The Peterborough Examiner
It was only for bragging rights but the Crestwood Mustangs and St. Peter Saints battled to the final out for those rights. Petes prospect Matt McNamara (108th overall, 2016) plays a key role for the Saints squad.
Crestwood won its first Kawartha high school baseball championship edging the Saints 8-7 at Riverside Park on Wednesday. Both teams knew in advance they were heading to COSSA Tuesday in Wellington but it didn’t diminish their desire to win.
The Saints rallied from a 5-2 deficit to tie it 5-5 but three runs in the bottom of the sixth put Crestwood up 8-5. The Saints kept coming, closing within 8-7 in the top of the seventh and final inning. They had a runner in scoring position when Carter Seabrooke hauled in Matt McNamara’s long fly to end the game.
“I know lots of us have friends on St. Pete’s,” Seabrooke said. “It’s kind of a friendly rivalry but to win it means a lot.”
He attributed the game’s see-saw nature to “that’s baseball.
“There are so many things which can happen throughout the game. It’s never over until the last out.”
It’s a sentiment shared by Mustangs coach Reed Manley.
“It’s fun but nerve wracking,” Manley said. “We had a good opponent and it was a good game. We’re thankful we won.”
After losing in the Kawartha final to St. Mary’s last year, Manley said the goal was to win it all.
“It’s gratifying to know we’ve accomplished that. Now we’re looking forward to COSSA and hopefully beyond,” he said.
This is the first year the local winner can compete at COSSA with an entry to the OFSAA tournament on the line.
“It’s good competition,” Manley said. “I like what we have . . .
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