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Ivy caps season off with championship win

North Dufferin Baseball League President Jesse McIntyre (centre) presents the Strother Cup to Sean Hayward and Vance White of the Ivy Leafs after winning the league championship on Sept. 23, 2018.

(David Anderson Photo)

2018 N.D.B.L. Champions - Ivy Leafs
Back row, l-r: coach Vance White, James Anderson, Steve Harrison, Sean Hayward, Brett Scott, Jeremy Uylenbroek, Kevin Dumond, Brad Grieveson, Craig Speers, Josh Henson, Chad Watters, Kael Racioppa.
Front row, l-r: Steve Bowman, Norm Love, Walker Ferri, Phil Tan, Brett Elliott, Dan Forrester, David White.
Missing from photo: Tyler Plumpton.

(David Anderson photo)

September 24, 2018

The Ivy Leafs won the North Dufferin Baseball League championship on Sunday against the defending league champions Bolton Brewers taking Game 5, 5-2, and Game 6, 8-3.

Saturday's game in Ivy was a marquee match-up between the team's best pitchers.

Ivy's Brad Grieveson delivered another strong outing, throwing seven complete innings allowing two runs on nine hits, walking one batter while striking out ten.

Trent Barwick was on the hill for the Brewers and allowed five runs on five hits and walked four.

Ivy started the scoring with a lead-off home run by Craig Speers in the bottom of the first inning. Bolton tied the game in the second which was short-lived as Ivy plated four runs in the third inning. The Brewers added another run in the fifth frame.

Brett Chater had a perfect day at the plate with three singles and a double for Bolton. Stephen Warden hit two singles with Mike Wallace, Chris Fafalios, and Greg Keenan hitting singles.

David White and Chad Watters each singled for Ivy with Kael Racioppa hitting two singles and Speers with the homer.

Ivy looking for the win going into Sunday's Game 6 in Bolton started haphazardly giving up a lone run to Bolton in the first frame on poor play.

Ivy eventually got on the board, scoring four runs on misplays from Bolton in the third. Ivy added three more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Bolton plated a run in the third and fourth innings in the losing effort.

Brett Elliott, Brett Scott, Speers, Watters and Kevin Dumond singled for the Leafs. Racioppa hit three singles and Norm Love had two hits. Tyler Plumpton hit a triple and James Anderson hit a three-run homer.

John Hutchinson led the Bolton offense with three singles. Chater and Tyler Milton singled twice with Wallace, Keenan and Francesco Amantea each getting a hit. Warden chipped in with a double.

Plumpton started on the rubber for the Leafs. He pitched four innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while walking two Brewers.

Grieveson relieved Plumpton in the fifth inning shutting down the Brewers offense allowing three hits and striking out two.

Andrew White pitched 2 1/3 innings for Bolton giving up four runs on five hits and walking three.

Alex Pagila pitched the next 1 2/3 innings allowing three runs on two hits with one hit batter.

Tyler Hawkins came in for the fifth inning allowing one run on two hits and two walks.

Nick Pettinaro finished the last two innings, giving up three hits while striking out one.

The championship caps off a stellar season for the Leafs, boasting a regular season record of 25 wins and one loss and a playoff record of 10 and 2.

League president Jesse McIntyre presented the Strother Cup to Sean Hayward and Vance White after the game. Grieveson was named the most valuable player during the playoffs and received the Paul Carruthers Memorial Award.

Strother Cup series a close affair

Brett Barwick of the Bolton Brewers slides into second base before the ball reaches Ivy Leafs' shortstop Brett Scott during Game 4 of the North Dufferin Baseball League championship series on Sept. 16, 2018.

(David Anderson Photo)

September 17, 2018

The North Dufferin Baseball League championship series between the Ivy Leafs and the Bolton Brewers remains tied after Games 3 and 4 were played over the weekend.

Before entering the weekend, both teams had taken a game a-piece in the best-of-seven finals.

Game 3 played on Saturday in Ivy ended with a 5-4 win for Ivy.

Bolton scored in the first inning and plated two more in the second.

The Leafs got on the scoreboard in the second inning scoring five runs.

Bolton plated one more run in the third.

Recording hits for the Brewers were Mike Wallace, John Hutchinson and Brett Barwick. Brett Chater, Keegan Murphey, Brendan Lyons and Shawn Chalmers hit two singles while Chris Fafalios hit a double.

Brett Scott, Kevin Dumond, and Steve Bowman hit singles for the Leafs with Tyler Plumpton hitting a double and Brett Elliott hitting a homerun.

Brad Grieveson was on the mound for Ivy and gave up four runs on 12 hits, walked three batters and struck out ten for the win.

Nick Pettinaro started for the Brewers and pitched two innings. He allowed five runs on five hits, walked two batters and recorded five strikeouts.

Alex Pagila pitched the remaining four innings allowing no runs, no hits, walking two batters and striking out two Leafs.

Game 4 was played in Bolton on Sunday and ended with a 10-5 win for the Brewers.

Bolton was first to get on the scoresheet scoring one run in the first inning. Ivy answered back with two runs of their own in the third inning to take the lead which was short-lived when the Brewers scored three more in the bottom of the third to reclaim the lead.

Ivy mustered another two runs in the fourth frame but was quickly out hit with Bolton scoring five more in the fourth frame. Each team plated one run in the sixth inning.

Elliott, Dan Forrester, and Kael Racioppa singled for Ivy. Walker Ferri hit a double. Scott and Craig Speers each hit a single and double and Josh Henson hit a single and two doubles on the losing side.

Bolton recorded 16 hits with Hutchinson and Carter Burnside hitting singles. Chalmers and Chater hit two singles each while Daniel Accardo and Brett Barwick hit a single and double. Fafalios chipped in with three singles and Stephen Warden hit two singles and a three-run homer.

Trent Barwick pitched all seven innings for Bolton. He allowed five runs on 11 hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

Steve Harrison started on the mound for the Leafs. Over 3 2/3 innings he allowed nine runs on 13 hits, walked one and struck out two Brewers.

Phil Tan pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up one run, on three hits, walking one batter and striking out one.

The series continues in Ivy on Saturday at 2 p.m. followed by Game 6 in Bolton on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Championship series tied

Mike Wallace of the Bolton Brewers touches second base to make an out against James Anderson of the Ivy Leafs and throws to first for the double play during Game 1 of the North Dufferin Baseball League championship series on September 8, 2018.

(David Anderson Photo)

September 10, 2018

The Ivy Leafs and Bolton Brewers both won a game over the weekend to knot the best-of-seven series in the North Dufferin Baseball League championship.

Game one played Saturday in Lisle ended with a 1-0 win for the Brewers while the second game on Sunday in Ivy finished with a 4-3 win for the Leafs.

The first game was a pitching duel between Ivy's Brad Grieveson and Bolton's Trent Barwick, both going the distance.

Barwick allowed no runs on six hits, with one walk, and recorded seven strikeouts.

Grieveson allowed one run on three hits and struck out five.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Mike Wallace of Bolton got on base by a double and was scored by a John Hutchinson single.

Ivy had a chance in the fifth with bases loaded, but a soft hit to Barwick on the mound resulted in a throw to home for an out and then to first for a double play. A fly out in the next at bat ended the inning.

Ivy out-hit Bolton with Steve Bowman, Kael Racioppa, Norm Love, and Chad Watters hitting singles. James Anderson chipped in with two hits.

Wallace hit a double and single and Hutchinson hit a single for Bolton.

On Sunday, game two was scoreless until the sixth inning when the Brewers knocked in a run.

The Leafs went ahead scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth but it was quickly relinquished when Chater in the top of the seventh, hit a two-run shot for the Brewers to make it 3-3.

In the bottom of the seventh with a man on base Love hit a single by the infield to score the walk-off run.

Craig Speers, Kevin Dumond, Dan Forrester, Tyler Plumpton, Watters, and Love singled for Ivy.

Steve Warden and Chris Fafalios recorded singles for Bolton with Wallace hitting two. Francesco Amantea and Brett Barwick hit doubles and Chater hit a single and a home run.

Nick Pettinaro started on the mound for Bolton and pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowed three runs on four hits, walked five and hit two batters, while striking out five.

Andrew White pitched the remainder of the game allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout.

Chris England toed the rubber for the Leafs for 5 1/3 innings. He allowed one run on six hits fanning three Brewers.

In relief, Grieveson pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up two runs on two hits with two strikeouts.

The series continues this weekend when play resumes at Ivy on Saturday at 2 p.m. Game four goes Sunday in Bolton with the first pitch at 3 p.m.

Leafs, Brewers battle for Strother Cup

September 4, 2018

The North Dufferin Baseball League championship series is set between the Ivy Leafs and Bolton Brewers.

The best-of-seven series begins Saturday when the Bolton Brewers host game one at the Lisle diamond at 2 p.m.

Game two is Sunday in Ivy also at 2 p.m.

The remaining schedule is Sept. 15 at Ivy for 2 p.m., Sept. 16 at Bolton for 3 p.m. The fifth game is Sept. 22 at Ivy for 2 p.m., game six at Bolton on Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. and game seven on Sept. 29 at Ivy with a 2 p.m. start time.

The Leafs defeated both the Bolton Dodgers and the Clearview Orioles in three game series to advance to the finals.

The Brewers beat the Midland Mariners in three games and the New Lowell Knights in a five game series.

Ivy has dominated the season losing only one game in the regular season and sweeping their opponents in the playoffs.

Bolton holds a 25 win, 5 loss, and 4 ties record through the regular season and playoffs.

The Brewers are defending league champions, while Ivy last won a championship in 2014.

Knights' provincial 'AA' finalists

September 3, 2018

Ontario Baseball championship tournaments were held on the Labour Day Weekend with four classifications of play for senior teams.

In total, nine North Dufferin league teams took part with the New Lowell Knights the lone team making a championship game.

The Knights travelled to Kendal for the 'AA' tournament and opened with a win against Exeter 3-0. In the second game the Knights suffered a loss to Kendal 7-0. New Lowell slaughtered Vaughan 16-0 in a do-or-die game to make it to the semi-finals on Sunday morning where they met Kincardine and won 10-4.

In the championship game they faced Kendal and lost 16-3. The Knights were in the game until the bottom of the fifth frame losing 2-0 before the floodgates opened.

At the 'A' tournament in Listowel the Ivy Leafs made semi-final action after picking up wins against Merritton 4-0 and the Ivy Rangers 2-1. In the third game, Fort Erie downed the Leafs 6-1. Moving into semi-final action on Sunday, the Leafs lost to Listowel 3-1.

The Ivy Rangers played three rounds winning their first game against league-rival Aurora Jays 8-4. They lost their second game to the Ivy Leafs and were knocked out of contention by Listowel 15-1 in their third game.

Aurora suffered the loss to the Rangers and was eliminated after a 2-1 defeat by Merritton.

The 'B' tournament in Port Lambton saw the Bolton Dodges make the fourth round taking victories against Port Lambton 6-5 and Amherstburg 5-1 before suffering a loss to Welland Chiefs 20-10 in a rain delayed game. Bolton was eliminated after a loss to Harrow 8-5.

Midland Mariners also made four rounds losing their first game 3-1 to Corunna.  The Mariners stayed alive with wins against Welland Thorns 6-3 and Milton 14-4, before bowing out with a 10-6 loss to Port Lambton.

The Clearview Orioles were also at the 'B' tournament and went out two straight with losses to Amherstburg 8-1 and Port Lambton 6-5.

The Lisle Astros and Barrie Angels were in Thorold for the 'C' tournament. Lisle played two games losing both, 6-0 to Essex and 11-4 to Petrolia.

Barrie lost their first game 10-9 to Mitchell and then won the next two, 7-3 over Thorold and 12-2 over Petrolia. In the fourth game they went down in defeat to London 13-4.

Ontario Baseball tournaments on Labour Day Weekend

August 27, 2018

Senior teams from the North Dufferin Baseball League and around the province will be heading to provincial championship tournaments over the Labour Day Weekend.

In four classifications, nine league teams will be looking for a championship.

The New Lowell Knights are attending the 'AA' eight-team tournament in Kendal. They open with a game against Exeter at 6 p.m. on Friday.

The Aurora Jays, Ivy Leafs, and Ivy Rangers are playing in the 'A' tournament in Listowel. Eight teams will also vie for this title.

The Leafs play Merritton at 6 p.m. on Friday while the Rangers and Aurora face each other for their first game at 8:30 p.m.

The 'B' tournament has the Midland Mariners, Bolton Dodgers, and Clearview Orioles making the trek to Port Lambton.

Bolton takes on the host Port Lambton at 2 p.m. Friday. Midland plays Corunna while Clearview meets Amherstburg with 5 p.m. scheduled games.

The Barrie Angels and Lisle Astros are attending the 'C' tournament in Thorold. Lisle plays Essex a 5 p.m. Friday while Barrie meets Mitchell at 8 p.m.

Mansfield sweeps Ivy for second JR title

North Dufferin Baseball League secretary and junior division convenor Scott Anderson presents the Anderson Trophy to coach Dave Metz of the Mansfield Cubs during a post-game presentation Aug. 23.

(David Anderson Photo)

2018 N.D.B.L. Junior Champions - Mansfield Cubs
Back row, l-r: coach Fred Foster, Nick Loucks, Ryan McLean, Lucas Day, Alex Attenborough, Josh Johnston, Jeff Christman, Jamie Crain, coach Dave Metz.
Front row, l-r: coach Randy Pendleton, Laird Blanchard, Jake Currie, Kashtin Winchester, Braden Doiron, Scott Pendleton, Jordan Metz.

(David Anderson photo)

August 24, 2018

The Mansfield Cubs won their second straight junior championship in the North Dufferin Baseball League on Thursday defeating the Ivy Blues in three games.

The best-of-five series started Aug. 19 and was plagued by rain and unplayable field conditions throughout with three dates being washed out.

Mansfield won the first game 11-3, picked up an 11-0 victory in game two on Aug. 20, and defeated Ivy 8-4 in the third and final game for the title.

In the final game, Mansfield got on the board early scoring two runs in the first inning.

Ivy answered with a lone run in the second frame and plated three more in the third to take the lead.

Mansfield scored five runs in their half of the sixth inning to regain the lead.

The game was called due to darkness in the bottom of the seventh, ending with the score at the end of six, 8-4.

Mansfield hits went to Kashtin Winchester, Laird Blanchard, Jordan Metz, and two each from Jake Currie and Jeff Christman. Josh Johnston hit a double.

Mitch Tucker, Tyler Huitema, Riley Stewart, and Thomas Barnes singled for the Blues with Ryan Barr and Daniel Miller chipping in with two each.

Currie started for the Cubs pitching 2 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on three hits, one walk and hit two batters. He struck out one Ivy batter.

Johnston finished the game pitching 3 2/3 innings. He allowed no runs, gave up five hits while striking out three.

Barr toed the rubber for the Blues and over his six innings, allowed eight runs on eight hits, six walks, hit one batter and struck out six.

In a post-game presentation, league secretary and junior division convenor Scott Anderson, presented the Anderson Trophy to coach Dave Metz of the Cubs.

Mansfield, Ivy advance to junior finals

Ivy Blues catcher Mitch Tucker tags out Kyle Dalton of the Orangeville Bengals at home plate during a first round junior division playoff game on Aug. 2, 2018.

(David Anderson Photo)

August 13, 2018

The Mansfield Cubs and the Ivy Blues of the North Dufferin Baseball League junior division are moving on to the championship series.

Mansfield defeated the Lisle Astros and Ivy beat the Orangeville Bengals in first round action.

The championship series starts on Friday (Aug. 17) in Mansfield at 6:15 p.m. Game two is set for Aug. 19 in Ivy at 12 noon, followed by game three Aug. 20 in Mansfield also at 6:15 p.m. Game four is scheduled for Aug. 21 and game five for Aug. 22.

The series will be a best of five affair or first to six points as ties are not broken.

Mansfield falls to Halton Hills

August 13, 2018

The Mansfield Cubs made it to the championship game of the junior provincial 'A' tournament where they lost to a strong Halton Hills team 12-2 Sunday.

The Cubs, who were joined by members of the Midland Twins to make up the team, competed in Chatham over the weekend in the eight-team tournament.

Taking a decisive 14-4 win over the London Tecumsehs in the first game, Mansfield picked up a second win 11-10 over London West. The Cubs dropped the third game to Niagara Falls 6-3 before winning 8-7 over Dundas and 6-5 over Niagara Falls in the semi-finals to move on to the championship game.

The Lisle Astros also attended the 'A' tournament losing to Dundas 5-1 and to Halton Hills 11-1.

The Orangeville Bengals entered the 'B' provincials in Port Lambton and also suffered early losses to Leamington 11-0 and Woodslee 8-4. Woodslee and Leamington would end up in the finals where Leamington won 9-7 for the title.

Provincials this weekend for juniors

August 9, 2018

Ontario Baseball junior provincial tournaments are being held this weekend (Aug. 10-12) with three teams from the North Dufferin League attending.

The Mansfield Cubs and Lisle Astros are in Chatham for the 'A' tournament. In total eight teams will vie for the title.

Mansfield will play London tomorrow (Aug. 10) at 5:30 p.m. while the Astros meet Dundas at 8:30 p.m.

The Orangeville Bengals are attending the six-team 'B' tournament in Port Lambton. The first game for Orangeville is tomorrow at 5 p.m. against Leamington.

Walk-off win for Knights

The New Lowell Knights won their annual baseball tournament Monday. Pictured back row from left, Brad Imber, Sean Connor, Dan Holwell, Glenn Patterson, Dale Lightheart, Allan Brownridge, Jesse McIntyre, coach Peter Kinghan
Front row from left, Gord Zeggil, Chris Greer, Jake Nicholson, Peyton, Steve Baldry, Mack Morrish, Trevor Martin, Tanner Zeggil, Brandon Norrie.

(David Anderson Photo)

August 7, 2018

The New Lowell Knights scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to take the championship game 7-6 over the Wellend Chiefs at New Lowell's annual Civic Holiday weekend tournament.

The Chiefs opened the scoring in the first inning plating four runs. New Lowell would eventually tie the game and then take the lead 6-4. Welland answered with two runs to tie the game again and the Knights plated the winning run in their half of the seventh inning.

In the consolation championship game, the Ivy Leafs defeated the Orangeville Giants 4-0.

The Knights also picked up two tournament awards. Brad Imber was named most valuable player and Allan Brownridge the best pitcher. Imber went 5 for 10. scored two runs, and batted in five. Brownridge pitched 11 innings, allowed six runs on ten hits, walked two, and had ten strikeouts.

Brian Lepp of Welland was named tournament best batter. He went 8 for 9 with two runs scored for the weekend.

Tournament Scores:
New Lowell 8 - Mansfield 1
Orangeville 1 - Simcoe 4
Welland 3 - Ivy 1
Merritton 11 - Bolton Dodgers 5
Mansfield 0 - Orangeville 5
New Lowell 4 - Simcoe 0
Ivy 8 - Bolton Dodgers 0
Welland 4 - Merritton 3
Orangeville 0 - Ivy 4 (Consolation final)
New Lowell 7 - Welland 6 (Championship game)

Rockers fall to Oakville

August 7, 2018

The 26th Canadian National Oldtimers Baseball Championships were held on Prince Edward Island over the weekend with the Dufferin-Simcoe Rockers and Braves attending.

For the second straight year, the Rockers, who play in the 50 plus age division, met the Oakville A's (ON) in the championship game and lost 12-10.

They had previously played the Nova Scotia Monarchs (NS) winning 9-8, suffered a loss to Petit de Grat Redcaps (NS) 8-4, and defeated PEI 50s (PEI) 15-5 in round robin play.

Meeting Petit de Grat again in the first game of the playoff round, the Rockers came away with an 8-1 victory moving them into the championship game.

The Braves, who play in the 35 plus age division, lost three straight games to the Capital Tiger Padres (AB) 7-6, Capital City Jays (PEI) 10-4 and Morell Chevies (PEI) 13-3.

Moving on in the consolation side for playoffs, the Braves won 9-1 over Little Anse Hawks (NS) before bowing out in semi-final action against Scarborough (ON), 15-5.

Playoffs start for junior division

July 30, 2018

The first round of playoffs begin Tuesday for the top four teams from the seven-team junior loop of the North Dufferin Baseball League.

The Mansfield Cubs finished the regular season in first place and will play the fourth place finishers Lisle Astros. The Ivy Blues placed second and face off against the Orangeville Bengals who finished in third.

Ivy and Orangeville begin their series on July 31 in Ivy. The second game is set for Aug. 2 in New Lowell, followed by an Aug. 7 contest in Ivy. A fourth game if needed is set for Aug. 8 in Ivy.

Mansfield and Lisle start on Aug. 1 in Mansfield with their second game in Lisle on Aug. 2. A third game is also to be played in Lisle on Aug. 7 with game four scheduled for Aug. 8.

All games start at 6:15 p.m. and the series are a best of three or first to six points as ties are not broken.

The championship series can begin as early as Aug. 14 with a break over the Aug. 10-12 weekend as three teams are heading to Ontario junior baseball provincial tournaments.

Mansfield and Lisle are at the 'A' tournament in Chatham while Orangeville competes at the 'B' tournament in Port Lambton.

8-teams for Knights' tourney

July 20, 2018

The New Lowell Knights have released the schedule for the civic holiday weekend tournament.

In total, eight teams will hit the diamond on Aug. 4-6.

In addition to the host Knights, Mansfield, Orangeville, Simcoe, Welland, Ivy, Merritton, and Bolton Dodgers will take part.

Games begin Saturday at 9 a.m. with New Lowell playing Mansfield, followed by Orangeville and Simcoe at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m. Welland faces Ivy and Merritton takes on the Bolton Dodgers at 3 p.m.

Sunday play resumes at 9 a.m. with four games scheduled. The consolation championship is set for 10 a.m. Monday followed by the championship game at 12:15 p.m.

Tournament Schedule (Revised Aug 31)

East Stars fall to the West

Shayne Rauhut of the East Stars is out at first base as West Stars’ Zach Scragg makes the catch during the senior division all-star game of the North Dufferin Baseball League on July 7.

(David Anderson photo)

July 10, 2018

The all-star contests for the senior and junior loops of the North Dufferin Baseball League were held in New Lowell on Saturday.

In dramatic fashion the West Stars stormed back from a four-run deficit in the ninth inning to defeat the East Stars 11-10 in the senior game.

This was the West's third straight win over the East in the same number of years.

For the first three innings the teams traded runs with a 2-2 tie. In the fourth frame the East plated four runs taking the lead and added two more in both the fifth and seventh innings.

The West scored two runs in the sixth and two in the eighth brining the score to 10-6 lead for the East.

In the ninth inning two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for the West and with a few timely hits the West tied the game and then plated a final run to walk-off the game with an 11-10 win.

Recording hits for the West were, Cory Line, Adrian Gutierrez, David White, Tristan Cabral, Chris Greer, Nick Saracino, and Jake Nicholson. Jeff Akitt chipped in with two hits and Kris Allary hit a two-run homerun.

For the East, Adam Foote and Jake Morris recorded hits while Troy Barwick and Nathan Drury each had a pair and Daniel Accardo hit a double. Carter Burnside went four for five with three singles and a double.

The starting pitcher for the West Stars was Line. He pitched four innings, allowing six runs on four hits, walked one and struck out two.

Jesse McIntyre pitched the next two frames, allowing two runs on three hits, with one walk.

In the seventh and eighth innings Nicholson gave up two runs on three hits, with one strike out.

Tom Gateman pitched the last inning allowing no runs or hits.

The East Stars started with Devon Wu on the mound. Over his three innings, two runs scored on five hits and one walk while he struck out four West batters.

Brandon Nieva pitched the next four innings allowing two runs on three hits, one walk, and one hit batter, with one strike out.

Carson Burns pitched the eighth inning, giving up two runs on one hit, a walk, and a hit batter, with one strike out.

Ryan Bennett started the ninth frame and was pulled after giving up three runs, walking two and hitting one batter.

Drury relieved Bennett allowing two runs on three hits.

Most valuable players selected from each team were Line for the West and Burnside for the East.

5-2 win for Expos

The Expos prevailed in the junior contest with a 5-2 win over the Jays.

The Expos scored three runs in the third inning and plated one more in the fourth and fifth frames.

The Jays scored in the fourth and fifth innings.

Recording hits for the Expos were Nathan Lennox and Jacob Hall. Mitchell Skilton chipped in with a double while Charlie Jeans hit two doubles.

The Jays hits went to Evan Tuckett with two singles, and doubles by Tyson Pendleton, Cam Provenzano, and Ty Doney. Peyton Tisi hit a solo homerun.

The Expos started with Lucas Day on the mound. Day faced four batters allowing one walk.

Jeans followed him for two innings, giving up one hit, walking one, and striking out two batters.

Tristan Hill pitched the fourth frame allowing one run on two hits, striking out two.

Dylan Embury gave up a homerun and struck out one batter in the fifth frame.

Lennox allowed one hit while striking out two batters in his sixth inning appearance.

In the seventh, Dylan Dever gave up one hit and walked one batter.

For the Jays, Doney started on the rubber and pitched two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits while striking out four batters.

James Clubine pitched the third inning allowing three runs on two hits, walking one, and striking out one.

In the fourth frame, Ryan Barr toed the rubber, allowing one run and walking two, with one strike out.

Provenzano pitched in the fifth, giving up a run and hitting a batter. He struck one out.

Jordan Metz started the seventh inning and was pulled after a hit, walk, and strike out.

Liam Woodford pitched to one batter, which was a fly out.

Game most valuable players were Doney for the Jays and Jeans for the Expos.

All-Star Game Saturday

The 2018 Senior and Junior All-Star Games are set to be played Sat. July, 7 at New Lowell Recreation Park.

(NDBL Image)

July 3, 2018

The two all-star games for the North Dufferin Baseball League takes place Saturday in New Lowell.

The Clearview Orioles are hosting the senior and junior contest at the New Lowell Recreation Park.

The senior game starts at 1 p.m. between the East and West divisions, with the junior contest beginning at 4 p.m. between the Jays and Expos.

Players selected for the East include: Ryan Bennett, Chris Leslie (Alliston); Chris Rettie, Ryan Vanveen, Devon Wu (Aurora); Jon Grootveld, Jake Morris, Christian Ray (Barrie); Daniel Accardo, Carter Burnside, Chris Fafalios (Bolton Brewers); Eamonn Chiodo, Ron Dipalma, Brandon Nieva (Bolton Dodgers); Pete Flood, Cale McLean, Jeff Shilling (Midland); and Carson Burns, Nathan Drury, Josh Hickey (Orangeville).

Eric Cirone of the Bolton Brewers will manage the team with coaching duties assigned to Kevin Buck of Orangeville and Steve Lafreniere of Midland.

Making up the West team are: Tristan Cabral, Cory Line, Donovan Winch (Clearview); Jeff Akitt, Tom Gateman, Brandon Watson (Creemore); Kael Racioppa, Nick Saracino, David White (Ivy Leafs); Benjamin Davies, Adrian Gutierrez (Ivy Rangers); Kris Allary, Zach Scragg, Ryan Smith (Lisle); Devon Caldwell, Bryan Hannon (Mansfield); and Chris Greer, Jesse McIntyre, Jake Nicholson, Brandon Norrie (New Lowell).

Peter Kinghan of New Lowell will manage the team with Vance White of Ivy Leafs and Kyle Warren of Clearview coaching.

The two junior all-star teams are made up of players from each ball club, with two players on both teams.

The Jays include: Charlie Jeans, Mitch Tucker (Ivy); Tristan Hill, Nathan Lennox (Lisle); Lucas Day, Jacob Hall (Mansfield); Colin Kitching, Mitch McCron (Midland); Preston Brubacher, Dylan Dever (New Lowell); Mitchell Skilton, Michael Zambito (Orangeville); Dylan Embury, Tanner Woodhouse (Orillia).

Managing the team is Phil Wilkins of New Lowell. Coaches are Anthony Zambito from Orangeville and Glenn Strickland from Midland.

Players on the Expos include: Ryan Barr, Brendan Lovell (Ivy); Spencer Dubeau, Tyson Pendleton (Lisle); Alex Attenborough, Kashtin Winchester (Mansfield); Jamie Strickland, Liam Woodford (Midland); Evan Tuckett, Jayden Wilkins (New Lowell); James Clubine, Ty Doney (Orangeville); Cade Lafrance, Cam Provenzano (Orillia). Managing the Expos is Dave Metz from Mansfield. Dan Tucker from Ivy and Brant Dubeau from Lisle are coaches.

Tournament win for Leafs

May 23, 2018

The Ivy Leafs walked away as champions of the Lisle Astros annual Victoria Day weekend baseball tournament with a 7-0 win over the Kincardine Cubs.

The Leafs and Cubs made it to the championship game on Monday where Ivy got on the score sheet with a three-run third inning before adding another two runs in both the fourth and fifth frames.

Kincardine was limited to three hits over the seven-inning contest.

The consolation final was also a one-sided affair with the Bolton Brewers winning 8-0 over the host Lisle Astros.

Bolton quickly scored two runs in the first inning, one more in the second, three in the fourth and two in the fifth frame, the last run allowed by a walk to end the game by the mercy rule.

The Astros were unable to plate runs stranding base runners in every inning.

Tournament Scores:

Ivy Leafs 3 - Bolton Brewers 2
New Lowell Knights 2 - Creemore Braves 1
Ivy Rangers 1 - Clearview Orioles 2
Orangeville Giants 4 - Kincardine Cubs 5
Bolton Dodgers 7 - Lisle Astros 4

Bolton Brewers 3 - Creemore Braves 0
Orangeville Giants 1 - Lisle Astros 11
Ivy Leafs 14 - New Lowell Knights 2
Clearview Orioles 1 - Kincardine Cubs 3

Bolton Brewers 14 - Ivy Rangers 8
Kincardine Cubs 8 - Bolton Dodgers 0
Bolton Brewers 8 - Lisle Astros 0 (Consolation Final)
Ivy Leafs 7 - Kincardine Cubs 0 (Championship)

10-team tournament in Lisle

May 11, 2018

The annual Victoria Day Weekend tournament organized by the Lisle Astros is set for May 19, 20 and 21.

A total of ten teams will compete in the first tournament of the season in the North Dufferin Baseball League.

Games get underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The consolation game is set for 1 p.m. Monday with the championship game getting underway at 3:30 p.m.

The first game on Saturday will feature the Ivy Leafs and Bolton Brewers. The New Lowell Knights and Creemore Braves play at 11 a.m. followed by the Ivy Rangers and Clearview Orioles at 1 p.m. The Orangeville Giants will take on the Kincardine Cubs at 3 p.m. The final game of the day at 5 p.m. features the Bolton Dodgers and the host Lisle Astros.

Tournament Schedule

Wallace, Foster score big at awards

The North Dufferin Baseball League hosted an awards ceremony March 11 to present 2017 season awards. Pictured after receiving their awards are, from back left, Trevor Foster, Peter Kinghan, Trent Barwick, and Cale McLean. Front row from left, Kashtin Winchester, Drew Huerter, Mike Wallace, and Chris Esson.

(David Anderson photo)

March 13, 2018

Mike Wallace and Trevor Foster were the top winners at the North Dufferin Baseball League awards event on March 11.

The event hosted at the Lisle Legion recognized players for the 2017 ball season.

Foster, who plays for the Mansfield Cubs, picked up three titles in the junior division including best batter with a .500 average, most runs scores with 19, and was named the most sportsmanlike player.

Sam DeCock from Midland Twins and Brandon Peart from New Lowell Knights tied with Foster for the most runs. Peart also won the best on base percentage award with an average of .586.

Nathan Lennox of the Lisle Astros won two awards taking top spot with the most home runs and was named the most valuable player sharing the award with Jordan Metz of the Mansfield Cubs.

New Lowell's Kashtin Winchester won the best pitcher title.

In the senior division, Wallace of the Bolton Brewers topped three categories. He won the best batter award with a .527 average, the best on base percentage award with a .694 average and was selected as the division's most valuable player.

Brett Chater of the Bolton Brewers scored the most runs with 38 last season while his teammate Trent Barwick was the best pitcher.

Cale McLean of the Midland Indians hit 14 home runs in 2017 to take top spot in the category. McLean's performance is the best since the award was first established in 2000.

Drew Huerter of the Orangeville Giants was voted the best catcher and Michael Gemmiti of the Bolton Dodgers was named the most sportsmanlike player for a third straight year.

New Lowell's Peter Kinghan was named the coach of the year.

Outgoing past president Chris Esson was recognized with a plaque for his three-years of service on the executive by president Tyler Linger.

Team representatives met for the annual general meeting following the awards and approved a 26-game schedule for the senior division. Newmarket requested a leave of absence dropping the senior loop to 14 teams this season.

The junior division has increased to six teams with the return of Ivy from a leave of absence last season and a new entry from Orangeville.

Rob Perkins was elected vice president. Jesse McIntyre will be the president with Tyler Linger moving to past president. Scott Anderson and Dan Gowan were elected to secretary and treasurer respectively. Gowan will be serving his 34th year in the position with Anderson in his 12th. Peter Kinghan was acclaimed as the statistician.

Ball season around the corner for NDBL

February 26, 2018

The annual general meeting and 2017 awards presentation for the North Dufferin Baseball League will be held March 11 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.

At 1 p.m. the first meeting of the year will be held to confirm teams participating in the upcoming season and elect the executive.

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 or by contacting secretary Scott Anderson at 705-424- 5068 or