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22 August, 2011


Dresden's Justin Cook slid safely into  home plate to give Windsor Selects an early lead in Sunday's Baseball Canada Junior Championship game.

Over the past couple of years we have been following the progress of three talented Chatham-Kent baseball players in U.S. college play and with the Windsor Selects in national junior competition during the summer break.  This past weekend they reached the pinnacle of junior baseball supremacy in Canada.  *Click on the YouTube video link above to see the boys in action and as they were interviewed following the Canadian championship final game.

Larry Balkwill of Chatham, and Dresden twin brothers Justin Cook and Matt Cook captured a Baseball Canada Junior Championship Sunday afternoon in Windsor as members of the Windsor Selects.  The Selects went 6-0 in the tournament including a 5-2 win over Mississauga in the Gold Medal game. Balkwill hit an outstanding .471 in the tournament with 3 RBI’s, including a 2-for-4 performance in the gold medal game.

Justin Cook showed off his skills at the plate in the gold medal game collecting 2 RBI’s. Justin had 4 RBI’s in the tournament and finished with a .313 average. Brother Matt Cook also had a hit and an RBI for the Selects in the gold medal game. Matt pitched the semi-final game of the tournament striking out eight batters and allowing only two hits in a 2-1 win over St. Thomas Tom Cats and was named  the tournament's all-star right-handed pitcher for his effort.  Justin also pitched and won a game in the 10-team championship tournament.

Balkwill was named the tournament's all-star defensive catcher.

I bet I know two sets of very proud parents who made the trip down 401 Highway for that championship game on Sunday.

The three Chatham-Kent athletes are about to head south to begin their NCAA seasons with their respective college baseball teams.  We wish them well.

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