By Darryl G. Smart
The Caledonia Bears have slowly but surely built a baseball powerhouse.
Over the weekend, the Bears took two of the three Southern Counties Baseball Association titles that were contended for at local baseball diamonds.
All season long, the Caledonia Bears have been dominant, and that did not stop over the weekend at Misner Park in Port Dover.
The Bears won three-straight, including a 12-2 drubbing of the Tillsonburg Otters C team on Sunday to capture the SCBA bantam title.
The bantam championship was a double-elimination tournament that featured the Bears, Simcoe Giants, Port Dover Sailors, Aylmer Pirates and two teams from Tillsonburg.
Friday, the Bears blanked teh Sailors 18-0 to set the tone for the weekend. Saturday, they hammered the Pirates 22-0, before beating the Otters J team 8-4.
Heading into the weekend’s action, the Bears were at the top of the SCBA standings thanks to its 14-0-1 record.
The Caledonia Bears struck at the right time this weekend.
All season long, the one team that seemed to have the Bears number was the Simcoe Giants. But in the one game that counted the most, the Bears beat their arch rival 5-2 to take the Southern Counties Baseball Association peewee title at home.
Like the bantams, the peewee Bears dominated their opponents on championship weekend, beating the Aylmer Pirates 22-2, before defeating the Port Dover Sailors a 12-2 defeat to set up the grudge match in the final against the Giants.
Going into the SCBA championship weekend, the Giants were a perfect 15-0, while the Bears were 10-4, losing all three games to their rival and once early to the Sailors.
The Tillsonburg Otters were the No. 1 seed heading into the weekend’s Southern Counties Baseball Association mosquito championship tournament, and did not disappoint, beating the Port Dover Sailors 8-5 in the final.
The Otters went undefeated over the weekend.
This weekend the Southern Counties Senior Men’s Baseball League will hold its tournament at Memorial Park in Simcoe.
Action begins Friday with Simcoe taking on Walsingham at 6pm, with Port Dover and Tillsonburg to follow at 8:30pm.
Saturday games begin at 11:30am, with the last game of the day taking place at 7pm.
Sunday action continues at 1pm.