White Sox stun Tigers 

THEY were the best team for most of the season but Toronto will be spectators for the biggest game of the year on Saturday.

White Sox scored the upset of the season on Sunday when they ended the minor premiers’ season with a 6-3 win in the preliminary final at Miller Field.

Sox will now meet five-time defending champions Belmont in Saturday’s grand final at Windsor Park.

Toronto won their first 11 matches and lost only three games in the regular season.

But the Tigers failed to win a game in the semi-finals and will have to wait another year for a shot at their maiden top-grade title.

Third-placed Sox hadn’t managed a win against a team above them all year but hit top gear when it mattered most. For the second week in a row Cal Davies threw a complete game, restricting Toronto’s strong batting line-up to just five hits in nine innings.

Youngster Mat Hudson started on the mound for Toronto and threw five efficient digs, leaving the game with the scores tied at 1-1.

Sox hit the front with a run in the top of the sixth before adding another three to their lead in the eighth.

The Tigers got one back in the bottom of the inning but that’s all they could manage as Davies shut them down.

■ Belmont will be aiming for a clean sweep at Newcastle Major League grand final day on Saturday.

The club’s second grade side joined first and third grade in the deciders with a 6-1 win over Phoenix Charlestown on Sunday.

Thirds will take on rivals Toronto in the finale after the Tigers scored a hard-fought 6-5 victory over Boomerangs.

■ They say nothing beats experience and that proved the case in the sixth grade decider at Roy Jordan Sports Complex on Saturday.

Maitland, whose team features a number of cricketers in their first season of baseball, were aiming to complete a perfect season. But standing in their way were the wily veterans from Phoenix Charlestown Blackbirds.

The Mavericks had beaten the Blackbirds three times this year but on Saturday they were no match for the big-game experience of the Blackbirds, who scored a 15-0 victory.

Blackbirds pitcher Peter Robson was named grand final MVP after throwing a no-hitter in the decider.

He also performed well with the bat, leading off with a double to centre field which set the tone for Phoenix’s comprehensive win.

Minor premiers Toronto Wildcats beat Woodberry 5-2 in fifth grade, and in fourths Belmont beat Nelson Bay 12-5.

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