Brussels Tigers crowned Fastball League champs - Sept. 20, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
The Brussels Tigers capped off another terrific season by winning the Huron County Fastball League’s (HCFL) year-end tournament over the weekend.
The squad entered last weekend’s championship tournament with a 17-2 record, the best in the league, with only the Wellesley Wildcats being close, in second place with a 15-4 record.
Finishing first in the regular season gave the Tigers a bye through the first round of the year-end tournament held in Listowel and Monkton over the weekend. The team’s first game was against Milverton at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Shawn Daw pitched the five-inning game as the Tigers mercied the AW Millwrights 9-2. The mercy would be the first of many throughout the tournament.
The Tigers’ second game was at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday against the Goderich Grizzlies. Dennis Dewar started the game with Ty Sebastian coming in for the save and a 6-4 victory for the team.
Next, the Brussels Tigers faced off against Wellesley, with Sebastian pitching in a 13-0, five-inning mercy. The win gave the Tigers a berth in the finals on Sunday.
Extra inning games pushed the final from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Sunday. Sebastian pitched again and the team completed its second shut-out of the tournament, mercying the Wingham Hitmen by a score of 8-0.
The win marks the Tigers’ second HCFL championship in a row and its third in four years.
“The tournament was an entire team effort which the scores reflect,” Daw said in an e-mail to The Citizen. “Pitchers did well to keep the runs low and bats in most games put us out of reach for the competition.”
Daw said that the championship marked the end of a “great and a successful year” and that the team thanks all their fans that supported the team all year long.
For full results from the tournament, check out hcfl.bravesites.com.