Major Bantam Diamonds Win London Tournament

Chatham Diamonds

The Chatham Diamonds celebrate after their tournament win – Contributed Photo

The Chatham Diamonds Major Bantam baseball team won the annual London Badgers “A” baseball tournament this past weekend, edging Kitchener in the championship game.

To open the tournament, Chatham mercied St. Thomas 10-0.

Josh Noah got the win throwing 75 pitches over 5 innings, allowing only 3 hits while walking 3 and striking out 8. Daniel Bolt went 3-for-3 with a walk at bat crushing a triple in the first. Noah and Malcom Campbell both had 2 hits, Campbell with a double and Collin Bond, Zander Wright and Ethan Boulley-Dekker each had a hit.

In game 2, the Diamonds battled to a 5-4 victory over the Bolton Braves Saturday morning.

Daniel Bolt started on the hill walking 4, striking out 6 and allowing 2 runs on 2 hits. Garret Day got the save. Darian Steele also did an inning. Boldt, Josh Noah and Sam Haight each had one hit while Collin Bond and Nolan Lucier each had 2 hits both with a double.

Game 3 found the Chatham Diamonds crushing the ball and chalking up 11 runs against Kitchener, although with a six run lead in the 5th, and time limited expired, a few sloppy errors allowed Kitchener to score 6 runs and tie the game. Malcolm Campbell started on the mound and Ethan Boulley-Dekker close the game. Boldt, Campbell, Noah, Bond, Lucier, Wright, and Steele all had hits. Campbell with a triple & double, Boldt with a double.

Chatham advanced to the semi-finals as the wild card team and played Sunday at 11am.

The Semi-finals found the Diamonds matched up with the squad from North Toronto. The Diamonds won the semi-final game 3-1 advancing them to the finals and a rematch with the Kitchener squad. Josh Noah pitched a complete game to get the win allowing 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 7. Malcolm Campbell tripled in the first after a single from the bat of Daniel Boldt (the first of 2). Sam Haight and Noah had the other 2 hits for the diamonds.

In the final, the Chatham Diamonds beat Kitchener 8-7 in for the championship title. The Kitchener Panthers never gave up, much like the night before in poll play, the Panthers were down 8-1 at the top of the 7th and managed 6 runs, but the Diamonds held them there to win by one. Daniel Boldt started on the mound going 5 inning and earning the win. Boldt allowed only 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 8. Darian Steele and Ethan Boulley-Dekker both pitched in the 6th and 7th

Collin Bond drove in 2 runs on a single and double, Sam Haight and Nolan Lucire each had 2 singles, Garret Day, Boldt, Malcom Campbell, Quinn Edwards and Josh Noah each had a hit.

Pictured Above: Front Row, L-R Daniel Boldt, Quinn Edwards, Darian Steele. Back row, L-R Coach. Mike Bond, Coach Ben Edwards, Malcolm Campbell, Coach Ron Day, Josh Noah, Garret Day, Ethan Boulley-Dekker, Sam Haight, Collin Bond, Coach JP Lucier, Nolan Lucier. (Missing – Zander Wright)

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