Oshawa Legionaires win 2014 Major Bantam AA EOBA Championship
The Oshawa Legionaires Bantam team has collected another big prize by winning its fourth tournament of the 2014 season: the coveted Eastern Ontario Baseball Association (EOBA) Major Bantam AA Championship. Oshawa earned the league title the hard way, with back-to-back wins over the Peterborough Tigers in the final pairing on August 17.
Needing a win to stay alive, the Legionaires held off the Tigers in a 6-5 thriller to force a deciding game. Oshawa went on to win the EOBA crown in the final as pitcher Isaiah Quick tossed a complete-game one-hitter in a 5-0 Legionaires victory. Oshawa came out firing on singles by Brendan Robertson and Griffin Oliver. Palmer Cruickshank followed with an RBI single to make it 1-0. Three batters later, Aaron Sprague (who went 9 for 15 in the tournament) delivered a two-run double for a 3-0 Oshawa lead.
In the fourth inning, Dawson Haas and Travis Coleman led off with singles. Shane Ward’s pinch-hit single made it 4-0. Following a sacrifice bunt by Quick, Robertson singled home Coleman for the game’s final run.
In the first game of the final against Peterborough, pitcher Bryce McRae came within one batter of a complete game, while delivering a double and single for the eventual game-winning RBI in the 6-5 win. Haas needed just two pitches in the bottom of the seventh to notch the save. Sprague and catcher Josh Arce (solid behind the plate for both games of the final) delivered sacrifice flies in a game Oshawa never trailed. Rightfielder Sprague also threw out a Tigers runner at first, ending Peterborough’s final scoring threat in the sixth.
To qualify for the final, Oshawa handed the ball to pitcher A.J. Higdon in the semi-final against the Ajax Spartans. Higdon gave up just two hits over five innings (retiring ten straight batters in one stretch) and the defence turned three double plays in a tight 3-0 win over the Spartans. With the score still tied 0-0 in the fifth, second-baseman Sam Cirone grabbed a line drive and threw to Haas at shortstop to double-off a Spartans runner in scoring position. That momentum-changer helped spark a three-run rally by Oshawa in the bottom of the inning.
Earlier in the tournament, Oshawa posted a 7-2 win over the Whitby A Chiefs, and a 7-1 triumph over the Whitby AA Chiefs. Oshawa extends its thanks to Quinte Minor Baseball for hosting this year’s tournament in the Belleville area.
In addition to the 2014 EOBA championship, Oshawa also won tournaments this season in Vaughan, Bolton and Simcoe, compiling a superb 19-3 tournament record along the way.
The Legionaires are coached by Tony Quick, Kevin Cruickshank, Dom Cirone and Jamie May. The team looks forward to competing in the Ontario Baseball Association AA Championship later this month in Peterborough and Cobourg.
OSHAWA MINOR BANTAM LEGIONAIRES 2014 EOBA CHAMPIONS!!!
Oshawa Minor Bantam Legionaires defeat Whitby Chiefs 5-1 to capture 2014 EOBA Championship in Lindsay.
Kyle Butler tossed a complete game 3 hit gem for the win on the hill. Connor Dorey and Denzel Clarke had big hits for Oshawa.
An 8-1 win behind a 6 IP 2 hit stellar effort by Kyle Stevenson over the host Kawartha Cubs sent the Legionaires undefeated 4-0 in to the final with Whitby having to beat them twice. Butler got Whitby's final batter to ground to short where SS Easton Currle fielded it and fired a perfect strike to 1B Connor Dorey to start the Championship celebration.
WP Braden Halford vs. Ajax Spartans
WP Braden Babcock vs Kingston
WP Kyle Stevenson vs. Whitby
It is BACK to BACK EOBA Gold medals for Oshawa now and 3 titles in the past 4 years!!! What a great tournament and great team effort by a talented group of 13U players. Way to go Oshawa! Blue & Gold Pride was on display!!
Team members are: Matthew Robinson, Braden Babcock, Denzel Clarke, Kyle Stevenson, Easton Currie, Connor Dorey, Zack McQuaid, Taylor Dusome, Easton Baker, Evan Love, Braden Halford, Kyle Butler. Head Coach: Ken Babcock Assistant Coaches: Jamie Baker, John McQuaid, Chris Butler & Rob Snodden.
Next up the OBA Provincial Championships LDW in Oshawa
BANTAM TEAM WINS THIRD TOURNEY OF 2014
Timely hitting and superb pitching over six games lifted the Oshawa Legionaires to the championship of the Vaughan Vikings AA tournament held July 25 to 27. Oshawa held off the Whitby Chiefs 13-3 in the final to capture its third tournament victory of 2014. The Legionaires previously won events hosted by Bolton in early July and Simcoe in May.
Oshawa powered its way to the championship with a 21-hit attack in the final. Palmer Cruickshank had a pair of doubles and a single while pitching a complete-game four-hitter, surrendering just one earned run. Cruickshank also knocked in the winning run in a dramatic 6-5 semi-final win over the Pickering Red Sox.
In the championship game, the Legionaiares erased an early 1-0 deficit with three runs in the first, capped by Josh Arcé’s two-out single which brought home Bryce McRae and Dawson Haas to make it 3-1. An inning later, Shane Ward’s RBI double scored Aaron Sprague to make it 4-1. Isaiah Quick and Brendan Robertson came around on Oliver’s two-run double that made it 6-1. Robertson was 3-for-3 in the final and scored four runs.
On defence, Quick made five assists at shortstop, including one on a double play anchored by second baseman A.J. Higdon that ended the Chiefs’ final scoring threat in the sixth. Ward also notched three assists at first with pitcher Cruickshank.
In the semi-final against Pickering, Oshawa fell behind 5-0 after three innings before rallying with three runs in the fourth led by Sam Cirone’s two-run single. Oshawa tied it in the fifth when Quick stole home, and McRae’s clutch single scored Oliver from second. Pickering had the winning run on second in the sixth but Oshawa escaped when the Red Sox lined into a double play made by Haas at shortstop.
Earlier in the tournament, Travis Coleman tripled, scored twice and knocked in three runs in a 12-2 quarter-final win over the Ajax Spartans. In the round-robin, Sprague struck out five in a complete-game 8-3 win over Barrie; Cruickshank and Higdon combined on the mound to shutdown Brantford 13-2. Oshawa also dropped a tough 7-3 decision to the Royal York Cardinals.
Once again, the EOBA had a strong showing in the 16-team Vaughan tournament, with all four EOBA teams entered making the playoff round.
The Legionaires’ coaches Tony Quick, Kevin Cruickshank, Dom Cirone and Jamie May are proud of the players’ excellent effort in tournament play and they hope the team will build on that going into August.
ANNOUNCING REP COACHES SELECTIONS FOR 2014
The Baseball Oshawa Executive and the selection committee would like to formally announce the Oshawa Legionaires Rep Head Coaches for the 2014 season. A big thank you goes out to all candidates that applied for positions for 2014. We appreciate your interest in wanting to take on a leadership role with our association.
Please find below the roster of Head Coaches confirmed for the 2014 Oshawa Legionaires rep baseball season. I would like to thank the selection committee led by Scott Arbuthnot (Rep Director), and assisted by Corey Dalton, Bill Arundell and Tom Harrod from the Board for their dedicated efforts in the selection process and interview process. We have a very strong roster of Head Coaches heading into 2014. Tryouts for 2015 teams take place in early September 2014 and will be posted on the www.baseballoshawa.com website mid summer. Some trytouts begin this weekend. Good luck to everyone!! 2014 is going to be a great year for baseball in Oshawa.
Ken Babcock - President, Baseball Oshawa
2014 OSHAWA LEGIONAIRES REP COACHES
2014 Oshawa Minor Rookie Ball Legionaires Rep (2006 born)
Mike Hunter - firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Oshawa Rookie Ball Legionaires Rep (2005 born)
Jay Ashwin - email@example.com
2014 Oshawa Minor Mosquito Legionaires Rep (2004 born)
Aaron Marshall - firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Oshawa Mosquito Legionaires Rep (2003 born)
Geoff Whent - email@example.com
2014 Oshawa Minor Peewee Legionaires Rep (2002 born)
Kevin Wilson - firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Oshawa Peewee Legionaires Rep (2001 born)
Scott Arbuthnot - scott.Arbuthnot@rci.rogers.com
2014 Oshawa Minor Bantam Legionaires Rep (2000 born)
Ken Babcock - email@example.com
2014 Oshawa Major Bantam Legionaires Rep (1999 born)
Tony Quick - firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Oshawa Minor Midget Legionaires Rep (1998 born)
Steve Crouse - email@example.com
2014 Oshawa Midget Legionaires Rep (1996-1997 born)
Andy Leonard - firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Oshawa Legionaires Junior Legionaires Rep (1993-1995 born)
Jim Walerowich - email@example.com
Please check the tryout information & schedule on our website, and we will see you at the tryouts!!
Assistant coaches and team staff will be chosen by the Head Coach but must be approved by Baseball Oshawa in the spring through the official roster process and Board Approval. All assistant coaches must also have the required baseball coaching certification.
For more info on certification please visit Baseball Canada's website. www.baseball.ca
ANNOUNCING 2014 REP BASEBALL TRYOUTS THIS FALL!
Baseball Oshawa has had another successful season overall with its rep program and looks forward to seeing a great turnout at tryouts with returning players and new players from our house leagues or new players from the community for the 2014 season. All players trying out must register in person at the tryout and complete the required form/waiver registration and also provide a $20 tryout fee in cash prior to beginning the tryout. The $20 tryout fee covers all scheduled tryouts no matter how many attended.
Oshawa resident players are permitted to try-out. Players from outside centres are not permitted to try-out for an Oshawa rep baseball team without a signed confirmed release from their home centre. Players from Port Perry are able to try-out for Oshawa rep teams.
Any questions about tryouts please contact Scott Arbuthnot, Rep Director
2014 Oshawa Legionaires Rep Tryout times (Fall 2013)
2014 Oshawa Minor Rookie Ball Rep Baseball Tryouts (2006 born)
Sept. 6 6pm to 8pm @ McLaughlin Park
Sept. 8 5pm to 7pm @ McLaughlin Park
Sept. 11 6pm to 8pm @ McLaughlin Park
2014 Oshawa Rookie Ball Rep Baseball Tryouts (2005 born)
Sept. 6 6pm to 8pm @ Durham College Field
Sept. 8 12pm to 2pm @ Kedron Park
Sept. 11 6pm to 8pm @ Kedron Park
2014 Oshawa Minor Mosquito Rep Baseball Tryouts (2004 born)
Sept. 6 6pm to 8pm @ Kedron Park
Sept. 8 10am to 12pm @ Kedron Park
Sept. 12 6pm to 8pm @ Kedron Park
2014 Oshawa Mosquito Rep Baseball Tryouts (2003 born)
Sept. 13 6pm to 8pm @ Kedron Park
Sept. 15 12pm to 2pm @ Kedron Park
Sept. 17 6pm to 8pm @ Kedron Park
Sept. 25 6pm to 8 pm @ Kedrom Park
2014 Oshawa Minor Peewee Rep Baseball Tryouts (2002 born)
Sept. 13 6pm to 8pm @ Lakeview #2
Sept. 15 2pm to 4pm @ Lakeview #1
Sept. 17 6pm to 8pm @ Lakeview #1
2014 Oshawa Peewee Rep Baseball Tryouts (2001 born)
Sept. 13 6pm to 8pm @ Lakeview #1
Sept. 15 4pm to 6pm @ Lakeview #1
Sept. 16 6pm to 8pm @ Lakeview #1
2014 Oshawa Minor Bantam Rep Baseball Tryouts (2000 born)
Sept. 6 6pm to 8pm @ Kinsmen Stadium
Sept. 16 6pm to 8pm @ Kinsmen Stadium
Sept. 20 6pm to 8pm @ Kinsmen Stadium
2014 Oshawa Major Bantam Rep Baseball Tryouts (1999 born)
Sept. 14 12pm to 2pm @ Kinsmen Stadiu
Sept. 15 12pm to 2pm @ Kinsmen Stadium
Sept. 18 6pm to 8pm @ Ritson
Sept. 22 1pm to 3pm @ Lakeview Park # 2
2014 Oshawa Minor Midget Rep Baseball Tryouts (1998 born)
Sept. 14 10am to 12pm @ Kinsmen Stadium
Sept. 15 10am to 12pm @ Kinsmen Stadium
Sept. 21 12pm to 2pm @ Ritson
Sept. 22 12 pm to 2pm @ Ritson
Sept. 29 12pm to 3pm @ Kinsmen Stadium
2014 Oshawa Major Midget Rep Baseball Tryouts (1996-1997 born)
Sept. 14 2pm to 4pm @ Kinsmen Stadium
Sept. 15 2pm to 4pm @ Kinsmen Stadium
Sept. 22 2pm to 4pm @ Ritson
Sept. 24 6pm to 8pm @ Kinsmen Stadium
2014 Oshawa Legionaires Junior Rep Baseball Tryouts (1993-1995 born)
To be announced shortly. Check back soon.
*2014 Rep Coaches will be announced on Sept. 4th.
|MINOR BANTAM LEGIONAIRES WIN 2013 MIKE CRUMP MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT IN WHITBY
For the second straight season, the Oshawa Legionaires 1999 team has been crowned champions of a tournament in Whitby. The Legionaire Minor Bantams captured the Mike Crump Memorial / Heart and Stroke Tournament on July 21 with a 7-5 victory over the Pickering Red Sox. Oshawa built a 7-0 lead and held off a final-inning Red Sox rally as pitcher Brendan Robertson induced a ground ball which first baseman Palmer Cruickshank scooped up and ran to the bag to set off the Legionaires’ celebration.
Starting pitcher Bryce McRae gave up just two hits and struck out five over five innings to earn the victory. He also doubled and singled, scoring two runs. Robertson and shortstop Isaiah Quick also picked up two hits in the championship game. Centrefielder Aaron Sprague hit a double and also made a crucial over-the-shoulder catch in the final inning. Left fielder Jonathan McIntosh drew three walks, the last of which forced home the Legionaires’ seventh run.
The Legionaires defeated the Ajax Spartans 5-2 in the semi-finals with Cruickshank tossing 5.2 innings of one-hit ball. A.J. Higdon got the save by getting the Spartans to lineout into a double play to first baseman Chris Ihasz. Catcher Josh Arcé gunned down two Ajax runners trying to steal second and at the plate he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the third inning which turned out to be the winning run. Jack Dryswak followed up with a two-run single to increase Oshawa’s lead to 5-0.
Oshawa qualified for the playoff round by winning its group in round robin play. The Legionaires posted an impressive 11-0 win over the Thornhill Reds, powered by Dryswak’s complete-game four-hitter. Their opening game was a 6-3 triumph over the Vaughan Vikings. Robertson was the winning pitcher, with Griffin Oliver throwing 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to get the save. Sam Cirone’s leadoff walk during a long plate appearance in the third sparked a six-run rally that gave Oshawa the lead for good. The Vikings and Reds are two of the top three teams in the Toronto Baseball Association standings.
The Oshawa Minor Bantam Legionaires are coached by Tony Quick and his assistants Kevin Cruickshank, Brian Pittens, Dominic Cirone and Jamie May.
OSHAWA PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN WINNING THE U18 CANNON CUP
The EOBA 18U received tremendous pitching, great defence and timely hitting en route to a Cannon Cup championship Sept 14-16. It is the first time a team from the EOBA has won the prestigious tournament, featuring league all-star teams, since 2002. The winning effort had a strong Oshawa flavour to it with 7 Legionaires players, three coaches and the team manager all part of this all-star team. Congrats to Head Coach, Jim Walerowich and all the Oshawa representation!!
After having their two games rained out on Friday, Team EOBA had their first game Saturday morning at 9:00am and hung on for a 3-2 win vs Etobicoke. With a chance to win their division in the second game, EOBA dropped a tough 10-7 decision to COBA 2 in their Saturday night cap, setting up a must win scenario Sunday morning. EOBA would have to win three straight games on Sunday, with limited rest to bring home the Cannon Cup. Sunday began with a must win game against Ottawa to win the division. Timely hitting, great pitching and defence staked EOBA to a 3-0 lead and they'd hang on for a 3-1 win to win the division and set up a semi-final matchup with York Simcoe.
The semi-final game saw York Simcoe take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the 7th setting up a remarkable comeback. EOBA hitters showed a tremendous amount of patience and resiliency cutting the lead to 6-5 with the bases loaded and 1 out. With Mitch Cook (Oshawa) at the plate EOBA put on a suicide squeeze. The pitch was in the dirt and bounced away from the catcher as Keenan Terwillegar (Oshawa) was trying to score the tying run the catcher's flip got away from the pitcher and pinch-runner Robbie Meyers (Kingston) never broke stride and scoring the winning run all the way from second base sending EOBA to the championship game.
In the championship game, Toronto took an early 3-0 lead, but again team EOBA wouldn't quit. Starting pitcher Harley Whitehurst (Ajax) kept EOBA in it and then the bats exploded highlighted by a 7-run 3rd inning staking EOBA to a 13-4 lead they'd eventually turn in to a 13-5 championship victory.
Team EOBA will now head to Michigan State University for a tournament on Thanksgiving weekend.
Team members are:
Tommy-Lee McDonald (Pickering)
Brent Wishart (Pickering)
Llija Bozwinski (Pickering)
Pat Wallace (Oshawa)
Jamie May (Oshawa)
Travis Owens (Oshawa)
Mitch Cook (Oshawa)
Kyle Conquer (Oshawa)
Keenan Terwillegar (Oshawa)
Josh McCulloch (Oshawa)
Adrian Lee (Whitby)
Tanner Hoffman (Kingston)
Robbie Meyers (Kingston)
Mac Edwards (Kingston)
Alex Amey (Kingston)
Harley Whitehurst (Ajax)
Ryan Condon (Peterborough)
Benjamin Deboer (Peterborough)
Zach McQuaid - Bat Boy (Oshawa)
Jim Walerowich (Oshawa)
J Osbourne (Clarington)
Rob Snodden (Oshawa)
Daryl Macklem (Oshawa)
Rob Wallace (General Manager, Oshawa)
2013 REP COACHING SELECTIONS HAVE BEEN MADE
The Baseball Oshawa Executive and the selection committee would like to formally announce the Oshawa Legionaires Rep Head Coaches for the 2013 season. A big thank you goes out to all candidates that applied for positions for 2012. We appreciate your interest in wanting to take on a leadership role with our association.
Click here for the 2013 Rep Coaching selections.
MINOR BANTAM LEGIONAIRES WIN EOBA GOLD
The Oshawa Legionaires Minor Bantams have won back-to-back EOBA championships! The 2012 edition of EOBA championships was hosted by the Clarington Orioles. After finishing first place, the Oshawa Minor Bantam Legionaires were looking to defend their Peewee Championship from one year ago. On Friday night, Oshawa faced Ajax in the first round, defeating them handily with a score of 14 - 2 in 5 innings, lead by Devin Bradley and Jack Riordan on the mound. Key hits from Mitch Lahey and Jacob O'Malley, with two hits a piece, and a hit and RBI from Zack Humeniuk.
On Saturday morning, Oshawa faced Pickering with Connor May starting as pitcher, and Jason Crouse coming in relief, combined on a one-hit, ten nothing shut out. The offense was led by Devin Bradley and Jason Crouse with two hits a piece, with a key hit by Mitch Lahey who had 4 RBI's, and Tristen Layfield with 3 RBI's, and a key hit and RBI from Brendan Luke.
Saturday afternoon, Oshawa faced the then undefeated Clarington Orioles. The Legionaires won a hard fought 5 - 4 victory behind stellar pitching performances from Mitch Lahey and Jason Crouse, giving up a combined 5 hits. Offense was lead by Connor May and Mitch Lahey with two hits a piece. Key RBI's from Greg McArton and Tristen Layfield.
Sunday morning, Oshawa faced Whitby and would come out on top with a 10 - 6 victory. On the mound for Oshawa was Tristen Layfield, followed by Jason Crouse. Key hits in this game were by Jack Riordan and Noah Southwell. A 3 RBI game from Jason Crouse, and 2 from Jacob O'Malley, Greg McArton, and Connor May, and one from Jack Riordan.
On Sunday afternoon, the undefeated Oshawa Legionaires faced the host team, Clarington Orioles in the championship game. On the mound for Oshawa, Mitch Lahey got the start giving up 4 hits in 6 innings. Connor May got the save pitching a clean 7th inning. The offense was lead by Tristen Layfield with 3 hits, 2 hits from Greg McArton and Jason Crouse, other key hits from Dan Harris, Connor May and Mitch Lahey. Tristen Layfield and Mitch Lahey each knocked in 3 RBI's that game. The final score of the gold medal game was 9-1 in favour of the Legionaires.
Coaches are Steve Crouse, Peter Riordan, Ryan Morton, Bill Arundell and Jamie May.
Thanks to the Clarington Orioles' executive for running a well organized tournament.
ROOKIE BLUE LEGIONAIRES FINALISTS AT JIM LUTTON CLASSIC
|The first annual Jim Lutton Classic rookie ball tournament took place from July 27-29 in Oshawa fielded eight teams from all across Ontario from A to AA Rookie ball teams. The tournament was a resounding success thanks in part to the games, events, umpires and volunteers.
The weekend began with the ceremonial first pitch thrown out by our own Jim Lutton which set the stage for a tremendous weekend of baseball.
The tournament included a two division round robin play followed by a Gold medal game and a Bronze medal game on Sunday. A highlight for the kids was the skills competition held Saturday evening under the lights which involved two timed events and a long ball competition. Upon completion of the competition, raffle prizes were drawn that included an atv, autographed memorabilia and prizes donated from local businesses.
At the end of the round robin play, both the Oshawa Legionaires Blue team and the Milton Mets emerged to play in the final game on Sunday. The final game had a fantastic amount of fans and families on hand to watch one of the most exciting games of the tournament. Although Oshawa held off Milton’s offence to just four runs after five innings in the gold medal game, Milton went on to win 6-3 after seven innings.
The Bronze medal game included the Whitby Chiefs and the Port Hope River Rats with the Whitby Chiefs coming out on top.
The tournament included Player of the Game bats, necklaces for the skills competition winners, and complimentary gift bags for each player and music for the kids. The feedback from both parents and coaches was extremely positive and most went on to say it was the best tournament they had ever been to. The smiles on the player’s faces said it all.
We look forward to continuing the tradition next year with an even larger number of teams.
MINOR PEEWEE'S WIN DAWG DAYZ OF SUMMER SERIES
The Oshawa Minor Peewee Legionaires played host to and also won the Oshawa Dawg Dayz of Summer Tournament this weekend in Oshawa. The tourney win was their second of the year to go with a championship title in St. Thomas earlier in the season. They are now 33-8 overall this season.
The Legionaires dropped their opening game of the tourney 7-6 to the Hamilton Cardinals after jumping out in front 6-0. Oshawa's pitching trio of Quin McLane, Kyle Stevenson, and Brett Dobson, struggled in this one allowing just 3 hits but walking and extraordinary 15 Hamilton batters in the game, leading to a one run loss. Braden Babcock doubled, went 2-for-2 and drove in 3 runs. Mike Madden added an RBI single.
Game two was an exciting game between Oshawa and Richmond Hill. Braden Babcock was solid starting on the mound and combined with Derek Steffler, who was superb in relief and was credited with the win on the hill. Kyle Stevenson had 3 hits and drove in 3 while Quin McLane went 2-for-3 (double and triple),
Now at 1-1. the Legionaires then would down the Scarborough Stingers 9-0 to finish the round robin at 2-1. Connor Dorey tossed a complete game shutout for Oshawa striking out 9 in 6 innings of work. Quin McLane, Braden Babcock, Zack McQuaid, and Mike Madden all had 2 hits. With the win and Hamilton beating Richmond Hill, the Legionaires squared off against Hamilton in the final.
In the final, the Legionaires defeated the Hamilton Cardinals 11-5 to capture the top spot of their very own 4 team Dawg Dayz of Summer Minii-Series in Oshawa at Jim Lutton Legion Field. Great prep for the EOBA Championships coming up this weekend. Braden Babcock went 2-for-2, doubled and drove in 3 runs in the final while Kyle Butler, Mike Madden, and Easton Currie each had 2 hits. Kyle Butler with 5 plus stellar innings in relief picked up the pitching win, while Babcock closed it out on the mound for the final two outs.
Big bats for Oshawa: Babcock was 8-for-8 with 3 doubles and 8 RBI's, Kyle Stevenson was 6-for-10 with 7 RBI's and Quin McLane was 5-for-10 with 3 doubles, a triple and 4 RBI's.
PEEWEE LEGIONAIRES CLAIM SILVER IN NIAGARA FALLS
The Oshawa Legionaires Major Peewee team came within a whisker of winning their second straight tournament as they were edged 1-0 by the Barrie Red Sox in the championship game of the Greater Niagara Baseball Association tournament on July 22.
The tense gold medal game was a pitchers’ duel, tied 0-0 in the sixth inning when it was interrupted for more than two hours by a heavy thunderstorm. The teams ended up having to change parks to complete the game because of too much standing water on the original diamond.
Oshawa pitcher Palmer Cruickshank was brilliant in the final, holding the hard-hitting Red Sox (1st place in the York-Simcoe / Toronto league) to just four hits through six and one-third innings, striking out five batters. But Barrie broke through in the bottom of the seventh, scoring the only run of the game on a sacrifice fly – the tag at the plate that would have forced extra innings was just a fraction of a second late.
Oshawa earned a spot in the final thanks to a dramatic two-out, two-run double by Bryce McRae in the seventh inning of the semi-final that powered the Legionaires to a 4-3 win over the Bolton Braves. Relief pitcher Eric Veith shut down the Braves over the final two innings to earn the victory and the Legionaires stopped the tying run between third and home on an attempted squeeze play in the bottom of the final inning.
Oshawa posted strong wins in round robin action over the Guelph Royals (14-2), Toronto Playgrounds (13-5) and Mississauga North Bengals (18-2) to qualify for the playoff round.
The Legionaires also received outstanding performances on the mound, in the field and at the plate throughout the Niagara Falls tournament from Joshua Arce, Sam Cirone, Jack Dryswak, Connor Hughes, Griffin Oliver, Isaiah Quick, Brendan Robertson, and Aaron Sprague. Tyson Dus unfortunately missed the tournament due to illness.
Oshawa’s coaching staff is led by Tony Quick. Assistant coaches are Kevin Cruickshank, Dave Dus, Barry Hughes and Brian Pittens.
In June, the Legionaires captured the championship at the Whitby Minor Baseball Association Father’s Day Classic tournament.
LEGIONAIRES HOST AND WIN OSHAWA MIDGET CLASSIC
The Oshawa Midget Legionaires exacted revenge on the Markham Mariners downing them 5-4 to win the Oshawa Midget Classic Tournament. The Legionaires fell behind early but came back from a 4-1 deficit for the tournament victory, the second tournament win of the season for the team. Mitch Cook got the start on the mound for Oshawa allowing 3 earned runs in 3.1 innings of work. Dylan Castillo came on in relief and got the win for Oshawa pitching 3 scoreless innings of 1 hit baseball. McKenzie Sullivan earned the save. Josh McCulloch was 3-for-3 on the day with a double. Jamie May was 2-for-3 including a run scored and drove in the game winning run. He also was solid defensively throwing out a Markham runner at second late in the game. McKenzie Sullivan was also 2-for-3 with an RBI. The victory was a total team effort for the club with each player contributing in some fashion throughout the weekend.
Game one on Friday night saw the Legionaires open the tournament against Royal York Cardinals #2 with a lopsided 14-2 victory. Wesley Paquette got the start and win for Oshawa. In his four innings of work he allowed only one run on 4 hits striking out 6. Pat Wallace pitched the final 2 innings in relief giving up only 1 unearned run on 2 hits. Offensively McKenzie Sullivan, back from a three week trip with the Ontario Blue Jays, was 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. Dylan Castillo was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI and Jamie May was 1-for-2 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
In game two, the Legionaires rallied in the bottom of the 8th inning to top the Leaside Leafs in an extra inning thriller. Wes Paquette got the win in relief throwing 2.2 innings of shutout baseball. Mitch Cook was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, Keenan Terwillegar was 2-for-4 including a double, triple, 2 RBI and scored the game winning run. Josh McCulloch was 2-for-4 with an RBI and McKenzie Sullivan contributed with the walk-off single. The win clinched a semi final playoff berth for the Legionaires.
The final game of the round robin portion of the tournament saw the Legionaires suffer their first lost of the Oshawa Midget Classic Tournament falling to the Markham Mariners 19-4. The Markham win placed them first in the pool and dropped Oshawa to second meaning Oshawa would have to play the first seed team from the other pool in the semi finals on Sunday. Pat Wallace got the start for Oshawa and Mike Kosciesza finished off in relief. They combined to allow 11 earned runs on 20 hits over 5 innings. Kosciesza was 2-for-2 offensively while Mitch Cook and Eric Morrow were both 1-for-1 with a run scored.
Following the game on Saturday most teams from the eight team tournament field competed in a skills competition comprised of 6 events. Mike Kosciesza placed first in the Pitching Accuracy competition with Pat Wallace a close second determined by a tiebreaker. McKenzie Sullivan placed 3rd in the Homerun Derby and Pitching Velocity and Jamie May 3rd in Catcher’s Pop time. Justice Magee was third in the Distance off the Tee competition.
In the tournament semi final on Sunday the Oshawa Legionaires advanced to the final of the 41st annual Oshawa Midget Classic tournament with a 13-7 victory over the Guelph Royals. Connor May got the start and win for Oshawa allowing 5 earned runs over 3.1 innings striking out 3. Mike Kosciesza came on in relief pitching 2.2 strong innings allowing only one run for the hold. Mitch Cook pitched a scoreless seventh. Travis Owens shone offensively going 3-for-3 with 4 runs scored and added an RBI. Josh McCulloch and Mitch Cook were both 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. McKenzie Sullivan contributed with 2 hits, 3 runs and an RBI. Mike Kosciesza was 1-for-1 with 2 RBI. The semi final win put the Legionaires in the final against Markham leading to the eventual tournament victory.
FIRST EVER TEAM FROM OSHAWA HEADING TO COOPERSTOWN
The Oshawa Minor Peewee Legionaires led by head coach Ken Babcock are all set to travel south this Friday morning to experience a part of baseball heaven for a week. Right in legendary Baseball Country in upper state New York and the mythical birthplace of baseball. They will become the first Oshawa baseball team ever to attend one of the week long Cooperstown, NY Tournament Experiences when they travel to Cooperstown All-Star Village, “the legendary birthplace of baseball” and a week long tournament experience July 13-20 for 12 year olds. The team and a highly committed parent group have been fundraising for this major trip for nearly two years to come up with the nearly $17,000 entry fee and related costs for this "once in a lifetime" all inclusive tournament experience. The state-of-the art facilities include eight major league style baseball fields for kids 12 and under. With mountain scenery as the backdrop, the Legionaires will meet teams from across North America and around the world. Every player that participates is awarded a Cooperstown Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Ring at the closing ceremonies. Each player also receives official Cooperstown home and away uniforms, a pullover and hat, a ticket to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, three meals a day and six nights accommodations in team bunkhouses located in the Player Village. Simply a once in a lifetime experience for any ball player.
The Cooperstown All-Star Village (CASV) and complex was founded in 2004 by Martin and Brenda Patton, a local business couple with a vision to provide all baseball players ages 10 to 12 with a major league baseball experience. Their vision emerged when comparing other baseball tournament camps across the country. The Patton team created CASV as America’s first and only baseball resort and tournament camp where players compete in weeklong tournaments on the outskirts of the birthplace of baseball, Cooperstown NY. The goal was to provide a high-quality baseball experience through the facility and professional uniforms for the players but, also provide a great experience for their families. CASV is America's Ultimate family baseball resort!
All tournament games are played on state-of-the-art built fields with major league baseball amenities. Every field is patterned like major league baseball fields complete with warning track, LED lighted score boards, drinking fountains, spectator viewing areas with stage seating and professional sports field lighting. Just like the pros. Team are guaranteed 7 games.
It is the only tournament experience of its kind, deemed America’s first and only children’s baseball resort where the players and their families experience everything that baseball has to offer right in legendary baseball country near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Players Village has a large pool shaped like a baseball glove, games room, laundry service, major league batting cages, 24-hour medical building, air-conditioned bunkhouse with large screen television, outdoor gear boxes, full-size beds for the coaches and umpires. Every player receives a CASV major-league style uniforms, a ticket to visit the National Baseball Hall Of Fame, our coveted Cooperstown Youth Baseball Hall Of Fame ring, Opening cermonies, skills competition, three nutritional meals a day and the teams will stay together in our air-conditioned bunkhouses.
Here is a video link to show what Cooperstown All-Star Village is all about:
The team of 12 year olds travelling to Cooperstown, New York this friday consists of Matthew Robinson, Derek Steffler, Braden Babcock, Kyle Stevenson, Easton Currie, Connor Dorey, Zahery McQuaid, Quin McLane, Easton Baker, Nathaniel Snider, Brett Dobson, Mike Madden and Kyle Butler. Coaches are Ken Babcock, John McQuaid, Jamie Baker and Chris Butler.
The list of teams participating in this week long tourney include the following:
Victory Baseball White, IL
Oshawa Legionaires, Canada
Irvine Diamondbacks, CA
Dirt Frogs BBC, CA
LSW Astros Blue, NY
LSW Astros Red, NY
Schaumburg Flyers Blue, IL
Palos Thunder, IL
Lockport Cobras, IL
Stratford Knights, NJ
Wheatland Ducks, IL
Plainfield Diamond Kings, IL
RFH Diamonds, NJ
Nor Cal Phantoms, CA
St. Charles Knights Blue, IL
Pass Heat Baseball, CA
TCR Bobcats, TX
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Woodstock Lightning Blue, IL
Mississauga North Bengals, Canada
Lodi Crushers Baseball Club, CA
HSE Cats, IN
Magic City Orioles, IN
Official website: www.cooperstownallstarvillage.com
Oshawa Minor Peewee Legionaires
BASEBALL DAY IN OSHAWA A BIG SUCCESS
Baseball Day in Oshawa!! What a wonderful day under perfect, sunny blue skies!! And ended under the stars with a great movie on the giant inflatable 40' screen in the outfield!!
Thanks to everyone involved (executive, coaches, players, parents and volunteers) for helping to make Baseball Day In Oshawa 2012 a wonderful success. The weather was absolutely perfect. Nearly 1,000 people comprised of players, coaches, parents, siblings, grandparents, family members, friends and visiting teams were all impacted by this fun day of Baseball in Oshawa.
The outdoor movie under the stars ("The Perfect Game"), in centerfield attended by nearly 200, wrapped up what was a great day of baseball in Oshawa. Special thanks to Geoff Whent who developed, and championed our House League Super Clinic to kick things off in a big way. Numerous positive comments from parents about the clinic. The commitment from our rep coaches and older rep players with the clinic was terrific. The BBQ went well, everyone was fed and we also were able to recoup significant dollars selling products as well.
The mini-games were exciting and the younger Legionaires kids loved playing on the big stadium field, having their names announced, music etc. including the fun dugouts. Photos went smoothly and easily.
Special acknowledgement to Mayor John Henry who took part in the day as he did last year too. A special pre-game presentation to our first ever OBA Player of the Year recipient - Connor May. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 Colour Guard which was on hand to add to the event.
Our Midget Legionaires won the showcase game and provided a great crowd on hand some entertaining baseball. Our yard sale efforts of selling old uniforms, unused tees, hats etc. generated over $500 for the association, which is great at a toonie an item. The day also introduced Kinsmen Memorial Stadium, which is a gem, to the participants and parents and families of our association in a positive and big way. They all now know where Kinsmen Memorial Stadium is and what a great ballpark it is. And thanks of course to Ajax for committing their rep teams to the day and blocking off their schedule to play our teams.
What a day yesterday! Looking forward to Baseball Day in Oshawa 2013.
Vice President, Baseball Oshawa
PEEWEE LEGIONAIRES WIN WHITBY TOURNAMENT!
Pitching depth and timely hitting proved to be potent forces as the Oshawa Peewee Legionaires team captured the 24th annual Whitby Chiefs Father’s Day Classic tournament on the weekend of June 15-17.
The Legionaires won the 16-team event by defeating the Thornhill Reds 15-6 in the championship game, battling back from an early 5-1 deficit. Isaiah Quick’s leadoff single sparked an eight-run rally in the third inning to put Oshawa ahead to stay. Eric Veith doubled home Joshua Arce and Griffin Oliver with the tying and go-ahead runs. Palmer Cruickshank and Bryce McRae singled and walks were drawn by Sam Cirone, Aaron Sprague and Jack Dryswak in the rally. Connor Hughes clubbed a two-out bases-loaded double in the fifth inning that scored Arce, Veith and Tyson Dus to extend the Oshawa lead to 12-6.
Hughes, Veith and Brendan Robertson combined on the mound to limit Thornhill to only one earned run, striking out four and inducing 13 groundouts.
Oshawa was undefeated in the round robin, posting wins over the Brampton Braves and Toronto Playgrounds and tying a second tournament entry from Thornhill 3-3. Oshawa defeated one of the host Whitby Chiefs teams in the quarter-final and won a 5-4 thriller over of the Royal York Cardinals in the semi-final round.
Head coach Tony Quick and assistants Dave Dus, Barry Hughes, Kevin Cruickshank and Brian Pittens praised the players for their hard work, commitment and preparation, emphasizing that each player played a significant role in carrying the team to the championship through the six tournament games. The ongoing success of the Peewee Legionaires team combined with the milestones being achieved by Legionaire teams at all age levels is a clear indication that baseball is alive and thriving in Oshawa.
The Oshawa team would also like to commend the Whitby Minor Baseball volunteers for their organizing efforts and dedication that helped make the weekend so much fun for all of the teams.
The Legionaires now head into the second half of EOBA regular season play and are looking forward to their next tournament in late July in Niagara Falls.
MIDGET LEGIONAIRES WIN QUINTE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT!
The Oshawa Midget Legionaires started off the season on a winning note with an early tournament victory in Quinte this past Mother's Day weekend. The eight team field included North Toronto, Verdon, Montreal, Quinte, Kingston, Peterborough Majors, Peterborough Minors and Oshawa.
Game One on Saturday morning saw Oshawa draw host Quinte Royals. Wesley Paquette took the mound for Oshawa and dominated with a 3-hit complete game shutout for the 3-0 victory, striking out 11 Quinte batters. Offensively Mike Kosciesza was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Game Two Saturday afternoon brought another brilliant Oshawa pitching performance. Pat Wallace needed only 74 pitches for the complete game shutout victory over the Peterborough Minor Tigers. Wallace allowed only 3 hits and struckout 6. Eric Morrow was 1-for-1 at the plate with a sac fly and 2 RBI. Travis Owens was 2-for-3 with a run scored and was strong defensively. With the win, Oshawa automatically qualified for the semi-finals
Game Three Sunday morning matched up two undefeated teams, Oshawa and Peterborough Majors. The game was not meaningful position wise as both teams had already advanced to the semis. Josh McCulloch got the start for Oshawa with yet another solid pitching performance allowing only 2 runs on 4 hits. McCulloch was charged with the loss as Oshawa could not get the bats going. Mike Kosciesza came on in relief pitching the final 3 innings, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits. Keenan Terwillegar started a rally in the final inning with his 2nd double of the game driving in 2 runs to bring the score to 3-2 but it wasn't enough, and Oshawa fell just short, leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th inning and giving Peterborough the victory. Justice Magee also recorded a hit and was solid defensively in his first appearance of the season.
The semi-finals saw Oshawa face Quinte in a re-match of the tournament opener. Dylan Castillo, Connor May and Pat Wallace combined for the 5-hit shutout in a close 2-0 win to advance to the Championship game. Castillo got the start and the win allowing only 3 hits over 4 innings and striking out 3. Minor Bantam call-up Connor May pitched two scoreless inning, striking out 3 and singling in his only plate appearance. Pat Wallace recorded the save with a perfect 7th inning. Jamie May led the Legionaires offensively going 3-for-4 with a double and driving in the game winning RBI.
The tournament final and Oshawa's third game of the day, pitted Oshawa against Peterborough Majors, the only team to beat Oshawa in the tournament and on the season. Oshawa veteran Mitch Cook got the ball in the championship game and continued Oshawa's dominating pitching performances. Cook pitched 6 2/3 strong innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits. Keenan Terwillegar pitched the final inning and a third and did not allow a run. Oshawa's bats came alive in the final with the Legionaires scoring in every inning for the lopsided 10-3 victory. Cook also excelled at the plate going 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Dylan Castillo and Mike Kosciesza also recorded 2 hits apiece.
Over the course of the tournament Oshawa pitchers combined for a miniscule 1.54 ERA, striking out 35 batters over the 5 games and only allowing 6 runs. It was a total team effort on the weekend with each and every player making a significant contribution to the tournament victory.
The Legionaires now look ahead to their next tournament June 9-10, 2012 when they will travel to Aberdeen, Maryland to take part in the 2012 18U Break Out the Lumber Tournament hosted at the Ripken facilities.
|PHR RUN REGIONAL RESULTS
Hosted by Baseball Oshawa @ Durham College Field
BOYS AGE 7-8 DIVISION
Pitching Champion - Nolan Hartley 300 pts.
Hitting Champion - Luke Torrence 222 pts.
Running Champion - Luke Torrence 115 pts.
OVERALL CHAMPION - Nolan Hartley 507 pts.
BOYS AGE 9-10 DIVISION
Pitching Champion - Vincent Maocheia, Addam Wilson, Grant Forgie, Andrew Robertson, Liam McKeagan and Ben Snider all tied with 150 pts.
Hitting Champion - Quinton McRae 206 pts.
Running Champion -Sean Julien 200 pts.
OVERALL CHAMPION - Addam Wilson 530 pts.
BOYS AGE 11-12 DIVISION
Pitching Champion - Braden Babcock, Kyle Butler, Quin McLane, Nathaniel Snider all tied with 300 pts.
Hitting Champion - Owen Hurtibese 302 pts.
Running Champion - Owen Hurtibese 321 pts.
OVERALL CHAMPION - Braden Babcock 798 pts.
BOYS AGE 13-14 DIVISION
Pitching Champion - Brendan Robertson 300 pts.
Hitting Champion - Connor May 358 pts.
Running Champion - Connor May 384 pts.
OVERALL CHAMPION - Connor May 892 pts.
GIRLS AGE 7-8 DIVISION
OVERALL CHAMPION - Zoe Getz 194 pts.
GIRLS AGE 9-10 DIVISION
Pitching Champion - Victoria Baker 75 pts.
Hitting Champion -Ella Harness 128 pts.
Running Champion - Victoria Baker 197 pts.
OVERALL CHAMPION - Victoria Baker 322 pts.
GIRLS AGE 11-12 DIVISION
OVERALL CHAMPION - Gabriella Marshall 453 pts.
* All Champions listed above now advance to the 2012 MLB PHR Sectional Championship, Saturday, May 12th in Mississauga. Hosted by Mississauga North Baseball Association. Good luck to all of our Champions at the sectionals!
|OSHAWA TEAMS HEADING US BOUND THIS SEASON
The 2012 summer baseball season will see several Oshawa Legionaires rep baseball teams head south of the border for special tournament experiences.
The third Oshawa team set to travel south this summer is the Oshawa Minor Peewee Legionaires led by Head Coach Ken Babcock. They will become the first Oshawa baseball team ever to attend one of the week long Cooperstown Tournament Experiences when they travel to Cooperstown All-Star Village “the legendary birthplace of baseball” and a week long tournament experience July 13-20. America's first and only kids' baseball tournament destination designed for the whole family. Located just outside Cooperstown, NY, the state of the art facilities include major league style baseball fields for kids 12 and under. Cooperstown All-Star Village represents the simplicity of baseball as it was originally invented on a farm not unlike this one (The mythical Abner Doubleday Farm). With mountain scenery as your backdrop, play, learn and meet teams from across the country and around the world while enjoying the game the way it was meant to be. Played right in the heart of baseball country! Youth travel teams have many tournament choices today but none of them come close to the Ultimate Cooperstown Experience! Cooperstown All-Star Village boasts state-of-the-art tournament fields with lights and batting cages; All fields are equipped with web cams that broadcast the games live on the internet and back to our full service restaurant. Every player that participates is awarded a Cooperstown Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Ring and inducted into our Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame. Each player package includes official and professional style Cooperstown home and away jerseys and baseball socks, CASV cap, a ticket to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, three nutritional and delicious -- meals a day and six nights accommodations in our air-conditioned team bunkhouses located in the Player Village. Take a tour of this amazing destination and baseball experience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX_Oi_LYiXI
The Oshawa Mosquito Legionaires led by Head Coach Scott Arbuthnot are all set to travel to the Baseball Heaven complex in Long Island, NY for the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Showdown Tournament, July 20-22. Baseball Heaven is a state of the art baseball 8 diamond facility built for all children to experience the dream of playing like a pro against competition from teams all over the North America. Baseball Heaven's sport complex is equipped with all the amenities of a professional ballpark including below grade dugouts, connecting bullpens, warning tracks, P.A.system and electronic scoreboards, not to mention state-of-the-art artificial turf (a Sportfield product). Baseball Heaven also accommodates its spectators with our professional ballpark seating, concessions, restaurant and beautiful picnic area. Baseball Heaven makes you feel you are at a professional. Visit the website: www.baseballheavenli.com
Meanwhile the Oshawa Midget Legionaires are headed to Aberdeen, Maryland “the birthplace of legendary hall of famer Cal Ripken Jr.” and the Ripken Experience. The Legionaires led by Head Coach Darryl Reid will be participating in the Ripken Experience 18u Break Out The Lumber Tournament 2012 (WOOD BAT) June 8-10. The Ripken facilities are simply amazing. The Ripken Experience - Aberdeen, MD consists of a youth-sized version of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, known as Cal Sr.'s Yard and other youth-sized replicas of Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and Memorial Stadium. There's also a full-sized replica of Yankee Stadium, and new replica parks are in development. The Academy boasts a one-of-a-kind circular training infield, batting cages and a truly bug league experience.
Visit the website: http://ripkentournaments.com/aberdeen.cfm
|CONNOR MAY NAMED BASEBALL ONTARIO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
A big congratulations to Oshawa Peewee Legionaire Connor May who was named today the 2011 Baseball Ontario Provincial Youth PLAYER OF THE YEAR. The 13 year old Oshawa native batted .629 this past season with 10 homeruns and 96 rbi's. While on the mound he dominated as well going 15-0 and helped lead his Oshawa Peewee Legionaires team to three tournment championships, the Eastern Ontario Baseball Association Championship Gold Medal, and a 3rd place Bronze medal at the Ontario Championships and an overall record of 47-6.
You'll remember that Connor also captured the Major League Baseball National Pitch, Hit & Run title at the Rogers Centre hosted by the Toronto Blue Jays, signifying him as tops in the country for his age division. An exceptional young man and an exceptional young player in every aspect of the game of baseball, who is very deserving of this provincial recognition. "We are extremely proud of Connor and this wonderful award that he has earned, stated Baseball Oshawa Vice President, Ken Babcock. "He is not only a terrific ball player but he is a terrific person too. This is a big deal and they made an excellent choice" Connor is lookiing forward to the 2012 baseball season as he and his Legionaires team mates along with Coach Steve Crouse move to the Minor Bantam age division this coming summer and take aim at a Provincial Championship. More exciting things are in store for sure. Connor May - Provincial Player of the Year.