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Congratulations to the 2016 Bantam Stingers!!!

The team finished off the season taking 3rd place at the SOBA provincial championships. The Stingers came out strong  going undefeated in the 1st four games while outscoring their opponents 30-3 during that span, eventually falling to the Majors in the semifinals. Fantastic pitching by starters Kyle Kennedy, Ethan Allair and Burke Houle, combined with excellent defense and hitting was showcased throughout the weekend.

In late August the Bantam Stingers defeated their old rivals the Sudbury Shamrocks in a single game qualifying match 4-2 to advance to the provincial championships.

In tournament play this season they captured 1st place in the Richmond Hill tournament in June and taking 2nd place at the Muskoka Cup Tournament in July.

Players include: Ethan Allair, Nich Backer, Caleb Cain-Plante, Zach Dwyer, Parker Haddow, Burke Houle, Kyle Kennedy, Jesse Kirkby, Sam Laforge, Pat Maille, Cody Stevens and Connor Winrow. Manager Don Maille, Assistant Coaches Chris Winrow and Troy Kennedy, Head Coach Geoff Houle.


Assante Bantam Stingers win gold

June 26, 2016

The North Bay Assante Bantam Stingers combined solid pitching, stingy defense and consistent bats to take their first championship of the season in the Richmond Hill Phoenix Tournament.

 

The team went 5-0 to reach the championship game soundly beating two clubs from Mississauga, Montreal, Markham and Waterloo. The Stinger defense was exceptionally stingy during the course of the weekend allowing only 5 runs in six games!

 

In the final, the Stingers jumped out to an early lead and then relied on pitching and defense the rest of the way to beat the Martin Grove Etobicoke White Sox 9-2.

 

Coach Geoff Houle was thrilled with the kids performance. "Our players were rewarded for a lot of early season hard work, we started out in the high school gym back in February, continued to get better using the high school season as a building platform and the players compete in a good bantam house league".

 

Houle noted that the Bantam Stingers are built on great pitching and exceptional defense, but the explosive offense came as a bit of a surprise. "The players just kept grinding out at bats and then hitting the ball hard at every opportunity. We were able to get into the other team's bullpens early, which is a real compliment to our hitters."

 

Team members include: Ethan Allair, Nicholas Backer, Caleb Cain-Plante, Zachary Dwyer, Parker Haddow, Burke Houle, Kyle Kennedy, Jesse Kirkby, Sam Laforge, Patrick Maille, Cody Stevens, and Connor Winrow. The head coach is Geoff Houle, while assistant coaches are Chris Winrow and Troy Kennedy.

 

Congratulations Bantam Stingers!

 


MIDGET PROVINCIALS IN NORTH BAY!

July 30, 2013

 

The North Bay Baseball Association (NBBA) has been named as the host of the Select Ontario Baseball Association’s (SOBA) Midget Provincial Baseball Championships on the weekend of August 23-25. SOBA is comprised of 66 local baseball associations stretching across the province.

The Provincial Championships are a 12 team tournament with regional representation. Teams compete in playdowns for the right to participate with the winner of each region gaining an entry. The tournament is a double-knockout format.

As the host community, the North Bay Stingers will gain an automatic berth in the Provincial Championships.  The Midget Stingers are the 5 time defending provincial champions in this age group.  In invitational tournaments this season in Orillia and Vaughan, the Midget Stingers are undefeated, with a 10-0 record and two championship banners. NBBA President and Midget Stingers’ Head Coach, Chad Lacelle, is thrilled with the opportunity to compete in front of a North Bay audience. “This group of players has been competing at an elite level for seven years, winning tournaments all across the Province.  This will be the first time that they will have an opportunity to compete against the best players in Ontario on their home diamonds. You can feel the excitement on the bench as we ramp up for the tournament.” 

Tournament games will be hosted at three field locations.  On Friday evening, games will be played at Veterans Field, and two Omischl ballparks.  Games will run continuously on Saturday and Sunday at the two Omischl diamonds. All games are free for spectators to attend.

Tournament Co-Convenor, Chris Winrow, is pleased to be part of the process. “The City of North Bay has been vocal about wanting to develop a Sports Tourism industry.  The NBBA decided to accept the challenge of hosting this prestigious event and the City and our local corporate partners have been very helpful with our tournament preparations.  Our long term plan is to host tournaments on an annual basis, which should be great for the community and great for ballplayers in North Bay.”

North Bay has not hosted a Provincial Baseball Championships in approximately 20 years. It is expected that over 120 families will be spending time in North Bay over the course of the tournament weekend.

The North Bay Baseball Association offers house league baseball to approximately 350 children across 6 different age divisions ranging in age from 4-18. Each of those players is invited to try out for the North Bay Stingers.  Currently, there are Stingers teams competing with a high degree of success in the Mosquito, Peewee, Bantam and Midget divisions.


Can you say, "DEAD DUCK!"

June 29, 2013 – 08:00 PM


Midget Stingers Win Another Provincial Championship

August 27, 2012
Baytoday article Monday, August 27, 2012:
 
The North Bay Baseball Association’s Stingers claimed their fourth consecutive Select Ontario Baseball Association provincial midget championship this past weekend in Cambridge.

North Bay opened the tournament on Friday night with a convincing 9-3 win over Kitchener-Waterloo highlighted by 5.1 innings of shutout ball hurled by Ben Bosselle.

The double knockout format forced all teams to play three games in 33 degree temperatures on Saturday. North Bay’s catching duo of Ty Backer and Kyle Wilkinson were able to share duties and create an advantage for North Bay as opposed to other teams who seemed to rely on only one catcher in the stifling heat.

North Bay opened Saturday with a 5-4 win over the host Cambridge Bulldogs on Jeremy Clouatre’s two run home run and Brody Fallon’s two run double.

The Stingers’ second game of the day was a 15-8 shellacking of the Weston Wolverines. North Bay finished the day with a 12-5 victory over the previously undefeated Stoney Creek Blue Jays.

On Sunday morning, North Bay squared off against the pre-tournament favourite, Brampton Red Sox. Brampton scored a run in the top of the last inning to take a 5-4 victory away from North Bay.

Despite the loss, North Bay was able to win a bye into the finals and waited to play the winner of the semi-final game between Cambridge and Brampton. The Red Sox’ 3-0 win against the boisterous host team set up a rematch between the Stingers and Red Sox.

In the final, Kurtis Winrow opened the scoring with a daring delayed steal of third and took home on an errant pick-off attempt. Nick Scott followed with a second run on a Clouatre single to put the Stingers up 2-0. Brampton tied it up and the two teams played small ball and spectacular defense the rest of the way. The score remained tied 3-3 through the end of the seven inning game, forcing the two teams to play extra innings. In the top of the eighth, Curtis Lacelle had six eligible pitches before exceeding his maximum pitch count and managed to retire the side.

Jon Kortschaga led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and Wayde Van Mierlo was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Cody Sutcliffe advanced the runners with a textbook sacrifice bunt down the first base line. And, with the defence playing in, Steven Antler lined a walk-off single to centre field to win the Championship, he was awarded offensive player of the game for the clutch hit.

Curtis Lacelle pitched the complete game for the victory earning the defensive player of the game.

“I’m so proud of this team, with only three returning players from last year, we were in tough but the boys came together and all their hard work paid off," said coach Chad Lacelle.

"It was a complete team victory with all 12 players coming through at one point or another. Our pitching depth was what saved us as we used 6 different pitchers, Bosselle, Antler, Scott, Clouatre, Kortchega and Lacelle. Five of the six pitchers will be back and with the nucleus of players returning we are poised to claim North Bay’s fifth straight midget provincial championship next year.”

Coaches Lacelle, Derek Wilkinson and the players would like to thank Dave Saad and Tim Scott for their help in preparation for the tournament as well as their sponsor Skaters Edge and the NBBA for their support.

Next weekend, the Peewee and Mosquito Stingers head south to their respective Provincial Championships.


by: Chris Dawson

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

August 26, 2012
Congratulations to the Stingers on their Provincial championship earned with a 4-3 win over the Brampton Red Sox. Enjoy the Rings!
 

With Thanks...

August 11, 2012
The entire Stingers family and the NBBA want to extend their thanks to Colin and Ken Embree for their invaluable contributions to the Stingers program and the House League for the past decade.
 
Colin will be sorely missed as a teammate, middle of the order bat and starting pitcher. Not to be overshadowed by Colin's skills, Ken's guidance as a teacher will be missed by all.
 
Thanks for all you have done for baseball in North Bay.
 
With best wishes, 
 
The Lacelles, Wilkinsons, Antlers, Backers, Bosselles, Clouatres, Sutcliffes, Van Mierlos, Kortschagas, Fallons, Browns, Winrows and countless others

Mosquito Stingers Continue the Tradition

July 10, 2012
Congratulations to the Mosquito Stingers who survived a highly competitive tryout process amongst the top 24 Mosquito aged players in the Region.
 
Welcome to your new, exclusive Stingers website.  Please check out the calendar for the month of August (don't use the General Calendar tab; click on the Mosquito Stingers calendar instead) including our first tournament, the Gander Ross, in Orillia. The team that is now the Midget Stingers are past winners of this tournament!
 
Once we get some games under our belt, all of the offensive statistics will be tracked on this site...as you surf around, you will find tips and stories on how to become a better ballplayer.
 
Finally, I want to thank the Midget Stingers for allowing us to join their website...we are proud to continue on with the Stingers' winning tradition.
 
Coach Chris and Coach Geoff

Welcome to the Red Sox

May 21, 2012
To the Red Sox players,
 
Welcome to our website. Here you will find all schedule information, as well as our record and hitting stats. Contact information for the coaches is also on the website. We look forward to a great summer with you.
 
Chris Winrow and Ken Embree
 
 

Midget Stingers Trout Times Confirmed

May 1, 2012
Tryouts will be held at Omischl as follows:
 
Wednesday May 2 from 6:00-7:30
Wednesday May 9 from 7:30-9:00
 
 

2 Things to Think About

There are many things said by coaches and players during a game. Many things that are said provide useful information and guidance to players. There are other things that I feel are best not said during a game.

Here are a couple things that should never be said by coaches or players during a game:    

1. "We are going to lose." - Expecting to win is vital.  Having a positive attitude is the first step toward having a good game. The Point: Never show negative emotion or lose control of your emotions.  
2.  "Watch out for that curve ball!" - It is best not to tell a batter what pitch to look for or to expect. Mental concentration is a part of batting success. Sometimes telling a player to what pitch you think is coming, makes the player to start guessing on pitches. The player will be more successful he is thinking or concentrating for himself.    The Point: The batter must always know the count and the situation. The batter should have a good mental and physical approach at the plate. The batter should always expect the fast ball away and adjust to the fast ball in. The batter should always expect the fastball and adjust to the off-speed pitch.

Battle Creek - Man vs. Food

"Korchie" put on a memorable show at Denny's in Marshall Michigan when he destroyed this double cheeseburger. The local girls cheered him on through the last bite, and offered to dance with him when he was done. Although it was a great offer, Jon had other plans and "disappeared" for awhile shortly after completing his assignment.

2011 Bantam Stingers - Tryout #1

The first Stingers tryout is scheduled for Sunday May 15 1:00 p.m. at Bowness.  If you know anyone who should be attending, please pass on the message.


Pitchers: Less is More

One of the key transitions for Kyle Drabek in jumping from double A to the big leagues is to embrace the concept of "less is more."

Like so many before him, Drabek has discovered the beauty of the changeup.

"So many times, young pitchers have it engrained in their minds that they want to throw hard, for a host of reasons," said Jays' manager John Farrell. "It gets you recognition as an amateur, it's what people hang their hat on as you come through the minor leagues, then they ask you to throw a pitch that is slower.

"There is a mental hurdle that a pitcher has to get over to throw a pitch slower and know that it is going to have a positive effect."

In Monday's win, Drabek used his change effectively, especially against dangerous hitter David Murphy.

"In spring training, it became a pitch for me," said Drabek. "It's come a long, long way and I'm very happy with the coaches and staff helping me get it where it is now.

"It's still sometimes scary to throw it. You don't want to leave it up because dangerous things can happen. But I do like throwing it."

"I think he threw five of them to Murphy," said Farrell. "He got a strikeout in the first at-bat then a ground-ball double-play after Murphy made a pretty good adjustment to him. The previous pitch was a changeup that (Murphy) fouled straight back. I turned to Bruce Walton (pitching coach) and said 'Murphy got a pretty good look at that, we'd better be careful and not over-expose it' and then he throws it again the next pitch: groundball double-play. It shows that not only does Jose (Molina) have confidence to call it but that Kyle has no hesitation in throwing it.

"When you throw in the mid-90s and you have the ability to slow some bats down with a pitch that's roughly 12 m.p.h. off of that, it really creates a lot of separation."


April 4 Parents and Players Meeting (6:30-7:30 PM)

There will be a meeting for the Bantam aged players and their parents before the April 4 workout. The meeting will be at the Assante offices from 6:30-7:30 PM. The address is 101 McIntyre St W and the meeting will be in the conference room on the 4th floor. It is very important that the parents of the players that are planning to try out for the Bantam Stingers attend this meeting. We will be discussing things such as the expected budget, the planned summer schedule and the expectations that we have of all players.


First Workout Confirmed - January 24 8:00-9:30 PM

January 21, 2011
We are starting our spring training workouts on Monday January 24 (8:00-9:30 PM) at the Scollard Hall gym. Bring your gloves and indoor only shoes and wear a cup. Catchers should bring whatever equipment they have. We have the rest of the gear including some new "toys".

We know that it is exam time right now. This is the most important thing so please focus on your exams first and don't worry about missing this workout. There will be many workouts to follow. We do request that you let us know whether you will or will not be there though. We can then call up other players if there is room.

2011 Winter Ball

January 7, 2011
We have secured the gym at Scollard on Monday evenings from 8-9:30 p.m. throughout the winter for "Spring Training". The first workout will be January 17th. These workouts are not tryouts, and an invitation to attend does not increase or decrease your opportunity to make the team. In other words, we will make no promises to anyone...and if you can't make it because of hockey or other sporting commitments, that is perfectly acceptable. If rides are an issue, let us know and we will gladly work something out so that everyone can attend.

These are our objectives for the Spring Training program: it will be intense; instructional; and fun. Our promise to you is that you will not leave the gym thinking that it was a waste of your time. Each of you will get a great workout--come with shorts, your gloves and indoor only shoes. We have some time to joke around; play some wacky games and develop our team cameraderie...if it isn't fun, it isn't worth doing! Everyone will learn new aspects of the game...you never know what little improvement will help push us over the hump next Labour Day weekend.

Catchers should bring whatever equipment they have in their possession. We will have the rest of the required "stuff".

There is no cost for this program. All we expect is your commitment to compete and improve.

We need to add one rule to our winter program. There are more players who want to attend than we have safe space for in the gym. So, if you can't make it on any given week, please let us know by the Friday prior to the workout so that we can invite extra players on a week by week basis. It is a simple courtesy that will allow us to let the maximum number of players participate.


Sacrifice Bunting - Training Center

There is a good video about sacrifice bunting on the "Training Center" section of our website. This is something we will need to work on as we prepare for provincials. Check it out.

SOBA Provincials - Tillsonburg (book your hotel rooms now)

The site for Provincials is Tillsonburg; a mere 488 kms away. We have a block of rooms reserved at the only "name" hotel in town. It is the Hojo with very modest reviews, but is 20 kms closer to the ballpark than the next nearest "name" hotel.

Please call and confirm your room ASAP...519-842-7366. With one adult in the room, the price is $99 plus tax...two adults will set you back $109 plus tax. Again, please confirm ASAP.

Note that the reservation is for 3 nights...Friday through Monday morning...if you don't plan to make the finals; you have already planned to fail!

Here is the hotel website and address/contact information:

Howard Johnson - Tillsonburg
92 Simcoe Street,
Tillsonburg, Ontario
N4G 2J1
Phone - 519-842-7366
Toll Free - 1-866-942-7366
Fax - 519-842-6176
http://www.hojotillsonburg.ca/

Congratulations to Wingate Players for Making 2010 Finals

August 11, 2010
Congratulations to everyone on Wingate for making it to the 2010 NBBA Bantam Championships! Unfortunately we didn't play our best game in the finals, but congratulations again for working hard all year and making it to the championship game.

We hope that you had fun this year and learned a lot about baseball and being good teammates. We look forward to seeing you at the park next year. Remember to start early in 2011. Play catch with someone, hit against a fence, go for a run. All of these things make you a better ball player.

Coach Ken

If it's close, you'd better hit it

August 10, 2010
Quote from Cal Hubbard, Hall of Fame Umpire:

"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." - Cal Hubbard - the only man who has been enshrined in the pro football, college football and baseball halls of fame.

Be Ready to Hit

This article is about getting ready to hit. You can get this on the handouts section of the website. These things are important as we prepare for provincials.

Ken

Get Ready to Hit - It's All About the Mind
4 Things to do Every Day

1. Walk up to the plate with CONFIDENCE every at-bat, every day.

2. To succeed at step #1 you must have an ATTAINABLE GOAL.

• Your goal needs to be to hit the ball hard, and that's it!
If you hit the ball hard... you win! WHY? Because you can't control getting a hit, only hitting the ball hard, somewhere. It's insanity to think that getting a hit should be our goal. That's just consistently unattainable.

• Think about it. I hit 3 rockets right on the screws to the centerfielder and line out and I lose confidence because my batting average went down. Now that's crazy! I beat the pitcher, the pitcher knows I beat him, his mom knows I beat him and I lose confidence when I should be gaining confidence. I know better and now you do too! And now I'm locked in and ready for the 9th inning... to be a hero.

3. Attack the inside part of the ball.

• A great example: An analogy is that if Albert Pujols, who can hit the ball 500 feet, swings the bat as hard as he can swing it, then why doesn't he hit 100 home runs a year? Because sometimes he's on the outside part of the ball, which creates hard-hooking line drives and ground balls! This guy can actually "miss-hit" balls that still go out of the park when he gets to the inside part of the ball.

• Batspeed - Batspeed - Batspeed
I'm saying that we should have the same bat speed on a hard ground ball to shortstop (if we're right-handed) as a line drive into the gap. it's just where we attack the baseball, whether we hook it by hitting the outside part of the ball... or drive it by attacking the inside part of the ball!

4. Help your team win that day. Whatever it takes.

Do the 4 things and see how you feel after a couple weeks.

Strikeout Hunger Tournament July 16-18 - Updated Schedule

The Espanola Bantam team had to pull out of the tournament. As a result, they have implemented a double round robin format and our schedule is as follows:

Friday 6:00 p.m. at Veterans vs. Bantam All-Stars
Saturday 10:00 a.m. at Bowness vs. Valley East
Saturday 5:00 p.m. at Veterans vs. All Stars
Saturday 8:00 p.m. at Veterans vs. Valley East

Sunday 12:30 p.m. at Veterans TOP 2 TEAMS - hope we are one!

Bantam Stingers drop 10th-inning heartbreaker in tourney final

The Assante North Bay Stingers bantam baseball brought home silver from a weekend Scarborough tournament following an 11-10 loss to Bloordale in the 10th inning of a championship game that featured six lead changes.

The Stingers opened the tournament by turning a 6-1 lead after three innings into a 12-6 loss to Bloordale. The demoralizing loss made the remaining games "must-win" affairs.

The second contest was against the Innisfil Cardinals and solid pitching from Colin Embree and Steven Antler kept the score close before Ty Backer drove a walk-off single into the right-centre gap for a 5-4 victory.

The Stingers' third contest was against the Clarington Colts, with both teams needing the win to advance to the semifinals. Curtis Lacelle pitched a complete game one-hitter and Wayde Van Mierlo, Kurtis Winrow and Kyle Wilkinson combined for seven of the team's 14 hits to send the Stingers through with a convincing 12-1 victory.

In the semifinals, the Stingers met the undefeated host Scarborough team. An extra inning was required for the Stingers to advance with a 5-4 win. Game MVP went to Matt Salter who, in the bottom of both the seventh and eighth innings, struck out a batter with the bases loaded.

The final was a rematch against Bloordale and the teams required three extra innings to settle the see-saw affair. Ben Bosselle was awarded game MVP after throwing 5 1/3 innings of stellar relief ball.

Offensively, the Stingers were led by Colin Embree, who posted a tournament-high batting average of .588.

Defensively, the Stingers' Jon Kortschaga's diving catch and simultaneous collision with Kurtis Winrow was called the "play of the tournament" by tournament chairman John McMullen.

The bantam Stingers are back in action locally this weekend in North Bay's Strike Out Hunger Tournament at Veterans and Bowness Fields.

All fans are invited to bring a non-perishable food item for the North Bay Food Bank as they enjoy a weekend at the ballpark.

This story is in the North Bay Nugget and is available online at:

http://www.nugget.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2666872

North Bay Strikeout Hunger Tournament July 16-18

The NBBA has organized a tournament for the weekend of July 16-18. The Stingers will be playing and our game times are as follows:

Game 1 - Friday July 16 6:00PM at Veterans Field
Game 2 - Saturday July 17 10:00AM at Bowness Field
Game 3 - Saturday July 17 3:00PM at Veterans Field
Game 4 - Sunday July 18 10:00AM - location depends on standings (REVISED)

The games have been added to the schedule.

As usual, please let us know ASAP if you won't be there so that we can plan accordingly.

This tournament is a fundraiser and you will receive more information in the coming days.

Ken

West Hill (Scarborough) Tournament Schedule July 9-11


The schedule for the West Hill (Scarborough) tournament is as follows:

Game 1 - Friday July 9 @ 8:30 PM at Heron Park
Game 2 - Saturday July 10 @ 1:30 PM at Scarborough Village Park
Game 3 - Saturday July 10 @ 5:00PM at Heron Park

The playoff round for the tournament is on Sunday July 11, with a maximum of 2 more games.

Our first game is on Friday night and we may need to coordinate rides depending on work schedules, etc. Please let us know if you need a ride or can take someone with you. For example, I will be leaving early Friday afternoon and have space.

Please be at the park one hour prior to our first game. For all other games the players need to be on the field and ready to go at least 30 minutes before game time.

Maps, etc are be posted on the website. I hope everyone has confirmed their hotel rooms.

Ken

Scarborough Hotel Reservations (July 9 and 10) Need to be Made by You

June 24, 2010

Hi everyone,

The hotel that we have booked for the West Hill (Scarborough) tournament is the Holiday Inn Express Toronto East - Scarborough. We have rooms reserved for Friday July 9 and Saturday July 10 (we wil be playing Saturday and Sunday).

The hotel's website is:
http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/yyzex/hoteldetail

The price is $99/night after parking and breakfast is included.

You must call the hotel at 416-439-9313 to confirm your reservation. Confirmations must be done by Canada Day. Please state that the reservations are under "North Bay Stingers".

Ken


Innisfil (Barrie) Tournament Schedule July 24-25

June 18, 2010
We received the schedule for the Innisfil tournament. Game times are as follows:

Game 1 - Saturday July 24 @ 9:00 AM
Game 2 - Saturday July 24 @ 1:30 PM
Game 3 - Sunday July 25 @ 11:00 AM
Game 4 - depends on our record, but assuming we make the playoff round it will be Sunday July 25 @ 2:00PM

The schedule is updated on the website.

I hope everyone that needed a room has contacted the hotel.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Ken

Welcome to Wingate Lottery

Hi everyone,

This website was set up for the Stingers Rep team and we also include our Wingate Lottery house league team. The website has a lot of information:

- Bulletin Board - any important news
- Calendar - shows games and practices for both Wingate and the Stingers. Make sure you are looking at the right team.
- Teams/Rosters - click 2010 Bantam House League and Wingate Lottery at the top of the page. This is where our individual stats will be.
- Schedules - can select Wingate only
- Game Results – a summary of each game we play

There is other good information too. You may find some of it very helpful for your game:
- Handouts
- Training Center

You just need to make sure you are in the 2010 Bantam House League. We keep this website continuously updated. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions.
Ken

Innisfil Tournament - Barrie Super8 Hotel Rooms

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Barrie Super8 for the nights of Friday July 23 and Saturday July 24. The rate is $95 per night and the rooms have 2 queen beds. Check in time is after 3:00PM and check out is by 11:00AM. This information about the hotel was provided by the tournament organizers:

- 100% Smoke-Free Facilities
- Indoor Pool . Whirlpool . Fitness Centre
- Free SuperStart Breakfast with Hot Options
- Free High Speed Internet
- Guest Rooms Come Equipped with Fridge, Microwave, Coffeemaker, Iron/boards and Hairdryer
- Free Local Calls
- Guest Laundry Facilities
- Pet Friendly
- Children 17 and Under Free
- Within walking distance to restaurants & shopping

Please confirm the number of rooms you require by Wednesday May 26. This is very important. I will finalize the contract based on the responses. You will then need to confirm your own reservations by calling the hotel. I will provide more information after we confirm the number of rooms and finalize the contract.

Thanks,

Ken

Update

May 15, 2010
Congratulations on making the Bantam Stingers. The team members are:
* Lucas Brown
* Curtis Lacelle
* Kurtis Winrow
* Colin Embree
* Steven Antler
* Kyle Wilkinson
* Matt Salter
* Wayde Van Mierlo
* Jon Kortschaga
* Ben Bosselle
* Cody Sutcliffe
* Ty Backer

Tournaments - We are confirmed for 2 tournaments in July:
- West Hill (Scarborough) - July 10-11
- Innisfil (Barrie) - July 24-25
We will get hotel rooms blocked for Friday and Saturday nights for these tournaments.

Exhibition Games - We have 2 exhibition series booked with the Soo Black Sox:
- in Sault Ste. Marie: August 21-22 (only 1 night away)
- in North Bay: August 28-29

Provincials - Provincial playoffs are he weekend of September 3-5. The location has not been confirmed yet.

All of this is shown on the calendar and schedules areas on this website.

Ken

Bantam Rep Tryouts May 4 and 6

April 30, 2010


This information ws posted on www.baytoday.ca yesterday:

Bantam Rep Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, May 4th and Thursday May 6th at 6pm at Kelly Field.

Please contact either Chris Winrow 475-9605 or Chad Lacelle 472-8782 prior to attending.


Peewee Rep Tryouts will be held on Wednesday, May 5th and Monday May 10th at 6pm at Kelly Field.

Please contact either John Stayzer 475-0270 or Kirk Brown 476-4102 prior to attending.

See you Tuesday May 4 at 5:45!


Stingers Website Updated

April 4, 2010
We updated the website and now have access to some new features. One of the great additions is the Training Center. To see videos, etc. click on the "Training Center" tab on the left hand side of the page.

ARE YOU READY?

April 4, 2010
Hello Ballplayers! I hope everyone had a great hockey season and that you are getting ready for baseball. We expect to have another great season. We will keep you updated on this website for all information on house league and rep team. We will post updates as soon as they are available. Please contact me anytime if you have any questions.

Ken Embree

2009 Season Comes to an End

September 13, 2009
The 96 Stingers 2009 season came to an end at the SOBA Peewee provincial championships in Bolton on September 6. The Stingers did not win the provincial championships, but played very well and finished in the top 6. In addition to a strong showing at the provincials, the significant accomplishments of the 96 Stingers in 2009 included:

- NBBA Bantam Champions
- 1st place Orillia OBA Tournament
- 2nd place Sault Ste. Marie Tournament
- 3rd place (tie) SOBA Mississauga Tournament

The Stingers had a very busy and productive season. Some offensive stats are shown below to illustrate this:

- Including exhibition games the 96 Stingers finished the season with an impressive record of 27 wins, 9 losses and 1 tie in 37 games
- 409 runs scored for while allowing 243 against
- Team batting average was .377
- 398 hits including 336 singles, 39 doubles, 13 triples and 10 homeruns
- 325 walks and hit-by-pitch (free bases!) compared to only 207 strike outs
- Team OBP (on base percentage) was a very high .544
- Team SLG (slugging percentage) was .484 (total bases divided by at bats)
- Team OPS (on base plus slugging percentage) was an impressive 1.027

Congratulations again to everyone on a great season! There was a lot of baseball and everyone worked very hard to make it a huge success. We look forward to another successsful season in 2010.

A last reminder for the Stingers: Please thank your parents for all that they have done over the busy summer. It couldn’t happen without them.



Voyager Inn Win Peewee Championship

August 10, 2009
Congratulations to everyone on Voyager Inn for winning the NBBA peewee championship. It was a great championship game and we could not have won without major contributions from everyone all weekend.

A link to the Nugget.ca article on the championship is provided below:


Voyager Inn Nugget.ca Article


Thanks to all players for your hard work and dedication throughout the season. We hope to see you all at the ball park next year.

Assante 96 Stingers are Bantam Champs

August 10, 2009
Congratulations to the Assante 96 Stingers who are the 2009 NBBA Bantam champions! It was a fantastic championship game. It was a focussed, total team effort in a very tight back and forth game. Everyone did their job and we always came back when we got down. That is how great teams play!

If you haven't checked yet, there are photos from our game on the Nugget website:

North Bay Nugget - Bantam Championship

Everyone will especially enjoy the victory celebration by Lucas and Kurtis! Check out the sequence of photos.

To all parents - please send me any photos that you would like to share and I will post them on the website.

Have a great break this week. Chris will let everyone know about practices as we prepare for the Soo on the last weekend of August and the provincials on the Labour Day weekend.

Game-Day Eats

July 28, 2009
Most of your body's energy on game day will come from the foods you've eaten over the past several days. But you can boost your performance even more by paying attention to the food you eat on game day. Strive for a game-day diet rich in carbohydrates, moderate in protein, and low in fat.

Here are some guidelines on what to eat and when:

Eat a meal 2 to 4 hours before the game or event: Choose a protein and carbohydrate meal (like a turkey or chicken sandwich, cereal and milk, chicken noodle soup and yogurt, or pasta with tomato sauce).


Eat a snack less than 2 hours before the game: If you haven't had time to have a pre-game meal, be sure to have a light snack such as low-fiber fruits or vegetables (like plums, melons, cherries, carrots), crackers, a bagel, or low-fat yogurt.


Consider not eating anything for the hour before you compete or have practice because digestion requires energy — energy that you want to use to win. Also, eating too soon before any kind of activity can leave food in the stomach, making you feel full, bloated, crampy, and sick.


Assante ‘96 Stingers Reach Finals in the Soo

July 21, 2009
The Assante ‘96 Stingers had another very successful outing at the 8 team Sault Ste. Marie PeeWee tournament this past weekend. The Stingers played extremely well in the round robin with convincing wins over Valley East (20-0; no hitter), Soo All Stars (15-4; 3-hitter) and Marathon (11-4; 4 hitter). The 3 wins set up a semi-final match in which the Stingers triumphed over Elliot Lake in a 6-1 2-hitter. This victory set up a much anticipated final between the host Soo Black Sox and the Stingers. Despite strong efforts by everyone, the Stingers fell 16-8 to the Black Sox in the final.

Great job Stingers! We'll get another chance at the Black Sox at the end of August when they come to North Bay.

The link for the BayToday article is provided below:

Soo Bay Today Article

Assante Stingers Take 3rd at Mississauga Peewee Tournament

July 5, 2009
The Assante Stingers took 3rd place at the July 3-5 SOBA Tournament in Mississauga. There were 12 teams entered in the tournament, mostly from Southern Ontario. To reach the semi-finals Stingers beat Leaside 11-1 in 3 1/2 innings and then beat beat Brampton 6-4. Despite a tough loss to Mississauga (11-3) the Stingers made the semi-finals (top 4 teams) as the wild card seed, based on round robin record and defensive statistics. In the semi-final game the Stingers were beat 13-7 by Martingrove, who were the 2008 OBA Minor Peewee champions. The championship was contested by Martingrove and Mississauga, which are the 2 teams that beat the Stingers in the tournament. Martingrove beat Mississauga 7-6 for the championship.

Good tournament guys!

Phillies Pound Jays - Stingers Watch

June 28, 2009
Only 1 team showed up, as the world champion Phillies pounded the Jays 10-0, but the Stingers saw some great performances on June 27, 2009.

J.A. Happ (now 5-0) pitched a five-hit complete game shutout with only 99 pitches thrown. It was the first shutout and complete game of his short big-league career.

Jayson Werth, a former Blue Jay, was 4 for 4 and homered twice, including a two-run shot off Brad Mills in the four-run first that travelled into the 500 level, the 14th homer ever to reach the upper deck at Rogers Centre.

"When I hit it, I didn't know if it was going to stay fair," Werth said. "I watched it a little bit longer than I usually do but it stayed pretty straight." His other home run Saturday, and his 15th of the season, led off the sixth against B.J. Ryan before a crowd of 28,801.

Some of the Stingers that arrived early got to see the Jays pitching staff warming up and some of the pitchers came to the sidelines to sign autographs. Some of the Stingers were lucky enough to get real MLB baseballs during the Phillies Batting Practice too. Lucky Connor Winrow went home with 3 baseballs!

A new photo album has been set up with some photos from the game. Please email Ken Embree if you would like to share some of your photos.

BayToday - Assante ‘96 Stingers Win Orillia Rep Tourney

June 24, 2009
An article about the win in Orillia is on the BayToday website. The link is shown below and is also included in the "Links" area

BayToday - Orillia Tournament

Congratulations from the City of Orillia are at this link:

Orillia Congratulations

Stingers Win Orillia OBA Rep Tournament

June 22, 2009
The Stingers are the 2009 champions of the Orillia OBA Peewee Rep tournament. In a rain shortened tournament this past weekend the Stingers prevailed in an intense “win and you’re in” format.

Congratulations guys; it was a great team victory!!

Keep posted for more information and please email any photos that you have so that they can be posted to the website.


Pitching and Defense - Tom Seaver Style

June 18, 2009
"My job isn't to strike guys out, its to get them out, sometimes by striking them out." Tom Seaver


Tom Seaver is one of the few members of both the 300 Wins Club and the 3,000 Strikeouts Club.

Tom Terrific won a Rookie of the Year Award, 3 Cy Young Awards and started more Opening Day games than any other pitcher in Major League history.

Tom Seaver set the Major League record for striking out consecutive batters during a nine-inning game with ten? His New York Mets defeated the San Diego Padres 2-1.

Great Victory for the Stingers!

June 18, 2009
Behind excellent pitching and very strong team defense the 96 Stingers beat a very good Voyageur Inn team 8-7 on Wednesday night to move into a 1st place tie in the NBBA Bantam Division.

Peewee HL Photos in the Nugget

June 17, 2009
There are photos from Tuesday night's Peewee House League games in the Nugget and on the Nugget website. Got to the website by clickling in "Links" or copy/paste this:

http://photos.nugget.ca/mycapture/folder.asp?event=778737&CategoryID=16615&view=1

It's a Team Game

June 16, 2009
There is no pressure. I just concentrate and do the best I can. I try to do my best every day and help the team win any way I can. - Albert Pujols

His greatest record doesn't show in the book. It was the absolute reliability of Lou Gehrig. He could be counted upon. He was there every day at the ballpark bending his back and ready to break his neck to win for his side. He was there day after day and year after year. He never sulked or whined or went into a pot or a huff. He was the answer to a manager's dream.- Sportswriter John Kieran in The New York Times

It's All About Your Timing

June 11, 2009
Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing. ~Warren Spahn

David Ortiz Quotes

June 7, 2009
Some quotables from Big Papi:

"I come to play everyday."

"I just swing hard in case I hit it -- that's it."

"I swing hard all the time. That's what I've done my whole life - hit."

"I'm not thinking home run, I just want to put a good swing on the ball. When you go looking for home runs, you get off of your swing. So you don't think of homers when you go up to the plate."

Great Information in Handouts Area

June 4, 2009
We have some great information in the handouts area of this website. Three excellent articles that you should read include:
15 Baserunning Basics
4 Things the On-Deck Hitter Must See
The Pitch Count - Be a Better Hitter

Oh yes a No-No

June 3, 2009
Congratulations to the Peewee HL Team Voyageur Inn. Behind strong defense the pitching squad of Lucas Brown, Colin Embree and Zach Villeneuve combined for a no-hitter against Wingate on June 2. The final score was 15-3 for Voyageur Inn. Great job guys!!

DEEE-FENSE!!!

May 17, 2009
"My dad (Ken Griffey) taught me that there's three parts: There's hitting, there's defense, and there's baserunning. And as long as you keep those three separated, you're going to be a good player. I mean, you can't take your defense on the bases, you can't take your hitting to the field, and you can't take your baserunning at the plate. But defense, is number one." - Ken Griffey, Jr.

Play Hard and Have Fun

May 6, 2009
"I don't think I can play any other way but all out. I enjoy the game so much because I'm putting so much into it." George Brett, member of Baseball Hall of Fame

Displaying an extraordinary intensity at the plate, George Brett became the first player in history to accumulate 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, 600 doubles, 100 triples, 1,500 RBIs and 200 stolen bases. The 12-time All-Star played his entire 21-year career for the Kansas City Royals, earning an American League Most Valuable Player Award, a Gold Glove, three batting titles and a lifetime batting average of .305. His .390 average in 1980 was the highest since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941.

Quotes “If there was one player I ever wanted to be like, it was George Brett.” — Robin Yount

Congratulations!

May 6, 2009
Congratulations to you for making our 96 Stingers. We are very excited about the team and our program this summer.

Just Throw Strikes

April 25, 2009
I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it. Sandy Koufax

I'm OK....

April 24, 2009
"I told him I wasn't tired." He told me "No, but the outfielders sure are." -- Pitcher Jim Kern to his Manager after giving up a number of hits late in the game

Welcome everyone

April 18, 2009
Welcome to the website for the North Bay 96 Stingers Peewee Rep Team. We are just updating the website and information will be added as soon as it is available.

Please note that for scheduling purposes the Peewee House League games are included in the schedule and calendar.