Hitmen win Ontario slo-pitch E division title
The Peterborough Hitmen were driven by a special inspiration on the way to winning a Slo-Pitch Ontario provincial championship last weekend.
Three Peterborough teams travelled to London to take part in the SPO provincials. Aggression, Low Expectations and the Peterborough Hitmen all battled in their respective divisions.
The Peterborough Hitmen won the men’s E division gold medal. This is the second year in a row that the Hitmen brought some hardware back after winning bronze in 2018.
This year was a little different and a little more special for the Hitmen. After their coach Joel Willett’s son, Maverick, died last year at six months old after being born with congenital heart disease, family and baseball kept him and his team going.
Going into the provincial championships, expectations were set high and the team wasn’t just playing for another championship ring, they were playing for the spirit of a young boy taken too soon.
The Peterborough Hitmen went 6-0 with a plus-57 run differential to capture their first gold at the SPO provincials.
“Led by a great group of leaders and players,” said Willett, “the energy and focus was locked in all weekend long while fellow Peterborough teams cheered each other on when not playing themselves. It was another strong showing by one of Peterborough’s many competitive slo-pitch teams.”
The Peterborough Hitmen won the Slo-Pitch Ontario E Division provincial championship in London on the weekend. Team members include, front from left, Al Dalton, Joel Willett, Greg Mudd, Josh Young. Back, from left, Drew Duke, Jon Nauta, Shane Barker, Rob Williams, Chris Duke, Mat Reynolds, Kylle McCrum, Jason Swinerd, JC and Joey Hamlin.