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Red Sox Scratch Out a Tough Win Over Niagara

The Milton Red Sox took advantage of eight Niagara Metro walks to score five runs in the 4th to surge ahead 6-3 after four innings, and most importantly, employed timely hitting to add on to the total in the 7th and 8th innings to eventually emerge as 9-5 winners on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Milton.

Jason Schneider, returning to the mound this season after a 5-year absence, earned the win with a 5 1/3 inning start surrendering three ERs on five hits, five walks, while striking out four Metro hitters. Milton’s defense aided his efforts with two outstanding middle-infield double-play. Javed Baksh appeared briefly in relief in the 6th inning before dependable lefty, Dan Todoschuk came on to frustrate the Niagara over the last 3 2/3 innings, holding Niagara scoreless while surrendering just a pair of hits and walking none to register his third save of the season.

Brett Medland tracked two tough fly-balls into the sun in right field during the late innings to quell Metro threats. The Metros 7-hit offence was led by Ricki Ferri with three hits that included a double. Ex Red Sox Troy Findlay also had a pair of singles and a walk.

Milton hammered out 14 hits on the day led by middle-infielders Don Smith who registered four hits, a SB, and an RBI as well as Gabe Boulanger with three hits and a pair of RBIs. Veteran 1st baseman Kevin Cooper and newcomer, Nick Feren, counted two hits and an RBI each, while Kevin Greer with an RBI double, Dan Apostoli with a single and two RBIs, and Riaz Baksh with a single and hustle on the base-paths, rounded out Milton’s attack.

Milton is off until next Wednesday night when Whitey’s high-flying Etobicoke Rangers come to town for a 7:30 pm start. Thursday night they head to Brampton for a 7:15 pm start against the Royals.

Rangers Battle Brampton to a Draw

The Etobicoke Rangers scored four runs in the bottom of the 9th to erase an 8-4 Royals lead and force an extra inning. The Rangers brought in Kyle Breitner who had just pitched a three inning save the night before and Breitner retired all three Brampton hitters via the strikeout thus giving the Rangers the chance to complete the come back in the bottom of the 10th. Etobicoke had runners on 2nd and 3rd with only one out in the 10th but Royals pitcher Steve Hough was able to strike out the Rangers 6th hitter and then getting the tie game out on a fly ball to left.

The Rangers took an early 1-0 lead in the 1st when with two outs 3B Ryan Panas and LF Daniel Murphy both singled and then Panas scored on a single from C Tanner Young-Shultz. The Royals came right back in the 2nd and scored three off of Ranger starter Andrew Hyde. Hyde completed three innings giving up six Royals hits and three runs He then gave way to Adam McBride who pitched two scoreless innings.

Michael Asta, making his belated pitching debut this season in the 6th, was roughed up a bit as he gave up three runs all earned on four hits putting the Rangers down 7-3. The Rangers did get one in the 7th to make it 7-4 but the Royals in the 8th scored their only run off of Brendan Lyons in his three inning stint to set up the dramatic 9th after a scoreless 8th.

The Rangers were led at the plate by SS Michael Ferracuti and Panas who each had three hit nights. 1B Kyle Bowers had three RBIs including the 7th and tying 8th run for the Rangers. RF Adam Raithby chipped in with a pair of RBIs.

The Etobicoke team now sits at 9-4-1 in League play and will get back at it next Wednesday night when they visit the Milton Red Sox. Game time is 7:30 at the Milton Sports Complex. The Rangers will then get back to Connorvale next Friday night when they will play host to the Oakville A’s Game time is 7:30 @ Connorvale Park.

Metros Dropped at Home By Etobicoke

The weather finally cooperated in Niagara’s third attempt to start the week’s schedule, but it was not the start they were looking for. The visiting Etobicoke Rangers came to George Taylor Field and left their mark offensively on their way to a 12-3 victory over the Metros.

After a clean first inning, things started to go off the tracks for the Metros, as the opposition loaded the bases with nobody out. The early baserunners proved costly for Niagara, as Etobicoke was not only able to score all three of their lead-off runners, but also an additional pair in the second inning, taking an early 5-0 lead. A solo home run in the third inning pushed their cushion to six, while the Metros were simply unable to get anything cooking in the early going.

After starter Justin Ayles’ day came to a close after four innings of work, Dan Proctor came in and was able to keep the Rangers off the scoreboard for the following two innings. After this string of scoreless work, the Metros were finally able to crack the goose egg offensively and start the comeback. Ricky Ferri led things off with a triple and quickly came across to score Niagara’s first run after an RBI grounder from Taylor Anderson. Anderson then came around to score two batters later on an RBI single from Dave Davidson. Finally, base knocks from both Troy Findlay and Ryan Laird helped to bring Davidson around as well, cutting the Rangers lead in half through six innings.

That was as close as the Metros would get; however, as Etobicoke’s high-powered offense was quick to respond in the following frame. The Rangers brought another three runs across in the seventh, as well as two more in the eighth, and one in the ninth, to bring their output to 12, and ultimately putting a definitive cap on the lopsided 12-3 victory.

Niagara will look to bounce back and into the win column on Saturday, when the team travels to Milton to battle the Red Sox in a matinee affair (1:30pm). Enjoy some afternoon baseball at Milton Community Sports Complex and help cheer the Metros on.

Rangers Earn Big Road Win in Niagara

The Etobicoke Rangers continued their mastery over the Niagara Metros as they won their 3rd straight against the Metros this year and counting the four game win sweep last year by the Rangers the Metros have now gone the last seven games in the league without beating Etobicoke.

The Rangers opened the scoring in the top of the 2nd inning when they hit through the order on way to a 5-0 lead. 3B Ryan Panas had two RBIs and 1B Adam McBride and CF Rob Borden drove in the other two Etobicoke runs. The Rangers went up 6-0 in the 3rd when Ranger catcher Tanner Young-Shultz, last years Rookie of the Year, hit his second long ball of the season.

Brent Cleland started for the Rangers and pitched three terrific innings giving up a hit, two walks and four strikeouts. Tyler Whealy came on to pitch a 1-2-3 fourth and picks up his 2nd win to go to 2-1 on the season. Kyle Angelow came on to pitch the 5th retiring the three hitters he faced and then in the 6th the Metros scored three runs (two earned) on four hits narrowing the score to 6-3.

The Rangers came right back in the 7th putting up a three spot then added two in the 8th and another in the 9th to make the final 12-3. Kyle Breitner picked up Angelow to begin the 7th and Breitner collected a three inning save, his 2nd of the season, and the teams 4th as he gave up two singles, a walk and struck out six Niagara hitters.

The win puts the Rangers at 9-4 in the league. Ryan Panas was 5/6 on the night including a double and 3 RBIs. The Rangers will now hope (weather permitting) to play at home Friday night against the Brampton Royals. Game time is 7:30 @ Connorvale Park.

Red Sox Trounced by Missisauga SW

The Mississauga Twins came to the Milton Sports Center last night and unleashed a 15-hit attack against the home-town Milton Red Sox en route to a convincing 9-1 win. Ian Campbell led the way with 4 hits for the Twins, Michael Cardinale launched a 3-run home run and Chris Piccini registered a pair of doubles and a single.

Red Sox starter, Ian Zettle was saddled with the loss allowing six unearned runs due to two key errors. Zettle threw six innings and allowed 12 hits while walking one and striking out a batter. Riaz Baksh followed and allowed another 3 runs in the 7th courtesy 4 BBs and a hit. Rookie Brett Cameron threw a scoreless 1 1/3 innings and dependable Dan Todoschuk threw a scoreless 9th.

Jordan Petruska earned the Twins victory hurling six innings allowing five hits and one run while striking out five Milton batters. Tomas Rincon and Michael Cardinale shut down any Red Sox rally with six strikeouts between them over the final three innings. Milton’s eight-hit offense was led by Dan Apostoli, Kevin Greer and Brett Medland with a pair of hits apiece. Apostoli drove in the lone Red Sox run. Steve Lauzon and Orion Katayama added singles.

The Red Sox try to get back on track at home again this Saturday when they take on the Niagara Metros in a 1:30pm start at the Milton Sports Center.

Metros/Twins Postponed in Clarkson

The game between the Niagara Metros and Mississauga SW Twins on Tuesday, June 20th was postponed due to rain and poor field conditions. A make-up date as not been announced by the two teams as of yet but will be posted on here once it has been decided.

COBA Major Zero K Bats Week 7 Team of the Week – Burlington Brants

The COBA Major Zero K Bats Team of the Week for Week 7 (June 11th – June 17th) is the Burlington Brants Senior Baseball Club. This past week the Brants had a solid week going 1-0. Their only win was a very hard fought 5-3 victory over a very tough Niagara Metros team.

With the win last week, the Burlington club now sits at 5-4 on the season. That is good for 3rd place in the Johnson divison but right on the heels of the Metros and the Milton Red Sox.

Congratulations to the Burlington Brants; the COBA Major League Week 7 Team of the Week!

COBA Major D-Ville Bats Week 7 Player of the Week – Matt Lahn

The COBA Major D-Ville Bats Player of the Week for Week 7 (June 11th – June 17th) is 1B/DH Matt Lahn of the Milton Red Sox.

Lahn played in one game during this week helping lead the Red Sox to a tough 12-9 victory on the Road in Erindale on Monday. For his week, he was 4-for-6 (.667) with three singles and a grand slam home run. He scored two runs while collecting five RBI.

For his season, Lahn is now hitting .528 (19-for-36) with six doubles, a triple and a home run. He has walked six times while scoring 10 runs and collecting 18 RBI.

Congratulations to Matt Lahn; the Week 7 COBA Major League Player of the Week.

Hononable Mention
Ian Campbell (Mississauga SW Twins)
2 Games, .500 Avg., 10 AB, 5 Hits, 3 Singles, 1 Double, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 Runs

Pip Murray-Smith (Erindale Cardinals)
1 Game, .500 Avg, 6 AB, 3 Hits, 2 Singles, 1 Double, 1 BB, 3 RBI, 2 Runs

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