Belmore Stingers top Fastball League, year-end tournament this weekend
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Huron County Fastball League regular season action officially wrapped up over the weekend and it’s the Belmore Stingers that sit atop the standings with a record of 16-4 and 32 points.
This, despite the Stingers losing their final game of the season on Sept. 6 when they beat the Fullarton A’s by a score of 13-0 in the first game of a double-header, but then fell by a score of 8-4 in the second game to end their regular season.
The Wingham Hitmen ended the season in a distant second place, with a record of 14-5-1 and 29 points, winning their last two games of the season.
The Brussels Tigers rounded out the top three with a record of 13-7 and 26 points.
The Walton Brewers finished the season in fourth place, with a record of 11-9, followed by the Milverton AW Millwrights in fifth place with a .500 record of 10-10. The Sebringville Sting finished the regular season with a record of 9-9-2, followed by the Mitchell Mets in seventh place, also with a record of 10-10, while the Fullarton A’s finished the season in eighth place with a record of 9-10-1.
The Monkton Muskrats ended their regular season with a walk-off win over the Wroxeter Rippers, improving to a record of 9-11 to secure ninth place, while the Goderich Grizzlies ended in 10th place with a record of 5-15 and the Rippers finished in last place with a record of 2-18.
On Friday night, Monkton beat Wroxeter by a score of 11-1, while the Sebringville Sting edged out the Brussels Tigers by a score of 5-4.
On Sept. 8, Wingham beat Milverton by a score of 6-4, while Milverton trounced Goderich the previous night by a score of 15-0.
The Brussels Tigers split a double-header with Monkton on Sept. 7, losing the first game by a score of 7-6, but roaring back with an 11-4 win in the second game.
The Walton Brewers also finished their regular season on Sept. 7, shutting out the Rippers from Wroxeter by a score of 6-0.
Four games went ahead on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Goderich beat Sebringville by a score of 15-10, while Walton beat Mitchell by a score of 5-2, Belmore beat Fullarton by a score of 13-0 in the first game of a double-header, while Fullarton came back to win the second game by a score of 8-4.
The Huron County Fastball League year-end tournament will go ahead this weekend (Sept. 16-18) at Keterson Park, hosted by the Mitchell Mets.
The Brussels Tigers will look to win their fifth straight title and their sixth in the last seven seasons after triumphing in 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2015. The Wingham Hitmen won the title in 2016 as the only team not from Brussels to be crowned champions of the league in the last seven years. There was no season in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Tigers’ victory in 2021 came by way of playdowns due to a modified and truncated season.
For more information, visit the league’s website online at huroncountyfastball.com.