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June 7, 2012

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Hawks take 1st of the year after being washed out the day before

Sadly the hawks home opener Tuesday night was cancelled due to rain but the boys were out in full force for the actual season opener last night in Thornhill.

The game started out cold and got colder, reaching -273 Kelvin at one point. The umpires strike zone was huge and Travis Welder took advantage, striking out 7 in 5 innings of work, securing his first W of the season.

On the offensive side of the ball Kevin Holloway went 4-5 with a double and 2 runs scored. Andrew Peart and Sean O'Brien drove in 2 a piece in the Hawks victory.

The Hawks' next game is Tuesday May 15th. Game time is 7:30 at the Newmarket Fairgrounds against the Leaside Leafs. Go Hawks Go!

Welcome to the 2012 Newmarket Hawks season!

Baseball in the GTA is about to get into the swing of things (see what I did there?) but before we start the Hawks would like officially welcome everyone back for the 2012 campaign. The season will open with a bang as last year’s top two teams in GTBL league play start with a back-to-back home-and-home on Tuesday May 8th.

Not much has changed since the Hawks last stepped on the field. Most, if not all of the Hawks from last year are returning and we’ve even added a couple fresh faces to the flock (Hawks hunt in packs right?). Austin Jones and Mark Douris are two rookies looking to come in and make an immediate impact. Austin is a pitcher and will work mainly out of the ‘pen. Mark is an infielder who will be getting at bats wherever and whenever the Hawks need them.

Newmarket had another great season last year. We made deep runs in the Elims, Hap Walters and GTBL championship as well as finishing second in league play. Look for more of the same in 2012. We appreciate all your love and support. Don’t forget to check us out Tuesday nights at Newmarket Fairgrounds at 7:30 pm. Go Hawks Go!

Indoor workouts continue at Sports dome

March 23, 2012
Starting this week, we will be working out in the Aurora Sports Dome on Industrial Parkway from 10-11 or 11:30 Sunday nights. Any interested players are urged to contact Sean O'Brien.

Right now we have 5 booked:
March 25th
April 1, 15, 22

Sean will be sending an email out shortly with more details.

See you all this weekend.

Hawks welcome themselves to 2007

It's a little late but your Newmarket Hawks have finally joined the throngs of other teams (read: Thornhill 2) and created a twitter account. Follow us @NewmarketHawks for all the latest news and updates as well as some behind-the-scenes pics and info on your favourite team. You can't get this kind of access anywhere else!


February 1, 2012
The Newmarket Hawks have started their indoor workouts. If you are a returning player or a player interested in joining the team this season, the team will be getting together on the following dates at St. John's Elementary School in Newmarket (google it)from 8:00-9:45

Monday February 4th, 13th and 27th
Monday March 5th and 19th

Dome workouts are being booked for the month of April and potentially the last week in March so stay tuned for more information.

Players needing more information are asked to contact any member of the coaching staff.

Hawks headed for Championship Tournament...

September 14, 2011
The Newmarket Hawks will be heading to the GTBL league championship this weekend after a tough win last night to take the series from the Redbirds.
Dave MacPherson pitched 5+innings to pick up the win but had to leave with a lower body injury. Ryan "Chip" Dale would come on in relif of Mac and take the team to the ninth.

Offensively the Albino Matt Richard would lead the way in the 2nd inning as he drove in Glenn "Tuckwilla" Winegarden and Mark West with a 1-2 single to the right side putting the Hawks up 2-1. Dezorzi would lead off the 4th with his second hit on the night and eventually be plated by a Nick "Im a school teacher" Desanctis single. The Hawks would add another VERY important insurance run in the 6th inning. Liam O'Brien would have a great at bat and walk, moving to third on a Thornhill throwing error. With runners at first and third, Liam would scamper home like a kitten after eating a mouse and slide under the tag as he beat the wild pitch.

With the Score 4-1 for the good guys, Ryan Dale would go to work in the ninth inning. Looking for the save he would retire the first two batters on three pitches. Suddenly it seemed like Newmarket wanted to make the Redbirds feel like they had a chance. With two out, Dale would walk leadoff man Eric Brown and give up back to back singles to Loch and Gal. Manager O'Brien made the decision to go with Closer Mark West. West would come in to get one out and finish the game. He had other ideas. "I thought I would work on painting corners and my bounce pitch" He stated... West would struggle with control walking the first two batters he faced (forcing in two Thornhill runs) and making the score 4-3. With the game tying run at 3rd, West would finally get David Bernholtz to bounce out to second ending the game. Hawks win...heart attacks had...

Newmarket faces off against the Leaside Leafs Saturday morning at 10:00am down in Thornhill. The tournament has the Hawks playing as many as three games Saturday and potentially two more Sunday.

Geaux Hawks!

Hawks lose game two, series tied at one...

September 8, 2011
After P.A.Dilulio dominated in game one both on the mound and in the batters box, (Hawks won 2-0), Newmarket had the chance to close the door on the Redbirds Wednesday night at Bishops Cross.
Thornhill had other ideas and the teams would battle throughtout the game. Travis Welder pitched well but eventually succumed to the Redbirds offense giving up three runs over 7 1/3 innings. Nick Masci was the man on the mound for the Redbirds and he threw a gem finishing his comlete game getting three consecutive outs in the top of the ninth with the bases loaded. Offensively Paul Versteeg lead the way with a first inning homer but aside from adding another run later in the game, that was all the Hawks offense could put together on the cold and dreary night.
The conclusion of the series will take place Tuesday night in Newmarket at 7:30pm. Rumor has it that Dave MaCpherson will be on the mound for the Hawks.

Hawks enter playoffs as 2 seed...

September 4, 2011
The Newmarket Hawks wrapped up their regular season Thursday night defeating the Leaside Leafs 11-9. Travis Welder took the win and Ryan Dale picked up a 2 inning save in relief.

With the win, Newmarket(17-6-2) secured a second place finish, one win behind the Thornhill Reds(18-6-2.

Newmarket will take on the 7 seed Thornhill Redbirds (6-20-1)starting Tuesday September 6th at 7:30 in Newmarket. Game two will take place in Thornhill Wednesday September 7th and game three will be Tuesday September 13th 7:30 in Newmarket if necessary.

The winner of the series will go on to the final four tournament being held September 16th -18th at Bishops Cross in Thornhill

Hawks 9th inning rally falls short...

July 21, 2011
Tuesday night the Newmarket Hawks dropped a close one to the Leaside leafs by a score of 7-6. Andrew Peart did all he could to help out PA Dilulio driving in 4 runs on the night and Nick Desanctis went 3-4 at the plate as PA's effort was wasted on the night. Dan Dobson threw well in his rehab appearance allowing only two runs taking the loss. West threw a wild 9th giving up his first run since Ronald Regan was in office as the leaside leafs dumped the Hawks. Newmarket is back in action tonight as they face off in the heat battle against the Martingrove White Sox.
Gametime is 7:30 at Centennial Park

Hap Walters Recap...

July 21, 2011
Hawks have some ups and downs at Hap Walters tournament…

This past weekend, the Newmarket Hawks went west to take part in the Hap Walters tournament. An annual event hosted by the COBA league that is usually a good warm up for the Provincial tournament taking place on the August long weekend.

The Hawks were put into Pool “A” that consisted of the Glanbrook Grizz, the Mississauga Twins and the Windsor Athletic Association (AKA “WAAH”) Friday night David MacPherson (4-1, 4.18 era) took the mound looking to get the Hawks off on the right foot but he stumbled out of the gate. Dave allowed 4 runs in the top of the first and put the Hawks in a hole early. “I felt good but I felt like I was struggling with my control a little. Maybe I was nervous that some of the guys were staying at my house, maybe its because I didn’t get much sleep cause Jude was up three times for feedings last night…I don’t know. I do know that I settled down like a 40 year old and pitched a gem after that first inning.” Stated Dave. Newmarket clawed back right away as they narrowed the gap to one in the bottom of the first. Dave would go into Cruise mode and finish the game with 10 strikeouts through 6 strong innings pitched. Adam Zorzit would belt his first homer of the weekend and the Hawks would take a 9-6 lead into the top of the 7th. Enter Mark West, one of two Hawks closers. West served up a fastball to the leadoff man in the 7th and he hit it a tonne. Adam Zorzit who had moved from third to right when West came in to pitch turned left…then right, then left again and made a tremendous over the shoulder catch for the first out, leaving two massive pectoral imprints in the warning track. With one out West would walk the next batter and follow that up with a strikeout of the third hitter. Now with two out, a runner on first and a three run lead, the count 1-2 on the batter, West went into his delivery when blackness happened. Once again the lights went out and the game would be suspended. Fear not young Hawks fans…Saturday Morning Adam Zorzit, the other half of the dynamic duo would throw two pitches and get the game saving strikeout. The Hawks would be 1-0 in the tournament with a tough Mississauga Twins team up next.

In Game two, Travis Welder (1-2, 2.95 era) picked up right where MacPherson left off. He would give up 3 runs in the first and have the Hawks battle back for him. This day however would turn out a little different as the Hawks played some sloppy defense and didn’t capitalize with men on base. The Twins would take the game 11-6 as Newmarket made it close in the 6th but gave up too many in the 7th to come back all the way. The Hawks would fall to 1-1 and have a date with the Glanbrook Grizzlies set for 2:30.

In game three, Neal Baker extended his consecutive coin toss wins streak to 3 putting the Hawks as the home team yet again. Newmarket would send Jason Robinson to the mound on this hot and sticky afternoon where a win would give them a chance to win the division or at least pick up a wild card spot in the playoff rounds. Robinson would show why he is one of the top pitchers in the league and why he has dominated for the last 15 years at the SR. level. Jason would lock up in a pitchers duel with Glanbrook Ace Tim Sogan and the two would put up matching zeros inning after inning. Finally in the 5th, the Grizz would get to Robinson and score a run, taking the lead and making it 1-0. The Hawks, with their backs to the wall needed a pair of runs if they wanted any chance of moving on to the next round. After tying it up at 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Brent Heaslip came on in relief of Robinson. Brent would do his job retiring the Grizz in order and setting up the bottom of the 8th inning walk off by Adam Zorzit. With runners at 2nd and 3rd, Adam would stroke a MOONSHOT to center field scoring Kevin Holloway from third and winning the game for the Hawks. With the win, Newmarket would move on as a wildcard and face the Oakville A’s in the Quarterfinal game.

Since Heaslip only threw 6 pitches in his inning against the Grizz, he would get the nod for the Hawks against the A’s. Brent would forkball the crap out of the A’s lineup and have them guessing, off balance and quite angry throughout the evening. Brent would make one mistake, a three run homer in the 3rd that tied up the game and from there, the two teams would battle back and forth until the top of the 7th inning, with the Hawks trailing by three it was do or die time and do is what they did…
Liam O’Brien led off with a single turned double on a throwing error and he would be followed by an Adam Zorzit single and a Dan Telford no doubt double that almost knocked over the right field fence. Liam and Zorzit would score cutting the lead to 1, with one out, West would hammer a ball through the shortstop moving Telford to third and setting up Chris Dezorzi to be the Hero on the night. Chris came through as he his a ball to second base scoring Telford and tying the game. West would break up the double play and Chris would safely reach first. The offence would stall after that but the top of the order was ready to get it done in extra innings should they get the chance. Brent Heaslip would go out for the bottom of the 7th and the A’s would reach base on an error. As they attempted to bunt the runner over to third, Heaslip would pick up the ball and fire to third, a good throw gets him but the ball would sail into left field allowing the game winning run to score. Heaslip would be tagged with the loss and the Hawks would go home at 2-2 after a decent run.

The Windsor Stars would eventually beat the Oakville A’s in the Championship game Sunday afternoon.

Hawks take wild one

July 13, 2011
On a balmy Tuesday evening the Markham Mariners rolled into the Fairgrounds to take on the Newmarket Hawks. Having gone 4-0 over the past week, including a victory against Newmarket, the Mariners were looking to continue their streak and take their momentum all the way into the COBA tournament this weekend. The Hawks, on the other hand, were coming off their worst week of the season, going 0-2 and needed to right the ship before they take on the best in the province.

PA Di Iulio got the start on the hill for Newmarket and threw 5 solid innings before giving up the ball to his bullpen. Toeing the bump for Markham was Jason Graham and the Hawks made quick work of him early, shelling him for 12 runs before he got pulled after 2 1/3 innings. The Mariners stormed back in 6th and at the end of the frame the score resmebled something more likely seen on a football field, 13-10. The Mariners would get one more run back off of Adam Zorzit in the 7th but Mark West would come in for the 8th to slam the door shut for another save. Final score 13-11, Newmarket.

Offensively everyone was chipping in for the Hawks. Mark West went 3-4 with a home run, 2 doubles and 4 RBI. Dan Telford had 3 doubles and Adam Zorzit went 3-5 launching his first long ball of the season over the right-center field fence.

The Hawks will be playing the COBA tournament this weekend as well and hope to show themselves and the rest of the province what happens when you get a Hawk angry. They play WAA Friday night at 8:30 pm, then wake up for an early game at 9:30 am against Mississauga SW Twins and close out the round robin with a 2:30 pm matchup against the Glanbrook Grizzlies. Go Hawks Go!

Thornhill takes battle of veterans

July 7, 2011
The Hawks flew into Thornhill last night to take on the first place Reds in GTBL action. Newmarket came out strong, putting up 2 runs in the top of the first but Thornhill responded with 2 in their half off of Newmarket starter Dave MacPherson. It was nothing doing for a couple innings until Newmarket made a few uncharacteristic errors and the Reds put up 3 runs (2 unearned). That was all the Reds would need as Vic Simon went the full nine for the home team, giving them the 5-2 victory. MacPherson fell to 4-1 on the season and the Hawks dipped to 9-4 with their second loss in a row.

The lone bright spot in the Hawks offense was Matt Richard. In the top of the 7th, Matt would crush a moon shot that landed in centrefield. He hustled his way to second base for his first double of the season.

The Hawks aren't in action until Tuesday, July 12th, where they hope to get revenge on the Markham Mariners for the drubbing they took on the 5th. Hope to see you all there. Go Hawks Go!

Mariners take Hawks out to sea

July 6, 2011
On a hot and sweaty Tuesday evening, the Markham Mariners sailed into Newmarket to take on the red hot Newmarket Hawks. Travis Welder got the nod for the Hawks and Brad Binns took the hill for the Mariners. Both pitchers were quite stingy, giving up only run between them (a Steve Anderson bomb to left centre) through 5. Markham would tack on 6 more in the 6th and leave the fairgrounds with a 7-1 victory. Reg Sarne also homered for the surging Mariners.

Newmarket (9-3) is slated to take on the first place Thornhill Reds this evening. The Reds lost their first game of the week to the Mariners on Monday but bounced back last night to trounce their AAA affiliate, the Thornhill Redbirds. The Reds currently sit atop the GTBL standings with a record of 10-3-1. The game is scheduled for 7:30 pm and will take place at Bishop's Cross Park in Thornhill. We hope to see you all there. Go Hawks Go!

Hawks continue to roll…

June 28, 2011

Last night in East York, the Newmarket Hawks took on a never give up East York Bulldogs team. On the Hill for the Bulldogs and looking to shut down a powerful Hawks offence was Ryan Matheison (1-1, 10.50era) while the Hawks countered with Paul Anthony Di ulio (2-0, 4.84 era) Paul has been hot lately, throwing back to back complete games against Leaside and Markham in his last two starts. “All in all, I have been feeling good. I attribute a lot of my success lately to hard work and focus. I have found that my mental game is improving and the physical stuff is just falling into place.” Stated P.A. after the game.

Being on the road, the Hawks lineup got the chance to get things going early, with Kevin Holloway being lost in the maze called the 401, Nick Desanctis got the nod to lead off for the boys in green and he did a great job. Nick singled to start things off and immediately stole second base. Follow this up with a Paul Versteeg walk and Liam O’Brien was hungry for a base knock. Liam drove a ball through the hole and scored Nick from second making the score Hawks 1, EY 0. West leaned into a 1-2 pitch loading the bases for newcomer Dan Telford. Dan did the job and drove the ball the other way scoring Versteeg from 3rd and moving two more runners into scoring position. A Productive Sean O’Brien groundout would tack one more on the board for the good guys and the Hawks would start the game up 3-0. A lead they would not give up. P.A. Came out dealing like a casino worker. “He was pitching like he was double parked out there.” Said Catcher Sean Bush. “I haven’t seen anyone throw like that since Jimmy key played for the Jays!” He added. More good things happened in the 2nd inning when the Hawks jumped out to a 6-0 lead with Paul Versteeg leading the way that inning smashing a 2 run single. After that outburst, both teams’ offence decided to take a little break. Good pitching on both sides saw 23 Hawks retired before cashing another run. The good news was the 24th batter lead a string of “Hops and Barley” hits that started with a Versteeg single, and 5 consecutive hits later, the boys in green had put the score out of reach at 10-4.

P.A. Went 6 strong innings and had a no hitter going into the 4th with 2 out before Outfielder Sean Leah changed that with a single to right. He was touched for 2 earned runs and struck out 7 along the way while walking only 3. Ryan Dale came in to pitch the 7th and 8th and pitch he did. Dale went 2 innings of three hit ball while striking out 5 and not giving up an earned run.

With the win the Hawks improve to 7-2 one point behind the first place Reds. Tonight on the docket is a double header against the Redbirds who have a 3-5 record but handed the Hawks a loss in the first game of the season and have been playing good baseball of late.


June 24, 2011
Saturday June 25th sees the Hawks Hosting the Leaside Leafs in a rare weekend home game. First pitch is set for 2:30

On another scheduling note, Tuesday's game is a double header with Game 1 starting at 7:00 pm, this will be a 7 inning game and the back end should start around 9:15.

See you at the ballpark.

Hawks seeing RED(s)

June 24, 2011
Battle at the top... Mac Vs. Mac

Tuesday night here at the fairgrounds saw the Newmarket Hawks send wins leader Dave MacPherson (3-0, 5.63 era) to the mound against the Powerful first place Thornhill Reds who countered with a Mac of their own; Dave McElroy (1-1, 7.62 era)

Both pitchers seemed to start off in a grove and after a 3 up 3 down first inning for both sides, it looked like this one was shaping up to be a pitchers’ duel in the making. The Hawks had other things in mind. Leading off the second inning, West graciously leaned into an 0-2 curveball and was sent to first base to get things started. Adam “The chest” Zorzit, angry that West had tied him in the lead for hit by pitches decided to stroke a double to the left center gap and put runners at second and third for Sean O’Brien. Sean took advantage of the runners on base and smashed yet another single plating West from third. After a Dan Telford sac fly, the Hawks came back with three consecutive Singles from Ryan Dale, Sean Bush and Kevin Holloway. Having enough of the hit parade, McElroy decided to walk Versteeg, knowing full well that if he pitched to him with the bases loaded, Pauly two names would have hit the slam. Still in the second inning and the score now 6-0, the Hawks surrendered their second out as Liam O’Brien tried to go the other way and popped out to the second baseman. West came up now for the second time in the inning and sure enough, with the count 1-2, he took another one in the arm and made his way to first. This angered the chesty Italian Zorzit who hit a carbon copy of his double from the first at bat and moved West to third while driving in Versteeg and Holloway. Two on, Two out and runners at first and third; Up came Sean O’Brien who hit his team leading 3rd homer of the season and made the score Hawks 10, Reds 0.

That would close the book on McElroy but MacPherson was still dealing. Another 1, 2,3 inning by the crafty vet allowed the Hawk offense to stay on track and pick up right where they left off. This time, hard throwing lefty Gary Rose (1-0, 3.00 era) was on the mound making an effort to stop the bleeding, however there was no band aide big enough for this gash as a walk and two singles loaded the bases for a Paul Versteeg 3 run single. Up 14-0 after three innings and what seemed like 4 hours, Dave MacPherson made his first mistake. On a 1-2 pitch, former Newmarket Jr. Catcher Tyler Catapan stroked a solo homer to center closing the gap a little. Mac would settle down and get the next three while cruising through his 5 innings of work allowing only 3 runs (2 earned) on three hits while striking out 3. Anthony Douris would step in to get some work and he pitched well for his first time out going two innings giving up 1 hit, 1 walk and not allowing a run.

The offense was lead by Sean O’Brien who was 2-2 with 4 RBI while Sean Bush and Kevin Holloway chipped in with three hits apiece while scoring three times each as well.

All in all it was a good game for the guys in green and as hard as it is to stay in a blowout game, the Hawks managed to keep pouring it on while making the plays behind their pitchers.

Hawks move to 5-2

June 19, 2011
This Friday the Hawks swooped into Bishops Cross Park in Thornhill to take on the Markham Mariners. Travis Welder took the bump for the Hawks and did his job admirably. He held he Mariners to 2 runs over 7 innings and the Hawks bats staked him to a 4 run lead. The Mariners battled back on the strength of Steve Anderson's 2-run home run in the 8th, making the score 6-4. Markham would add another run in 9th but Adam Zorzit would shut the door on Shane Moore for his first save of the season. The final score was 6-5.

Newmarket is back at it Tuesday night at the Fairgrounds as they battle for first place in the GTBL wth the Thornhill Reds (5-1-1). The game is at 7:30 pm. Go Hawks Go!

Hawks take down Leafs

June 17, 2011
Thursday night, the Hawks ventured down to Bayview and Eglinton to take on the Leaside Leafs. The Hawks jumped out to a big lead early before the Leafs answered back with a couple of their own. This one was all Hawks and the final showed it, 12-6. PA Di Iulio got the start and the finish and was on fire all night long, cruising to his second win of the year (2-0).

Kevin Holloway led the Hawks with 4 hits and Dan Telford had a bases loaded, bases clearing clearing triple.

The Hawks are back at it tonight in Thornhill taking on the always dangerous Markham Mariners at 7:30 pm at Bishops Cross field. Go Hawks Go!

Sox Clip Hawks Wings

June 8, 2011
On a balmy Tuesday evening at the Fairgrounds, the red hot Martingrove White Sox came into town and outlasted Newmarket in an exciting affair all around. Neal Baker got the start for the Hawks and settled in nicely after giving up an opening inning home run to Sox slugger Steve Correia in the top of the 1st. However he ended up taking the loss and fell to 0-1 on the season.

The Hawks offense sputtered on this night with the few highlights coming from manager Sean O'Brien once again. He continues to get it done with the bat, going 2-4 with a double and another home run. That's two home runs in two games for the wiley vet.

The Hawks are back at it tonight hoping to hand the Thornhill Reds their first loss of the season. Thornhill's record currently stands at 3-0-1 and they sit in second place in the GTBL. The game starts at 7:30 pm at Bishops Cross Field in Thornhill. We hope to see you all out there when the Hawks look for their first road win of the season. Go Hawks Go!

Hawks improve to 3-2

June 15, 2011
At home on Tuesday night, the Hawks erupted for 14 runs of offence against the visiting East York Bulldogs. Dave MacPherson took the hill and after a couple shaky innings, settled in nicely against the shorthanded Bulldog bats. He earned his second win of the season and improved his record to 2-0.

Leading the Hawks offensive attack was Liam O'Brien. The Newmarket shortstop went 3-4 with 3 RBI. Also collecting 3 RBI was Adam Zorzit. He came up with bases loaded late in the game and cleared them with his first double of the season.

The Hawks are back in action Thursday night as they take on the Leaside Leafs (3-3-1) at Talbot park, located at Bayview and Eglinton. The Hawks are looking for their first road win of the season and are looking to improve on their overall record (3-2). Game time is 7:30 pm and we hope to see you all out there supporting your Newmarket Hawks. Go Hawks Go!

Mother Nature Reigns Supreme

June 9, 2011
Well at least this time the Hawks and Reds got to warm up before their parade was rained on. That's right, for the second time this year the Hawks got washed out against the Thornhill Reds, this time at Bishops Cross Park in Thornhill. Ma Nature decided to pull out all the stops this time as thunder, lightning and hail were all on the menu on this balmy evening.

So far that's 5 rainouts for the Hawks (4 originally scheduled, 1 rescheduled). At this rate the Hawks are hoping to play 7 games before the year is done.

The next game is scheduled for Tuesday the 14th of June against the East York Bulldogs. They are coming off their first win of the season (1-3-2) but have two games between post-time and the game on Tuesday. The game is slated to be played at Fairgrounds with the first pitch coming just after 7:30 pm. We hope to see you all there supporting the green and yellow. Go Hawks Go!

Rainouts continue into June

June 4, 2011
The Hawks' first game of the month was cancelled this morning. The playing field was in poor condition due to the rain last night and the Leafs decided it was better not to play than to risk the players' safety. The game will be made up as soon as possible as both teams are running out of time to play one another.

Newmarket's next game is against a red hot Martingrove White Sox squad (3-1-0). Their only loss came against perennial powerhouse, Markham Mariners. The game is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7:30 pm at the Fairgrounds. We hope to see you all there. Go Hawks Go!

Hawks take 2nd in a Row

June 1, 2011
The loud bats of the Markham Mariners came booming into town on Tuesday night at the Fairgrounds and left with a resounding whimper. The pitcher of record, P.A. Di Iulio threw 7 innings of scoreless ball to shut out the Mariners vaunted offence, 13-0.

That's not the only story though as every area of the Hawks came to play Tuesday, from the defence to the offence. Sean O'Brien led the way with 3 hits including a Double and Grand Slam. He recorded 7 RBI in one game! The Hawks also got contributions on both sides of the ball from new infielder Nick DeSanctis as he went 2-4 with 2 RBI.

The Hawks next game is against the Leaside Leafs (2-0-1) on Saturday June 4th at Talbot field. Newmarket is looking to even up their road record (0-1) and continue their mini-win streak. The rare Saturday game starts at 3:15 pm. See you all there. Go Hawks Go!

2nd Verse, Same as the First

May 26, 2011
For the second time in May, the Hawks will be rained out against the league champion Leaside Leafs. The game will be made up at the teams' earliest convenience.

Earlier in the week the Hawks took on East York. Newmarket jumped out to a big lead early as they sent 11 men to the plate in the bottom of the first, making the score 7-0. The Bull Dogs then fought back and made the score 7-6 before each team added a single run late in the game to finish it off, 8-7. Dave MacPherson got his first win for the Hawks and closer Mark West mowed down the oppostition in the 9th for his first save of the season.

Newmarket will take on the Markham Mariners (née Pioneers) on Tuesday the 31st of May. Despite the new look and moniker the Hawks will be in for a tough one as Markham is always one of the top teams in the province. We invite everyone out to the Fairgrounds at 7:30 pm to cheer on the Yellow and Green. Go Hawks Go!

Rain Rain Go Away

May 18, 2011
Tuesday night's game was postponed due to rain yet again. With all of this rain it seems the Hawks would be better off trying to build an ark and rounding up two of every animal instead of practicing.

The next game is against the East York Bulldogs on Tuesday May 24th at Fairgrounds. Be there or be square.

Season Opener Postponed

May 9, 2011
Due to the lingering cold and wet weather, the town of Newmarket has pulled the permits for the fields this week. That means that the Hawks scheduled home opener against defending GTBL champions Leaside Leafs on Tuesday May 10th will be postponed. The make up date is currently unknown. The season opener will now be Saturday May 14th at Bishop's Cross Park in Thornhill against the Redbirds. The game is scheduled to start at 2:30 pm.

The home opener has been pushed back a week to May 17th against the revamped Thornhill Reds at the usual start time of 7:30. We hope to see all you loyal Hawks supporters out for another great year of Newmarket Baseball. Go Hawks Go!

2011 Hawks Season Preview

April 26, 2011
The 2011 season is shaping up to be another stellar one for the Hawks. Coming off a 2nd place regular season finish, a semi-final appearance in the league playoff tournament and a great run at the elims that saw them finish in the top 6 in the province, the Hawks are looking to continue their success and prove that they can continue to finish ahead of the regular suspects in the GTBL. With the folding of the two Durham Region teams, the others in the GTBL have added talent from the Oshawa Royals and Whitby Canadians. The Hawks have effectively chosen to stand pat, relying on the core contributors from previous years to continue their excellent play. With returnees like Kevin Holloway (.371 AVG, 30 R, 22 SB in ‘10), Brent Hillis (.374 AVG, 3 HR), Mark West (.355 AVG, 2 HR, 22 RBI), Paul Versteeg-Lytwyn (.404 AVG, 34 R, 4 HR, 31 RBI) and Adam Zorzit (.455 AVG), as well as some future potential tweaks to the Hawks line up and the steady hand of reigning GTBL Manager of the Year Sean O’Brien, the Hawks look to be in good shape to do battle with all of the newly revamped teams from around the league.

As always the Hawks rely on pitching and defence to get the job done and this year looks no different. Newmarket remains deep at pitching with a noted advantage in their bullpen as they employ two of the elite shut down closers in the province in Mark West (0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 18 K/9) and Adam Zorzit (3.60 ERA, 2 SV). They will hope for a step up from some of the younger guys (Travis Welder, Anthony Douris) as well as the steady performances of previous year’s veterans (Neal Baker, P.A. DiIulio, Dan Dobson). Without a doubt, the battle for starts will be vicious. With a rotation filled with vets and young guns, alike, and a back end that features the closing tandem of West and Zorzit, it’s clear to see why the Hawks continue to do what they do, year in and year out.

With talent like that on both sides of the ball, Newmarket looks to finish on top of the league as well as make another deep run at the elims in Windsor. We appreciate all your support for the 2011 season and hope to see you out at the Fairgrounds Tuesday nights at 7:30. Go Hawks Go!

Pre Season Workouts underway...

March 22, 2011
The Newmarket Hawks have been indoors since January 31st preparing for another sucessful season on the diamond.

Players interested in coming out to workouts should contact Sean O'Brien at their convinience or report to one of the training facilities during the times listed below.

St. John's Elementary School (Newmarket Ontario)

Monday March 28th 8:15 to 9:45pm

Aurora Sports Dome: (Aurora Ontario)

Sunday nights April 3rd, 10th and 17th 10:00pm to 11:00pm (or 11:30)

See you all there

Hawks BMI drops 15 percent!

July 13, 2010
Playing 5 games in 4 days is one thing but when the Humidex brings the temperature up to 45 degrees, it’s a whole new story. Coming into the week, the Newmarket Hawks average body fat percentage was 34.6 (all stats courtesy of STATs inc.) Travis Welder held the highest at 84.2% and Matt Richard came in at a shredded 10.4%. Of the 25 men on the roster, only one was unreadable due to high levels of Twinkie filling (Holloway)

Its simple math really, the Hawks played 5 games, the average on field temperature was 42.7 degrees. 5 x 42.7 = 542.7. You don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to figure it out! Now anyone who has a first grade education can tell you that lower body fat and higher lean body tissue percentage improves fat burning capabilities of the body. That means that every day, the heat would keep punishing these men, and their bodies would adapt and burn remaining fat more effectively. 12 Hawks dropped below 9 percent and have since stopped menstruating. Dangerous yes but man is it interesting science!

Lets take it one step further. Other teams also played last week, (none were as rigorous or effective as the Hawks) and although they lost some water weight, the regaining process was quicker for them as they had the time to recoup and recover. With the great run of wins, Newmarket has now instituted a mandatory steam tent session to be lead by team native Glenn Winegarden on a weekly basis.

Here are some stats from the week that was for your information:

Games played 5
Winning Streak 5
Pitches thrown 743
Water bottles consumed 3541
Water lost due to excess sweating (ml) 3540(ml)
Bloody nose slides at third base 1
Homeruns 3
Games in which sweat actually came through the shins of the players 5

Enjoy the summer everyone, the heat is here but it is so nice!

Its a sweep...Hawks dump Sox...

July 11, 2010
After a blistering game one, there was no rest for the wicked as the Hawks would be playing a back end of a double header immediately following the 4th win of the week. Newmarket would send P.A. Di Lulio (1-0, 2.08) to the mound fresh off a rehab assignment. P.A. Had been struggling with some elbow issues over the first two months of the season but looked in fine form on this night. Offensively, the Hawks looked like they wanted to get out of there early on this night as with one out in the first inning, Paul Versteeg, Liam O’Brien and Adam Zorzit connected with a tri fecta of singles. Adam Kallio would follow that with a walk to put runners at 1st and second and then Manager Sean O’Brien moved the runners over with a well-placed ground ball out. This set the table for Glenn Winegarden who with two runs already in, stroked a single to left field scoring O’Brien and Kallio. After one inning of play and before the defense even took the field, the Hawks had sent 9 men to the plate and scored 4 runs!
P.A. Came out hot, working the corners of the plate like a NASCAR driver works the corners of the track. He had an explosive fastball and was locating it like a detective working on a missing persons file. His slider was moving and his change dancing. Tonight was going to be tough for this Martingrove squad.
Kevin Holloway would lead off the 2nd inning with a walk and immediately turn that into a double as he swiped second base for his team leading 13th steal. Versteeg would single again plating Holloway and adding to the lead. Liam O’Brien would ground into a fielder’s Choice moving Versteeg to third while Adam Zorzit came up and promptly stroked it bringing the 6th Hawk run across the plate.
Defensively, the Hawks kept rolling behind P.A. He would retire the side in order in the second inning and allow the green guys to get some more hacks. With one out, Matt Richard singled and following a West strikeout, and two outs in the inning, Newmarket would send 6 more men to the plate. Paul Versteeg would single setting the table for Liam O’Brien. Liam would take a first pitch fastball and deposit it over the fence for his first homer of 2010. a three run shot that put the Hawks up 10-0. “I think I hit the ball pretty well” Liam Said. “I know it was high, I was just worried that it was too high. Sometimes when you hit a ball, you hit it really really high and other times, you don’t. This time I hit it really high and really far. I liked it,” He added. Paul Versteeg who scored on the dinger also had something to say “Liam hit it hard, he hit it well. When I saw the ball come off the bat, I knew it was WAY out of here. If I had just dropped the barrel of my bat 1/8th of an inch when I was hitting…instead of a single, I would have hit a two run homer. Then Liam’s would only be a solo shot. I’m a team player, that’s what I do. I sacrifice my personal stuff so others can succeed.”
Di Lulio would continue to roll the rest of the way as the Hawks went on to win in a mercy 10-0.
The sweep of the double header would cap off a 5 game, 5 win week and the Hawks would get a well deserved break over the weekend before a Home and Home series Monday and Tuesday with the Thornhill Redbirds.

Hawks take game one...

July 11, 2010
In the last of the Hot Sticky games for the week the hot and sweaty Hawks headed down the 427 to Martingrove to take on the ever dangerous White Sox in a double header. Having played 3 games already in the week and dealt with temperatures in the low 40’s, Newmarket was holding together well and looking to cap off a great week with a pair of wins. This would make 5 games and finish a great test for the Hawks.

Newmarket would send Mike Lee to the mound in game one (2-1, 5.54 era) Lee was coming off an impressive outing against the Redbirds in which he threw three innings and picked up the win in relief last week. After walking the leadoff hitter of the game, Lee got into a groove getting the next three batters in order and allowing the Hawks offence to get rolling. In the top of the second inning Brent Hillis smashed his sixth consecutive hit, a solo home run to the trees in left field. No more love for the boys in green until the third inning when Kevin Holloway, Paul Versteeg and Liam O’Brien singled in order with O’Brien plating Holloway putting the Hawks up 2-0. Martingrove would not go quietly. The Sox would answer right back in the bottom of the third cutting the lead to 1 as they manufactured their first run of the game.

Not to be outdone, Newmarket was now angry and you know what happens when you get a Hawk angry…(insert Tom Fitzgerald reference here!) Justin Tamane would lead the 4th inning off with a walk and Ryan Dale followed him up with a single. Kevin Holloway stayed hot stroking an RBI single of his own and Versteeg also chipped in with his second hit of the game, another 2-run scoring smash. Liam O’Brien would also single in the inning but a 1-4-3 double play would end the threat. All in all, the Hawks put up 4 in the inning and now lead the game 6-1. Lee would finish off the inning giving up one more run and leave with the 6-2 lead looking for his second win in as many appearances. “I thought I pitched well” Stated Lee. “I had a little trouble with control and any time that happens you find yourself searching for what is wrong. I was out there working complex formulas in my head and nothing seemed to get it right. Tonight I wasn’t out there battling hitters, I was out there battling my stuff. Usually, I am all over the plate and getting outs early in the count. Tonight it was more of a situation where the count ran deep and I had to work to finish them off.”

Brad Crosby (1-1, 2.45 era) would take over in relief of Lee and throw well enough to pick up his first save of the 2010 season. Croz was lights out in the 5th inning but touched up for a few in the 6th before coaxing a fly ball out to center field to end the game. The Hawks improved to 10-6 on the season and picked up their 4th win of the week!

Hawks win fourth in a row...

July 8, 2010

Coming off a great win against the Markham Pioneers at home on Tuesday night, Newmarket Rookie Travis Welder (1-2, 8.36era) thought it was his turn to pitch in and throw a gem. A gem he did throw! The Hawks picked up two runs in the top of the first inning with Back to back singles out of Holloway and Versteeg. Liam O’Brien would plate Holloway with a groundout to the right side and Mark West would do the same for Versteeg. Zorzit and Hillis would single back to back to get things going again but stay there as the Reds got out of the jam only down 2-0.
In the bottom of the first, a leadoff walk to Bloom by Welder would prove deadly as the Reds answered back with a run of their own cutting the lead to 2-1 Hawks. Nothing doing in the 2nd for either team when in the third inning West would lead off with a double to left, and Brent Hillis would promptly trade places with him after a double of his own. Hawks 3, Reds 1. Welder seemed to get into a groove now, as in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th he faced only 9 batters while picking up 2 strikeouts. Miguel Sammy of the Reds was equally as effective in the middle innings as he retired the Hawks almost as efficiently in the 4th 5th and 6th. The Reds would tie the game at 3 in the 6th inning, on three hits (2 doubles) but Young Welder got out of the Jam striking out the last batter of the inning with the go ahead run on second base.
After a motivational inning like that, Newmarket would answer back in the top of the 7th. Paul Versteeg would double to lead off the inning and after a Liam O’Brien sac bunt, Mark West Stroked a sac fly to score Versteeg from third. Small ball at its best; the Hawks did exactly what you need to do in order to score a run in a close game.

Adam Kallio would come on for relief in the 7th inning with a 4-3 lead and do what he does best…he smashed the zone. Fresh off moving in with his lovely girlfriend Adam has learned a lot this last week. How to hang mirrors, the importance of decorative blinds and most of all, how to rinse out the sink after he shaves. The Hawks would add two more runs in the 8th inning and another in the ninth as Kallio picked up his first save of 2010 striking out three Reds on the way. “It was good. I liked it” Said Adam. “I want to pitch well so when I go home, I can say to my lady…I pitched well and now I am ready to go to bed bath and beyond tomorrow. Its interesting how my life is changing…for the better” When asked about his hopes of getting a Doberman and a chainsaw, Kallio was still optimistic but sees it coming later on in life. “The apartment isn’t exactly Doberman friendly but I think we can make it work!”

April 15, 2010
The Newmarket Hawks will continue their indoor workouts at the Aurora Sports Dome on Monday nights from 10 to 11:30. All players are urged to attend as we will be outside soon and looking to get on the field right away. More information on the outdoor workouts will be posted as soon as it is available.

Hawks begin indoor workouts...

March 24, 2010
The Newmarket Hawks have started their indoor workout program and have been meeting weekly for the past month in anticipation of the 2010 season. Manager Sean O’Brien has an optimistic outlook on the season and knows there will be some tough decisions to make in the near future. “We have 52 guys on our list of potential players right now. I know there are players that have in the past been part of the team but unable to make the commitment to time, this season however we may not have that luxury.” When asked how he would handle the selection process, he simply stated, “Everyone has a chance to kick the can, be it a ravioli or tuna…whatever they want to kick. Hell, I heard Winegarden is interested in kicking the puppy! They are more than welcome to do all the kicking they want. We want to put the best team out there on the field. We want to develop the talent we have and make a serious run right out of the gates. Guys will come and play their game…its what we do. As far as I am concerned…all you can do is prepare and produce. After that, we will make the decisions.” Workouts will continue indoors for the next few weeks and as soon as the park is open and ready to use, the boys will be getting out there. Newmarket has their home opener scheduled for Tuesday May 11th at 7:30pm. The opponent is still to be determined.

GTBL Schedule meeting to take place Sunday

March 24, 2010
It has been decided that the GTBL Schedule will be hammered out Sunday morning at a location not yet released to the public. New Manager Sean O'Brien along with Darryll Blencowe, Mark West and Liam O'Brien will be heading to the location Sunday morning to work with the other 8 teams in the league. Some changes that have taken place in the off-season is the addition of the Whitby Canadians Baseball Club to the league and the increase to 32 game schedule. The increase in games allows each team to play each other 4 times throughout the season and will extend the regular season into the 2nd week of August. With the later end to the regular season, teams will be starting playoffs later increasing the chances of us having the option to take advantage of the nice weather in the early fall.
The Meeting is being kept relatively secret due to the increased publicity the league has received with the expansion. Reporters and fans alike have been swarming the coaches trying to get the inside scoop before we are willing to let it out. Last week, Kevin Holloway, Adam Kallio and their father Brent Hillis were seen ducking out the back door of a local night spot after being interrogated by three women in their early 20's and two news crews. "The attention isn’t that bad" Stated Adam, "It’s not like we are asking for it but sometimes its nice to have a little family time." He added. Brent Hillis declined comment as he was to busy trying to get Kevin into his car seat.

Winter Meeting Scheduled

January 8, 2010
The GTBL winter meeting has been scheduled to take place Sunday January 30th. The location is to be determined but the coaching staff will be attending and giving the input of the Newmarket Hawks to the league. With changes all around us, this should be an interesting meeting!

2010 National Championships Location Confirmed

November 23, 2009
August 26-30 in Dartmouth, NS is where the 2010 National Championships will be held. The information was released last week and since then, Teams from across the Province have been stirring. Rumor has it that the 2010 Provincial Championships will be held again in London Ontario with the winner of that tournament representing Ontario at the Nationals.

Good luck to all the teams.

Tom Fitzgerald Still Angry...

November 10, 2009
Tom Fitzgerald (seen above, leaving the field after the 2006 League Championship Victory) has been a staple in the world of Newmarket Hawks Baseball since the time he was a young buck. A ferocious hitter with an eye of an eagle at the plate; Tom Fitz has now been out of the game for 3 years (2006 was his last season) The team has missed him and thought it would be nice to have a little love sent his way this November 2009. In the past, August has been angry Tom Fitzgerald month however with the World Series over, and time on our hands. It has been decided that this be changed. 2010 will be now known as Angry Tom Fitzgerald YEAR. This will be the year that Tom, although not in his Newmarket Greens, will make an impact on the team just by being Tom. Back in his last two seasons, Tom was leaned on for his veteran leadership and knowledge for the game. He would often become angry when a pitcher would pitch around him and throw his bat in disgust after being walked. He took the walk graciously and enjoyed the chance to put his mark on the game however he desperately wanted to hit the ball hard every time. Tom would be the Homerun leader on the team more than once and impact the line-up of any game he was in. Tom, to you we raise a glass and hope your anger can come through for the Hawks. Putting us over the top and making the love felt.

Join the Hawks in Celebrating Angry Tom Fitzgerald Year…2010. More celebration news to come.

Hawks End season with Loss to Leafs in Semis

August 16, 2009
Newmarket fell to the Leaside Leafs with a well fought series finally coming to an end. The Hawks sent Jr. Travis Welder to the mound in an effort to take home the win and head to the Finals against the East York Bulldogs but Leaside had other plans.
Leaside put up 1 in the 1st on a sac fly by Brad Cormier. In the 3rd, the Leafs put up 3 more to go up 4-0. The runs came via a Cormier 2 run single and a Kyle Kristenbrun sac fly. In the 4th, the Hawks made it a 4-1 game, as Sean O'Brien singled home Takeo Isobe. The Leafs put up 2 in the 5th on a John Traiforos 2 run single, and a Bryan Rock sac fly in the 6th made it 7-1 Leaside. The Hawks put up 4 in the 8th to make it a game, but the Leafs hung on to win 7-5

This ends the season for the Newmarket Hawks. The offseason is now underway and the team will be looking to 2010 for some redemption.

Thanks for the support!!!


Hawks come back to even the series...

August 10, 2009
The Newmarket Hawks went into Talbot Park and destroyed the Leaside Leafs, to force a decisive third game in the GTBL semi-finals. Newmarket blew open a scoreless game in the late innings, of a 7 inning mercy shortened game. They put up 3 in the 5th to open the scoring, 3 more in the 6th, and 4 in the 7th, to win 10-0. In the process, Newmarket outhit Leaside 13-8.

Garrett Gilroy started for the Leafs. After 4 shutout innings to start the game, Gilroy ended up working 5.2 innings, giving up 7 hits, 6 runs (3 earned), 3 walks and struck out 3. Nick Bubela tossed the final 1.1 innings, giving up 4 runs. Adam Kallio pitched 6 shutout innings for Newmarket.

At the plate, Kyle Kristenbrun and Brad Cormier were pretty much the only bright spots. Kyle went 2 for 3 with a single and a double, while Cormier went 2 for 3 with 2 singles. Henry Yap, Davey Wallace, Matt Nailer and Aaron Collins all registered singles. For the Hawks, Brent Hillis and Sean Bush both had 3 hit games.

Leafs take game 1

September 2, 2009
The Newmarket Fairgrounds played host to game one of the GTBL semi-final playoff series between the Leaside Leafs and the Newmarket Hawks Tuesday night. Neal Baker (5-4, 4.85 ERA) got the start for the Newmarket Hawks while Jorge Frugoni (5-0. 3.00 ERA) started for the Leafs. The Leafs got to Baker in the first inning when Colin Cummins took a 2-2 fastball over the left-centre gap for a 3-run homerun. The Leafs would never look back as they rolled to a 7-0 win. Frugoni scattered 7 hits over 8 innings, going the distance for the complete game shut-out. The Leafs now lead this best of three series, one game to none. The series resumes Wednesday nightin Leaside at Talbot park. Game time is 7:30 pm.

Hawks Face off against Leafs in Semi Finals...

September 1, 2009
Tuesday September 1st the Newmarket Hawks kick off the Semi Final Series agains the Leaside Leafs. This Three game set begins in Newmarket Tuesday night, followed by a game down in Leaside Wednesday and if necessary, a game Thursday night also in Leaside. The winner of the Series will advance to the Finals against the Oshawa Royals or the East York Bulldogs. The Leafs won the regular season series 2-1 with the final game being rained out and never made up.

Hawks Sweep Grove to advance into Semis...

August 24, 2009 – 09:23 PM
The Hawks hosted a rare Monday night game in Newmarket last week as they welcomed the White Sox for Game 2 of the best of 3 series. Martingrove would be the home team this night since the Thursday night game was Tornadoed out. Adam Kallio took the hill for the Hawks and came out strong making quick work of the Martingrove batters. Offensively, Newmarket started the game off right with Kevin Holloway leading off by hitting the first pitch for a triple. He was scored on a Takeo Isobe knock and Takeo was later scored on a fielding error by Corona in Right. More runs came in the third inning with 2 out. Paul Versteeg lead off the hitting with a single and was driven in by Brent Hillis’ second homer in as many games to make the score Hawks 4, Grove 0.
With a comfortable lead in the 3rd inning, Adam Kallio did not let up. After retiring the leadoff hitter, he gave up his first single of the game to Denis Hurcal. Micalino followed that up with a single of his own but that would be all the offense for the inning as Kallio settled in and pitched a nice 5-3 double play ball to end it. In the top of the 5th inning nothing was doing, as the Hawks carried a 6-0 lead the rest of the way. Kallio pitched 6 strong while giving up just 2 hits, walking one and striking out 4. West came in for the 7th and threw 3 batters for 3 strikeouts to end the game. With the win, the Hawks take the series in a sweep and await the winner of the Leaside/Thornhill series to see who they will play in the semi finals. Oshawa has knocked out Thornhill 2 and will play either Thornhill 1 (should they beat leaside) or Newmarket (should leaside beat Thornhill 1) Seen left is Hawks Ace Adam Kallio delivering a ball to the plate in the London Tournament.

Its a walk off...Hawks win game 1

August 19, 2009
As the Newmarket Hawks welcomed the Martingrove White Sox to the Fairgrounds last week, Dan Dobson rolled in and he had his game face on. Dobby was the Game one starter for Newmarket with Neal Baker in the booth with a bad back. Dobson straight Dealt. Striking out 2 of the 3 in the first inning, it looked like he had a little something special working. Offensively, Newmarket sat Idle into the 4th inning when Paul Versteeg struck the ball for a lead off single. He was followed up by back to back singles from Ryan Aida and Brent Hillis and with the bases loaded, Adam Kallio plated Versteeg for the Hawks lead. More came in the 5th inning when Kevin Holloway got things going with a single and quickly took second base with his team leading 32nd steal. A walk to Chris Dezorzi set the table for a Liam O’Brien RBI double. Paul Versteeg drove in Dezorzi to make the score Hawks 3, Grove 0. While all this offense was brewing for the Hawks, Dobson was cruising and carrying a perfect game into the 5th inning. He gave up a lead off single to wreck it but quickly cleared the bases with a 6-4-3 double play. Through 5, Dobson had only faced the minimum 15 batters! In the 7th inning the Hawks sealed the deal. Scoring 3 more runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. With a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the 8th inning, Newmarket would need one more run to force the mercy on the sox. Bases loaded, two our and the ever selfish Brent Hillis came up driving a ball into the outfield scoring Matt Richard and ending the game. The Hawks did it with a walk off but the story of the game was pitcher Dan Dobson. Dobber was absolutely on all night, throwing a complete game gem and facing only 27 batters over 8 innings. There were only two innings where Martingrove didn’t go 3 up 3 down, they sent 5 men to the plate in the 6th inning, and 4 men to the plate in the 7th. Dobson ended his night with 8 innings of shut out ball, yielding only 3 hits while walking one and striking out 5. “I felt good. I think I had more pop on the ball tonight and my two seamer was working well” Stated the dobber, “Once I got into a rhythm, I just felt like I was out there pitching and having fun. I have to tip my cap the defense tonight too. Liam and Dezo had 3 double plays behind me, our outfield was solid and out offense picked up some timely hits and it all came together.” The Hawks are set up for game two Thursday night in Martingrove, where if they win, they can knock the Sox out for the season. Game three (if necessary) will take place Monday.

Hawks Clinch home Field for First series...

With Martingrove only 1/2 game back from the Hawks, this Thursday night game would decide who finished 4th and who finished 5th in the league standings. The advantage...home field for the playoff series starting next week. Adam Kallio (6-1, 2.78 era) took the mound for Newmarket and although he was a little wild, he got the job done. After giving up one run in the 2nd and two more in the 3rd, Kallio was straight dealing, throwing 7 innings striking out 9 while walking only 1. (on another note, he did hit 3 people) Martingrove was also cruising behind the strong pitching of Kevin Donnaly who went four solid innings of one hit ball. In the 5th inning is where things got interesting. Liam O’Brien lead off with a single and stole second base, he was then driven in by Brent Hillis who took a fastball over the left field fence to make the score 3-2 Martingrove. Sean O'Brien walked and Mark West was hit by a pitch, Richard then singled loading the bases and Glenn Winegarden came through with a hard hit ball to third, scoring West and O’Brien. Kevin Holloway would later single to score Winegarden and the Hawks would enjoy a 5-3 lead after 5 complete. In the Top of the 8th, the offense woke up again. This time Sean O’Brien walked to lead things off and he moved to second on a Mark West Single. Richard would reach on an error to load the bases for the hot hitting Winegarden. Glenn came through yet again as he stroked a 2 run single to left making the score 7-3 Hawks. From there it was game over as West came in to slam the door shut on the mound. He recorded 2 strikeouts and a pop up but managed to hit a batter in the process. Adam Kallio picked up his 6th win of the season and the Hawks took home field advantage over the Sox in the first round of the playoffs. Newmarket will be playing Tonight in Game one of the opening series with game two going Thursday night and if necessary game three happening Monday night back in Newmarket. Good luck boys… go get em.

Hawks Split Double header...

August 17, 2009
Game 1

Saturday afternoon last week, the Hawks welcomed the hot swinging Thornhill Reds to the park for a pair of makeup games from earlier in the season. Thornhill Jumped out to a lead in the first inning as Justin Pennell smashed a 2 run home run off Starter Neal Baker (5-4, 4.85 era) The Reds kept the attack going in the second inning making the score 4-0 after 2 innings! As the Hawks tried and tried to battle back, they could not solve the Red’s Starter and found themsselves down 7-0 going into the bottom of the 5th inning. Glenn Winegarden got things started reaching on an errorand after Matt Richard was hit by a pitch, Mike Cascone came up big with a run scoring double. With Richard on 3rd and Cascone on 2nd, Matt decided it was time to show off his blazing speed. “I’m Fast, I know I don’t look it but I can move!” Stated Richard. As the Thornhill pitcher wheeled and threw to second in an attempt to throw out Cascone, Matt Broke for home and slid just under the tag from the catcher. The Hawks had closed the gap to 5! That would about do it for the scoring in the game, as the Hawks dropped the opener 7-2 and looked to regroup for game 2. “We came out a little flat” Stated Manager Blencowe, “I think Matt and his blazing speed tried to get us going. That is something we have been working on in practice with Matt and Mike, they stay late and go over it 4 to 6 times a night. I was happy to see it work but we still came out on the short end of the stick” He added.

Game 2

Game two started off much the same for the Hawks as Starter Dan Dobson (7-5, 3.99 era) gave up a run in the first inning, however this time...the Hawks decided to answer back. In the bottom of the first, Kevin Holloway lead off with a double and after stealing 3rd, he was driven in by a Liam O’Brien RBI single. Pauly two names singled to follow Liam and then Adam Kallio Grounded out to Short scoring Liam from third. The Hawks would lead 2-1 and never look back. More scoring came in the 2nd as Richard singled with Winegarden on first. A beautiful sacrifice bunt by Mike Cascone moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd. With one out, all 125 lbs of Feared slugger Kevin Holloway was intentionally walked to load the bases. Chris Dezorzi smashed a ball to short and scored Winegarden and Richard making the score 4-1 Hawks. Kevin Holloway was sitting on 3rd base and did not want to be out done by the faster, better looking Richard from game 1. He took a page out of Matt’s Book and when starter Miguel Sammy threw over to first base, Kevin Broke and stole home. Hawks 5, Reds 1. Dobson Continued to Deal and shut down the Reds, Matt Butler came in to throw a perfect 6th inning and Mark West threw the 7th. Although he walked 3 and gave up and RBI single, the job got done and the Hawks took the win. With the Split, the Hawks would be facing off against the Markham Pioneers Tuesday night at home and the White Sox Thursday to solidify a first round home field advantage.


August 5, 2009
The Thursday night Martingrove game has been rescheduled for Thursday August 13th. The Hawks face off against the Thornhill Reds (A) in a double header this Saturday at the Newmarket Fairgrounds. The first game is set for 1:00 followed by a second game after a 20 minute break. Next week, Newmarket welcomes the Markham Pioneers for the final home game of the regular season. With Playoffs set to start the week of August 17th, Newmarket will have to wait and see who and where they will be playing their first series. Stay tuned for more info.

Oshawa ends Hawks tournament Sunday Morning...

August 2, 2009
Sunday morning came early for the Hawks as they were at the park for 8:00 looking to stay alive in the tournament with a win over Oshawa. Staff Ace Adam Kallio was on the hill for Newmarket who were in pretty good shape on the pitching side of things. Another nice surprise was SS Liam O’Brien making the trip down to London for the game (Liam just had a baby girl and was previously unavailable) Neal Baker won the Coin toss again and the home team Hawks looked to get a big win on an early Morning! Falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, and then 3-0 after four, the Hawks had to get something going if they wanted to play a little more ball. Liam O’Brien reached base with one out in the 4th inning and was driven in by an Isobe Double cutting the lead down a little. Then in the 5th inning, Brent Hillis singled to lead things off and was walked in to make the game 3-2, with one out, and the bases loaded, Oshawa made the pitching change and it paid off. A double play ball ended the threat and the Hawks looked to be running out of time! Sitting behind the 8 ball, Newmarket Trailing 3-2, Oshawa got another insurance run in the 5th inning when a leadoff walk came around to score putting the Royals up 4-2. From there, Adam Kallio was lights out, he went on to shut the Royals out the rest of the way and keep his Hawks in the game. There was nothing doing in the bottom of the 5th or 6th for the Hawks as the game was almost in a stand still. “we were trying...we wanted to score” stated Kevin Holloway, “It was just not happening!” He added. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Brent Hillis decided it was time to make something happen. He lead off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two out, Kevin Holloway roped an RBI single scoring Hillis and cutting the lead to one! Holloway Stole 2nd base and the tying run was now in scoring position for Chris Dezorzi. Chris had a great at bat, fouling balls off, leaving poor pitches and making contact when he needed to in order to extend it. With the count at 2-2, 2 out, game on the line, Chris STROKED a ball. “I hit it well, I pulled it and there he was. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the ball was hit right at Oshawa Second baseman, Ryan Dahrioc and the game came to an end. The Hawks would fall 4-3 to the Royals and with the loss be eliminated from the tournament. Three well played games, for sure, the Hawks played hard and took their best hacks up there. One thing to do now, get ready for next year. “I think we played well. I am disappointed we are out, not playing tomorrow but we did some very good things this weekend and I think we can build on them for next season. Thanks to all the guys who made the sacrifice this weekend. I know we will continue to improve and play hard.” Darryll Blencowe.

Hawks stay alive with great win over Tecumseh

August 1, 2009
Game two was a win or out situation for the Hawks. Dan Dobson was sent out to the hill to hold off the powerful Tecumseh Thunder. He did just that. After a rough first inning giving up two runs on 3 consecutive hits, Dan was dynamite! Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Chris Dezorzi lead off with a single and was joined on the bases when Paul Versteeg’s ball was booted by the shortstop. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Adam Kallio Stroked a sac fly to right and he was followed up by Versteeg scoring on a Takeo Isobe RBI single. Tie game! Dobson was dealing for the next 4 innings holding the Thunder offense down as the Hawks brewed a little run support up. In the 3rd inning with one out, Versteeg singled, and later scored on an Isobe double. Hawks 3, Thunder 2. In the 5th Tecumseh jumped out to a 4-3 lead but the Hawks got it back in their half of the inning. Versteeg singled for the 3rd time in the game and was this time scored on a Sean Bush Double locking the score at 4-4! Brent Hillis Singled in Isobe to put the Hawks up 5-4 and that would be all they needed. Dobson went back out for the 6th inning and after the leadoff batter reached on error, it looked like Tecumseh had something brewing. A single and a walk loaded the bases with one out but Dobber settled in and managed to get out of the jam, stranding the runners and preserving the lead. In the top of the 7th, the Hawks went to closer Mark West who was ready to end this thing. West gave up a pair of singles and then got three quick outs to seal the deal. The Hawks were now 1-1 and looking forward to playing Oshawa in the morning.

Hawks drop Tournament opener to Erindale...

July 31, 2009
The Hawks opened up the Provincial tournament against the Erindale Cardinals of the COBA league. A Tough task for Baker on the mound was controlling the hard hitting Erindale batters as the Hawks offense tried to keep the team in the game and squeak out a win in the first round. Baker threw a great game, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing 7 runs, on 12 hits. Not bad against one of the top offenses in the province! Offensively, the Hawks couldn’t get it going against the Erindale pitching...a chip here and a bang there, the Hawks found themselves on the short end of the stick, dropping the game 7-4. Paul Versteeg went 3 for 4 while Chris Dezorzi chipped in with a 3 for 4 night of his own, P.A. Di Iulio came in to pitch for baker in the 7th and retired his only batter faced with the bases loaded.

Hawks fall to Leaside going into Elims...

July 28, 2009
It has been two weeks since the Hawks have played a game in the friendly confines of the Fairgrounds and the last time they were here, the result was not what was wanted! Newmarket welcomed the Leaside Leaf’s to the park on the 28th of July and were looking to bounce back from a tough loss against Thornhill the night before. Dan Dobson (5-5, 3.97 era) was on the hill for the Hawks and all went well to start the game. Dan went 6 innings on the night, allowing only 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out four. Things did not go to well offensively for the Hawks as they were shut down for only 4 hits on the game (Holloway, West, Hillis and Cascone each had singles) While the Lone RBI came as P.A. DiIulio was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 8th inning. As the lightning was creeping closer, and the score was 4-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning, Brent Hillis, Sean Bush and P.A. Di Iulio were all on base. Two out and the game on the line, Takeo Isobe came to the plate and battled hard. He fought off pitch after pitch until he connected with a high fastball and belted it to center. Since there were two out, the runners were going when out of no where, Clarke Markle (leaside CF) made the catch of his life, slamming into the fence and ending the game. “That ball falls and we win” Takeo said “Isobe was literally flying around the bases and as the ball was caught, he was rounding second base. There is no doubt in my mind that if Markle doesn’t make that catch, the ball game was ours.” Added Coach Blencowe.

Hawks Make up Games...

July 30, 2009
With the weather being such a factor this season, the Newmarket Hawks have been forced to make up some games after the season was scheduled to be over. The Provincial Tournament runs this weekend in London and then the Hawks are right back at it. Thursday, the team is looking to set up a road game against the Martingrove White Sox, while Saturday August 8th is already set up for a Double header against the Thornhill Reds. The final Regular Season home game will occur on Tuesday August the 11th against the Markham Pioneers sending the guys into playoffs potentially later that week. Keep your eyes on this site for home game updates and playoff recaps. Go Hawks!!!

Liam O'Brien gives birth...

July 26, 2009
Ok, not to take anything away from Kerri with that headline but Liam O'Brien and his lovely wife Kerri have given birth to their first child completing the Tri Fecta! (Marriage, House and Baby all within a year)
Sunday morning around 9:00 am, Kerri popped out a 6lbs, 6oz beautiful baby girl. (Ava Kieran O'Brien) The Newmarket Hawks would like to send out their congratulations to the new addition and to the family. Mom and baby are doing well, we can't wait to see them at the park!!!

Manhandled in Thornhill...

July 28, 2009
Last night in Thornhill, the Newmarket Hawks dropped a key league game and fell to 17-10-1 overall on the season. Brad Crosby had the start for the Hawks and went 4 solid innings before giving way to Matt Butler and eventually Neal Baker. Offensively, the Hawks got things going in the top of the second inning down 2-0. Versteeg lead off with a single and was erased on a Sean O’Brien Fielder’s Choice. After Brent Hillis smashed a single of his own, Richard and Peart Walked plating a run for the boys. With two out, Kevin Holloway stroked a 2 run single making the score Hawks 3, Reds 2. The battle would continue for the entire game with the lead changing hands almost every inning. In the 7th inning with the Hawks down one run, Brent Hillis lead off by taking a pitch in the leg, Mark West then sacrificed him over to second setting the stage for the Hawks offense. Mike Cascone came through with a solid single and did not break his bat!!! A Takeo Isobe walk followed setting up Chris Dezorzi, fresh off being thrown out from the outfield in the 4th to smash a 2 RBI single. Just as Cascone scored his run, Dezorzi acting 30% on Dobson’s coaching at first and 70% on woman’s intuition went for second base. Thornhill would cut him down there to end the inning. The Hawks were up 8-7 heading into the 7th inning. Enter Neal Baker. Baker who has been the team ace this season along with Kallio and Dobson came into the game for a preparation start before the Provincial tournament this weekend. Bakes was not getting any love from the plate ump or his defense as he and the Hawks gave up 9 runs in the bottom of the seventh and ended up losing via the mercy rule 16-8. “Things just fell apart.” Baker stated, “I was throwing great pitches and not getting calls, that’s how it works sometimes. I know I am better than that and on any other day, we are out of there with only a pair of runs. I will make some adjustments, and review that game in my head. It was a learning experience for the team. Not that it is a good thing to lose but we have been rolling lately and to have a team knock us down a rung on the ladder might just make us hungrier than we were before.” He added.

Hawks Rake Leafs in July...

July 21, 2009 – 10:30 PM
Last week in Newmarket, the Hawks were looking to bounce back from a decent weekend in St. Kitts that saw them play two great games and only end up 1-2, missing the playoff round. Sending P.A. Di Iulio (1-1, 4.46 era) to the mound, Darryll knew something great was going to happen. “Paul was our go to guy at the tournament should we have made it into the playoff round. I knew he was fresh, kinda like those salads you get in a bag at the grocery store...ready to eat and not very much brown lettuce...you know what I mean.” Paul did not disappoint. He came out firing and throwing hard. With 2 out in the first inning, he gave up his first of 4 singles to a powerful Leaside offense but then shut them down from there, only allowing one man to get further than 2nd base. “I did what I do” Paul stated. “Before the game, I put back a couple of Brio and a veal sangwitch, that’s when I knew they didn’t stand a chance” He added. On the offense, Newmarket got things going in the first inning with a Kevin Holloway leadoff bunt followed by what else but a Holloway steal. With Dezorzi moving him over with a groundout, hot hitting Liam O’Brien came through with an RBI single to make the score 1-0. In the bottom of the second, more runs for PA. This time it was our Token Peart who lead off with a walk, followed by a Holloway walk and an RBI groundout by Dezorzi. Adam Kallio came through with an RBI of his own, plating Holloway for the second time in the game and the Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead. That would be all P.A. would need as he took the 3-0 lead into the 5th inning. A double to Clarke Markle would come back to haunt the Italian as he would later score on a single to the 9 hole hitter. Brad Crosby would come in to relive PA in the top of the 6th inning closing the book on him with the lead in his hand. “I did it for Julia” stated P.A. Crosby pitched a clean sixth, and the offense for good measure with a 3-2 lead thought one more run would be nice. With 2 out, Winegarden walked and would later score on a single by Brent Hillis who was heard muttering to himself…”what the hell is a Paul Versteeg-Lytwenn?” With the score 4-2, Matt Richard pitched a shutout inning and he was followed up by Chris Dezorzi making his Debut on the mound in the 8th. Dezo would dazzle the capacity crowd with his dancing knuckleball and he would face only 4 batters, walking one. The 8th inning came to a close as Leaside retired the heart of the Newmarket order quickly setting up Mark West to come in and close the door. West would do just that as he retired the Leafs in order ending the game with a strikeout. The Hawks continue their strong play in the league and head to Thornhill Monday night to take on the Reds. “Ummm...We just played the game right today” Stated Kevin Holloway “We have to get these close games finished like this in order to prepare for London Next week. That is a big tourney and I like it when we win, cause its better than Umm losing”

Hap Walters Tourney Recap...

July 20, 2009 – 06:24 AM
Coming off the best week of the season, the Newmarket Hawks were in St. Catherines this past weekend to battle for the Hap Walters Memorial Trophy and the cash prize that comes with it. Newmarket got off to a great start Saturday morning as Adam Kallio went off pitching a complete game shut out against the Burlington Brants. Kallio took a no hitter into the 6th inning with 2 outs. The Hawks scored 4 in the first and went on to crush the Brants 10-0. Game two was a different story, The Hawks faced the Host Metros and fireballer Dustin Turner who has lost his last two outings against the Hawks despite having struck out 28 of them. St. Kitts was on a mission and beat up on the Hawks 12-2. At 1-1 for the tournament, the Hawks needed to beat Windsor and shut them out. Neal Baker pitched his heart out but the boys fell short to the eventual Tournament champs 3-2. The ball just didn’t fall in for the Hawks as there were a few chances, and the Stars just came up with great defensive plays. Although it was a 1-2 weekend, the Hawks played well in two of the games and should be rolling when they head to London for the Provincials Next week.

Markham Pioneers Rematch...

July 14, 2009 – 07:30 PM
Newcomer Brad Crosby got the start for the Hawks against the Markham Pioneers in the last game before the big tournament on the weekend. Crosby pitched very well, going 4 innings of shut out ball and keeping the Hawks in the game. Newmarket kicked in the offense in the 2nd inning as Kallio walked and was later scored on a Matt Buble sac fly. Newmarket would put up 3 more in the 3rd inning capped off by an Adam Kallio 2 run Homer to left that put the Hawks up 4-0. Add one more in the bottom of the 4th and it was Hawks 5, Pioneers 0. After Crosby gave way to Richard on the mound, the Pioneers pulled their way back into the game. Matt Struggled a little with control and gave up 4 runs in his brief outing. P.A. Di iIulio got Richard out of the jam, coming in to get the last out of the inning preserving the 5-4 lead. After that point, offensively both teams were shut down. P.A. continued to throw the best he has all season and hold the Markham batters down, While the Markham pitching did the same. Newmarket would go on to win the game 5-4 and cap off an impressive week of ball going 4-0-1 looking good heading into the St. Catherines tournament. “We needed to get things rolling and we did it against the three top teams in our league. This was a good test and a great way to get ready for the tournament. We know we can play great baseball and the guys showed it this week” Adam Kallio

Three games...Two Days...Hawks go undefeated in 4

July 12, 2009 – 02:30 PM
Saturday July 11th started the weekend of baseball for the Newmarket Hawks. As the Hawks welcomed Oshawa into the fairgrounds Neal Baker took the hill to battle this top level squad and defending Provincial Champions. The hawks had dropped both meetings this season against the Royals and looked for redemption at home. Neal got off to a rough start spotting the Royals 3 runs in the first inning, however he settled down and shut them out for the rest of the game. The Hawks would battle back and tie the game but with Holloway on third and no one out in the bottom of the 7th, they couldn’t get it done. The first game ended in a tie and the team looked to Dan Dobson to secure a win in the nightcap. Dobby did not disappoint. Pitching a gem, the Hawks took a bite out of the Royals and won the game 2-1. After the split on Saturday, the Hawks went south to Leaside and riding a 3 game undefeated streak, they sent Ryan Aida to the hill for his first start of the season. “we need him to pitch” Stated Darryll Blencowe, “for us to be successful in London, we need everyone to contribute” He added. Aida was stellar in his work, he struck out the side in the first inning and went on the throw 4 solid innings allowing only 6 hits and 2 earned runs. Offensively, Newmarket came out swinging in the top of the 3rd inning trailing 2-0, Kevin Holloway lead off with a walk followed by a Brent Hillis single. The two then pulled off a double steal putting runners in scoring position for Paul Versteeg. Versteeg walked and set the table for Sean Bush who deposited the fastball offering onto Eglington street for a Grand Slam Homerun putting the Hawks up 4-2! The Leafs answered back in the bottom of the 4th with three runs of their own, however, not being done yet, Newmarket clawed back and took advantage. O’Brien, Richard and Di iulio all singled in the 7th inning, and with a few walks placed in the middle of those singles, the Hawks found themselves back on top, 7-5. With the lead, the Hawks never looked back as Matt Richard was lights out in his hold situation and Adam Kallio came in for the 3 innings of shut out ball. Kallio was given the win as the Hawks improved the streak to undefeated in 4.

Kallio throws another Gem...

July 9, 2009 – 07:30 PM
Coming off a tough loss against the Sox at home, the Hawks were looking for redemption. Adam Kallio (5-0, 2.45 era) who has been dominant of late took the hill and pitched his heart out. Although he gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th, the Hawks answered back in the top of the 6th to tie the game as with two out, Versteeg and Bush and Hillis had back to back to back hits Hillis scoring his bat mates with a 2 rbi single. Kallio shut the door again in the 7th and after Aida lead off with a single, he was plated on an Kevin Holloway single who was later scored on a Liam O’Brien Sac fly. With the score Hawks 4, Markham 2...Matt Richard and Brad Crosby finished up the game on the hill earning a hold and a save respectively and conserving the hawks win!

Martingrove Drops Hawks in Newmarket

July 7, 2009 – 07:30 PM
Tuesday July 7th the Newmarket Hawks welcomed the Martingrove white Sox to the fairgrounds on a sunny evening (the first in a long time) having been rained out their previous three games, the Hawks were looking to shake off the rust and score some runs. Dan Dobson (4-4, 4.84 era) took the hill for the Hawks and faced off against oft thrown righty Ryan Donnelly. Donnelly was spot on with his stuff all night while Dobson was throwing well, he managed to hold the powerful offense of the Sox to 2 runs over six innings. Donnelly however shut down the Newmarket offense. Only Sean O’Brien and Mark West reached with base hits and although he walked 5 batters, the Hawks could only cash in one run as he went the distance to get the win. Neal Baker (5-1, 3.13 era) took over for Dobson in the 7th and made quick work keeping the score 2-0. In the bottom of the 7th the hawks closed the gap to 2-1 but when Martingrove came back to hit, they got to staff ace Baker and touched him up for 4 more runs. West took over for Baker in the 9th and the team was had to put up 5 runs in the bottom half just to keep the game going. Donnelly was still dealing as he got the Hawks in Order finishing the game with back to back strikeouts. A deflated Newmarket team left the park knowing that they let one get away and decided that something needed to be done. The team would ponder this loss but have to get over it quickly as they headed into Markham Two days later to face the league leading Pioneers in their own yard.

Hawks break Bulldogs, Kallio goes the distance...

June 23, 2009
Last Tuesday night on what some have called the hottest day of the year, Adam Kallio (2-0, 3.52 era) decided that he would put on a little show. After working in the yard all day, he showed up to the park like a man on a mission. Adam faultered only once in the first 6 innings giving up a solo home run in the 2nd to Rob Murray. Offensively the Hawks got the run back when Paul Versteeg hit one of his 4 singles on the night and was driven in by a PA Di Lulio base hit a little later. With the score tied at 1, the game was moving quickly. Soon enough it was the bottom of the 6th inning and again, Paul Versteeg knocked a base hit with one out. After a pair of walks loaded the bases, Chris Dezorzi hit a ball past the first baseman scoring Versteeg and Isobe. The score after 6 was 3-1 Hawks. Not to be outdone, the Bulldogs of East York came back in the 7th to tie the game. Newmarket thought it was about time to bail out Kallio and score a few. Kevin Holloway lead off the 8th with a base hit and then stole second almost like it was his job. Brent Hillis then singled to score Holloway and Paul Versteeg hit his 4th and final single of the night plating Hillis in the process. That would be all the Hawks needed as Kallio went out in the 9th to Slam the door shut and make it two consecutive complete game wins for the Newmarket pitching staff. The Hawks are off Wednesday and back at it Thursday in Leaside.

Hawks win series over Reds 2

June 22, 2009
Last night in Thornhill on a hot and sticky day, the Newmarket Hawks Sent Neal Baker (5-0, 2.19 era) to the mound hoping to bounce back from a tough loss at home last week. Baker was lights out from the start. With the Mercury sitting somewhere near disgusting, Neal was coasting through the Thornhill Lineup, giving them hell for 4 innings before a man got past first base. Offensively the Hawks took their sweet time but erupted in the 4th inning putting up a 4 spot. P.A. Di Luio started things off with a walk and was followed by a Takao Isobe double. With two on and none out, Sean Bush hit a ball to third and the errant throw sent both PA and Takao to the plate making the score 2-0 Hawks. With one on, Paul Versteeg demolished a first pitch fastball over the scoreboard in left field making it 4-0. Not wanting to be outdone, Adam Kallio lead off the 5th inning for the Hawks and also took a fastball over the left field wall. Hawks 5, Reds 0. Baker was still cruising as the entered the 5th inning but a leadoff single, a walk and two groundouts allowed the Reds to get on the board. Nothing was happening for either team in the 6th inning when the Hawks decided that the 7th would be their time to shine. With one out, Kevin Holloway stroked a single, followed by a PA walk. In the confusion that ensued as PA tried to steal second, Kevin who had stole two bases already scampered home to make it 6-1. Two out and Takao Isobe and Sean Bush were hit by pitches (its about time) Pinch hitter Ryan Aida, DH Mark West and Shortstop Chris Dezorzi stroked RBI singles back to back to back putting the Hawks up 9-1. Neal Baker had all he needed to complete this game and get it done early. He went out in the bottom of the seventh inning and after striking out the leadoff man, gave up a double, followed by a walk and an RBI single. A Pop up to second base made for 2 outs, when the play of the game happened. With runners at 2nd and 3rd, Baker’s offering was smashed to the gap in left center. Out of nowhere, Kevin Holloway flew in and made the game ending full extension diving catch! “I just do it. Thats what I do.” He said. Hawks improve to 10-6 overall (8-5 league play) and look for another win Tuesday night in Newmarket against the Bulldogs

The Grove Strikes back...

June 16, 2009
Last Tuesday night in Newmarket the Hot hitting Hawks welcomed the Martingrove White Sox as they got back into league play after a successful showing in the Oshawa Invitational Tournament. Coming off Two great wins over the weekend and a little tired, the Hawks sent the Fresh P.A. Di lulio (0-1, 7.59 era) to the mound. P.A. Started off strong, getting the White Sox early and allowing the Hawks a chance to take the lead. Unfortunately, Martingrove jumped on top in the 3rd inning with three runs on 3 hits and a walk. Walks, that would eventually tell the story, were plaguing the Newmarket pitching staff all night. Newmarket answered back with a run of their own in the 3rd inning but Martingrove sent 9 men to the plate in the 4th and scored 3 more making it 6-1. Trailing by 5 and watching the White Sox hit the hell out of the ball was not easy, Matt Richard was called on to come in for PA and although he has been lights out lately, it was not his night either as he struggled with control and took a line drive off his throwing arm. Offensively the Hawks couldn't get anything going. Trailing 7-1 in the 8th inning, Newmarket go a little 2 out rally going when West and Versteeg walked and a Brent Hillis ground ball to short was thrown away. Two runs would score closing the gap to 4. In the top of the 9th Neal Baker was flawless as he retired the Sox quickly stranding one man on as Steve Foley lined out to a leaping Chris Dezorzi. Last chance for the Hawks was the bottom of the ninth and it didn't look good to start. Peart went down swinging and Holloway lined out to 2nd, however with 2 out, Chris Dezorzi reached on a throwing error and Sean bush singled, bringing Ryan Aida to the plate. Martingrove Closer Ral Inderpal coaxed Aida to strikeout and end the game. Newmarket fell short in a game that saw Hawks pitching walk a season high 13 batter while hitting 2 more. The Sox pitching staff held Newmarket to 7 hits, and really took control of the game. Defensively both teams played really well and it just wasn't happening for the boys in green. “I thought we were a little flat” said Darryll Blencowe. “We came to the park expecting to win and Martingrove had other ideas. It would have been nice to be up on them early, but hey...what can you do. I think this was a good wake up call for the boys” He added.

Hawks beat Milton...just miss out on wild card spot

June 13, 2009 – 07:00 PM
Coming off a BIG late inning win and fighting for their playoff lives, Newmarket sent Adam Kallio to the hill Fresh off his Graduation in Brock that morning. Adam threw a gem. “Its amazing, now that I am a graduate, I feel like I can pitch better” Offensively Newmarket took a while to get going but when it happened, it was all they needed. Chris Dezorzi lead off the 4th inning with a single and was scored on Liam O’Brien’s single two batters later. Two more runs came in during the top of the 6th when Dezo, Holloway and Liam all singled in succession, and Brent Hillis pinch hit groundout scored Holloway after a great double steal. Kallio maintained a great game into the 7th inning and earned the chance to finish the job but with 2 out and the Hawks up 3-2, Milton had runners at 1st and 2nd so Darryll went with West to close out the game. West walked the first batter loading the bases and then got the next man to ground out to end it. With the win, the Hawks went 2-1 in the tournament and would just miss the wild card spot. Although the first game was a mess, Newmarket came back and played hard Saturday and gave themselves a shot. Great work!

St. Kitts battle...Hawks come back late...

June 13, 2009 – 10:00 AM
Coming off a tough loss in game one to Oshawa, the Hawks had to storm back and make a bad thing turn good. On the hill for Newmarket was Neal Baker (4-0, 2.33 era) who wanted to right the ship to start things off on a good note. Plan Failed...Although Baker threw very well in the game, he was toughed up for 2 unearned runs in the first inning and gave up 3 more runs in the third. During this time, Metros Starter Dustin Turner was throwin lights out. He gave up a leadoff single to Takao Isobe but then struck out 9 consecutive Hawks and the game was quickly getting out of hand. With the score 6-0 in the bottom of the 4th inning, Chris Dezorzi lead off with a single up the middle and Kevin Holloway followed that with one of his own. O’Brien fell victim to the strikeout and West was walked to load the bases. Ryan Aida came up and drove a ball to left scoring 2 runs and making the score 5-2. Baker was nails in the 5th inning and the Hawks took to hitting again in the bottom half. PA Di Iulio lead off with a single and stole second, after a Dezorzi walk and a Holloway single scored PA Liam O’Brien came up and drove in 2 more making the score 5-5. Runners at 1st and 2nd, 2 out when West drove a ball to left plating Holloway who was stealing on the play. Ryan Aida Followed west with a single of his own Plating O’Brien and with runners on Frist and Second again, Brent Hillis came through with the 7th run as he smashed a double to left chasing Turner from the game. Baker threw a one run sixth, leaving the save sitting there for West in the top of the seventh inning. West came in the face the 3, 4, 5 batters in the St. Kitts lineup and got them in order preserving the win. This was the second time in as many years that Newmarket had come back from behind against the Metros and pitcher Dustin Turner. Turner struck out a total of 12 batters and threw a gem, the Newmarket bats just woke up at the right time and Baker and West came to play. “I was really happy with the way we stayed in the game and came around.” Darryll said. “I just wish we didn't wait until the 5th inning to do it!
Newmarket wins and faces Milton in Game 3 of the weekend while in the hunt for a wild card spot.

Hawks drop tournament Opener to Shwa

June 12, 2009 – 06:00 PM
With Darryll Blencowe frantically warming up as he wrote out the lineup card, praying to see another Hawks walk in the gates, the Newmarket Hawks opened their tournament with a League loss to the Oshawa Royals. Dan Dobson got the start on one day’s rest and although there were 2 runs given up in the first, he settled in and went strong shutting the Royals down into the 5th inning. That’s when it happened. Oshawa rolled out with 5 runs in the 5th and did it on 5 hits. The Royals touched up relief man Jay Stergiadis for a solo shot in the 6th inning making the score 8-0. Offensively Newmarket only managed 5 hits on the day, 3 from Liam O’Brien and one each from Matt Richard and Mark West. Going into Saturday, the Hawks had to win and get some help to move on...

Hawks win 5th Straight...

June 10, 2009
Wednesday night at Bishop’s Cross in Thornhill, the Newmarket Hawks rolled in with a 4 game winning streak on the line and a chance to face off against the Reds 1 for the first time in 2009. In an effort to get prepared for the weekend Coach Blencowe wanted to use as many players in this game as he could. On the hill was Adam Kallio who has been throwing well this season. Although Adam struggled a little with control, he threw three innings of no hit ball and left the game with a 3-2 lead. Offensively once again, the boys got it going in the first inning when Chris Dezorzi roped a 1 out triple and was later scored on a Sean O’Brien knock. More of the same came in the second when Holloway and DiIulio were plated on a Ryan Aida 2 run single. Nothing doing offensively for the 3rd, 4th or 5th and on the hill for Newmarket, Brad Crosby made his debut and pitched a solid inning allowing one unearned run on 1 hit and a walk. He also struck out two and looked like he was ready to shake off the rust! “It was fun” Stated Crosby…”it was...um...fun”...he added. Dan Dobson took over the game in the 5th inning and although he gave up a homerun to Reds first baseman Steve Wilson, he settled down and kept the Hawks in the game. With the score 4-3 Reds in the 6th inning, Matt Richard lead off with a walk and later scored on an RBI single by Chris Dezorzi. Thornhill added another in the bottom half and the game was tied up at 6 in the 9th inning. Newmarket sent 8 men to the plate to score 3 runs and set up Dan Dobson (4-1, 3.46 era) for the win. The story for the Hawks was Chris Dezorzi who went 5 for 6 with a triple, double and 3 base knocks while scoring 2 runs and driving in two more. Paul Versteeg also chipped in pinch hitting for Sean O’Brien going 2 for 2 with 2 doubles of his own. He also made the play of the game to save it in the ninth with the bases loaded and two out. Steve Wilson Smashed a ball to first. Paul placed his left nipple in front of it to knock it down and flip to Dobby for the win. Great game Hawks.

Hawks Drop Steinberg and the Thornhill 2's

June 9, 2009
With some vengeance due to the Thronhill 2 team, Neal Baker (3-0, 1.71era) rolled to the hill ready to dominate. Starting things off just right, he recorded 8 outs in a row finally giving up his no hitter in the 3rd inning with 2 out. Offensively the Hawks got it going in the first inning when Liam O’Brien stepped to the plate with two out and blasted a solo homer to left center. Hawks were up 1-0 and looking for more. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Paul Versteeg was hit by a pitch and after a Brent Hillis walk, Andrew Peart stroked a single to score Versteeeg. A walk to Kallio and a RBI fielder’s choice for Kevin Holloway scored another run while Chris Dezorzi drove in the last run of the inning with a fielder’s choice of his own. Hawks up 4-1. Baker continued to cruise through the 5th when the Hawks exploded for 6 runs off the Thornhill reliever sending 10 men to the plate in the inning. The six run outburst was highlighted by 8 Hawks reaching base before Thornhill could record an out. The first 6 men to reach in the inning were driven in by 4 consecutive base hits (one double) The bottom of the 6th had nothing going and after Matt Butler came in to kill the Reds in order, West did much of the same, striking out the side in the top of the seventh. This marks the 4th win in a row for the Hawks as they travel to Thornhill to play the other Reds Wednesday night!

Hawks take down Pioneers in extra innings...

June 2, 2009
After a huge comeback win on Monday night, the Hawks faced off against the Markham Pioneers last week and got down to business in perhaps their best game of the season. On the mound was team Ace Dan Dobson, who ran into a little trouble in the top of the first putting two on, however he battled out of it and managed to control the powerful Pioneer offence leaving the two men there and striking out a pair. Offensively the Hawks were held in check by Markham Starter Paul Hadfield who allowed only one run in the 3rd inning when sparkplug Kevin Holloway lead off with a single, was moved over by a sac bunt and as he stole third, he scored on a catcher’s errant throw making the score Newmarket 1, Markham 0. Dobson continued to hold the lead into the 6th inning when Markham managed to tie it up with a double by Petrou who later scored on a throwing error by the pitcher. Markham 1, Newmarket 1. The bottom of the sixth started off with Liam O’Brien Walking and then Brent Hillis came up to drop down the 1st of his two sac bunts on the night. With O’Brien at 2nd, Paul Versteeg grounded out leaving one on with 2 out. Up came hot hitting Adam Kallio who stroked a double to the wall in left center scoring Liam and putting the Hawks up 2-1. Dobson closed out the top of the 7th inning leaving two men on and then gave way to Matt Richard in the 8th. Richard pitched well to the first batter, however he lost him to a walk and with only one out, he walked the next 3 batters, allowing Markham to tie the game at two. With the bases loaded and one out, Neal Baker the winner from Monday night’s game took over on the hill Neal gave up a sac fly to Mike Rodriguez, putting Markham up 3-2 and the game was quickly getting out of hand. Baker settled down and struck out John Graham to end the threat, however, the Hawks had some work to do in order to claim a win. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Sean Bush lead off with a single and was followed by a Liam O’Brien Single. Hillis came through with a MAGESTIC Sac bunt with Runners at 2nd and 3rd, one out, Sean O’Brien smashed a sac fly to tie the game 3-3 scoring his brother Liam from 3rd. “I just wanted to hit the ball in the air and tie the game. We have been playing great small ball lately and I hate to waste such a great bunt by Hillis. Its what I do”. Sean Stated. Kallio walked and Butler ended the inning with the Hawks tied up 3-3 going into the top of the ninth. Baker continued to throw well and held the Pioneers down in the 9th and 10th inning. West had been warming up and all set to go the 11th when the Hawks came to bat in the bottom of the 10th. Hillis lead off the inning with a groundout to third, but Sean O’Brien came up with a single followed by another walk to Adam Kallio. Matt Butler had a great at bat and picked up his first single of the night to load the bases for PA Di Luio. “I was happy to be in that situation” Stated PA. “all year, I have been workin on staying down on the ball, hitting it hard and being Italian. It seemed to come together tonight” With the infield Drawn in and the outfield playing at a depth that they could make the toss to the plate saving the game, PA stroked a fly ball to right center between the outfielders. Sean O’Brien Tagged up and although the ball dropped in allowing him to score with ease. He would have scored on the sac fly should it have been caught. Newmarket made it two late inning wins in as many nights and Neal Baker stole another win. “I think I pitched well in jams and was everything I could be tonight” Stated Baker. “I wake up in the morning an piss excellence. I won’t lie to you. I am the best there ever was and I continue to amaze myself. “ The Hawks improve to 5-4 with the win and look forward to a pair of games this week against both Thornhill teams. Then its off to Oshawa for the tournament on the weekend that sees the boys playing up to 5 games in 3 days. Lots of ball coming up and all we need now is some nice weather!

Hawks comeback in 9th inning...

June 2, 2009
Last night in T Hill the Newmarket Hawks took on the New Reds and were looking for some payback from a tough loss a few weeks back. Adam Kallio was on the bump for the Hawks and right away was locked into a pitching duel that went on all night. The Hawks scored first in the 2nd inning when West lead off with a walk, followed by a Versteeg Double that put runners at 2nd and 3rd. Richard drove in West to make the score 1-0 on his textbook ground ball to the right side and Peart came up big stroking a single and counting an RBI. Kallio now working with the lead, had 9 batters come to the plate in the 3rd inning and allowed 4 runs to come in making the score 4-2 Reds. The Hawks answered in the top of the 4th, When Versteeg and Richard walked setting the table for matt Butler to come up with an RBI single. When Peart reached on error and loaded the bases, Holloway was hit with a pitch bringing in Versteeg to tie the game. Dezorzi then stroked a sac fly to center to put the Hawks up 5-4. The back and forth continued in the bottom of the 4th inning as 2 more runs came in for the Reds and the retook the lead...again. Reds 6, Hawks 5. Nothing much went down in the next few innings as Kallio continued to battle and eventually gave way to Neal Baker in hopes that the offence would come up big for him. The top of the ninth inning with their last chance at bat, the Hawks decided to make a little small ball pay off. Hillis lead off the inning with a single to the outfield and Liam O’Brien came up with a wonderful sac bunt. With a runner on second, West was looking to stroke a gap. As the Reds pitcher uncorked a wild pitch, Hillis moved to third and two pitches later, West tied the game with a sac fly. Magic was in the air as Versteeg stroked a single to keep the inning alive and improve on his 3 for 4 night, Richard followed that up with a single of his own and Matt Butler came up HUGE with a two out two strike laser that scored Versteeg from Third. Hawks 7, Reds 6. The bottom of the ninth was nothing new for Baker as he managed to walk the leadoff man and then follow that up with a big strikeout. O’Brien threw the runner out at second on an attempted steal and then Baker ended it with a fly ball to Hillis. Great game. Hawks win

Hawks take a bite out of bulldogs...

May 24, 2009
Monday night in East York, Newmarket was on the warpath looking for some payback for the tough loss on the weekend in Oshawa. Seasoned Vet Dan Dobson was on the hill to start the game for Newmarket and the lineup was ready to get it all going again. Kevin Holloway lead off the first inning with a 16 pitch at bat that resulted in a walk. Not satisfied with just being on first base, he went on the steal second and then third. After a strikout of the number 2 batter, Takao Isobe came to the plate and drove a sacrifice fly out to left field scoring Holloway and putting the Hawks up 1-0. The bottom of the first was a little different. Dan Dobson gave up a leadoff single and then a one out RBI double tied the game. With a runner on 2nd, a shortstop's error allowed him to score until Dobson convinced the final batter of the inning to fly out to left field. At this point, both pitchers got into a grove that was broken up by the Hawks offense in the top of the 4th inning. Isobe Struck out swinging but the catcher missed the ball, allowing him to get to first base and set up Liam O'Brien for an RBI single. Two K's and a walk later, PAul Versteeg drove in another run making the score 3-2 Hawks. Dobson's night was done and he left with the lead, giving way to Matt Richard. The story however takes place in the top of the 5th inning when the Hawks sent 11 men to the plate and scored a bunch. With one out, Dezorzi, Isobe and O'Brien all singled setting the table for West to come up and drive in a run. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Sean Bush Broke out and singled to load the bases for Sean O'Brien and his Sac Fly. West moved to third on the sac and up came the speedy Paul Versteeg. Versteeg hit a moon shot to right feild and ended up with a 2 RBI triple. Holloway rounded out the scoring with an RBI single in his second at bat of the inning and the Hawks found themselves up 9-3. Pitching shut the EY offense down for the rest of the game and the Hawks added 2 more in the later innings winning the game 11-2. Newmarket is set to play Thornhill 2 on Monday June first and host Markham on Tuesday June 2nd.

Hawks drop 3rd straight...Oshawa comes back in a big way...

May 24, 2009
Sunday afternoon in Oshawa, Neal Baker took the hill and decided it was his time to shine. Getting off to a good start in the top of the first inning, Kevin Holloway singled and then went on to steal second base. HE would later score on a Takao Isobe RBI Single. With one out after Isobe stole 2nd and moved to third on a wild pitch, Brent Hillis hit a ground ball to third making the score 2-0 Hawks before Baker even stepped on the mound. Baker would settle in after an error placed a runner at 1st base to lead off the game. He would strand that runner at third and go on to pitch 4 innings of 2 hit ball. As this was happening, the offence took note of what was done in the first inning and fired up 7 runs over the course of the game. Paul Versteeg managed a great base hit bunt while going 2 for 3 as did Glenn Winegarden. Isobe chipped in with a 3 for 4 night and Chris Dezorzi came back from 0 for 2 with two late hits in the game making him 2 for 4. The explosion happened in the 5th inning when Oshawa sent 14 men to the plate and scored 9 unearned runs ruining Bakers night. Seeing eye singles and unfortunate errors were to blame for this sloppy inning. The Hawks dropped the would be win 9-7 and fell to 2-4 on the season.

Hawks Take Down White Sox on the road...

May 15, 2009
P.A. Di Ilio took the mound for the Newmarket Hawks in the his first start since Windsor in 2008. Throwing the ball well, PA went 3 very strong innings walking 3 and giving up only one run. Offensively the Hawks also took flight after failing to score in the 1st and 2nd inning, Newmarket sent 9 men to the plate in the 3rd scoring 5 runs on a pair of homeruns. Heaslip lead off with a single and Chris Dezorzi followed suit with one of his own. With two runners on, Liam O’Brien CRUSHED the next pitch for a 3 run shot. Still with none out, Mark West was hit in the center of the back and after a strikeout, Paul Verteeg sent a frozen rope out of the park in right center for the second homerun of the inning. Hawks 5, Grove 1. Dan Dobson took over on the mound the next inning and threw his usual stuff. Keeping the Grove hitters off balance and giving up one run on 2 hits while pitching 3 innings. Back to the offense and we saw Heaslip continue in his hot hitting ways, leading off the inning with yet another single. Matt Butler would eventually score Heaslip later in the inning putting the score up to 6-2. Liam O’Brien lead off the 6th with his 3rd hit of the night, a stand up double to the gap and eventually score on Glenn Winegarden’s RBI Single. In the 7th inning, Dezorzi Reached on Error and would move to second on a wild pitch. West came to the plate and hit a pitch back up the middle for an RBI single scoring Dezorzi making it 8-1. 3 walks and a single in the top of the 8th inning was all it took to raise the score to 9-1 as Adam Kallio stepped in for 2 innings of no hit ball to finish the game. “The team played really well tonight” stated Dan Dobson who claimed the win in relief. “Now that I have that first win under my belt, I am less worried about opening my pool. I know the guys will start liking me soon, I win baseball games.” He added. The win moves Newmarket to 2-1 in the GTBL with a pair of games coming up after the long weekend. Tuesday night, the Hawks host the East York Bulldogs and then travel to Leaside Thursday for the second game of the week. “Our team is showing that everyone can step in there and play. It’s a nice feeling to have so many options” - Darryll Blencowe

Hawks Drop Home Opener...fall to 1-1

May 13, 2009
With the May 5th home opener pushed back, Tuesday May 12th had the Thornhill Reds 2 (0-1) visiting the Newmarket Hawks (1-0) for the First game at the Fairgrounds in 2009. The Hawks were coming off a big 8-0 win over the East York Bulldogs and the Reds just took it on the chin 14-6 against the Martingrove White Sox. Both teams were hungry for the win and came out swinging. Thornhill took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning off starter Matt Richard. A walk, an error and an RBI single got them started and before Matt could get out of the jam, Thornhill plated an unearned run to make it 2-0. Newmarket hit back when Adam Kallio Smashed a single to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Chris Dezorzi moved him over to second with a well executed groundout and Sean Bush drove an RBI single to right to plate Kallio. Matt Butler took over for Richard in the 3rd inning and had a rough go. He allowed 4 runs (3 earned) in his first inning but then came out firing in the fourth sitting the Reds down in order. Newmarket Kept fighting back in the 4th inning as Brent Hillis smoked an RBI Single and in the fifth when Liam O'Brien mangled a sacrifice fly to score Kallio. Offensively Kallio lead the way with 2 hits and a walk while scoring 2 of the Hawks 3 runs. “I just went out there and did what anyone else would have done. I saw the ball, I hit the ball and tried my best to help the team.” Kallio said. Although the Newmarket offence was shut down late in the game, the pitching did it’s best to hold the Reds offence down too. Neal Baker in his first appearance of the 2009 season went a solid 3 innings giving up only 3 hits while striking out 2 and not walking a batter and Mark West came in to close the game in the 8th. Although he walked the leadoff man, he executed a majestic pick off move and then had the next batter ground out to second while he finished the inning off in style with a strikeout. Newmarket puts the loss behind them and heads to Martingrove to face off against the White Sox Thursday night at 7:30pm