Season Update - The Twins are off to Nationals!
The Mississauga Twins went 6-2 at the Ontario Eliminations in London, ON. Their 2nd place finished qualified them for their 4th Nationals berth in the past 7 years. This year's tournament will be played in Victoria, B.C. from Aug 24-27th.
The Twins are working hard to raise the funds needed to fulfill their dream. Please visit our GoFundMe page to help us reach our goal.
Due to travel/work/life restrictions, some members of the team will not be able to participate at Nationals. Going in their place are 6 pickup players from across Ontario. The Twins are very excited to welcome the following players onto the team for the Nationals tournament:
RHP - Jake Gallo - East York
INF - Jordan Grant - Niagara
RHP - Tyler Annett - Strathroy
OF - Mitchell Roy - Strathroy
C - Cam Graham - Strathroy
LHP - Craig Steadman - Strathroy
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Mississauga's season has kicked into full gear as the skies have finally cleared and tournament play is just around the corner.
After dropping 3 of 4 games to start June, the Twins finished the month on a 4-game win streak and now sit at a game above .500 at 7-6 on the season.
Highlights from the previous month include a combined 3-hit shutout by Jordan Petruska and Tomas Rincon vs Etobicoke in game 1 of a doubleheader at Connorvale Park. Petruska's 23.0 IP, 1.57 ERA and 0.83 WHIP currently lead the pitching staff.
The Twins win streak started with a 7-2 win vs Oakville in which they pounded out 18 hits. In that game, both Smith brothers homered. Each of them has had a strong start to the season, flirting with .400 batting averages.
Mississauga followed that game up with a 15-hit, 9-1 victory over Milton where Michael Cardinale homered for the 3rd time this season. Cardinale currently leads the team with 15 RBI.
This past week, the Twins survived a pitcher's duel vs Brampton by getting a 2-1 walk-off win via a Cardinale base hit in the bottom of the 9th. Billy Hurley racked up 9 K's thru 6 innings and now has 35 strikeouts in just 21.0 IP this season. James Byrnes threw 3 innings of shutout ball in relief to pick up his 2nd win of the season.
The following night, the Twins scored a season high 15 runs to take down Burlington 15-8. Steve Soukas hit a home run while Kyle Porter gave up 0 ER in 5.0 IP and joins Petruska and Byrnes as the only pitchers with multiple wins this season.
Mississauga plays 1 more game at home Tuesday vs Erindale before the squad heads to London for the annual Lakeside Invitational Tournament.
With all their tournaments left on the schedule and still plenty of postponed games to make up, July & August will be busy months for the Twins.
As always, please stay posted to this site and www.cobamajor.ca for more.
Mother Nature hasn't been kind to the Twins so far this season as the last couple weeks in May saw another 2 games on the schedule (@ Brampton & vs Burlington) postponed due to weather. There are now 4 games which are PPD for a later date. That being said, Mississauga was able to get a few more results in as their season turns to the month of June.
Mississauga bounced back from 2 losses to a big 14-6 win vs Oakville on May 23rd. Michael Cardinale went deep and had 5 RBI in an offensive charge that saw Mississauga pound out 16 hits. The team scored 6 runs in both the 6th & 7th to help give Kyle Porter (2.0 IP) the win while James Byrnes also threw well posting 2.0 IP with 2 K's and no runs allowed.
The only other game the Twins were able to squeak in was a slugfest vs Erindale at 9th line on May 29th. Brendan Emmett, Michael Cantwell and Chris Piccini all hit their first home runs of the season, however the Cardinals' bats were just as strong, as Mississauga fell in a time-limit shortened game 16-9.
Mississauga's record currently stands at 2-3 on the young season. They'll look to make a charge in June before tournament play beings in July. Stay posted to www.cobamajor.ca and this website for more.
Twins lose Back-to-Back games
The Mississauga Twins had a tough week with a 5-4 extra innings loss to Erindale on Tuesday followed by an 11-6 road loss to Niagara on Thursday.
Despite the two L's, there were many offensive highlights, including 1B/OF Jerome Smith homering in both games. Michael Cardinale and John Broll also hit their first HRs of the season vs Erindale, while Josh Federico made his season debut and went 3 for 5.
The Twins pitching & defense struggled on Thursday, as 4 different pitchers couldn't escape giving up at least 2 runs each. 3 errors didn't help slowing down a Niagara offense that pounded out 10 hits. Billy Hurley still managed to pick up 7 K's in 3.0 IP, while CF Chris Piccini had a good night at the plate going 2 for 5 with a walk.
Mississauga looks to rebound this week with games vs Oakville at home on Tuesday and at Brampton on Thursday.
As always, stay tuned here and to our league website www.cobamajor.ca for more.
Twins Win Opener vs Etobicoke
On a cold night at Clarkson Park, the Twins' bats came out hot in their season opener vs Etobicoke. 8 different players registered an RBI and each member of the Twins lineup walked at least once, propelling the team to 13 runs in the first 5 innings. The final score was 15-6.
John Broll led Mississauga going 3-for-5 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. Andrew Dos Santos played well in his return to the lineup as well, picking up 3 RBI.
On a "staff day" the Twins sent 5 pitchers to the mound. Billy Hurley started and appeared to be in mid-season form, giving up just 1 hit while striking out the side in each of his 2 innings. Tomas Rincon also impressed with 4 K's in his 2 innings of work. James Byrnes (W), Kyle Porter, and Billy Martin rounded out the staff day in which no player threw over 40 pitches.
The Twins next game is Tuesday, May 16 vs Erindale.
Twins 2017 Season Outlook
The Mississauga Southwest Senior Twins will begin their 2017 season this week when they take on the Etobicoke Rangers Tuesday at Clarkson Park.
Please refer to the "Schedules" tab for all upcoming and previous games.
This season has the promise of another successful campaign with many of the players on the team returning for another summer of baseball.
Once again, the Twins will be anchored by their strong pitching staff. Billy Hurley (3.24 ERA, 1.05 WHIP), Jordan Petruska (3.35 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) & Billy Martin (2.25 ERA, 14:3 K/BB ratio) were all pickups for the National Championships last season [via Tecumseh and Strathroy] and will highlight the starting rotation.
While Paul McKenna (23.0 IP), James Byrnes (31.2 IP) and Tomas Rincon (30.1 IP) will also significantly contribute on the mound again this year.
Adam Banski, Eric Ventura and Kyle Porter round out a pitching staff that can compete with the best in the province.
Their battery-mates will again be John Broll and Steve Soukas. They will carry a heavy workload as last season's new catcher Adam Chong departs the team this year after suffering a shoulder injury.
The infield will be comprised of a strong group of middle-infielders. Jamie Smith (.481 BA, 2016 COBA batting champ) and 2nd-year Twin Josh Federico will see most of the innings at shortstop, while Troy Black and Brendan Emmett will showcase their versatility by playing up the middle of the field as well as on the corners.
Long-time Twin Andrew Dos Santos returns to the team this year after taking some time off due to injuries/work and also showcases the ability to play multiple infield positions. While Jerome Smith is likely to take reps at first base when he's not patrolling the outfield.
Joining Jerome in battling fly balls against the dim lights at Clarkson Park will be everyday CF Chris Piccini and his brother Matt. Michael Cantwell and Ian Campbell round out a veteran outfield that has over 30 years of combined service in a Twins uniform.
Michael Cardinale (Ontario 2nd team all-star DH) serves as the ultimate utility player for the Twins. While likely to be primarily used as the DH, Cardinale can be found at any position on the field at any time.
Unfortunately, Mississauga will be without original Twin Stephan Kulchyk this year, as the "Sauce Boss" decided to retire due to hamstring injuries.
The team is excited for another season of COBA baseball. Please stay tuned to our league website www.cobamajor.ca and this page for updates.