For the second year in a row, the Kingston Colts have won the District Seven Little League Minor baseball championship.
The kids, 8 to 10 years old, defeated the Cornwall River Rats 12-11 and the Brockville Braves 4-3 to capture the regional tournament.
The team, coached by Al Hamilton, Doug Bowlby and Kirk Twigg, have qualified for the Ontario championship tournament, to be held in South Windsor (July 28 – Aug 3).
“It felt really great to win the district title,” said Grady Sneddon, the team’s leading hitter.
“It’s really great to go to Windsor. This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity so it should be a really great experience.”
The Colts relied on pitching and defense to win the district title. Callie Nicholson and Brock Hamilton combined on a four-hitter in last Monday’s big win over the Braves at Shannon’s Corner’s.
“They threw strikes and that was the difference,” said catcher Grady Spicer.
“In Windsor, we’ll do our best. We hope to make it to the semi-finals but it won’t easy. We’re playing against the best teams in the province.”
Seven teams will compete for the provincial title in Windsor.
Along with the Colts, there’s teams from High Park Toronto, Timmins, Orleans, East Nepean, Perth and the host team from South Windsor.
“We’ve earned our place in Windsor,” said Colts infielder Jakeson Bowlby.
“There’s some pressure, but not a lot of pressure to do well. We’re just going there to gain experience and have some fun playing baseball.”