Quinte Royals Baseball played host to the 16u A OBA Provincial Championship at Bayshore Field in Trenton, Rotary Park in Belleville and Field of Dreams in Wellington.
Game 1 The Royals opened the tournament on Friday with Seaway Surge. The Quinte bats were quiet through 4 innings and with the Surge leading 2-0 the Royals exploded for 8 runs in the 5th and added 2 more in the 6th to take game 1 by a score of 10-2!
Game 2 Matchup was the Royals vs Hamilton Cardinals. The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd – Hamilton answered back with 2 runs of their own in the top of the 5th to take the lead. The Royals tallied 4 runs to take the lead again in the home half of the 5th, added one more in the 6th for a 6-2 win before a huge crowd on Friday night.
Game 3 Saturday afternoon, the Royals met the Lucan-Ilderton Athletics. It was a quiet game through 2 innings. The A’s scratched a run across to take a 1-0 lead. The top of the 4th saw the Royals rally for 3 runs to take the lead 3-1. A’s wouldn’t lay down and scored 1 more to keep it close at 3-2 after 4 innings of play. The 5th inning was the Royals big inning as they pushed 3 more runs and never looked back to notch win #3 by a score of 6-2
Game 4 Growing crowds at Bayshore Field were in for a treat on Saturday night as the Royals were tasked with handling a talented Essex Yellowjackets team. Quinte started the with a quick run in the 1st, but Essex answered with 2 runs in the 2nd and 2 more in the 4th to put the Royals on their heels heading into another 5th inning where the Royals rallied again!! Putting up 5 big runs! Great defense and pitching allowed the Royals to shut down the Yellowjackets in a thriller 6-4 to advance the Royals into Sunday with a 4-0 record!!
Game 5 Sunday Ball is always exciting!!! And the OBA semi final was a tilt between two good teams from the EOBA…… The Whitby Canadians vs the Quinte Royals! Whitby opened the scoring in the 2nd inning to go up 1-0. The Royals answered with a run in the top of the 3rd. The 4th inning saw Quinte drive in 3 runs and Whitby kept it close with 2 runs to make the score 4-3 Quinte. After a scoreless 5th, the Royals rallied for 3 in the 6th and 3 more in the 7th. Royals pitching was dominant to quiet the Canadians bats for a 10-3 victory and a trip to the Championship game needing to be double dipped!!!
Game 6 The FINAL was a rematch from Saturday as the Lucan Ilderton A’s beat out Essex in their semi final at Rotary Park to earn a trip to the final vs Quinte. This time around ‘The Hill’ at Bayshore Field was a sea of Royal Blue and the home town Royals came out swinging the big lumber! Cashing in 4 runs in the 1st. The A’s answered with 2 runs in the top of the 2nd, however the Royals weren’t done as the Quinte squad scored again with 7 runs in the home side of the 2nd for a commanding 11-2 lead. The Royals played error-free baseball and the pitching staff eliminated any threats the rest of the way. Royals picked up 1 more run in the 3rd and another in the 6th to claim the OBA ‘A’ Provincial Title before a full house at beautiful Bayshore Field with a final score of 13-3!!
Quinte Royals baseball is proud to have played host to the 2023 OBAs. Our tournament committee put together a top-notch tournament that ran smoothly and received many compliments from visiting teams. “ This is the best OBA we have ever seen”
All 400+ participants received swag bags filled with donations from local businesses. Vendors such as Wraps Performance and Limestone City Bat co were on hand with demos and weekend sales.
The Royals Association wishes to congratulate all teams on a fantastic weekend of baseball!!
Thank you Chris Lisle Head Coach 16u Quinte Royals