PICKERING-AJAX CUBS MINOR BANTAM ARE AAA PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS
The Pickering-Ajax Cubs Minor Bantam AAA Baseball Team captured the Provincial Championship on Labour Day Weekend.
Despite a strong regular season, the team struggled during tournaments throughout the season. The team relied heavily on strong defense and pitching as their hitting was a weakness. However, on this final weekend during the biggest tournament of the season, it all came together as the bats came alive throughout the batting order, the defense remained stingy and some great pitching performances sealed the deal.
The Team went 5-1 during the double knockout tournament and outscored their opponents by a total score of 62-28 over the 6 games played.
The tournament opened up on Friday August 30 against the defending champions, Mississauga North Tigers. The Cubs jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and held on to win the game 8-2. In the second game, the Cubs went down to defeat against the Burlington Bulls 12-4. The next two games were played on Saturday August 31 and the Cubs bats were sizzling all day long as they defeated the Windsor Stars 19-2 and then the London Badgers 15-3.
In the semi-final game, the Cubs were up against the always tough Etobicoke Rangers. Another quick start had the Cubs out in front 8-0 after 3 innings and they were able to snuff a late rally by the Rangers for an 8-6 victory. The victory earned the Cubs a berth into the Finals against the Etobicoke Rangers once again. The Cubs bats remained hot as they scored 4 runs in the first inning. A few more insurance runs, great defensive plays and great pitching catapulted the Cubs to an 8-3 victory in the final game and earned them the 2013 “AAA” Minor Bantam Provincial Championship.
The Cubs team is coached by Scott Robinson, Chris Papalia, Brock Robinson. Team members consist of Kurt Dawkins, James De Sousa, RJ Dutkiewicz, Jared Evans, Jonathan Henry, Matthew Hunter, Alex Jones, Neelesh Kaul, Dylan Latty, Landon Leach, Liam Miller-North, Kevin Stiles and Harrison Toms.
Select Baseball is back in AjaxOn June 22, the Ajax Spartans Peewee Select team headed to Hamilton for their first tournament of the summer. Since this is the first year that Ajax has had a select program in many many years, this was many of the players' first experience at such an event. While we unfortunately lost our first 2 games, we were able to win the 3rd game on that sweltering hot day, which was enough to put us into the Bronze medal game on Sunday morning.
The team got progressively better after each game during the tournament, and that also held true on the Sunday where we defeated Brantford 12-2 to win the Bronze medal. A great finish to a great weekend.
There was certainly one thing that was undisputed.... we were the best looking team there! Those uniforms are SHARP .....
Congratulations boys!! Great job!!
Your coaching staff.
The Pickering-Ajax Cubs are EOBA Minor Mosquito Champions!
After winning all their round robin games the undefeated Cubs took the championship title in their final game winning 18-9 over the Peterborough Tigers. The Cubs have a 22-2 regular season record tying them for 1st place with the Tigers but excellent pitching, strong defense and hot bats made them an unstoppable team this weekend and this victory even sweeter.
Tremendous performances by Colin Cymbalista, Blake Simpson, Tomas Saldias, Eric Edwards, Ben Crompton, Owen Jennings, Noah Theodor, Owen Steenson, Blake Petsinis, Richie Mc Callum, Evan Torres and Keishon Williams. Coached by Gord Jennings, Steven Anning, Ricky Mc Callum, Jessica Jennings and Kayla Allen.
Ajax Spartans – 2013 EOBA Midget “B” Division Champion
The Ajax Spartans Midget team competed in the 2013 EOBA Midget ‘B’ division in Brockville August 10th & 11th 2013. The team started off the tournament with a victory over Brockville (8-2), then went on to beat Pickering tier 1 (11-4). On Sunday they lost (11-1) to Brockville in the morning but won the coins toss for a bye into the final. In the final, the Spartans came up against Pickering tier 1 again and won (14-6) in the Championship game. All weekend the team played great baseball with excellent pitching, timely hitting and great defense at all times.
Ajax Spartans Midget – Finalists in the Matthew Krol Annual Ancaster Midget Tournament July 26 to 28
The Ajax Spartans Midget team competed in the annual Matthew Krol 16 teams tournament in Ancaster, July 26th to 28th, 2013. The team started off the tournament with a victory in the Friday night game against Martingrove (10-8). On Saturday the team spilt games, winning 6-5 in the morning over Dundas, while losing 11 – 3 decisions to EBBA London Tecumsehs in the afternoon. The 2 -1 record for the Spartans advanced them to the quarter finals on Sunday. In the quarter final game against East York, the team came out strong cruising to a 5-0 victory. In the Semi- Final game, the Spartans came up against Welland and won that game 4-1. In the final, the Spartans came up against EBBA London Tecumsehs again and were defeated in the Championship game (4-2). All weekend the team played great baseball with great pitching, timely hitting and good defense at all times. A big thank you to all players, coaches, parents and fans for a successful and fun weekend in Ancaster. Also, Thanks to the Ancaster Baseball Association for organizing and running an excellent tournament all weekend.
The Ajax Spartans Minor Bantam (1999) team were finalists in a tournament just outside of Detroit on the weekend of July 26-28th in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
The Spartans had a few ups and downs during round robin play, but made it through the round robin undefeated. Saturday evening the team spent at Comerica Park watching the Detroit Tigers versus the Philadelphia Phillies.
In the semi-finals the Ajax Spartans faced some stiff competition from Huron Valley Rebels. This was a tremendous see-saw battle where Ajax Spartans held a three run lead once and the Rebel’s held a three run lead twice in the game, including going into the bottom of the final inning. The Ajax Spartans mounted a four run final inning come-back, that resulted in a walk-off victory for Ajax and moved them into the finals against the only other undefeated team in the tournament.
The finals saw the Monroe Mustangs jump out to a five run first inning lead. The Ajax Spartans chipped away at the lead but never took hold of the lead. The final game finished up a 7-4.
Congratulations to the Ajax Spartans Minor Bantam team and coaches for a very successful tournament weekend!
Bottom Row (L-R): Mitchell Fraser-Stewart, Will Tilley, Ryan Gloyns, Jeremy Jackson, Jake Ohliger. Top Row: Asst. Coach - Ron Ohliger, Dalton Clark, Andrew Corby, Noah Togawa, Chad Manson Justin Yakimishyn, Asst. Coach - Craig Yakimishyn, Kyle Corrigan, Asst. Coach - Bob Clark, Head Coach - Jay Gloyns. (absent: Eric Grisdale, Justin Gomes & Asst. Coach Shawn Gomes).
Ajax Spartans Minor Mosquito Team Plays Well at Tournament
With over half of the team new to rep baseball, the Ajax Spartans Minor Mosquito season was not based on wins and loses, although the team has been competitive in many games, the focus to this point was to understand the game and work on fundamentals in the hopes of everything coming together in time for playoffs. Well everything starting coming together this past weekend and the team went 2-2 and played their best ball of the season.
After a stormy Friday night, the Spartans looked to take on a rival from the EBOA in the Clarington Orioles Saturday morning. Sound pitching, stout defensive and aggressive hitting lead to a 16 -9 victory.
The offensive explosion continued against the Stouffiville Yankees in the highest offensive output of the season, a 24 – 5 win.
The third game of the day saw the Spartans up against the Scarborough Stingers. After 2 games in the hot sun the boys ran out of gas spotting the Stingers to a 7 -1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. The boys rallied getting to 7-6 and with the bases loaded finally, the stingers got the third out.
Their hard work placed the Spartans in top spot in their division and would face another EOBA foe in the semi finals Sunday morning, the Peterborough Tigers. The Spartans started slowly spotting the Tigers 6 runs in the bottom of the first, however after this point the Spartans played well, however fell 11-1.
HAVE FUN, PLAY HARD, PRACTICE HARDER!
The Pickering-Ajax Minor Mosquito Cubs are the Champions of Mississauga Southwest Baseball Association Tournament (July 21st, 2013).
A very exciting weekend with outstanding contributions by entire team: Colin Cymbalista, Blake Simpson, Eric Edwards, Tomas Saldias, Ben Crompton, Owen Jennings, Noah Theodor, Evan Torres, Blake Petsinis, Richie McCallum, and Keishon Williams. Coached by: Gord Jennings, Ricky McCallum, Steve Anning, Jessica Jennings and Kayla Allen.
Game One: North York Blues 14 Cubs 4. Not the start the Cubs wanted; great pitching however despite much effort they just could not bring their bats around in time.
Game Two: Etobicoke Rangers 14 Cubs 15. What an exciting game Saturday afternoon! Boys had an 11-4 lead and struggled to hang onto it as Etobicoke fought back to take over 14-11. With time limit quickly approaching the boys were able to squeeze in an extra inning and turn this game upside down! With 2 outs and runners in scoring position the Cubs did it......walked off the Etobicoke Rangers to win the game 15-14!
Game Three: Royal York Cardinals 0 Cubs 20. Hungry Cubs went after their opponents fast and hard to easily secure a position a spot in the Championship game.
Championship Game: North York Blues 4 Cubs 15. With the love of baseball filling their hearts and smiles, they were determined to face this team again and show who the Cubs really are. Outstanding pitching over 4 strong innings, excellent defense and hot bats took them to a well deserved 15-4 victory!
This is the first tournament championship win of their season. The Cubs placed 3rd in the Burlington Organized Minor Baseball Association July 7th and are currently 15-0 in their regular season games. Keep it up Cubs!
Pickering/Ajax Mosquito Cubs Win Richmond Hill Green and Gold Classic Tournament
The Pickering Ajax Mosquito Cubs went a perfect five wins and no losses to win the Richmond Hill Green and Gold Classic tournament. The opening game saw a no hitter pitched by Michael Watson and the finals saw a three hit shutout for the Championship victory thrown by Michael Asselin. Some memorable moments from the tournament were a home run from Dylan Brady, great pitching from Ethan Gomez, Mitchell Ireland, Robert Groen and Maxwell Fraser-Stewart. Speed on defence and clutch two out hitting came from Andrew Szent-Ivany and P.J. Bauer. Justin Carinci, Junior Chambers and Michael Watson were all able to hit over a .650 average for the tournament. The team
really enjoyed spectator and Blue Jays G.M. Alex Anthopoulos making positive comments about the skill level of the teams during the Richmond Hill game on Saturday night. Congratulations Cubs and Head Coach, Rob Watson, Assistant Coaches; Dave Ireland and Mike Stewart.
Team Photo from Left to Right: (Top Row) Mike Stewart, Michael Asselin, Maxwell Fraser-Stewart, Robert Groen, Junior Chambers, Rob Watson, Ethan Gomez, Dave Ireland, Dylan Brady. (Bottom Row) Mitchell Ireland, Andrew Szent-Ivany, P.J. Bauer, Justin Carinci and Michael Watson.
The Pickering Ajax Minor Mosquito Cubs attended the Burlington Organized Minor Baseball tournament July 5-7th, 2013 in Burlington, Ontario.
Off to a great start Friday night with excellent pitching the boys battled through the extreme heat to take their first win 4-2 over the East York Bull Dogs.
Strong pitching continued Saturday morning, in sweltering heat, followed by hot bats by all to a solid 14-0 victory over the Vaughan Vikings.
Saturday afternoon brought more heat and humidity and the Cubs fought a tough battle against the Brampton Royals losing 6-2.
Three game efforts were large enough to confidently secure the wild card spot for Sunday morning.
Sunday morning the Cubs gave the St. Catherine Cobras a workout but in the end were defeated 6-2.
Sunday afternoon brought its first relief from the sun and the summer breeze helped the Cubs to an exciting 15-9 victory over the Bloordale Bombers.
The Pickering Ajax Cubs are 3rd place finalists!
Congrats to all the players, Head Coach Gord, Coaches Steven, Ricky, Jessica, and Kayla and of course their Cubs parents and fans in stands!
This past weekend in London, the Minor Rookie Spartans won the B Division Championship in the Oakridge Optimist Rookie tournament.
The team went 1-1 in the round robin, 16-15 over Waterloo Tigers and losing 15-5 to the London Tecumsehs on a short rest after the opener.
That had us qualify for the B division Semis where we beat East York Bulldogs 16-3. That led to the Final where the Spartans beat the St Thomas Cardinals 17-10.
The boys had a great weekend. The defense has really come together lately and the bats have come alive with solid hard contact all weekend long.
Team members include Tom Bond, Brandon Marimithu, Colin Mandarich, Dylan Hunter, Owen McMulkin, Haris Ellahi, Alex Gerard, Bryce Clarke, Brandon Mendonca, Elijah Brown, Ethan Minogue, Navid Sarran and Matthew Deleo. John Phillips’ coaching staff includes Dwayne McMulkin, Jeff Bond, Greg Hunter and Bryon Clarke.
Let’s keep it going all the way to the OBA’s !!!!!