Alvinston Junior Aces pitcher Nick Ford came within one out of a perfect game on the weekend.
Ford’s play was the icing on the cake as the Jr. Aces took the championship on the strength of their five wins in the Spagnuolo-Petro-Schwab Memorial Fastpitch Tournament from July 15-17.
Ford was cruising to a perfect game Sunday with two out in the final inning when the tournament host Schaefer-Bierlein Wranglers eked out single. Alvinston registered the final out to take the game 1-0.
The 12-team tournament in Michigan featured two teams from Ontario, two from Indiana with the rest coming from Michigan. The Aces started off against Frankenmuth. The Aces exploded in the top of the sixth inning with four runs, said Coach Andy Triest, describing the Tiffany’s squad as one the stronger teams in the tournament. The Aces won the game 7-2 before moving on to the Munger Bulldogs taking that game 4-1.
The Aces rounded out their play within its division with a 13-3 win against the Oetman of Moline, Michigan. This put the Junior Aces first in its six-team division and automatically advancing to the semi-finals against the Moline Bombers. The Junior Aces made easy work as the game was stopped because of the mercy rule at 11-4. This set up the championship game against the Wranglers.
Triest said this was a warm-up tournament in preparation for the Under 23 Men’s Canadian Fastpitch Championships in Carp starting Aug. 2.
There will be seven teams in this year’s event with four from Ontario, the Junior Aces, Owen Sound, Tavistock and Osgoode, with one team each from Quebec, Newfoundland and Saskatchewan to round out the schedule.
Blake Ellis , Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent