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Team Ballistics wins North Dufferin Baseball League’s All-Star game

July 28, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By David Anderson 

The senior and junior divisions of the North Dufferin Baseball League played their All-Star games on July 8 in Owen Sound.

In the Senior Division, the West won 6-2 over the East. In the Junior Division, the Ballistics hammered the Dirt Devils 12-2.

This was the Senior West’s sixth straight victory in the annual contest.

The game opened with both sides trading a run in the third inning, with the East going ahead with a lone run in the fourth on Aaron McLeod’s solo home run.

In the fifth frame, the West plated two runs to take the lead and, in the top of the ninth, added three more runs to extend the lead.

The East was limited to six hits during the contest, with McLeod adding a double in addition to his home run in his two at-bats. Brett Beardsall, Nolan Nicholson, Ryan Bartley, and Nate Kramer chipped in with singles.

Brad Petch and Kurt Roy hit three singles during the game, and Steve Barrett, Travis Fulford, Travis Saunders, Steve Bourget and Anson Dupuis singled for the winning side.

Petch and McLeod were named the game’s most valuable players for their batting record, in addition to Petch stealing two bases and scoring twice.

Stellar pitching performances by both teams kept the game moving at a fast pace, with the West using three pitchers and the East rotating five men on the mound.

The Junior All-Star game, played after the seniors, was plagued by light rain, which ended the contest after six innings of play due to deteriorating field conditions.

Starting in the first inning, the Ballistics plated four runs, including a double by Jayden Akins, who scored two runs. Akins would score when Ben Nicholson hit a home run during his first at-bat.

In an attempt to answer, the Dirt Devils scored two runs in their half of the first. They were held off by strong pitching by the Ballistics for the remainder of the game.

A sloppy sixth inning resulted in eight runs scored for the Ballistics as they took home the win.

Overall, the Dirt Devils were limited to three hits in the game, two singles from Nic Guthrie and one from Dale Critchley.

The Ballistics had nine hits. In addition to the double by Akins and the homer from Nicholson, Anson Dupuis, Jhett Winkel, Jack Sinclair, Miya Waldron, Bryce Cameron, Joseph Park, and Brady Janes singled for the winning side.

Ben Nicholson was named MVP for his two-run homer to start the game for the Ballistics, and Nic Guthrie was named for the Dirt Devils for his two hits, two stolen bases, and one run scored.

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