Hawks win Western Ontario Baseball Association bantam title

The Owen Sound (Bittel) Foodland Hawks defeated St. Marys 10-8 in the final to win the Western Ontario Baseball Association Doc Miller bantam championship on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Owen Sound, Ont. The team includes, back row, from left, head coach Matt Bittel, assistant coach Mark Diaz, Spencer Stephens, Bennett Lines, Caleb Radbourne, Austin Robbins, Brielle Gekil-Pendleton and assistant coach Rob Pendleton. Front row, from left, are Tal Kennedy, Cole Gowan, Jesse Bittel, Jack Diaz, Nate Ryan, Colby Schank and Pearson Roe. The team had an overall regular season and playoff record of 19-1 this season. The Owen Sound Sun Times/Postmedia Network Sun Times

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The Owen Sound (Bittel) Foodland Hawks bantams won the Western Ontario Baseball Association’s Doc Miller Championship on Sunday.

For four of the team members – Jesse Bittel, Jack Diaz, Bennett Lines and Austin Robbins – it was the second consecutive title. And it was once again St. Marys that the city squad defeated in the final on Sunday, as the Hawks downed the Rockies 10-8.

Bittel pitched Owen Sound to the championship win after both teams advanced to the final with perfect 4-0 records. Colby Schank earned the save.

The Owen Sound (Bittel) Foodland Hawks celebrate after defeating St. Marys 10-8 in the final to win the Western Ontario Baseball Association Doc Miller bantam championship on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Owen Sound, Ont. The team had an overall regular season and playoff record of 19-1 this season. The Owen Sound Sun Times/Postmedia Network Sun Times

The win completed a dominating weekend for Owen Sound as they outscored their opponents 69-19. With five wins on the weekend, their overall record for the season and the playoffs was 19-1 after the team went 14-1 during the WOBA regular season.

In the semifinals earlier on Sunday, the Hawks defeated Hanover 15-2. Jack Diaz picked up the win on the mound for Owen Sound.

In the round-robin, Owen Sound had a perfect 3-0 record.

On Saturday afternoon, the Hawks defeated Saugeen Shores 10-6. Shank earned the win for Owen Sound.

On Saturday morning, the Hawks defeated the Owen Sound (Stata) Hawks 14-2, with Diaz pitching five innings for the win. The Hawks opened the tournament with a 20-1 win over Hanover with Bittel pitching the complete game.

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