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Braves settle for second place

September 2, 2019

Senior teams in the North Dufferin Baseball League and around the province attended provincial championship tournaments on the weekend with the Creemore Braves making it to the 'C' finals, losing to a strong Simcoe Giants team 10-0.

The Braves started the tournament with two wins, 7-5 over Wyoming and 5-4 over Hanover. In their third game they lost to Simcoe 14-4, but rallied to take a 7-3 win over the Essex Diamondbacks and a 12-6 victory over Courtright in the semi-final to advance to the championship.

In the championship game, Creemore was mercied after five innings from Simcoe who went undefeated in the tournament.

Also at the tournament, the Lisle Astros managed three games, losing 7-4 to the Essex Yellow Jackets in the first, defeating Port Hope 11-1 for their second, and suffering a second loss at the hands of Mitchell 12-2.

The Bolton Brewers made semi-final play at the 'AA' championship. With two early wins over Fort Erie 13-2 and Exeter 13-1, the Brewers faced Kincardine and suffered a 10-0 loss. In semi-final action, the Brewers met Kincardine again and went down in defeat 5-4.

The New Lowell Knights lost two games in extra innings. They faced Exter in opening action losing 14-13 and then lost to Niagara Falls 9-8.

In Listowel, the Ivy Leafs, Ivy Rangers, and Orangeville Giants battled for the 'A' title. The Giants advanced to semi-final action with a 10-4 win over Tecumseth, a 10-2 victory over Welland, a 1-0 loss to Listowel and were knocked out with a 10-5 loss by Harrow.

The Ivy Rangers opened with a 10-7 win over Harrow and were eliminated with losses to Listowel 7-5 and Welland Chiefs 8-5.

The Ivy Leafs lost 4-0 to Welland in their opening game, picked up an 8-3 win over Tecumseth and then suffered a 22-2 thumping from Harrow.

Port Lambton hosted the 'B' tournament which was plagued by rain. The Clearview Orioles opened with a 4-0 loss to Port Lambton, rebounded with a 3-0 win over Lakeside and a 6-4 victory over Rose City. In quarter final action Clearview met Port Lambton again on Sunday, but the 9 a.m. game was called in the early innings due to rain. At 4:30 p.m. the two teams took to the field and the Orioles lost in a close 4-3 contest.

The Bolton Dodgers took a 5-4 loss in their first game to London Area, picked up a 8-3 win over Amherstburg, before bowing out to Port Lambton 13-4.




Quest for Strother Cup begins Sept. 7

September 1, 2019

The championship series of the North Dufferin Baseball League begins this weekend between the Bolton Brewers and New Lowell Knights.

The best of seven series, playing on weekends only, starts Saturday with a 12 Noon game in Lisle. Game 2 is Sunday in New Lowell at 1 p.m.

The schedule continues with Sept. 14 in Bolton, Sept. 15 in New Lowell, Sept. 21 in Bolton, Sept. 22 in New Lowell and Sept. 28 in Bolton. Bolton home games start at 2 p.m. while New Lowell home games begin at 1 p.m.

The Brewers finished the regular season in first place with a 20-5 record and defeated the Creemore Braves and Clearview Orioles en route to the finals.

New Lowell had a 19-5-1 record and ended in third place. They dispatched the Midland Mariners and Ivy Leafs to make the finals.




OBA Bound

August 26, 2019

Senior teams around the province will be heading to Ontario Baseball championships this weekend, including eight from the North Dufferin Baseball League.

In total there are four classification tournaments in which teams will be vying for a provincial title.

The Bolton Brewers and New Lowell Knights are attending the 'AA' tournament in Vaughan. The Knights were tournament finalists last season. New Lowell will face Exeter in opening round action on Friday at 4 p.m. The Bolton Brewers will enjoy a bye in the first round of the seven-team tournament.

At the 'A' eight-team tournament in Listowel the Ivy Rangers meet Harrow on Friday at 6 p.m. while the Ivy Leafs play Welland at 8:30 p.m. The Orangeville Giants face Tecumseh at 6 p.m.

The Bolton Dodgers and Clearview Orioles travel to Port Lambton for the 12-team 'B' tournament. The Orioles play Port Lambton at 2 p.m. Friday and the Dodgers meet London at 5 p.m.

Thorold is hosting the 12-team 'C' tournament with the Creemore Braves and Lisle Astros attending. Lisle starts at 2 p.m. on Friday with a game against Essex. Creemore faces Wyoming at 8 p.m.




Ivy Blues crowned junior champs


Ryan Barr of the Ivy Blues receives the Anderson Trophy from North Dufferin Baseball League secretary and junior division convenor Scott Anderson after Ivy won the junior championship on Aug. 18, 2019. The Blues defeated the Orangeville Rockies 8-4 in the final game.

(David Anderson Photo)


2019 N.D.B.L. Junior Champions - Ivy Blues
Pictured are from back row, l-r: Connor Morton, Tyler Huitema, Matt Barr, Thomas Barnes, Brady Robinson, Jack Boos, coach Dan Tucker.
Front row, l-r: Ryan Young, Ryan Barr, Lucas Sheppard, Mitch Tucker.

(David Anderson photo)

August 19, 2019

The Ivy Blues captured the North Dufferin Baseball League junior division championship Sunday (Aug. 18) winning Game 4 8-4 over the Orangeville Rockies.

Ivy entered the contest up two games to one winning the first two 4-3 and 10-2. Orangeville won Game 3 6-2.

Ivy opened the game with a lone run in the first and added another in the second and fifth innings.

Orangeville scored a run in the fourth and knotted the game in the fifth frame plating two runs.

The Blues capitalized in the sixth inning putting up five runs, which in the end proved too much for the Rockies who only mustered a single run in the seventh frame.

Ryan Young, Thomas Barnes, and Lucas Sheppard each hit a double for the Blues with teammates Mitch Tucker, Ryan Barr, Brady Robinson, and Jack Boos hitting singles.

James Clubine and Hunter Millsap hit a double each for the Rockies with singles from Timothy Castellan, Ty Doney, Kyle Dalton, Eric Dion, and Jack Clubine.

Matthew Haire was on the mound for the Rockies for 5 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs on five hits, walking three, and striking out two batters.

James Clubine came in for relief and pitched the remainder of the game, allowing one run on two hits, walking one, and striking out one.

Tyler Huitema started for the Blues, pitching five innings, allowing three runs on four hits, walking one, hitting one batter, and striking out two.

Sheppard closed out the game for two innings. He gave up one run on three hits, fanning two batters.

In a post game presentation league secretary and junior division convenor Scott Anderson thanked both teams for the season and presented the Anderson Trophy to Ryan Barr of the Ivy Blues.




Rockies thwart Blues


Mitchell Skilton of the Orangeville Rockies hits a single in the first inning of Game 3 of the North Dufferin Baseball League junior division championship to score two runs. The Rockies won the contest 6-2 forcing a Game 4.

(David Anderson photo)

August 16, 2019

The Ivy Blues went into Game 3 yesterday (Aug. 15) with hopes to sweep the series and take home the North Dufferin Baseball League junior division championship, but the Orangeville Rockies had other plans and won the contest 6-2 to force a Game 4.

The Rockies started the game with four hits in the first inning bringing in two runs. A single run was scored in the third frame and three more in the seventh.

Ivy scored a single run in their half of the first and was limited to one more run in the sixth inning.

Mitchell Skilton lead the way with three singles for the Rockies. Timothy Castellan and Ty Doney helped with a single and double each. Jack Clubine hit a double and James Clubine, Michael Zambito, and DJ Doiron hit singles.

On the Ivy side, Lucas Sheppard hit two singles, Ryan Barr and Matt Barr each hit a double with Ryan Young and Brady Robinson chipping in with singles.

Zambito was the winning pitcher giving up two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out four Ivy batters over seven innings of work.

Ryan Barr toed the rubber for seven innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits, walking two, hitting one batsman and recording nine strikeouts in the losing cause.

Earlier in the week, Game 2 on Aug. 12 ended with the Blues outscoring the Rockies 10-2.

Orangeville scored first in the second inning and added another run in the third, but Ivy scored three in the second and third inning to take a commanding 6-2 lead. They plated four more runs in the sixth frame.

Ivy outhit Orangeville recording 10 hits, including a single from Ryan Barr, a double from Matt Barr and Brendan Lovell and a triple by Charlie Jeans. Robinson hit two singles and a double while Sheppard hit a single and two doubles.

Orangeville's Kyle Dalton singled and Doiron hit a triple.

Matthew Haire took the loss on the mound for the Rockies giving up 10 runs on 10 hits, walking four while striking out 11 batters over his six innings.

Matt Barr pitched for Ivy for five innings, allowing two runs on two hits, walking one, hitting four batters, and striking out four. Jeans came in relief for two innings giving up no hits, walking one and striking out two Rockies.

Game 4 of the series is scheduled for Sunday (Aug. 18) at Princess of Wales Park in Orangeville. First pitch is at 3:30 p.m.




Juniors curbed at provincial championships

August 12, 2019

Junior provincial championships were held on the weekend with the Ivy Blues and Orangeville Rockies bowing out after three games.

The Leafs travelled to Peterborough for the 'AA' U21 five-team tournament. They faced Brantford for their first game and won 5-1. In the second game they went down in defeat to Milton 11-1 which set another match-up with Brantford for their third game. This time, Ivy lost 8-1.

The Orangeville team attended the U21 'B' six-team tournament in Port Lambton. The Rockies defeated Dresden 8-3 in their first game, then suffered a 12-6 loss to Listowel after leading 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth. They finished the tournament with a 8-1 loss to Port Lambton in the quarter finals.




Blues win Game 1


Orangeville Rockies shortstop Ty Doney tags out Mitch Tucker of the Ivy Blues at second base during Game 1 of the North Dufferin Baseball League junior division championship series on Aug. 7, 2019. The Blues won the contest 4-3.

(David Anderson photo)

August 8, 2019

The Ivy Blues began the North Dufferin Baseball League's junior division championship series with a 4-3 win over the Orangeville Rockies in Game 1 yesterday (Aug. 7).

The Blues got on the scoreboard early with a homerun by Charlie Jeans and two runs scored on a Brendan Lovell double in the first inning.

Not to be out done, the Rockies answered with a pair of runs in their half of the first on a Ron Firth single. Orangeville tied the game in the fourth with a run scoring on a hit batter.

In the fifth frame Ivy went ahead scoring a lone run and held on for the win.

Mitch Tucker and Lovell of Ivy hit two doubles during the game while Jeans hit a homer and singled.

Orangeville was limited to three hits with Firth and Jack Clubine hitting singles and Kyle Dalton with a double.

Michael Zambito toed the rubber for Orangeville and allowed four runs on six hits, walked three and struck out nine batters over his seven innings.

Matt Barr pitched 3 2/3 innings allowing three runs on two hits, walked five, hit four batters, and struck out six.

Jeans pitched the remainder of the game giving up one hit, walking one, hitting one, and striking out seven.

The series will pause over the weekend as the two teams attend provincial championship tournaments.

Ivy is attending the 'AA' 21 and under championship in Peterborough and faces Brantford at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Orangeville is competing in the 21 and under 'B' championship in Port Lambton. They take on Dresden on Friday at 4 p.m.

The league championship will resume with Game 2 on Monday Aug. 12 at Geddes Park in Angus with Game 3 scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 15 in Ivy. Both games start at 6:15 p.m. and are Ivy home games.

Game 4 is on Aug. 18 in Orangeville at 3:30 p.m. and Game 5 is set for Aug. 20 in Ivy at 6:15 p.m.




D.S. Rockers lose semi-final


The Dufferin-Simcoe Rockers attended the 27th National Oldtimers Championship Aug. 2-5. Pictured, back row, from left: Len Ogaki, Dan Gowan, Bob Forbes, Steve Harrision, Greg McKee, Don Bartley, Dick Cauthers, Brent Bailey, John DeGroot. Front row, from left: Tom Arnold, Terry Gowan, Chris Davie, Pete Lennox, Rick Coker, Jim Halliday. Davie holds a t-shirt with the number 17, in memory of teammate Tom Anderson, who died in December.

(Submitted photo)

August 7, 2019

The local oldtimers baseball team, the Dufferin-Simcoe Rockers, were at the 27th Canadian National Oldtimers Championship in Calgary, Alberta over the Civic Holiday weekend, losing 13-9 to Spring Lake (AB) during semi-final play.

The Rockers entered the 57 plus age division and opened the tournament with two loses to the Happy Islanders 6-3 and Red Deer Legends 12-11.

In the third game the Rockers defeated the Hamilton Stealers 9-2 which set a quarter final match-up where they won 7-6 over the Dry Cold Drifters before losing to Spring Lake in the semi-final game.




Blues and Rockies face-off for JR championship

August 6, 2019

The junior division championship of the North Dufferin Baseball League will feature the Ivy Blues and the Orangeville Rockies.

The best of five, or first to six points, series starts tonight in Ivy at 6:30 p.m.

Game two is scheduled for tomorrow (Aug. 7) in Tottenham at 8:30 p.m.

Both teams are attending the junior provincial championships on the Aug. 9-11 weekend, pausing play in the championship series.

The remaining schedule is still being finalized at this time.




Playoffs start for senior loop

August 6, 2019

The senior division of the North Dufferin Baseball League finished the regular season last week with first round playoffs set to start tonight.

Out of the 13 teams, eight advance to the post-season and will play a best of five or first to six points in the opening two rounds.

The first place Bolton Brewers will face the eighth place Creemore Braves while second place Ivy Leafs meet seventh place Lisle Astros. Third place New Lowell Knights challenge the sixth place Midland Mariners and the fourth place Clearview Orioles play fifth place Ivy Rangers.

New Lowell and Midland start their series tonight (Aug. 6) with the three other series starting tomorrow (Aug. 7).




Four straight wins for Knights


Mike Kinghan (centre) representing the New Lowell Knights Tournament Committee presents the tournament trophy to Peter Kinghan and Jesse McIntyre of the New Lowell Knights after a 9-3 win over the Welland Chiefs at the annual Civic Holiday baseball tournament Aug. 5, 2019.

(David Anderson Photo)

August 5, 2019

The New Lowell Knights took home the top hardware at their annual Civic Holiday tournament over the weekend with a 9-3 win over the Welland Chiefs. It was the second year in a row these two teams have met in the championship game.

New Lowell opened the game with a run in the second inning, plating two more in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a four run lead.

Welland scored two in their half of the fifth to bring the game within two, but New Lowell plated another run in the sixth and four in the seventh innings. The Chiefs scored a lone run in the seventh.

The Creemore Braves and Merritton Alliance met in the consolation championship played earlier in the day. The game ended with a 4-2 win for the Braves.

Both teams scored a lone run in the first inning with Merritton taking the lead in the third scoring another run.

Creemore answered with three runs in the fifth inning for the win.

As part of the tournament, awards were handed out for the best batter and pitcher and the most valuable player.

Marc Dupuis of the Braves was named best batter with a 5-8 record at the plate with six RBI. Teammate Matt Baldry picked up the best pitcher title, pitching the consolation game's seven innings and allowing only three hits.

Kurt Roy of the Knights was tournament most valuable player going two for five, scoring four runs, two RBI, three stolen bases, and pitched six innings allowing one hit over the weekend.

Tournament Scores
Creemore 3 - New Lowell 12
Mansfield 3* - Orangeville 3
Lisle 4 - Niagara Falls 12
Bolton Brewers 7 - Welland 8
Clearview 10 - Merritton 1
Orangeville 10 - Lisle 8
Mansfield 4- Niagara Falls 6
Welland 8 - Clearview 3
Bolton Brewers 2 - Merritton 4
Creemore 6 - Orangeville 3
New Lowell 5 - Niagara Falls 1
Creemore 4 - Merritton 2 (Consolation Final)
New Lowell 9 - Welland 3 (Championship Final)
* - won by most base runners




Knights host 10-team tournament

July 28, 2019

The New Lowell Knights will host their annual Civic Holiday weekend tournament Aug. 3-5 at the New Lowell park.

The Knights recently released the 10-team schedule with play beginning Saturday at 9 a.m.

Creemore and New Lowell will meet in the first game while Mansfield and Orangeville play at 11 a.m. Lisle faces Niagara Falls at 1 p..m. and Bolton Brewers meet Welland at 3 p.m. The final game of the day at 5 p.m. is between Clearview and Merritton.

Play resumes Sunday at 9 a.m. with another five games throughout the day.

On Monday, the consolation final is set for 11:30 a.m. and the championship game at 2 p.m.

Tournament Schedule (Schedule updated, July 29)




Junior Playoffs begin tonight


Jack Boos of the Ivy junior Blues tries to score on a hit to centre field and ends in a run-down and tagged out by Mansfield junior Cubs' catcher Braden Doiron at a July 11, 2019 game. The two teams meet for the first round of the junior division playoffs.

(David Anderson photo)

July 23, 2019

The post-season for the junior division of the North Dufferin Baseball League has arrived as the four-team loop ended regular season play on the weekend.

The Ivy Blues who finished first with a 13-2-1 record will meet the fourth-place finishers' Mansfield Cubs (2-13-1).

The two teams start the playoffs tonight in Ivy at 6:30 p.m. Game two in the best-of-three or first to four points series is in Lisle on July 25. Game three is scheduled for July 31 in Ivy and Game four is on Aug. 1 in Lisle. All games start at 6:30 p.m.

In the other series, second place Orangeville Rockies (9-6-1) play third place Orillia Royals (7-9-0).

Orillia will host the first game on July 25 at 8:30 p.m. followed by two games in Orangeville on July 27 and July 28 both at 3 p.m. If needed game four is back to Orillia on Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.




Orangeville Giants suspended from league play

July 23, 2019

During a July 20 game in Clarksburg the Orangeville Giants forfeited a game and as per league policy were suspended from further play as it was a second forfeit in the same season.

Games the Giants were supposed to play on Sunday were postponed as the Orangeville team filed an appeal to the executive.

The executive met with representatives of Orangeville on July 22 to review and discuss the appeal along with other documents pertaining to the situation.

Following much deliberation the executive unanimously confirmed the suspension as the Orangeville protest centred on two items of which could not be protested.

As per the league bylaws, the first or only game played against the Giants will be counted towards stats for other teams. This will result in changes to the standings by eliminating any wins or losses for the second games and will void player and team stats.




West downs East


Nathan Drury of the East Division touches second base to make an out against Daniel Morningstar of the West Division during the North Dufferin Baseball League senior all-star game on Sat. June 8, 2019 in Orangeville. The West defeated the East 10-3 in the contest.

(David Anderson photo)

July 8, 2019

The West division defeated the East division 10-3 in the North Dufferin Baseball League's all-star game played Saturday in Orangeville.

The win marks the fourth straight victory for the West side in the annual mid-year contest.

The East quickly got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the first inning but was limited for the rest of the game scoring one in sixth and one in the ninth frame.

In the third inning the west scored three runs, added another in the fourth frame, three in the sixth, two in the eighth and one in the ninth inning.

Recording singles for the West were Brett Elliott, Zach Scragg, Chris Rettie, Kris Allary, Steve Bowman, Jake Luck, Mack Morrish, and Adam Hendy. Tristan Cabral hit a single and double while Daniel Morningstar and Marc Dupuis hit a double each. Tanner Zeggil hit a home run in the sixth inning.

The East players were limited to a single by Chris Fafalios, Josh Hickey and Cody Ploughman, two from Nathan Drury, a double from Blake Faulds and a home run by Jake Quinlan in the sixth inning.

Andrew Blakey started on the mound for the West and over four innings gave up one run on two hits and struck out two batters.

Jake Luck entered in the fifth frame and over three innings of work allowed one run on three hits, walking one and striking out three.

Finishing the last two innings was Jeff Christman. He gave up one run on two hits while fanning one.

The East started Brandon Tippin on the rubber for three innings. He gave up three runs on five hits, walked three and struck out one.

Alex Pagilia pitched the next three innings and allowed four runs on four hits, walking one and fanning two batters.

In the seventh inning, Blake Faulds threw for the East walking two and striking out one for his single inning duty.

Nathan Drury finished the game. He pitched two innings, gave up three runs on four hits, walked two, hit one batter and had one strike out.

Game most valuable player titles went to Quinlan for the East and Blakey for the West. Quinlan hit a homerun for his only plate appearance and caught two innings. Blakey was chosen for his efforts on the mound.

Bandits squeak by with 9-8 win

The junior division all-star game got underway shortly after 4 p.m. with the Royals, players from Ivy and Mansfield, taking on the Bandits, players from Orangeville and Orillia.

At the end of seven innings, the Bandits captured the game with a 9-8 win.

Originally declared an 8-8 tie at the end of the game, in reviewing the scorebook the Bandits had scored a run in the fourth inning that went unaccounted for.

The Royals scored the first run in the top of the first inning. In the third the Bandits answered with a run of their own and added another in the fourth inning to take the lead.

A big six-run fifth inning for the Royals put them in command. They would add one more in sixth inning.

The Bandits added three runs in the fifth and followed it with two more in the sixth. In the seventh they added another two to win the game.

The Bandits out hit the Royals 12-7. Michael Zambito, Jack Clubine, Mitchell Skilton, Gavin Lapp, and Joshua Richard each had a hit for the Bandits. Ian Legault and Pierson French singled and doubled during the game with Nick Reid hitting a single and two triples.

For the Royals, Aaron Arbon and Jack Boos recorded singles. Mitch Tucker, Jack Armstrong, and Ryan Young hit doubles with Zaacary Helmer hitting a single and a home run.

Toeing the rubber for the Royals first three innings was Tyler Huitema. He gave up one run on two hits, walked four and struck out three batters.

Aaron Dempsey pitched the fourth and fifth innings giving up four runs on four hits and walking one Bandit.

Scott Pendleton finished the game for the remaining two innings, allowing four runs on six hits and hitting one batter.

Matthew Haire started on the mound for the Bandits pitching two innings. He allowed one run on one hit, striking out one.

Mike Provenzano Jr. pitched the third inning fanning two batters.

James Clubine pitched one and two-thirds allowed six runs on six hits, walked one, and struck out three.

Brett Provenzano pitched one and one-third, allowed one walk and struck out three.

In the seventh inning, Joshua Richards allowed one walk and struck out two Royals.

Reid for the Bandits and Helmer for the Royals were named most valuable players for the game. Reid went three for five, including two triples, scored two runs and batted one run in. Helmer went two for four including a homerun and two runs batted in.




Orangeville hosting All-Star Games


The 2019 North Dufferin Baseball League all-star games take place Sat. in Orangeville.

(NDBL Image)

July 4, 2019

Princess of Wales park in Orangeville will be the site of the North Dufferin Baseball League's all-star games on Saturday.

The annual event will feature the senior division game at 1 p.m. followed by the junior loop at 4 p.m.

The East division and West division will compete in the nine-inning senior game.

Players selected for the East include: Jake Quinlan, Marshall Flindall (Alliston); Blake Faulds, Jake Morris, Brandon Tippin (Barrie); Daniel Accardo, Chris Fafalios, Luis Ortiz, Alex Pagilia (Bolton Brewers); Eamonn Chiodo, Marlon Young (Bolton Dodgers); Adrian Gutierrez, Cody Ploughman, Jake Ploughman (Ivy Rangers); Nick Boyd, Jake Flower, Jeff Shilling (Midland); and Carson Burns, Nathan Drury, Josh Hickey (Orangeville).

Ron DiPalma of the Bolton Dodgers will manage the team with coaching duties assigned to Carter Burnside of the Bolton Brewers and Nick Hodgson of the Orangeville Giants.

Making up the West team are: Andrew Blakey, Alonzo St. Louis (Clarksburg Blues); Tristan Cabral, Adam Hendy, Daniel Morningstar (Clearview); Jeff Akitt, Marc Dupuis, Zack Hayward (Creemore); Steve Bowman, Brett Elliott, Josh Henson (Ivy Leafs); Kris Allary, Jake Luck, Zach Scragg (Lisle); Jeff Christman, Eric Jones (Mansfield); and Chris Greer, Mack Morrish, Chris Rettie, Tanner Zeggil (New Lowell).

Vance White of Ivy will manage the team with Jesse McIntyre of New Lowell and Kyle Warren of Clearview coaching.

The Royals, made up of Ivy and Mansfield players, and the Bandits, made up of Orangeville and Orillia players, will face off in the seven-inning junior contest.

The Royals include: Thomas Barnes, Ryan Barr, Tyler Huitema, Charlie Jeans, Brendan Lovell, Ryan McLean, Daniel Miller, Brady Robinson (Ivy); Aaron Arbon, Jake Armstrong, Aaron Dempsey, Zaacary Helmer, Scott Pendleton, Brody Real, Roy Walters, Connor Wiley (Mansfield).

Coaches are Alex Jeans of Ivy and Randy Pendleton of Mansfield.

Players on the Bandits include: James Clubine, Eric Dion, DJ Doiron, Ty Doney, Matthew Haire, Nick Reid, Mitchell Skilton, Michael Zambito (Orangeville); Pierson French, Gavin Lapp, Ian Legault, Matt Marshall, Brett Provenzano, Mike Provenzano Jr., Joshua Richard, Mason Timson (Orillia)

Coaches are Anthony Zambito of Orangeville and Mike Provenzano of Orillia.




Baseball day in Mansfield


The Mansfield senior Cubs celebrated the sport of baseball during a reunion at the Mansfield Community Park on Sun. June 30. As part of the event, former players were recognized and pose for a photo.

(David Anderson photo)

July 1, 2019

Former and current players of the Mansfield senior Cubs celebrated baseball in the community on June 30.

The celebration included a double header ball game between the Clarksburg Blues and the Mansfield Cubs. The teams split the games, the first a close 2-1 win for the Blues, the second an 18-1 thumping of Clarksburg by the Cubs.

Following the first game, Dick Cauthers, a former player and coach of the Cubs welcomed everyone to the celebration and offered a few words on the history of baseball in Mansfield.

"Names such as Murphy, Shacklady, Pendleton, Greer, McDonald, Maes, Cauthers, Knisley and Weatherbee have had more than one genertation suit up for the Mansfield Baseball Club," said Cauthers.

"I would like to pay tribute and say thank you to the men who began the tradition of baseball in Mansfield."

Former players were recognized by the decade in which they started with Mansfield and lined up on the diamond.

Team trophies and past jerseys were on display, including one jersey dating from the 1940s. Team pictures and the North Dufferin Baseball League's Strother Cup were also on display.

The event coincided with the 25th anniversary of Mansfield's 1994 North Dufferin championship win, which was the last victory for the Cubs. Some of the players from the championship team were on hand to recognize this reunion.




Celebrating baseball in Mansfield


A newspaper article from Sept. 28, 1994 on the Mansfield Cubs championship win in the North Dufferin Baseball League. The teams previous win was in 1976.

(NDBL Archives)

June 25, 2019

The Mansfield Cubs Baseball Club will be celebrating an anniversary this Sunday (June 30) at the ballpark in Mansfield.

It was 25 years ago, the team won the Strother Cup in the 1994 North Dufferin Baseball League championship series winning in six games over the Creemore Barons.

It was also the last victory for the Cubbies as the team folded the following year. It was not until 2000 when Mansfield rejoined the league.

The day will feature a double-header between the Mansfield Cubs and the Clarksburg Blues. First pitch is at 2 p.m.

Following the first game speeches and presentations are scheduled with the second contest of the day getting underway afterwards.

Memorabilia of the team will be on display including old uniforms and jackets. The Strother Cup, on loan from the league, will also be on display for the day.

A barbecue will be on the grounds organized by the current ball players.

Dick Cauthers, one of the organizers for the event is hopeful there is a good turnout and invites former and active players of the league to help celebrate baseball in the community.

As part of the presentations, players throughout the decades will be introduced on the diamond.

"Our plan is to introduce players by the year they began playing for the team," said Cauthers. "We will begin in the 1950s and continue to 1994."

Cauthers also noted there will be a number of former players coming from afar and the committee has a back-up plan should the games need to be cancelled due to inclement weather.




New jerseys honour long time player


The Lisle Astros Baseball Club presents the Anderson family a framed jersey in memory of former player and coach Tom Anderson before a June 16 game in Lisle.

 

June 17, 2019

The Lisle Astros Baseball Club made a special presentation on Sunday in memory of a former player and coach Tom Anderson.

Anderson, who died in December, was a player and coach with the team from the 1970s to the 1990s. In memory of their husband and father, the Anderson family donated a new set of away jerseys to the ball club. The left sleeves don a black patch with the letter T, a nickname common for Anderson.

The ball team framed a jersey with the number ten, Anderson's number, and made a presentation on Father's Day with the Alliston Athletics visiting Lisle for a double-header.

Anderson's wife Jane, daughter Heather, her two children, and sons David and Scott were on hand for the presentation made by long-time players Matt Wyllie, Ron Mercer, and Don Dunn. Scott also plays and coaches for the Astros.

Anderson was also recognized for volunteering his time maintaining the park for decades and for the layout and design of the ball field and park when it was built in 1979.




Midland Twins suspended from junior loop

June 12, 2019

The Midland junior Twins were unable to field a complete team for two games on June 9, which resulted in two forfeits to the Orangeville Rockies.

As per league by-laws, Midland was informed the team was suspended from the league for the remainder of the season.

The league executive met on June 11 to review a letter of appeal submitted by Midland. The executive maintained the decision of the suspension from the league.

President Rob Perkins was disappointed with the situation but believes the by-laws have to be followed.

"It's unfortunate Midland was unable to field 9 players for the two games," said Perkins. "The rules are clear and as an executive we felt it is necessary to follow and maintain them."

Midland played only a few teams more than once. As a result, the statistics and standings will remain for the first game played against other junior teams. All other games will be suspended with stats not counting.




Excellence in baseball celebrated


North Dufferin Baseball League president Jesse McIntyre presents Bill Patton a President’s Award for his dedication and support to the league on Mar. 10. Patton was instrumental in developing a junior division in 1983 and served in various executive positions.

(David Anderson photo)

March 11, 2019

The North Dufferin Baseball League celebrated 2018 achievements at an awards lunch on March 10 in Lisle.

Bill Patton was recognized for his involvement and support of the league with a President's Award. The award is the hallmark of recognition within the league. Patton was the ninth person to receive this honour.

He served on the executive in various capacities from the 1960s to 1980s, including two terms as president, and spearheaded the development of a junior division in 1983 that has ensured a stronger league for both junior and senior baseball.

Patton was also recognized for his playing and coaching career in junior, senior, and oldtimers baseball.

Brett Chater of the Bolton Brewers won four awards with the best batting average at .517, the top best on base percentage at .689, setting a new league record with 45 runs scored, and named the most valuable player in the senior division.

Brad Grieveson of the Ivy leafs won the best pitcher title. His coaches, Vance White and Sean Hayward were chosen coach of the year.

Adrian Gutierrez of the Ivy Rangers hit eight homeruns to claim top spot.

Nick Hodgson of the Orangeville Giants was selected as the most sportsmanlike player with teammate Drew Huerter claiming his second straight best catcher award.

In the junior division, Lucas Day of the Mansfield Cubs won the best batting title with a .507 average, had the best on base percentage at .678 and was named the most valuable player.

Charlie Jeans of the Ivy Blues was named best pitcher and also hit four homeruns in the regular season to take the title in the category. Teammate Mitch Tucker was on top of the list for most runs scored with 34.

Liam Woodford of the Midland Twins won the most sportsmanlike award.

During the league meeting following the awards, a new entry from Clarksburg was approved. The Aurora Jays requested a leave of absence keeping the senior division at 14 teams.

In the junior division, New Lowell and Lisle are not returning leaving a five-team division with Midland, Mansfield, Ivy, Orillia, and Orangeville.

The membership renamed the Past President's Trophy for the senior division most sportsmanlike player to the Tom Anderson Memorial Award. Anderson played with Lisle for three decades and won the sportsmanlike award numerous times. He passed away in December.




NDBL Awards and AGM March 10

February 22, 2019

The North Dufferin Baseball League will hold its annual general meeting and 2018 awards presentation March 10 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.

League membership will meet at 1 p.m. for the first meeting of the year.

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 secretary@ndbl.ca.