Sports Roundup – MacPherson brings home gold from nationals

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by Fred Groves

Jessica MacPherson brought home the gold medal from the recent women’s under-21 baseball championships held in Stonewall, Manitoba.

Playing mostly outfield, the Essex resident helped Team Ontario go undefeated, 6-0, and beat Team Quebec 16-14. MacPherson scored a run in the championship game, and throughout the tournament batted .273.

Her best game at the plate came in the opener, a 15-5 win over Manitoba where she had a pair of hits and an rbi.

• Harrow native Lionel Saunders is a world champion. At the World Triathlon Championships held in British Columbia, Sanders had an overall time of five hours and 20 minutes. The triathlon consisted of a three-km swim, 120km on the bike, which he had to fix a flat tire, and finally a 30km run in which he clocked an incredible time of 1:45.30.

• Essex’s Josh King is headed to Philadelphia to play hockey. The 6’3” 190-lb King will suit up this season for the Rebels of the NAHL. King, who played minor hockey with the AAA Windsor Spitfires, netted 24 points in 44 games with the Chatham Junior ‘B’ Maroons last year.

• AKO Fratmen Coach Mike LaChance from Essex guided his team to a 53-5 win over GTA to improve their CJFL record to 2-1.

• The Woodslee Orioles travel to Tecumseh on Sept. 8 in the second game of the Essex County Senior Baseball League championship series. Woodslee trails the series 1-0.

• It was another great day at the Leamington Raceway for driver Mark Williams. On Sunday he piloted Mach of the Town to a win in the seventh and also had second place finishes in the fifth, eighth, and tenth races. Horse harness racing continues Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

• EDHS grad Kelsey Balkwill and the Canada women’s 4×400 relay team finished fourth at the FISU Games in Taipei, Taiwan with a time of 3:36.44. Balkwill also ran the 400m hurdles and had a quick time of 58.75 but did not qualify for the finals.

• Also at the FISU Games, Cameron Branch led the men’s volleyball team to win over Romania and Cyprus in preliminary round games. Branch, an EDHS grad, had 20 points against Romania and 12 against Cyprus.

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