SHHS wins BAA baseball title

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By Josh Howald

The Sacred Heart High School Crusaders edged out Kincardine District Secondary School last Wednesday night to complete an undefeated season and capture the Bluewater Athletic Association baseball championship.

The Crusaders edged out the Knights 3-2 at Connaught Park in Kincardine. KDSS was the defending BAA champion.

Wednesday's action featured the BAA's Final Four at Connaught Park. In 2015, just four BAA schools had baseball teams. This year, eight schools fielded teams. The semi-final match-ups pitted Sacred Heart against Owen Sound District Secondary School - the second seed from the BAA North and KDSS against St. Mary's High School - the top seed from the BAA North.

Sacred Heart walked all over Owen Sound 18-4, while Kincardine edged out the SMHS Mustangs 6-5 to set up a rematch of last year's final.

Each school sent their left-handers to the hill. Ryan Bester got the ball for SHHS, while Will Potter went to the mound for Kincardine.

Kincardine left 11 runners on base, while the Crusaders left five. Both teams had plenty of opportunities to score, but couldn't get the timely hit that was necessary to break this game open.

KDSS had the tying run on third base and the winning run on second with two outs when Grade 9 Zach Bumba crushed a ball to deep centre field. However, SHHS outfielder Seth Gauthier made a nice grab to seal a 3-2 win for Sacred Heart.

"With only two Grade 12s on this year's team and the majority of the team in Grade 9 or 10, the future looks bright for KDSS baseball," said Peter Wolfe, who also passed along the team's best wishes to graduates Mitch Jarvis and Jake Fair. Jarvis also pitched in this game, taking over for Potter.

Wolfe coached the team along with Kincardine Minor Baseball Association president Jay Bell.

The Crusaders, meanwhile, were coached by Kincardine native Ryan Enright. Enright's jersey was retired by the Cubs last season, and his assistant coaches are also former Cubs - Pat Kritz and Ben Dupuis.

Baseball was introduced to the BAA by KDSS in 2014. Kincardine had the only team that season. Last season the league had four teams, with the Knights winning the BAA title. This year the league grew to include eight schools.

"We're really proud," said Bell. "We have really grown this into something special."

Bell added that the Knights will host the second annual spring tournament in May at Connaught Park.

BASKETBALL

The KDSS senior girls continued to roll through the opposition with a lopsided win over Saugeen District Secondary School on Wednesday afternoon.

The Knights outscored the Royals 54-13 to improve its regular season record to 4-0 and remain in first place in the BAA South.

KDSS will host the 1-2 SHHS Crusaders today at the high school. Tip-off is 4 p.m.

That game will follow the junior girls game against SHHS.

The junior Knights were 3-2 heading into a Monday afternoon game against Walkerton District Community School after being upset in back-to-back games. The juniors fell to a previously winless John Diefenbaker Secondary School team, and then dropped a 22-19 decision to the Royals last week.

VOLLEYBALL

After a week of being idle, the KDSS boys volleyball teams were back in action yesterday (Tuesday) in Walkerton.

The third place senior Knights took a 4-4 record into a pair of matches yesterday at Sacred Heart High School. Kincardine was to face the SDSS Royals at 3 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. match against the host Crusaders.

The junior Knights, meanwhile, won a tournament in Paris Oct. 14.

KDSS played Bluevale to a 1-1 draw before defeating Simcoe 3-0. The Knights then beat Assumption 2-0 to win Pool B and advance to the semi-finals. There, Kincardine dumped Brantford Collegiate 3-0 to set up a rematch with Bluevale in the final. Bluevale won the first set, but KDSS bounced back to win the second set and the tiebreaker 15-9.