Monday, November 20, 2017

Thornhill Reds Senior Baseball

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It was a disappointing weekend at the 2016 Provincial championship tournament for the Thornhill Reds, who lost two straight one run ball games, and came home empty handed.

Friday night the Reds took a 2-0 lead to the final frame, when a determined Mississauga Twins team strung together three hits and capitalized on a Reds error to storm back and snatch the weekend opener 3-2. Chadwick Cameron(7-2) was the tough luck loser after throwing a gem of a game. He had allowed just two hits the entire way while striking out three, before the Twins late rally left the Reds deflated heading into Saturday.

Saturday, saw another excellent pitching performance wasted, as Josh Appel(5-1) suffered his first loss of the year when the Reds were shutout by veteran Ian Zettle and the Milton Red Sox 1-0. Thornhill managed just three hits in the game, and were eliminated after a tough weekend.

Thornhill is back at it Wednesday night, when they host Bolton at Bishops Cross Park.

 

Reds go 2-1 at the Hap

The Thornhill Reds lost to the Oakville A's 13-4 on Friday night, but bounced back Saturday to win 2-1 against Brampton and 5-4 versus Newmarket. Advancing was not in the cards however for the Reds, who missed the cut after allowing too many runs to grab one of the top six seeds in the eighteen team tournament. Bright spots over the weekend included another excellent mound performance from Josh Appel, who worked a complete game win against Brampton on Saturday morning. The big righty allowed no earned runs and struck out eight along the way. Chadwick Cameron also improved to 6-1 on the year, with his complete game effort against Newmarket on Saturday afternoon. Kris Fielding hit his first home run of the year, and was 5-6 at the plate in three games, walking five times and was only retired once the entire weekend. Rookie Jacob Hillier also continued to pound the ball, with five hits over the weekend, including a 3-4 effort against Brampton.

The Reds go twice this week in league play, hosting Newmarket on Wednesday and travelling to Bolton on Thursday.

 

One loss one win one lightning storm

The Thornhill Reds went 1-1 this week in GTBL action, losing at home to the East York Bulldogs 16-12 on Wednesday, and winning on the road Thursday at Leaside 6-4.

The Reds pitching and defense was not quite up to snuff at home Wednesday, when they lost their first home game of the year. The bats generated 12 runs, but after some key mental and physical mistakes on the defensive side of the diamond, Thornhill just didn't have enough to come back late against the first place Bulldogs. The loss was also compounded by a scary injury to Reds first baseman Harrison Greenough, who suffered a broken nose after taking a hard ground ball to the face. He is expected to miss a minimum of fifteen days, and the Reds wish him the best for a speedy recovery.

Thursday saw a flip side of the previous nights, when the Reds had just five hits, but took advantage of six Leaside errors to pick up an important road win at Talbot Park. Josh Appel remained unbeaten on the hill for the Reds improving his record to (4-0) in his excellent rookie campaign.

Friday night saw the Pickering Red Sox jump out to a 3-2 lead after four innings, however lightning decided to show its ugly face, and the game was unable to continue. It was called after a 40 minute delay, and will be rescheduled for a later date.

The Reds face the Martingrove Sox Wednesday night at home, and then are off to the Hap Walters tournament over the weekend. The Reds open up Friday night in Oakville against the A's, then play back to back Saturday against Brampton and Newmarket. If the Reds advance to Sunday, all games will be played in Milton.

   

Reds ready for busy week

With half of the GTBL regular season behind them, the Thornhill Reds currently sit at 10-3 and are ready for a busy week ahead. The Reds will play three games in three nights all against tough opponents. Wednesday night will see Thornhill put their unblemished 8-0 home record on the line when they host the scorching hot East York Bulldogs at Bishops Cross. Joe Presutti is scheduled to take the ball for the Reds, in a game that could be for first place in the league standings. Thursday the Reds head to Leaside, and will be looking to avenge a late inning collapse at Talbot Park in late June. Friday night the Reds head east to Pickering, for a matchup with the Red Sox at Don Beer Park.

Quickly approaching is the Hap Walters Tournament and the highlight of the year, the provincial eliminations. The second half of the season only gets tougher, and the Reds have shown they have the pieces to play with anyone. It should be a fun month as everything reaches crunch time, and lots of great baseball gets played.

 

Reds win Vaughan tourney

The Thornhill Reds are the 2016 Vaughan Vikings Senior Tournament champions. The Reds gutted out five straight wins in a little more than twenty four hours in capturing the first AAA tournament title of 2016. The weekend was a total team effort, as everyone contributed in many ways, which has become the standard in the Reds success this season. Total box scores from the weekend will be posted over the next day, and the Reds next action is Wednesday night at home when they host the Martingrove Sox at Bishops Cross at 730pm.

   

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