Richmond Hill Phoenix Minor Mosquito Rep - OBA 'A' Finalists

The Minor Mosquito Rep A team earned a Silver at the OBAs in London over the Labour Day 2018 weekend.

Facing a strong field of 12 teams, the round 1 win vs. Sarnia was a pivotal boost of confidence. The initial lead slipped away and they were down 4 in the top of the 7th. An 11-run explosion seemed to seal the game. However a nervous bottom of the 7th was finally closed out for an 18-16 win.

Happy to avoid the early game, round 2 brought a familiar foe, North Toronto, the TBA #2 seed from their interlock league. The 7-3 win behind a solid performance from two pitchers was crucial to preserve arms.

Round 3 was an intimidating matchup vs. London Tecumsehs, the LDBA champs who were undefeated to that point with an aggregate score of 39-9. A tremendous overall pitching and hitting performance was capped by a beautiful double play to end the top of the 4th. They closed it out in the bottom by mercy rule, 17-2.

They rose to the challenge of round 4 vs. Kitchener, pushing their well-rested opponent (who had a bye) in an exciting, close game. They were unable to hold a slim lead in the top of the 7th, losing 12-10.

Round 5 vs. host North London was a tense, lose and go home match up. A couple of hard hit foul balls scattered spectators and briefly brought some levity. A key 2-run double opened up the lead in the top of the 7th. They were able to hold on for a 9-7 win, redemption for the battering taken when North London eliminated them from their own tournament a month earlier.

They joyously entered the final needing back-to-back wins against undefeated Kitchener. Sadly it wasn't meant to be. Dominating pitching resulted in a 17-2 defeat.

Congratulations, it was a tremendous weekend that will be long remembered by all.

Pictured below is the Richmond Hill Rep Minor Mosquito A team after winning the YSBAs (left) and earning Silver at the OBAs (right).

 

Phoenix Peewee AAA end dream season with YSBA Championship, CNE Championship and Silver at the OBA Provincials

The Richmond Hill Phoenix AAA Peewee team enjoyed their most successful season in 2019.  A grueling offseason paid off and the boys won their first YSBA AAA championship against Aurora/King Jays after finishing second to the same team in last year’s playoffs.  The boys played 5 games in the year’s playoffs defeating Barrie Baycats 11 to 1, then the Aurora Jays 2 to 1 in a pitchers’ duel.  The third game saw the boys from Richmond Hill fall to Aurora 11 to 1, they quickly righted their ship and eliminated Barrie with a 7 to 3 score and finally captured their first YSBA with a 9 to 4 win over Aurora.  But the boys weren’t done yet.

Two weeks later they won the Phoenix their first CNE championship, defeating the Whitby Chiefs, Newmarket Hawks, West Toronto Wilcats and finally the Niagara Falls Falcons.  This prepared them for the Labour day OBA Championships, two days later.

The boys had a tough draw, their first game saw them play the Mississauga Majors, the National Peewee champions.  The boys won a walk off win defeating the Majors 3 to 2.  They then then moved on to play the home town Vaughan Vikings and defeated them 4 to 2.   Their next games saw them fall to the Kitchener Panthers 12 to 9, but the boys rallied and defeated the Mississauga North Tigers in a late-night game 18 to 10, and then defeated the Niagara Falls Falcons to 4 to reach their goal the OBA finals.  Alas it wasn’t to be Richmond Hill’s year.  Our team fell to the Kitchener Panthers for the second time in the tournament losing 12 to 5, and the Panthers were OBA Provincial Champions.

What made this season so special was the overall comradery and teamwork that the boys exhibited.  Hard work in the gym paid off and the boys had their most successful season yet.  Even more special was the fact that this was Head Coach Jeffrey Albaum’s last year with the team.   Over the past six years Jeff has been instrumental in turning a group of single A ball players into one of Ontario’s Top AAA baseball teams.   Jeff spent this season gently handing the reins of the team over to new Head Coach Fred DiGiacinto, who will continue to steers these young men’s baseball lives, in their Bantam Junior year.

Richmond Hill Phoenix House League All-Star Event - Sun August 26

Today, we held our 2nd annual House League All-Star event and I’m happy to share that our Richmond Hill Phoenix House League talent was on full display. Our Rookie and Mosquito All-Stars played 2 exciting games and competed against one another in 3 skills competitions (King of Swat, Road Runner and Flame Thrower). All around, a fantastic day of baseball.

  

Thank you to all the great volunteers that made this event a huge success.

2018 RH Phoenix Bantam Select - YSBA Finalists, heading to OBAs

Congratulations Richmond Hill Phoenix Bantam Select on making it to the finals in YSBA playoffs on August 17, 2018 and securing a spot in the OBA Provincials.

In Game 1 on Saturday morning of the YSBA playoffs in Barrie, it was a great comeback from 10-7 down to win by a walk off 11-10 against Newmarket.

In Game 2 on Saturday afternoon, we came hitting to victory over Vaughan #2, 9-5.

In Game 3 on Saturday evening, we played a high scoring game with victory over Innisfil 16-13.

In Game 4 on Sunday morning, there were only two teams left undefeated in the tournament from 14 teams in YSBA. Richmond Hill Phoenix came on top 10-8 against Barrie resulting in overall undefeated team, and we received a BYE for a spot in the top 3 teams to move on to the finals.

In Game 5 on Thursday evening, we played against Markham Navy and lost, which ended with a 3 way tie, between us, Markham and Orangeville. That day, while we would have loved to play another game to earn our spot, the baseball gods smiled on Richmond Hill, whereby we won the bye for the final spot in the YSBA playoffs.

In the Finals on Saturday afternoon, Markham Navy came in 1st place and Richmond Hill Phoenix came in 2nd place overall. Both teams will advance to the OBA tournament which takes place in Milton on August 31, 2018 to September 2, 2018.

Richmond Hill Phoenix Rep Minor Mosquito - YSBA 'A' Champions

Congratulations to the Rep Minor Mosquito 'A' team for winning the YSBA championship!

The core group successfully made the progression from Rookie Select finalists to Minor Mosquito Rep champions.

Friday vs. host Vaughan was a tight start and then a long rain delay before the game was finally suspended.

Saturday was a beautiful (and dry!) early start to resume the battle with Vaughan. A couple big double plays helped shatter the Vikings' spirit and they pulled away to prevail for the first time against that strong opponent, 17-8.

Game 2 was an epic battle vs. Thornhill. After taking a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st, it was a nail-biter as the Reds chipped away while deploying three flamethrowers to escape many innings with baserunners threatening. Via strong pitching, they ultimately prevailed 5-4 after the 9th, needing two extra innings.

Game 3 Saturday night vs. Orangeville was a tired affair not helped by a delayed start while waiting for an umpire. They took it 17-6 by mercy rule after 6 innings to enter the final four as the only remaining undefeated team.

Sunday morning was another beautiful day but the spectre of a rematch against Thornhill loomed. They proved their superiority however, taking another by mercy rule, 12-2 after 5 innings.

Only Orangeville remained between the Phoenix and the title. Feeling confident since still undefeated, the Bengals immediately shattered that by taking a fast 6-0 lead in the top of the 1st, extending it to 12-2. But they only bent and did not break. While the pitching was able to hold Orangeville, they crept back into the game. The exciting comeback fell short though, 14-12.

The pressure of the comeback likely contributed to Orangeville making a mistake. They used an ineligible pitcher, handing the title to the Phoenix. It was a bittersweet way to win the Championship but they had all the momentum and many strong and eligible pitchers available for the rematch if necessary.

Best wishes at the OBAs and congrats to the team for a memorable YSBA season.

Remember these names, their future is bright. Aaron A, Aidan N, Christian R, Evan P, Jacob H, Jayden Q, Josh D, Matthew B, Noah A, Noah F, Noah S and Sebastian R.

Thanks to all the wonderful parents for such dedication to their sons. For all their hard work and countless hours of service, thanks to coaches Etienne, Allan, Jerry, Joe and the rest of their staff - David, Diana, Raymond & Vincy.

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2018 Minor Bantam A, YSBA Champions (YSBA #1)

Congratulations are extended to the 2018 Minor Bantam "A" Phoenix for winning their YSBA regular season title, finishing first in the ten-team league with a record of 14-4-1. It was an impressive feat by the team, yet they were determined to build on their regular season success by putting forward a strong showing in the YSBA Playoff Qualifier (August 10-12), seeking to secure a spot in the OBA Provincials. 

In Game #1 of the YSBA Playoffs, the team earned a win over the Vaughan Vikings, thanks to the combination of their biggest offensive output of the season with strong pitching and fielding.

In Game #2, the lumber company was in full force once again and the Phoenix emerged victorious over the Markham Mariners. The third game of the tournament would bring together the only remaining undefeated teams, Richmond Hill and Newmarket.

In Game #3, the Richmond Hill squad moved out to an early lead, but the Hawks tied it up late in the game. In the bottom of the seventh, with the score still tied, the Phoenix fans erupted as the team earned the walk-off win with a clutch hit up the middle. Heading into the last day of the tournament, the Phoenix were the only undefeated team of the four teams remaining.

In Game #4, the team took on the Innisfil Cardinals. It was a back and forth affair before Richmond Hill was able to take control late in the game, earning the victory and the York-Simcoe Playoff Title.

The Phoenix will now prep for the OBA Provincials (held August 31 to September 2) as the #1-seed from York-Simcoe.

Congratulations to the team on the season and best of luck in the OBA Provincials!

2018 Minor Peewee A, YSBA Finalists (YSBA #2)

    Knowing the stakes at hand, the team played with discipline throughout the tournament coming together with strong defence and solid hitting. After being mercied on Saturday, their perseverance and tenacity on Sunday was rewarded as they are now off to the OBAs in London! Congrats to the team and coaches!

2018 Minor Peewee AA, Champions at Vaughan Tournament

On the weekend of June 15 th , the Richmond Hill Phoenix MinorPeewee team defeated the Vaughan Vikings at their home tournament, this was not an easy feat. 

The weekend did not start out well as Phoenix was defeated by their TBA rivals Annette with a final score of 7-14. This was a disappointment and left the team with the difficult task of winning all their remaining games to stay alive in the tournament. 

The first game on Saturday morning was against Vaughan Viking 2 team which Phoenix defeated by a score of 11-3.TBA rivals Annette with a final score of 7-14. This was a disappointment and left the team with the difficult task of winning all their remaining games to stay alive in the tournament.

Game 2 on Saturday afternoon in the blistering heat was against the Halton Hills Eagles in which Phoenix easily defeated 19-8, advancing Phoenix into the quarter finals. The quarter final game on Saturday evening was against Aurora King Jays who also fell to Phoenix by a score of 12-2. This moved Phoenix into the semi finals on Sunday morning.

The Sunday morning semi final game was against the Oakville A’s. This was to be a hard fought game which saw Phoenix taking an early 8 run lead. However, Oakville battled back with Richmond Hill Phoenix prevailing to win 9-8. With the semi final victory, Phoenix secured a spot in the Championship game on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday afternoon’s Championship game against arched rivals Vaughan Vikings was held under scorching conditions. Both teams battled hard for 7 innings with Phoenix winning the championship game with the final score of 6-3. 

After a disappointing first game lost the Richmond Hill Phoenix Minor Peewee team remained focused on their task and won their next five games to win the Vaughan Vikings tournament, a total team effort. 

Congratulations Phoenix. Well done!

2017 Rookie Select Team YSBA Finalists

 13-Aug-2017; posted 12-Sep-2017

Congrats to the 2017 Rookie Select Team for finishing second in the YSBA playoffs.

After adjusting to their first year of competitive ball, they turned around a 2-7 start to go undefeated (8-0-1) in remaining league play, climbing to 4th place.

A strong semi-final finish at the Wexford tournament set them up well for the YSBA playoffs.

The playoffs were a gruelling 6 games in 3 days, plus back and forth travel to Innisfil. Round 1 was a convincing 18-10 defeat of #7 Newmarket. Rain delays meant a late drive home and an early start the next morning to squeeze in the delayed game.

Round 2 was a solid 18-10 defeat of #5 Aurora leading to Round 3 against their neigbourly nemesis, #1 Markham. However, they carried the confidence of being the only undefeated team in league play against Markham and pulled out a bottom of last comeback for the upset win.

Round 4, they succumbed to #2 Orangeville, in a tiring, late, tight third game of the day.

Round 5 started slow against #7 Newmarket, compounded by a scary eye injury to a teammate (happy to report he is well now). But the rematch was pulled out of the fire with a resounding 25-8 score.

The boys finally ran out of gas in the final during the rematch with #1 Markham.

Congrats to Aaron, Benjamin, Christian, Jacob, Jayden, Josh, Justin, Luigi, Matthew, Nathan, Noah A, Noah F, Sebastian and Quinn. Looking forward to see the future of this promising, fun-loving and talented group.

Special thanks to Coach Etienne, Coach Allan, Manager David and Scorekeeper Vincy for all their efforts. Thanks to all the parents for helping out and supporting your sons so well. It was a memorable season that we'll never forget.

 

Richmond Hill Phoenix Select Mosquito Gold Team OBA Finalists

Great run to the finals. So proud of the kids showing grit and tenacity. Congrats Coaches and Players.

 

Richmond Hill Phoenix Rep Minor Bantam “A” Going to OBA's

 

NEVER. EVER. GIVE. UP.

 Always play to the ‘END’ in a Baseball Game since ‘ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN’!

 These were common messages for our Team ALL Season long and they proved to be the case at the YSBA Playoff 

Qualifier in Vaughan.

 Game 1 vs. Vaughan

 We played Vaughan, the Host Association, in Game 1 on Friday evening and they were the #1 Team all season long and had only lost (1) Game in the Regular Season. They finished the Regular Season 18-1 and we had played them very tough when we faced them twice in the Regular Season. This was just an amazing game that went back and forth and 

we were down 6-5 going to Bottom of 7th inning. Thank Goodness we won the coin toss and we were the Home Team! We scored twice in the Bottom of 7th to win 7-6 in just a terrific game! :)

Game 2 vs. Innisfil

We then played Innisfil in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon. In a game that you actually had to be at the Game to believe what happened. I was THERE and I still can’t believe what happened?! Their Starting Pitcher for Innisfil pitched a heck of a Game and we just could not get anything going on Offense. Their Team Defense was solid also and it was just one of those games.

We had (4) 3 up 3 down innings against them. We just could not get any Base runners, etc. at all. In the 6th inning his Pitch Count was reached and he had to leave the game. EVERYTHING changed completely. We were DOWN 7-1 going to Bottom of 7th inning and again we were Home Team and had won the coin toss :)

We scored SEVEN RUNS in the Bottom of 7th with (4) of the Runs coming with (2) Outs and we WON 8-7! Innisfil Players, Coaches, Parents, etc. could not believe what had just happened and were in stunned disbelief to say the least. Our Team Players, Coaches, Parents will NEVER forget that game! Players, Teams, Coaches, etc. were STILL talking about this game on Sunday!

Game 3 vs. Newmarket

We played Newmarket on Saturday evening and played really well and beat them 12-2. It was just a great night for Baseball and now our Team was 3-0 and heading to Sunday as the only Undefeated Team still playing!?

Game 4 vs. Barrie

We played Barrie on Sunday morning with a chance to officially finish 4-0 and lock up the #1 YSBA Team heading to OBA Provincials. It happened for us and we won 6-2 in another very good game! Vaughan finished with #2 Seed, and Newmarket eliminated Barrie later in the day to finish with the #3 Seed. YSBA will be sending (3) Teams to the OBA Provincial Playoffs on Labour Day weekend.

Just an incredible weekend of Baseball in Games that we will not soon forget!

 

Richmond Hill Phoenix Rep Mosquito “AA” wins Richmond Hill Mosquito Tournament

After being finalists at the recent Newmarket and Niagara Falls tournaments, the RH Phoenix Mosquito “AA” team was determined to win their home tournament this past weekend.

Game # 1 on Friday night saw Phoenix quickly defeating the Vaughan Viking team 19-1. In game # 2 on Saturday morning they defeated Brampton Royals 17-1. The afternoon game # 3 was much the same as Phoenix defeated the London West Tincats 13-4. Phoenix was undefeated in the first round of the tournament but Sunday’s round of games would be a lot tougher.

First up on Sunday’s quarter final game were the Mississauga Twins. Phoenix handily defeated them 17-2 which set up the semi final against their rivals, the Newmarket Hawks. This game was a battle with both teams playing hard. Phoenix went on to win 8-6. This game was highlighted by the 3 run home run by Phoenix. However, the joy was short lived as one of the Phoenix players went down with an injury and was out of the tournament.
The Championship game was a rematch against Niagara Falls Falcons. This game saw Phoenix take an early 4-0 lead, but the pesky Falcons slowly clawed their way back to tie the game and they eventually took a 7-5 lead in the top of the 6th inning. Again, Phoenix had to battle adversity as another one of their key players went down and was out of the tournament. Phoenix tied the game in the bottom of the 6th inning with some solid offence which set the stage for an epic 7th inning with all to play for.

Phoenix shut down the Niagara Falls Falcons with some outstanding defence in the top of the 7th inning and went on to a walk off victory with the winning run scoring at a play at homeplate. The final score was 8-7.

The team’s record for this 16 team tournament was 6 wins and 0 lost. They outscored their opponents 82 to 23.

 

Richmond Hill Phoenix Mosquito Select Gold - YSBA Champs

Richmond Hill Phoenix Mosquitoes Muskoka Cup Tournament Champions

04-Aug-2017

On the weekend of July 21st through 23rd, the Richmond Hill Phoenix Mosquito team competed in the Muskoka Cup baseball tournament. They won all three games In their round-robin pool play and were off to the playoffs. The team they faced i the semi-finals had also won their three round-robin games, shutting out their opponents 29-0 in one case. The might Phoenix team won that game and were off to the finals agains another strong team. Unfortunately, they were too much for our Phoenix team, so we were awarded second place - a great accomplishment and a reason to be proud.

A week after the tournament, the head coach of the Phoenix team was contacted by the tournament convenor, who indicated that due to a rule infraction, the other team had been stripped of the title, and the Richmond Hill Phoenix Mosquito team was now the Muskoka Cup Mosquito Division Champions.

 

Richmond Hill Phoenix Minor Midget AA Finalists at Bolton Braves Tournament!!!

19-Jul-2017

What an amazing weekend for 13 boys born in 2001 and 2002 from Richmond Hill.  With tiredness and injures under their green belts, taking on 10 best teams in the Bolton Braves Tournament was ambitious to be sure...

But the Phoenix really showed their colours.  The Green and Gold fought through several very tight games against experienced teams, to advance through round robin play and the Semis to reach the Final and place second overall.

Game one on Friday was a great defensive battle against the Burlington Bulls ending with a win. Final score: 4-2.

Game two, playing on the same diamond as Friday evening against the tough Pickering Red Sox team, our lock-down defense was superb, and the bats were cracking, winning 7-4 in 6 innings.

Game three, the last round robin game was against the North York Blues. In a must-win, the back and forth affair came to the bottom of the 7th, to end in a 3-3 tie. With North York's tying run crossing the plate, Phoenix sealed the game with a strikeout for the final out. Great game not allowed for cardiacs.

Game four, the semis, saw the Phoenix get out to a short early lead in the sunny Sunday morning, and had to dig-deep to beat back a 2-run rally from the strong Burlington Bulls, to hold on for a 6-5 win.

Game five, in the tournament final, it was against Thornhill Reds. Another back and forth affair became a 2-2 tie, going into the bottom of the 6th Reds took advantage of a few mistakes we made, and added big bats to them, including two balls to the fence, to put 4 heavy runs on us. In in the top of the 7th, we fought until the end and we scored two more runs. Final score was 6-4 for Thornhill Reds.

All told, players, coaches and parents should be very proud of taking 2nd place in a big tournament.  These kids are special, they performed well and handled themselves with grace. When on the big stage, premium opponents and a difficult game should have made us feel small, we played GREAT!!! Make way for more Green and Gold. Never give up Phoenix! Go for more!

Aiden K, Arjun A, Christian R, Connor E, Dylan V, Eric L, Ian C, Jacob Y, Kazuo N-H, Michael K, Myles F,  Nathan R, Robbie B all played well and gave 110%.

Congratulations to our players who received their MVPs: Game 1-Christian R, Game 2-Michael K, Game 3-Connor E, Semifinal-Eric L and Final-Kazuo N-H.

A great weekend for a great group of kids with so much potential. Great Work!!!!!!

Thanks to all the coaches and players as well as the parents and grandparents for all their support.

 

Mosquito Select Green Team Celebrate Canada Day In Style

Mosquito House League Pitching Clinic a success!

24-May-2017

Seventy five players and several House League coaches took part in a pitching clinic led by The Dugout Baseball & Softball Academy. A good time was had by all. This was the first session of four that are planned to introduce pitching to House League Mosquito and PeeWee players.

Minor Peewee Team Wins MSBA 'AAA' Tournament

15-May-2017

The tournament started on Friday May 12th with a hard fought 4-3 win over Whitby. Richmond Hill took a 4-1 lead going into the top of the 7th. Whitby pushed two runs across in the top half of the frame but their batter was thrown out at 2nd base from left field to end the game.

Saturday's game at 10:00 started with 2 scoreless innings. Mississauga SW Twins scored no runs in the top of third. In the bottom of the third, the team batted around twice and scored 18 runs, a new record, to mercy the Twins.

With a 2-0 record, that set up an 8:00 pm showdown with the Milton Mets who were also 2-0, in a winner take all battle. After 3 innings, Richmond Hill was down 7-1. The defense tightened up and a pitching change kept us in the game. In the top of the 6th, Richmond Hill pushed across 4 runs to make it 7-5. After a scoreless bottom of the 6th, Richmond Hill came up and pushed across another 4 runs to make it 9-7. A 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the 7th propelled the team into the semi-finals on Sunday morning.

The semi-final game was against the WOBA Bulls - a team who destroyed Phoenix a year earlier in the Newmarket Silver Bat Tournament. Without question, it was the best pitched game of the tournament. After 4 innings, the score was 1-0 in favour of Phoenix. The Phoenix team pushed across another run in the top of the 5th to make it 2-0. WOBA scored in the bottom of the 5th to make it 2-1. There was no scoring in the 6th. The Phoenix bats woke up in the 7th to plate 4 runs and give the team a 6-1 win.

The stage was set for a dramatic final. Phoenix was to face their interlock rivals: Ajax. In the top of the first Ajax scored 2 runs but Phoenix came back with 3 of their own in the bottom. In the top of the 5 with Phoenix leading 6-2, Ajax scored 4 runs to tie the game at 6. Phoenix immediately fought back by scoring 2 in the bottom of the 5th and 6th innings taking a 10-6 lead into the 7th. Ajax pushed one across to make it 10-7 and with the bases loaded and 1 out, Richmond Hill turned a double play to end the game and giving the team their first tournament win of the season. Congratulations to the players and coaching staff on a job well done.