The weather was perfect as TPS squared off against fellow emergency personnel baseball teams in the annual Garrett Styles Memorial Baseball Tournament, hosted by York Regional Police Service (YRPS) on May 14 & 15 in Newmarket.
This was the fifth year for this tournament, which was created to honour the memory of fallen YRPS officer, Garrett Styles, who died in the line of duty on June 8, 2011.
Game 1 kicked off at a cool 7:30am. Luckily for Toronto, the bats were hot and the defense was on as they squared off with their Steeles Avenue border rivals, the York Blue Sox. Toronto took the game with a commanding 15-0 win.
Nearly six hours later, Toronto faced off against New York State. For Toronto, it was the much anticipated debut of pitcher Jamie Richmond from 22 Division. For Richmond, he went the complete game, striking out 13 batters and was credited for no earned runs. Unfortunately, however, for Toronto two costly throwing errors cost them two runs, which were the only runs scored for either team. Toronto lost the game 2-0.
Friday morning, Toronto faced off against Barrie Fire looking to make up for the loss against New York. Thanks to incredible pitching by tournament MVP Ryan Bartley, from 12 Division, Toronto was able to stay focused coming away with a 7-5 win over the Fire department and advancing to the finals vs New York.
For Toronto, the bats fell short and New York again got out of the gates early and never let up. Unfortunately for Toronto, they lost the game finished in second place. Despite the loss, Toronto was humbled and honoured to again be part of this tournament.
Toronto will be looking to bring home a medal when they attend the World Police & Fire Games in Fairfax, Virginia at the end of June. Stay tuned.