2017 OSBA Playoffs set to start September 9th
As the long weekend comes to a close, 12 OSBA teams begin the countdown to the start of the 2017 OSBA Playoffs on Saturday September 9th. The top six teams in both the Western and Eastern Conferences will take the field in the new 1st Round Format of a double knockout tournament, with the final two teams remaining in each Conference moving on to the 2nd Round the following weekend to play for the their respective conferences championship in a best of 3 playoff series.
The first round matchups in round one are as follows:
Scarborough Dragons (1) vs. Mississauga Southwest Twins (6)
Vaughan Vikings (2) vs. Mississauga Orioles (5)
Mississauga Braves (3) vs. York Diamonds (4)
Kendal Eagles (1) vs. Bowmanville Bandits (6)
Whitby Chiefs (2) vs. Clarington Cubs (5)
Peterborough Tigers (3) vs. Pickering Pirates (4)
Mississauga Oroles have wild weekend @ OBA "B" Provincials
The Orioles travelled down to Port Lambton for the OBA ‘B’ Championships this past Labour Day Weekend. With one of the tougher fields at ‘B’ in quite a while the Orioles drew a tough first round matchup against the runner up at last years tournament the Harrow Blues Friday at 430pm. The game saw strong pitching from both starters and the Orioles Walker Lewis saw a 2-2 score through 3 innings. The bottom of the fourth however saw the Orioles have some bad luck as with 1 out and 2 men on a deep fly ball was hit to left field and it looked like CF Rob Fougere was going to make a highlight reel catch, but on a field with no warning track he crashed into the wall and the ball landed just past his out stretched glove for a 3 run home run. Another home run in the bottom of the 5th saw the game now an 8-2 score. The Orioles managed to score a run in the top of the 6th to make it 8-3 but gave back 4 more in the bottom half. A 7th inning rally was thwarted by Harrow and the game ended as a 12-6 loss for the Orioles.
Offensive standout – Mike Shuryn
Great Relief Pitching by John Brady
Solid Outfield Defense – Rob Fougere & Nicolas Parker
Game 2 was now set for Saturday morning at 8am against the Lisle Astros and the Orioles turned to Joel Palma looking to keep their tournament hopes alive. Well Palma has done what he has done all season for the Orioles, answered the bell. It was a 3-2 score in the top of the 5th in favour of the Astros and the Orioles led of the inning roping a single followed by 2 walks loaded the bases with 1 out. That is when the Orioles got a much needed bases clearing triple to the fence to jump in front 5-3. Adding another 2 in the top of the 6th made it a 7-4 score as Harrow scored a run in the bottom of the 5th. Palma once again proving he was made for big moments and big games pitched 2 more scoreless innings to seal the deal and making it a 7-4 final and a CG win for Palma and the Orioles.
Much Needed Offensive and Defensive spark from Darryn Renaud
Game 3 now was slated for 1pm against the Welland Thorns. This was going to be a tough matchup as the Thorns finished fourth in a tough NDBA regular season. The Orioles turned to the help of fellow OSBA pitcher for Royal York Harrison Gaudet to keep the ball rolling. Harrison pitched a near flawless 4 innings and the Orioles jumped in front 4-1. In the 4th however some minor control issues, a couple bad calls and a costly error by the Orioles surrendered the lead and the thorns managed to level the score 4-4. The Orioles continued to pick each other up and battle through tough situations and came out smashing the baseball in the top of the 5th. The Orioles went through 3 different Thorns pitchers and managed to push 11 runs across to give them a 15-4 lead and 3 outs away from a 5 inning mercy win. Gaudet calm, cool and collected pitched a 1-2-3 inning and the Orioles took the 15-4 win and onto the 3rd game of the day 6 pm vs the team tied for 1st place in the NDBA the Welland Chiefs. A team that handed the Orioles a 16-2 loss at the Port Lambton June tournament earlier this summer.
Great Defense for the third straight game from Geoff McCallum & timely double play from Frank Pirillo and Walker Lewis.
Game 4 Now the Orioles have been a part of some ridiculous baseball games but I think this one takes the cake. Both teams were told that the strike zone would be tight but I don’t think anyone could have predicted anything quite like this and in a game that saw 20+ walks the strike zone did not expand and held true to the warnings. This combined with solid hitting on both ends saw the Chiefs put up 6 runs in the top of the 1st only to see the Orioles push 6 of their own across making it a 6-6 game and a 45 minute 1st inning. Mike Shuryn then threw a scoreless second inning and the Orioles failed to push anything across in bottom 2 as well, same score heading to the 3rd. It looked like Shuryn was going to toss another scoreless inning, but than that dreaded strike zone came into play again and a couple more walks and a double pushed the score to 9-6. John Brady came in to try and stop the bleeding only to become the newest victim to the strike zone walking 3 and giving up a bases clearing double making the score 12-6 heading to the bottom of the 3rd. The Orioles much like they had all day picked each other up and scratched and clawed their way back into the game pushing 2 runs across and loading the bases for Lee Mathé. Mathé promptly smashed a double to the fence plating two more, and than Geoff McCallum singled scoring 2 more and the Orioles once again tied up the score 12-12. Both pitchers tossed a scoreless 4th inning and the Orioles once again turned to Gaudet to try and keep hope alive. With 2 on in the 5th and 1 out Gaudet managed to induce a ground ball and and much like the had all day and all year the combination of Frank Pirillo and Darryn Renaud turned a much needed double play to end the threat! Bottom of the 5th saw key hits from Fougere and Mike Cappucitti (catching his 4th game of the tournament) and the Orioles surged ahead 14-12. The top of the 6th saw Welland manage 3 more runs after a few unlucky bounces and timely hitting by the Chiefs to jump in front 15-14. Much like they had all day the Orioles managed to scrape together some hits and Matt Duva got the game tying RBI and the see saw battle continued 15-15 heading into the final inning. The game now well past the 3 hour mark saw exhausted and depleted bullpens but Gaudet on the mound still looked sharp inducing a ground ball for the first out. After a 4 pitch walk and a close stolen base the Chiefs had a runner on second base, but a costly throwing error on the very next play gave the Chiefs the go ahead run 16-15. After only the second strikeout of the game and a bloop single the Chiefs now had a runner on first base with 2 out, this is where the game when it seemed it could not got even crazier. A transformer blew and all of the lights in left field burnt out causing an immediate shortage. After a lengthy delay and realizing the lights would not come back on that night the teams were told the game would resume play later that night at another diamond in Sarnia and after a 90 minute delay which included the game on the new field going to extra innings the suspended game resumed at 1115pm. Palma now pitching managed to get the last out on 3 straight pitches, sending the game to the bottom of the 7th with the Orioles down 1. The Chiefs had their closer warming up and he came into the game looking to get the final three outs. After a leadoff strikeout the Orioles needed a spark and Darryn Renaud provided it much like he had all game having a lengthy at bat and managed to leg out an infield single, the Chiefs narrowly avoiding disaster on the play as the throw hit Renaud as he was reaching first base, and avoiding rolling all the way into the right field corner. Next up was Mike Cappucitti and he laced a second straight single into right field giving the Orioles runners on first and second with 1 out. Palma was up next and with a 2 strike count roped a line drive into left and it looked like it was going to tie the game but the left fielder and a running lunging catch and there were now 2 out. A passed ball advanced the runners to second and third but the rally was not to be as the Orioles grounded out to end the game and the Orioles tournament with a 16-15 marathon loss.
It was a great tournament on both sides of the ball and the Orioles managed a 5th place finish in a very tough field, one way away from the final 4 semi finals on Sunday morning. In a year where the Orioles have struggled to score runs they regained their form seen in seasons past and managed to plate 43 runs over 4 games, 37 of them on Saturday. The Orioles would like to thank the fans who came to Sarnia and Port Lambton to support them for a fantastic week at their Provincial Championship.
Take 2 on Opening Weekend
The Ontario Senior Baseball Association will make its second attempt at starting their 2017 season this weekend. 14 of 16 teams will take to the field with only Kendal and Brooklin not playing.
The 2016 OSBA Champion Vaughan Vikings will open their season in Mississauga taking on the Orioles, while the 2016 Eastern Champion Pickering Pirates will head out to Bowmanville to do battle with with the Bandits.
Everyone's fingers are crossed that Mother Nature will show some kindness and not rain too much this weekend.
Opening weekend POSTPONED
In a shocking turn of events the complete schedule of Opening Weekend games have been postponed due to the wet weather we are all experiencing this weekend.
We'll try and do it again next weekend!
April meeting Hi-Lites
April 23rd saw the team representatives meet for the final time prior to the start of the 2017 season. The following agenda items were covered and finalized;
West – Morty Fergenbaum, Alex Beauvais Perry Caicco, Adam Johnston and Lee Mathe
East – Brian Beatty, Dave Borland, Jason Parker, Chad Maartense and Ryan D’Souza
Website: Rod Holinaty, Paul Freeman, Pat McEnroe
Stats: Rod Holinaty, Paul Freeman, Lee Mathe, Art Mullen
Awards: Steve Smith, Pat McEnroe, Bobby Gilligan, Rod Holinaty, Paul Freeman
EAST – Jim Taylor
WEST – Michael Grove
Rosters: Each All-Star team will be comprised of 20 players. Each member team gets one representative. If your initial representative pulls out, then the All-Star Head Coach is free to fill in that spot with a player from any team.
All-Star Game Head Coaches:
West – Morty Fergenbaum
East – Ryan D’Souza
The first round will be a double-knockout format in each conference played in its entirety on the first weekend after Labour Day.
Second round will have the two surviving teams in each conference meet to play a best of three series the following weekend to decide the conference champions.
The OSBA Cup Finals will then see the two conference champions meet to play a best of five series over the next two weekends.
Good luck to all teams this season.
2017 OSBA Year-End Awards
OSBA coaches gather for first meeting of 2017 season
March meeting hi-lites
After forgoing the February meeting, the league representatives met this past weekend in Whitby to discuss several proposals including the make-up of the 2017 OSBA season and playoffs.
First, it was announced that the OSBA will be a 16-member league in 2017 after the Forest Glen Giants officially folded due to missing the March 15th declaration deadline for returning teams.
The Toronto Blue Jays organization has not yet approved the use of Rogers Centre for the 2017 OSBA All-Star game. Therefore Vaughn as the defending league champion was offered the chance to host the game. The Vikings accepted this offer and will host the game on a date that is TBA, unless the Rogers Centre becomes available to us.
The following proposals were passed and will be in effect for the 2017 season;
Teams will no longer be required to play their makeup games within a 35-day window following a postponement. Instead teams will have 15-days after the postponement to agree on a makeup date. The game(s) must be played by the final day of the regular season or else teams will be charged with forfeits.
Players wishing to seek a play-off exemption must submit a request to the President. The request must demonstrate that the player seeking the exemption failed to satisfy the league’s games played requirements due to an injury. A doctor’s letter containing related contact information, and confirming the date of injury, the nature of the injury, and the date on which the player can resume playing, will be required for play-off exemption consideration.
Details and language surrounding the suspension and appeals process was updated. A new version of the constitution including these changes will be made available on the site shortly for those who wish to review.
The biggest decision to come out of the meeting was on how the regular season and playoffs will be structured for this upcoming year. With 16-teams, the league will be split into two conferences (East/West), and will be divide as follows;
East: Pickering, Whitby, Brooklin, Bowmanville, Clarington, Port Hope, Kendal, and Peterborough
West: Vaughan, Scarborough, York, Royal York, Mississauga Southwest, Orioles, Mets, and Braves
The season will consist of 26 games, seeing each team play six of their conference opponents 4 times each (one home and one away series), and one conference opponent (chosen at random) for only 1 series.
Round 1 of playoffs will begin the week following Labor Day and will see the top-6 teams in each conference compete in a double knockout tournament. The two remaining teams in each conference will advance and play a 3-game series the following weekend to determine the conference champions. The OSBA Cup Finals will remain a best-of-5 series between the East and West Conference Champions.
Stay tuned for updates from the final league meeting of the year, to be held at the end of April. As always, feel free to discuss these happening on the league forum.
2017 OSBA Year-End All-Star teams
2017 OSBA CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2017 OSBA Championships are set to start this weekend with two long time power houses from the Western and Eastern Conferences.
From the West we have the Scarborough Dragons, the number one team in 2017 will have home field advantage and will be hosting Games #1 and #2 on Sunday September 24th. Game #3 will be hosted by the Eastern Champion Whitby Chiefs on Tuesday September 26th. Games #4 and #5 if they are necessary will be hosted in Pickering, with Whitby having Home field in Game #4 and Scarborough finishing the series as Home team in Game #5.
This should be an exciting series as these two teams hook up again in the OSBA Championship finals.
Conference Final Championship match-ups set
After a great weekend of baseball the OSBA Eastern and Western Conference Championship match-ups are set.
In the East the final series will see the defending Eastern Conference Champion Pickering Pirates take on the Whitby Chiefs.
In the West the top seeded Scarborough Dragons will be taking on the Mississauga Orioles.