Essex Rookie Jackets show very well in Niagara

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Niagara Falls hosted an “AA” Rookie baseball tournament this past weekend.  The Essex Rookie Yellow Jacket team was in Niagara Falls last weekend to take part in an ‘AA’ Rookie baseball tournament. Although Essex is a classified “C” division team, it showed very,very well.

Essex won two out of three games played, and just missed advancing to the semi-final round by losing out on the tie breaker formula.  Three division winners advanced, and Essex just missed out on the wild card birth to another 2 and 1 team that  had allowed less runs allowed.

Ryan Smith, of Essex, got the first RBI of the tournament, in the first inning against the “AA” Mississauga North team. Center fielder Cole Grant made multiple eye popping catches to earn player of the game honours, as Essex defeated Mississauga 12 to 3.

The “AA” Leasade Leafs earned a win against the Jackets in game 2.  Leaside hit well, scoring ten runs in the first three innings, but Essex stayed close and did not go down easily. Regardless of Leaside’s efforts, Essex remained within three runs until the final inning.Rookie-Yellow-Jack-08.10.17

Jimmy Hayes was named the Essex game MVP, hitting two doubles, a triple with 5 RBIs in the 17 to 9 loss.

Essex needed to win its final game, and not allow many runs, for a chance to make the final four.

Essex showed up prepared on Sunday morning and methodically produced a 9 to 1 victory over the Cambridge Cubs, which unfortunately would still not be enough to advance

Caleb Cavanagh hit 4 for 4 , scored four times, and was awarded game MVP for Essex.

With a 2 wins and 1 loss record, the players and parents left the tournament pleased, and very excited about this team’s potential going forward.