Ryan's Durham team won Gold for Ontario, and it was the first time Durham had sent a team to the event.
Durham swept through the divisioning round, with decisive wins over BC (20-1), Nova Scotia (15-1) and New Brunswick (18-0).
In the Round Robin, the dominance continued.
Durham began that round strong, defeating Manitoba 23-1. They followed that performance up with another strong showing against Team Quebec with a 23-3 win.
The hometown team had a tougher time in their first game against another Ontario team, this one from Almaguin, but still managed to come away with a big 22-13 win.
This lead to the gold medal game against Almaguin. The juggernaut Durham team dominated again, winning 15-5 and striking gold.
I'd love to link to a major media article reported from the scene, but it doesn't seem that this event was covered at all. Kind of a bummer.
Fortunately for us, Ryan was keeping the world updated via Twitter:
For any of my friends that want to watch the Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday, here is the link... https://t.co/EdU4gvZWfT— Ryan Colpitts (@ryancolpitts22) July 29, 2018
Want to get an athlete perspective from the National Games? Go follow Special Olympics Canada on Instagram :) https://t.co/KRcyLKtU5D— Ryan Colpitts (@ryancolpitts22) July 31, 2018
Game Day! Gold medal match in the @SpecialOCanada Summer Games in #softball. Game takes place 10:30AM Ontario time. Always gotta get focus with the @arkellsmusic rocking in the background ✊🏻 pic.twitter.com/HTyxJOYn0v— Ryan Colpitts (@ryancolpitts22) August 4, 2018
Durham won their gold medal game, bringing home 1 of 372 medals in total for Team Ontario.
Will they be able to repeat next year? Can't wait to find out!
Update from the man himself:
"Also just a side note, we are doing fundraising to get championship rings. If you could reach out to your team and see if anyone would be willing to donate $5-$10 to go towards that, it would be greatly appreciated."
See the Special Olympics photo album for more softball action photos!