8:30 a.m., Julyt 23)
Sox advance to provincial Little League championships
By Fred Sherwin
Red Sox pitcher Graham McArthur limited the Carleton-Russell Aces to just
one hit in the final of the District 6 Little League Baseball Championship.
The final score was 14-1 in favour of the Red Sox. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Red Sox easily advanced to the provincial Little League championships on
Wednesday by downing the Carleton-Russell Aces 14-1 in the final of the
District 6 playdowns.
The Red Sox needed
just four innings to dispatch the Aces thanks to the mercy rule which declares
a winner if a team is leading by 10 or more runs after four innings.
out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning thanks to a pair of doubles
by Demi Orimoloye and Alex Ferris.
The Aces responded
with their only run of the game in the bottom half of the inning, but the
Red Sox answered back with five more runs in the second to open up an eight
That woulld be
all Orleans starter Graham McArthur would need, as the 12-year-old hurler
shut Carleton-Russell down the rest of the way. In four innings of work
he allowed just one hit while striking out seven. He helped out offensively
as well going three for three at the plate while driving in three of the
Red Sox 14 runs. Orimoloye, John Lobban and Alex Ferris added three RBIs
The Red Sox mercied
the Aces twice including a 14-0 shutout in the opening game of the tournament.
In the only other game they played, they mercied South Ottawa 11-1.
It was an impressive
performance by the group of 11- and 12-year-olds who must now prepare for
the provincial championships which will begin in Pembroke on July 30.
The Red Sox are
hoping to make it all the to the finals this year after being shown an early
exit in last year's tournament.
McArthur is one
of five returning players on the team. He believes they have what it takes
to make it to the Canadian championships and potentially the Little League
World Series in Williamsport.
more consistent pitching this year. Last year we just depended ion two horses.
(Offensively) it's the same thing. Our hitting is a lot deeper. Our top
nine guys can all hit," says McArthur.
Depth at pitching
is one of the key factors in having any sort of success at the provincial
or national levels given the tournament format and pitch count rules which
are strictly enforced. For instances, if a pitcher throws 46 or more pitches
in a game he must sit out at least two days and a game before he can pitch
The Red Sox enjoy
the rare luxury of having eight players who can throw the ball well.
into this season I didn't know I'd have eight kids I can count on to pitch,"
says the team's head coach Paukl Charron. "We also have a lot of experience.
We have eight 12-year-olds on the team including five that were there last
The Red Sox will
have to call on all that experience when they take on the likes of Toronto
High Parkand the Timmins Lynx who are likely to be their main competition
of the Orleans Red Sox pose with the championship trophy after downing the
Carleton-Russell Aces in the final of the District 6 Major Little League
Baseball Championships on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
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