Teams come up short at OBAs
September 4, 2017
It was a disappointing weekend for North Dufferin Baseball League teams who attended Ontario Baseball Association provincial championships.
In total ten teams attended four different tournaments over Labour Day weekend with none advancing past Saturday action.
The 'AA' tournament was held in Kendal with the New Lowell Knights managing four games. They opened with an 8-0 win over Niagara Falls and league-rival Ivy Leafs 9-6 before losing the next two games 8-3 and 9-1 to Peterborough and Kincardine respectively.
Ivy took a 3-1 win over league-rival Aurora Jays in their first game, lost to New Lowell in game two and was knocked out by Kincardine 9-3.
Aurora lost two-straight to Ivy in game one and Niagara Falls in a nine-inning 3-2 game two.
The Creemore Braves and Ivy Rangers attended the 'A' tournament in Corunna. The Braves suffered an 8-2 to loss to Courtright and had the same fate in their second game being knocked out by Ivy 8-5.
The Rangers lost their first game to Tecumseh 8-2, beat Creemore in the second game, and sent packing by Fort Erie 7-1 in game three.
The 'B' tournament in Port Lambton had the Clearview Orioles take a 6-2 win against Amherstburg, a 6-5 loss to Port Lambton, a 3-2 win over Wyoming and a second loss to Port Lambton 11-10.
Both the Lisle Astros and Midland Indians were at the same tournament. Both teams went out in two-straight games. Lisle suffered losses to Wyoming 16-15 and Milton 7-4. Midland lost to Port Lambton 5-2 and Amherstburg 10-1.
At Forest for the 'C' tournament, Barrie Angels opened with a 13-5 win over London Tecumsehs, took a loss against Port Dover 6-4, beat St. Catherines 9-8 and were knocked out by London Tecumsehs 4-3 Saturday night.
Bolton Dodgers were also in Forest and defeated Essex 4-3 in their first game. They dropped the next two games 14-4 to Listowel and 12-8 to Simcoe.
Provincial Championships this weekend
August 30, 2017
Teams from the North Dufferin Baseball League will join other teams across Ontario at provincial championship tournaments this weekend.
In total ten North Dufferin teams will represent at four tournaments over Labour Day weekend.
At the 'AA' tournament in Kendal the New Lowell Knights will meet Niagara Falls on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Meanwhile the Aurora Jays and Ivy Leafs will do battle at the same time.
The 'A' tournament hosted in Corunna will have the Ivy Rangers facing Tecumseth at 5 p.m. Friday while the Creemore Braves meet Courtright at 9 p.m.
Midland Indians start the 'B' tournament with a 2 p.m. game on Friday against host Port Lambton. The Clearview Orioles meet Amherstburg at 5 p.m. and the Lisle Astros take on Wyoming at 7 p.m.
Forest will host the 'C' tournament with the Barrie Angels facing London Tecumsehs at 3 p.m. Friday. The Bolton Dodgers will take on Essex at 8 p.m.
Knights, Brewers meet in NDBL finals
August 28, 2017
The semi-finals of the North Dufferin Baseball League senior division wrapped up Saturday with the New Lowell Knights and Bolton Brewers advancing to the championship series set to begin Sept. 9.
The Knights defeated the Clearview Orioles in semi-final action needing five games. New Lowell opened the series with a close 2-1 win only to tie in the second game 2-2. Clearview picked up a win in game three 5-2 and the two teams tied again in game four 3-3. New Lowell won the deciding fifth game 3-1 to move on.
In the first round New Lowell swept the Barrie Angels in three games.
Bolton Brewers faced the Aurora Jays in the semi-final round picking up a 7-4 win in the first game. Aurora answered with a 5-4 win in the second game and Bolton took the series after 2-1 and 9-2 scores in games three and four.
The Brewers beat the Midland Indians in the first round three games to one.
The finals will be a best-of-seven series and will be played on weekends only.
New Lowell is the reigning two-year champion. Bolton last won the championship in 2013 and the four years previous.
The full schedule, when released, and results can be found at www.ndbl.ca.
Juniors out early
August 22, 2017
The Lisle Astros, Midland Twins, and New Lowell Knights were eliminated in the early rounds of the Junior 'A' provincial championship in Port Lambton on the weekend.
The Astros managed three games after winning the first contest 9-5 over Port Lambton. In the second game they faced London West and lost 11-6 and were eliminated by Peterborough 7-3 in their third game.
Midland lost to Halton Hills 10-0 in the their first game and to Peterborough 11-7 in the second game to be eliminated.
New Lowell met Woodslee in opening game action and suffered a 4-1 loss and were knocked out by Dundas with a 8-3 loss.
Juniors off to provincials
August 17, 2017
The Lisle Astros, Midland Twins and New Lowell Knights junior teams will be in Port Lambton this weekend for the Junior 'A' provincial championships.
Play begins Friday with the Astros taking on Port Lambton at 2:30 p.m. Midland meets Halton Hills at 5:30 p.m. and the Knights play Woodslee at 7:30 p.m.
The 11-team double elimination tournament will conclude with the championship game Sunday afternoon.
Mansfield wins first junior title
August 10, 2017
The Mansfield Cubs won their first junior title after defeating the New Lowell Knights 9-4 on Aug. 9 in the North Dufferin Baseball League championship series.
A game four was necessary after a comeback win from New Lowell the previous night in Lisle during game three. The game was originally scheduled for Aug. 3 but was postponed with thunderstorms in the area.
The Cubs took a commanding lead behind a strong pitching performance of Jordan Metz for the first three innings in game three. In the fourth frame he faltered and allowed the Knights offense to take control with aggressive base running and scoring five runs on four walks and three hits.
Mansfield had led the game 4-0 with two runs in the second and fourth inning. They managed another run in the fifth to tie the game, but New Lowell answered in their half of the inning scoring another two off Metz to take the lead and game.
Kyle Besley, Jeff Christman, Jake Currie, Josh Johnston, and Trevor Foster had singles while Ryan McLean and Metz had two singles. Jacob Hall made it on base three times.
Ben Cole led the Knights hitting two singles with Brandon Peart, Jeff Roberts, and Evan Tuckett adding singles.
Metz pitched 4 2/3 innings allowed seven runs on five hits, walked seven and struck out six.
Jake Currie relieved him for 1 1/3 innings. He struck out one batter.
Jeff Roberts started on the mound for the Knights and allowed four runs on nine hits, walked two and struck out three for his four innings of work.
Kashtin Winchester pitched the last three innings and let in one run on three hits and walked one batter.
The final game played in Mansfield had the Knights on the board first with two runs in the third inning. The Cubs quickly took the lead with three runs in their half of the inning and added one more in the fourth.
In the fifth frame New Lowell plated two more runs to take the lead, but it was short lived when in the bottom of the inning Mansfield scored five runs to retake the lead and held off the Knights in the seventh for the championship title.
New Lowell hits went to Winchester, Lucas Day, Konar Smith and Mathew Wilkins with Peart hitting a home run.
Mansfield had nine singles including three from Hall, two from Johnston and Foster, Jamie Crain, Currie and Christman each with one.
Johnston toed the rubber for the Cubs allowing four runs on five hits, one walk and hit one batter. He had four strikeouts for his complete game win.
Konar Smith started on the mound for the Knights and over his four innings allowed four runs on five hits, walked three, hit one batter, and recorded three strikeouts.
Lucas Day took over in the fifth frame and gave up five runs on three hits, walked one, hit one batter and struck out four Cubs.
Nathan Mooney relieved him in the sixth frame and faced two batters allowing one hit and striking out one.
Following the game, league secretary and junior division convenor Scott Anderson congratulated both teams on their season and presented Mansfield's coach Dave Metz the Anderson Trophy.
Knights win in New Lowell
August 7, 2017
The New Lowell Knights took top spot at their annual Civic Holiday weekend tournament with a 9-2 win over the Niagara Falls Expos on Monday.
This is the second straight year the Knights have won their own tournament.
In the championship game, the Expos struck first scoring a run in the first frame which was quickly matched by New Lowell adding two of their own. The Knights added one run in each of the third, fourth, and fifth innings.
Niagara Falls added one in the fourth frame.
The mercy rule came into effect in the bottom of the sixth when the Knights plated four more runs, which ended the game.
The Clearview Orioles faced the Welland Chiefs for the consolation round championship with the Orioles winning the contest 1-0.
The game was a tight affair until the Orioles plated a run in the sixth inning for the win.
Tournament awards were presented after the final game with Jordan Bray of the Welland Chiefs winning top pitcher. He pitched seven innings, no runs, gave up four hits, walked one, and struck out 18.
Brandon Norrie of New Lowell won best batter with four hits over 10 at bats with seven runs scored. Teammate Chris Greer was named tournament MVP playing a solid shortstop and chipping in at the plate with six hits and four runs scored.
Rockers lose in Finals
August 7, 2017
The Dufferin-Simcoe Rockers, the Dufferin-Simcoe Braves, and the Barrie Red Sox made the trip to Hamilton for the Civic Holiday weekend to participate in the 25th Canadian National Oldtimers Baseball Championships.
The Rockers and Red Sox played in the 50 plus age division while the Braves entered the 35 plus age division.
Advancing to the championship game on Monday morning, the Rockers met a strong Oakville (ON) team and lost 5-3.
The Rockers had previously met the team for the first game on Friday where Dufferin-Simcoe prevailed with a 6-5 win. Other games included a loss to Spring Lake (AB) 5-2 and wins against Barrie (ON) 8-3 and Scarborough (ON) 8-2.
Barrie opened the tournament with an 11-6 win over Ottawa (ON) but then suffered losses in the reaming contests to Scarborough 14-8, the Rockers 8-3, and Oakville 10-0.
The Braves opened tournament action with a 16-2 win over Regina (SK) followed by a 7-7 tie with Burlington (ON) and a 10-9 win over Tecumseh (ON).
In the quarterfinals they faced Woodslee (ON) and lost 6-1.
Cubs lead championship series 2-0
August 2, 2017
The Mansfield Cubs lead the New Lowell Knights in junior division baseball action in the North Dufferin League.
The junior teams met for game one and two of the best-of-five championship series on Monday and Tuesday nights with Mansfield winning both contests 4-1 and 13-3.
Game one in New Lowell had Mansfield scoring early with a run in the first inning followed by three more in the third frame. They would be kept off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.
New Lowell managed their lone run in the sixth.
Cubs' hits went to Jacob Hall, Jordan Metz, and Jake Currie with Trevor Foster hitting a single and a double. Teammates Ryan McLean and Jamie Crain chipped in with doubles.
The Knights offense was spread over six players. Kashtin Winchester, Brandon Peart, Mathew Wilkins, Jeff Roberts, Ben Cole, and Nathan Mooney each singled in the losing cause.
Metz was on the mound for Mansfield and pitched a complete game allowing one run on six hits, walked five batters and hit one while fanning seven.
Lucas Day started for the Knights and pitched 2 2/3 innings allowing four runs on four hits, walked two, hit one batter and struck out three Cubs.
Konar Smith pitched the remaining 4 1/3 innings giving up three hits, walking three, hit one and fanned five.
Game two was played in Lisle with the Cubs picking up a second win after a 13-3 game mercy.
The Knights started on a positive note scoring two runs in the first inning only to be doubled by the Cubs scoring four of their own in their half.
The Cubs scored another four in the second inning and ended the game in the sixth frame with five runs to bring the mercy rule into effect.
New Lowell scored another run in the third inning when Peart hit a home run.
Mansfield had seven hits including a double by Hall, singles from Foster, McLean, Crain, and Josh Johnston. Jeff Christman hit two singles.
New Lowell recorded eight hits with Peart's homer, a double and a single. Teammates Winchester, Wilkins and Josh Smith added singles, the latter with two. Preston Brubacher hit a double.
Johnston toed the rubber for the Cubs and over six innings allowed three runs on eight hits, walked six and struck two Knights out.
New Lowell's Winchester pitched 1 2/3 innings allowed eight runs on four hits, walked five and hit one batsman.
In relief, Nathan Mooney pitched the next 3 2/3 innings giving up two runs on one hit, walked five, hit two batters and struck out two.
Austin Blackwood relieved Mooney in the sixth frame and allowed three runs, gave up one hit, walked two and hit one. Failing to make an out he was replaced by Jeff Roberts who allowed a hit that scored the final and game ending run.
The two teams will meet Thursday night for game three. Mansfield looks to capitalize to win the championship but should the Knights win or there is a tie, the teams will play Aug. 8 following the Civic Holiday weekend.
Junior loop enters playoffs
July 22, 2017
The post-season begins for the four-team junior loop of the North Dufferin Baseball League Sunday.
New Lowell Knights finished the regular season in first place with a 13-5-0 record and will play the fourth place Lisle Astros. The Astros finished the season with a 5-10-3 record.
The second series will have the Midland Twins meeting the Mansfield Cubs. The Twins finished second place with an 8-9-1 record while the third place Cubs ended the regular season with a 7-9-2 record.
Opening round action has Mansfield travelling to Midland Sunday for a 7:30 p.m. game followed by a Tuesday night contest in Lisle at 6:30 p.m. Mansfield will be the home team at the park. If a game three is necessary the two teams meet in Midland on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
New Lowell will host Lisle Monday with game two in Lisle on Thursday. A game three is scheduled for the Creemore diamond Friday night with New Lowell as the home team. All games for this series start at 6:30 p.m.
The first round is a best of three series, or first to six points as ties are not broken.
The championship series can start July 29 and is a best of five affair.
Knights host tourney
July 15, 2017, UPDATED July 21, 2017
The annual Civic Holiday weekend tournament hosted by the New Lowell Knights is just around the corner.
The Knights officially released the tournament schedule yesterday for the Aug. 5-7 event.
In total, ten teams will take part in the three-day affair. Central Ontario Senior Reds, Clearview, Orangeville, Merritton, Kincardine, Niagara Falls, Mansfield, Welland, and Bolton Dodgers will join the host team.
This is one of New Lowell's lowest team turnouts in recent years. It is a trend this year with low number of teams participating both at the Lisle Astros tournament in May and for the Knights.
Games begin Saturday at 9 a.m. with Central Ontario Reds and New Lowell, followed by Clearview and Orangeville at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m. Merritton and Kincardine take to the diamond with Niagara Falls meeting Mansfield at 3 p.m. The final game of the day between Welland and Bolton goes at 5 p.m.
Sunday play resumes at 9 a.m. and the consolation final will get underway at 11:30 a.m. Monday with the championship game set for 2 p.m.
Article update: Creemore Barons name change to Ontario Central Senior Reds.
High Scores for All-Stars
July 10, 2017
A 12-6 outing for the West Division over the East Division and a 17-6 slaughter of High Heat from Mad Dogs were the results in the two North Dufferin Baseball League All-Star Games on Saturday.
The senior game, featuring the East and West Divisions, was a pitching duel for the first three innings.
Chris Esson toed the rubber for the West and allowed only one run on four hits, walking one and striking out one.
Nick Hodgson started on the bump for the East and allowed no runs, two hits, and struck out one. In the fourth he lost control and the West managed a two-run inning on one hit to take the lead. Hodgson struck one more West batter out.
The West plated ten more runs between the fifth and eighth innings while the East mustered one in the sixth before a three-run inning in the seventh. The East added another run in the eighth before being shut out in the ninth for the 12-6 final.
The West had hits from Riley Davies, David White, Tyler Greer, Bryce Watson, and two each from Andrew Willmetts and Tyler Linger. Tom Gateman singled and hit a home run. Chad Watters and Kyle Warren both hit doubles for the winning team.
Tyson Hansen hit a homer and doubled for the East. Jason Seeler hit a double while Chris Leslie and Aaron Giroux singled twice and Michael Gemmiti hit three singles during the contest. Kurt Roy chipped in with a single.
After Esson, the West side gave the ball to Linger for three innings. He let in one run on three hits, walked one and struck out two.
Shane Walker pitched the remaining three frames allowing four runs on four hits, walked two and struck out one.
Ryan Bennett took the hill for the East after Hodgson, pitching one inning allowing four runs on three hits, walking one and hitting one batter.
Zach Wiseman came in for relief, pitching two innings allowing five runs on six hits, walking one and striking out one.
Nathan Drury finished the last two innings, allowing three runs on one hit with one strikeout.
For his home run and double Hansen was awarded game most valuable player for the East while Linger picked up the title for the West for his two singles and three innings on the mound.
Mad Dogs massacre High Heat
The junior division contest between the Mad Dogs and High Heat was a one-sided affair with a 17-6 score.
The Mad Dogs got on the scoreboard early with two runs in the first frame. The team followed it up in the second with seven more runs. Adding one more in the fourth inning and five in the fifth they finished the game with two more in the seventh.
High Heat managed to score all of the six runs in the second inning before being shut down.
Jeff Roberts, Tyson Pendleton, and Brandon Chisholm were the only players to record a base hit in the game for High Heat.
Trevor Foster and Lucas Day doubled for the Mad Dogs with Spencer Dubeau, Tristan Hill, and Jacob Hall hitting two singles. Jordan Metz chipped in for a lone hit while Nick Bowins hit three singles.
High Heat used five pitchers over the seven-inning game. Jeff Roberts got the start and lasted two innings allowing nine runs on five hits, walking three, hitting one batter and recording one strike out.
Mathew Wilkins pitched the next two frames allowing one run on one hit while walking two batters.
Brandon Chisholm started the fifth inning and allowed four runs on one hit, walking one and hitting two batters before being pulled and replaced with Stuart Manson.
Manson pitched one inning allowing one run on one hit, walking one, hitting one and striking out one.
Jake Currie finished the game and over his two innings allowed two runs on four hits with two strikeouts.
Liam Woodford was the starting pitcher for the Mad Dogs. He lasted one inning allowing six runs on two hits, walking three and hitting one batter. He struck out three batters.
Metz entered in the second inning after Woodford failed to make outs and pitched for two innings allowing one hit, one walk and struck out three.
Hill started the fourth inning hitting one batter and recording three strikeouts.
Kashtin Winchester pitched the last two innings allowing no hits and striking out two.
Taking home the MVP title for the Mad Dogs was Bowins who went three for six, scored two runs and batted in two. Chisholm of High Heat had a single, scored and batted in two runs to get the MVP nod.
All-Star Games in Midland on Saturday
July 3, 2017
The North Dufferin Baseball League will host its two all-star games on Saturday, July 8 at Tiffin Park in Midland.
The senior game featuring the East Division and the West Division will begin at 1 p.m. followed by the junior contest with High Heat and Mad Dogs at 4 p.m.
Players selected for the East Division include: Ryan Bennett and Chris Leslie (Alliston); Chris Fafalios, Aaron Giroux, Zach Wiseman (Aurora); Adam Foote, Kurt Roy, Brandon Tippin (Barrie); Daniel Accardo, Tyler Milton, Luis Oritz (Bolton Brewers); Michael Gemmiti, Tyson Hansen (Bolton Dodgers); Nick Boyd, Jason Seeler (Midland); Chris Andrews, Johnathon Bethune (Newmarket); Darius Barlas, Nick Hodgson, Drew Huerter (Orangeville).
Managing the team will be Steve Lafreniere of Midland with Nathan Drury of Orangeville and Chris Rettie of Aurora taking coaching duties.
The West Division will include: Chris Esson, Dan Morningstar, Kyle Warren (Clearview); Tom Gateman, Eric Orser, Bryce Watson (Creemore); Brett Elliott, Chad Watters, David White (Ivy Leafs); Riley Davies, Adrian Gutierrez (Ivy Rangers); Ryan Smith, Shane Walker, Kyle Windsor (Lisle); Tyler Greer, Bryan Hannon, Tyler Linger (Mansfield); Chris Greer, Andrew Willmetts, Tanner Zeggil (New Lowell).
Jesse McIntyre from New Lowell will manage with assistance from Vance White of Ivy Leafs and Scott Anderson of Lisle.
Making up "High Heat" for the junior game include: Brant Dubeau, Nathan Lennox, Tyson Pendleton (Lisle); Alex Attenborough, Jake Currie, Stuart Manson (Mansfield); Jorden Gottlieb, Jamie Strickland, Rielly Swailes (Midland); Brandon Peart, Jeff Roberts, Mathew Wilkins (New Lowell).
Dave Metz of Mansfield will manage along with Glenn Strickland of Midland and Ron Lennox of Lisle as coaches.
The "Mad Dogs" include: Nick Bowins, Spencer Dubeau, Tristan Hill (Lisle); Trevor Foster, Jacob Hall, Jordan Metz (Mansfield); Sam Decock, Jacob Johnston, Liam Woodford (Midland); Nathan Mooney, Owen Patterson, Kashtin Winchester (New Lowell).
Managing the team will be Corey Tuckett of New Lowell while Jack Dubeau of Lisle and Doug Beckett of Midland will coach.
Knights defeat Brewers for tourney win
May 23, 2017
The New Lowell Knights won the Lisle Astros Annual Victoria Day Weekend Tournament on Monday with a 4-1 decision over the Bolton Brewers.
The two-day tournament turned into a three-day affair after rain played havoc on Sunday games. Tournament organizers were able to have two games played on Sunday with the remaining three including the consolation and championship games moved to Monday.
New Lowell struck early in the championship game, scoring a run in the first inning. Bolton managed a run in their half of the fourth inning to tie the contest and it was not until the bottom of the sixth frame that the Knights scored three more, including a two-run home run from Jake Nicholson.
Bolton was unable to capitalize in the seventh frame, stranding two base runners.
For the consolation final the Creemore Braves won the contest over the Clearview Orioles with a 6-3 score.
Creemore scored a run in both the second and third innings. Clearview mustered one run in their half of the fourth but the Braves added one of their own during the next at bat.
The Orioles tied the game with two runs in the fifth inning, but the Braves added two more of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
The final run for the Braves came in the sixth inning.
Creemore Braves 2 - Lisle Astros 4
Creemore Braves 11 - Mansfield Cubs 3
Creemore Braves 6 - Clearview Orioles 3 (Consolation Final)
Lisle tournament this weekend
May 15, 2017
A two-day tournament will be held in Lisle this weekend.
The annual Victoria Day Weekend tournament hosted by the Astros has only eight teams this year dropping the tournament to a two-day rather than a three-day event.
Games get underway at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Ross Houston Memorial Park in Lisle.
The host Astros will play Creemore Braves for the first game Saturday followed by an 11 a.m. contest between the Mansfield Cubs and Bolton Brewers. Orangeville Giants and New Lowell Knights play at 1 p.m. and the Ivy Leafs and Clearview Orioles take to the field at 3 p.m.
The consolation game is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the championship game at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
North Dufferin season opens Saturday
May 1, 2017
Local baseball teams in the North Dufferin Baseball League will be back on the diamonds this weekend.
The Clearview Orioles and Creemore Braves will kick off the season with a 1 p.m. game on Saturday in Creemore followed by the New Lowell Knights and Midland Indians at 2 p.m. in Midland.
The Orangeville Giants and Mansfield Cubs have a doubleheader planned in Mansfield with games starting at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday.
Sunday action includes: Aurora Jays at New Lowell Knights at 1 p.m., Creemore Braves at Barrie Angels at 2 p.m., Midland Indians at Lisle Astros at 2 p.m., Ivy Rangers at Newmarket Cornhuskers at 2 p.m., and Ivy Leafs at Alliston Athletics at 8 p.m.
The first junior division game is on May 15 in New Lowell when the Mansfield Cubs and New Lowell Knights, the two teams from the championship series last year, square off.
At the recent league schedule meeting the Creemore Barons have folded and requested a leave of absence for the year. Each senior team will now play a 28-game schedule compared to a 30-game season.
Junior teams will play an 18-game schedule.
The Lisle Astros will host their annual Victoria Day weekend tournament May 20-22 while the New Lowell Knights have a tournament for the Civic Holiday weekend in August.
The league's All-Star Games are planned for July 8 in Midland with a senior and junior contest on the docket.
The complete season schedule and game results can be found at www.ndbl.ca.
Durocher and Gemmiti take top honours at NDBL awards
March 14, 2017
The North Dufferin Baseball League hosted an awards ceremony Sunday in Lisle to recognize 2016 season award winners.
Taking the top awards in the junior division was Bailey Durocher of the Mansfield Cubs. Durocher won honours as the most valuable player, most sportsmanlike player, and most homeruns. He also received a most valuable player award from the All-Star Game in July.
Teammate Jeff Christman picked up the top pitcher award in the division.
Nathan Lennox of the New Lowell Knights was the top junior batter for the season with a .479 average while Konar Smith of the Ivy Rangers won the best on base percentage with .627 and had the most runs scored at 21.
In the senior division, Michael Gemmiti of the Bolton Dodgers topped three categories. He won the best batter award with a .494 average and was selected as the division’s most valuable player and most sportsmanlike player.
Brad Crosby from the Aurora Jays finished first in the on base category with a .655 percentage.
Dan Morningstar of the Clearview Orioles was voted the best catcher.
Brad Greiveson of the Ivy Leafs won the top pitcher award for his tenth time in the last 11 years with 173 points, 14.5 points higher than runner-up Todd Gowan of the New Lowell Knights.
Gowan meanwhile hit eight homeruns last season to win the category, while teammate Chris Greer scored 28 times for the most runs award.
The coach of the year title went to Steve Lafreniere and Fred Flood of the Midland Indians after the team finished the regular season first in the East division and had a stellar year on the diamond.
The New Lowell seniors won the West division first place standing while New Lowell and Mansfield juniors tied for first in standings last year.
The Ivy Leafs were recognized with the OBA plaque after the team won the provincial senior 'A' title in September.
Following the awards, team representatives met for the first meeting of the 2017 season with an increase in games for senior teams.
A 30-game season has been approved as the Bolton Brewers returned from a two-year leave of absence and the Ivy Rangers moved up from junior to make an 18-team senior division.
The three remaining junior teams, Mansfield, Midland, and New Lowell, have been joined by a new entry from Lisle to continue at four teams. The division will play an 18-game schedule.
The season begins the first weekend in May.
North Dufferin Baseball gears up for 2017 season
February 6, 2017
The North Dufferin Baseball League will hold its annual general meeting and 2016 awards presentation March 12 at the Lisle Legion.
League membership, players, and fans are invited to an awards ceremony recognizing individual and team accomplishments from last year starting at 12 Noon.
Some of the award categories include best batter, best pitcher, most sportsmanlike player and most valuable player for both the senior and junior divisions.
Team accomplishments include New Lowell Knights and Midland Indians first place standings in their respective divisions from the regular season, both New Lowell junior and senior team championships and recognizing the Ivy Leafs for their Ontario championship win in September.
At 1 p.m. the first meeting of the year will be held to elect executive positions, confirm membership, and review by-laws.
The North Dufferin league offers a junior and senior division with teams from Dufferin and Simcoe Counties and York and Peel Regions. Senior or Junior teams wishing to participate in the upcoming season must be present for the meeting.
Further information is available at www.ndbl.ca or by contacting secretary Scott Anderson at 705-424-5068 or firstname.lastname@example.org.