August 24, 2012
Toronto golden at Ontario Summer Games
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
The Toronto Baseball Association won gold by beating Western Counties 12-0 at the Ontario Summer Games.
North York’s Ryan Ngan was effectively wild in the final and he walking eight and struck out seven in 42/3 scoreless inning ... without allowing a hit.
North York’s Eric Senior, Scarborough’s Ian Wilson and Etobicoke’s Luca Farace had two hits apiece.
Second baseman Eric Senior was 3-for-3 sparking a comeback in the semi-final, a 6-5 win over Sun Parlour. North York’s Tony Kwon doubled in a pair of runs for the lead. North York’s Tyler Dobie gained the win, escaping a none-out, bases-loaded jam, a missed squeeze and a pair of pop ups.
West Toronto’s Jacob Linhares, North York’s Daito Kojima, Dobie and Kojima all had two hits in a 10-0 win over Hamilton to start round-robin play. North Toronto’s Ryohei Suzuki had a pair of hits in a 9-1 win over Southern Counties, Kwon had two hits in a 5-2 win over Western Counties, Etobicoke’s AJ Padmore hit a two-run in a 6-1 win over Team North and Dobie had three hits, driving in a pair of runs in a 13-3 win over Western Counties in other games.
Farace led the way hitting for .444 (8-for-18) with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs for manager Honsing Leung, while Senior batted .389 (7-for-18) with three doubles and Wilson hit .385 (5-for-13) with two doubles and six RBIs.
Western Counties advanced to the final defeating Central Ontario 6-4 in the semi, but COBA won bronze in dramatic fashion. Trailing 5-4 with two out and a runner on first, Bill Arbuthnott’s team managed three homers for a 9-5 win.
Royce Ando hit a two-run shot to centre. After a single by Connor Morro, Jade Salmon-Williams hit his third homer of the game and Darren Shred also homered. Bailey Hantzakos was the winning pitcher.
Belated sympathies are extended to Norm Bryan of Toronto Greenwood Baseball and Jack Wilson of High Park Little League.
Bryan began coaching in the 1940s and was involved starting of East York Baseball in 1952 and took a group of players to the Leaside midget league. He went to Pape Playground in 1957, coached peewee and bantam, started Norm’s Little League at Greenwood which became Toronto Greenwood. He ran the league for 50 years, coaching mosquito, peewee and bantam teams to championships.
Wilson started High Park in 1953 and for the next 60 years, coached and was heavily involved in moving the program to where it is today, providing amateur ball from T-ball through junior.
“He had a baseball heart,” said former player Roman Kniginyzky, “Jack loved baseball. His devotion and dedication to the game and his players was unconditional. He taught us to love and respect the game.
“It was never about Jack: He was a humble man. He influenced many young lives and the common bond shared by those who were coached by him transcends age differences and generation gaps. I have no doubt he is heaven teaching the angels cutoffs and how to bunt.”
York Simcoe swept its best-of-three qualifier for the Summer Games beating Eastern Ontario 8-5 and 11-2.
Barrie’s Parker Walker got the win in the opener for coach Meyer Shemtov, pitching 41/3 innings allowing two earned runs, while Richmond Hill’s Kevin Hillsdon gained the save pitching 22/3 innings allowing one run.
Markham’s Sean Collie and Stayner’s Liam Gray each tripled.
Markham’s Tommy Ngyuen worked four innings allowing an earned run, while fanning six. Vaughan’s William DaCosta pitched three innings. Gray was 3-for-5 with a triple as Barrie’s Eric Beauchesne had three hits, including a double.
Pull the way
Brad Pullan of the Oshawa Legionaires set down the first 13 batters in order including five strikeouts but due to some shoddy defence wound up the losing pitcher as the Newmarket Hawks beat Oshawa 8-5 in Leaside junior play.
Only four of the runs against Pullan in 71/3 innings were earned. Christopher Davies went the seven innings for the win.
Kelly Durack led the Legionaires with four hits and three RBIs. Aaron McQuillen, Duncan Watt, Jordy Robinson and Brendon Tink chipped in with two hits each.
Jim Van Ostrand
Van Ostrand hit .407 (11-for-27) in the Washington Nationals system earning Canadian Baseball Network player of the week honours which goes to the best of 120 Canucks playing in the minors. The Richmond, B.C. native, who had a homer and five RBIs, knocked in the game winning run as Canada beat Team USA to win the Pan Am Games.
Runners-up: Mike Blanke, Granby, Que., .462 (6-for-13) one homer, five RBIs, class-A Winston-Salem (White Sox); Shawn Bowman, Coquitlam, B.C. .368 triple-A New Orleans (Marlins), London’s Brock Kjeldgaard, three homers, five RBIs, .364 double-A Huntsville (Brewers); Vancouver’s Tyson Gillies .360 two RBIs double-A Reading (Phillies); Whitby’s Stephen Wickens .348, three RBIs class-A Beloit (Twins), Taylor Green, Comox, B.C. .345, three homers, five RBIs, triple-A Nashville (Brewers), Frank Lafreniere, St. Bruno, Que. six scoreless, rookie-class Danville Braves, Toronto’s Jameson Taillon, five scoreless double-A Altoona (Pirates).