Saturday, May 26, 2018

Thornhill Reds Senior Baseball

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.


Windsor unfriendly to Reds

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.


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