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Best Moments Of 2019: Whitby Chiefs Win 15U Ray Carter Cup

Cam Black-Araujo
PBR Ontario Scout

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Best Moments Of 2019: Whitby Chiefs Win 15U Ray Carter Cup

As the Kinsmen Stadium lights turned off in late August and the final 15U game of 2019 season in the books, it was a whole lot of deja vu for Team Ontario as they secured their second straight 15U national championship.

Not only did they win it again on home soil in Oshawa but it was right-hander Carson Lumley on the bump again in the gold medal game.

A two-run single off the bat of Matt Isaacson landed inches in front of a diving outfielder to help drive in the tying and winning runs to cap off a thriller and secure gold for Ontario.

Lumley was dominant on the mound over 5 ⅓ innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out nine and walking one. There was a lot of swing and miss on the fastball which sat 82-84 early on and played up with the shorter pitching distance in the tournament.

Isaacson had the most important hit of the weekend but he chipped in each game he played, picking up a hit in all four while going 5-for-12 with a double, two triples and five runs scored. Zach Kourous was another offensive standout for Whitby, picking up two of his nine hits in the gold medal game to bump his average up to .500 to go along with three walks.

They had some fire power at the dish but their true identity was the depth of their pitching staff as Lumley, Ryan Lieng, Griffin Catto, Zak Szabo and Nick King combined to throw 30 innings and while allowing just three earned runs. Not only did they keep opponents from crossing home plate but they didn’t allow a ton of contact either as they combined to strike out 37 compared to eight walks.

It was a dominant run which saw Ontario lose just one game and follow in Brampton’s footsteps from 2018 as the most recent Ontario representative to win the 15U Ray Carter Cup.

It gave our scouts an early look at some of the top 2022 and 2023 players across the country led by four 2022s who are among Ontario’s top ten prospects.

We saw the talent and athleticism the 15U Whitby Chiefs bring to the table back in early May for their organizational scout day and it was no surprise to see them as the last team standing in the country.

Historic Kinsmen Stadium in Oshawa was packed full for the Gold Medal game and again, it was not short on theatrics and another Ray Carter Cup that lived up to what has become, a heavily watched tournament and a great opportunity to see what the future of Canadian Baseball is going to be.