GTBL Ready To Go – IN/OUT

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Written By Rev

The 2017 GTBL season expects to be another good one, as six teams will battle in competition for the Alex Stanley Championship Trophy. The Thornhill Reds are the league’s defending champions, and have captured three of the last four league titles. The restructured playoffs will now be three rounds of series, and no longer a year end tournament. Also on tap for 2017 will be the return trip of the LMBQ, who will visit Toronto the first weekend of June. Leaside, East York and Thornhill will play host to St. Jean, Ottawa, and Shawinigan, who will make the drive west from Quebec.

 

WHO’S IN?/ WHO’S OUT?

The following is a list of most transactions that took place over the offseason.

 

EAST YORK

IN

– Mike Arsenault(LHP), veteran lefty joins Bulldogs part time

– Dustin Lawson(RHP), one time GTBL K leader returns from a stint in the military

OUT

– Brad Bedford(OF)

– Brian MacDonald(OF), work contract may take next two seasons away Continue reading

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Meet A Player – Zach Stevenson

Next up to the plate on “Meet A Player” is Zach Stevenson of the Toronto Varsity Blues.  Zach shared some very in depth answers on various baseball topics.

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Guru Question # 1:  What year, program and position are you?

Stevenson: I just finished my first year taking history and political science, I’m also a catcher on the u of t baseball team

Guru Question # 2:  What has been your favourite moment as a Blue thus far?

Stevenson:  The first day of training camp last August was definitely one of my favourite moments as a blue. Nothing out of the ordinary happened it was just a regular workout. But I felt like starting this journey with u of t baseball gave me an opportunity to start my baseball career again after a couple rough years in the elite system and just start having fun again.

Guru Question # 3:  Which veterans have really helped you out in your freshman year?  What did they teach you?

Stevenson:  All the veterans on the team have been great. Honestly from my first day here, even when I was a senior in high school looking to come here they all accepted me with open arms and tried to lead the way. Obviously playing with two of the best catchers in the OUA, Kyle Bowers and Tanner Young- Schultz was an extremely great opportunity. Continue reading

Meet A Player: Ryan Bench

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Welcome to week 2 of “Meet A Player”.  I was able to chat with Ryan Bench of my alma mater Brock University and ask him a few questions about Baseball.

Guru Question 1: What year, program, and position are you?

Bench: I’m going into my third year at Brock in the Kinesiology program and I am currently a relief pitcher.

 

Guru Question 2:  What has been your favourite moment as a Badger so far?

Bench:  Favourite moment as a Badger so far was in our playoff game against Guelph this year. I came in when we were down and managed to put up zeros on the board and after my last inning of work, Blake Stepien hit a three run shot to give us the lead and we were able to close out the win.

 

Guru Question 3:  Do you have any hobbies outside of Baseball that you participate in?

Bench:  Outside of school baseball I run a small baseball glove repair business Niagara Baseball Glove Repair doing everything from simple tightening and conditioning of gloves, to complete overhauls with new laces and leather repair. Continue reading

Meet A Player – Ryley Davenport

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I was able to sit down with Laurier Golden Hawks player Ryley Davenport to discuss some on and off the field topics.  Lets get right into the questions!

Guru Question 1: What program are you in?  Please also state your position.

Davenport:  I am in honours computer science at Laurier, and I’m a Catcher.

 

Guru Q 2: What has been your favourite moment as a Golden Hawk so far?

Davenport: I think my favourite moment as a Golden Hawk was our final game against Brock last season when we had the chance to seal the best record in Laurier baseball history. We went down early, but managed to rally and bring in a team win, making history at Laurier.

 

Guru Q 3: Since you’re a catcher, who is a pitcher on the squad that you can see breaking out in 2017 and why?

Davenport: I think all of our guys are fantastic pitchers. Kyle Symington had an amazing year as our closer and I’d like to maybe see if he can slide into a starter role, Continue reading

London Tecumsehs 2017 League Preview

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London Tecumsehs 2017 League Preview

Spring has arrived! Teams are set! Let’s Play Ball!

This blog will be posted throughout the season to update you on special events and happenings with the London Tecmusehs Baseball Club (LTBC)

Baseball is back on the brains of kids across London and the surrounding area. Athletes representing the London Tecumsehs, who play as part of the London District Baseball Association (LDBA), flooded our diamonds and harnessed their skill across levels ranging from Rookie to Junior in 2016, while competing against teams from Ontario, Canada and the USA.

London Tecumseh teams were front and center at both the provincial and national level in 2016. They represented admirably, earning an unprecedented five silver medals in one year across all divisions. We look forward to building on this success in 2017 – Baseball is Back ! Continue reading

Stratford launches their 2018 Season Ticket drive today

The group trying to return the Statford Hillers back to the Intercounty Baseball League officially launched their 2018 season ticket drive earlier this morning via their facebook page. hillers-season

To our knowledge, the Intercounty has not approved their franchise application as of yet  so this may be an effort to show the league they are serious about returning a la Las Vegas Knights season ticket drive last year before formally being awarded a franchise by the NHL.

The Hillers group  are also selling the IBL Road pass separately from the season ticket pass which is normally included in the pricing of a season pass in  the other 7 IBL cities (Toronto does not charge admission so it does not offer the Road Pass Program)

No payment is required until January 2018  and they can be purchased via email  at stratfordhillers@gmail.com