TBA bantams win Ontario Summer Games

* The Toronto Baseball Association won gold at the Ontario Summer Games. Players: Henry Dennis, Tyler Dobie, Luca Farace, Jake Foden, Jackson Jones, Daito Kojima, Tony Kwon, Jacob Linhares, Gabby Naconechny, Ryan Ngan, AJ Padmore, Eric Senior, Doug Skillicorn, Ryohei Suzuki, Ian Wilson, Max Wright.  Coaches Honsing Leung, Jason Chee-Aloy, Peter Seto and Guy Yerama. GM: John Jepson, who wore his Toronto Maple Leafs jersey for luck .... 

By Bob Elliott 

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 4 2/3 scoreless inning ... without allowing a hit. Ngan was effectively wild.

North York’s Eric Senior, Scarborough’s Ian Wilson and Etobicoke’s Luca Farace had two hits apiece.

The hit to break up the no-hitter in the sixth was a soft pop up past the pitcher which the third baseman couldn’t make a play on, but West Toronto’s Jacob Linhares, ended the game by picking off the runner to start the celebration for Toronto

Second baseman Senior was 3-for-3 sparking a comeback in the semifinal, 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.

North York’s Daito Kojima, Dobie, Linhares and Kojima all had two hits in a 10-0 win over Hamilton to start round-robin play. West Toronto's Jake Foden and  Ngan worked the game and only allowed one hit,

North Toronto’s Ryohei Suzuki had a pair of hits in a 9-1 win over Southern Counties. West Toronto’s Jackson Jones, Dobie, Wilson and Kojima combined for a three hitter.

Kwon had two hits in a 5-2 win over Western Counties, as North Toronto’s Doug Skillicorn and Etobicoke’s AJ Padmore combined to strike out eight.

Padmore hit a two-run in a 6-1 win over Team North as Scarborough’s Henry Dennis pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing one run.

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.

Suzuki, with two doubles and five RBIs and Kwon, with three doubles, six RBIs and six stolen bases, each hit .375 (6-for-16).

Linhares batted .353 (6-for-17 with three doubles and three stolen bases and taking over behind the plate after Max Wright went down with a  concussion early parts in round-robin play.


Bronze winners: 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 a long homer his third of the game, earlier he had a two-run homer and a solo shot, and Darren Shred also homered.

Bailey Hantzakos was the winning pitcher for coach David Huctwith, also the wisest man in COBA and the best groundskeeper -- south of Dundas.


QUALIFYING: 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.