Phoenix Minor Midget 16U Team Finishes Top 4 in Ontario at OBA Provincials!

It was an incredible Labour Day Weekend of Baseball at the OBA Provincials in Kitchener, ON with the Top 12 Teams in Ontario representing 16U Minor Midget A!

Phoenix Minor Midget Team was undefeated heading into Saturday evening against very strong competition and beating Teams earlier in the Tournament from Hamilton, Ottawa and Orillia.

The team came up short on the Sunday of the OBA Provincials and losing in the Semi-Finals.

Halton Hills Eagles who had beaten Phoenix earlier went on to win the OBA Provincial Championship.

It was an AMAZING Baseball Year and the ‘Journey To Become Provincial Champions’ came up a little short.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following Players and Coaches for a TERRIFIC achievement and incredible 2019 Season!

PLAYERS
Sam Charlton - # 2, Conner Durocher - #20, Sam Edmands - #34, Alex Mascioli - #17, Hayden McCartney - #4, Khyle Moledina - #10, Mark Petruk - #77, Justin Philip - #5, Justyn Rajadurai - #9, Andrew Schleicher - #11, Connor Snelgrove - #8, Ryan Stewart - #14

COACHES
Joel Durocher, Jerrold Potter, Charles Snelgrove, Sal Moledina

 

 

Richmond Hill Phoenix 15U Rep Team Wins Provincial Championships

The Richmond Hill Phoenix 15U Rep Team brought home a 2019 provincial championship thanks to their efforts in Guelph over the Labour Day Weekend. Competing within a 12-team field for the title, the Phoenix were able to deliver five high-quality wins against the top teams in Ontario (including London West, Cambridge, Sarnia and LaSalle), finishing with a 3-2 win in the championship game against the talented LaSalle Titans. With a solid combination of pitching, defense, hitting, and base running, the Phoenix went 5-0 in the tournament (building on their 5-1 record in the YSBA's). All told, the team won 10 of their last 11 games against the top competition in York-Simcoe, and impressively, across Ontario. With the provincial championship win, every member of the Phoenix received Baseball Ontario provincial championship rings and New Era championship hats.

The provincial championship was the culmination of a special season for the 15U Phoenix. With an overall seasonal record of 31-7-2, the team finished first in YSBA league play with a 14-2-1 record, and they were also able to win the YSBA Playdown Tournament on the August 9th – 11th weekend, earning the only YSBA spot for the provincial tournament championship. It was the second consecutive YSBA regular season title and playdown tournament championship for the team.

Congratulations are extended to all the players, coaches and families for their impressive accomplishment and season. Most importantly, the 15U Phoenix received praise throughout the season from their opponents for competing hard, but always cleanly. Sportsmanship and respect were the prevailing traits most often mentioned.

Congratulations to Adrian (#5), Jake (#7), Jaden (#18), Ryan (#36), Alex (#14), Cayden (#16), Colm (#8), Ross (#2), Sohum (#10), Sajjan (#6), Nate (#42) and Junhee (#21). Special thanks to coaches Chris, John, Mark, and Sean. Heartfelt appreciation is also extended to Team Manager, Lisa.

 

Phoenix Minor Midget 16u Team Wins The 2019 YSBA Playdown Qualifier, Heading To OBA Provincials In Kitchener On Labour Day Weekend

It was an incredible weekend of YSBA Playoff Baseball hosted by Vaughan Baseball Association. There were several thrilling Baseball Games for the Players, Coaches and any of the Parents/Families/Friends, etc. that attended and watched the Games!

Game #1
On Friday Night, Phoenix had to really battle to beat the Barrie Baycats Team 3-2. Phoenix played solid defensively and Barrie would not go away, but Phoenix prevailed.

Game #2
Phoenix played an incredible Saturday Game in the afternoon against a fantastic Orillia Royals Team! Phoenix won 3-2 with a Walk-Off Win in ‘Extra Innings’ in the Bottom of the 8th Inning!

Game #3
Phoenix then beat a very tough Markham Mariners Team 16-14 on Saturday evening, in an emotional and thrilling roller-coaster game that once again went to ‘Extra Innings’ and Phoenix prevailed in 8 innings!

Game #4
Phoenix closed out an UNDEFEATED YSBA Playoff Qualifier Weekend by soundly beating Orangeville Bengals 13-1 to officially clinch the YSBA #1.

It was just an incredible weekend of Baseball for our Phoenix Team to go UNDEFEATED with 4 Wins and 0 Losses!

Back in the Fall (October 2018), each of the Players and Team Coaches set a TEAM GOAL: WIN THE 2019 YSBA QUALIFIER AND REACH THE PROVINCIAL OBA TOURNAMENT. Hard work persistence perseverance paid off and our team was rewarded in achieving this goal.

The Top 12 Teams in Ontario for Minor Midget 16U will be represented in the OBAs by the various Baseball Associations.

It will be an exciting and challenging OBA Provincials in Kitchener on Labour Day Weekend with so many terrific Baseball Teams!

CONGRATULATIONS TO PHOENIX MINOR MIDGET 16U 2019 YSBA CHAMPIONS #1 TEAM!

THANK YOU TO ALL THE AMAZING PARENTS, FAMILIES & FRIENDS FOR ALL THE TERRIFIC SUPPORT OF OUR TEAM ALL SEASON LONG!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS & COACHES ON A FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT!

PLAYERS
Sam Charlton (#2), Conner Durocher (#20), Sam Edmands (#34), Alex Mascioli (#17), Hayden McCartney (#4), Khyle Moledina (#10), Mark Petruk (#77), Justin Philip (#5), Justyn Rajadurai (#9), Andrew Schleicher (#11), Connor Snelgrove (#8), Ryan Stewart (#14)

COACHES
Joel Durocher (#23), Jerrold Potter (#32), Charles Snelgrove (#27), Sal Moledina (#66)

 

Richmond Hill Phoenix 15U Rep Team Wins 2019 YSBA Regular Season Title and YSBA Playdown Tournament: Provincials Next

The Richmond Hill Phoenix 15U Rep Team has had a successful season to date. Finishing first in YSBA league play with a 14-2-1 record, the team was also able to win the YSBA Playdown Tournament on the August 9th – 11th weekend, earning the only YSBA spot for the upcoming 12-team Provincial Tournament Championship. The team played 6 games in 33 hours, finishing with a 5-1 tournament record against strong YSBA competition. This was the second consecutive YSBA regular season title and playdown tournament championship for the team. Kudos are extended to all the players, coaches and families on this team accomplishment. Congratulations to Adrian (#5), Jake (#7), Jaden (#18), Ryan (#36), Alex (#14), Cayden (#16), Colm (#8), Ross (#2), Sohum (#10), Sajjan (#6), Nate (#42) and Junhee (#21), not pictured. Special thanks to coaches Chris, John, Mark, and Sean. Appreciation is also extended to Team Manager, Lisa.

The team now prepares for the Provincial Tournament Championship scheduled for August 30th to September 2nd in Guelph.

 

 

Richmond Hill Phoenix 11U Major Mosquito AA takes Second Place at Ajax Tournament

The Richmond Hill Phoenix 11U Rep AA team finished in second place at the Ajax Mega Tournament on Aug 2-4.

Friday night against local rival Vaughan, the team fell behind 6-0 after three innings. Instead of hanging their heads and welcoming defeat, the boys remained focused and fought back scoring six runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. Three more runs in the fifth before time expired gave Richmond Hill the first game victory we wanted.

Saturday's first game was versus an under-aged Ajax team. Richmond Hill did not take their opponent lightly and took a commanding 18-0 lead after scoring 13 runs in the second inning. Ajax scored one run in the top of the third but Richmond Hill completed the mercy by plating one run in the bottom of the third inning and were very excited to start the tournament with two wins. Saturday's second game was against TBA rival Leaside. Knowing that a win would guarantee a berth in the semi-finals, Richmond Hill struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning. Leaside chipped away, eventually walking off with a 3-2 victory. After a complex tie-breaking formula, Richmond Hill finished as the third seed and qualified for Sunday play.

Sunday's semi-finals was versus North Toronto. Timely hitting, some good fortune, and lights-out pitching performances by Carson W and Noah F combining for a 2-hit shutout gave Richmond Hill a 3-0 win to give the team its first finals appearance this year.

The championship game was against an undefeated team from Whitby that cruised through round robin play and the semi-finals in dominant fashion . Richmond Hill fought hard after falling behind 9-1 but in the end, time expired with a final score of 9-5.

It's been a challenging season for the team and the tournament was approached with a must win attitude. The success and confidence gained with this second place finish will help as the team enters the YSBA playoffs on Aug 16 - 18 in Markham.

Congratulations to Aaron D (#29), Aidan N (#5), Carson W (#18), Christian R (#23), Ethan C (#16), Evan A (#27), Evan P (#34), Ilya H (#42), Jacob H (#7), Joshua W (#2), Noah F (#24), and Sebastian R (#26). Thanks to the coaches and to all the parents for their continued support.

 

Richmond Hill Phoenix Peewee Select Gold Team - Perfect Regular Season and Finalists at YSBAs

The Richmond Hill Phoenix Peewee Select Gold Team beat Newmarket twice on August 3rd to clinch top spot in the 21 team York Simcoe Baseball Association Peewee Select Division. The team finished the regular season with a perfect 20-0 record. After the final regular season game, players, coaches and families took time to celebrate this very special moment and great team accomplishment. 
The team then went on to play in the YSBA Peewee Select Playdowns/OBA Qualifiers on the August 9-11 weekend in Orangeville.  The team played very well and made it all the way to the finals but, unfortunately, lost 22-19 in a 4.5hr, 7 inning slugfest against a strong Barrie team.   
 
Congratulations to the following players on a fantastic season with plenty of great memories: Gregory F (#2), Nathan S (#12), Adrian P (#20), Sebastian G (#00), Sabino B (#77), Brendan G (#11), Leo H (#7), Niyan G (#44), Owen Y (#27), Ethan W (#16), Xavier G (#6) and Nicholas L (#15).

 

 

 

 

Richmond Hill Phoeinx Rookie Rep A takes Second Place at Chatham Tournament

The Richmond Hill Phoenix Rep Major Rookie (9U) team finished in 2nd place at the Chatham Minor Baseball Association Annual Tournament on July 5-7. It was a tough road to the finals, with no playoffs, only the top team from each division would qualify.

Phoenix was in tight on Friday night against Kitchener, yo-yoing back and forth before finishing in a nail-biting 17-17 tie.

Saturday morning, Richmond Hill used timely rallies and a few shutdown innings to defeat the hometown team (17-9), Chatham’s only defeat in the tournament. In the late-afternoon the Phoenix bats were on fire against Blenheim ending the game early (25-11). The Phoenix were in a must win situation Sunday afternoon and grabbed a clean win against London (14-5), securing a 3-0-1 record in the round robin.

This set up the final against the undefeated team from Dresden. The Phoenix battled and threatened multiple rallies but in the end the Dresden bats were too much (15-5).

This was the Major Rookie team’s first finals appearance. Congratulations to Dylan N. (tournament MVP), Ernest C., Deenpal A., Caleb D.F., Owen S., Adrien L., Tylor L., Christian G., Matthew S., Kian N., and Jay T.

 

Mosquito Select Green takes Second Place at Southwest London Tournament

In a weekend of extreme hot weather (July 19-21, 2019), the boys of the Mosquito Select Green team went into Southwest London and took Second Place in a 16 team tournament. The tourney started with Phoenix Green taking the first game with a commanding 13-3 win against Ancaster. In the second game, the team had a tough matchup against a well rounded Wyoming team. With the score down 2-1 going into the bottom half of the 7th (last inning), the boys battled to tie the score and earn a much valuable point. The boys then took care of business in the last game with an easy 19-1 win against Lucan-Ilderton. The team's great starting pitching and tight defence in the round robin carried them to a 2 win, 1 tie and no losses record. The Phoenix Green team qualified to the semi-finals by finishing a top its group with 5 points and an impressive 6 runs against in 3 games of round robin play.

The semi-finals was a roller coaster game against the host team Southwest London. The boys in green were rattled after the first inning of play because of the small strike zone given by the umpire. Luckily, the umpire was consistent with the strike zone for both teams and the boys in green quickly adjusted in the second inning and took a commanding 14-2 lead. However, the boys relaxed and in no time the big lead quickly evaporated into a 17-15 lead after 4 innings. Head coach Asif could sense his team started to press and feel the disbelief of losing such a big lead; he urged the team to refocus and play as a team that wanted to go to the finals. The boys then scored 11 unanswered runs in the next inning to put the game away 28-15 and move to the finals.

The finals against North London saw the boys in green lose some stamina with the long roller coaster game in the semis. The team tried to battle each inning but had little luck in their at bats and eventually went on to lose the game 12-2. It concluded a successful and fun tournament for the boys in green, coaches and families. Congratulations to Aaron A., Noah A., Alvin C., Adam C., Benjamin H., Nathan H., Kaeden M., Lucas N., Justin N., Karam R., Owen V., and Eric Y.

 

Richard Reid has been chosen as Head Coach of the 2019-2020 Elite team

RICHMOND HILL PHOENIX BASEBALL CLUB is pleased to announce the selection of Richard Reid as the Head Coach of our Elite baseball team for the 2019-2020 season. Richard has been involved in high level baseball coaching and teaching for the past 20 years, following his college years which he attended on a baseball scholarship in the United States.

The Elite Program will include a Fall schedule with games and practices, a Winter indoor program (including scholarship seminars), and a Summer schedule with showcase U.S. tournaments.

With this announcement we are now looking for aspiring baseball players who would like to be part of this Elite team. Tryout forms can be found on our website. Click on the “News” link and then the “Documents” tab. Download the Tryout form and forward it to: richardreidbaseball@gmail.com

 

The Stanley Cup is Coming to Richmond Hill

Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m.
Richmond Green Park (1300 Elgin Mills Road East)

2019 Stanley Cup Champion and Richmond Hill native, Jordan Binnington from the St. Louis Blues is bringing home the Cup! The rookie netminder was a key to victory earning all 16 of the Blues’ wins en route to their first Stanley Cup. To mark the occasion, he's bringing the Cup to Richmond Green Park to celebrate with fans. Everyone is invited to come out and join the fun. Attendees are encouraged to wear their hockey jerseys to show support.

 

Visit RichmondHill.ca/StanleyCup to see the route map.

 

Peewee Select Gold takes Second Place at Richmond Hill Tournament

Richmond Hill Phoenix Peewee Select Gold finished in 2nd place this past weekend in our Richmond Hill Peewee Select Tournament.  The boys went 3-0 in the round robin beating North York Blues (6-4), Mississauga Majors (8-5) and North Toronto Athletics (7-4).  They beat Markham Mariners 14-2 in the quarter finals and then beat Brampton Royals 10-9 in the semis.  In the finals, they lost to Thornhill Reds 15-5.
 
This is the second time this year this team were finalists in a tournament!. Congratulations to Owen Y. (MVP-G1), Gregory F. (MVP -G2), Nathan S. (MVP-G3), Sabino B. (MVP-Qtrs), Leo H. (MVP - Semis), Sebastian G. (MVP - Finals), Adrian P., Brendan G., Niyan G., Ethan W., Xavier G. and Nicholas L. on a great tournament!
 
Richmond Hill Phoenix Scholarships and Character Awards

This year the Richmond Hill Phoenix Baseball Club will honour two high school graduating student-athletes with the RHPBC Scholarship and two grade school students with the Character Award who have demonstrated academic success, athletic achievements and who embody the clubs values of leadership, commitment, equity, respect and sportsmanship. Recipients will receive a $1,000 Scholarship or a $500 Character Award.

If you would like to apply for the Scholarship or would like to nominate a student-athlete for the Character Award for whom you believe to be deserving of recognition, please submit an application by email attachment to: scholarship@richmondhillbaseball.com

Complete the application and submit it no later than the deadline date of July 15, 2019. Instructions for completing the application and requirements for the Scholarship and Character Award can be found in the application package.

If you have any questions, please direct any questions to Fortunato Colangelo, Scholarship Committee Coordinator to scholarship@richmondhillbaseball.com

Thank you & Good Luck!

 Peewee Select Gold takes Second Place at Buck Pringle Tournament in Orillia

RHP Peewee Select Gold team played in the Buck Pringle Peewee Select Tournament in Orillia and finished in 2nd place!. We went 3-0 in
the round robin beating Peterborough Rep A (20-0), Orillia Minor Rep A (7-3) and then Essa Select (15-3). We then advanced to the
semi-finals and played Cambridge Select. We came from behind in that game to win 6-4 and moved on to the finals. In the finals, we
battled against a very good hitting Saugeen Shores Rep team but unfortunately couldn't match their power and lost. This was the
first major accomplishment for this Select team and second tournament of the season that we've played well in (played in the Vaughan
AA and below tournament 2 weeks ago). We're really proud of the boys. Great weekend and great way to start off our 2019 season!

 

Head coaches wanted for 2019-2020 season Elite teams

RICHMOND HILL PHOENIX BASEBALL CLUB is now accepting Applications for the position of Head Coach for Elite Baseball for the 2019-2020 Fall/Summer seasons for both the Bantam Elite League (BEL) and for the Midget Elite League (MEL). Successful candidates will be Provincially Certified (or will complete this requirement prior to January 2020). Candidates should have prior experience as a Head Coach of a Rep team, or equivalent, or as an Assistant Coach of an Elite Baseball program. References are requested.

Candidates should submit a Pro Forma Team Business Plan, including, but not limited to, the proposed number of Assistant Coaches (names are not required at this time), roster size (minimum and maximum) and an estimated number of tournaments (both Canada and the United States) to be attended.

The successful candidate will commit to a minimum 3-year program, subject to annual review by the Board of Directors of the Club. Each successful candidate will remain with the team for which they are approved. To be clear, if the successful candidate is approved for the 15U (Bantam) team (for example), the successful candidate will remain with that team for the full 3-year term. Coaches do not move with players who graduate to an older team. By the start of the third year of that term, the Head Coach will submit a declaration of intent to remain (i.e. a request for renewal for another 3-year term). In the absence of that declaration, the Club will accept new applications to be considered for that team, prior to the completion of the third year for the coaching staff of the current term.

The Club’s goal is to run a permanent BEL team and a permanent MEL team (with a dedicated coaching staff for each team), but will initially run one team only, if the demand indicates that as the prudent course of action.

For further information, please contact Larry Greenberg, Chair-Coach Selection Committee @ larry.greenberg21@gmail.com or any member of the Club’s Executive: Stephen Chan: President, Joanne Joachimstaler: VP-Administration or Gianni Nieri: VP-Operations.

 

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