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Mosquitos Bounced in Semi's in Year-End WOBA Tournament
Submitted By Trevor Russwurm on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The Feeney Design Build Mosquito Astros competed in the Tier 3 division of the WOBA Mosquito Year-End Playoff Tournament Aug 11-13th, going 2-1 in round robin action but falling to eventually champion Mitchell Dearing in the semi-finals on Sunday morning.


The Astros were scheduled to open the tournament on Friday night facing Walkerton Heaney, but the game was rained out and moved to Sunday morning at 8:00am.
The first game was thus played at 3:00pm on Saturday, squaring off with Mount Forest #1.  Visiting Mount Forest struck first for two runs in the opening inning, but Mitchell stormed back with three of their own as Brennan Ward, Josh French, and Jordan Visneskie all came in to score.  Mitchell would open up the scoring in the bottom of the sixth, putting the max six runs across to take a commanding 12-3 lead.  Mount Forest would mount a comeback in the top of seventh, but it wasn't enough as the Astros hung on for a 12-9 win.  French and Visneskie each scored three times, and pitching duties were shared by French, Ward, and Nolan Vessie.
Game two on Saturday was against St Marys Blue, and the bats struck early and often as the locals built an 8-1 lead after three innings of play, on route to a 14-6 win.  French, Visneskie, Kellen Russwurm, Max VanderVelde, Carter O'Brien, and Lincoln Lorentz all scored twice each in a well-rounded display of offense.  Visneskie and Russwurm each pitched three innings, and Vessie finished up in the last inning.
Against Walkerton on Sunday morning, the visitors struck first for three runs off starter Russwurm, but Mitchell would immediately tie it back up in the bottom half as Russwurm and French hit back-to-back one-out doubles, and Visneskie delivered a two-run home run.  The teams would trade runs over the next couple of innings, tied 5-5 at the end of three.  Walkerton added three more runs off of relievers Jacob Bye and O'Brien over the next two innings, and Mitchell could not catch up eventually falling 14-7 but still locking up the #1 seed in their pool.
Next up was the semi-final game, matched up against local rival Mitchell Dearing.  Drawing visitors after the coin flip, the squad scored early again as French was aboard on a two-out base hit, and trotted home on Visneskie's second two-run home run of the day.  A strong-hitting Dearing squad would answer back with four runs in the bottom half and never give up the lead.  Mitchell French got close in the fifth, as it was 5-4 in the middle, but Mitchell Dearing added four more runs in the bottom half to end in a 9-4 win and eventual championship in the following final game.  Congrats to all teams for a great season!
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