Holy Names takes second straight Prentice Cup

Holy Names takes second straight Prentice Cup

Holy Names takes second straight Prentice Cup
TORONTO -- After the Holy Names Knights of Windsor, Ontario, reached the final of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations tournament with a last-inning comeback win on Wednesday, coach Joe Siddall had a wish.

"I want an 8-0 lead by the third inning tomorrow," Siddall, a former Major League catcher, said.

And sure enough, the Knights delivered.

After three innings on Thursday at Rogers Centre, Holy Names led Toronto St. Michael's College, 8-0.

The Knights went on to win, 8-2, to take the Prentice Cup, named for Bobby Prentice, the Blue Jays' former director of Canadian scouting, for the second year in a row.

The Knights scored one run in the first, four in the second and three in the third. Jake Lumley and Andrew Wasyluk each had two RBIs, and Brett Siddall and Spencer Church had one each.

Siddall, an outfielder and the son of the team's coach, will be attending Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., next year to play baseball; Church, who plays first and third base, will be attending Western Michigan.

"We've just had a flair for the dramatic this year," said Joe Siddall, who played with the Expos, Marlins and Tigers over parts of four seasons. "We've been down so many times and come back, and then [on Wednesday] it was no different. We had nobody on and one out, and down two runs, and then we came back."

On Wednesday, Wasyluk laid a bunt along the first-base line to score Manik Jandoria with the winning run in the seventh and final inning of the semifinal win over Toronto Michael Power at Connorvale Park.

There was no such drama in the final. as the Knights took advantage of seven hits and three errors by St. Michael's, which scored twice in the fifth.

Connor Soulliere pitched four innings, followed by Siddall and Jandoria, for the Knights, who held St. Michael's to four hits.

The Knights made two errors.

"It was so nice to get that lead, but you never know what's going to happen in these games," Joe Siddall said. "All you can do is start counting the outs. Having an eight-run lead sure helps, because it allows the pitchers to just go after people. They don't have to pitch so much and just let the defense work."

Church said that having players miss games along the way to the finals contributed to some of the close calls.

"Every game we had to come out, and we never knew who was going to play where," said Church, who was ill for the semifinal and could only cheer his teammates from the bench. "I didn't expect this, especially in the finals. We knew St. Mike's was a great team, but we were able to jump on their pitching early and get a good lead. All year we've never quit. We've always fought through. We've been able to come back from 3-0, 4-0 deficits and win. We have a phenomenal team."

Sinclair High School of Whitby, Ontario, defeated Michael Power, 3-0, in the consolation final.

St. Michael's won the third-place game last year and progressed to the final this year but did not play their customary game.

"To get to this point, I thought our defense and pitching were really the key," coach Jeff Zownir said. "Today we were a little bit shaky. On the mound we gave up some walks and put some runners on, and our defense wasn't sharp. For us to make three errors was uncharacteristic, and I thought that was the difference in giving those two big innings up.

"And our hitting, usually we can keep ourselves in the game, but they did a nice job of battling out of jams when they needed to."

Zownir said it was a big occasion for the teams to play at the home field of the Blue Jays.

"Right from the first day of the season, all they could talk about was getting back to the dome," Zownir said. "Last year, as bronze medalists, they said, 'We've got to get back to the dome and take another shot.' It's the focal point of the season, and it's a thrill for them to walk in."

The Blue Jays also were complimented by Holy Names coach Will Ruttinger for allowing the championship to be played at Rogers Centre.

"It will be something they will be able to talk about 30 years ago, that they played here," Ruttinger said.

Larry Millson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.