2014 OWBL AGM

Last night the OWBL held their annual general meeting. We’d like to welcome the newly inducted 2014 OWBL executive. Familiar faces were joined by a couple of new ones this year. Your 2014 executive consists of:

President: Kylie O’Donnell

Women’s Convener: Shawna-Marie Harper

Vice President: Alan Waffle

Treasurer: Tracey Lawson

Past President: Healy Thompson

Webmaster: Kylie O’Donnell

The 2014 OWBL season welcomes back Annette (Coached by Gary O’Donnell, Paul McElcheran, Shirley O’Donnell), the Royal York Cardinals (Coached by Greg Harper), the RS Tigers (Coached by Tracey Lawson), and the newly named Hamilton Hammer Hawks (Coached by Jacy Flynn). With at least 4 teams its looking like it will be another great season for women’s baseball in Ontario! Good luck ladies!

The OWBL will be hosting the 2014 Can-Am Challenge in Toronto, ON through July 5th to 7th. The 2014 tournament director has yet to be announced but we look forward to another great international tournament in Toronto! More news to follow on the Can-Am Challenge 2014 in the upcoming weeks.

The OWGL’s rep team, the Toronto Fusion, are looking forward to another good season coached once again by Greg Harper and Gary O’Donnell. The Fusion plans to participate in the 2014 Baltimore Diamond Classic in Baltimore, MD (May 23-26) and the Can-Am Challenge 2014 in Toronto (July 5–7). Additionally, the Toronto Fusion is planning on entering into a midget boys loop in the Royal York Baseball League this season. Open tryouts for the Toronto Fusion will be held in early spring. Be sure to check back for tryout details.

Overall it was a very successful evening and we are all looking forward to an exciting 2014 season. Good luck!

Annette Claims 2013 OWBL Championship Victory

Congratulations to the Annette Women’s Baseball Team on winning the 2013 OWBL Championships!

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The championship final was held on September 10, 2013 against Royal York at Connorvale Park. It was a well played game by both teams but Annette came out on top of a game that was decided by one run. This is Annette’s 4th consecutive championship win.

We are proud of all teams who participated in the 2013 OWBL season and look forward to coming back next summer!

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If you are interested in playing in the OWBL, please contact info@ontariowomensbaseball.com

 

 

Ontario Women’s Provincial Baseball Team Tryouts

Tryouts for the Ontario Women’s Provincial Baseball teams that will participate in the 2013 Senior Women’s Invitational Championship in Granby, Quebec from July 11-14  will take place on the following dates at David Hamilton Park in Richmond Hill.

Sunday June 9th 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Saturday June 15th 9:00 am to 11:30 am

Sunday June 16th 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Players should pre-register by contacting Sean O’Brien at 705-440-6736 or e-mailing him at sob@bconnex.net

Fusion at the 2013 Baltimore Diamond Classic

The Toronto Fusion travelled to Baltimore this past Memorial Day Weekend to play in the 2013 Baltimore Diamond Classic.

Fusion started the tournament with probably their best game: a close game (7-5) against the Chicago Storm. They were robbed by the Storm’s short stop on a couple of diving catches when the Fusion had runners in scoring position. A game to be proud of by all. The Fusion lost their second game to the South Bend Blue Sox in another well played game.

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The Fusion took the night off and went to watch a Washington National’s Game in DC, with National’s 3-5 loss to the Phillies.

On Day 2, the Fusion lost their remaining two dames against the New England Red Sox and the Nomads. Although the Fusion ended the weekend with an 0-4 record, the game scores were not indicative of the way they played.

Highlights: Bekki Zinger had on OBP above 800 for the weekend, and Joy Wicks won the Tournament MVP for the Fusion.

On the Sunday night skills competition the Fusion had a clean sweep of 3-0. Elizabeth Benn, Kim McElcheran, Kylie O’Donnell, and Stacy Clarke won the team relay. Healy Thompson won the Home Run Derby. Best of all the Fusion defended their tug-of-war championship title against the Blue Sox.942035_10150297740874967_1591405099_n2

Overall, the Fusion played competitive baseball with good team spirit and excellent sportsmanship against all of the teams. No other team has the level of fun that they do both on and off the field.

Good luck Fusion on the rest of your season!

Fusion Season Season Begins

The Toronto Fusion played their first game last night against a midget boys team. The girls played well together but were unable to pull it together as they recorded their first loss of the season.

It was a back and forth game with the Fusion tying it up in the top of the 7th but they were unsuccessful at holding the opposition in the bottom of the inning.

The team played well and they are looking forward to playing in the upcoming Baltimore Diamond Classic on May 24-27, 2013.

Pitchers included Kylie O’Donnell, Elizabeth Benn, Bekki Zinger, Healy Thompson, Kim McElcheran and Janet Moore.

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Blue Jays Baseball Academy Girls Day

The Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy will be holding four Girls Days, in partnership with Baseball Canada this summer. The three-hour instructional clinics will be held in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax. The Clinics are open to girls ages 6 to 16, and will focus on baseball fundamentals such as; throwing, batting, fielding and baserunning. The Blue Jays Baseball Academy will partner with members of the Canadian National Women’s Team as well as Blue Jays alumni players to act as instructors. The registration fee is $43 and participants will be given a Blue Jays T-shirt, hat and baseball manual.

The Toronto Girls Day will be held on Saturday June 6th, 2013 at the Rogers Centre.

Click on the link provided to register.

I encourage anyone who is eligible to sign up for this amazing opportunity! Just make sure to register for the Toronto event.

Can-Am Challenge 2013 Info

The Ontario Women’s Baseball League (formerly the COGBL) would like to present the Third Annual Can-Am Challenge, an international women’s baseball tournament, from June 29-July 1, 2013 in Toronto, ON.

We are currently seeking teams for two divisions: a competitive division and a development division.

In addition, we will be hosting a one-day (Saturday, June 29) Girls’ Rookie Ball tournament to coincide with the women’s tournament.

Team fees for the women’s divisions (Rookie Ball fees TBA):
Early bird (by May 15): $850
Standard (after May 15): $1000

All players and coaches receive: A tournament t-shirt, a goody bag, sports drinks and water at games, and a BBQ and skills competition on Saturday night. There will also be awards for the championship and runner up teams.

For more information please check out Tournament Info on the Can-Am Challenge 2013 section of the website.