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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 www.ndbl.ca or by contacting secretary Scott Anderson at 705-424- 5068 or secretary@ndbl.ca.