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Kellys Pub advances to championship game at junior nationals

Kellys Pub advances to final at junior nationals

It took a full team effort, but the Kellys Pub Canadians pulled it out advancing to the 2007 Causeway Bay Softball Canada Junior Mens fast pitch championship final with a 6-4 extra inning win over the Scarborough Wolverines on Saturday night.

And it was thanks to energizer bunny, Justin Gill who just seems to keep going and going and leading by example. He appeared to roll his ankle in the game Saturday night, but put the pain he might be feeling aside and stayed in the game leading by example.

Gill hit a sixth inning solo home run that rallied the defending champions to victory.

Trailing 3-1 and looking as if they may be on the verge of their first loss, Gill bombed a shot over the outfield fence. However, catcher Stephen Strapp said it was a full team effort, something his teammates agreed with.

Everyone from 1-to-16 contributed to this win, Starpp said.

It came down to the eighth inning to determine a winner between these two evenly matched teams.

With Strapp on second as a result of the International tie breaking rule, Mark Lewis hit a hard single that scored brought the catcher home. Ryan Boland (1-4) came to bat next with pinch runner Matt Hill on first and Mark Lewis on second.

The all star second basemen then hit a first pitch triple, scoring Hill and Lewis and giving the Canadians a 6-4 lead.

It was a great game to be involved in, Boland said. We were down and whatever the case was we never quit. Justins (Gill) home run picked us up and gave us life back.

As for what they will do Sunday in the final looking to repeat as champions, Boland said the team will just take it pitch-by-pitch.

Well see what happens but itll be a tough game for sure, he added.

Lewis once again had the hot bat, driving in three runs. Gill (two-for-four, two runs scored, RBI), Brad Ezekiel (one-for-three, run scored), Jon Kane (two-for-three) also had big games.

Pitching-wise, Sean Cleary went the distance for Kellys Pub, striking out four, giving up four runs on five hits and walking one. Matt Leahy came on in relief, pitching two and two third innings giving up three runs on three hits and sitting down two.

Kellys Pub plays the winner of the Scarborough-Elmira/Simcoe semifinal, which takes place today at 11 a.m. The championship is set for 1:30 p.m.

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