Friday, April 20, 2018

Thornhill Reds Senior Baseball

Appel to start opener

The Thornhill Reds will send Josh Appel to the hill tonight in their season opener, when they visit the Pickering Red Sox at Don Beer Park, at 7pm. The Reds are coming off a 2016 GTBL championship, and will look to defend their crown in the coming months.



Thornhill inks two more

Just before the start of the 2017 season the Thornhill Reds announced two more signings for the summer.

Warren Kember, a Thornhill native will add some depth at the infield corner spots, after attending Emory College in Georgia. The right handed stick has some pop in his bat, and although he spent a year away from the game, will provide some much needed platoon options for the Reds.

Mack Major was a second team all star for the Lethbridge Bulls in the talent heavy WMBL, in Saskatchewan/Alberta in 2016, and the talented righty has chosen to pitch out of Bishops Cross for 2017.

The Reds open up Saturday in Pickering, at 7pm. Josh Appel will take the ball to start for Thornhill.


Reds ready to defend GTBL championship

The Thornhill Reds are excited to begin play in the 2017 GTBL season, after another busy off season that welcomed more talent to the club.

After a year hiatus from the Reds, Dan Lehmkuhl returns to the club and will add some veteran smarts and another quality arm on the hill. He has a number of GTBL all star selections at SS under his belt, and will also offer some depth in the infield when not on the hill.

A freshman reliever at Northwood University in Michigan, Peter Joseph(a Thornhill native) will make his senior debut with the Reds in 2017. The young sidewinder is expected to be a solid one/two inning guy after a nice career with the Toronto Mets.

Gianfranco Morello is currently wrapping up a huge junior year at Charleston U in West Virginia. The talented left handed stick is another Toronto Mets product who along with Joseph, Sean Sutton and Jacob Hillier are part of the Reds these days via the top end elite program.

Junya Oshima, who last played for U of T and North York junior, will primarily pitch out of the Reds bullpen, but can also step in and help out on the infield. He joins older brother Yusuke, who is in his third season with the AAA Reds.

Zach Lampreia is a talented infielder and hitter, who joins the Reds after junior college in California. He is a viable option on defense at multiple positions, and can also handle the bat. He could also be a bonus on the hill, he has been used on the bump in years past as well.

The Reds also welcome Alex Pike to the coaching staff for 2017. Alex comes to the Reds with a multitude of coaching experience in Australia, Ireland and England.

The Reds will play a 25 game regular season schedule, opening up on May 13th in Pickering. They also are part of the GTBL/Quebec exchange tournament from June 2-4 at Bishops Cross, defend their 2016 Vaughan Tournament championship in mid June, attend the talent laden Hap Walters COBA Major Tournament in mid July, and of course compete at the Ontario Elimination Tournament in London- Aug. 4-7.

Stay tuned for more news and information as things get going over the next couple weeks.



Reds win first GTBL/COBA championship

The Thornhill Reds finished off a great 2016 with a 2-1 series win against the COBA Major champion Erindale Cardinals. Thornhill took home bragging rights in the first ever GTBL/COBA championship series with the win.







- S. Sutton(TH) 4-4

- R. McGibbon(TH) 3-4, 2 2B

- M. Sutton(TH) 6 IP, 2 ER






- J. Hillier(TH) 3-4








Championship weekend recap

It was a special weekend for the Thornhill Reds and manager Nolan Revin. After missing the league championship tournament in 2015, the rebuilt Thornhill Reds finished off a very good 2016, claiming their third GTBL championship in four years with a 5-2 win against Pickering. The Reds turned in a solid league effort all year, finishing third in the competitive AAA loop, with a 16-8 record. Playing good baseball early on, the Reds won five games in the Vaughan Tournament and brought home a championship at the early stages of the year. The Reds now move on to face the COBA Major champion Erindale Cardinals, in the first edition of the COBA/GTBL championship series. Thornhill will play a two out of three series on September 10 and 11 at Centennial Park to determine who earns league bragging rights.

Here is the recap of the Reds weekend en route to the GTBL crown.



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