- A woman's place is at home...........
- But only after she rounds 3rd base!
Ontario U21 Take Gold in Manitoba
Team Ontario U21 version went west to Manitoba, and defeated Quebec in the final to capture 2017 Gold. The Team was lead by Trail Blazers Emma Carr, Menna Florio, Hailey Boyd, Lindsay Wilcox, Stephanie Ellis, Jessica MacPherson, Emily Baxter, Tess Foreman, Julia Jodouin and future TB Hannah Chacko. Coach Raf, TB Coach Joe Florio and TB Coach Murray Carr Congratulations!!!
Hailey Boyd MVP of the Final Game
Menna Florio - Tournament MVP
Stephanie Ellis Tournament All Star
Julia Jodouin Tournament All Star
Emma Carr Tournament All Star
Jessica MacPherson - Essex Ontario
Ontario Women Take Gold in Windsor
The Nation came to Windsor, Ontario for Baseball Canada's Women's National Invitational Tournament. Defending Champs British Columbia, lead by Trail Blazer Clair Eccles, a very strong Albert Team, Team Quebec and a very strong Team made up of younger prospects one day destined for the National Team Program, some already part of it. Ontario Coach Sean O'Brien had the gamers in the end as Ontario defeated Alberta in the Final to capture 2017 Gold. Trail Blazers Britany Chan, Menna Florio, Emma Carr, Hailey Boyd, Lindsay Wilcox, Jessica MacPherson and former TB Jennifer Gilroy all represented Team O. Great Job Ladies
2017 Trail Blazer Edition Captures Silver at Diamond Classic
The 2017 Version of the Ontario Trail Blazers captured a Silver Medal in this year's edition of the Diamond Classic in Baltimore Maryland. The Eastern Women's Baseball Conference held their annual Women's Tournament and for the second Straight year the New England Red Sox defeated us in the Final Game. This year the Blazers dropped a 5-2 decision to the Sox. US National Team player Marti Semintelli was brilliant in her start against the Trail Blazers striking out 6. The Trail Blazers defeated the Chicago Pioneers 5-2, defeated the East Coast Yankees 5-2 and defeated the DC Thunder 9-6 while dropping a tough extra inning decision to the Chicago Gems 2-1
Rookies - Claire Eccles, Madison Lockwood, Jaden Hotson, Emily Baxter, Tess Foreman and Julia Jodouin all played excellent and combined with the veterans - Caitlyn Hillman, Jenna Hillman, Emma Carr, Menna Florio, Hailey Boyd, Brittany Chan and Stephanie Ellis, the group of young women really represent themselves, their families and our Organization, incredibly!
Our young Rookie, although not a ton of at bats lead our Team in hitting
Our MVP Madison Lockwood
2017 Diamond Classic Roster
1. Madison Lockwood - Windsor, Ontario
7. Hailey Boyd - Port Dover, Ontario
11. Menna Florio - Vaughn, Ontario
12. Emily Baxter - Oakville, Ontario
14. Stephanie Ellis - Brantford, Ontario
18. Jaden Hotson - Windsor, Ontario
19. Jenna Hillman - Tecumseh, Ontario
20. Emma Carr - Scarborough, Ontario
24. Caitlyn Hillman - Tecumseh, Ontario
27. Tess Foreman - Ottawa, Ontario
29. Brittany Chan - Richmond Hill, Ontario
41. Julia Jodouin - Sudbury, Ontario
51. Claire Eccles - Surrey, British Columbia
Our #10 Award
This year in Honour of Carmen Dominguez a former player of the DC Thunder who is honoured year after year at the Diamond Classic with an award in her memory and honor, for dedication and love for the game. This year we wanted to give someone our #10 Award. The lady who runs the Diamond Classic works so hard to pull this off every year. This year I had a jersey with #10 done in our New Uniforms for one very special Human. Thanks for all you do Bonnie Hoffman
Trail Blazers Capture Gold at the 2015 Diamond Classic In Baltimore
Back Row: Joe Florio, Jen Gilroy, Brinely McLaren, Scott Hillman, Emma Carr, Kaylee Misuida, Jessica MacPherson, Murray Carr
Middle Row: Hailey Boyd, Taylor Knight, Jenna Hillman Menna Florio, Stephanie Ellis, Caitlyn Hillman
Front Row: Dan Boyd, Lindsay Wilcox, Katherine Kennally, Brittany Chan
The Ontario Trail Blazers went to the Diamond Classic in Baltimore Md. this past Memorial Day Weekend, and went 5 - 0 to Capture the First Title in the Teams History.
The Trail Blazers beat the South Bend Blue Sox, the D.C. Thunder, and the Chicago Gems to capture first place in the Red Division. The semi Final saw the Trail Blazers beat the East Coast Yankees to gain a birth in the final game. The New England Red Sox were waiting for the Blazers also undefeated until this game.
All the members of the Team contributed in some way over the weekend to make the event that much more special. Kaylee Misuida from Brantford, Ontario came in in the 5th inning for a huge pinch hit that scored Stephanie Ellis also from Brantford to give the Blazers a 2-0 lead.
Brinley McLaren from Brantford, Ontario pitched her heart out for 7 strong innings and left the game tied 2-2 going into extras. In the top of the 9th the Red Sox scored a run and went up 3-2. The bottom of the 9th was legendary. Jenna Hillman from Tecumseh, Ontario lead off the inning with a single to right. Lindsay Wilcox from Waterdown, Ontario had a successful bunt single to advance the runner. With runners on 1st and 2nd with no out, thirdbase Coach Dan Boyd from Port Dover, Ontario, proceeded to give the bunt sign to Emma Carr from Scarborough, Ontario, who bunted it between the pitcher and firstbase and Hillman scored from 2nd base on the play. With runners on first and second, Coach Boyd once again gave the bunt sign to Katherine Kennally from Burlington, Ontario who placed a perfect bunt between the pitcher, firstbase and secondbaseman. The Blazers had bases loaded no out and a tie ball game with the number 4 hitter, Jennifer Gilroy from Toronto, Ontario a 2015 Canadian National Team Member and Blazer`s Team Captain hit a 300 ft line drive to left that never got more than 10 feet off the ground the whole way there, to clinch a walk off win for the Franchise. Menna Florio from Vaughn, Ontario, came in for the 8th and 9th to pitch and did the job to give the Blazers a chance and they took advantage of it.
Brittany Chan from Richmond Hill, Ontario, hit 500 for the weekend, Caitlyn Hillman from Tecumseh, Ontario hit .500, Jessica MacPherson from Essex, Ontario, hit 416,
Taylor Knight from Blind Cove, British Columbia and Hailey Boyd from Port Dover, Ontario, were Outstanding Defensively as each of them excelled at multiple positions.
Joe Florio (Vaughn), Murray Carr (Scarborough) and Scott Hillman (Tecumseh) rounded out the Coaching Staff.
All in All a great Weekend of Baseball. Special Thanks to Bonnie Hoffman from the Eastern Women's Baseball Conference and all her people for running another amazing tournament. We will be back!
Special Shout Out to Kevin Marsden and his New England Red Sox for an outstanding weekend.
A Very Special acknowledgement to Jeneane Lesko from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, for all her help this weekend and her mentorship for all these young ladies. You are a National Baseball Treasure.
I would also like to mention that this win was dedicated to Another AAGPBL Veteran who was with us last year when we won the Silver Medal but has passed in the last 12 months. I would like to dedicate this win to Ms. Pinky Leduc a Trail Blazer in her own right, who touched us all. Pinky, we missed you this year but your amazing daughter Betsy was there with your spirit, you will never be forgotten by the Trail Blazers.
To All the Teams this past weekend, keep plugging away, we will put the Women's game back on the map with all of your help.
Special Thanks to all the Parents who drove and helped out this weekend, you are an amazing group of people!
Quite a Debut
Baltimore Maryland: In our first Tournament ever, the Trail Blazers Women's Baseball Team went to the Diamond Classic and Captured a Silver Medal, losing out to the New England Red Sox in the final game. The weekend was filled with fun and Good Baseball. Pictured here are the Silver Medalists with Jeneane Lesko former pitcher for the Grand Rapids Chicks in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. More to come..........
Jeneane Lesko and Pinky Leduc
We were very fortunate to meet 2 All Stars from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League form the 40's and 50's. Jeneane Lesko and Pinky Leduc were Honoured Guests at the Tournament. Pictured here is Caitlyn Hillman, Jeneane Lesko and Jenna Hillman. Below is Ms. Lesko in her playing days and Pinky's Baseball Card.
We are Changing the Course a Bit
We are now establishing a Regional Women's Team to compete in Womens Baseball Tournaments whenever possible. We have not given up our dream of a Women's and Girls Program, but we are expanding our horizens, in the mean time. We are going to more of a Provinical/National pool of players. We will start this climb with our first ever Appearance in a Tournament this May 25 in Baltimore, Maryland in the Eastern Women's Diamond Classic.
Jenna Hillman Tecumseh On
Caitlyn Hillman Tecumseh On
Emma Carr Scarborough On
Hailey Boyd Port Dover On
Kaylee Mitsuida Brantford On
Heather Healey NFLD
Bradi Wall Saskatchewan
Brinley McClaren Brantford On
Mia Valke St. Marys On
Rachelle Houston St. Thomas On
Menna Florio Vaughn On
Jessica MacPherson Essex On
Jennifer Gilroy Mississauga On
3 Trail Blazers Capture Gold in Halifax
In late August, 3 Trail Blazers represented Team Ontario in the 2013 Canadian Bantam Girls Championships and came home Champions. Jessica MacPherson from Essex was a newcomer, Jessica Jeffery from Leamington was in her second Nationals and Jenna Hillman from Tecumseh, in her 3rd Nationals, won Defensive Player of the Tournament for the 2nd year in a row. These 3 Blazers led a very young team to a National Title. All 3 girls are eligible to return Next Year for Team Ontario Bantams.
Jessica Jeffery, Jenna Hillman, Jessica MacPherson
Womens Baseball in the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto
Women's Baseball has been included in the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
A Womans Place Is at Home.......
But..Only after she rounds 3rd base!
Do you ever wonder?
TIME FOR A CHANGE!
Are There Any Females That Want to Play Hardball?
We will be adding more the website whenever we can, please continue to visit us to learn more about our program and more about woman's baseball in general.
IBAF President Riccardo Fraccari Speaks on Women's Baseball 07-31-2011
“The IBAF International Events Calendar will be one of the most important agenda items analyzed in Panama City. I can confirm that new projects are being examined, including the realization of a Women’s World Junior Baseball Championship. I do not want to go into too much detail during the conception phases, but it’s worth noting that there have been dialogues about organizing continental championships in order to further stimulate growth and meet the needs of all our athletes. The Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games Local Organizing Committee is developing a sound proposal for Women’s Baseball to be put onto that program in Toronto, and we will be paying close attention to the decision on this important matter.
“Looking into the 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup, Baseball Canada has been awarded the rights to host this event, as this competition returns to Edmonton, the city where this event was born back in 2004. Obviously, without looking past this event, I would like to simply point out that there have already been overtures to host the 2014 Women’s Baseball World Cup, so the IBAF will need to take this into consideration as events are mapped out over the long-term.
“So this is no doubt an exciting time for women’s baseball and for women in sport in general, and the IBAF is intent on providing as many opportunities as possible to all the athletes in the international sports community and especially within our international baseball family.”
What we are looking for?
We are loking to form a 16 and Under Bantam team that can compete Provincially, and a 16 and older Team (Women's Team)to compete whenever we can. Be a part of it!
If you are interested?
Trail Blazers Mission Statement
To provide females, 13 years of age and older a place an opportunity to play baseball with and against other females. As Women's Baseball continues to grow across the world, we would like to provide opportunities for the Female game to sprout, here in the Southwestern Ontario Area.
Blaze a New Trail!