OUA Week 1 ‘Players of the Week’

TEAM OF THE WEEK

YORK LIONS 2-0: The Lions impressed many as they started the season off with a sweep of the Varsity Blues.  Pitching performances by Andreas Ouellette and Mike Asta propelled the Lions to victory.

Honorable Mention: LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 3-1

Honorable Mention: WESTERN MUSTANGS 2-0

 

HITTER OF THE WEEK

NICK INTERISANO (GUE): 8/13 AB, 5 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, BB. Nick had a hot start to his 2016 season as he is currently hitting over .600.  He also had 4 runs in one of the ball games alone!

HM: MICHAEL CLOUTHIER (WAT): 8/15 AB, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB.

HM: BLAKE STEPIEN (BRO): 6/12  AB, 5 R, 4 RBI, 4 BB

 

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

RYNE WEPPLER (WAT): W, 7 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 5 K.  The proven vet had an impressive opening day start to his season year.  He was tasked against a tough Laurier offense and delivered.  Command of his numerous pitches makes Weppler effective every time out on the mound.

HM: JAKE TOUGAS (WLU): W, 7 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 5 K

HM: CHARLIE CRABB (RYE): W, CG, 9 IP, 7 H, ER, 4 BB, 4 K Continue reading

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Brewers Crowned NCBL Tier 1 Champs

NCBL 2016 Tier 1 Finals – Game 4 RECAP

The Nepean Brewers went into game 4 looking to clinch back-to-back titles with a win, while the Bytown Battalion were looking to force a game 5 like they did in game 4 of the 2015 Finals.

Although the score looked lopsided by the end, it was anything but and was likely the best game of the 4. Nick Gazo, showed up on time, and got the ball for the Brewers working on almost a month’s rest. The Battalion gave the ball to their ace, Josh Soffer, working on 3 days rest.

The Brewers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the 1st, after a Matt Beelen double, and then 2 out singles from Geoff Magnus and Jamie Fitzgerald. Despite giving up a lead off single to Kyle Craig, it was a 3 batter inning, after Fitzgerald gunned down Craig trying to steal second to end the inning.

The Brewers had 2 runners reach base in both the 2nd and 3rd, but then Soffer easily got through the 4th and 5th. Gazo meanwhile, faced the minimum through 3. In the 4th, that Battalion looked to rally and loaded the bases with nobody out after a Craig single, Steve Renaud double and Alex Baldock walk. Gazo was able to escape the jam allowing just a single run on a Sam MacIntosh sac fly to center. Continue reading

NCBL Tier 1 Finals: Brewers Snag Game 2

NCBL 2016 Tier 1 Finals – Game 2 RECAP

Game 2 of this best of five series was slated to go on Thursday, September 8th, but mother nature had different ideas and the game was washed out early in the day. Therefore, Friday, September 9th was the date of game 2!

As expected, Josh Soffer (Battalion) vs. Adam Oattes (Brewers) was the pitching matchup, and a tight pitching duel was anticipated as both pitchers have had success against the other before.

For the first 5 innings, it went as expected, not many hits, no extra base hits, tight game, low scoring. Then both teams exploded for a combined 6 runs in the 6th despite both teams missing a few key pieces to their lineups. After 6 extra base hits combined in game 1, 0 were hit in game 2.

The Battalion, riding the momentum from their game 1 win jumped out in front early again, when Kyle Craig singled to lead off the bottom of the 1st, stole second, and scored on Steve Renaud’s bloop single to center. Continue reading

OUA Baseball 2016 League Preview

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OUA Baseball League Preview – 2016 Edition
By Justin Ayles
OUA Baseball Guru

It has been a long 10 months since Western captured the Ontario Universities Athletic championship during a weekend full of flurries, wet baseballs, and extra inning thrillers. A long offseason only stirs up the anticipation even more for a league that is growing with young talent. Coaches have been hard at work travelling to Elite, AAA, and high school games to find top talent not yet committed to schools south of the border.

This process can be a difficult one as OUA Baseball has been fighting to make their mark as a destination worth attending for grade 12 students. This offseason has been a positive one though as teams have loaded up with young talent sprinkled in with high profile transfer students from impressive U.S programs. Social media coverage for the league is at an all-time high and this fast paced season will be a roller coaster of emotions, upsets, and action. Each team is better than they were last year in some way, shape, or form and it will be documented in this preseason roundup.

Let’s start with the aforementioned 2015 OUA champs the Western Mustangs. The Mustangs were able to win on home soil and did it with an all-around team effort. Western will head into the 2016 season without a few of their veteran players. Cam Graham, Owen Boon and Adam Paish have decided to call it a career in the OUA. Graham spent six years with the Brock Badgers and the last three in purple with the Mustangs. He will go down as one of the best catchers in OUA history.

Paish is one of the most decorated OUA pitchers and can compare the differences in the league throughout those nine seasons saying: “OUA baseball has definitely experienced a lot of positive growth, especially in players. The biggest change is the depth of talent in the league. Most teams are able to bat lineups that are solid 1-through-9, whereas in years past, only a few of the top teams could do this. This makes for a far more competitive baseball season and overall a better experience for players from all schools in the league.”

This type of growth is what will make the hunt for the playoffs all the better. Ten teams vying for six spots makes for a thrilling 18 game schedule. The Mustangs still have an impressive core intact with shortstop Nolan Anderson and first baseman Jeff Martin leading the charge on offense. The pitching staff got a boost as ex-Brock Badger Ryan Beckett will be completing his Master’s Program. Beckett will join Leo Labine and Ben Smith to go along with a few other key pieces to bolster the rotation and bullpen. Look for Coach Mike Lumley to rely a bit more on young talent such as Damon Crumplen and Andrew Warner as they look to make an everyday appearance in the lineup.

Catcher Taylor Patterson will also have to take a leap forward as he will help fill Cam Graham’s spot.  The Mustangs are in great position to make a deep run in the 2016 playoffs and once again and need their key players to hit on all cylinders at the appropriate time.

The Waterloo Warriors have been a staple in the OUA playoffs for quite some time and that included a final appearance back in 2014. The Warriors stumbled at the end of last season losing their last nine games to fall out of a post-season position, but have every reason to anticipate a return. The Warriors have a core that can be counted on year in and year out. Headlining their impact players is five tool standout player Michael Clouthier. The former Boston College pitcher has transformed into a power threat with a cannon of an arm at third base. Clouthier has punished OUA pitching and there is no reason this year will be anything different.   Continue reading

NCBL Tier 1 – Game 1 Recap

NCBL 2016 Tier 1 Finals – Game 1 RECAP

Game 1 figured to be a good one, with both teams fully rested and able to field fully healthy lineups, and it didn’t dissapoint.  The Brewers sent ace Geoff Magnus to the mound with the Battalion going with Charlie Crabb, fresh from driving back from Ryerson.  The Battalion were hoping for better fortunes against Magnus after he shut them out in game 5 in 2015.

They didn’t waste any time, after a 2 out walk to Alex Baldock, Musashi Takara belted a home run to right centre to give the Battalion a quick 2-0 lead.  They added another run in the 3rd after a Kyle Craig double and Steve Renaud single.

Meanwhile, Crabb was cruising through the first 3 innings, allowing just 1 hit, a 3rd inning double by Scott Tunis, but allowing 0 runs.

The Brewers finally got a rally going in the 4th. Magnus led off with a single, then Keith Blouin reached on a mis-played ball in the gap, to set the table for Jamie Fitzgerald to hit an RBI double over the right fielders head.  Jason Krottner followed with a SAC Fly and then Tim Feren with an RBI ground out to tie the game.

After the long 4th inning, the Battalion looked to answer back in the 5th and again they didn’t waste any time, as Sam McIntosh became the Battalion hero of game 1 hitting a home run to left to lead off the 5th and giving the Battalion a 4-3 lead!  They didn’t stop there as Craig hit a single, stole second and then scored on a Baldock single.  Continue reading

NCBL 2016 Tier 1 Finals Preview

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NCBL 2016 Tier 1 Finals Preview

Tonight the Bytown Battalion and Nepean Brewers play game 1 of the 2016 Tier 1 Championship Final.  The same 2 teams met in 2015 and know each other well.  Below are some facts and figures about this very evenly matched series!

 

Bytown Battalion   Nepean Brewers
2014 Established 1990 (1975 in SIBL)
0 NCBL T1 Championships 7
13-10-1 (5th) 2016 Record 16-7-1 (2nd)
143 Runs For 156
89 Runs Against 99
4-0 2016 Playoff Record 4-0
AlexBaldock(1.203) 2016 Top Regular Season OPS Geoff Magnus (1.274)
Steve Renaud (9) 2016 Top Regular Season SB MattBeelen(6)
Matt McIntyre (22) 2016 Top Regular Season RBI Geoff Magnus (26)
JoshSoffer(60.0) 2016 Top Regular Season IP AdamOattes(37.66)
JoshSoffer(8-0) 2016 Best Regular Season W-L Geoff Magnus (4-0)
2W – 1L 2016 Head-to-Head 1W – 2L
17 RF, 6 RA 2016 Head-to-Head Runs For/Against 6 RF, 17 RA
8W – 8L All Time Head-to-Head (including tournaments/regular season/playoffs) 8W – 8L

 

Offense

Battalion

Although still young, the Battalion feature numerous experienced bats in their lineup that features a good mix of speed and power.  Speed comes from Steve Renaud (2015 All Star), Kyle Craig (2015 All Star), and Evan Hammond.  The RBI’s and power are supplied mainly by Alex Baldock, Ryan Dillon (2011 T1 Best Batter ) and Matt MacIntyre.  The key to the Battalion offense comes from the speedsters who also chip in some power making their lineup threatening from top to bottom.

Brewers

The veteran Brewers depend on the same lineup they have for what seems like 10 years now.   They rely mostly on getting on base, small ball, and timely hits throughout the lineup.  Speed left the Brewers years ago.   The table setters are Scott Tunis and Matt Beelen at the top of the order, while the key cog in the wheel is Geoff Magnus (4 time T1 MVP) hitting in the clean up spot and providing the main power threat.  Adam Oattes (3 time T1 MVP) hits in front of Magnus and has been  his usual hit machine self in the 2nd half of 2016.  Keith Blouin, Jamie Fitzgerald, and Tim Feren help pick up the scraps after the meat of the order is through.  Having 2003 T1 MVP – Jason Krottner – at the bottom of the order ensures quick strike threats from top to bottom.  Continue reading

Baycats sweep away the Maple Leafs for 3rd straight championship

When you are either leading or tied  in the seventh inning of four games in a championship series , odds are you probably win more times than you lose.

The odds clearly were in favor of the Barrie Baycats all series along as for the fourth consecutive time in the series they took the lead late to sweep the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-5 Sunday afternoon at Dominico Field to claim their third consecutive Intercounty Baseball League championship.

The Baycats answered the Maple Leafs at every turn in the series and Sunday was no exception as whenever the Leafs would rally to tie the Baycats would dig in again to re-take the lead.

As was the case in the top of the seventh inning after the Maple Leafs had tied the ball game at 4-4 on a single by Connor Lewis in the bottom of the sixth.

Glenn Jackson reached first on a fielder’s choice and stole second. Kyle Degrace had an  at bat that seemed to take an eternity as he fouled off a ball off of his leg and had to walk it off before play resumed.  DeGrace pushed through the pain and collected  a single  to cash in Jackson  He later scored on a two out two-run  homer run by Jordan Castaldo to make it at 7-4 Baycats lead.

Dan Marra singled home his third run of the ball game to make it 7-5 but that is as close as the Leafs could get as Emilis Guerrero refused to lose and pitched the complete game for the victory

Guerrero who took home the playoff MVP award allowed five runs (four earned) on 16 hits he didn’t allow a walk and had four strikeouts.

Brett van Pelt started for the Leafs  and pitched six complete innings allowing four runs (all earned) on five hits and a walk.

Mike  Wagner took the loss in relief allowing three runs on four hits and struck-out three.

Castaldo had a pair of homer for the Baycats and finished with three RBIs.  Kyle Nichols added a solo homer in the sixth inning

Lewis singled twice , and homered  while driving  two RBIs for the Leafs

Dan Marra had three singles and three  RBIs,  while Sean Mattson went 3-for-5 with a run.

The Maple Leafs played the majority of their post season run shorthanded with their manager, Damon Topolie as the lone defensive replacement on the bench and a bullpen comprised mostly of starter pitchers outside of Adam Garner and Jonathan Solazzo coming in on an emergency basis twice in the playoffs.

For the Baycats their third consecutive championship celebration was truly a family affair as number of players wives and their children were in attendance cheering on their Baycats.