Ath­letes win na­tional gold

Area soft­ball play­ers help On­tario win men’s soft­ball ti­tle at Canada Sum­mer Games

The Beacon Herald - - SPORTS - CORY SMITH SPORTS ED­I­TOR

Team On­tario leads the Canada Sum­mer Games medal count, and a num­ber of area ath­letes are part of the haul.

Tavistock’s Jake Wif­fen and Derek Hyde, Staffa’s Derek El­liott, and Em­bro’s Isa­iah Whet­stone won gold with the pro­vin­cial men’s soft­ball team fol­low­ing a pair of wins over pre­vi­ously-un­beaten Saskatchewan.

On­tario went 7-2 in the roundrobin and fin­ished sec­ond be­hind 9-0 Saskatchewan. Af­ter de­feat­ing Saskatchewan 11-1 in the first game, On­tario won the re­match and clinched the ti­tle with a 4-1 vic­tory.

Over the two games, Wif­fen went 4-for-9 with an RBI while bat­ting lead­off. Whet­stone had two hits, an RBI and scored once, El­liott dou­bled twice, scored twice and had three RBI and two steals, and Hyde scored a run.

El­liott told the Mitchell Ad­vo­cate the open­ing cer­e­monies at Win­nipeg’s MTS Cen­tre – home of the NHL’s Jets – “felt like the Olympics.”

In the round-robin, Wif­fen, an out­fielder, bat­ted .464 with a .516 on-base per­cent­age and .821 slug­ging per­cent­age. He had three home runs, 10 RBI and scored eight times. Tavistock’s Jake Wif­fen and Derek Hyde, Staffa’s Derek El­liott, and Em­bro’s Isa­iah Whet­stone won gold at the Canada Sum­mer Games in Win­nipeg with the pro­vin­cial men’s soft­ball team fol­low­ing a pair of wins over pre­vi­ously-un­beaten Saskatchewan.

Whet­stone, a first base­man/out­fielder, slashed .454/.520/.727 with a home run, six RBI and seven runs, while short­stop El­liott hit .320/.346/.560 with two home runs, four RBI and seven runs.

Hyde, a catcher, dou­bled and drove in a run while scor­ing once in seven at bats.

••• Mar­cel Scheele of St. Marys com­peted in two events at the Canada Sum­mer Games.

Scheele fin­ished eighth in the men’s 3,000m open steeplechase with a time of 9:28.71. Scheele, born in 1999, was the youngest of 15 com­peti­tors.

In the 5,000m event, Scheele placed 11th with a time of 15:12.30.

••• Strat­ford’s Hayden Caven­der is part of the pro­vin­cial men’s vol­ley­ball squad that won its first three matches at the Games.

On­tario opened the tour­na­ment Mon­day with straight set wins over New Brunswick (25-20, 25-20, 2520) and Man­i­toba (25-15, 25-23, 2519) be­fore beat­ing Al­berta Tues­day night (28-30, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23).

On­tario will wrap up the roundrobin Wed­nes­day with matches against the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries and New­found­land/Labrador be­fore play­offs be­gin Thurs­day.

Caven­der, who plays mid­dle, re­cently helped the On­tario U18 team win its divi­sion at the U.S. High Per­for­mance Cham­pi­onships in Florida.

Avery McCon­key, an­other Strat­ford ath­lete, made the pro­vin­cial U18 women’s team as a Canada Sum­mer Games al­ter­nate. She is one of three ex­tras in Win­nipeg who is on standby in case of in­jury.

On­tario is 3-0 af­ter wins over the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, New Brunswick and New­found­land/ Labrador.

The 50th an­nual Canada Sum­mer Games in­clude 16 sports with more than 250 events, 4,000 ath­letes and coaches, 500 of­fi­cials and 20,000 vis­i­tors.

On­tario had 42 gold medals and 113 to­tal medals as of Tues­day night, lead­ing Que­bec by 37 in the over­all count. co­smith@post­media.com

The Strat­ford Dunny’s Source for Sports pee­wee Flames ended their reg­u­lar sea­son with a 9-6 loss to Shake­speare, which also snapped the team’s five-game win streak. Lead­ing the Flames’ of­fence was Erika Pletsch with a dou­ble. Grace Wide­man, Emma Proulx, Jor­dan Cos­stick and Paige Knech­tel all singled. Hai­ley Ill­man, with three strike­outs, and Si­doney Foun­tain with six strike­outs shared pitch­ing du­ties. Strat­ford’s next game is Fri­day at 8:30 p.m. against the Fullar­ton A’s or Exeter Ex­treme 2 at Anne Hath­away Park di­a­mond four to be­gin the play­offs. Play­offs be­gin Thurs­day at 6:30 p.m. and fin­ish Sun­day with 53 teams in the mite, squirt and pee­wee di­vi­sions play­ing 100 games at Anne Hath­away Park and Pack­ham Road com­plex.

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