win OFSAA division championship
By Fred Sherwin
been a long time coming, but the Cairine Wilson Wildcats
can finally call themselves city champs after defeating
Mother Teresa 8-2 in the OFSAA Division title game on
coach Julien Boulerice and several of the graduating seniors,
it's been a four year journey with one especially memorable
collapse along the way in the 2013 playoffs when they
blew a 12-0 lead to rivals Louis-Riel.
that game is but a distant memory, replaced by Friday's
big win, made even bigger by the fact that the victors
get to move on to the OFSAA regionals.
championship game came down to excellent pitching, solid
defence in the field, and a five run, third inning that
gave the Wildcats the lead they needed.
Wildcats opened the game with a lead-off double by Zach
St-Amour. He was then brought home by Ryan Burtch to give
Cairine the early 1-0 lead.
Teresa responded well enough with a run of their own in
the bottom of the first, but it would five more innings
before they would score another one.
a scoreless second, the Wildcats took advantage of a spot
of wildness by the Mother Teresa pitcher to send 10 batters
to the plate in the top of the third where Burtch came
through with another timely hit, this time a double, to
score two runs.
Wildcats would make the five-run lead stand-up thanks
to the pitching of starter Daniel Lacroix, who pitched
four strong innings, and Ryan Burnside, who came on in
relief and limited Mother Teresa to just one earned run
over the final three innings.
pitchers benefitted from several stellar plays in the
field including a couple of rally-preventing catches by
Bryce Anderson in right.
was a total team effort," says Coach Boulerice. "Usually
after a game, I name two or three players who stood out,
but after we won I didn't do that because everybody contributed."
what put them over the top this year, Boulerice said it
was their pitching, especially the emergence of Daniel
Lacroix as a quality starter.
need to get a solid performance out of all three of their
starters, including brothers Ryan and Ty Burnside, if
they hope to pull off an upset at the East Regions in
Toronto this week. They'll play a triple header on the
opening day with three games in eight hours. The top two
teams in the tournament will advance to the OFSAA Final
or lose in Toronto, no on will be able to take away the
fact that they are and will always be the 2015 OFSAA Division
row: Ass't Coach Paul Lacroix, Sam Cudmore
(alumni coach), Ryan Tomlinson, Gabriel McDonald,
Kabir Sharan, Calum Jeacle, Zack St-Amour,
Bryce Anderson, Coach Julien Boulerice. Middle
row: Lyndon Deslauriers, Ryan Burnside, Sean
Cojbasic, Ty Burnside, james Aufleger, Will
Cudmore, Scott Abraham (alumni coach) Bottom
row: Daniel Lacroix, Jake Daigle, Ryan Burtch.
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