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Metros Edged in Extras by Etobicoke

As always, the Niagara Metros were in tough against the high-octane Etobicoke Rangers, and Friday night’s tilt was no exception. Despite holding the lead for the majority of the game, the Metros were unable to hang on late, as they eventually fell to the Rangers in extra innings by a score of 7-6.

Things certainly started off on the right foot for Niagara, as they were able to build an early lead. After a hit-by-pitch for Jono Marcheterre got things started, Jordan Grant slugged a double to put two on. Coming through with a clutch two-out, two-run double of his own shortly after was Geoff Strong, putting the Metros on the board first.

The Rangers came back with a run of their own in the first, albeit unearned, against starter Justin Ayles. Aside from another solitary run in the fifth, Ayles kept the Rangers off the scoreboard for much of his six innings of work. Ayles tallied five strikeouts on the evening and allowed just five hits as well, helping him string together his second consecutive solid outing of the season.

The Metros bats, meanwhile, did their part to support Ayles’ strong start. The team loaded the bases in the fourth frame, all of whom would cross home plate thanks to a Troy Findlay fielder’s choice (and corresponding error) and a sac bunt from Marcheterre – putting him atop the Metros record books as the all-time leader in sacrifices. All in all, the Metros were able to build up a 5-2 lead heading into the seventh inning, at which point things took a turn for the worse.

A collection of walks and errors did the Metros in in the seventh, leading to a four-run frame from the home team and a sudden one-run deficit for the Metros to make up. But the never-say-die Metros were able to fight their way back, as a ninth-inning RBI from Ryan Laird scored Findlay to tie the game up at 6 and ultimately send the game into extra innings.

In the extra frame, the Metros were sat down in order, while the Rangers were able to keep the pressure on the visiting squad. After loading the bases to star the tenth, it didn’t take long for the game-winning run to come across and secure the 7-6 victory for Etobicoke.

The Metros (5-5) won’t return to action until Wednesday next week, as the team will travel to Burlington for a road game against the Brants. It’s a 7:30pm start time, as the Metros will look to once again find the win column against their familiar divisional foes.

Rangers Squeak Out Victory Against Niagara

The Etobicoke Rangers needed 10 innings on Friday night to top the Niagara Metros 7-6. The Rangers trailed right off the bat as Niagara scored 2 in the top of the first with Etobicoke getting one of those back in the 2nd inning. The Metros then added three more in the 5th and again the Rangers countered in their half another run to make it 5-2 Metros.

The 5th inning spelled the end for Andrew Hyde and he was followed by Adam McBride. The Rangers in the home 7th scored four runs to forge ahead 6-5 as McBride kept the Metros in check until the top of the 9th inning when the Metros lead off hitter was HBP and ended up scoring on a fielders choice to tie the game.

The Rangers in the bottom of the 9th did not score forcing extras and after the Metros were set down by McBride in order in the 10th the Rangers used a lead off double by C Kyle Bowers who was driven in with two outs by 3B Ryan Panas to give the Rangers the win.

McBride collected the win as the Metros collected nine hits to the Rangers eight. Etobicoke’ Panas had a 3-for-5 night scoring a run and driving in 2 and SS Alex Thrower 2-for-5 with a run scored and a walk. LF Daniel Murphy, C Kyle Bowers and CF Adam Raithby had the other Ranger hits. The Metros committed five errors and the Rangers two miscues.

The Rangers get a short break as they are right back at it on Saturday at Connorvale Park as the Mississauga SW Twins come to town for a double header. Action begins at 12 noon with the second game approx. 20 minutes after the first game.

Red Sox Blank Twins in Mississauga

The new and revised Milton Red Sox continued their slow improvement last night in Clarkson as they dealt the home Mississauga SW Twins a 6-0 defeat in under 2 1/2 hrs. Milton scored one run in the first, four more in the 7th, and one in the 8th to keep the pressure on the Twins.

Veteran starter, Ian Zettle, earned the win with an 8-inning shut-out performance allowing six hits and walking a pair as he hit his spots all night thwarting the powerful Twins bats. Rookie lefty, Javed Baksh, held the home team scoreless in the bottom of the 9th allowing a hit, walk and striking out one. The Twins 7-hit offence was led by Jamie Smith and Michael Cardinale with two hits apiece. The Red Sox defense was impeccable on the night playing errorless baseball. The outfield was outstanding tracking down multiple line drives.

Offensively, the Red Sox pounded out 12 hits led at the plate by Matt Lahn with a pair of doubles, a single and an RBI. Kevin Greer with 2 RBIs courtesy of a double and single, Orion Katayama with an RBI double and single and James Bruce with a pair of singles, propelled the brunt of the attack. Dan Apostoli, Riaz Baksh and Brendan Power also registered singles in the game. Kyle Porter was tagged with the loss for the Twins, who also sent Billy Hurley and Tomas Rincon to the hill during the game.

Milton has a day off before they play Oakville in 7-inning DHer play at the MSC Saturday . Game 1 starts at 12:00pm.

2017 Vaughan Vikings Invitational Tournament Results

The following are all of the results from the games played during the 2017 Vaughan Vikings Invitational Tournament. The page will be updated throughout the day so check back periodically for updated final scores and other game information.

Friday, June 16th
6:00pm
VG #1 – Newmarket Hawks 6 vs Burlington Brants 3
WP – Brad Crone
LP – Andrew Pierce

VG #2 – Pickering Red Sox 7 vs Brampton Royals 9
WP – Joe Ferreira
LP – Peter Vecchiarelli

CR #1 – Thornhill Reds 6 vs Bolton Brewers 2
WP – Russ McGibbon
LP – Nick Hodgson

CR #2 – Martingrove White Sox 3 vs Vaughan Vikings 12
WP –
LP – Steve Roncadin

Saturday, June 17th
10:00am
VG #1 – Vaughan Vikings vs Brampton Royals
WP –
LP –

VG #2 – Bolton Brewers vs Burlington Brants
WP –
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CR #1 – Pickering Red Sox vs Martingrove White Sox
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CR #2 – Newmarket Hawks vs Thornhill Reds
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12:30pm
VG #1 – Etobicoke Rangers vs Erindale Cardinals
WP –
LP –

VG #2 – Kendal Eagles vs Milton Red Sox
WP –
LP –

CR #2 – Ilderton Red Army vs Kingston Ponies
WP –
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3:00pm
VG #1 – Thornhill Reds vs Burlington Brants
WP –
LP –

VG #2 – Newmarket Hawks vs Bolton Brewers
WP –
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CR #1 – Brampton Royals vs Martingrove White Sox
WP –
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CR #2 – Vaughan Vikings vs Pickering Red Sox
WP –
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5:30pm
VG #1 – Etobicoke Rangers vs Ilderton Red Army
WP –
LP -

VG #2 – Erindale Cardinals vs Milton Red Sox
WP –
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CR #2 – Kendal Eagles vs Kingston Ponies
WP -
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8:00pm
VG #1 – Ilderton Red Army vs Milton Red Sox
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VG #2 – Erindale Cardinals vs Kingston Ponies
WP –
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CR #2 – Etobicoke Rangers vs Kendal Eagles
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Sunday, June 18th
10:00am
VG #1 (QF #1) – 1st Place “C/D” vs 2nd Place “B” (Gm #22)
WP –
LP -

VG #2 (QF #2) – 2nd Place “A” vs 2nd Place “C/D” (Gm #23)
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CR #1 (QF #3) – 1st Place A” vs Wild Card (Gm #24)
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CR #2 (QF #4) – 1st Place “B” vs 3rd Place “C/D” (Gm #25)
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1:00pm
VG #1 (SF #1) – Winner Game #22 vs Winner Game #24 (Gm #26)
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VG #2 (SF #2) – Winner Game #23 vs Winner Game #25 (Gm #27)
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3:30pm
VG #1 (Final) – Winner Game #26 vs Winner Game #27 (Gm #28)
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2017 Vaughan Vikings Invitational Tournament Schedule

The following is the schedule for the 2017 Vaughan Vikings Senior Invitational Baseball Tournament. The results will be posted on a seperate page.

Division A Division B Division C Division D
Pickering
Thornhill Etobicoke Erindale
Brampton
Newmarket Kingston Ilderton
Martingrove
Bolton Milton Kendal
Vaughan
Burlington

Friday, June 16th

Time Vaughan Grove #1 Vaughan Grove #2 Concord Regional #1 Concord Regional #2
6:00pm Newmarket Hawks vs Burlington Brants Pickering Red Sox vs Brampton Royals Thornhill Reds vs Bolton Brewers Martingrove White Sox vs Vaughan Vikings

Saturday, June 17th

Time Vaughan Grove #1 Vaughan Grove #2 Concord Regional #1 Concord Regional #2
10:00am Vaughan Vikings vs Brampton Royals Bolton Brewers vs Burlington Brants Pickering Red Sox vs Martingrove White Sox Newmarket Hawks vs Thornhill Reds
12:30pm Etobicoke Rangers vs Erindale Cardinals Kendal Eagles vs Milton Red Sox Ilderton Red Army vs Kingston Ponies
3:00pm Thornhill Reds vs Burlington Brants Newmarket Hawks vs Bolton Brewers Brampton Royals vs Martingrove White Sox Vaughan Vikings vs Pickering Red Sox
5:30pm Etobicoke Rangers vs Ilderton Red Army Erindale Cardinals vs Milton Red Sox Kendal Eagles vs Kingston Ponies
8:00pm Ilderton Red Army vs Milton Red Sox Erindale Cardinals vs Kingston Ponies Etobicoke Rangers vs Kendal Eagles

Sunday, June 18th

Time Vaughan Grove #1 Vaughan Grove #2 Concord Regional #1 Concord Regional #2
10:00am QF #1 – 1st “C/D” vs 2nd “B” (Gm #22) QF #2 – 2nd “A” vs 2nd “C/D” (Gm #23) QF #3 – 1st “A” vs Wild Card (Gm #24) QF #4 – 1st “B” vs 3rd “C/D” (Gm #25)
1:00pm SF #1 – Winner Gm #22 vs Winner Gm #24(Gm #26)

SF #2 – Winner Gm #23 vs Winner Gm #25(Gm #27)

3:30pm Final – Winner Gm #26 vs Winner Gm #27(Gm #28)

COBA Major Zero K Bats Week 5 Team of the Week – Etobicoke Rangers

The COBA Major Zero K Bats Team of the Week for the second week in a row is the Etobicoke Rangers Senior Baseball Club. This past week the Rangers had a couple of big wins defeating the Brampton Royals by a score of 11-8 before returning home to the confines of Connorvale Park and narrowly defeating the Milton Red Sox by a score of 9-6.

With the two wins last week, the Etobicoke club now sits at 6-2 on the season. They are currently riding a five game winning streak and have climbed into a first place tie with the Erindale Cardinals.

Congratulations to the Etobicoke Rangers; the COBA Major League Week 5 Team of the Week!

COBA Major Lazer Pro Baseball Week 5 Pitcher of the Week – Ian Zettle

The COBA Major Lazer Pro Pitcher of the Week for Week 5 (May 28th – June 3rd) is RHP Ian Zettle of the Milton Red Sox.

Zettle had one appearance this week leading the Red Sox to a tight 5-4 victory over the Niagara Metros at home. In this game, he tossed six shutout innings while allowing only four hits. He walked no one while striking out four in collecting the win for Milton.

For his year, the ever steady Zettle now sits at 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He has allowed four runs (two earned) on 15 hits. He has walked only two batters and struck out four in 16 innings of work this season.

Congratulations to Ian Zettle; the Week 5 COBA Major League Pitcher of the Week.

Hononable Mention
Mark Taplin (Erindale Cardinals)
1 Game, 0 Win, 0 Losses, 1 Save, 3 Innings, 0 Hits, 0 Runs, 0 Earned Runs, 0.00 ERA, 0 BB, 1 K

Nick Subramaniam (Niagara Meteos)
1 Game, 0 Win, 0 Losses, 1 Save, 3 Innings, 1 Hit, 0 Runs, 0 Earned Runs, 0.00 ERA, 1 BB, 5 Ks

Kyle Breitner (Etobicoke Rangers)
1 Game, 0 Win, 0 Losses, 1 Save, 2 Innings, 1 Hit, 0 Runs, 0 Earned Runs, 0.00 ERA, 1 BB, 3 Ks

COBA Major D-Ville Bats Week 5 Player of the Week – Daniel Murphy

The COBA Major D-Ville Bats Player of the Week for Week 5 (May 28th – June 3rd) is OF Daniel Murphy of the Etobicoke Rangers

Murphy played in two games during this week helping lead the Rangers to a 2-0 record. On Thursday, the Rangers picked up a tough 11-8 victory on the road in Brampton before returning home on Friday night and winning another tight game by a score of 9-6 over Milton. For his week, he was 6-for-8 (.750) with five singles, and a double. He scored six runs while collecting four RBI. He also walked twice while nabbing three stolen bases as well.

For his season, Murphy is now hitting a scorching .541 (20-for-36) with six doubles, a triple and a home run. He has walked four times while scoring 14 runs and collecting 15 RBI.

Congratulations to Daniel Murphy; the Week 5 COBA Major League Player of the Week.

Hononable Mention
Matt Lahn (Milton Red Sox)
2 Game, .500 Avg., 6 AB, 3 Hits, 1 Single, 2 Doubles, 3 BB, 4 RBI, 3 Runs

Aaron Palmer (Erindale Cardinals)
2 Games, .500 Avg, 8 AB, 4 Hits, 3 Singles, 1 Double, 1 BB, 4 RBI, 1 Run, 1 SB

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