Essex Bantam baseball AAA tournament

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Last weekend, the Essex Bantam Travel baseball team played in the Kevin Siddall Invitational tournament at Mic Mac Park, in Windsor. Although this was a AAA tournament for some of the largest baseball centres in Ontario, Essex has a special group of guys at this age who can actually compete with these teams.

On Friday, the Essex Yellow Jackets opened the tournament with a 5-4 win over Ajax.

The Jackets’ next opponent was a very good team from Ottawa, which was undefeated coming into this tournament.  Essex played outstanding, leading most of the game before giving up a run in the final inning, then holding on for a 3-3 tie.

New Market was the next match-up for Essex. This New Market team has won two AAA Provincial Championships and a 5th place finish at the Nationals in the past couple of years. None of this mattered to Essex. The yellow Jackets came away with a 9-7 win, and first place in the pool headed into the playoff round, just short of being ranked first overall.

On Sunday morning, Essex squared off against New Market again. It was another close, well-played game. Essex plated a run late to tie the game and force extra innings, but unfortunately the Yellow Jackets ran out steam and lost 5-3, ending their tournament run.

It seemed odd to look at the tournament scoreboard and see Essex ranked with, or better than teams like Toronto, Mississauga, and Ottawa. But we’ll get used to it.