Windsor Lancers to host CIBA Nationals

Championship baseball and October go together like apple pie and melted cheddar cheese. This October, Windsor-Essex County will get its own slice of playoff ball with the CIBA National Championships from October 18 to 20.

Photo by Gord Bacon.
Photo by Gord Bacon.

Photo by Gord Bacon.

Mike Specht

Sports Editor

Championship baseball and October go together like apple pie and melted cheddar cheese.  This October, Windsor-Essex County will get its own slice of playoff ball with the CIBA National Championships from October 18 to 20.

Playing out of a brand new United Communities Credit Union Complex in Amherstberg, the (6-0) Windsor Lancers will take on seven of the best teams in the nation.

“Nationals will be a different, I am sure the stadium will be packed. It`s not in the core of Windsor, but it’s beautiful.  It is one of the best diamonds in Windsor-Essex and they have helped us out a lot in Amherstberg,” said senior captain Anthony Ruccolo.

In their most recent action the Lancers kept their perfect record intact defeating crosstown rival St. Clair Saints 12-4.  With both schools vying for the opportunity to win a national title on home soil, the rematch between the Saints and Lancers on September 25 should be a classic.

“St. Clair is a tough team, we have struggled with them in past years.  They are national champions and we weren’t going to take them lightly,” noted Ruccolo who had 3 RBI in the contest.

As the Frank Jeney coached team looks ahead, they are aware that winning is a process. Pitcher Aaron Doyle discussed the need to focus on the small details, in order to achieve prolonged success.

“This team has a lot of depth, and we just need to bring the same approach no matter who we are playing.  We have to keep working to limit our errors and make sure we hit the ball, because it’s a grind all the way until the middle of October,” said Doyle.

The Lancers return home for the rematch against the Saints, before taking on the York Lions in a doubleheader on Saturday September 28.

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