Upper Canada College’s varsity baseball team won two games on May 21 to capture its first Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) championship in 22 years.
The Blues finished first in the CISAA’s East Division and gained entry into the final four tournament in Aurora, Ont. at St. Andrew’s College. The team defeated the home squad 6-5 in the semi-final, led by pitcher Justin Sadler’s five innings of one-hit ball. The Blues’ offence was timely, with key hits from catcher Liam Power, and a solid two innings of relief from pitcher Andrew Kozicz closed the game.
The Blues moved on to face division rival De La Salle College, which defeated defending CISAA champion St. Michael’s College School 2-1 in the other semi-final. The teams had split games against each other during regular season play, so the final was set up to be a great game.
The Blues again were bolstered by another five-inning, one-hit performance by Sadler followed by two more innings from Kozicz. The Blues jumped out to a 7-0 lead, largely through big hits from Aidan Power and Doug Heaton. De La Salle mounted a comeback, making the game a bit closer at 8-2 heading into the top of the seventh inning. The Blues gave up two runs in that frame, enabling the team to claim an 8-4 victory and the championship.
The Blues now advance to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations’ Prentice Cup tournament in first week of June. Details will be posted on the team’s web page once the information has been confirmed.