Saturday, January 20, 2018

Thornhill Reds Senior Baseball

Reds headed to the final on Sunday

The Thornhill Reds have put themselves in place to win the GTBL championship on Sunday at Kirkey Park, after going 2-1 over the first two days of the final four tournament to advance to the final. The Reds will have to beat the surging Pickering Red Sox two straight on Sunday, as the streaking eastern team has been playing some good baseball.

Friday night Chadwick Cameron(9-2) dug deep and held off the East York Bulldogs for a 6-5 Reds win. On Saturday afternoon, the Reds wasted a great outing from Mitch Sutton who evened his record at (2-2) after Thornhill never got the offense going in a 2-1 loss to the aforementioned Red Sox. Later Saturday afternoon, in the do or die game against the East York Bulldogs for the second time in three games, the Reds came out swinging, and cruised to a five inning 15-5 mercy win. Russell McGibbon(1-0) worked all five frames for the win.

The Reds will send Joe Presutti to the mound on Sunday morning for game one, with hopes of back to back wins against the Pickering Red Sox.


Reds advance to final four

The Thornhill Reds bats exploded in the do or die game three against the Bolton Brewers, and Josh Appel pitched his second complete game of the series, as the Reds smacked the Brewers 10-0 to win the two out of three.

Appel improved to (7-1) in his excellent rookie campaign, after a seven inning, two hit, seven strike out performance Wednesday. Sean Sutton and Jacob Hillier provided two and three run extra base hits respectively, to power the Reds offense. Sutton finished the night 2-3 with three RBI and three runs scored.

The Reds advance to the GTBL finals, which they won back to back in 2013 and 2014, with the three seed, and will face the East York Bulldogs in game one of the double knockout tournament. Chadwick Cameron will take the ball for the Reds in the opener.


Game three on Wednesday

The Thornhill Reds split the first two games of their playoff series with the gritty Bolton Brewers, and face a do or die game three in order to advance to the 2016 GTBL championship tournament.

Game one saw the Reds come back in the ninth inning on two, two run home runs. Mitch Sadofsky blasted a game tying shot and Argenis Paz hit one three batters later, to power the Reds to a 5-3 win in the opener. Josh Appel tossed a complete game for the win, improving to (7-1) in his impressive rookie campaign.

In Bolton on Sunday night, a short staffed Reds team battled back from an early 6-0 deficit to tie the game at six, but fell late to the determined Brewer squad 9-7. Eric Wakeman suffered the loss in relief, while Russell McGibbon and Argenis Paz both turned in three hit nights.

Game three goes Wednesday night, where Josh Appel is expected to take the ball in an attempt to pitch the Reds into the final four weekend.


Reds finish third in GTBL standings

With a 16-8 league record, the Thornhill Reds finished third overall and will face the Bolton Brewers in the first round of the GTBL playoffs.

In the league finale the Reds needed a win in Pickering to remain in third spot, and ace Chadwick Cameron(8-2) ensured that would be the case. The veteran righty allowed two unearned runs over seven innings of work, in pitching the Reds to a 14-4 road win. Cameron improved to a league best (7-0) in GTBL action, and is one of the favorites to win his second straight GTBL pitcher of the year award.

The Reds also got great seasons from newcomers Josh Appel, Russell McGibbon, Jacob Hillier, Harrison Greenough and Joe Presutti, all who will be in the mix for GTBL all star selections. Sean Sutton had yet another MVP type season, and will be on the short list for multiple GTBL major awards. The Reds also welcomed back Argenis Paz at short stop, who provided outstanding defense and another excellent season with the bat. Mitch Sutton also put together a good year on the mound for the Reds, providing them with some very solid starts all year long. Chris Bloom and Kravice Batts rounded out the everyday regulars for the Reds, and had steady seasons playing a variety of positions for Thornhill.

The Reds will face the sixth place Bolton Brewers in a best two of three playoff series, with the winner advancing to the GTBL final four league championship tournament. Josh Appel will take the ball in game one, Saturday afternoon at 2pm at Bishops Cross.


League finale not without meaning

The Thornhill Reds final 2016 regular season game in Pickering tonight has playoff implications all over it. Win and finish third overall, setting up a playoff series with the Bolton Brewers, lose and finish fourth, which would mean the Reds would play the fifth place Hawks in the opening playoff round.

The Reds and Red Sox are tied 2-2 in the season series, and will send Chadwick Cameron(7-2) to the mound in hopes of clinching third spot overall in the GTBL standings.

The Reds are coming off an 11-8 home win against the Leaside Leafs, in a game that saw the Reds go deep four times on the night. Rookie Harrison Greenough hit his team lead seventh of the season, and took the lead in the GTBL home run race, with his sixth in league play.


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