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High School Baseball
Wildcats win OFSAA division championship
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

It's 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 Friday.

For 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.

But 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Mother 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.

After 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.

The 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.

Both pitchers benefitted from several stellar plays in the field including a couple of rally-preventing catches by Bryce Anderson in right.

"It 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."

Asked what put them over the top this year, Boulerice said it was their pitching, especially the emergence of Daniel Lacroix as a quality starter.

They'll 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 Four.

Win 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 city champions.

Back 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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