Shamrocks shine on the provincial stage, yet again
by Randy Pascal
There is simply no denying that the Sudbury Peewee "A" Shamrocks have a flair for the big stage.
The locals, once again, played their best baseball when it mattered the most, returning home from the Labour Day weekend as provincial champions. The
Shamrocks showed nicely in their opener, downing the Waterloo Tigers 11-3 on Friday evening, as pitchers Justin Lancup, Carson Harvey and
Ben Fowke held the Tigers at bay, while Brett Richardson (3 RBIs) and Cole Goudreau (2 RBIs) powered the offense.
A 6-5 game two loss to the Tecumseh Rangers left the Sudbury squad with very little wiggle room in the double knockout format event. Head coach
Trevor Goudreau was more than happy with the work of Shamrocks' starter Ryan Lacasse, also praising some key defensive plays by both Cole
McPhee and Keenan Castle.
A three run home run by Richardson help to propel Sudbury to a 7-4 triumph over the Niagara Falls Falcons, with the northern crew extending their
roll thanks to a 12-5 win over the Burlington Bulls. A tight game would break wide open following a key pinch hit from Sudbury's Brandon Roney,
with the nail in the coffin coming courtesy of a game-ending diving catch from right-fielder Brian Fink.
But nowhere was the resolve of the locals more tested than on Sunday afternoon, with the rains having backed up the schedule to feature a Monday afternoon
final. Trailing 7-3 entering the sixth inning of their contest against the unbeaten Ingersoll Ironbirds, the Shamrocks erupted for seven runs, keyed
by big hits from both Ryan Rubic and Scooter Rienguette.
The latter also chipped in with four innings of work on the mound, as Richardson and Lacasse closed things out. It would be the same two teams that would
meet again the next day, building the drama through five innings of scoreless baseball.
Suicide squeeze bunts by both Castle and Rubic opened the floodgates, as Harvey tossed a tidy 2-hit shutout in a 10-0 whitewash of the Ironbirds. "These
boys have been together for the past five years, with only a couple of changes along the way," noted coach Goudreau.
"They work very hard through both the winter and summer, and are very deserving of all the success they have had over the years. All twelve boys have a
role, and whether it's a big or small role, we would not be where we are without all twelve of them."
Helping Goudreau in a coaching capacity were Chris McPhee, Trevor Cain, Wayne Cuculick and Jason Castle.