was on the bump for 1 2/3 innings surrendering six runs on five hits, walked four and struck out one Brewer.

Roy pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits with two walks.

Nicholson came in relief for three innings, gave up one run on three hits, with two walks.

The Brewers also used three pitchers with Trent Barwick working six innings. He gave up seven runs on nine hits, walked four and struck out one.

Alex Pagila pitched in the seventh inning managing two outs but giving up four runs on three hits and walked one batter.

White faced three batters, yielding a walk and striking out one.

The series continues this weekend with Saturday's game in Bolton at 2 p.m. followed by Game 4 in New Lowell on Sunday at 1 p.m.


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