Local roundup: Pfaff wins two gold medals; Diamonds will host the 50+ Championship

Rain Pfaff of the Armstrong Academy of Martial Arts won two gold medals at the GTA Classic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament.

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Pfaff wins gold ahead of Worlds

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Rain Pfaff of Chatham’s Armstrong Academy of Martial Arts won two gold medals at the GTA Classic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament on Sunday in Etobicoke.

Pfaff won gold in her class based on weight, age, and belt, and also won gold in the open weight class.

She was undefeated in four matches, winning three by submission and one by points, without allowing a single point.

Pfaff is due to compete in the International Ju-Jitsu Federation World Championships on November 3 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

She will represent Canada in the women’s over 70 kg division (purple to black belt).

Diamonds Welcome Vintage Baseball

The Chatham Diamonds will host the Vintage Baseball Federation of Ontario 50+ Championship this weekend at Rotary Park’s Fergie Jenkins Field.

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The Diamonds will face the Tecumseh Green Giants on Friday at 7 p.m., the Walsingham Senators on Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Scarborough Maroons on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The top two teams from the four-team round robin will meet in the final at 4 p.m. Sunday.

“It should be really good baseball,” CMBA president Jason Chickowski said.

Scarborough defeated Tecumseh in the Tier 1 50+ final at the 2022 Canadian National Veterans Baseball Federation Championship in Halifax, while Walsingham won the Tier 2 50+ title.

Chatham Baseball selects its coaches

The Chatham Minor Baseball Association has announced the coaches of its Diamonds travel team for the 2023 season.

The coaches are: Justin Matteis, 8U (born 2015); Kevin Stead, 9U (born 2014); Jeremy Osborne, 10U (b. 2013); Karen Bourassa, 11U (b. 2012); Jason Chickowski, 12U (b. 2011); Pat McMahon, 13U (b. 2010); Ryan Presley, 14U (b. 2009); Darren Beuckelare, 15U (b. 2008); Dale Vandermeersch, 18U (born 2005-07); and Bill Flavell, 22U (born 2001-04).

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Equality of the day for the 10th at the regional preview

Chatham’s Garret Day of the Wayne State men’s golf team tied for 10th place at the NCAA Super Regional Preview recently in Winona, Minnesota.

Day had a total of 148 after shooting rounds 73 and 75 at The Bridges golf course, the site of the NCAA Super Regionals to be held May 11-13, 2023.

Day had three top-10 results last season and was named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team.

Saints’ Whitson collects victory

Chatham winning pitcher Brock Whitson fanned three runs and allowed four runs, all earned, in five innings as defending champion St. Clair Saints beat the Humber Hawks 8-6 in the opener of a twinbill OCAA baseball on Sunday in Tecumseh.

Saints starter Sam McKinlay of Tilbury suffered the loss in Game 2 after striking out five runs and giving up five runs, including two earned, in five innings in the Hawks’ 8-4 win.

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