Athletes win national gold
Area softball players help Ontario win men’s softball title at Canada Summer Games
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. email@example.com
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