COBA, Week II: Brampton Royals, DiRoma, Rienzo

Marco DiRoma now of the Brampton Royals shown here during his days with the Saint Louis Billikens. 

Marco DiRoma now of the Brampton Royals shown here during his days with the Saint Louis Billikens. 

Royals Bring Out the Lumber in Week 2
By Dan Estey
Canadian Baseball Network

After having their first two games rained out, the Brampton Royals, got off to a solid start in COBA Major League regular season action. The Royals went 2-0 and currently sit on top of the Andrews Division after a week of play.

Brampton opened up their season with a home game against the Burlington Brants at Dave Dash Memorial Field on Thursday. The Royals got things rolling in the second as they put up five runs and never looked back from there scoring 11 more times over the next three frames to put this one out of reach early and win by a score of 16-1. Brampton starter RJ Page was the benefactor of all the run support as he picked up the win on the mound. Andrew Thomson had a big bases clearing double while rookie Brandon Manley swatted his first COBA Major League home run to lead the offense. 

On Saturday, the Royals then traveled to the Milton Sports Complex to take on El Mooro and the rest of the Red Sox. Things started off well again as Brampton got a run early in the first inning but the Milton answered back with four runs in the bottom half of that inning. Not to be out done, the Royals popped up a four spot of the own next inning to take a 5-4 lead after two innings. They added single runs in the next two innings to take a 7-4 lead after four complete. Milton clawed back with a run in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 7-5 but the big sticks came out for Brampton in the 7th inning as they tacked on nine runs and won by a score of 16-5.

COBA Major Lazer Pro Pitcher of the Week for Week 1+2 (May 4th-May 13th): RHP Jordan Rienzo of the Burlington Brants.

Rienzo had one appearance this week leading the Brants to a 9-2 victory over the Oakville A’s. In this game, he threw three scoreless innings on one hit. He walked one while striking out eight in collecting a no decision.

Hononable Mention
Rhys Tapper (Niagara Metros)
1 Game, 0 Win, 0 Losses, 1 Save, 3 Innings, 1 Hits, 0 Runs, 0 Earned Runs, 0.00 ERA, 3 BBs, 2 Ks

RJ Page (Brampton Royals)
1 Game, 1 Win, 0 Losses, 4 Innings, 4 Hits, 1 Run, 1 Earned Run, 2.25 ERA, 2 BBs, 7 Ks

COBA Major D-Ville Bats Player of the Week for Week 1+2 _ 3B Marco DiRoma of the Brampton Royals.

DiRoma played in two games during this period of games helping lead the Royals to a pair of wins 16-1 over the Burlington Brants and 16-5 over the Milton Red Sox. For his week, he was 6-for-8 (.750) with five singles, and a double. He also walked once while scoring four runs and collecting five RBIs and 4 stolen bases.

Hononable Mention
John Broll (Mississauga SW Twins)
1 Game, .600 Avg., 5 AB, 3 Hits, 2 Singles, 1 Double, 4 RBI, 2 Runs, 1 BB

Brendan Power (Milton Red Sox)
2 Games, .625 Avg, 8 AB, 5 Hits, 4 Single, 1 Double, 1 RBI, 4 Runs, 1BB, 1 SB

Linescores Week 2
Monday, May 8th

Oakville A’s at Erindale Cardinals -- PPD rain

Tuesday
Clarkson Park Runs Hits Errors

Etobicoke Rangers 6 11 3
Mississauga SW Twins 15 9 1
WP – James Byrnes, LP – Andrew Hyde

Wednesday
Nelson Park Runs Hits Errors

Oakville A’s 2 2 4
Burlington Brants 9 9 1
WP – Evan Krychowski, LP – Matt Reagan.

Thursday
Dave Dash Memorial Field Runs Hits Errors

Burlington Brants 1 5 1
Brampton Royals 16 16 1
WP – RJ Page, LP – Cam Ryerson
HR – Brandon Manley (Bram.)

George Taylor Field Runs Hits Errors
Erindale Cardinals 9 14 0
Niagara Metros 4 3 2
WP - Mark Taplin, LP - Tyler Wood

Friday
9th Line Sports Park Runs Hits Errors

Niagara Metros 4 3 0
Oakville A’s 3 7 0
WP – Taylor Boyle, LP– Chris Grittani
Save – Rhys Tapper

Connorvale Park Runs Hits Errors
Milton Red Sox 8 18 3
Etobicoke Rangers 9 13 3
WP – Kyle Breitner, LP – Steve Jablonski

Saturday
Milton Sports Complex Runs Hits Errors

Brampton Royals 16 14 1
Milton Red Sox 5 5 1
WP – Brad McLaughlin, LP– Liam Tennant
HR – Patrick Pinlac, Joe Ferreira (Bram)

Dan Estey

Dan Estey was born in Fredericton, N.B., began playing in the Fredericton Minor Baseball Association and has played for the past 26 years. He’s appeared on the national stage: as a member of Team New Brunswick at the Baseball Canada Cup in 2000 in Stonewall, Man., was with the Fredericton Royals at the 2001 nationals midgets in Stonewall, and was with Fredericton at the 2003 Junior Nationals in Windsor, Ont. Estey played five years at the University of New Brunswick (2001-2005) winning four Atlantic Conference championships and three medals at the Canadian Intercollegiate Association championships (silver in 2001 in Ottawa, bronze in 2002 in Fredericton and gold in 2003 in Montreal. Moving to Ontario in 2006 he now resides in Mississauga. After playing three years for the Niagara Metros (2008-2010) of the Central Ontario Major League, he is currently learning under skipper Greg Cranker with the Erindale Cardinals (2011-present) of the same loop. He enjoys golfing and reading in my down time and run the website for the Central Ontario Major League, follows senior ball around the province of Ontario. This year he wrote about senior related topics and plan on doing more of the same next year in a larger capacity.