* In a rematch from two days ago, Ontario Green once again defeated Atlantic Grey, this time in a 5-0 shutout in Tournament 12 action at Rogers Centre. Michael Brettell (pictured) was dominant over five innings for the win. (Photo: Michael Hoad). ….
Letters of Intent
By Tyler Johnston
TORONTO – Michael Brettell was dominant on Friday as Ontario Green shut out Atlantic Grey 5-0 at the Rogers Centre in Tournament 12 play.
Brettell went five scoreless innings to pick up his second victory of the event for the undefeated Ontario Green (3-0-1) squad, surrendering just two hits while striking out seven.
Darren Shred came on in relief to get the final six outs of the game, giving up no hits and only one walk.
Brettell has been impressive all tournament for Ontario Green and has yet to yield an earned run over his seven innings.
“Everything was working out on the mound today,” said the 6-foot-4 righty from Fonthill, Ont. “I feel like I was in control the whole time. Any time I got in trouble, I would go to my [four-seam fastball] which I felt really comfortable with.”
Righty Jake Cook had an impressive outing for Atlantic Grey (0-4-0) despite the loss, quieting the Ontario Green bats over three no-hit innings to go along with five strikeouts.
However, the bottom of the fourth is where things started to unravel for the winless Grey.
Reilly O’Rourke took the mound and proceeded to walk the first four batters he faced. Ontario Green would score four runs in the inning, capped off by a one-out RBI single to right by Tony Hrynkiw.
The catcher finished 2-for-3 on the afternoon, and knocked in an RBI for Ontario Green.
“I felt more comfortable than usual at the plate today,” said Hrynkiw, 18, one of the veterans on the team. “I had my hands going, was able to get my foot down, and was able to see the ball really well.”
This was a rematch of the Thursday afternoon affair between the two clubs, one that saw Ontario Green hammer Atlantic Grey 8-2. This seemed to help some of the Green batters who had a better feel at the plate.
“We played this team yesterday and we kind of knew how their pitches were,” said Hrynkiw. “Coaches said to stay patient, and we didn’t want to chase anything and just hit our pitch.”
Atlantic Grey will look to get its first victory of the tournament against Futures Navy later Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Ontario Green will get the rest of the day off before taking on B.C. Orange on Saturday morning with an 8 a.m. scheduled fist pitch.
– The full Tournament 12 schedule can be found here.