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Stouffville Mennos ran the table over the weekend, going 5-0, to win the Tom Sims Memorial "A" Division championship played at the William Croft Athletic Fields in the scenic town of Meaford on Georgian Bay. Sixteen teams, mainly from Grey-Bruce Counties competed. Mennos opened up Friday night with a 4-1 win over Andy Jackson and the Wiarton Nationals. Mennos came from behind with their four runs in the 6th to win, with Byron Baranieski throwing a gem giving up only 2 hits. Saturday morning Greg Dalgarno threw another complete game as Mennos edged a scrappy Williamsford team 2-1. Mennos left the bases loaded in the 2nd and 6th innings, and were generally baffled by a crafty Williamsford pitcher. Rich Burkholder led the Mennos with two doubles and a single.

Saturday afternoon, Mennos shut out the Dundalk Smoke 3-0. Mennos' fine pitching continued, as Jay Nesbitt threw another complete game and the defence played flawless ball. Shawn Boadway had two hits to key the offence.. Finishing the round robin portion of the tourney at 3 and 0 placed Stouffville in one "A" Division final, which was played Sunday at noon. Mennos defeated Saugeen Shores Smoke 4-1, with Greg Dalgarno going the distance giving up 4 hits, striking out 10, and allowing the lone run in the 7th. At one point, Dalgarno retired 15 batters in succession. Rich Burkholder sparked Mennos by swiping 3 bases. Greg was hit in the pitching hand by a line drive in the 4th inning, but showed "true grit" and finished the game.

Mennos then played Tara Merchants in the "A" Division final. In one of the wildest, wackiest games in recent memory Mennos prevailed 11-10. A tough Tara team and the Mennos battled back and forth throughout, with the lead changing hands a total of 8 (that's EIGHT) times. Jay Nesbitt started, but was victimized by five different players making untimely errors in the first three innings. In an act of mercy, Byron Baranieski came on in the 4th, while Greg Dalgarno, sore hand and all, took over in the 6th and got the win. Mennos collected 13 hits, with Catcher Dale Boadway blasting a 3-run HR in the 2nd to give Mennos a temporary lead, and Bruce Cringan doing likewise in the 6th, connecting for another towering HR. With the win Mennos took home prize money of $850.00

Kudos to Grant Murray and Brent Rogers and their volunteers for another well-run tournament. It was hot, hot, but fun!


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