Scouts eyeing Canuck talent

Toronto infielder Maxx Tissenbaum earned America East first team honours hitting .384 with 14...

Toronto infielder Maxx Tissenbaum earned America East first team honours hitting .384 with 14 doubles and 36 RBIs. He's struck out four times in 215 plate appearances.

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

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Outfielder Travis Jankowski is from Lancaster, Penn.

So, why is he the first name mentioned on our Sandlots page, which tracks the exploits of area players?

Well, Jankowski, either a first- or second-round pick when the three-day draft of high schoolers and collegians begins June 4, is getting lots of attention from scouts playing for the Stony Brook University Sea Wolves.

And scouts can’t help but notice Toronto infielder Maxx Tissenbaum. The former Toronto Met earned America East first team honours hitting .384 with 14 doubles and 36 RBIs. He’s struck out four times in 215 plate appearances.

Shortstop Cole Peragine of Belle Ewart, Ont., earned conference rookie of the year, was named to the all-rookie team and earned second team honours. The Ontario Terriers grad started 53 games as a freshman, hitting .335 with 35 RBIs.

Kitchener outfielder Tanner Nivins, a Terriers grad as well, hit .333 with two homers and 32 RBIs earning first-team recognition.

Brampton wins Kim

The game can change in an instant. And change it did.

Brampton Royals catcher Darren Shred fired to third to pick off Mississauga North Tigers’ Jake Medeiros in a one-run game in the bottom of the seventh. The throw hit Medeiros in the helmet and bounced into left.

Tie game, right?

Left fielder Ryan Koivu threw a strike to Shred to erase Medeiros and Brampton was on its way to a 4-3 win in the final of the 20-team, sixth annual Michael Kim memorial tournament at Rivergrove in Mississauga Sunday.

Austin Ferguson singled leading off the seventh, scored on a Shred triple to tie the game and Shred scored on a wild pitch as Brampton rallied from a 3-2 deficit.

Brampton’s Nathan Arruda pitched six innings allowing three runs on five hits and two walks, striking out nine for the win. Josh Marson gained the save.

Josh Naylor knocked in two runs for the Tigers while James Diflorio doubled and Medeiros had two hits.

Naylor won the home run derby, while Brampton’s Jade Salmon-Williams, Shred, Arruda and Ferguson were the fastest quartet touring the bases.

Brampton beat North York 11-0, Mississauga Southwest 20-0 and the WOBA Bulls 13-0 in round-robin play before beating Scarborough 14-0 and West Toronto 4-0.

The Tigers beat Scarborough 11-1, London 14-0, Newmarket 14-2 and reached the final with an 18-5 win over Guelph and 15-4 triumph over North Toronto.

Showing off

The Varsity Blues scored six first-inning runs off pitcher of the year Adam Lentz in an 8-2 victory over the OUA All-Stars at the sixth annual Showcase at Rogers Centre on Sunday.

Lentz, who had an 0.76 ERA in the fall, allowed six hits, walked a batter and hit one in the first.

Harrison Carmichael, Kyle Bowers and Orion Katayama had run-scoring singles. Katayama had two singles and three RBIs while Steven Hersch had two hits and a pair of RBIs.

Graham Fulton provided the offence, with a two-run single.

Nationals

The London Badgers will host the Canada Cup Aug. 8-13 at Labatt Park. Provincial all-star teams from all 10 provinces will compete. Ontario will be defending it’s title when it edged Saskatchewan 3-2 thanks to five scoreless innings from Cal Quantrill.

“We turned the game over to our mini major leaguer,” said coach Marc Picard.

The Ontario Cup, the selection process that determines who represents Ontario, goes this weekend Vaughan Grove Sports Complex.

Minor league moves

Lefty Mark Hardy of Campell River, B.C. was promoted by the San Diego Padres to double-A San Antonio where he’s pitching for former Jays manager John Gibbons ... Outfielder Nick Weglarz of Stevensville, Ont., cleared waivers and was outrighted by the Cleveland Indians to double-A Akron ... Gatineau’s Phillippe Aumont was placed on the disabled list by the Philadelphia Phillies at double-A Reading.

Crawford wins Kwink

 

Mississauga right-hander Kyle Crawford won the coveted Kwink award at Swathmore University. He pitched a complete game, giving the program its first post-season win in the 115-year history of the school, then hopped in car and won a debate. 

Swathmore’s debating team finished 69th out of 400 at the world championship.

The award goes to the man best exemplifying the five principles of the Society of Kwink: Service, spirit, scholarship, society and sportsmanship.

 

 

 

NORTHERN LIGHT

Jamie Romak

Triple-A Memphis

 

Romak was dealt from by the Kansas City Royals to St. Louis Cardinals and assigned to triple-A Memphis. There was zero adjustment time as the former London Badger hit .421 (8-for-19) with two RBIs for the best week of the 64 Canadians in the minors.

Runners-up: Carter Bell, Courtney, B.C. class-A  Visalia (Diamondbacks) .357; Windsor’s Evan Rutckyj, class-A Charleston (Yankees) five scoreless; Tyson Gillies, Langley, B.C., double-A Reading  (Phillies) .333.

; Kamloops’ Colin Kleven class-A Lakewood (Phillies) five innings, one run, Chris Robinson, Dorchester, Ont. triple-A Norfolk (Orioles) .321.


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