Oakville Whitecaps Juniors win 2014 Provincials
TheJunior (14U) Whitecaps followed the Intermediate team out to the Ottawa region but headed to Kemptville to compete in the 2014 Provincials for the right to represent Ontario in the 2014Junior Canadians in Lethbridge Alberta.
The Junior Whitecaps led by team manager, Nick Rigato, took to the diamonds and were focused on one thing and that was taking it to the next level.
The Whitecaps got out to a fast start with some convincing wins over Windsor, Thunder Bay and Perth to get to the playoffs. In the playoffs agains the Orleans Red Sox, the Whitecaps got off to a slow start by going down 5-0 early in the game. This team was resilient and had a "never give up" attitude. They bounced back with four runs and eventually scored two more and held off Orleans to wn the game setting the stage for the finals against the Kanata Cubs.
The day started out with significant rain storms and thunderstorms causing a long delay from the original 10am start. The team had to find a way to stay loose throughout the day waiting for the rains to stop and the diamonds to be playable. That time came as the first pitch went at 2PM. Oakville's starting pitcher, Cam Dyck pitched a great game with solid defense behind him and offfense that came at the right time. The Whitecaps gave up one run in the top of the first inning but bounced back to score two in the bottom of the inning to take a one run lead which proved to be all that was needed for the Whitecaps to win the 2014 Junior Provincials.
This is the first time since 2002 that Oakville has sent a team to the Canadians representing Oakville Little League and District 1 and in 2014, we are now sending two teams to represent Ontario and Oakville Little League.
Congratulaitons to the players and coaching staff of the14U Whitecaps and we look forward to following you as you represent Ontario in the 2014 Canadians.