Wyevale Tribe win first Northern Ontario ISC II Qualifier

August 29-30, 2009
Sudbury, Ontario


Mother Nature did not co-operate this past weekend as the first ever Northern Ontario ISC II Qualifier was reduced to a one day affair. Originally the four teams were to play a single round robin on Saturday followed by a single elimination round on Sunday for a 9-game tournament but as the weather has been all summer long, this could not be accomplished. Saturday was a complete wash-out and therefore, the tournament chairperson decided to make it a one-day double knockout. After 15 hours and six games, Wyevale Tribe were the first-ever winners.

Wyevale Tribe vs. Sudbury North Stars
The Tribe scores two early runs in the first and then pitcher JasonGiffen (1-0) shuts down the opposition on a three hitter with elevenstrike-outs as they cruised to a 6-2 victory to open the tournament.Starter Cory Stolar (0-1) goes only three innings and is tagged withthe loss . Jordy “Swede” Dahlvick (0-0) comes in to relievein the fourth, giving up three hits and striking five batters. Tophitter was Kevin Pederson (Wyevale) going 3-4 (all doubles) whileDenis Dewar goes 2-3 in a losing cause for the North Stars.

River Dawgs vs Whitefish Extreme
Ina tight defensive battle, both pitchers Raymond Shanoush (RiverDawgs) (1-0) and Chris Doxtator (Extreme) (0-1) put on a clinic . In the end, the River Dawgs pulled out a nail bitting 2-1 victory .TheDawgs score single runs in the 2nd and 3rd while the Extereme scoretheir only run in the 2nd off the solo shot by Brent Assinawai.Shanoush pitches a one-hitter and strikes out 16 batters whileDoxtator pitches a four-hitter and strikes out 5 batters. ShawnAssinewai leads the way for the River Dawgs going 2-3 while BrentAssinawai goes 2-3 with a home run in a losing cause for Whitefish.

Wyevale vs River Dawgs
Once again, the experienced Jason Giffen (2-0) just back from the 2009Tournament of Champions in Quad Cities, IA-IL, proves too strong forhis opponents. Giffen does not give up a single run and pitches athree hitter with another 11 strike outs for a 2-0 win over the River Dawgs .Mike Loach (0-1) pitches well for the Dawgs in giving up 6 hits while retiring 9 batters at the plate. Kevin Pedersonwas 2-3 for the Tribe with teammates Matt Tjart and Dave Drinkillhitting solo home runs while Pat Brennan Jr is 1-1 with two walks ina losing cause for the River Dawgs.

North Stars vs Extreme
The North Stars and the Extreme are both quiet for the first three frames but then the North Stars errup fot 11 runs in the final innings on their way to 11-5 trouncing of the Extreme and a berth in the semifinals. Paul Lizotte(1-0) goes five innings in collecting the victory on 8 hits, 3 walks and 7 strike outs. Jody Dahlvick comes in to mopup in the last two innings and gives up three runs on five hits andstrikes out 3 batters. Jean Gilles Larocque leads the way for theNorth Stars going 3-4 including a two-run homer, a triple and adouble (just one shy of the cycle) with teammate Denis Dewar hitting3-3 with a walk while Walter Tobobundung Jr hits 3-5 (triple) in alosing cause for the Extreme.

River Dawgs vs North Stars
Finally the strong vetaran bats of the North Stars come through in this semifinal match. The Stars score a 3-2 lead after three frames, then remain quiet for the middle innings before erupting for five runs inthe seventh to dump the River Dawgs 9-3 to advance to the champonship final. Cory Stolar (1-1) goes the distance in picking up his first tournament victory on 4 hits and 7 strike outs. Mike Louch (0-1), who came on in the fourth gets tagged with the loss in relief of starter Raymond Shanoush. Louch and Shanoush combine to give up 12 hits andstrike out 7 batters .Todd Parsons leads the way for the North Starsgoing 3-4 including a three-run homer with teammates Denis Dewar andJean Gilles Larocque both hitting 2-4 while Mike Louch hits 2-3in a losing cause for the River Dawgs.

Sudbury North Stars vs Wyevale Tribe
The Tribe scores once more early taking a 3-1 lead after three innings. The North Stars score another run in the fifth frame and we have aone-run ball game going to the final two innings. Wyevale Tribe score a key 4th run in the top of the sixth. Pitcher Jason Giffen (3-0),who finally seemed to be human, came through like a true veteran inthe final frames, not permitting one batter to reach base andstriking out 5 of the last 6 batters he faced. Giffen pitched 21innings on the day, collecting his third straight victory in givingup but four hits, issuing his first two walks of the day and strikingout 11 batters for a total of 33 in the tournament. His counterpart,Paul Lizotte (1-1) pitches the first 6 innings and is tagged with theloss on 9 hits, 2 walks and 5 strike outs. Trace Leonard and Cory Kelly lead the way for Wyevale, both going 2-4 at the dish while JoelBelanger was 3-4 in a losing cause for the North Stars. The remaining members of the championship team are : Mark Lambie , Mike Kelly ,Matt Tjart ,Dave Drinkill and Kevin Pederson. The champions recieved a beautiful banner, a trophy, gold medals andbeautiful ball bags from Labatts.


1stWyevale Tribe 3-0 12 runs for; 4 runs against
2ndSudbury North Stars 2-2 22 runs for; 19 runs against
3rdRiver Dawgs 2-2 3 runs for; 12 runs against
4thWhitefish Extreme 0-2 6 runs for; 13 runs against

Inn.Pit. Wins Losses K’S ERA PCT
1.Jason Giffen(Tribe) 21 3 0 33 1,33 1,000
2. Paul Lizotte (N.Stars) 10 1 1 13 2,40 0,500
3. Raymond Shanoush(Extreme) 11 1 1 18 2,55 0,500
4. Cory Stolar(N.Stars) 10 1 1 9 4,90 0,500
5. Jordy Dahlvick(N.Stars) 6 0 0 9 5,83 0,000

At bat Runs Scored Hits Average
1.Jean Gilles Larocque(N.Stars) 11 4 7 636
2.Matt Tjart (Tribe) 7 2 4 571
3.Todd Parsons (N.Stars) 11 2 6 545
4.Denis Dwar(N.Stars) 14 4 7 500
5.Kevin Pederson (Tribe) 10 1 5 500

Most hits: Jean Gilles Larocque, North Stars 7
Doubles: Kevin Pederson, Wyevale 4
Triples: Several players tied with 1
Home runs: Matt Tjart, Wyevale 2
RBIs: Todd Parsons, North Stars 6
Strikeouts: Jason Giffen, Wyevale 33

Toppitcher: Jason Giffen, Wyevale Tribe
Tophitter: Jean Gilles Larocque, Sudbury North Stars
Tournament MVP: Jason Giffen, Wyevale Tribe

Yoursin fastball ,
Roger Legendre
Tournament Chairperson

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