They went 2-1 in pool play, causing a three-way tie with Bloordale and the Mississauga Tigers. Stellar defense won them the tiebreaker to advance to the quarters, where they faced a strong Waterloo team.
The Jays got up on Waterloo early, scoring three in the first, but Waterloo battled back to tie it up in the second inning. Aurora-King scored the 4-run max in the 3rd and rode out amazing pitching, stranding the bases loaded in the final inning to win 7-4.
In the semi-final, the Jays faced YSBA rival Bradford. Aurora-King’s bats came to life in the first and set the tone for the game, scoring the max 4 runs without registering an out. The pitching was outstanding once again, with two pitchers surrendering just 4 hits over 5 innings enroute to a 9-3 victory.
In the final, the Jays faced a well-rested La Salle team who had earned a bye to the finals. The Jays bats came alive early and often, affording them a 16-9 lead going into the bottom of the final inning. Some timely hitting allowed La Salle to tie the game before the Jays got out of the jam with great defense to force the game into extra innings. In the top of the eighth, the Jays scored two runs in a two-out rally. La Salle scored one run early in the bottom of the eighth and had runners on base when the Jays got a strikeout and a pop-up to secure the victory and win their first ever tournament.
These Jays have shown a ton of improvement over last year and have also shown that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years. We’re very proud of Alton Amiti, Arlo Angeloni, Liam Brosseau, Riley Charbonneau, Reid Gervais, Mattheus Gurunluoglu, Evan Kapernekas, Jack Kelson, Dominic Orlando, Cameron Russo, Vincent Scarpino and Carson Shum!
Keep it up Jays!