Hit­men win On­tario slo-pitch E di­vi­sion ti­tle

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - EX­AM­INER STAFF

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.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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