Ryan Grant knows how to get a good bounce.
Grant one-hopped a fastball over the fence in the deepest part of the park at Canisius College scoring Tyler Hardie with the winning run as the Ontario Terriers 16s scored a 5-4 win over the OIBA Prospects 18U in the quarterfinal of the New Era Classic in Buffalo.
Hardie contributed a two-out, bases-loaded triple down the left field line in the second, scoring Hee Do Kim, Bruce Yari and Logan Stewart.
Yari pitched the win for coach John McEwan, scattering five hits and striking out six.
Team New Era 18U then eliminated the Terriers with a 9-4 win in the semifinal. Kyle Thalheimer, Jake Gerovac and Zach Choy had hits for the Terriers.
Pat Coughlin and Kyle Thalheimer helped propel the Terriers during the tourney. Coughlin was 7-for-18 (.388) with two doubles and a triple. Thalheimer hit .444 (8- for-18), scoring nine runs.
DeSouza goes deep: Nathan DeSouza homered twice and knocked in six runs as the 18U Terriers beat the Cincinnati Riverbats 8-5 in the Sandlott World Series in Nashville. DeSouza hit his first three-run homer to give the Terriers a 4-3 lead in the third.
In the final inning Cole Peragine worked a leadoff walk, was bunted to second and after a David Head walk Desouza’s hit a line drive three-run homer.
Zach attack: Right-hander Zach Pearson pitched a complete-game shut out as Team Ontario blanked Metro Detroit 10-0 to win the consolation title in the 26-team, 18U Premier Baseball of America championship in Cincinnati.
Brandon Collins gained the win as Team Ontario edged the Collierville Dragons of Memphis 13-11 in 11 innings as Jonathan Brouse delivered the two-run double.
In the first game of consolation play Team Ontario beat Indiana Nitro 10-1.
Team Ontario opened with three straight losses: 8-4 to Ohio Elite, 11-5 to the Arlington A’s and 4-2 to Midville Dodgers before beating Detroit 10-2 and losing 16-4 to the Lorrain County Pirates.
Carmen still giving: Pickering coach Michael Carman passed away May 6, 2009.
His request near the end of his 15-month battle with cancer was to ask friends, family and colleagues that in lieu of flowers, he’d like them to consider donating to either the Princess Margaret Hospital for cancer research and the Pickering Baseball Association.
Besides donations to the Princess Margaret, over $100,000 was raised to help minor ball. A new batting cage, clubhouse and storage facility was built at Kirkey Park.
Six of Carman’s former players, including his son Robert, and the rest of the Pickering Red Sox won the OBA junior eliminations last summer.
The coach may be gone, but he’s still giving to the new generation.
Terriers 17s win: Hunter Galloway hit a two-out, two-run single as the Ontario Terriers 17s beat the Syracuse Nationals 6-4 in the final of a five-team tournament in Rochester, N.Y. Galloway’s hit scored Travis Seabrooke and Nick Dimpfel, breaking a 3-3 tie.
Travis Laitar pitched a perfect seventh, sealing the win for coach Rick Johnston’s team against Syracuse, who had earlier beaten the Terriers 18s. T.J. Baker and Mike Morley each pitched three innings.
Cal Quantrill allowed one hit in five innings as the Terriers beat the Rockland Astros 8-0 in the semifinal. Aaron Loder, Dimpfel and Galloway had two hits apiece while Galloway had three RBIs.
Whitby winners: The Whitby Chiefs minor peewees ran the table going 6-0 at Battle Creek, Mich. Whitby scored three runs in the last at bat to beat West Michigan 7-5 in the final, as Jared Evans singled in the winning runs with two out in the sixth.
Michael Ireland picked up the win, pitching three innings in relief of starter Alex Jones.
Coach Clare Osborne’s Chiefs defeated Trenton, Mich., 14—1, in the semifinal.
Whitby defeated the Lansing Sliders 9-0 in the opener, beat the North York Blues 8-0, Traverse City East 8-0 and Grand Slam Baseball Academy from Indiana 14-1.
Two weeks earlier, Whitby lost 4-3 in the semifinals at Sylvania, Ohio, to Holmes County in the semifinal, after beating Holmes 8-5 in round-robin play.
Schwartz had a week to remember as the best of the 117 Canadians in the minors. The son of Kleinburg’s second best farmer and a former Team Ontario player, Schwartz hit .500 (7-for-14) with two homers and three RBIs for rookie-Class Vancouver (Jays).
Runners-up: Toronto’s Adam Kudryk 13 innings, one earned run, nine strikeouts class-A Yakima (Diamondbacks); Colin Kleven, Kamloops, B.C. seven scoreless innings for class-A Williamsport (Phillies); Chris Bisson, Orleans, Ont. three RBIs, .471 class-A Ft. Wayne (Padres); Andrew Albers, North Battleford, Sask., two wins in 6 2/3 innings allowing one runs, picking up two wins, double-A New Britain (Twins); Eric Sim, Abbotsford, B.C. four RBIs, .429 rookie-class Giants; Taylor Green, Comox, B.C. .400 triple-A Nashville; Cambridge’s Scott Thorman two RBIs, .400; James Paxton, Ladner, B.C. nine innings two earned runs, 14 strikeouts double-A Jackson (Mariners).
Lefty Scott Diamond, Guelph, Ont. promoted to the Minnesota Twins from triple-A Rochester.
Vancouver catcher Mike Nickeas recalled by New York Mets from triple-A Buffalo.
Newmarket’s Peter Orr demoted by the Philadelphia Phillies to triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Etobicoke’s John Suomi moved by Phillies to double-A Reading from Lehigh.
Toronto’s Sammie Starr moved by Orioles to single-A Aberdeen from single-A, Delmarva.
Cobourg’s Nick Purdy by the Jays to rookie-class, Gulf Coast Jays from Vancouver.
Brett Lawrie, Langley, B.C. activated from disabled list by the Jays, moved on re-hab assigment from single-A Dunedin and moved to triple-A Las Vegas.
Phillippe Aumont, Gatineau, Que., placed on disabled list by the Phillies at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Luke Carlin, Aylmer, Que., placed on disabled list by the Indians at triple-A Columbus.
Mike Henry, Sombra, Ont., released by the Cincinnati Reds from rookie Class Billings.