Sports Roundup – Silver baseball medals for local players

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by Fred Groves

Three local baseball players brought home a silver medal from the Canadian men’s baseball under-21  championships held in Gatineau, Quebec. Catcher Mitch Hudvagner led the Ontario team, the Windsor Selects, with an impressive .611 batting average during the tournament.

Windsor fell 5-3 to Quebec in the final.

Hudvagner had one hit in the final game, and during the event was 11-of-18, including three doubles and one home run. Outfield Jeremy Orton, who plays for the University of Windsor, batted .421 and had four stolen bases. Pitcher Matt Krutsch went the distance on the bound in the 5-2 semi-final win over Saskatchewan, allowing just six hits while striking out six.

• Former Essex 73’s defenceman and assistant coach Antony Iaquinta, who spent the past couple of season behind the bench of the Leamington Flyers, is the new head coach of the Lakeshore Canadiens.

• Essex native Mike Lachance, coach of the AKO Fratmen, blasted visiting Niagara 80-0 on Saturday to even their Canadian Junior Football League record to 1-1.

• The Essex Senior Yellowjackets were eliminated in Essex County Senior Baseball League playoff action on the weekend as they dropped a 7-6 decision to the Tecumseh Seniors. The Yellowjackets head to Forest on Labour Day for the OBA tournament.

• Liam Bergeron of Essex and the Tecumseh Thunder took the silver medal at the under-18 Canadian baseball championships. The Thunder lost 16-11 to host London in the final game.

• From the horse harness racing track in Leamington on Sunday, local driver Mark Williams won the third race with Mach of the Town and finished first in the sixth with Riversathome.

• The Essex Junior Yellowjackets travelled to Chatham on the weekend and returned home with the OBA ‘AA’ title.

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