Squirt Select Team
The Squirt Select team playing only their second tournament in Etobicoke a couple weekends ago placed 6th out of 12 teams. Winning 2 of their 3 games (15-1 & 13-0) Just missing out of the wild card for the semi finals!! Congratulations to all the girls, they were awesome!! Congrats to our three MVP's : Addison Bush, Abby Morgan and Chloe Chemery.
Blaze Win Gold
On Saturday, August 4th the North Bay Novice Girls Select Fast Pitch team travelled to Whitby to compete in their second tournament of the season. In scorching heat, our girls met the U-14 teams from Forest Glades (Windsor), Barrie(Red), Mallory Town and Whitby (white). They faced some strong competition in the field from all of these and maintained their composure, stamina and energetic spirit. With two wins and a loss in round robin play, our Blaze earned a spot in the championship game at 7:00pm against the host team Whitby White. With a narrow win of 3-2 in this final game the North Bay Blaze were elated to bring home the gold medals. Congratulations.
Front Row: Mya Lamorea, Melodie Johnston, Faith Michauville, Marina Valenti, Ashlyn Auger, Katie Sawyer
Back Row: Lauren Lacelle, Madison Gouthro, Sahara Arnold, Hailee Steeves, Kathrine Loder
Coaches: Richard Michauville, Valerie Valenti, Chris Gouthro and Paul Auger
Midget Select team wins BRONZE in Unionville
The Midget Select team brought home a bronze medal from the Unionville tournament July 14th. A great effort playing back to back games all day. Losing a player to injury in the middle of the first game had the remaining 9 players busy for the remaining games, alternating positions when necessary. Special thanks to Katie Sawyer for coming with the team to catch all day!
Squirt Selects medal at Vaughn Tourny
Congrats to our Squirt Select team who travelled to Vaughn to compete in their first tournament of the season!
An excellent start for the team consisting of many new-to-select players. We look forward to their upcoming tournaments in Whitby and Unionville.
(back row l-r) Kirk Brown (coach), Valerie Valenti (coach), Belinda Periard-Hamilton, Haley Manitowabi, Addison Busch, Richard Michauville (coach)
(middle row l-r) Caitlyn Sloan, Madison Gouthro, Sara Truchon Pearce, Faith Michauville, Marina Valenti
(front row l-r) Katie Sawyer, Maggie Parker, Mya Lamorea
Midgets Selects GOLDEN in Waterloo
Congratulations to the Midget Select team who came home with GOLD from Waterloo over the weekend.
With 9 players strong, the girls had an impressive batting weekend with a team average of +.750 OBP and solid defense. Using all 4 pitchers, the girls were able to keep the other teams guessing at the plate. They beat Brantford (10-0), Unionville (19-3), Brampton (13-12) and Waterloo (11-5) in round robin play. Finals against Waterloo had them come up strong after a long day in the sun and heat to win 8-5. Looking forward to their next tournament in Brampton and then Provincials in Whitby.
Back row (L-R): Rod Goode (coach), Hannah Michauville, Taylor Hughes, Daniella Northrup, Kyrsten Beaudoin, Richard Michauville (coach)
Front row (l-r): Stephanie Fischer, Kyrsten Palfrey, Christina Goode, Isabella Fischer, Katie Steeves
Midget Selects take Bronze in Brampton
Another successful tournament for the Midget Selects as they travelled to Brampton last weekend.
They finished round robin play 3-0 beating an undefeated Martingrove team in game one 6-2, Stittsville 7-5 and mercy against Topham Park 12-2.
Semi finals against Whitby left them wishing for more time as the game was called due to time limit as the girls were starting to hit their stride.
They came up big in the Bronze medal game against the Lynn team 13-7 ending a very hot day in southern Ontario. We look forward to provincials on the August 19th weekend.
Top row (l-r): Jayde Thompson, Taylor Hughes, Daniella Northrup, Hannah Michauville, Kyrsten Beaudoin, Grace Michauville, coach Richard Michaville
Bottow row (l-r): coach Rod Goode, Isabella Fischer, Kyrsten Palfrey, Christina Goode, Katie Steeves, Hailee North
Squirt Selects take SILVER in Whitby!
An amazing defensive effort from our 11& 12 year olds in their second tournament this season!
They played the top teams in the province and came out with a SILVER medal losing a tough match to the #1 seed in the final game. Heading to Provincials Aug 19/20 in Unionville.
(top row l-r): coach Kirk Brown, Madison Gouthro, Belinda Periard-Hamilton, Sara Truchon Pearce, Hayley Manitowabi, Lauren Lacelle, coachs Valerie Valenti & Richard Michauville (middle row l-r): Addyson Busch, Caitlyn Sloan, Marina Valenti, Faith Michauville, Maggie Parker (bottom row l-r): Mya Lamorea, Katie Sawyer
WHAT ARE SELECT TEAMS?
Select Teams offer players a more competitive environment through tournament play against teams from across the province. Players get the opprtunity to travel to participate in tournaments in other regions. Teams are selected by tryouts and the top performers are selected. If there is a Select Team in an age division the tryout will be advertized on the site inviting eligible players. All select players must also be registered to play houseleague to be eligible to play. There are fees which are determined by the coaching staff to cover tournaments and uniforms. Team will practice once or more each week depending on the coach. There is usually a requirement for fundraising to offset the costs to the teams. Teams may travel to two or more tournaments inlcuding provincial championships. Coaches for the Select Teams are selected by the executive. If you are interested in coaching a Select Team complete the coach's application form available on the main page of this site. If you have any questions about our Select Teams feel free to contact the President (contact information is available on the contact tab of the site).
The Midget Select team finished the season at the Provincial tournament in Whitby losing out in the quarter final game against the eventual winners of the tournament. The ladies played strong with each player adding their strengths to each game - pitching, batting, running or defense. The bats come out to surprise many teams with our top-to-bottom line-up of hitters. Team members include: Christina Goode, Grace Michauville, Kyrsten Beaudoin, Lauren Beatty, Jayde Thompson, Katie Steeves, Hannah Michauville, Shawna Armstrong, Heather Nakanishi, Annik Barry, Taylor Hughes and Kyrsten Palfrey.
Squirt Select Silver Medalists!
In the 11 & 12 year old division, North Bay sent their best fastball players to compete against southern Ontario teams in a one-day tournament this past weekend. The girls brought a touch of the North to the Whitby tournament with their aggressive batting, outstanding pitching and solid defence. Many were exposed to tournament action for the first time but that didn't stop them from winning both their round-robin games sending them directly to the Championship round. A hard fought game against some seasoned pitchers had them come up short in the final, bringing home a silver medal.
Team members include: (front row l-r) Ashlyn Auger, Caitlyn Sloan, Marina Valenti, Faith Michauville, Isabelle Haddow, Sydney McCormack, (back row l-r) Katie Sawyer, Katherine Loder, Sahara Arnold, Hailee Steeves, Genevieve Dunn. Coaches Richard Michauville, Valerie Valenti, Tara Michauville and Paul Auger.
Midget Select Steal Bracebridge Tournament
The Midget Select Team went 4-0 to advance to the championship game in an open ladies division at the Bracebridge mixed fastball tournament over the weekend. As their 5th game of the 2-day competition, the ladies handily smashed the ball, ran the bags, and out-pitched their opponents in a solid performance to capture the tournament championship.
Team members (top l-r): Katie Steeves, Christina Goode, Kyrsten Palfrey, Shawna Armstrong, Hannah Michauville, Kyrsten Beaudoin. (bottom l-r): Heather Nakanishi, Annik Barry, Jade Thompson, Taylor Hughes, Lauren Beatty, Grace Michauville.
Midget Blaze Gives Tribute
The North Bay Midget Blaze Team Gives Tribute to Lost Friends
Honouring Brienne Longpre, Kurtis Schoen
Midget Blaze gives tribute to lost friends
BRAMPTON - The North Bay Midget Blaze girls team gave tribute to the memory of two local teens while playing at their provincial softball championships in Brampton this weekend.
Blaze players wore ribbons with initials for Brienne Longpre and Kurtis Schoen, both 17 years old when they died in separate single-vehicle collisions this summer.
Schoen, a hockey and football player who graduated from West Ferris Secondary School in June, died Aug. 1 after his motorcycle left Groulx Road near his Astorville home.
Longpre, also a multi-sport athlete who attended ecole secondaire catholique Algonquin student, died 10 days later while riding an ATV while vacationing in Port Hope, B.C. Her funeral service was held Friday.
Longpre was a North Bay Girls Softball Association player, figure skater and pianist, but most of the Blaze team members also knew Schoen.
"The coach (Micheline Demers) did an incredible job reminding the girls to enjoy every moment and be thankful for what we have. Every moment is precious. Do it for those who can't and were taken from us to early," said parent Penny Gillespie, adding that they kept their focus on the tribute's meaning despite a tough semifinal loss.
"The girls played three games on Saturday. The first game they won against Orangeville 19-9. The second game was a loss to Kitchener with a score of 11-1. Final game of the day was a win against Etobicoke 13-5," Gillespie said, noting it left them in second place in the pool and setting up a playoff game against Topham Park on Sunday morning.
"The majority of the game was 0-0 ... unfortunately losing with a score of 9-2," she said, noting the team's attitude remained positive. "Not once did the girls get down on themselves or each other. Always reminding each other that they where playing for the memory of their friends..
One of Schoen's favourite sayings, she said, was about living for the moment and 'do it for the story.'"
Team members included Becca Fournier, Katrina Twaddle, Kyrsten Beaudoin, Taylor Hughes, Whisper Gillespie, Molly Demers, Kaylee Beaudoin, Lauren Beatty, Jayden Thompson and Morgan Hughes, with coaches Katie Kropf, Amanda Demers, head coach Micheline Demers and Janice Yates.
"Any time a play didn't go as well as the hoped, the coach told them to reset, which to the girls meant, touch your ribbon and point to the sky. Learn from it, move on and live for the story."
Novice Blaze Silver at Provincials
Novice Blaze earn silver at provincials
The Blaze took Orleans into extra innings in an exciting championship final, Sunday.
Coaches credited extra hours in the batting cage and the team coming together throughout the season.
"The girls really came together for each other and we as coaches and parents could not be more proud of their accomplishments this season," said head coach Doug Sanders.
"The coaches want to especially thank the girls for all their efforts for this weekend as well as the hours spent in the cage and on the field at practices."
Team members include: Isabella Fischer, Hannah Boegel, Madison Tessier, Mya Cornick, Katrina Ashfield, Jordy Cole, Kyra Dedrick, Adriana Rosilius, Emily Sanders and Mikayla Beauvais, with head coach Doug Sanders and assistant coaches Arndt Rosilius and James Ashfield.
Bantam Blaze Win B Championship!
North Bay Bantam Blaze girls selects win B championship
Monday, June 17, 2013 by: Chris Dawson
The North Bay Bantam girls select team travelled down to participate in a tournament in Fenelon Falls on Saturday, June 15th.
The North Bay squad started off the tournament against a tough Stittsville team which included two very strong pitchers and could not muster any offence losing 15-0.
The second and third games however saw the girls getting their bats going and ended up beating the Host team Kawartha Krush.
The 2-1 record moved the Blaze on to the B championship game versus Etobicoke who also moved on thanks to their win over Vaughan.
The championship game was a back and forth affair all game and was tied 8-8 heading into the final inning.
The Blaze allowed 3 runs in the final inning but showed resiliency to come from behind and win 13-11 to claim the Bronze medal and B division championship.
Team members include: Allie Armstrong, Annik Barry, Kyrsten Beaudoin, Kaylee Beaudoin, Grace Williams, Payton Sparling, Kyrsten Palfrey, Kerry Smith, Nia Morris, Hailee North, Taylor Hughes and Kayla Hawkins.
Coaching staff include: Rich Beaudoin, Andy Palfrey, Floyd Hughes and Greg Smith along with assistance from Brian Barry.
Thanks to Blaze sponsor Griffith Brothers Service Centre from South River and to Monica Palfrey for keeping score all day.
The teams next tournament will be at the Erindale association in Mississauga on July 13th.
Submitted to BayToday.ca
MIDGET SELECT - 2012 PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS!!!!
Peewee Select - Compete in Barrie
Brampton Tournament - Midget Selects 2012
First action of the day was a game against Whitby, both sides showed some great hitting and fielding in a back and forth game, the end result was a 10 to 7 loss. In the next game the NB Midget Selects controlled the whole game againt Mississauga North, heading into the final inning with a significant lead the girls lost a bit of confidence and allowed the opposition to battle back and tie the game, final score was 11 to 11. In order for the Selects to have a chance of advancing they had to win their final game against Georgian Bay. With the temperatures reaching 35 C this proved to be a tough battle as again the lead changed hands every inning, the final result was a 9 to 8 win. Finishing with 1-1-1 record and a little help from within the division the girls found themselves in 4th place and advancing to the bronze medal game. A strong Mississauga South team was the final opponet of the day, and they jumped out to a quick lead, the Selects never gave up and continued to chip away every inning, heading into the bottom of the 5th inning and down by a score of 9 to 6 the girls needed to shut down the Mississauga South offence and get back to the bats, Mississauga South went on a offensive run, scoring 6 runs to end the game due to time resrtiction.
Overall it was a great start to the tournament season as the girls where in every game and showed great strength in battling back from multiple deficits.
The NBMGSA Midget Selects are Bryce Smith, Aysha Draves, Michelle Blais, Samantha Duquette, Emily Gorda, Amanda Allard, Morgan Hughes, Sara Conway, Ashley Duquette, Samantha Therrien, Julie Walpole, Kelsey Balog, special thanks to Taylor Hughes, a Bantam Select who filled in due to player shortage.
Girls Peewee Selects make it to Provincial Quarter-finals
By Chris Dawson
The North Bay Minor Girls Peewee Selects Softball Fastpitch team made it to the quarter-finals in the 19-team Provincial Women’s Softball Association Grand Championships held in Guelph this past weekend.
This is the third year the team has attended the provincials and this is the best they’ve showed. After leading their 1st game 4-1 at the top of the 5th, the team lost focus in the 5th inning losing the game to Brampton 7-12 but coming back with a needed win over Erindale (Mississauga) 7-5 and then another win Sunday morning over Orleans (Ottawa) 8-6. Pitcher Kyrsten Palfrey came to play. She found the strike zone and struck out 8 girls in games one and three, and struck out 13 girls against Erindale en route to the quarterfinals.
Pitcher Nia Morris took the mound during the 2nd game giving Kyrsten Palfrey a much needed break. Laura Nuna, an under-aged player on the team, put the successful slide down for some needed base advancement putting her into scoring position. During the initial slide Laura essentially made her knee’s skin look like shredded wheat. Some quick TLC attention, and holding back tears, kept Laura in the game and onto further aggressive needed base stealing and points on the scoreboard. Team members Taylor Hughes and Kerry Smith put the power to the bats and the homeruns on the scoreboard.
Prior to the start of a quarter-final game on Sunday afternoon a torrential downpour complete with hail pre-empted further play and sent the team to the local laundry mat to throw uniforms and cleats in the dryers and then back to the fields for further game play. Back at the ballpark the team hit the field for the 1st inning of the quarterfinals against Martingrove (Toronto) and were on there way to getting their 3rd out in as many batters against Martingrove when the skies opened again and further play was suspended.
The players and parents have put a lot of effort into the practices and have showed tremendous team bonding and will to succeed. The girls are setting the bar high for North Bay’s future Select teams and are determined and anxious to continue play and bringing back some recognition to North Bay’s girl’s fast-pitch when the tournament wraps up on the coming weekends.
Team Members include Allie Armstrong (1B), Tabitha Lafleur (2B), Laura Nuna (OF/2B), Kerry Smith (S/S), Kayla Hawkins (3B), Taylor Hughes (BC), Amy Etmanski (OF), Annik Barry (OF), Stephanie Pigeau (OF/2B), Nia Morris (OF/Pitch), Kyrsten Palfrey (Pitch), Julia Gushue (OF), Greg Smith (coach) Andy Palfrey (coach), Floyd Hughes (coach) and Brian Barry (coach).
Submitted to BayToday.ca
Midget Girls Fastball Select Team News!
The North Bay Selects Midget Girls Fastball Team played in their first tournament
action of the season this past weekend when they travelled south and participated
in the Oakville Angels House Select Tournament.
The girls had some nerves going into the first game and had a slow start but were
able to turn things around and beat Whitby 8 to 4. With little time between games
the Selects jumped right into their next game against a team from Pickering, the girls
continued their strong play and built up a four run lead heading into the final inning,
but Pickering never gave up and rallied to post a 10 to 8 win. The Selects had
20 minutes to put the game behind them and were on the field again to
play the undefeated Mississauga North team. The game was back and forth with
both sides hitting and making great fielding plays. The end result was a 7 to 6 loss.
With only the top two teams advancing the Selects Tournament was over as they
finished third in their pool. Amanda Allard, Melissa McLaughlin and Emily Gorda,
all pitched great games that allowed the team to be competitive in every game. The
coaching staff was pleased with the effort and great team chemistry that showed
throughout the tournament.
Next action will see the Selects travel to Whitby at the end of July. The Midget Selects
roster includes Mary Beth Uetz, Taylor Clayton, Samantha Duquette, Michelle Blais,
Bryce Smith, Julie Walpole, Lindsay Haddow, Ashley Duquette, Emily Gorda,
Amanda Allard, Morgan Hughes, Melissa McLaughlin and coaches Pam Duquette,
Bryan Smith and Tim Duquette.