Brussels Tigers finish atop fastball league standings ahead of year-end tournament
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
The games have been played and the scores submitted and it’s the Brussels Tigers who have finished atop the Huron County Fastball League standings thanks to a 10-game winning streak to end the season.
The Tigers ended the regular season with a record of 20-2 and 40 points. They were perfect at home with a record of 11-0 in Brussels, dropping their only two losses on the road for a record of 9-2 away from their home diamond.
The Belmore Stingers, who spent much of the season undefeated and in first place, ended the season in second with a record of 18-3-1 and 37 points. The Milverton Millwrights finished the season in third place with a record of 16-6 and 32 points, followed by the Wingham Hitmen in fourth place with a record of 15-6-1 and 31 points.
The Mitchell Mets finished the season in fifth place with a record of 13-8-1 and 27 points as the last team with a record above .500.
The Sebringville Sting ended the season with a record of 10-11-1 and 21 points in sixth place, followed by the seventh-place Monkton Muskrats with a record of 9-13 and 18 points, the eighth-place Walton Brewers with a record of 8-13-1 and 17 points and the Fullarton A’s in ninth place with a record of 8-14 and 16 points.
The Goderich Grizzlies, who are hosting this season’s year-end tournament, ended in 10th place with a record of 7-15 and 14 points, followed by the Wroxeter Rippers in 11th place with a record of 3-19 and six points and the last-place Brussels Bangers with a record of 2-19-1 and just five points.
On the last day of the season, Monday, Sept. 11, the Mitchell Mets beat the Bangers in Brussels by a score of 7-0, while the Belmore Stingers beat the Goderich Grizzlies by a score of 3-1 in a game played in Mildmay. Both games had been rescheduled, originally scheduled to be played on Aug. 23 and Sept. 6, respectively.
On Sept. 10, the Brussels Tigers hosted the Mitchell Mets in a game originally scheduled to be played on Sept. 6, winning by a score of 10-6. Also that night, the Sebringville Sting travelled to Fullarton to play the A’s for a game originally scheduled to be played on Aug. 29. The A’s won by a score of 6-5 in a game that took eight innings to complete.
On Sept. 8, the Monkton Muskrats hosted the Brussels Tigers and the Tigers won by a score of 5-2, while also that night the Sebringville Sting hosted the Milverton Millwrights in a game originally scheduled to be played on Aug. 18. The Millwrights won by a score of 7-3.
The Walton Brewers and Milverton Millwrights split their doubleheader played in Milverton on Sept. 7, with Walton winning the first game by a score of 14-10 and the Millwrights winning the second by a score of 16-6. Both games were five innings with a designated hitter, with one of the games originally scheduled to be played on Aug. 29.
On Sept. 6, the Milverton Millwrights beat the Rippers in Wroxeter by a score of 13-0. That comes after two games on Sept. 5 in which the Mitchell Mets were in Walton and beat the Brewers by a score of 2-1 and the Fullarton A’s hosted the Milverton Millwrights, but lost by a score of 5-3.
On Sept. 4, the Monkton Muskrats hosted the Goderich Grizzlies in a game originally scheduled to be played on Aug. 29 and won by a score of 4-1. The Grizzlies continued playing that day, making up a game with the Fullarton A’s in Monkton, originally scheduled to be played on Sept. 8, and the Grizzlies won by a score of 7-3.
Now, it’s on to the year-end tournament, which will be hosted by the Goderich Grizzlies at Bannister Park this weekend. Games begin at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday, Sept. 15) and run through Sunday, Sept. 17, when the championship will be decided at 4 p.m.
Twelve teams from across Huron and Perth Counties will take part in the tournament, which will follow the storied double-knockout format. There will be a licensed bar run by the Goderich Flyers hockey team and a food truck on site for those in attendance.