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Nationals for 9 Hours


By Fred Wallace

Wiarton Wins Tom Simms Tournament



Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".

Sunday in Meaford, I watched the Wiarton Nationals play fastball ..........for NINE HOURS.

On the final day of the 53rd annual Tom Simms Memorial Fastball Tournament at Croft Athletic Field, the Nationals needed to win 4 games to repeat as champions...and eventually, they did.

Wiarton mercied both the Dundalk Smoke and The Lakes of Fenelon Falls before scoring back to back victories over the Port Elgin Blue Devils in an all-Bluewater Final.

While the 9 hour run by the Nationals was remarkable, so too was the performance of lefthander Dustin Veenhof who hurled every pitch from start to finish for Wiarton.

The Waubaushene Dodgers & Dooley's Taxi of Meaford were the other divisional winners on a smoking hot final day of the tournament.

The Nationals, Dodgers and Dooley's weren't the only regional champions in fastball over the weekend.

The Shallow Lake Arbonne Peewee Sting won the OASA title at Stouffville and earned a berth at the Canadian Peewee Championship Tournament in Palmerston this month.

And while the Shallow Lake Peewees are at Palmerston, the Sting Bantams are prepping for their National Championship Tournament at Cobourg

And finally at the Mite level, the Tara Ron Nickason Construction Twins won the Western Region qualifier at Drumbo.  

With that triumph, Tara advances to the OASA Provincials August 19 & 20 in Ponsonby.

Nine hours of fastball at Meaford for the Wiarton Nationals was only part of the activity in the sport over last weekend.

I'm Fred Wallace

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