Monday, October 15, 2012

POS takes it all in Oshawa

POS was looking to get an early jump on the 2013 season by playing an SPN qualifier in Oshawa over the weekend.  Playing in the Men’s 35E+ Division POS started the weekend with an early Saturday morning game at 8am on diamond #4 against Half Cut.  It was a cold morning with the temperature around zero and the sun shining through the infield/outfield from behind home plate made fielding a challenge but POS took the opening game with a score of 8-5 with Bob singling in the top of the 7th to score 2 runs and give POS the cushion heading into the bottom of the inning.

Game 2 also on diamond #4 was at 10:30am and it was a little warmer and the sun was a little higher.  The opposition in this was There’s Always Time which had some players from the Coulas Bone Crushers in the WMSPL.  With Luke from the Bone Crushers pitching, POS was very familiar with him but could not solve him early on in the game and found themselves trailing 8-5 heading into the bottom of the 7th.  Queue the comeback as POS scored 3 runs to tie the game and with 2 outs Bob smacked a triple to the gap in right to score Mike from first to win the game.

Game 3 on diamond #3 at 3:30pm had the 2-0 POS taking on the 0-2 Black Listed team in the final game of the round robin.  The weather was cloudy and a few innings had a sleet/hail mixture.  POS had a few good innings and ending up taking this game by a 15-10 score and clinching first place after the round robin.  This meant a re-match again Black Listed on Sunday while the other 2 teams played in the other semi-final.

Sunday’s semi-final game started at 12pm on diamond #4 and after a night of rainfall there were some rather large puddles in the infield to contend with.  SPN changed the format due to the threatening weather and had batters starting with a 1-1 count to try and speed up the games.  POS came out swinging taking an early 4-0 lead after the 1st inning.  Defense was solid only giving up 1 run and heading into the bottom of the 6th had a chance to win this one by the 10-run mercy rule…Bob hit a single to score Mike from 3rd and give POS the 11-1 win.  POS was heading to the finals in a re-match against There’s Always Time.

Sunday’s final was also on diamond #4 at 2:30pm with the sun actually trying to peak through the clouds at times and the infield had dried up a little.  Since the weather had improved SPN removed the starting 1-1 count on the batters for the final.  With Luke not pitching for this game POS jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the 1st but There’s Always Time responded in the 2nd with a 5-spot and was leading after 3 innings by that 5-2 margin.  POS batted around in the 4th scoring 4 runs to take the lead and then followed that up with a 6-run mercy in the 5th.  POS gave up a few runs making the game closer but it was a 2-run dinger by Bob in the 6th that put this game out of reach giving POS the championship with the 16-9 win.  It was a great weekend for POS going a perfect 5-0 and a great way to finish off the 2012 season.  Looking forward to another great WMSPL Season and POS Tournaments in 2013!  

A summary of the games:
Saturday, 8:00am, Oshawa#4, POS-8 vs Half Cut-5
Saturday, 10:30am, Oshawa#4, POS-9 vs There’s Always Time-8
Saturday, 3:30pm, Oshawa#3, POS-15, Black Listed-10
Sunday, 12:00pm, Oshawa#4, POS-11 vs Black Listed-1
Sunday, 2:30pm, Oshawa#4, POS-16 vs There’s Always Time-9

POS Roster for the Tournament:
Wayne Cosby (Greenthumb/Woodland) – Coach/Sub
Todd Boisvert (Greenthumb/Woodland)
Dave Watkins (Greenthumb/Woodland)
Paul Power (Greenthumb/Woodland)
George Douma (A’s)
Bob Peppler (Storm)
Joey Pilkey (Storm)
Ashley Teeter (Falcons)
Cas Litwin (Falcons)
Sean Dunn (Falcons)
Jeff Hutchinson (Bradley Motors Shifters)
Derek Ackford (Xtreme Contracting)
Mike Anderson (Xtreme Contracting)