LORILEE McKELVIE
Special to the Standard

SCUGOG: The Port Perry Angels Mite team travelled to Chatham this weekend to participate in the PWSA U10 Grand Championships. Falling short at Qualifiers in Cobourg over the August 2nd – 4th weekend, the Mites competed with 11 other teams in the “B” pool.
The Mites took on the Chatham Eagles in their first game. The bats were on fire and the pitching was spot on giving Port Perry their first win 15-0. Next came the Waterloo Ghosts Black. A more intense 7 inning game with excellent pitching from both teams, the Mites got their second win 3-0! The third game of round robin play was against the Corunna Lady Giants. Trailing 2-1 through 4 innings, the Port Perry Angels could not hold on in the 5th, and took their first loss 6-2.
Finishing second in their pool of round robin play pushed them in the playoff bracket with their first game against the Vaughan Vikings. With both teams scoreless through 3 innings and the fans at the edge of their seats, the Mites opened up in the 4th inning with a lead off single from Dakota. Then a triple from Madison scores the first run, followed up by a single from Brie scoring the second run. The Angels were on the board. The Vikings came back and tied it up in the bottom of the 4th. Great pitching from Vaughan shut down the Angels for the next two innings, and a grand slam from Vaughan guaranteed their 9 – 2 victory.
Highlights from this weekend include: fantastic pitching from Brie, Madison, and Sam; a rocket from Brie behind the plate to Natasha at second to tag out the steal after catching a fly ball; Jadyn chasing down a base runner for the double play; Erica’s first hit of the season; Avery scoring 3 runs on 7 walks in 9 at bats; and Dakota’s record foul balls in one at bat. Great memories and a wonderful learning experience all wrapped up in one weekend.
Coaches Josh, Wendy, Pippa, and Alyssa could not be more proud of these girls and how far they have come since last fall. To watch the growth and development of each player has been phenomenal!
A special thank you to the PWSA, Theresa Coleman (the U10 coordinator), and the Chatham Eagles for putting on the Grand Championships tournament.