OBJ wins Perfect Game Summer Select
What an ending to an incredible Ontario Blue Jays Summer Experience! OBJ caps off a 52-day trip where it all started, Fort Myers, Florida and the PG Summer Select featuring teams from across the southern United States.
First up, the Orlando Scorpions, a familiar tournament foe, Matthew Marzec (Burlington, ON), Danny Farsalas (Aurora, ON) and Jeff Tiw (Burlington, ON) combine to hold the Scorpions at bay, allowing 5 hits while striking out 5 without allowing a run, in a 3-0 victory. Cole Patrick (Markham, ON) lead the way offensively with Brandon Latter (Caledon, ON), Matt Sargeant (Ancaster, ON) and Sam White (Barrie, ON) adding RBIs.
Later that day, OBJ takes down ECBA, 8-4 in a unique win. LHP Liam Watt (Burlington, ON) throws a no-hitter in relief, throwing 7 innings, striking out 15 ECBA hitters in the win. Offensively, Jackson Somerville (Burlington, ON) and Jordin Limnidis (Milton, ON) lead the way with 2 hits each, while Alex Ellert (White City, SK), Matt Sargeant, Dylan Shepherd (Barrie, ON) and Myles Naylor (Mississauga, ON) add RBIs.
Next up, a close game against the Diamond Ducks - Lead by strong pitching from Cam Johnson (Hamilton, ON) and Kansai Sugimoto (Kyoto, JPN) who combine to allow 2 runs while striking out 13 hitters. Infielder Corey Morro (Cheltenham, ON) came up with a few key hits going 2-for-2 with an RBI, while Brandon Latter and Lucas Vincent (Stouffville, ON) add RBIs to secure the 3-2 victory.
As the playoff bracket began, the Jays faced off against Legends Baseball in another close game. Kael Clarkson (Barrie, ON) took charge early in this one, throwing 6 innings, allowing on 3 hits while striking out 10 batters. OBJ was lead offensively again by Corey Morro going 2-for-3 and Sam White picking up an RBI Triple to defeat the Legends, 4-2.
On to the Semi-Final against the Scorpions, in what was settled early in an 8-0 win. RHP Matthew Marzec threw a 5 inning no-hitter with 7 strikeouts as the offence took over. Blake Jolicoeur (Whitby, ON) was 2-for-2 with a Home Run and 4 RBIs, while Matt Sargeant and Myles Naylor combine for 3 hits, a double and 2 RBIs to pick up the victory.
In the Summer Select Championship, the Blue Jays did not slow down on their way to a convincing 9-1 victory over Puerto Rico. Jeff Tiw re-took the mound tossing 5 innings, allowing 2 hits while striking out 4 batters. Sam White and Corey Morro lead the offence, White with 4 RBIs on 2 hits including a double, while Morro was 1-for-1 with a double and 2 RBIs. The game ended as Evan Ashe (Acton, ON) threw out the would-be base stealer to secure the game and championship.
What an end to summer in the City of Palms!! 🏆🌴⚾️ pic.twitter.com/8Z3P0ucdoz— Ontario Blue Jays (@OntarioBlueJays) August 1, 2021
Congratulations to all the players and staff who played significant roles in the trip as a whole and the championship!