Twins re­peat as champions

Micks­burg Twins win sec­ond straight Greater Ottawa Men’s Fast­ball League ti­tle at home

The Daily Observer - - SPORTS - JAMIE BRAM­BURGER

MICKS­BURG – Corey Costello was per­fect and Kyle Jackson pro­vided the big bat that the Micks­burg Twins needed to win their third Greater Ottawa Men’s Fast­ball League ti­tle in five years. Costello pitched a per­fect game and Jackson drilled a three-run home run as the Twins blasted West Car­leton Elec­tric 7-0 Fri­day night in the cham­pi­onship game at the Micks­burg ball park.

The game was called after five in­nings, the league mercy rule ap­plied, as the Twins com­pleted an un­de­feated post-sea­son by beat­ing the team it had tied for first place in the reg­u­lar sea­son, both clubs fin­ish­ing with 11-6-1 records and fit­tingly meet­ing in the cham­pi­onship. Un­for­tu­nately, the game didn’t pro­duce what had been billed as a pitch­ing duel be­tween Costello and Andy Bar­ber, the ace of the Fitzroy Har­bour-based squad.

While Costello breezed through the West Car­leton Elec­tric lineup with 11 strike­outs, Bar­ber strug­gled from the on­set. The Twins got to him in the first in­ning for a run when Jamey Mick who had reached on a fielder’s choice and ad­vanced to third base on con­sec­u­tive wild pitches, was plated by Kyle Jackson’s RBI sin­gle.

In the sec­ond in­ning, Micks­burg made it 2-0 when Matt McIn­tyre sin­gled and stole sec­ond be­fore be­ing driven home by An­drew McIn­tyre’s sin­gle. But it was in the third in­ning that the Twins did most of the dam­age, scor­ing five runs to blow the game open.

After Jo­ran Gra­ham walked and Costello was hit by a pitch, Jackson hit a bomb to right-cen­tre field. His three-run homer gave Micks­burg a 5-0 lead and they added two more runs when Matt McIn­tyre scored from third on a wild pitch and Quin­ton Rook came home on a stand-up triple by An­drew McIn­tyre, giv­ing the Twins a 7-0 lead after three in­nings.

Fol­low­ing the game, Mick, Twins’s cap­tain Jamey, ac­cepted the cham­pi­onship tro­phy, com­ment­ing on the dom­i­nant pitch­ing per­for­mance by his long-time team­mate.

“Corey has been shut­ting teams down for a long time and at 39 years of age he showed again tonight why he is the best pitcher in the league,” Mick said.

The Greater Ottawa Men’s Fast­ball League is made up of seven teams. All clubs make the playoffs with the first place team in the reg­u­lar sea­son re­ceiv­ing a bye in the pre­lim­i­nary play­off round. Micks­burg fin­ished sec­ond be­cause of a tie-breaker sce­nario. They de­feated I4C Vic­tory of Man­otick in two straight games in a best-of-three semi­fi­nal se­ries and then went 3-and-0 in a dou­ble-knock­out round robin tour­na­ment with the four re­main­ing teams.

That set up a one game cham­pi­onship against West Car­leton Elec­tric which had a bye in the first round of the playoffs and suf­fered its only play­off loss to Micks­burg, a 3-0 set­back in the round robin. By going un­de­feated in the round robin, Micks­burg was awarded home field ad­van­tage in the cham­pi­onship game.

Corey has been shut­ting teams down for a long time ... he showed again tonight why he is the best pitcher in the league.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Micks­burg Twins have com­pleted the re­peat as win­ner of the Greater Ottawa Fast­ball League with a win on home field re­cently. Team mem­bers (back from left) are Chad Costello, Jo­ran Gra­ham, Corey Costello, Paul Grif­fiths, Quin­ton Rook, Ri­ley Hen­nessey and Kyle Jackson. In the front (from left) are Bran­don Jackson, Jamey Mick, An­drew McIn­tyre, Matt McIn­tyre, Scott Conroy and Con­nor Moss.

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