Waterdown Wolves make it to OBA rookie ball final

Sports Sep 18, 2015 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The Waterdown Wolves rookie ball team finished a successful season with a loss in the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) Provincial Championships.

The team, made up of seven- and eight-year-olds, finished in first place in the Central Ontario Baseball Association, earning a berth in the AA OBA tournament.

Head coach Matt George said the first-place finish and subsequent OBA performance was the highlight of the season for the team. The Wolves finished the season with a 24-4 record.

George noted it was the first time the Wolves had ever played in such a high division at the OBA tournament, as Waterdown is classified as a ‘B’ centre.

He said the Wolves played their hearts out to reach the OBA final, against a team from St. Thomas. He noted the championship game was a back-and-forth affair.

“The fourth inning they scored seven runs and jumped up on us,” he said, “but we came right back and scored seven on them to tie the game.

“After that, they scored a few and got up on us.”

The Wolves began the season with indoor practices in early February, and started the season with a 35-14 exhibition win over the Hamilton Cardinals. They then defeated Mississauga North 29-11 to open the regular season.

Waterdown’s next regular season game was a 17-4 loss to Mississauga South, but it would be their last loss for some time, as the Wolves went on a 14-game winning streak.

In terms of tournaments, the Wolves lost in the final of the Stoney Creek Tournament against a Toronto team that was a year older.

They also went 2-1 in a Burlington tournament suspended due to weather and played in a Major AAA rookie ball tournament in Brantford.

The tournament was described as a learning experience for the team, who played the Oakville A’s – the 2014 Minor Rookie Ball Provincial AAA champions.

Finally, at the Ancaster World T-Ball Tournament, the Wolves went 3-0 in the 7U preliminary round, bumping them up to the 8U division. The team made it to the semifinals, falling to the eventual tournament champion.

Overall, George said the strength of the team was its defence.

“Very sound defence and the majority of the players were all excellent hitters, too,” he said.

Looking back, he said the team really came together.

“By the end, the team, the parents, the boys, it was like a family,” he said, noting the players practiced hard all season, rain or shine.

The team would like to thank all parents and siblings who supported the team with practices and late nights at the diamond.

Tryouts for the major rookie (2007-born players) Waterdown Wolves team will take place at Memorial Park Tues., Sept. 22 at 6:30-7:30 p.m., Fri., Sept. 25 at 6-7 p.m., and Sat., Sept. 26 from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m.

For details call Kelly Turner at 416-577-9492.

Waterdown Wolves make it to OBA rookie ball final

Sports Sep 18, 2015 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The Waterdown Wolves rookie ball team finished a successful season with a loss in the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) Provincial Championships.

The team, made up of seven- and eight-year-olds, finished in first place in the Central Ontario Baseball Association, earning a berth in the AA OBA tournament.

Head coach Matt George said the first-place finish and subsequent OBA performance was the highlight of the season for the team. The Wolves finished the season with a 24-4 record.

George noted it was the first time the Wolves had ever played in such a high division at the OBA tournament, as Waterdown is classified as a ‘B’ centre.

He said the Wolves played their hearts out to reach the OBA final, against a team from St. Thomas. He noted the championship game was a back-and-forth affair.

“The fourth inning they scored seven runs and jumped up on us,” he said, “but we came right back and scored seven on them to tie the game.

“After that, they scored a few and got up on us.”

The Wolves began the season with indoor practices in early February, and started the season with a 35-14 exhibition win over the Hamilton Cardinals. They then defeated Mississauga North 29-11 to open the regular season.

Waterdown’s next regular season game was a 17-4 loss to Mississauga South, but it would be their last loss for some time, as the Wolves went on a 14-game winning streak.

In terms of tournaments, the Wolves lost in the final of the Stoney Creek Tournament against a Toronto team that was a year older.

They also went 2-1 in a Burlington tournament suspended due to weather and played in a Major AAA rookie ball tournament in Brantford.

The tournament was described as a learning experience for the team, who played the Oakville A’s – the 2014 Minor Rookie Ball Provincial AAA champions.

Finally, at the Ancaster World T-Ball Tournament, the Wolves went 3-0 in the 7U preliminary round, bumping them up to the 8U division. The team made it to the semifinals, falling to the eventual tournament champion.

Overall, George said the strength of the team was its defence.

“Very sound defence and the majority of the players were all excellent hitters, too,” he said.

Looking back, he said the team really came together.

“By the end, the team, the parents, the boys, it was like a family,” he said, noting the players practiced hard all season, rain or shine.

The team would like to thank all parents and siblings who supported the team with practices and late nights at the diamond.

Tryouts for the major rookie (2007-born players) Waterdown Wolves team will take place at Memorial Park Tues., Sept. 22 at 6:30-7:30 p.m., Fri., Sept. 25 at 6-7 p.m., and Sat., Sept. 26 from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m.

For details call Kelly Turner at 416-577-9492.

Waterdown Wolves make it to OBA rookie ball final

Sports Sep 18, 2015 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The Waterdown Wolves rookie ball team finished a successful season with a loss in the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) Provincial Championships.

The team, made up of seven- and eight-year-olds, finished in first place in the Central Ontario Baseball Association, earning a berth in the AA OBA tournament.

Head coach Matt George said the first-place finish and subsequent OBA performance was the highlight of the season for the team. The Wolves finished the season with a 24-4 record.

George noted it was the first time the Wolves had ever played in such a high division at the OBA tournament, as Waterdown is classified as a ‘B’ centre.

He said the Wolves played their hearts out to reach the OBA final, against a team from St. Thomas. He noted the championship game was a back-and-forth affair.

“The fourth inning they scored seven runs and jumped up on us,” he said, “but we came right back and scored seven on them to tie the game.

“After that, they scored a few and got up on us.”

The Wolves began the season with indoor practices in early February, and started the season with a 35-14 exhibition win over the Hamilton Cardinals. They then defeated Mississauga North 29-11 to open the regular season.

Waterdown’s next regular season game was a 17-4 loss to Mississauga South, but it would be their last loss for some time, as the Wolves went on a 14-game winning streak.

In terms of tournaments, the Wolves lost in the final of the Stoney Creek Tournament against a Toronto team that was a year older.

They also went 2-1 in a Burlington tournament suspended due to weather and played in a Major AAA rookie ball tournament in Brantford.

The tournament was described as a learning experience for the team, who played the Oakville A’s – the 2014 Minor Rookie Ball Provincial AAA champions.

Finally, at the Ancaster World T-Ball Tournament, the Wolves went 3-0 in the 7U preliminary round, bumping them up to the 8U division. The team made it to the semifinals, falling to the eventual tournament champion.

Overall, George said the strength of the team was its defence.

“Very sound defence and the majority of the players were all excellent hitters, too,” he said.

Looking back, he said the team really came together.

“By the end, the team, the parents, the boys, it was like a family,” he said, noting the players practiced hard all season, rain or shine.

The team would like to thank all parents and siblings who supported the team with practices and late nights at the diamond.

Tryouts for the major rookie (2007-born players) Waterdown Wolves team will take place at Memorial Park Tues., Sept. 22 at 6:30-7:30 p.m., Fri., Sept. 25 at 6-7 p.m., and Sat., Sept. 26 from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m.

For details call Kelly Turner at 416-577-9492.