The Etobicoke Rangers on the strength of their 6-2 win last night over the Glanbrook Grizzlies moved them onto a tie for 1st place overall with the Mississauga SW Twins. Each team sits with 18 points atop the COBA Major League. The Rangers have now won 5 straight and 6 of their last 7. They seem to be playing now the way they played the last month of last season where they were able to reach the final 6 @ the Eliminations and used that good effort to make a strong playoff run eventually losing to the Niagara Metros in the Championship game. Last night Kyle Breitner picked up his 4th win against 1 loss as he went 5 innings giving up both Grizzlie runs on 3 hits. The Rangers then sent Kyle Porter, Alex Dannett, Peter Saweczko and Bryan Vardzel to the mound as each pitched an inning and held the Grizzlies to a single hit while striking out 6 over the last 4 innings. Breitner had 7 K's and walked 3. The Rangers scored in the 1st when SS Pip Murray - Smith singled and came around to score on a passed ball. The Rangers then put up 3 in the 3rd as 2B Mark Capone was driven in by Murray - Smith and then was cashed in when 1B Brett Sanders connected for his 2nd home run to put the Rangers up 4-0. The Rangers would make it 5-0 in the 5th when RF Jeff Altpeter after singling would score on an error by the Glanbrook LF. The Grizzlies would score their 2 runs in the 5th after a walk and a hit was followed by Tim Sogan's 2 run double. The Rangers would close out the scoring in the 7th when Sanders doubled and then scored on a Altpeter's 3rd hit of the game. The Rangers outhit the Griz 14-4 and the Rangers played error less in the filed. The Rangers are now off until this Friday when they will participate in the Vaughan tournament as they will play the Leaside Leafs @ 6pm @ Concorde Regional. The Rangers then will play on Saturday the Newmarket Hawks and the Thornhill Redbirds to complete their round robin play. All 3 opponents are from the GTBL. Good Luck Rangers!!
June 15, 2013 RANGERS ALMOST LET ONE SLIP AWAY
It seems every time the Etobicoke Rangers and the Erindale Cardinals hook up to play a football game breaks out as the 2 teams seem to score almost at will. The Rangers almost let this game get away as they gave up a 7 run lead and then needed an extra inning to win the game 14-13. On Friday the Cardinals scored a run in the 2nd but the Rangers responded with 2 in their half. The Rangers then added 2 more runs in the 3rd to go out front 4-1 only to see the Cardinals score 4 to go up 5-4. The Rangers came right back again with a bat around 4th scoring 6 runs to regain the lead @ 10-5 and then added 2 more in the 5th and now led 12-5. The Cardinals made it 12-9 in the 6th and then in the 7th tied the game as they put up 3 more runs. The Rangers once again took the lead as they scored a run in the bottom of the 7th but the Erindale boys tied it again in the 8th. After playing a scoreless 9th the game went to extras and the Rangers were able to get a run in the bottom of the 10th when A.J Iafrate scored the run after an infield base hit by pinch hitter Brett Sanders was then thrown away by the Cardinal 2B allowing Iafrate to scamper home with the winning run. The Rangers were out hit 14-13 and committed 5 errors to the Cardinals 3 but managed to escape with the 2 points. Winning pitcher Bryan Vardzel pitched the scoreless 10th to pick up his 3rd win of the year. Veteran D/H Iafrate led the Rangers with a 3/ 5 night scoring twice and knocking in 4 runs. The Rangers are in Glanbrook Sunday night to face the Grizzlies winner last weekend of the Tillsonburg tournament. Kyle Breitner 3-1 gets the start for the Rangers.
June 10, 2013 RANGER PITCHING TOTALLY DOMINATES RED SOX IN ETOBICOKE SWEEP
The Etobicoke Rangers pitching staff has started to come around as they limited the visiting Milton Red Sox to a run in Game 1 won by the Rangers 2-1 in 8 innings and then held the Red Sox to a single run again in the nite cap with the Rangers winning 4-1. After beginning the season giving up 61 runs in their first 6 games and sporting a 2-4 record the Rangers have turned around and now have a 5-1 record in their last 6 raising their overall record to 7-5 as the staff has given up only 11 runs in these last 6 games. Game 1 saw Ranger pitcher Andrew Hyde pitch 7 innings giving up his first earned run of the season, issued 4 walks and struck out a season high 11 before giving way to Ranger closer Bryan Vardzel who shutout the Red Sox in the 8th and picked up his 2nd win as the Rangers 3B Ryan Panas led off the bottom of the 8th with a single and then ended up scoring from 3rd on a walk off wild pitch. Both teams had 6 hits and both teams left 9 men on. The Rangers committed the games only error. Game 2 saw the Rangers send Kyle Breitner to the hill and Breitner turned in 6 dominating innings holding the Red Sox to 2 hits and no runs. Breitner did walk 2 batters and had 10 K's. Veteran Peter Saweczko came in to pitch the 7th and Milton was able to get a run to close the gap to 4-1 but that would be all as Saweczko ended the game with a strikeout. The Rangers scored in the bottom of the first when LF Dan Murphy reached on a fielders choice and then stole 2nd and 3rd and then scored on a ground out by 3B Ryan Panas. The Rangers clung to the 1-0 lead until the 4th when 1B Brett Sanders led off with his first big fly of the season a majestic shot over the left field fence. The Rangers then added another run in the 4th when SS Kevin Cleland picked up an RBI as he drove in C Kyle Clancy. The Rangers would add their 4th and final run in the 5th when Pip Murray-Smith started the inning with a base hit and then scored on a Sac Fly off of the bat of Brett Sanders. The Rangers out hit the Red Sox in this one 7-3. The Rangers played error less baseball and the Milton side committed 2 errors. The Rangers will look to add to their current win streak this Friday when they host the always tough Erindale Cardinals. Game time is 7:45 @ Connorvale Park. The Rangers then pay their final visit to Bernie Arbor as they wiill take on the Glanbrook Grizzlies in a 7:30 start on Sunday night.
June 8, 2013 RANGERS REACH .500
On the strength of their 10-2 win last night over the visiting Glanbrook Grizzlies the Rangers have climbed to the .500 level for the first time this year evening their record @ 5-5. The Rangers used 4 pitchers in grabbing their 5th win of the season as starter Kevin Breitner pitched 3 shutout innings followed by Andrew Perryman (1-0 ) 3 innings giving up 2 runs, 2 shutout innings by Kyle Porter who made his 2013 mound debut and closer Bryan Vardzel pitched a scoreless 9th. The Rangers were held to 1 hit through the first 5 innings by Griz starter the wily veteran R.J. Wild before erupting for 7 runs in the 6th. Each team had 9 hits and the Griz committed 7 errors and the Rangers 1. D/H A.J. Iafrate led the Rangers with 2 hits, scored a run and drove in a run. The Rangers now get ready to play the Milton Red Sox on Sunday in a D/H with the first game starting @ noon. Andrew Hyde draws the starting assignment against the Red Sox in Game 1 and rookie Kyle Breitner gets the Game 2 start for the Rangers.
June 1, 2013 RANGERS AND TWINS SPLIT
The Etobicoke Rangers had a chance to sweep the Andrew Division leading Mississauga Twins as they won game 1 1-0 and scored the lone run of the game on a 2 out walk off bases loaded walk in the 8th inning. The Rangers then in game 2 fell to the Twins 5-2 as Ranger starter Kyle Breitner suffered his 1st defeat against a pair of wins. Game 1 saw Etobicoke starter Andrew Hyde increase his no earned runs allowed streak to 20 2/3 innings as he held the Twins to 4 hits and 3 walks and had 6 strikeouts in his 5 innings. Andrew Perryman making his 1st mound appearance of the year put up 2 more shutout innings and then closer Bryan Vardzel shut the Twins out in the 8th to pick up the 1-0 win. RF Jeff Altpeter had the base loaded walk to drive in 1B Kyle Porter who led the 8th off with the Rangers 3rd hit of the game. The Twins out hit the Rangers 4-3 and each team committed 1 error. Game 2 saw the Twins strike early as they scored 1 in the 2nd another in the 3rd and 2 more in the 4th to chase Breitner. Trailing 4-0 the Rangers in their half of the 4th got 2 runs back as D/H A.J Iafrate got a base hit with 2 out and then scored on a base hit by C Kyle Clancy who then scored on a base hit by LF Daniel Murphy. Peter Saweczko came on for Breitner to begin the 5th and was touched for an unearned run in the 6th as the Twins increased their lead to 5-2. The Rangers did load the bases in the bottom of the 7th but with 2 outs they could not get the hit to keep the inning alive and fell to the Twins by a 5-2 score. The Rangers did manage to out hit the Twins by a 11-7 count and again another well played game defensively as the Rangers committed the games only error. The Rangers got 2 hits a piece from Daniel Murphy, 3B Ryan Panas, D/H Iafrate and SS Damian Eccleton. Other Ranger hits went to RF Tom Litvinskas, CF Jeff Altpeter and C Kyle Clancy. The Rangers now sit at 4-5 on the season and do not play again until this coming Friday when the Glanbrook Grizzlies will be the opponent. Then on Sunday the Rangers will host the Milton Red Sox in a D/H with the first game scheduled for 1pm.
May 31, 2013 RANGERS WASHED OUT
The Etobicoke Rangers were washed out Friday night as Connorvale Park was not playable due to the rain. This game will be re-scheduled.
May 28, 2013 PITCHING COMES TOGETHER IN WIN OVER OAKVILLE
For the first time in 7 games the Rangers received 9 innings of good pitching and good enough defense in leading them to their 3rd win of the season over the home town Oakville A's. The A's were riding a 4 game win streak entering this contest but the Ranger pitching held them to 6 hits and 2 earned runs. Ranger starter Kyle Breitner turned in his 2nd consecutive shutout outing as he went 5 innings giving up 2 hits, walking 5 and striking out 4 in gaining his 2nd win. Breitner was followed to the hill by the Rangers regular SS Damian Eccleton who was making his mound debut and Eccleton pitched well although giving up both A's runs on 3 hits and a walk in his 2 innings. Peter Saweczko and Bryan Vardzel each put up a shutout inning to seal the win. The Rangers and A's were scoreless through 3 but then the Rangers got to the Oakville starter Gord Robertson as 2B Mark Capone led off the inning with a base hit and then after RF Daniel Murphy grounded out 3B Ryan Panas then walked bringing up 1B Brett Sanders who delivered a rocket to left centre field gap for a 2 run scoring double. The Rangers would open up a 4-0 lead in the 5th When D/H A.J. Iafrate who had doubled leading off scored on a ground rule double by Ranger catcher Stu Fraser and then Fraser who had moved to 3rd scored on a wild pitch. The Rangers would take a 5-0 lead when they scored again in the 6th when Sanders singled, stole 2nd and scored on an RBI single from SS Pip Murray-Smith. With the score 5-2 the Rangers picked up their 6th and final run in the 9th when Murphy singled stole 2nd and came around on Panas's 1 out single. The Rangers out hit the A's 9-6 and each team committed 1 error. The Rangers are now off until Friday night when they play home to the Brampton Battlecats in a 7:45 start. Kevin Breitner draws the start and then on Saturday @ a special start time of 11am the Rangers will play a Double Header against the 1st place Andrews Division Mississauga Southwest Twins. Andrew Hyde and Kyle Breitner will start for the Rangers. Game 2 will follow 30 minutes after the completion of game 1.
May 25, 2013 HYDE AND PANAS LEAD RANGERS PAST BRANTS
Ranger pitcher Andrew Hyde turned in another stellar performance in pitching 6 innings and yielding 1 hit while striking out 8 and left with a 9-0 lead. Once again the Ranger bullpen and defense tried to give the game away as the Rangers committed 4 errors and gave back 5 runs in the final 3 innings as the Rangers held on to beat the Brants 10-5. The Rangers jumped out to a 3 run run 1st inning lead as 3B Ryan Panas hit a 2 run triple and 1B Brett Sanders drove in Panas with a Sac Fly. The Rangers added 3 more in the 3rd when they combined 3 walks, 3 stolen bases and 2 hits to go up 6-0. In the 5th the Rangers scored 3 more times as Panas drove in his 3rd run of the night, Kyle Clancy with a Sac Fly and LF Daniel Murphy also had the other 2 RBI's. The Rangers added the final run in the 7th when RF Jeff Altpeter doubled home Clancy. The Rangers outy hit Burlington on the night 12-7 and stole a total of 8 bases. The win improves the Rangers record to 2-4. Etobicokes next action is Monday as they travel to Oakville and then return home next Friday as they will host last years pennant winning Brampton Battlecats and then on Saturday in a rare 11am start the current 1st place Mississauga Twins 4-1 will play 2 seven inning games against the Rangers @ Connorvale.
May 20, 2013 GRIZZLIES HANG ON FOR 11-9 WIN OVER RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers travelled to Bernie arbor Stadium last nkght to face the Glanbrook Grizzlies with the intent of winning their 2nd game of the season but it was not to be as the Grizzlie's struck for 8 first inning runs all earned and then hung on to defeat the Rangers 11-9 in 8 innings as curfew took away the 9th. Ranger starter Shawn Silk making his first appearance gave up 7 hits and walked 3 and gave way to Kyle Breitner to start the 2nd came in and shut down the Grizzlie offense and gave the Rangers a chance to climb back into the game which they did. When Breitner left 4 innings later after no hitting the Grizzlie's and striking out 9 the Rangers scored 7 times to narrow the score to 8-7. The Rangers got 2 back in the 3rd as 2B Mark Capone and RF Daniel Murphy scored and then in the 4th the Rangers scored 5 chasing the Grizzlie starter. Murphy picked up a couple of RBI's while SS Pip Murray-Smith and LF Quinn Ellerbeck also drove in a run. With the score 8-7 the Grizzlie's again increased their lead scoring 2 earned runs in the 6th as Peter Saweczko came on for Breitner. The Rangers scored 2 more in the 7th to come with in a run but they would not get up again as they fell victim to the clock. The Rangers out hit the Griz 14-12,all singles, stole 5 more bases and played error less ball. Click on latest scores on the left for full Ranger box score. The Rangers drop to 1-4 and now wait until Friday to try and get back in the win column when the Burlington Brants pay a visit in a 7:45 start @ Connorvale Park. Andrew Hyde draws the start for the Rangers.
May 18, 2013 RANGER BULLPEN COLLAPSES AGAIN
The Etobicoke Rangers 1-2 hosted the high flying Niagara Metro's 3-1 last night and Ranger starter Andrew Hyde pitched the Rangers to a 4-0 lead after 6 innings. Hyde gave up 0 runs on 3 hits a walk and struck out 8 Metro's batters. The Ranger bullpen of Jon Kielb, Kevin Cleland and Bryan Vardzel took over in the 7th and through the last 3 innings the Metro's scored 11 runs on 10 hits took 4 walks and struck out twice to hand the Rangers their 3rd defeat in 4 games. With the game scoreless going in to the Ranger half of the 5th they struck for 4 runs to open up the 4-0 lead. With 2 outs C Stu Fraser singled and that was followed by LF Quinn Ellerbeck's line drive home run over the left field fence and then 2B Marl Capone walked and later scored on a double by 3B Ryan Panas. With the Rangers leading 3-0 they added a run in the 6th to take the 4-0 lead and then the collapse as the Metro's scored 6 in the 7th to go ahead 6-4 but the Rangers came right back and tied the game at 6-6 as 1B Brett Sanders and CF Jeff Altpeter both drove in runs with 2 outs. The Metro's got to Ranger closer Vardzel in the 8th for 2 and then they added 3 more in the 9th to make the final 11-6 Niagara. Ranger C Stu Fraser was 3/4 with an RBI. The Rangers were out hit 13-9 and were shut down in the running department for the first time this year as they had stolen 18 straight bases this season until Altpeter was thrown out stealing 2nd in the 7th. The Metro's played error less baseball while the Rangers committed 2 errors. The 1-3 Rangers travel to Bernie Arbor Stadium on Sunday night to play the 0-2 Glanbrook Grizzlies in a 7:30 start. Shawn Silk will make his first appearance of the year on the mound for the Rangers.
May 14, 2013 RANGERS WIN MONDAY NIGHT SHOOTOUT OVER CARDNALS
On a typical cold May night @ Erindale Cardinal Field the
Etobicoke Rangers beat the home team Erindale Cardinals in a shootout 16-14. The game was called after 7 innings as curfew of 10:45 had been reached. The Rangers opened the barrage of runs as they scored 5 in a bat around 1st but the Cardinals put up 4 of their own to make the Ranger lead 5-4. The Rangers then scored 4 more in the 2nd but so did the Cardinals to make the score 9-8 after 2. The 8 runs by the Cardinals were charged to Ranger starter Kevin Breitner who gave up 6 hits one being a 1st inning 3 run bomb off the bat of Cardinal 1B Chris Novia, walked 5 and all 8 were earned. Brother Kyle Breitner 1-0 picked up Kevin but Kyle did not fare much better as he walked 4 gave up 3 hits and was responsible for 6 runs 4 earned. The Rangers had gone ahead 16-8 before the Cards struck for 6 in the 5th. Kyle Breitner was replaced by veteran pitcher Peter Saweczko who gave the Rangers their 1st scoreless inning of the night and then Andrew Hyde had a 3 up 3 down 6th and Ranger closer Bryan Vardzel came on to also have a 3 up 3 down 9th to preserve the first Ranger win of the young season but to also pick up his 1st save @ the Senior level. Offensively The Rangers outhit the Cardinals 14-10. The Rangers were led by CF Jeff Altpeter who was 2/5 with 3 RBI's and 3 stolen bases, SS Pip Murray-Smith was also 2/5 scored 2 runs and drove in 3. For all game stats please click on Latest Score column. The Rangers next action will be @ home this Friday against the defending COBA Major league Champion Niagara Metro's. The Metro's defeated the Rangers in last season's league Playoff Championship as they scored 2 runs in their last at bats to upend the Rangers 5-4. Game tome is 7:45 and Andrew Hyde gets the start
May 13, 2013 RANGERS AND A'S WASHED OUT
The Etobicoke Rangers home opener against the Oakville A's had to be postponed due to wet field conditions. There has not been a makeup date set as of yet. The Rangers next action is Monday night on the road @ Erindale Cardinal Field as the Rangers will play the Erindale Cardinals @ 7:30pm. Kevin Breitner will start for the Rangers.
May 8, 2013 TWINS TOPPLE RANGERS
The Mississauga Southwest Twins toppled the visiting Etobicoke Rangers by an 11-8 score last night at Clarkson Park. The Rangers as they did in their opener against Milton jumped out to a commanding lead as they scored 5 runs in the 1st. The Rangers used 4 hits 3 of them doubles, 2 walks, a hit batter, 4 stolen bases and 2 Twins errors in scoring the 5 runs. The Twins put up 3 of their own in their half of the 1st and then KO'd starter Brian Molloy by scoring 5 more in the 2nd chasing Molloy. The Rangers had scored in the top of the second and now after 2 trailed 8-6. The Rangers scored in the 4th narrowing the gap before the Twins put up 2 more in the 5th and added their 11th run in the 6th. The Ranger bullpen of Andrew Hyde, Peter Saweczko and Bryan Vardzel did a good job allowing only 3 runs over 6 2/3 innings and giving the Rangers a chance at coming back. Offensively 2B Mark Capone, LF Daniel Murphy, 3B Ryan Panas and SS Damian Eccleton all had 2 hits as the Rangers collected 11 hits on the night. RF Jeff Altpeter had 2 RBI's and 2 SB's, Eccleton also had 2 RBI's while Panas, 1B Brett Sanders and C Stuart Fraser all drove in a run. Murphy also stole 4 of the 11 bases the Rangers stole. The Rangers now carry their 0-2 record into their home opener this coming Friday as their division rival Oakville A's come to Connorvale in a 7:45 start. Ranger veteran Kevin Breitner draws the start.
May 5, 2013 RED SOX TAKE SEASON OPENER IN 10
The Etobicoke Rangers opened their 2013 and the COBA MAJOR AAA BASEBALL LEAGUE yesterday in Milton and the hometown Red Sox rallied 3 times to erase Ranger leads with the last rally winning the game. The Rangers came out swinging and vaulted to a 7-0 lead after 3 as 3B Ryan Panas 2 RBI 2 doubles and 2 walks, SS Damian Eccleton 1/2 a sac fly with 3 RBI's and 1B Brett Sanders 2/6 with 2 RBI's led the Ranger 14 hot attack with Mark Capone 2 hits and 2 runs scored, Pip Murray-Smith with 2 hits while Jeff Altpeter and Rob Borden getting the other hits. The Red Sox unable to do much off of Ranger starter Kevin Breitner who pitched 3 shutout innings got back in the game in their half of the 5th as Ranger pitcher and rookie Kyle Breitner issued 5 walks and gave up 3 hits as Milton scored 5 runs to make the score 7-5. Milton then tied the game in the 6th as Jon Kielb was charged with 2 unearned runs. With the score 7-7 after 9 innings there was time to get one more inning in before curfew and the Rangers plated the go ahead run as 1B Brett Sanders who reached on an error scampered home on SS Murray-Smith's single. The Red Sox who had been stymied by Ranger rookie closer Bryan Vardzel for 3 1/3 was the tough luck loser as Milton used 2 hits a Ranger error and a hit batter to score 2 runs and win the game 9-8 and handing the Rangers and Vardzel the loss. Rangers will now travel to Clarkson on Tuesday night to face the Mississauga SW Twins and Brian Molloy gets the start. The Twins are one of the pre-season favorites to win this years Elimination tourney. The Rangers then will play their home opener on Friday night @ Connorvale Park with the Oakville A's providing the opposition. Kevin Breitner will make his second start of the young season. Game time for the home opener is 7:45.
April 3, 2013 RANGERS TO OPEN SEASON MAY 4
The Etobicoke Rangers are getting set to open up their 2013 regular season and the COBA Major AAA League season on Saturday May 4 as they will travel to Milton to play the 2011 Champion Milton Red Sox. Game time is 1pm and the game will be played @ the new Milton 2 park complex. The Rangers will play their home opener on Friday May 10th as Divisional rivals the Oakville A's visit Connorvale in a 7:45 start. The Rangers are coming off a 28 win season where they were finalists in their league playoffs and wound up in the final 6 at the Ontario Senior Elimination Tournament before being eliminated by finalists from Strathroy. The Rangers will return all but one or two players from last years team and will add 5 first year players. Joining the Rangers from the Rangers Junior club will be RHP Kyle Breitner and RHP Bryan Vardzel. Breitner has already established himself as one of the provinces premier pitchers as he has been pitching with the Rangers Senior team since he was 16 and last season was a pickup by the Tecumseh Juniors for last years Junior Nationals. Breitner a former Western Texas Div 1 All Conference All Star 2 years ago will be joining a staff led by by veteran starters Andrew Hyde, Shawn Silk and Kevin Breitner. Last year Kyle had complete game wins as he 4 hit the Tecumseh Thunder @ the Senior Elim's knocking them out by a 7-1 score in round 5 and then pitched the Rangers to the league finals by knocking out the ever strong Mississauga SW Twins in a Semi Final Playoff game by a 9-3 score. Vardzel has been the closer on the Ranger Junior team the past 2 seasons and he will be a most welcome addition. The Rangers have been in need of a legitimate closer and Vardzel will most certainly fill that void! The other 2 Junior Ranger grads are C Stu Fraser who played with the OUA Championship U of T Blues and previously caught Div. 1 in Texas and IN/P Michael Ferracuti who last season was a Gold Glove winner @ the University of St. Mary's in Kansas while playing 3B. Fraser and 3rd year player Kyle Clancy will share the catching duties as last years catcher Ben Rich is taking this summer off. The Rangers also added from the High Park Juniors OF Thomas Litvinskas who brings a solid bat and more speed to the Ranger lineup. Litvinskas will be pushing some of the veteran Ranger outfielders for playing time.The Rangers will also welcome back the 2010 COBA Major AAA MVP and 10 year Ranger veteran 1B/D/H A.J. Iafrate. A.J. did not play last year as he underwent corrective surgery on his shoulder and knee and is looking forward to getting into this years lineup. The Rangers will be managed for the 23rd consecutive year by Steve "Whitey" Breitner and has long time Ranger Pitcher Jon Kielb coaching 3rd base and up from the Ranger Junior team will be former Ranger Manager Bill "Bounce" Thompson. Bounce has been helping with the Junior program for the past couple of years and now moves back to the Senior team where he will work with the infielders and coach first base.The Rangers will field one of the youngest teams in the province as they are looking to win yet another Ontario Championship and a trip to this years Nationals which are being held in Windsor in late August. The Rangers have been knocking on the door in recent years and hope to add their 4th Provincial title to their long list of team accomplishments. The entire Ranger schedule has now been posted under the Schedules link to the left of this page. Best of Luck to the Rangers this season!!
March 19, 2013 RANGERS PANAS AND MURPHY SELECTED OUA ALL STARS
Rangers 3B Ryan Panas and OF Daniel Murphy were both selected to play in the 2013 OUA All Star game that will take place on Sunday May 5 immediately following the Blue Jay game @ the Rogers Centre. Panas was also selected as the Rookie of the year last season in the COBA Major AAA League. Murphy set an Etobicoke Ranger record last season for stolen bases with 29. Congratulations guys!
January 31, 2013 RANGERS TO BEGIN WORKOUTS
The Etobicoke Rangers will get their winter workouts under way beginning Sunday February 17 @ the Pro Teach Baseball Facility and will continue working out every Sunday night until the end of April. The Rangers who were finalists last year in the COBA Major AAA League Playoffs losing to the Niagra Metros 5-4 and also reached the final 6 of 24 teams at the Elimination tournament are looking to improve on those finishes in 2013. The Rangers will return all of their starters from a year ago and will also have All Star & MVP A.J. Iafrate return to their lineup. Iafrate missed all of last season due to knee and shoulder surgery. A.J. who is feeling 100% is excited to be back with the club and is looking forward to playing again. The Rangers will also bolster their pitching staff as the Etobicoke Ranger Junior ace Kyle Breitner and Etobicoke Ranger Junior closer Bryan Vardzel will be moving up to the Senior team. The Rangers will also be adding 3 more Etobicoke Ranger Junior over agers to the team in OF/IN Patrick Thompson, C Stuart Fraser and IN/P Michael Ferracuti. The season will begin this year for the Rangers in early May and they will play a 28 game league schedule and they are committed to 4 tournaments--Vaughan, London Lakeside, Hap Walters and the Eliminations.
October 26, 2012 RANGERS PLACE 3 PLAYERS ON ANDREW'S DIVISION ALL STAR TEAM
The Etobicoke Rangers placed 3 players on the Andrew's Division All Star team as rookies who were both graduates of the Etobicoke Ranger Junior team 3B Ryan Panas and OF Daniel Murphy were both selected along with 1st year Ranger player C Ben Rich. Rich had previously played for the Ilderton Red Army but lucky for the Rangers he moved to Toronto and chose to play with the Etobicoke Rangers!! Congratulations guys!!
October 26, 2012 PANAS WINS COBA MAJOR ROOKIE AWARD
The Etobicoke Rangers 3B Ryan Panas has been awarded the top Rookie of the Year award in the COBA Major AAA Baseball League by the League's Managers. Ryan an Etobicoke Ranger Junior graduate had a stellar 1st season with the Senior Rangers where he stepped in and hit 3rd in the lineup. Panas hit .364 in league play (5th overall) as he was 44 for 121, led the Rangers in RBI's with 23, total bases with 59 and doubles with 10. Congratulations Ryan!!
October 19, 2012 COBA MAJOR AAA ANNUAL BANQUET & AWARDS
With less than a week before the annual COBA MAJOR AAA Baseball League's Banquet and Awards night you will see some of the already decided winners and also several of the undecided categories and their nominee's below. The team Managers have already voted on the categories and the winners will be announced at the Banquet being held in Burlington on the 25th of this month. the League will also announce this past season's All Star team.
Anson Buck Trophy--Pennant winners Brampton Battlecats
Ken Johnson Division Winner Trophy--- Niagara Metro's
Len Andrews Division Winner Trophy---Brampton Battlecats
Playoff Champions----Niagara Metros
The following are some of the 2012 COBA MAJOR AAA Winners and award nominees:
League Batting Champion: Tim Sogan Glanbrook (.395)
Home Run Champion: Chris Novia Erindale (12)
Awards & Nominees:
Vic Speciale Brampton
Tim Sogan Glanbrook
Evan Baglieri Niagara
Rookie of the Year:
Andrew Thompson Brampton
Ryan Panas Etobicoke
Justin Ayles Niagara
Sportsman of the Year:
Vic Speciale Brampton
Jono Marcheterre Niagara
Craig Howse Milton
Bill Graham Iron Man of the Year
Johnny DeWolfe Erindale
Ryan Panas Etobicoke
Kevin Greer Milton
Once the winners are announced at next week's banquet the winners from the different categories will be posted here along with the Ranger players that have been selected to this year's All Star team.
October 18, 2012 RANGERS RYAN PANAS TIES OUA HIT MARK
The Etobicoke Rangers rookie 3B Ryan Panas has tied the OUA mark for most hits in a career as Panas got hit # 100 to tie the record. This is a tremendous accomplishment!! Congratulations Ryan!!
August 27, 2012 RANGERS FALL IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 7TH AS METRO'S WIN CHAMPIONSHIP
The Niagara Metro's did to the Rangers what they have been doing to teams all season and that is scoring runs to win games in their last at bats. Yesterday in Milton with the Rangers leading 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th Ranger starter and loser Shawn Silk 5-2 issued a lead off walk that was followed by an out which was followed by a double scoring the walk to tie the game @ 4-4. After an intentional walk to the Metro's 3 hitter Metro's cleanup hitter hit a ground ball that deflected off of the Ranger 1B glove into shallow right field allowing the go ahead Metro runner to score and give the Metro's another last at bat victory 5-4. The Rangers were once again led by 3B Ryan Panas who was 2/4 with an RBI and 1B Kyle Clancy and 2B Brett Sanders who were both 2/3 with an RBI. The Rangers gave it all they had but were just a little bit short. Congratulations go out to the Niagara Metro's on playing a great game and for never giving up!!
August 26, 2012 RANGERS KNOCK OFF TWINS AND ADVANCE TO THE FINAL
The Etobicoke Rangers finally were able to beat the Mississauga Southwest Twins and beat them they did 9-3 to advance to the COBA Major AAA finals. The Rangers sent young Kyle Breitner 2-1 to the mound in this do or die game and Breitner responded with a complete game 7 hitter giving up 3 runs 2 earned, walking 2 Twins batters and recording 10 strikeouts. The Twins took an early 1-0 lead and pushed their lead to 2-0 before the Rangers exploded in the 6th inning as they scored all 9 runs as they collected 10 hits off of 2 Twins pitchers to take the commanding lead. RF Peter Sawezcko had 3 RBI's in the inning on 2 hits to lead the Rangers. 3B Ryan Panas was 3/4 with an RBI. 1B Brett Sanders was 2/4 and CF Rob Borden was 2/2 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. The Twins scored their 3rd run in the 7th to make the score 9-3 but Breitner would not allow anymore and with the win the Twins were eliminated. The win now put the Rangers into the League finals against the 2nd place Niagara Metro's. The Rangers in order to win the Championship would need to beat the Metro's twice.
August 25, 2012 RANGERS SPLIT AND ADVANCE TO SEMI FINALS
The 4th place Etobicoke Rangers opened up the Final 4 weekend against the 3rd place Mississauga Twins and the Rangers nemesis did it to them again as the Twins scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th with 1 out to steal a win away from the Rangers as the Twins comeback gave them a 7-6 win. Ranger starter Kevin Breitner turned in a terrific 5 innings holding the Twins to 3 runs as the Rangers were ahead 6-3. Veteran reliever Peter Sawezcko came on in the 6th and set the Twins down but in the bottom of the 7th the Twins rallied and won the game on a walk off 3 run home run. The Twins opened the scoring in the 4th when they went ahead 1-0 but the Rangers stormed back in the 5th scoring 5 runs to go up 5-1 as both C Ben Rich and D/H Andrew Perryman walked driving in runs. 2B Kevin Cleland with a run scoring single and a ground out by CF Rob Borden picked up the other RBI's. The Twins narrowed the gap to 5-3 in their half of the 5th but the Rangers in the top of the 7th scored again as 3B Ryan Panas led the inning off with a walk and then with 2 outs scored on a Twins error. The Twins as they have done several times this year to the Rangers came back with 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th to steal a 7-6 win and now forced the Rangers to play an elimination game against the Oakville A's who were beaten by the Niagara Metro's 6-1. The Rangers sent Andrew Hyde to the mound and Hyde with a complete game did not disappoint as he controlled the A's as the Rangers scored a 7-3 win which advanced them to the Semi Final on Sunday morning. Hyde 5-3 scattered 8 hits and struck out 10 Oakville batters. Offensively for the Rangers 3B Ryan Panas was 2/3 with 3 RBI's, D/H Andrew Perryman was 2/4 with 2 RBI's to lead the Rangers. The Rangers out hit the A's 13-8. The Ranger win knocked out the Oakville A's and it set up a rematch with the Twins who were beaten 2-1 by the Niagara Metro's. The Winner of the Sunday morning Rangers and Twins would move on to the finals and would have to beat the Metro's twice.
August 20, 2012 RANGERS HEAD TO FINAL 4 WEEKEND
The Etobicoke Rangers on the strength of their 2-0 record this past weekend now will move on to the COBA Major AAA Baseball League's Final 4 to determine the 2012 Playoff Champion. The 4th place Rangers played the 5th place Glanbrook Grizzlies Saturday afternoon and beat he Grizzlies 9-7. The game went back and forth until the 6th inning when 3B Ryan Panas hit a no doubter over the right field wall to give the Rangers the 9-7 lead and was preserved by veteran reliever Peter Saweczko with 1 2/3 of shutout relief. The Rangers had sent veteran Tim Lawrence to the hill and Lawrence kept the Rangers in the game over his 5 1/3 innings. The Rangers would score a run in the 1st and 2nd innings to go ahead 2-0 but the Grizzlies would take a 3-2 lead in the 3rd and went up 5-2 after their at bats in the 4th. The Rangers then struck for 5 runs in their half of the 4th as RF Daniel Murphy, 3B Ryan Panas and SS Damien Eccleton all had RBI's while 1B Brett Sanders drove in 2 in the 5 run inning. With the Rangers leading 7-5 the Grizzlies who never say die rose up and tied the game setting the stage for Pana's 2 run shot. Sawezcko 3-1 picks up the win in relief of Lawrence and put the Rangers @ 1-0 and only needing 1 more win to advance to the final 4 weekend. The win by the Rangers had them facing the Anson Buck winners from Brampton and the Rangers left no doubt this day that they were the better team. With veteran pitcher Shawn Silk toeing the rubber for the Rangers Silk turned in yet another fine performance as Silk gave up 3 runs, walked his usual 7 batters and struck out 10 Battlecat hitters in going the distance. The Rangers broke out on top in the 2nd when they scored 2 runs as D/H Kyle Clancy led off with a walk and that was followed by a base hit from SS Damien Eccleton. After 2B Pip Murray-Smith bunted the runners over C Stuart Fraser up from the Junior team singled to drive both runners in. The Cat's got 1 back in their half of the 2nd to narrow the gap to 2-1 but that was as close as they would come as the Rangers put up 4 more in the 4th and another in the 5th and 6th to give the Rangers a commanding 8-1 lead. The 1st place overall Battlecats didn't go quietly as they scored a pair of runs in the 7th but Silk ended the game with his 10th K to earn his team leading 5th win on the season against only 1 loss. The win vaulted the Rangers into next weekends final 4 to be held again @ the new Milton Baseball Complex. The other teams surviving were the Niagara Metros, the Mississauga SW Twins and the Oakville A's. The opening match ups next weekend have the Metro's and the A's playing and the Twins and the Rangers. Game are set for 10am. Good Luck Rangers!
August 16, 2012 RANGERS BEAT CARDINALS TO CLOSE THE SEASON @ .500
The Etobicoke Rangers finished the regular season last night by beating the Erindale Cardinals 10-7 and with the win finished the regular season @ 14-14. This is the 21st consecutive season that the Rangers have been no worse than .500 during the regular season. The Rangers started rookie Kyle Porter and Porter turned in a decent 6 innings giving up 5 runs 3 earned on 4 hits, 3 walks and recorded 6 K's. The Rangers struck first in this one as they scored a run in the 1st when lead off hitter RF Daniel Murphy stroked a base hit and scored on a RBI ground out by SS Damien Eccleton. The Cardinals would take the lead in the 2nd when they scored a pair of runs to go ahead 2-1. The Rangers in their half of the 3rd exploded for 7 runs on 6 hits and 2 Cardinal errors to go ahead 8-1. 1B Kyle Clancy hit his 3rd dinger of the year driving in 3 and 3B Pip Murray-Smith had a 2 RBI single. The Cardinals narrowed the score to 8-4 in the 4th and made it 8-5 in the 6th. The Rangers in the 7th brought in Junior pitcher Adam McBride and in his 2 innings gave up 2 runs both earned on 2 hits a walk and struck out 3 Cardinal batters. A nice debut for this 1st year Junior. With the Rangers now leading 8-7 they were able to plate 2 more runs in their half of the 7th as both runs came in on wild pitches and increased their lead to 10-7. The Rangers then gave the ball to hard throwing Kevin Cleland in the 9th and Cleland recorded his 1st ever save in Senior baseball. Cleland did make it interesting though as he walked 2 and hit a batter but did not give up any runs and the Rangers held on to win 10-7 . The Rangers out hit the Cardinals 10-6 and committed 2 errors to the Cardinals 4. The Rangers will now get ready to open the playoffs this weekend in Milton. The Rangers with their 4th place finish will take on the 5th place finishers the Glanbrook Grizzlies. The Rangers are expected to start veteran Tim Lawrence on the hill. Game time is 12:30 @ the new Milton Baseball Park.
August 14, 2012 OAKVILLE SCORES LATE AND OFTEN TO ROUT RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers paid a visit to the Oakville A's last night and ended up being routed by the A's 8-0. The game for the first 6 innings was a classic pitchers dual as the A's Mark Tourangeau and the Rangers rookie Andrew Perryman hooked up and both had 1 hitters @ the end of 6. It was the A's who scored a 1st inning run when with 2 outs Perryman walked the next hitter who then stole 2nd and scored on a single. Perryman 3-3 finished his 6 innings giving up the 1 hit walked 2 and struck out 5. The Rangers then turned the game over to the bullpen and Kevin Breitner came on in the 7th only to give up 3 runs all earned on 3 hits and a walk. Trailing the A's 4-0 the Rangers turned to reliever Brian Molloy in the 8th but Molloy was not sharp as he gave up 4 runs all earned on 3 hits and 4 walks to put Oakville up 8-0. Pip Murray-Smith came on in the bottom of the 8th to record the final Oakville out. The Rangers got only 1 hit on the night and that was by CF Rob Borden who bunted for his hit in the 3rd. The Rangers will now play this coming Wednesday night @ Erindale Cardinal Field against the Erindale Cardinals. This is a makeup game from last Friday nights rain out. This game will conclude the Rangers regular season. Game time is 7:30 and Kyle Porter gets the start.
August 10, 2012 RANGERS AND CARDINALS RAINED OUT
Tonight's game between the visiting Erindale Cardinals and the Etobicoke Rangers has been cancelled due to the rain. This game will be made up next week. Once a time and place has been established it will be posted here.
August 9, 2012 BRANTS EDGE RANGERS 4-2
The Burlington Brants broke up a 2-2 tie in the 7th scoring the go ahead run and then added an insurance run in the 8th to hand the Etobicoke Rangers a 4-2 loss. The Rangers were trailing 2-0 heading into the 7th when 2B Kris Muccilli doubled with 1 out and then came around to score on a Brants error which also allowed CF Daniel Murphy to get to 2nd base on his ground ball. Murphy then scored on a double by 3B Ryan Panas. The Rangers fell behind in this one in the 1st inning as the Brants used 2 hits and a sac fly to go up 1-0. They made it 2-0 in the 5th after a 1/2 hour delay due to the park lights going out. Once play resumed Ranger starter Kevin Breitner gave up a single and a run scoring double before retiring the next 3 Brant batters. Breitner would go 6 complete allowing 2 runs both earned on 8 hits, 3 walks and 3 K's. Veteran reliever Jon Kielb 0-1 came on in the 7th and gave up 2 runs both earned on 2 hits and 3 walks in his 2 innings and suffered his first defeat of the year. For the Rangers Panas was 3/4, RF Kyle Clancy was 3/4, C Ben Rich was 2/4, 2B Kris Muccilli was 2/4 and 1B Kyle Porter had the other Ranger hit as the Rangers out hit the Brants 11-10. The loss drops the Rangers to 13-13 in league play and have 2 games remaining. The Rangers will host the Erindale Cardinals this Friday night in a 7:45 start @ Connorvale and will close out the regular season on the road next Monday in Oakville as they will face the A's. Game time @ Oakville Park is 7:30.
August 8, 2012 RANGERS KNOCKED OUT IN ROUND 6
The Etobicoke Rangers enjoyed a decent weekend in Windsor as they took part in the 25 team Senior AAA Elimination Tournament as they battled and got to round 6 before losing out to the Tournament Finalists from Strathroy by a 6-4 score. The Rangers had a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 6th but the Royals from Strathroy put up 3 to win 6-4. For the Rangers to reach the 6th round they beat in Game 1 the Martingrove Sox by a 12-2 score in only 5 innings as Andrew Perryman picked up the win. They then beat the Thornhill Redbirds by a 10-2 score with Shawn Silk the winning pitcher. After the 2-0 start the Rangers earned a bye in round 3 and then had to face the Niagara Metros in round 4 where they were defeated 12-6 after again leading in the 6th by a 6-4 score but the Metros put up 8 in the inning to pull away. Alex Dannett in relief of Andrew Hyde was the loser in this one. The Rangers with the loss now had to face the Tecumseh Thunder with the loser going home and the Rangers behind the 4 hit pitching of Junior Kyle Breitner sent the Thunder packing by an 8-1 score. This win over the Thunder set up the final 6 and this is where the Rangers fell to Strathroy as Tim Lawrence got saddled with the loss. The Rangers hitting over the weekend was led by D/H Krys Doiron who was 8/15 with 4 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 RBI's, 1B Brett Sanders was 9/17 with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 8 RBI's, 3B Ryan Panas was 8/17 with 3 runs scored, a double, a home run and 5 RBI's, C Ben Rich was 7/15, 3 runs scored with a double and a home run, RF Daniel Murphy was 6/18 with 4 runs scored, SS Damien Eccleton was 5/14 with 4 runs scored, 3 doubles and 2 RBI's and CF Rob Borden was 5/14 with 2 runs scored, a home run and 6 RBI's. The Rangers sure showed that they can hit but the lack of a late inning stopper was their undoing! The Rangers now get back to league play as they have 3 remaining games and will travel to Burlington to take on the Brants Wednesday night @ Nelson Park. Kevin Breitner draws the start. Game time is 7:30.
July 30, 2012 RANGERS SWEEP 1ST PLACE BATTLECATS
The Etobicoke Rangers fresh off of their 8-4 loss Friday night rebounded on Saturday with a 2 game sweep of the Andrew's Division leading Brampton Battlecats by scores of 7-4 and 6-3. Game 1 saw the Rangers take a 1-0 lead in the 1st but Brampton tied it in their half. The Rangers went ahead again in the 3rd scoring a run and added another in the 4th only to see the Cat's claw back and score 2 in their half of the 4th to tie the game up @ 3-3. The Rangers added 2 in the 5th and Brampton responded with 1 run in the 6th but then the Rangers iced it in the 7th with 2 more runs after the Cat's had scored 1 run in the 6th. Winning pitcher was Tim Lawrence who raised his record to 3-1. Game 2 saw the Cat's jump out to a 1-0 lead after 1 inning but the Rangers scored 4 in the top of the 2nd and added another in the 3rd giving them a 5-1 lead. Brampton would score 2 in the 5th but the Rangers added an insurance run in the 6th and went on to win the game 6-3. Winning pitcher was Shawn Silk 3-1 who pitched the 1st 5 innings and Krys Doiron with 2 3 up 3 down innings picks up his 1st save. Hitting leaders for the Rangers in the D/H were D/H/P Krys Doiron who was 5/8 with a run scored and 2 RBI's, CF Daniel Murphy who 3/6 with 4 RBI's, C Kyle Clancy 4/7 and SS Damien Eccleton who was 4/7 with 3 runs scored and an RBI. The Rangers now are off until this coming Friday when they will participate in the Senior AAA Elimination tournament being played in Windsor. The Rangers are 3 time winners of this tournament and have high hopes to make this weekend their 4th trip to the Nationals. Best of luck Rangers!!
July 28, 2012 METROS HAND RANGERS 8-4 LOSS
The Johnson Division leading Niagara Metros came into Connorvale Park Friday night and showed the Rangers why the Metros are leading the league. The Rangers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning as C Kyle Clancy and SS Damien Eccleton opened the inning with base hits. RF Andrew Perryman moved both runners with a sac bunt. D/H Kyle Porter promptly scored Clancy with a ground ball and then LF Quinn Ellerbeck walked bringing up Ranger 2B Mark Capone who hit a 3 run Home Run putting the Rangers up 4-0. Ranger starter Kyle Breitner cruised through the 1st 2 innings going 6 up 6 down but then was touched for a run in the 3rd and 2 more in the 4th. Breitner after a scoreless 5th leading 4-3 was replaced by Andrew Hyde. Breitner gave up 5 hits, 3 runs 2 earned and and struck out 2 Metros batters. Hyde 4-3 came on and the Metros immediately put up 3 runs in the 6th to go ahead 6-4 and then would add a run in the 7th and 8th to go ahead 8-4. Brian Molloy pitched a scoreless 9th for the Rangers who after their 4 run outburst in the 2nd could not get anything else across as the Metros starter Brian Kusey shut them down over the final 7 innings. The Metros out hit the Rangers 14-6 and the Rangers committed the games only error. The loss drops the Rangers to below .500 @ 11-12. The Rangers get right back at it on Saturday as they will travel to Brampton to face the Andrew Division leading Battlecats. First game is @ 12 noon and the Rangers will start Alex Dannett. Game 2 the Rangers will send Shawn Silk to the hill.
July 25, 2012 RANGERS FALL TO TWINS AGAIN
The Etobicoke Rangers played the Mississauga SW Twins last night for the 4th time this season in league play and once again for the 4th time were defeated by the Twins. The final score in this one was 7-5 Twins. The Rangers jumped out to 3-0 lead in the 1st as D/H Mark Capone led off with a walk. LF Quinn Ellerbeck followed with a single and 3B Ryan Panas delivered an RBI single scoring Capone. 1B Brett Sanders drove in Ellerbeck and then Sanders scored on a Twins error. The Twins got 1 run back in their half of the first as Ranger starter Kevin Breitner walked the first Twins batter who came around to score. The Twins narrowed the gap to 3-2 by plating a 2nd inning run. The Twins tied the game off of Breitner in the 4th and then after scoring 2 more in the 5th chased Breitner 2-1 and Peter Saweczko came on to get the Twins out. The Twins extended their lead in the 6th to 7-3 as Saweczko hit a batter and then that runner came around to score on a 2 out double. The Rangers got 1 back in the 7th and another in the 8th but could not get any closer than the final of 7-5. Breitner gave up 6 runs all earned on 9 hits and 6 walks. Brian Molloy came in and pitched a scoreless 8th for the Rangers. The Twins out hit the Rangers 11-9 and the Rangers played error less ball while the Twins committed 2 errors. The Rangers return home this Friday night as the Johnson Division leading Niagara Metro's come to town. Game time is 7:45 and Kyle Breitner will start for the Rangers. On Saturday the Rangers will travel to Brampton to face the 1st place Andrew's Division leading Brampton Battlecat's. First game is slated for 12 noon.
July 23, 2012 RANGERS WIN DIVISION AND THEN KNOCKED OUT IN QUARTER FINALS @ THE HAP
The Etobicoke Rangers won their first 3 games in the Hap Walters Tournament as they beat the Burlington Brants on Friday night by an 11-6 score and then on Saturday knocked off the Markham Mariners 8-5 and then handed the Lakeside Lizards a 7-1 drubbing. The 3-0 record gave the Rangers the # 3 seed in the tournament and this was good enough to advance the Rangers to the Quarter Finals on Saturday night. The Rangers missed out on getting the # 2 seed and a bye to the Semi's by 1 run as W.A.A gave up 11 to the Rangers 12. In the Quarter Final game the Rangers pitching was roughed up for 11 runs as the Mississauga SW Twins rolled over the Rangers 11-1. Losing pitcher for the Rangers was Andrew Perryman and 1B Brett Sanders accounted for the only Ranger run with a solo blast. The Twins went on to defeat the Windsor Stars in the Semi's and then W.A.A in the final to capture the Hap Walters Tournament. Congratulations to the Twins. The Rangers get back in action on Tuesday night as they will visit the same Mississauga Twins in a 7:30 match up @ Clarkson Park. The Rangers will send veteran pitcher Kevin Breitner to the mound.
July 17, 2012 RANGERS BULLPEN COLLAPSES IN 5-4 LOSS TO GLANBROOK
The Etobicoke Rangers gave away another game last night and wasted a fine pitching performance from starter Kevin Breitner. Breitner turned in a 6 inning 2 hit, 2 walk effort and left the game with a 2-0 lead. Breitner was perfect through the first 14 Grizzlie hitters before giving up a base hit. The Rangers scored a run in the third as CF Rob Borden reach on the first of 4 Grizzlie errors and scored on 2B Mark Capone's RBI single. The Rangers went up 2-0 in the 6th when 1B Brett Sanders led off with a walk and then ended up scoring on a wild pitch. Ranger pitcher Andrew Perryman came on for the Rangers in the 7th and retired the Grizzlie's in order but then in the 8th ran into trouble as he issued 2 walks and gave up 3 hits as the Grizzlies scored 2 runs to tie the game 2-2. In the bottom of the 8th Borden delivered a double scoring C Ben Rich and SS Kevin Cleland to give the Rangers a 4-2 lead. The Rangers went to Kyle Porter in the 9th but Porter was a little wild issuing 3 walks and giving up 2 hits as the Grizzlies plated 3 earned runs to go ahead 5-4. The Rangers with the wind taken out of their sails by the late inning runs put up by the Grizzlies went 1-2-3 in the 9th to fall to 11-10 in league play. The Griz outhit the Rangers 7-6 and the Rangers committed 1 error to Glanbrook's 4. The Rangers now will play this weekend in the Hap Walters tournament where 18 Elimination teams will get together to play out of 5 different parks. The Rangers are hosting one of the Divisions as they will play the Burlington Brants on Friday night @ 6pm and then on Saturday will face the Markham Mariners @ 3:30 and then right after will play the Lakeside Lizards. Six teams will advance with the top 2 teams getting byes to the Semi Finals. The Rangers won the very first Hap Walters Tournament back in 03 and were finalists in 04 but have been out of the money since then. Good Luck Rangers.
July 15, 2012 SILK DOMINATE IN RANGERS WIN OVER RED SOX
The Etobicoke Rangers Shawn Silk 1-2 was totally dominant in his complete game 2 hitter over the home side Milton Red Sox yesterday afternoon. Silk carried a no hitter into the 7th but the bid was broken up with a clean 1 out single. Silk struck out 11 Red Sox hitters and walked 5 in leading the surging Etobicoke Ranges to a 6-1 win. The win moves the Rangers to 2 games over .500 @ 11-9 and puts them now in 3rd place overall in the COBA Major AAA League. The Rangers opened the scoring in the 4th when C Ben Rich hit a 1 out solo Home Run his 5th. The game remained 1-0 Rangers until the top of the 8th when the Rangers would add a run as SS Damien Eccleton worked a 1 out walk and after singles by RF Pete Saweczko and D/H Kyle Porter scored on a sac fly by CF Rob Borden. The Rangers would put this game away in the 9th when they scored 4 runs as !B Brett Sanders and Porter delivered RBI's. The Red Sox broke up Silk's shutout bid in the 9th when they used 2 walks and a hit to get on the board. The Rangers pounded out 16 hits led by LF Daniel Murphy who had 3 plus 2 more stolen base, and Saweczko also had 3 hits. The Rangers return home this coming Monday as the Glanbrook Grizzlies will provide the opposition. Game time is 7:45 and Kevin Breitner 2-0 draws the start.
July 13, 2012 RANGERS KNOCK OFF FIRST PLACE BATTLECATS
The Etobicoke Rangers had a date with the league leading Brampton Battlecats Friday night @ Connorvale Park and handed the Cat's a 9-3 loss. Brampton came out swinging as they plated a first inning run off of Ranger starter Andrew Hyde as a lead off walk scored on 2 out base hit giving Brampton the 1-0 lead. The Rangers responded with 2 runs in the bottom of the first as 2B Mark Capone started with a single and was followed by LF Daniel Murphy's infield hit. After fly out by 3B Ryan Panas 1B Brett Sanders came up and delivered a booming double to score both runners. Brampton tied the game in the 3rd but the Rangers went right back in front in their half of the third as Capone started the inning again with a base hit and later scored on an RBI single from the bat of Ranger C Ben Rich. The Rangers would stretch their lead to 4-2 in the 4th and then put up 3 more in the 5th and another 2 in the 6th to go ahead 9-2. Hyde 3-1 with 5 innings pitched picks up the win. Alex Dannett pitched 3 scoreless innings and was followed by veteran reliever Jon Kielb who gave up the 3rd and final Brampton run in the 9th. For the Rangers LF Daniel Murphy was 3/5 with 2 runs scored and stole 2 base. Sanders was 2/3 with 3 RBI's and RF Jeff Altpeter was 3/4 with a run scored and 2 RBI's. The Rangers out hit the Cat's 12-8. The Rangers now travel to Milton to face the Red Sox Saturday afternoon and will send veteran Shawn Silk to the mound. Game time in Milton is 1:30.
July 8, 2012 RANGERS GROUND CARDINALS WITH 13-4 WIN
The Etobicoke Rangers fresh off their semi final defeat in London this past weekend rolled into Erindale Cardinal Field last night and handled the home town Cards 13-4. The Rangers scored 2 in the top of the 1st as 2B Mark Capone led off with a walk and scored on 3B Ryan Panas's sac fly. Then CF Daniel Murphy who had reached on a base hit his first of 4 hits on the night scored on an RBI single from 1B Kyle Clancy. The Cards tied it up right away as they scored 2 earned runs off of Ranger starter Kevin Breitner. Breitner in his 1st outing in several weeks due to injury pitched a very strong 5 innings giving up the 2 runs and surrendered 3 hits. The top of the 3rd was the decisive inning as the Rangers put up 6 runs highlighted by Clancy's 2 run home run. The Rangers would add another run in the 7th, another in the 8th and 3 more in the 9th. Jon Kielb, Alex Dannett and Kevin Cleland pitched the final 4 innings for the Rangers with Dannett being touched for a 2 run shot off of the bat of perennial home run champ Geoff Cullen. The Rangers struck for 16 hits on the night and held the Cardinals to 7. With the win the Rangers once again pull up to the .500 mark @ 9-9 in league play. They are now off until Friday night when the 1st place Brampton Battlecats come to Connorvale Park. Game time is 7:45 and Andrew Hyde will start for the Rangers.
July 8, 2012 RANGERS LOSE IN SEMIS IN LONDON
Once again the Rangers reached the semi finals in the London Lakeside tournament but were turned away as the Mississauga SW Twins rolled over the Rangers by a 10-2 score. The Twins went on to beat the Leaside Leafs in the final. The Twins struck for 2 first inning runs off of Ranger starter Shawn Silk but the Rangers got 1 run back in the bottom of the 1st when 2B Mark Capone doubled and then scored on a a sac fly by 3B Ryan Panas. The Twins increased their lead to 3-1 in the 3rd and then put up a 4 spot in the 4th and never looked back as the Ranger relief pitchers of Kyle Porter and Russ Hazen could not hold down the Twins. The Twins get full marks as they solidly beat the Rangers and out hit them 9-4. In earlier games the Rangers beat the Exeter Express 8-7, lost to the Tecumseh Thunder 9-4 and beat the St. Thomas Tomcats by a 7-1 score. Andrew Perryman threw a complete game 3 hitter against St. Thomas to gain the win. On the strength of their 2-1 round robin the Rangers advanced to the quarter finals and met up with the host London Lakeside Lizards and the Rangers held on to down the Lizards 12-10 sending them to the semi finals for the 2nd consecutive year to face the unbeaten Twins. The Rangers had great weekends from Krys Doiron who was 7/14 with 4 RBI's, 2B Mark Capone was 9/17, 1B Brett Sanders 8/17 and 3B Ryan Panas who was 6/15. Sanders and C Ben Rich both hit dingers. The Rangers next tournament will be the Hap Walters July 20-22 with games @ Connorvale on the 20th and 21st. More on the Hap later as we draw closer to this very prestigious tournament.
July 3, 2012 A'S PULL OUT WIN WITH 4 IN THE 8TH
The Oakville A's on the strength of a 4 run 8th inning defeated the Etobicoke Rangers last night by an 8-4 score @ Oakville Park. The Rangers received solid pitching leading up to the 8th as starter Shawn Silk pitched the 1st 2 innings scoreless and was followed by Alex Dannett who delivered 3 scoreless innings and then Tim Lawrence came in for an inning and gave up 1 earned run. After pitching a scoreless 7th inning Ranger reliever Kyle Porter 1-2 walked the 1st 2 A's batters in the 8th who both scored as the A's also had 3 hits in the inning to go with 1 Ranger error. The 4 run inning was all the A's would need as they now led 5-3 and put the Rangers down in the 9th as the Oakville pitcher struck out the side. The Rangers opened the scoring in the 5th as CF Rob Borden walked and came around to score on a wild pitch. The Rangers then went up 2-0 in the 7th as LF Andrew Perryman singled to lead off the inning and later scored on a base hit from RF Daniel Murphy. The Rangers now ahead 2-1 in the 8th put up their 3rd run as 3B Pip Murray-Smith singled with 2 outs and scored all the way from 1st on an errant pick off attempt. Both teams had 9 hits apiece and The A's committed 1 error and the Rangers made 2. Next up for the Rangers is the annual London Lakeside tournament in London. The Rangers will play the Exeter Express on Friday night and then on Saturday will face the Tecumseh Thunder and the St. Thomas Tomcats. The Rangers last year were semi finalists and the previous year were finalists at this tournament.
July 2, 2012 RANGERS HANG ON TO BEAT METRO'S 9-7
The Etobicoke Rangers hung on Friday night to defeat the 1st place Johnson Division leader Niagara Metro's by a 9-7 score. The Rangers fell behind early as the Metro's scored 1 in the 1st inning off of Ranger starter Andrew Hyde. the Rangers responded with 3 runs in their half of the 2nd as RBI's from CF Rob Borden, 2B Mark Capone & RF Daniel Murphy put the Rangers up 3-1. The Metro's got 1 of those back in the 3rd but the Rangers went ahead 4-2 in their half of the 3rd as Ranger 1B Brett Sanders hit a mammoth Home Run over the left center field fence. The Metro's responded with the tying runs in the 6th as they used 2 walks, a hit and a Ranger error to score the runs. With the score knotted @ 4-4's the Rangers came right back in the 6th to score 4 times as 3B Ryan Panas delivered a key base hit scoring 2 runs as the other 2 runs in the inning scored via wild pitches. The Rangers would add their 9th run in the 7th as Quinn Ellerbeck's double scored SS Damien Eccleton. Hyde (2-1) with a 9-4 lead left after 7 innings and was replaced by veteran Brian Molloy and the Metro's put up 3 runs 1 earned to narrow the score to 9-7. The Metro's came up in the 9th to face Ranger reliever Peter Saweczko and got the 1st man on courtesy of the 5th Ranger error but Saweczko retired the next 3 Metro hitters to earn his 1st save of the season. The Rangers outhit the Metro's 9-6 and each team made 5 errors. The win the Rangers 3rd in a row league game evens their season record @ 8-8 and has them in 2nd place in the very tight Andrew's Division. The Rangers will now travel to Oakville Park on Monday evening to face the Oakvlle A's. Game time is 7:30.
June 25, 2012 RANGERS TURN IN POOR PERFORMANCE IN VAUGHAN
The Etobicoke Rangers turned in their worst performance of the year this past weekend as they played in the Vaughan tournament. The Rangers were out scored 33-17 as they gave up 11 runs in each of their 3 games. The Rangers were mercied by the Leaside Leafs on Friday night in 5 innings by an 11-1 score. Russ Hazen took the loss for the Rangers. On Saturday morning the Rangers played the Thornhill Redbirds and won the battle of 2 inept teams by a 12-11 score. Brian Molloy picks up the win. Ranger catcher Ben Rich hit 2 Home Runs in this one with one of them being a grand slam. The Rangers then played league mates the Brampton Battlecats and were humbled by the Cat's 11-4. Andrew Perryman took the loss. The Rangers committed 10 errors in the 3 games and the pitching issued 16 base on balls in the 18 innings they played. The Rangers now get back to league play as they will host the Johnson Division leading Niagara Metro's this Friday evening @ Connorvale Park. Game time is 7:45 and Tim Lawrence gets the start.
June 21, 2012 RANGERS BANG OUT 15 HITS AS THEY ROLL OVER BURLINGTON
The Etobicoke Rangers banged out 15 hits led by All Star 2B Mark Capone's 2 2 run Home Runs. Capone also had a single, scored 4 runs and stole a base. The Rangers fell behind 1-0 in the 1st but scored 2 in the 2nd on Capone's 2 run dinger but fell behind again in the 3rd as the Brant's reached Ranger starter Andrew Hyde 1-1 for 3 runs in the 3rd giving the Brant's a 4-2 lead. Capone's 2nd blast tied the game @ 4-4 and then the Rangers took the lead for good in the 5th as they plated 2 runs on RBI's from D/H Damien Eccleton and LF Quinn Ellerbeck. The Rangers extended their lead to 8-4 in the 6th as 3B Ryan Panas walked with the bases loaded and then 1B Brett Sanders delivered an RBI ground out. The Brant's got 1 back in their half of the 6th to close the gap to 8-5 but that would be as close as they would come as the Rangers scored 2 more in the 7th and another 2 runs in the 8th to make the final score 12-5 Rangers. Hyde went 6 strong innings and was picked up by Alex Dannett who threw 2 scoreless innings and the Kyle Porter pitched a shutout 9th recording 2 K's. The win gets the Rangers to within 1 game of .500 as their record in the league is now 7-8. The Rangers will participate in the Vaughan Vikings tournament this weekend @ the Vaughan Grove complex. The Rangers will begin the tournament on Friday night @ 6pm when they will play the Leaside Leafs. Then on Saturday morning they will face the Thornhill Redbirds and @ 3pm take on the Brampton Battlecats. Good Luck Rangers!!
June 18, 2012 RANGERS SHINE AT ANNUAL ALL STAR GAME
The Etobicoke Rangers 2B Mark Capone and C/DH/OF/1B Kyle Clancy were the Etobicoke representatives at the COBA MAJOR AAA All Star game that was played @ Nelson Park in Burlington yesterday and both Ranger players were instrumental in helping the Andrew's Division to their 3rd straight All Star win over the Johnson Division All Stars by a 6-1 score. Capone and Clancy both had Home runs in leading the Andrew's Division. Erindale Cardinal pitcher Andrew Mullin picked up the win. The Rangers will be back at Nelson Park this Wednesday to take on the 5-5 Burlington Brants. Game time is 7:30 and Andrew Hyde is expected to toe the rubber for the Rangers.
June 16, 2012 RANGERS PITCHING SHUTS DOWN A'S
The Etobicoke Rangers pitching shut down the Oakville A's last night limiting the A's to just 4 hits and no runs as they shut out the A's 11-0 in a 7 inning mercy. Rangers starter Andrew Perryman 1-0 continued his mastery this season as Perryman pitched 5 innings using only 44 pitches to limit the A's to 2 hits while striking out 2. Perryman has now pitched 13 innings and has yet to give up a run. Big lefty Alex Dannett pitched the last 2 innings and also gave up 2 hits and recorded 2 strikeouts. The Rangers pounded out 13 hits and stole a season high 8 bases. The Rangers were led by CF Rob Borden who was 2/4 including a triple and had 4 RBI's while D/H Kyle Clancy was 3/4, scored a run and drove in 3. Other hits for the Rangers were by 3B Ryan Panas, 1B Brett Sanders and SS Damien Eccleton who each had 2 and C Ben Rich and LF Quinn Ellerbeck who both had a hit. The Rangers scored 2 in the 1st, another in the 3rd, 2 more in the 4th and then 3 in the 5th and 6th. The Rangers will now travel to Burlington next Wednesday to face the Brants. Game time @ Nelson Park is 7:30. The following Rangers will participate in the the COBA Major League annual All Star game tomorrow as Kyle Clancy, Mark Capone and Peter Saweczko will be @ Nelson Park in Burlington tomorrow to represent the Etobicoke Rangers. The Rangers will attend their 1st tournament beginning next Friday as they will go to Vaughan.
June 11, 2012 MISSISAUGA TWINS TAKE 2 FROM THE RANGERS
The Mississauga SW Twins continued their dominance over the Etobicoke Rangers as they swept the Rangers yesterday afternoon @ Connorvale Park by 4-2 and 1-0 scores. The Rangers in Game 1 jumped out to a 2-0 lead as they scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd as 2B Peter Saweczko singled to lead off the inning and was followed by a hard fought walk by 3B Kyle Porter. CF Rob Borden delivered an RBI base hit and was followed by an RBI single by RF Daniel Murphy. The Rangers sent their ace Andrew Hyde to the mound in this one and Hyde after shutting down the potent Twins attack for the 1st 2 innings was hit up for 3 runs and 3 hits in the Twins 3rd. Hyde left with 5 innings pitched and gave up the 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 6 Twins batters. Lefty Alex Dannett came on in the 6th and retired the Twins in order but in the 7th the Twins would add their 4th run as they combined 2 hits and a walk. The Rangers had the tying runs on in the 7th but couldn't get them in as the Twins held. The Rangers were out hit in this one 7-6. The Rangers Ryan Panas with another 2 hits extended his hit streak to 12 games. Game 2 saw the Rangers send Junior pitcher Kyle Breitner to the mound and Breitner 0-1 held the Twins to 1 run over his 4 innings but that would be all of the runs the Twins would need in this one as the Twins prevailed 1-0. Breitner gave up 2 hits , 3 walks and struck out 4 Twins batters over his 4 innings of work. Russ Hazen pitched the final 3 innings giving up 2 hits and no runs. For the Rangers they were held to 3 hits by 3 Twins pitchers as RF Daniel Murphy, 2B Brett Sanders and D/H Andrew Perryman were the only Rangers to get hits in this one. Rangers Ryan Panas who was 0/3 saw his 12 game hitting streak come to an end! The Rangers were again out hit in this one 4-3. The Rangers with the loss fall to 5-8 and will now get a few days off as they do not play again until Friday when the Oakville A's will visit Connorvale Park. Game time for this one is 7:45 and the Rangers will send RHP Andrew Perryman to the hill.
June 9, 2012 RANGERS BEAT RED SOX
The Etobicoke Rangers beat the Milton Red Sox last evening by a 10-0 score. The score is somewhat deceiving as to how the game played out. The Rangers scored a text book run in the 1st as lead off hitter RF Daniel Murphy started with a base hit, then stole 2nd and moved to 3rd an a ground out by 2B Mark Capone. Murphy then scored on a RBI Sac Fly by 3B Ryan Panas. The game turned into a pitchers dual as Ranger starter Andrew Perryman 1 hit the Sox through his 4 innings of work as the Red Sox starter did the same to the Rangers as he held the Rangers to just 4 hits and their 1-0 and lead but it all began to fall apart in the 6th when the Ranger bats came alive and pumped out 6 hits and 5 runs and then 4 more hits and 4 runs in the 7th off of 2 Red Sox relievers to win 10-0 in 7 innings. After Perryman the Rangers brought in LHP Alex Dannett 1-0 who gave up 2 hits in 2 innings and Dannett was followed by Russ Hazen who gave up the 4th and final Milton hit in the 7th. The Rangers again were led @ the plate by 3B Ryan Panas as Panas was 3/3, 3 Runs scored and 3 RBI's and kept his season long hit streak alive extending it to 11 games. 1B Brett Sanders was 2/4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Murphy and SS Damien Eccleton also had a pair of hits each. Other Ranger hits were by Capone, C Ben Rich and an RBI, LF Quinn Ellerbeck and an RBI, D/H Kyle Porter and CF Rob Borden who also had an RBI. The Rangers are back at it this Sunday as they will host the Mississauga Twins in a Double Header beginning @ 1pm. The Rangers will send RHP Andrew Hyde to the mound in Game 1 and RHP Kyle Breitner in Game 2.
June 6, 2012 RANGERS DEFENSE FALTERS IN 11-7 LOSS TO CARDINALS
The Etobicoke Rangers played last Friday nights rained out home game @ Erindale Cardinal Field last night against the Erindale Cardinals and the Rangers were felled by the Cardinals by an 11-7 score. The Rangers were out hit 15-10 and committed 7 errors in dropping their 2nd game in a row. The Cards got on the board in the top of the 1st as they scored 2 runs off of Ranger starter Tim Lawrence. The Rangers came right back in their half and scored 4 to take a 4-2 lead. 2B Mark Capone led off with a walk and advanced to 3rd on RF Daniel Murphy's base hit. Capone scored on a ground out by 3B Ryan Panas. Murphy who stole 2nd then scored on a double by Ranger C Ben Rich and then 1B Kyle Clancy who walked came in to score with Rich on a 2 out base hit by LF Quinn Ellerbeck. The lead was short lived as the Cardinals scored 3 more in the 2nd to go ahead 5-4. The Rangers re-took the lead in the bottom of the 3rd as Panas singled extending his consecutive hit streak to 10 games and scored along with Rich who had walked when Ellerbeck hit a triple. Lawrence was relieved to start the 5th as Kyle Porter came on and pitched 3 innings giving up 3 runs 1 earned and was tagged with the loss. All 3 of these runs came in the 6th. The Rangers would get 1 back in the 7th when Murphy singled for his 3rd hit of the game and scored on a sac fly by Clancy. Peter Saweczko came in to pitch in the 8th and gave up the final 2 Cardinal runs both unearned while striking out 4 Cardinal batters. The loss leaves the Rangers with a 4-6 record and will now try and rebound this Friday when the defending league champion Milton Red Sox come to Connorvale Park. Game time is 7:45. The Rangers will then host the Mississauga Twins in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon with the 1st game starting @ 1pm.
June 1, 2012 RANGERS GIVE UP 7 IN THE 2ND AND LOSE TO METRO'S 8-4
The Etobicoke Rangers traveled to St. Catharine's last night to play the league leading Niagara Metro's and were stung by the Metro's 7 run 2nd inning as they beat the Rangers by an 8-4 score. The Rangers had runners on 1st and 2nd in both the 1st and 2bnd inning but could not cash and the Metro's sent 10 batters to the plate in the 2nd as Ranger starter Kris Muccilli was knocked around for 4 hits and 3 walks in the horrific 2nd resulting in the 7 earned runs highlighted by a Dave Davidson Home Run. The Rangers tried to get back in the game as they put up a 3 spot in the 4th as C Ben Rich led off the inning with a walk and then SS Damien Eccleton reached on an error which was followed by CF Daniel Murphy's RBI double scoring Rich and then LF Quinn Ellerbeck's base hit scored Eccleton. Murphy came in to score on an RBI ground out by 2B Mark Capone. The Rangers added their 4th run courtesy of C Kyle Clancy's 1st Home Run of the season in the 7th. Muccilli was followed by Andrew Perryman who gave up the Metro's 8th run in the 4th unearned and ended up pitching 2 innings recording 2 K's and giving up 1 hit. Andrew Hyde the Andrew's Division RHP All Star form last season made his 2012 Ranger debut and Hyde pitched 3 scoreless innings striking out 3 Metro's batters and giving up 3 hits. Jon Kielb pitched a shutout 8th. The Metro's and Rangers each had 8 hits and the Rangers committed 2 errors while the Metro's had 4. Ranger 3B Ryan Panas kept his 9 game hit streak alive as Panas chipped in with 2 hits. The Rangers next action is Friday night as the Erindale Cardinals will visit Connorvale Park in a 7:45 start.
May 28, 2012 RANGERS ROUT GRIZZLIES
The Etobicoke Rangers routed the Glanbrook Grizzlies last night @ Bernie Arbor Stadium14-4 in a 7 inning mercy shortened game. The Rangers outhit the Glanbrook squad 16-5 on their way to the convincing win. The Grizzlies got on the board 1st as they plated a pair of runs off of Ranger starter and winner Tim Lawrence 1-1. The Rangers in the 3rd sent 13 batters to the plate scoring 9 runs. The Grizzlies got 1 of those runs back in their half of the 3rd.The Rangers then scored 2 more in the 4th and single runs in the 6th and 7th. The Grizzlies scored their 4th run in the 5th as Alex Dannett was touched for a double and an RBI single in his 2 innings of work. Jon Kielb pitched a scoreless 7th. For the Rangers 3B Pip Murray-Smith was 4/5 with 2 RBI's, CF Daniel Murphy was 3/4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI, LF Andrew Perryman was 2/3 with 2 RBI's and Ranger 1B Brett Sanders making hs Senior debut did not disappoint as Sanders was 2/3 , scored 3 runs and drove in 3 more. Other Rangers to get hits were 2B Mark Capone, RF Kyle Clancy, C Ben Rich and SS Damien Eccleton. D/H Ryan Panas extended his hit streak to 8 games with a single in his last at bat to keep his streak alive. The Grizzlie's committed 1 error and the Rangers turned in their 1st error less game of the season. The Rangers now will prepare to go down the QEW to St. Catharine's this Thursday night as the Rangers wil face the 6-2 Metro's in a 7:30 start @ Community Park. Kevin Breitner is expected to start. On Friday night the Rangers will return to Connorvale as the Erindale Cardinals will provide the opposition. Game time is 7:45 and Andrew Hyde will start on the mound for the Rangers.
May 26, 2012 RANGERS LATE RALLY NIPS BRANTS
The Etobicoke Rangers scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th and held off the Brants 9-8. With the Rangers trailing 7-4 they erupted for 5 runs in the 8th as 2B Mark Capone rifled a 2 run double to give the Rangers an 8-7 lead. Then 3B Ryan Panas drove in Capone with a line drive single to put the Rangers up 9-7. The Brant's not giving up came out in the 9th and scored a run to narrow the gap to 9-8 but Ranger reliever Russ Hazen with 2 outs ended the game with a strikeout. The Brants took an early lead as they scored 2 runs in the top of the first as they got to Ranger starter Kevin Breitner connecting for 3 hits and the 2 runs. Breitner settled down and retired the next 7 batters. The Rangers got 1 bqack in the 2nd as SS Damien Eccleton hit his 2nd rounder tripper of the season. Kris Muccilli came on for Breitner and pitched 2 scoreless innings before giving up 2 runs in the 6th as the Brant's used a lead off walk and then a 2 run dinger from Brant's 2B Jon Amendola and then after a Ranger error the 3rd run of the inning scored from a 2 out double. The Rangers got those 3 back in their half of the 6th as LF Daniel Murphy started the inning by drawing a walk and 3B Ryan Panas reached base sitting up a 2 RBI hit from C Ben Rich and then RF Andrew Perryman drove in his 1st Senior run with a base hit to score Rich. The Brants now leading 5-4 scored 2 in the 7th as Brian Molloy was the victim of some bad luck resulting in the 2 Brant runs. Peter Saweczko pitched a scoreless 8th and and gets the win courtesy of the Ranger 5 run 8th. Hazen picks up his 1st save. The Rangers were outhit by the Brant's 10-9 and the Rangers committed 3 errors. With the win the Rangers improve to 3-4 and will now travel to Bernie Arbor this Sunday night to face the Glanbrook Grizzlies. Game time is 7:30.
May 24, 2012 RANGERS CAN'T RECOVER FROM 1ST INNING COLLAPSE
The Etobicoke Rangers played an historic game llast night as they visited the Milton Red Sox and played the game in Milton's brand new ball park under the lights. This was the first night game played in Milton. The Rangers put up a 3 spot in the top of the 1st as they used 2 hits, 2 walks and a hit batter to grab the lead. D/H Andrew Perryman's bases loaded walk scored the 1st run and then a 2 out single by C Ben Rich drove in the other 2 runs. The lead was very short lived as Milton exploded in their half of the 1st as they scored 9 runs stroking 6 hits, taking 2 walks and also had a hit batter. The victim of this onslaught was Ranger veteran pitcher Tim Lawrence. Lawrence was only able to get 2 outs and was held responsible for all 9 runs 5 of which were earned. The Rangers bullpen did an outstanding job of maintaining the Red Sox as over the next 7 1/3 innings the combination of Kyle Porter , Andrew Perryman and Sasha Gerster held the Sox to a mere 3 hits and no runs allowing the Rangers to try and get back in the game. The Rangers were able to add a run in the 6th as Ben Rich hit his 1st round tripper of the season. Then in the 7th the Rangers put up 2 more runs to narrow the gap to 9-6 as 2B Mark Capone scored on an RBI double by 3B Ryan Panas and then Panas came in to score on a sac fly by LF Kyle Clancy. The Rangers rallied in the 9th as they loaded the bases with only 1 out but the Milton reliever induced a double play ground ball to end the game and Milton hung on to win 9-6. Each team had nine hits. The Ranger hits came from Kyle Clancy with 3, Capone and Rich with 2 each and RF Daniel Murphy and Panas getting the others. The Rangers return home this Friday and will try and improve on their 2-4 record as the Burlington Brants will be the visitor. Game time @ Connorvale Park is 7:45 and Kevin Breitner gets the nod on the hill. The Rangers will then travel to Hamilton on Sunday evening to play the Glanbrook Grizzlies @ Bernie Arbor Stadium. Game time for this one is 7:30.
May 21, 2012 A'S EDGE RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers dropped their 2ned consecutive game as they fell 3-2 to the Oakville A's last Friday. The Rangers started rookie Kris Muccilli and Muccilli suffered his 1st Senior loss as he gave up 3 hits and walked 4 as the A's scored all of their 3 runs off of Muccilli. One of those runs was a solo home run blast from the bat of A's 3rd baseman Mike Modestino leading off the 4th. The A's would plate all their runs off of Muccilli in the 4th. Kevin Breitner took over in the 5th and turned in 3 shutout innings holding the A's to 1 hit and Breitner was followed by Russ Hazen. Hazen making his seaspon debut pitched 2 scoreless innings and also gave up 1 hit. The Rangers had taken a 1-0 lead in the 3rd as SS Kevin Cleland led off with a walk and moved to 2nd on a wild pitch and then went to 3rd on a ground out by CF Daniel Murphy. Cleland scored on an RBI ground out by 2B Mark Capone. The Rangers would get their 2nd run in the 8th as D/H Rob Borden led off the inning with a walk and would come around to score on a wild pitch. The Rangers out hit the A's 7-4 as
CF Murphy, 3B Ryan Panas and RF Jeff Altpeter led the way with 2 hits apiece. LF Quinn Ellerbeck had the other Ranger hit. Panas's 2 hits now gives him 14 on the season. The Rangers now are off until Wednesday night when they travel to face the winless Milton Red Sox. Milton the leagues defending playoff champs will host the Rangers in the first ever night game to be played in Milton as they unveil their brand new ball park. Game time is 7:30. The Rangers then return home on Friday tpo jhost the Burlington Brants. Game time is 7:45 @ Connorvale Park.
May 16, 2012 TWINS SINK RANGERS WITH 6 RUN 8TH INNING
The Etobicoke Rangers found themselves cruising along with a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th inning when the Twins struck for 6 runs 1 earned to take a 7-4 lead as they combined 4 hits and 3 Ranger errors into the 6 runs. The Rangers first 3 pitchers Tim Lawrence, Kyle Porter and Peter Saweczko held the Twins hitless through 7 innings before the wheels fell off in the 8th. Ranger closer Sasha Gerster was the victim of the Rangers shoddy fielding and suffered his 2nd loss. Brian Molloy came on to record the final 2 outs. The Rangers had taken a 1-0 lead in the 4th as SS Damien Eccleton reached base after being hit by a pitch and was sacrificed to 2nd by Pip Murray-Smith and scored on a ground out by C Ben Rich.. The Twins tied it in the 4th as they used 3 walks and a hit batter to plate the run. The Rangers re-took the lead in the 5th as LF Quinn Ellerbeck was hit by a pitch, stole 2nd and scored on a throwing error by the Twins 3rd baseman. Leading 2-1 the Rangers scored again in the 6th as RF Jeff Altpeter led off the inning with a triple and scored on an RBI ground out by 3B Murray-Smith. The Rangers increased their lead to 4-1 in the 7th when Ellerbeck led off with a single and moved to 3rd on a double by D/H Ryan Panas. Ellerbeck would come into score on a Twins error. The Rangers outhit the Twins 6-4 and both teams committed 4 errors. The Rangers were led @ the plate by Panas with 3 hits, Altpeter with 2 and Ellerbeck getting one. The loss evens the Rangers record @ 2-2. The Rangers play next this Friday night @ home as the Oakville A's come to Connorvale Park in a 7:45 start. The Rangers will start RHP Kris Muccilli.
May 12, 2012 RANGERS TAME GRIZZLIES
The Etobicoke Rangers pounded out 16 hits off of 2 Grizzlie pitchers last night as they scored a 14-4 7 inning victory. The Rangers were led by SS Damien Eccleton as Eccleton had a 4/4 night including his 1st round tripper of the year a 3 run blast during the 6 run 5th. Eccleton finished the night with 6 RBI's. 3B Ryan Panas also had a 4 hit night , scored 4 runs and had a couple of RBI's. Other Rangers collecting hits were 2B Mark Capone and CF Rob Borden each with 2 while LF Quinn Ellerbeck, 1B Kyle Clancy, RF Andrew Perryman and D/H Pip Murray-Smith all had a hit. The Rangers scored 3 in the bottom of the first and held that lead until the Grizzlie 5th when the Grizzlie's took a short lived 4-3 lead courtesy of 3 Ranger errors, 2 walks and the 1st Grizzlie hit of the evening. The Rangers with their 6 run 5th added 1 more in the 6th before scoring 4 in the 7th to end the game. Rangers started Shawn Silk and Silk gave up no hits and K'd 4 in his innings. Silk was followed by winner Kevin Breitner 1-0 who was the victim of the 4 unearned runs. Brian Molloy and Kris Muccilli each delivered a shutout inning giving up a hit apiece. The Rangers outhit the Griz 16-3 on this night. The Rangers are now off until next Tuesday when they visit the Mississauga SW Twins and then return home next Friday as the Oakville A's visit Connorvale Park.
May 9, 2012 RANGERS MAUL CARDINALS
The Etobicoke Rangers pounded out 20 hits and combined with 8 walks downed the Erindale Cardinals by an 18-10 score last night @ Erindale Cardinal Field. Leading the way for the Rangers was 3B Pip-Murray Smith who was 4/6 with 4 runs scored. D/H Ryan Panas was 2/5 including a towering 3 run Home Run. Panas finished the night with 5 RBI's. Other Rangers collecting hits were RF Jeff Altpeter with 3 hits 2B Mark Capone, 1B Kyle Clancy SS Damien Eccleton and SS Kevin Cleland with 2 hits a piece and LF Daniel Murphy C Ben Rich and CF Rob Borden each with a hit. The Rangers struck for 5 runs in the 2nd while the Cardinals struck back with 3 in their half of the 3rd. The Rangers added 2 more in the 5th and the Cards responded with 1 in the bottom of the 5th. With the Rangers leading 7-4 they added 4 more in the 7th, 5 in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th to take the road win. The Rangers used 5 pitchers on the night with rookie Kyle Porter picking up his 1st Senior win and Sasha Gerster who came on in the bottom of the 7th to put out a Cardinal rally gains his 1st save. The Rangers are back in action this Friday @ Connorvale as the Glanbrook Grizzles are in town. Game time is 7:45 and the Ranger expect to start right hander Kris Muccilli
May 5, 2012 CATS SPOIL RANGERS HOME OPENER
The Etobicoke Rangers hosted the Brampton Battlecat's last night in the COBA MAJOR AAA League opener and the Rangers were dropped by the Brampton team as the Battlecat's scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th to break up a 5-5 tie and hang on to win the game 7-5. The game was a typical 1st game of the season for both teams as Brampton used 4 pitchers and the Rangers 5. They combined to allow 19 hits 12 by the Cat's. The Rangers 7 hits came from 3B Ryan Panas with 3 in his debut including a double, SS Damien Eccleton had a pair of singles and a hit each for C Ben Rich and CF Rob Borden. The teams combined for 12 Walks 6 apiece, 25 K's with the Rangers fanning 14 7 errors with 4 by the Rangers and 11 stolen bases as Brampton stole 8 of them The Cat's scored 2 right away off of Ranger starter Shawn Silk Silk who pitched 2 innings and gave up the 2 runs on 3 hits, a walk and recorded 6 K's. Brampton then added a run off of Kris Muccilli who also went 2 innings giving up the 1 run a couple of hits and had 3 K's but the Rangers scored 2 in their half of the 3rd to get back in the game now trailing 3-2. 3B Ryan Panas drove in LF Daniel Murphy who had stolen 2nd and then C Ben Rich scored Panas with a base hit. The Rangers went ahead with a 2 run 6th as 1B Kyle Clancy led off and was hit by a pitch, SS Damien Eccleton after an out walked and then Clancy scored from 2nd base on a Brampton error and then CF Rob Borden cashed Eccleton with a solid single to put the Rangers up 4-3. The Rangers lead was short lived as the Rangers 3rd pitcher Kevin Breitner was touched for 2 runs 1 earned as the Cat's now led 5-4. The Rangers in the 8th tied the game as RF Jeff Altpeter scored on a balk by the Brampton pitcher. The Rangers Sasha Gerster 0-1 who had come in the 6th with 1 out was clipped for the 2 runs in the 9th as Brampton with 2 outs combined a BB, a hit batter and a base hit to now go ahead 7-5. Veteran Jon Kielb came on for Gerster and recorded the final out.The Rangers did have the tying runs on base in their half of the 9th but the Brampton closer J.R. Crosby a former Ranger induced a game inning come backer. The Rangers next action is this coming Monday night as they travel to Erindale to take on the Cardinals. The Cardinals are the defending Division Champ and the Rangers will start Tim Lawrence. The Rangers next home game is next Friday May 11 as the Glanbrook Grizzlies visit Connorvale Park in a 7:45 start.
March 27, 2012 RANGERS TO OPEN @ HOME MAY 4TH
The Etobicoke Rangers Senior AAA Men's team will open their 28 game COBA Major AAA League schedule @ home on Friday May 4th against the Brampton Battlecats. The season will end for the Rangers on the road on Monday August the 13th in Oakville against the A's. The Rangers are committed to play in 3 tournaments as of this writing being London Lakeside, The Hap Walters and the Senior AAA Elimination Tournament.
February 14, 2012 PITCHERS TO OPEN SPRING TRAINING FEBRUARY 19TH
The Etobicoke Rangers will open their 2012 season preparations beginning Sunday February 19th @ the Pro Teach Baseball Facility. Here the pitchers will begin the tedious job of getting their arms in shape for the upcoming season. All players are expected at the first team workout on March 4 @ Pro Teach. Players interested in trying out are to contact Field Manager Steve Breitner by clicking on the Contact Us tab.
October 28, 2011 CAPONE AND HYDE SELECTED TO COBA MAJOR AAA ALL STAR TEAM
The Etobicoke Rangers were shut out last night at the annual COBA MAJOR AAA awards banquet however 2 Rangers were selected for the Andrews Division All Star Team. Veteran 2B Mark Capone and rookie RHP Andrew Hyde were picked as starters by the COBA MAJOR Managers. Congratulations go out to both Andrew Hyde and Mark Capone for being recognized for their fine performances in league play in 2011. For all the award winners please visit the COBA MAJOR web site @ http://cobamajor.ca.
August 22, 2011 RANGERS KNOCKED OUT
The Etobicoke Rangers were knocked out of the 2011 AAA COBA MAJOR Playoffs yesterday as they were defeated by the League's defending Champion Glanbrook Grizzlies 3-2. The Rangers were 1-2 over the weekend as they needed 2 wins to advance to next weekends Final 4. On Friday night the Rangers seeded 4th hosted the #5 seed Oakville A's and were shutout by the A's 4-0. Andrew Hyde in his last start of the season gave up all 4 runs 1 earned in 4 innings of work. Sasha Gerster came on and kept the Rangers close as he pitched the final 3 innings without giving up a hit. The Rangers were able to only get 6 hits with 1B Russell Hazen getting 2 of them. The opening game loss meant a date with the # 1 seed Erindale Cardinals as the Cards were upset on Thursday night by the # 8 seeded Brampton Battlecats. The game with the Cards and Rangers was a typical shootout with the Rangers coming back with 3 runs in the 7th to tie the game @ 10-10 and then collected 2 more in the 8th and held off the Cardinals 12-11. For the Rangers Tim Lawrence drew the start and Lawrence was hit up for 7 runs all earned in 4 1/3 innings and was relieved by Shawn Silk. Silk was replaced after 1 1/3 after giving up 3 earned runs by Russell Hazen and Hazen picks up the win. For the Rangers 1B Andrew jacinto was 5/5 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI's including a 2 run dinger. C Kyle Clancy was 1/3 with 3 runs scored and a bases empty home run. CF Rob Borden 2/5 scoring 2 runs and driving in 4. With the win the Rangers now had to play Glanbrook with the winner moving on to the Final 4 next weekend. The Rangers took the lead right out of the gate as 2B Mark Capone walked to start the game and then the Grizzlies botched the sac attempt by D/H Russell Hazen putting Rangers @ 1st and 3rd. LF Quinn Ellerbeck delivered a run scoring single scoring Capone and then C Kyle Clancy scored Hazen on a ground out giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead, The Rangers started Peter Saweczko and Saweczko battled through 2 2/3 innings giving up 1 run on a passed bell. Saweczko was replaced by Sasha Gerster who worked out of a jam to end the Grizzly 3rd. With the Rangers leading 2-1 the Grizzlies tied the game on yet another passed ball in the 4th. The game stayed tied 2-2 until the bottom of the 7th when the Grizzlies were able to push across the winning run as they began the inning with a lead off double which later came in to score on a ground ball that the Rangers tried to turn 2 on to get them out of the inning but the runner @ 1st was called safe and the go ahead run scored ending the Rangers season. The Rangers were held to but 3 hits and the Grizzlies managed 7. The Rangers played 43 games this season finishing 19-22-2. They finished 13-13-2 in league play and for the 20th straight season they have had a .500 or better league record. The Rangers will now continue to re-tool the ball club as they will make room for as many as 10-12 changes for next season. The Junior Rangers graduate 10 players and most of them are expected to be on next years Senor roster. Those additions plus a couple of other key pick ups will have the Rangers continue to be on the right track in making this team one of the better Senior AAA teams in Ontario. To all of the loyal fans and to those that visit our web site please have a safe off season and we hope that you will be joining us again for the 2012 season.
August 17, 2011 RANGERS TO OPEN PLAYOFFS AGAINST OAKVILLE
The Etobicoke Rangers in quest of their 1st Playoff Championship since 2006 will begin this years COBA AAA Playoffs this Friday night @ home against the Oakville A's. The double knockout preliminary tournament continues on Saturday and Sunday @ Nelson Park in Burlington. 4 teams of the 8 playoff teams will be eliminated this weekend and the remaining 4 teams will vie for the Playoff Championship the following weekend again @ Nelson Park in Burlington. The Rangers will start Andrew Hyde Friday night. Game time is 7:45.
August 16, 2011 RANGERS END REGULAR SEASON WITH ANOTHER COME FROM BEHIND WIN
The Etobicoke Rangers closed out their regular season last night with a dramatic come from behind win as they edged the Glanbrook Grizzlies 8-7. The Rangers trailing 7-2 going into the bottom of the 8th scored 6 runs and then held in the 9th to get the win. Ranger starter Shawn Silk cruised through the first 3 innings retiring all 9 hitters in order while striking out 8. Then in the 4th Silk ran into trouble as the Grizzlies plated 6 runs on 4 hits, a walk and 2 Ranger errors. The Rangers got 1 run right back in their half of the 4th as LF Quinn Ellerbeck led off with a triple and scored on a ground out by 3B Ryan Panas. Silk was relieved by Kevin Breitner to begin the 5th and Breitner held the Grizzlies in check as he pitched the final 5 innings giving up 1 unearned run, 4 hits and struck out 5 in picking up the win. The Rangers made the score 7-2 in the 7th when C Andrew Jacinto hit his first Home Run as a Ranger. The big 8th inning for the Rangers started when Ellerbeck led off as a hit batter and then Panas followed with a double. Iafrate was the first out and was followed by RF Jeff Altpeter's 2 run double. Altpeter then scored and Jacinto's base hit. After 1B Russ Hazen flew out the Rangers SS Pip Murray-Smith walked and then scored on CF Rob Borden's 2nd double of the game which also scored Jacinto to tie the game. With 2 outs and Borden on 2nd 2B Mark Capone delivered the game winning hit as the Rangers pulled this one out 8-7. The Rangers banged out 10 hits 7 for extra bases and the Ranger pitchers combined to strike out 15 Grizzly batters. With the win the Rangers finish the season with a 13-13-2 record. For the 20th straight year the Senior Rangers have finished at .500 or better in league play. The Rangers now wait to see who they will face in the first game of the preliminary double knockout Playoff tournament this weekend. The Rangers will play @ home on Friday night @ 7:45 against an opponent to be determined. Good Luck Rangers in the Playoffs!
August 14, 2011 RANGERS SCORE 15 IN ROMP OVER BATTLECAT'S
The Etobicoke Rangers fresh off of their 1st win in 5 games came out swinging yesterday and defeated the Brampton Battlecat's by a 15-4 score in a 7 inning game. The Rangers fell behind early as the Battlecat's scored a run in the bottom of the 1st and that seemed to ignite the Rangers as they came in and scored 7 runs in the 2nd. The Rangers would add 5 more in the 3rd another in the 4th and then 2 more in the 6th. 1B Anthony Iafrate had a big day as AJ was 3/5, a run scored and 5 RBI's. CF Jeff Altpeter, LF Quinn Ellerbeck and RF Peter Saweczko all had a pair of RBI's and also 2 hits apiece. Winning pitcher Russell Hazen was 2/4 with 3 runs scored and an RBI as Hazen pitched a complete game 5 hitter giving up 4 runs 3 earned. The Rangers will finish their regular season this Monday night @ Connorvale Park as the Glanbrook Grizzlies will provide the opposition. The Rangers would like to get this win on Monday to bring their league record to .500 for the season and to also avenge the DH sweep @ the hands of the Grizzlies last Sunday. The Rangers are currently 12-13-2 in league play Game time is 7:45.
August 13, 2011 RANGERS WIN OVER BRANTS WITH 8TH INNING COMEBACK
The Etobicoke Rangers ended their 4 game skid last night with a 7-5 comeback win over the Burlington Brant's. The Rangers scored 3 runs in the 8th to wipe out a 5-4 Brant's lead and win the game 7-5. The Rangers started Kyle Breitner on the mound and the younger Breitner held the Brant's to 3 earned runs on 4 hits over the 1st 5 innings but left trailing 3-2. Andrew Hyde came on and kept the Brant's in check all but for 2 runs in the 8th setting up the comeback by the Rangers. The Rangers fell behind 2-0 in the 1st and then tied it up in the 2nd as RF Jeff Altpeter reached on an error and stole 2nd then scored on an error. SS Damian Eccleton reached on a walk and Eccleton stole second and scored on CF Rob Borden's 2 out base hit. The Rangers fell behind again in the 4th but again tied it up in the 5th as 3B Pip Murray-Smith scored and then in the 6th the Rangers took a 4-3 lead as Altpeter singled stole 2nd again and scored on a base hit by Eccleton. The Brant's not quitting scored 3 in the 8th to go ahead 5-3 before the Rangers scored 3 in their half of the 8th. 2B Mark Capone and Borden each drove in runs as Altpeter, Eccleton and Borden scored. The Rangers out hit the Brant's in this one 10 to 7 and stole a season game high 7 bases. The Rangers now will travel to Brampton to face the Battlecat's on Saturday. Game time is 12 noon @ FCC Park
August 11, 2011 RANGERS FALL TO RED SOX
The Etobicoke Rangers visited the Milton Red Sox last night and the Red Sox downed the Rangers 11-7 extending the Rangers winless streak to 4 games. The Rangers fell behind early after taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. The Red Sox were on Ranger starter Tim Lawrence right from the get go as the Red Sox scored 3 in the 1st, 3 more in the 2nd and added a 7th run in the 3rd to go up 7-1 chasing Lawrence. The Rangers brought in Brian Molly and Molloy in the next 2 inning gave up 3 runs 1 earned as the Rangers tried to claw back. The Rangers with 2 in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th were now trailing 10-5. The Rangers would score again in the 6th and 8th to narrow the score to 10-7 but that was as close as they would get. The Red Sox would score their 11th run in the 8th off of reliever Jon Kielb who replaced Molloy to start the 6th. For the Rangers 2B Mark Capone was 3/5 with a run scored and an RBI, 1B Andrew Hyde was 2/3 with 2 runs scored, a walk and LF Quinn Ellerbeck was 2/5 with a run scored and 2 RBI's. 3B Pip Murray-Smith with 2 hits, SS Damian Eccleton with 2 hits, C Andrew Jacinto with a pair of hits and CF Jeff Altpeter with a hit rounded out the Rangers 14 hit attack. Murray-Smith and Eccleton had the other Ranger RBI's. The Rangers return home on Friday as they host the Burlington Brants @ 7:45 and then on Saturday they travel to FCC park in Brampton to face the Battlecats in a noon start. The Rangers will then close out the regular season next Monday as they will entertain the Glanbrook Grizzlies. Game time is 7:45.
August 9, 2011 RANGERS DROP 3RD STRAIGHT
The Rangers dropped their 3rd straight game last night in Oakville as the A's beat them 5-2. The Rangers sent Kevin Breitner to the hill and Breitner responded with a complete game giving up 11 hits and all 5 runs 4 earned. Breitner kept the Rangers in the game as he battled all night but the Rangers could not cash in runners when they had their chances as the Rangers stranded 11 base runners. The Rangers struck first with a 2 run 3rd inning as 2B Mark Capone led off the inning with a single and scored on SS Pip Murray-Smith double and then Murray-Smith scored on a ground ball out by LF Quinn Ellerbeck. The A's took the lead in the 4th as they plated 3 runs then scored again in the 5th and added their 5th run in the 8th. The Rangers league record falls to 10-12-2 in league and have 4 remaining games left in the schedule. The Rangers have not finished below .500 in league play since 1992. They are on the road again this Wednesday when they travel to 9th Line Park to face the Milton Red Sox in a make up game from earlier this season that was postponed due to rain and then play @ home on Friday night against Burlington. Then on Saturday the Rangers travel up to Brampton and then on Monday conclude the regular season @ home as the Glanbrook Grizzlies are in town.
August 8, 2011 RANGERS DROP 2 TO GRIZZLIES
The Etobicoke Rangers fell 5-3 and 10-7 last night in Hamilton to the Glanbrook Grizzlies. In game 1 the Rangers built up a 3-0 lead for Ranger starter Russ Hazen as the Rangers scored 3 runs in the 1st inning as 2B Mark Capone and SS Pip Murray-Smith both singled and advanced on a wild pitch and then Capone scored on a single by C Andrew jacinto, Murray-Smith scored on a base hit by 1B Kyle Clancy and then Jacinto came in on an error by the Grizzly LF. The Grizzlies got 1 back in the 3rd to make it 3-1 and added another in the 5th before scoring the 3 runs in the 6th. The Rangers were held to 5 hits in the loss. Game 2 saw the Grizzlies jump out to a 1st inning 2 run lead off of Ranger starter Peter Saweczko but the Rangers tied it in the 2nd as C Andrew Jacinto started the inning by reaching on an error and moved to 3rd on 3B Sasha Gerster's base hit and then both scored on RF Russell Hazen's bloop double. The Grizzlies then put up 6 to go ahead 8-2 in the 4th and that was all for Sawezcko. Brian Molloy came on and held the Grizzlies to just 2 more runs. The Rangers not quitting got 3 back in the 4th and added solo runs in the 5th and 7th but could not get any closer than the final of 10-7. The Rangers are right back at it as they travel to Oakville on Monday night to face the A's @ 7:30 @ Oakville Park. Ranger veteran pitcher Kevin Breitner gets the start.
August 6, 2011 RANGERS RALLY FOR WIN OVER METRO'S
The Etobicoke Rangers scored 3 8th inning runs to overcome a 3-2 Niagara lead in the 8th and then hung on to win 5-4. The Metro's jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 3rd as Ranger starter Andrew Hyde after retiring the 1st 2 batters gave up a walk, 2 base hits and then an error resulting in the 2 runs. The Rangers narrowed the gap in the 6th when RF Jeff Altpeter hit a 1 out double and then scored on 1B Kyle Clancy's base hit. The Metro's got that run right back in the top of the 7th to go ahead 3-1 but the Rangers would score 1 in their half of the 7th when 2B Mark Capone hit a 1 out single and then was driven in by Altpeter. In the 8th the Rangers scored 3 runs to take the 5-3 lead as they combined for 3 walks, a hit batter, a sac fly by SS Pip Murray-Smith that scored the tying run and was followed by a clutch 2 out hit by Capone to score 2. The Metro's did score 1 in the 9th of reliever Shawn Silk and had the tying run on but the Metro's LF hit into a game ending double play. The Rangers travel to Bernie Arbor Stadium on Sunday night to take on the Glanbrook Grizzllies in a DH beginning @ 6pm.
August 4, 2011 LAKESIDE LIZZARDS HAVE RANGERS NUMBER @ SENIOR ELIM'S
The Etobicoke Rangers traveled to Windsor this past weekend to play in the Provincial Championships and reached the 5th round before bowing out to the Lakeside Lizzards 4-3. The double knockout tournament began on Friday night and the Rangers played a wild one as they battled the Thornhill Redbirds and came away with a 9-7 win in 12 innings. Curtis Saunders picked up the win. Game 2 featured the Rangers and last years finalist Ilderton Red Army square off and the Rangers behind the pitching of Andrew Hyde won 5-4. Next up were the Lakeside Lizzards from London and with the Rangers ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th the Lizzards batter hit a walk off 2 run scoring single as the Lakeside team came back to win 5-4. The Rangers now facing elimination had to play league mates the Burlington Brants and Tim Lawrence got the ball in this one and came away with a win as the Rangers hung on to win 5-4. The Rangers now @ 3-1 and 1 win away form getting to the final 5 matched up again with the Lakeside Lizzards and once again the Lizzards came back late this time in the bottom of the 6th when they scored 2 runs to over take a 3-2 Ranger lead and thus eliminated the Rangers from further play. The Rangers now return to COBA MAJOR AAA league play as they will host those same Burlington Brants this Friday night @ Connorvale. Game time is 7:45. The Rangers will then play Sunday evening in Hamilton @ Bernie Arbor in a DH makeup against the Glanbrook Grizzlies. First game is at 6pm.
July 23, 2011 RANGERS TIE AND LOSE TO THE TWINS
The Etobicoke Rangers had to claw back to earn a 9-9 tie with the Mississauga SW Twins in game 1 of Saturday's Doubleheader. The Rangers jumped on the Twins starter and scored 4 runs in the 1st another in the 2nd and 2 more in the 3rd to take a commanding 7-1 lead after 3. The Twins scored their 2nd run off of starter Andrew Hyde in the 4th and then chased Hyde in the 5th as they scored 3 to narrow the score to 8-5. Curtis Saunders began the 6th for the Rangers and ended up giving the Twins 4 runs to put the Twins ahead 9-7. The Rangers to their credit came back with the tying run in their half of the 6th as CF Rob Borden singled, stole 2nd and then scored on a double by 3B Pip Murray-Smith to make the final 9-9. The Rangers sent Kevin Breitner to the mound in Game 2 and Breitner with very little support was hit around for 9 runs over 5 innings with 2 of those runs being earned as the Rangers committed 4 errors as the Twins won easily 10-3. The Rangers did get 7 hits in this one as 2B Tyler Fata had 2 with 3B Pip Murray-Smith, C Andrew Jacinto,, LF Curtis Saunders, 1B Andrew Hyde and RF shawn Silk all had a hit. Silk picks up his 1st 2 RBI's of the season in the loss. The Rangers now move on to next weekends Senior Elimination tournament in Windsor sporting a 9-9-2 league record. The Rangers last won this tournament in 2004 and had previously won in 2002 and in 1999.
July 22, 2011 CARDINALS COMEBACK FOR CONVINCING WIN
The Erindale Cardinals showed why they lead the league in runs for as they put up 10 runs in the last 3 innings on Friday night to beat the Rangers 13-8. The Rangers had provided starter Sasha Gerster with a 4-3 lead after 5 innings as Gerster held the Cardinals to 3 runs 2 earned on only 5 hits. Peter Sawezcko was not as fortunate as Sawezcko was tagged for 10 runs on 7 hits, 3 walks and 3 hit batters in the final 4 innings. The Rangers banged out 11 hits with 2B Tyler Fata, DH Anthony Iafrate, C Andrew Jacinto and LF Curtis Saunders each had 2 hits. CF Rob Borden had 4 RBI's on the night. The Rangers will host the Division leading Mississauga Twins in a noon start Doubleheader on Saturday.
July 19, 2011 RANGERS WIN 1 AND LOSE 2 IN HAP WALTERS TOURNEY
The Etobicoke Rangers entered the Hap Walters Annual Tournament this past weekend and had a disappointing 1 and 2 record. The Rangers co-hosting the 20 team AAA Senior team tournament played their 1st game of the tourney on Friday night handing their league mates the Milton Red Sox a 4-3 loss. The Rangers scored the go ahead run breaking a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 6th on a controversial balk call on the Milton pitcher. The Rangers were leading 3-0 as they scored a pair of runs in the 1st inning as with 1 out 3B Pip Murray-Smith reached on a base hit and 2 batters later 1B Brett Sanders hit a 2 run run Home Run over the wall in right center field. The Rangers would go up 3-0 in the 4th when RF Jeffery Altpeter led off with a triple and the next batter CF Rob Borden lined a base hit scoring Altpeter. The Red Sox would tie the game in the 5th as Ranger starter Andrew Hyde who had a no hitter entering the 5th gave up 4 hits and 3 earned runs. Peter Saweczko came on for Hyde and pitched 2 shutout innings in picking up the win. Game 2 saw the Rangers play the Peterborough Riverdogs and despite the 7-5 final score for Peterborough the Rangers were never in this one until late as Peterborough scored 3 in the 1st, added another in the 2nd, 5th , 6th and 7th. The Rangers trailing 6-0 heading into the 6th plated 2 and now trailing 7-2 in their final at bats scored 3 to make the score respectable. Tim Lawrence suffered the loss scattering 8 hits over 5 innings and r5 runs 3 earned as the Rangers committed 2 errors. Sasha Gerster came on in the 6th and gave up 2 runs both earned. Pip Murray-Smith was 2/4 with a double and triple accounting for 2 RBI's to lead the Rangers. The Rangers in order to advance needed to beat the Tecumseh Thunder in their 3rd game and while the game ended up being decided by 1 run once again the Rangers fell far behind early and had to claw their way back into this one as the final ended up 10-9 for Tecumseh. Ranger starter Kevin Breitner was banged around on the Tecumseh 1st for 5 runs on 5 hits. Breitner settled down after the disatrous 1st inning and held the Thunder off the board until the 4th when the Thunder added another run on 3 hits. Shawn Silk relieved Breitner to begin the 5th and Silk held Tecumseh in the 5th. The Rangers scored a run in the 2nd and another in the bottom of the 5th to narrow the score to 6-2. Then in the top of the 6th Silk issued 2 walks, gave up 2 hits and combined with a Ranger error the Thunder were now up 10-2. The Rangers got 5 back in their half of the 6th and and in the bottom of the 7th they scored 2 to bring the game to 10-9. The Rangers with 2 men on and 2 outs could not get the clutch hit to tie and fell to the Thunder 10-9. RF Quinn Ellerbeck was 4/5 with 2 runs scored and C Jesse Harris was 3/4 in the losing cause. The Rangers outhit Tecumseh 16-13 in this hit filled affair The Rangers next play this Friday @ home against the Division leading Erindale Cardinals. Game time is 7:45 @ Connorvale park. On Saturday the Rangers will host the Mississauga Twins in an afternoon DH beginning @ 12 noon.
July 10, 2011 RANGERS TAKE 2 FROM BATTLECATS
The Etobicoke Rangers took both ends of Friday nights doubleheader winning game 1 4-3 in 10 innings and then shut out Brampton in game 2 by a 5-0 score. Game 1 was an exciting game as the Rangers on a bases loaded base hit in the bottom of the 10th by 1B Anthony Iafrate scored 2B Mark Capone who had reached on a walk to start the inning. The Rangers took an early 1-0 lead as they scored in the 1st when Capone singled, stole 2nd and moved to 3rd on a wild pitch before scoring on 1B Damian Eccleton's ground out. The Cat's would tie it in the 4th but the Rangers would also score a run in the 4th to retake the lead @ 2-1 as RF Jeffery Altpeter led off the inning with a double and scored on a passed ball. Brampton would even it up with a run in the 7th and took a 3-2 lead in the 8th when they put together a couple of hits and a couple of walks which would spell the end for Ranger start Tim Lawrence. Lawrence through 8 innings gave up 3 runs 2 earned, 6 hits and gave up 2 walks. The Rangers now trailing going to the bottom of the 8th would tie it up as Capone worked a 1 out walk and scored on another RBI by Iafrate. This set up the bases loaded single in the 10th propelling the Rangers to the win. Game 2 was dominated by Ranger starter Russell Hazen. Hazen pitched 6 innings throwing only 54 pitches while holding the Battlecats to only 3 hits and 1 walk. Peter Saweczko pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. The Rangers struck for 2 in the 3rd and added the other 3 runs in the 4th. 2B Mark Capone was 2/3 with a run scored and 2 RBI's. 3B Pip Murray-Smith was also 2/3 with an RBI. With the sweep the Rangers move to 9-7-1 in league play which vaults them to 1st place overall in the COBA MAJOR AAA league. Next action for the Rangers is this coming Friday night as they will play league mates the Milton Red Sox in the opening game of the Hap Walters tournament. Game time is 6pm @ Connorvale Park.
July 6, 2011 TWINS SPANK RANGERS AGAIN
The Mississauga Twins seem to bring the worst out of the Etobicoke Rangers as the Twins soundly beat the Rangers last night by an 11-2 score. Earlier this season the Tweins beat the Rangers 15-5. The Rangers pitchers inability to throw strikes and get hitters out was prevalent as the Twins banged out 13 hits and combined with 8 free passes easily blew the Rangers out. Starter Jon Kielb 0-1 was able to go only 1 2/3 as Jon gave up 4 runs all earned on 4 hits and 4 walks. Kyle Clancy making his mound debut picked up Kielb and went 3 1/3 surrendering 5 runs 4 earned on 6 hits and 3 walks. Reliever Brian Molloy didn't fare any better as Molloy walked 3, gave up 3 hits and 2 earned runs in 1 1/3. Peter Sawezcko finished up striking out 3 of the 4 batters he faced. SS Tyler Fata had 2 of the Rangers 4 hits including an RBI double. 1B AJ iafrate drove in Fata with a sac fly. LF Sasha Gerster and 3B Pip Murray-Smith had the other Ranger hits. The Rangers next action is @ home this Friday as they will host the Brampton Battlecats in a D/H starting @ 6:30. The scheduled game in Milton this Saturday has been re-scheduled to Wednesday August 10 @ 9th Line Park @ 7:30,
July 4, 2011 RANGERS OUSTED IN SEMI FINAL
The Etobicoke Rangers participated this past weekend ion the 22nd annual London Lakeside Tournament. The Rangers were finalists last year losing to the host Lakeside Lizzards 2-0. This year the Rangers were grouped with the Lizzards and the Ontario Champion Windsor Stars. The Rangers sent Andrew Hyde to the hill to face the Lizzards and fell short as the host team beat the Rangers 3-2. Next up were the Stars who quickly scored 2 runs in the 1st inning and rode those runs to 2-0 win. Rangers started Tim Lawrence and Lawrence was magnificent as he 2 hit the Ontario Champs but takes the loss as the Rangers could not overcome the 2 1st inning runs. The Rangers although 0-2 made the playoff round being the 1/4 finals and had to play the # 2 seed Milton Red Sox. The Rangers came away with a 10-5 victory moving them to Sundays Semi Final and another date with the Stars. The Rangers had nothing left in the tank for this one as Ranger starter Kevin Breitner was victimized by some terrible Ranger defence as the Etobicoke team committed 7 errors in the game and lost 7-1. Breitner pitched well as only 1 run was earned. With the loss the Rangers were eliminated. The Rangers will now get back to league play as they have a very busy week coming up as tomorrow night they travel to Clarkson Park to play the Mississauga South West Twins and then on Friday will host the Brampton Battlecats in a DH beginning @ 6:30 @ Connorvale and then will play on Saturday in Milton against the Red Sox @ 1pm.
June 28, 2011 RANGERS WIN IN OAKVILLE
The Etobicoke Rangers picked up a much needed win on the road last night as they defeated the Oakville A's 6-4. Kevin Breitner with 3 innings of work picked up his 1st win of the season as he relieved starter Andrew Hyde who pitched the 1st 3 innings giving up an unearned run while striking out 3. Breitner held the A's scoreless on 2 hits over the next 3 innings. Jon Kielb came on in the 7th and was the victim of 2 Ranger errors as the A's scored 2 more unearned runs before Tim Lawrence came on in the 8th with the Rangers up 6-3 and he gave up a 1 out Home Run to the A's Jeff Jarockis narrowing the score to 6-4. Lawrence struck out the next 2 batters and 2 more in the 9th to collect his 2nd save. Offensively newcomer SS Tyler Fata had a big night going 4/5 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI's and Fata swiped a pair of bases. RF Quinn Ellerbeck was a dinger short of the cycle as he was 3/5 and a stolen base. In all the Rangers outhit the A's 12-8 as their record improves to 7-6-1. The Rangers are off until this weekend when they will travel to London to play in the 22nd Annual Lakeside Tournament. The Rangers last year were beaten in the finals by the host London Lakeside team 2-0. Good Luck Rangers!!
June 24, 2011 RANGERS RAINED OUT
The Etobicoke Rangers and Glanbrook Grizzlies game for tonight @ Connorvale Park has been postponed as the park is under water again. This is the 3rd time this season that these 2 teams have been postponed due to the weather. The Rangers now are off until Monday when they travel to Oakville to play the A's @ Oakville Park. Game time is 7:30
June 21, 2011 CARDINALS THUMP RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers didn't seem to have any gas in the tank last night as they visited the Erindale Cardinals and were defeated 12-2. Playing their 5th game in 4 days the Rangers made 5 errors and were held to but 7 hits as the Cardinals banged out 14 hits off of 4 Ranger pitchers to win the game in 7 innings. Ranger starter Sasha Gerster 1-1 left after 2/3 of an inning due to an injury gets the loss as Gerster allowed 1 unearned run. Brian Molloy gave up 5 runs in 3 1/3 4 earned and Andrew Hyde with 2 innings and 1 unearned run and veteran Jon Kielb came on in the 7th and was responsible for the final 5 Erindale runs with 2 of those runs being unearned. 3B Pip Murray-Smith put together a 3/3 night and LF Quinn Ellerbeck drove in the Rangers only 2 runs with a base hit in the top of the 7th. The Rangers will now get a few much needed days off as they return to Connorvale this Friday when they they host the Glanbrook Grizzlies. First pitch @ 7:45.
June 20, 2011 RANGERS SWEEP A'S AND GET SWEPT BY THE RED SOX
The Etobicoke Rangers played 2 D/H's this weekend resulting in 3-0 and 8-3 wins over the Oakville A's on Friday night and 4-0 and 8-7 defeats to the Milton Red Sox on Saturday. On Friday Andrew Hyde (2-0) pitched 6 innings of 2 hit baseball to lead the Rangers to a game 1 win over Oakville by a 3-0 score. Curtis Saunders picks up his 1st save. The Rangers managed only 4 hits but were able to score 2 runs in the 1st as 1B Kyle Clancy drove in 2B Tyler Fata and SS Pip Murray-Smith. Murray-Smith had 2 hits and LF Quinn Ellerbeck had the other. In Game 2 the Rangers sent Sasha Gerster to the mound and Gerster held the A's to 3 runs all earned in 3 2/3 before Shawn Silk (1-0) came on in relief. Silk in his 3 1/3 gave up only 2 hits and struck out 7. The Rangers scored again in their 1st at bats this time plating 4 as 3B Pip Murray-Smith and LF Quinn Ellerbeck scored on C Kyle Clancy's base hit and then Clancy and RF Jeff Altpeter scored to make it 4-0. The A's got 1 back in the 3rd and 2 more in the 4th but the Rangers countered with 2 also in the 4th and 2 more in the 6th to make the final 8-3 Rangers. In Game 1 on Saturday the Milton Red Sox shutout the Rangers 4-0 as Tim Lawrence (1-1) pitched a complete game scattering 8 hits while striking out 3. The Rangers were only able to muster 4 hits off of the Red Sox hurler as Murray-Smith, D/H Anthony Iafrate, Clancy and Altpeter had the only hits. Game 2 was a see saw affair as the Rangers held a 5-3 lead going into the Red Sox half of the 4th when the Red Sox struck for 2 to tie the game @ 5-5. Milton took the lead in the 6th but the Rangers in the top of the 7th scored 2 runs to take back the lead @ 7-6. Milton never say die came back with 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th to take away a Ranger victory. Starter Curtis Saunders pitched 6 innings and left with the lead but reliever Brian Molloy walked the 1st hitter he faced in the bottom of the 7th and then the runner was sacrificed to 2nd. Molloy was able to get the next hitter out with a deep fly ball to right but the next hitter doubled to send in the tying run. With the runner @ 2nd and 2 out Peter Sawezcko was summoned from the bullpen and was greeted by the Red Sox hitter with an opposite field single driving in the winning run. The Ranger had 7 hits with LF Quinn Ellerbeck having 2 of them. The Rangers with the weekend split move their record to a Division best 6-5-1. They are back in action on Monday night as they visit the Erindale Cardinals at Erindale Cardinal Field. Game time is 7:30.
June 12, 2011 BATTLECATS TOP RANGERS
The Brampton Battlecats scored a run in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th and their last run in the 5th as they held off the Rangers by a 3-1 score. Rangers starter Curtis Saunders falls to 0-3 as he gave up 2 runs 1 earned and Peter Saweczko gave up a solo shot as the Brampton side was held to 6 hits. The Rangers could not get anything going offensively in this one as they had but 4 hits and scored their only run in the 6th as LF Quinn Ellerbeck led off the inning with a double and came in to score on 2B Mark Capone's base hit. D/H Anthony Iafrate and C Kyle Clancy had the other Ranger hits. There was to have been a 2nd game but a thundershower came through the area in the top of the 1st and made the field unplayable. This game is the 2nd time it has been postponed and will be made up at a later date. The Rangers now have a few days off until they return to Connorvale Park this Friday as the Oakville A's are in to play 2 games beginning @ 6:30. The Rangers will then entertain the Milton Red Sox on Saturday @ Connorvale as the Sox will play the Rangers twice beginning @ 5pm.
June 11, 2011 RANGERS SHUTOUT BRANTS
Andrew Hyde and Tim Lawrence combined to hold the Burlington Brants to 6 hits as the Rangers shutout the Brants last night 6-0. Hyde pitched 5 innings allowing 3 hits and struckout 9 and Lawrence pitched the final 4 innings also allowing only 3 hits and striking out 6 Brant hitters. The Rangers have now pitched back to back shutouts. The Rangers scored in the bottom of the 1st as SS Damian Eccleton hit a 2 out double and came around on D/H AJ Iafrate's single. The Rangers extended their lead as they scored 3 more in the bottom of the 2nd as Rookie Kyle Clancy hit a 3 run home run to put the Rangers up 4-0. The Rangers made it 5-0 in the 4th as 3B Pip Murray-Smith scored on a wild pitch. The 6th and final run came in the 8th as RF Quinn Ellerbeck scored on a ground out by LF O'Neill Barnes. The win improves the Rangers record to 4-2-1 and they will now face the Brampton Battlecats on Saturday in a doubleheader @ Dave Dash Park. Game 1 is set for 11am.
June 4, 2011 RANGERS 1 HIT ERINDALE IN 7-0 SHUTOUT
The Etobicoke Rangers for the 2nd time this season beat the Erindale Cardinals this time by a 7-0 score. The Rangers jumped on the Cardinal starter for 5 1st inning runs with 4 hits a walk and 2 Cardinal miscues. The Rangers plated 2 more in the 2nd before the Cardinals pitchers then shut down the Rangers over the next 6 innings. Ranger pitching was in complete control in this one as 3 Ranger pitchers combined to throw a 1 hitter and in doing so shut out the hard hitting Cardinals. Starter Andrew Hyde went 4 innings giving up the only hit to Cardinal's D/H Geoff Cullen in the 4th. Hyde finished with 7 K's and walked 1 Erindale batter in his 4 innings. Tim Lawrence (1-0) was the beneficiary of the Ranger 1st inning 5 run out burst. Lawrence was a little rough giving up 5 walks and recorded 3 K's in his 4 innings. Kyle Breitner finished up with 1-2-3 ninth striking out 2. The Rangers collected 11 hits off of 4 Cardinal pitchers with SS Damian Eccleton with 3 hits and C Kyle Clancy also with 3 hits and 3 runs driven in. The Rangers are now off until next Friday when the Burlington Brant's come to Connorvale. The rangers then travel to Brampton on Saturday to face the upstart Battlecat's in a noon start @ FCC Field.
June 2, 2011 BRANTS TAKE A 5-4 WIN OVER RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers fell to the Burlington Brant's by a 5-4 score. With the Rangers leading 3-1 courtesy of RF Jeff Altpeter's 2 run blast the Brant's took the lead in the home half of the 7th as a 2 out bases loaded double by the Burlington lead off hitter off of loser Curtis Saunders (0-2) and they a added an insurance ruin in the bottom of the 8th. With the Rangers down 5-3 in their last at bats Altpeter struck again this time a solo shot to close the gap to 5-4 but that was all the Rangers could muster on this night. Rangers started Kevin Breitner and he was great through his 3 innings of work. Breitner struck out 4 while walking 2 giving up no hits. Jon Kielb was touched for a run in his inning in the 4th. Saunders took over in the 5th and until the trouble in the bottom of the 7th had the Brant's under control. Peter Sawezcko came on after the bases loaded double and kept the Brant's off the scoreboard. The Rangers outhit the Brant's 7-4 and played their 3rd consecutive game without committing an error. The Rangers are home Friday night to Andrew's Division rival the Erindale Cardinals. Game time is 7:45 @ Connorvale Park and Andrew Hyde will make the start.
May 31, 2011 RANGERS WIN AND TIE IN ST. CATHARINES
The Etobicoke Rangers took 3 out of 4 points on Saturday against the Niagara Metro's in St. Catharine's. Sasha Gerster picked up the win in Game 1 as the Rangers held on despite a valiant attempt by the Metro's in the 7th as they fought back to make the game close at 6-5 Rangers. Game 2 the lead changed hands several times before the Metro's were able to tie it up @ 4-4. 2B Mark Capone continued to wield a hot stick as Capone collected another 3 hits in the D/H. The Rangers now will travel to Burlington on Wednesday night to face the Brant's @ Nelson Park. Game time is 7:30 then on Friday the Rangers return home to host the Erindale Cardinals @ 7:45.
May 27, 2011 ANOTHER RAINOUT
The game on Friday night @ Connorvale between the Glanbrook Grizzlies and the Rangers was postponed as the park was not playable. This game will be made up at a later date.
May 24, 2011 RANGERS DOWN CARDINALS
The Etobicoke Rangers playing only their 2nd game of the season downed the Erindale Cardinals last night by a 13-2 score. Etobicoke jumped out to 3-0 lead in the 2nd and added1 in the 3rd and 3 more in the 4th to go up 7-0. The Cards got on the board in their half of the 5th as they scored a run only to see the Rangers get that back in the 6th. The Cardinals scored their 2nd and final run in the bottom of the 6th. The Rangers would add 2 more in the 7th, 1 in the 8th and another pair in the 9th. The Rangers held the powerful Cardinals to only 5 hits and 2 earned runs while the Rangers collected 11 hits including RF Jeff Altpeter's 1st home run. Rangers pitching stymied the Cardinals as Kyle Breitner, Josh Wood (1-0) Peter Sawezcko, Andrew Hyde, Shawn Silk and Tim Lawrence recorded 13 K's while issuing 8 free passes. 2B Mark Capone was 2/3 with both hits being doubles, walked 3 times was hit by a pitch and drove in 3 to lead the Rangers. 1B Anthony iafrate had 2 hits and an RBI, and CF Rob Borden had a couple of hits and an RBI to lead the Rangers. The Rangers will try and get their 1st home game of the season in this Friday as the Glanbrook Grizzlies come to Connorvale Park in a 7:45 start. The Rangers then will travel to St. Catharine's on Saturday to play a D/H against the Niagara Metro's.
May 23, 2011 RANGERS TRY AGAIN TONIGHT
After having their last 3 games rained out the Etobicoke Rangers will attempt to get their 2nd game of the season in tonight as they travel to Mississauga to play the Erindale Cardinals @ Erindale Cardinal Field (9th Line Park) with the game scheduled to start @ 6pm. The Rangers are home this coming Friday to the league Champ Glanbrook Grizzlies and then travel to St. Catharine's on Saturday to play the Metro's a double dip beginning @ noon @ Community Park. Weather depending of course!!
May 14, 2011 RANGERS AND A'S RAINED OUT
The visiting Oakville A's and the Rangers had their game called last night as the Rangers were batting in the bottom of the 4th inning due to rain. This game has been re-scheduled to Friday June 17th as the 2 teams will play a D/H beginning at 6:30 @ Connorvale. The Rangers will try to play again Sunday night as they are scheduled to play the defending league champs the Glanbrook Grizzlies @ Bernie Arbor Stadium. Game time is 7:30.
May 12, 2011 TWINS BLOW OUT RANGERS
The Mississauga SW Twins continued their mastery over the Etobicoke Rangers as the Twins handily beat the Rangers 15-5 in 8 innings. The Rangers took an early 1-0 lead as 2B Mark Capone walked to start the game and scored on SS Damian Eccleton's double. The Twins struck for 4 in their half of the 2nd and added another run in the 3rd. The Rangers narrowed the gap to 5-2 in the 4th as LF Sasha Gerster led off the inning with a single and scored on an RBI groundout by Eccleton. The Twins got that one back in their half before C Kyle Clancy walked to start the 5th and later scored on a wild pitch to bring the Rangers to within 3 @ 6-3 but the Twins erupted for 4 in the 5th, added 2 more in the 7th before finishing the Rangers off in the 8th with the final 3 runs. The Rangers did get 2 more back in the 6th as Capone walked and Eccleton hit his 2nd RBI double and then scored on an RBI single from Clancy. Curtis Saunders 0-1 picked up the loss as all 5 Ranger pitchers gave up runs to the Twins. The Rangers are home this Friday to the Andrew's Division winners of a year ago the Oakville A's. game time is 7:45. The Rangers will then travel to Hamilton and Bernie Arbor Stadium on Sunday night to face the League Playoff Champions from 2010 the Glanbrook Grizzlies. Game time is 7:30.
May 8, 2011 RANGERS TO FACE TWINS IN ROAD OPENER
The Etobicoke Rangers will try and get their season underway on Tuesday May 10th as they travel to Mississauga to face the 3rd place finsher's of a year ago the Mississauga South West Twins. The Rangers will send Curtis Saunders to the hill. Game time is 7:30 @ Clarkson Park. The Rangers will then return home on Friday to play the Andrew's Division winners of last year the Oakville A's. Game time is 7:45 @ Connorvale Park.
May 8, 2011 HOME OPENER CANCELLED
The Etobicoke Rangers had to postpone their home opener on Friday due to wet grounds. They now will open the season on the road on Tuesday as they will play the Mississauga SW Twins @ Clarkson Park in a 7:30 start.
May 5, 2011 RANGERS SET TO OPEN COBA MAJOR AAA SEASON
The Etobicoke Rangers will open the 2011 regular season this Friday night as the Brampton Battlecats will come to Connorvale. The Rangers will attempt to improve on the 5th place overall finish of a year ago. The Rangers have added some new players and have seen a few retire most notably the teams best pitcher for the last several seasons Mike Janes. Mike has moved back home to Newfoundland and will continue to play out there. The Rangers welcome back IN/DH John Zamora who took 2010 off plus OF Jeff Altpeter, LHP Tony Tedesco, C/OF Kyle Clancy and RHP Andrew Hyde all graduates form the Ranger Junior team For the Rangers 2011 Roster just click onto the Team Information tab. Game time this Friday is 7:45 (weather permitting). The Rangers will send 3rd year veteran Curtis Saunders to the hill.
April 15, 2011 League Website Update!!
Due to a situation beyond control, the league website has a new address. No longer will you see the league website at COBAmajor.com. We have lost the domain name. However, T-Bone has re-registered the website under COBAmajor.ca. Website is up and running and a partial league schedule has also been posted on the new website. No major changes have been made aside from the new address.
March 22, 2011 RANGERS 2011 SCHEDULE POSTED
The Etobicoke Rangers will begin their COBA MAJOR AAA regular season on Friday May 6 at home as the Brampton Battlecats will provide the opposition. The Rangers will play a 28 game regular season schedule plus have entered the London Lakeside Tournament July 1-3 where the Rangers were defeated in the finals last year. They will again co-host the Hap Walters Tournament July 15-17 and will then seek their 4th Elimination championship since 1999 as they will travel to Windsor to play in this years Elimination tournament from July 29-August 1. The Rangers have already begun their preparations for this season as they are working out on Sunday nights @ 9:30 @ the Pro Teach Baseball Facility in south Etobicoke. Potential new players can contact Steve "Whitey" Breitner by clicking on the Contact us tab. Breitner is returning for his 21st season as the Ranger Field Manager.
October 22, 2010 KIELB WIN SPORTSMANS AWARD
Etobicoke Rangers veteran RHP Jonathan Kielb was presented last night with the COBA MAJOR LEAGUE'S Sportsman of the Year award. Jon was selected by the League Managers and is a very worthy winner of this award!! Congratulations Jon!
October 22, 2010 Iafrate & Capone named to All Star Team
The 2010 Andrew's & Johnson Division All Star teams were announced last evening @ the annual COBA MAJOR LEAGUE Awards Banquet. The Rangers had 2 players selected to the squad. Veteran 1B Anthony A.J. Iafrate and 2B Mark Capone were named to the Andrew's Division All Star team. Congratulations guys. In the Rookie of the Year Award Rangers 3B Pip Murray-Smith was edged out by the Mississauga Southwest Twins SS Jamie Smith. The League's MVP award went to Niagara Metro's David Davidson. The former Major Leaguer hit an incredible .516 (league leader) and also contributed 5 saves. Erindale Cardinals Geoff Cullen was once again the Home Run Champ with 12. The Glanbrook Grizzlies were presented with the infamous Anson Buck Trophy as the League pennant winners and also collected the League Playoff Championship Trophy.
October 14, 2010 COBA MAJOR BANQUET & AWARDS NIGHT
The COBA MAJOR Baseball League is holding their annual Banquet and Awards night on October 21st @ the King's Court Banquet Centre in Burlington. Cocktails @ 6:15 and dinner @ 7:15 with awards and All Star team announcements to follow. This year the Rangers have 2 players making the final 3 in the voting awards. In the Rookie of the Year category Rangers 3B Pip Murray-Smith is one of the final 3 candidates and for Sportsman of the Year long time Ranger Pitcher/Coach Jon Kielb has also made it to the final 3. Good Luck to all!!
September 23, 2010 17th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNEY
The 17th Annual Etobicoke Rangers Golf Tournament is set to go this Sunday September the 26th @ Royal Woodbine Golf Course in Etobicoke. First tee off is slated for 9:20am. There are golfers attending that represent the last 5 decades as players form the 70's, 80', 90's, 2000's and current 2010 team members will be golfing. After the tournament all golfers, friends and family are invited back to Connorvale to socialize and re-tell some great stories from years gone by while enjoying BBQ'd hot dogs and cold refreshments. See you all on Sunday!!
August 25, 2010 TWINS OUST RANGERS FROM PLAYOFFS
The Mississauga SW Twins scored 3 runs in the 1st inning and were leading 6-0 after 4 and they made those runs hold up in a 6-4 win over the Rangers. Starter Kevin Breitner courtesy of 3 errors and 9 hits was tagged with the 6 runs 3 earned and the loss. Jon Kielb came on in the 5th and kept the Twins from scoring as the Rangers tried valiantly to come back. The Rangers did get on the board in the 5th as LF Peter Saweczko led off with a double and came around to score on a single by C Chris Mokriy. The Rangers rallied for 2 more in the 6th as 2B Mark Capone drove in a run with a sac fly and 1B A.J. Iafrate drove in 1 with a base hit. With the score 6-3 Twins and the Rangers coming up for their last at bats put a scare into the Twins as they rallied for 1 run as the Rangers had the bases loaded with nobody out but 1 run was all they could get making the final score 6-4 Twins and putting an end to the Rangers season. Milton defeated Brampton in the other elimination game last night so the final 4 has been set. Glanbrook, Niagra, Mississauga SW and the Milton Red Sox will contest this weekend for the COBA MAJOR playoff championship. All the games are being held in MIlton @ Brian Best Park. First game is Saturday morning @ 9:30.
August 24, 2010 METRO'S EDGE RANGERS 2-1
The Etobicoke Rangers now face elimination from this years COBA MAJOR playoffs as they were beaten last night by the Niagra Metros' by a 2-1 score. The victory moves the Metro's into this weekends final 4 and the Rangers must now beat the Mississauga SW Twins tonight in order to advance to the weekend. Last night Ranger starter Shawn Silk and the Metro's Dustin Turner hooked up in a classic pitchers dual with Turner coming out on top. The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the 1st as SS Damian Eccleton walked and moved to 2nd on 2B Mark Capone's walk and then scored on a single by 1B A.J. Iafrate. The Rangers held the lead until the Metro's 4th when the Metro's scored 2 runs on 3 hits with one of the hits being an Andrew Sorochan home run. When Silk walked the leadoff hitter in the 5th his night was done and Mike Janes came on to shut down the Metro's on one hit over the next 2 innings but the Rangers were unable to tie the game. The Metro's out hit the Rangers 4-3 and both teams did not commit an error. Each team recorded 10 K's in this well played playoff game. Tonigths game agaisnt Mississauga SW Twins will take place @ Erindale Cardinal Field with game time set for 7:30. The Rangers will send Kevin Breitner to the hill in this do or die game.
August 23, 2010 RANGERS HOLD DOWN BRANTS IN 8-6 WIN
The Etobicoke Rangers opened their 2010 COBA MAJOR playoffs as the # 5 seed and in game 1 faced the #9 seed the Burlington Brants. The Rangers backed by 9 hits and the complete game pitching of Peter Saweczko beat the Burlington Brants 8-6 on Saturday. The win did not come easy as the Rangers coughed up a 4-1 lead in the 3rd to fall behind 5-4. 1B A.J. Iafrate hit a no doubter home run in the 1st a 3 run shot putting the Rangers up 3-1 as the Brants scored in the top of the 1st. The Rangers increased their lead to 4-1 in the 2nd as Iafrate drove in SS Damian Eccleton who had walked with 2 outs and stole 2nd. 2B Mark Capone was intentionally walked to get to Iafrate. With the Brants ahead 5-4 the Rangers tied the game in their half of the 3rd as C Jon Bezanson led off the inning by being hit by a pitch and came around to score on an RBI fielders choice ground ball by CF Rob Borden. The Rangers then struck for 3 in the 5th to go up 8-5 as both Borden and Eccleton drove in runs. The Brants did get one back in the sixth but Saweczko after giving up a base hit to begin the 7th retired the next 3 Brant hitters all by strikouts. Saweczko finished with 8 K's and 5 hits, 5 walks and 6 runs 5 earned. The Rangers were scheduled to play the Niagra Metros yesterday with the winner moving on to the final 4 but the game was rained out and as been re-scheduled for tonight @ 7:30 @ Erindale Cardinal Field (9th Line Park).
August 17, 2010 RANGERS AND CATS BATTLE TO AN 8-8 11 INNING DRAW
The Rangers and Battlecats played 11 innings last night without being able to decide a winner as the Battlecats with a run in the 8th tied the score @ 8-8's and 2 extra innings could not provide a winner. With the tie the Rangers now complete their regular season and finish in 5th place overall with a 13-13-2 record. The playoffs will begin for the Rangers on Saturday in Burlington @ 3pm against the winner of the Erindale / Burlington match on Thursday evening. Last night knowing that a win or tie would secure 5th the Rangers came out and scored 2 in the 1st inning as SS Damian Eccleton and RF Peter Saweczko scored. The Cat's came right back to put up a 3 spot in their half as Ranger starter Kevin Breitner made 2 throwing errors and gave up 3 hits to allow the Cat's to take the lead. The Rangers went back ahead in the 5th scoring 4 runs as 1B A.J. Iafrate, and 3B Mike Mokriy had RBI's. The Rangers added 2 more in the 6th to lead comfortably by 8-3 but the Battlecat's struck for 4 in their half of the 6th chasing Breitner. Brian Molloy came on in the 7th and retired one batter while giving up a run and had the bases loaded when veteran Jon Kielb came on to put out the fire and retired the next 2 hitters. With the Rangers now leading 8-7 the Cat's were able to tie the game in the 8th as Kielb walked the leadoff batter and he came around to score. Kielb then held the Cat's scoreless through 11. The Rangers A.J. Iafrate was 3/6 with 3 RBI's. The Rangers out hit Brampton by a 14-11 count. The Rangers had a couple of chances to win it in extras as they had runners thrown out @ the plate in the 10th and 11th inning. Good luck in the playoffs!!
August 14, 2010 TWINS SHUTOUT RANGERS 8-0
The Mississauga SW Twins closed out the Rangers home season by shutting them out 8-0 last night. The Rangers sent Curtis Saunders to the hill and the Twins greeted Saunders as they scored 4 in the 1st and added a 5th run off of Saunders in the 6th. The Twins would get 2 more in the 7th off of Tim Lawrence and 2 more in the 8th off of Brian Molloy before Pip Murray-Smith threw a shut out 9th. The Twins banged out 13 hits to the Rangers 10. SS Damian Eccleton had 3 hits and 2B Mark Capone had a pair in the loss. The Rangers will now close out the regular season on Monday as they return to Brampton to face the Battlecats in a 7:30 start @ FCC Park.
August 12, 2010 RANGERS TAME BATTLECATS
The Etobicoke Rangers pounded out a season high 20 hits on Tuesday night as they beat he Brampton Battlecats 16-9. The Rangers took a quick 2-0 lead in the 1st thanks to a 2 run scoring single from the bat of 1B A.J. Iafrate only to see the lead disappear in the bottom of the inning as the Brampton 1B clubbed a 3 run home run off of Rangers starter Mike Janes. The Rangers tied the game @ 3-3 in the 3rd as LF Peter Saweczko drove in 2B Mark Capone. Brampton went ahead in the 5th scoring 2 runs to make it 5-3 for the Battlecats. The Rangers batting in the top of the 6th sent 11 men to the plate of which 7 scored and the Rangers now led 10-5. The Rangers would go on to plate 3 more in the 7th and 3 in the 8th to now lead 16-5. With Mark Eccleton in to pitch the 8th the Battlecats rallied for 4 to close the gap to 16-9. The Rangers sent Tim Lawrence out in the 9th and Lawrence retired the Brampton side without any further damage and preserved the Ranger win. The Rangers CF Rob Borden had a great day at the plate as Borden was 3/5 with one of the hits being a solo home run. Borden also had 2 runs scored and 3 RBI's. 2B Mark Capone was also 3/5 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI's while Iafrate ended up 2/6 and 3 RBI's. The Rangers will now play their final home game of the regular season this Friday night as the Mississauga SW Twins provide the opposition and then close out their regular season next Monday as they return to Brampton to play the Battlecats @ FCC. Park.
August 9, 2010 RANGERS GO 2-1-1 ON THE WEEK
The Rangers fared pretty will this week and have been able to reach the 500 mark as they pulled of wins against Milton 12-6 and Glanbrook 8-6 but lost to Milton 5-2 and tied Milton @ 5-5's. In the 12-6 win over the Milton Red Sox last Wednesday the Rangers rebounded from a 1st inning 4-0 Milton lead and scored 3 in the 2nd, another in the 5th to tie the game and then erupted for 8 in the 6th to take a commanding 12-4 lead. The Red Sox did get 1 in the 8th off of reliever Tim Lawrence and another in the 9th off of Mark Eccleton to make the final 12-6 Rangers. Winning pitcher with 6 innings of work was veteran Peter Sawezcko. The Rangers were led at the plate by CF Rob Borden as Borden was 4/5 with 4 RBI's and RF Jon Bezanson who was 3/4 with 2 RBI's. On Friday night the Rangers played host to the COBA MAJOR league leading Glanbrook Grizzlies and in this see saw game came away with an 8-6 win. This tilt provided the Rangers with the best umpiring they have seen this year as Grizzlie manager Rick Ellis was forced into duty and did a spectacular job calling balls and strikes and outs and safes!! The Rangers started Curits Saunders and Saunders delivered 6 innings of 6 hit 4 run 2 earned baseball and handed over a 5-4 lead to hard throwing Shawn Silk. Silk once again had difficulty navigating the strike zone which enabled the Grizz to tie it up in the 6th without a hit as Silk walked 4 batters to score a Grizzlie run. The Rangers re-took the lead for good as they scored 2 runs in the 7th and added another in the 8th to offset an 8th inning Glanborok run making the final 8-6 Rangers. The Rangers pounded out 14 hits on the night as 1B A.J. Iafrate had a perfect night going 4/4 with 2 doubles. C Jon Bezanson with 3 hits and was a home run short of the cycle and and D/H Mike Mokriy had 2 hits. On Saturday the Rangers were in Milton to play a regularly scheduled game plus a make up and the Red Sox won Game 1 5-2 and the Rangers with 3 in the 7th overcame a 5-2 Red Sox lead in the 2nd game to tie Milton 5-5 after 9 innings as curfew ended the game. In game 1 Kevin Breitner was the hard luck loser as Breitner kept the Red Sox in check as he spun a 4 hitter but 3 Ranger errors plus the Milton starter did in the Rangers. The 2 Ranger runs were the result of solo home runs by Ranger 1B Brett Sanders and C Kyle Clancy. The 2nd game saw veteran Jon Kielb getting a rare start and Jon pitched 4 innings giving up only 2 hits but walked 7 and surrendered all 5 Milton runs. Brian Molloy finished up the final 5 innings keeping the Red Sox at bay as Molloy only gave up 2 hits. The Rangers down 2-0 in the 2nd tied the game up as 1B Brett Sanders led off with a double and then 2B Mike Jane's singled. Sanders scored on RF Kyle Breitner's infield hit and Janes scored on CF Rob Borden's base hit. Trailing 5-2 in their last at bats the Rangers rallied for 3 to tie the game as Sanders drove in 1 with ground ball and Janes drove in 2 with a solid base hit. 2 extra innings did not provide any more runs for either side and the game finished 5-5. The Rangers are back in action on Tuesday as they will travel to FCC Field in Brampton to play the Battlecats and then return home on Friday to face the Mississauga SW Twins.
August 3, 2010 RANGERS OUT IN 3 @ THE ELIM'S
The Etobicoke Rangers with aspirations of once again winning the Eliminations were knocked out after the 3rd round. The Rangers unfortunately did not really play any better than their .500 to date season record and fell to the Newmarket Hawks 6-3 and were eliminated by the Mississauga SW Twins 4-3. The Rangers did pick up a win in their 2nd game as Ranger ace Mike Janes gutted out a complete game scatteing 10 hits and giving up a single run in a 3-1 win over the Burlington Brants. D/H Kris Doiron delivered the big blow as Doiron hit a bases loaded triple in the 3rd inning. In game 1 the Rangers sent Curtis Saunders to the hill and Saunders was the victim of some shoddy defence as the Hawks scored 3 in the 1st as the Rangers committed 2 errors. The Rangers fought back to tie the game @ 3-3 but the Hawks scored 3 more in the 7th as again the Ranger defence made another 2 errors giving Newmarket a 6-3 win. Peter Saweczko took the loss for the Rangers. Game 3 saw the Rangers face league mates the Missauga SW Twins and a hard fought 4-3 loss was the outcome for the Rangers. Starter Shawn Silk pitched 5 innings and gave up all 4 runs. The Ranger closed the gap trailing 4-1 when RF Jon Bezanson hit a 2 run shot to pull the Rangers to within 1 but the Twins bulpen shutdown the Rangers over the final 2 innings preserving the 4-3 Twins victory and thus eliminating the Rangers. The Rangers will now focus on their final 7 league games and playoffs. The Rangers are back in action this Wednesday night as they will entertain the Milton Red Sox. This Ranger home game will be played at 9th Line Park also known as Erindale Cardinal Field. Game time is 7:30. Kevin Breitner gets the start for the Rangers. The Rangers are then home this Friday as the league leading Glanbrook Grizzlies come to Connorvale Park. Game time is 7:45. On Saturday the Rangers will travel to Milton to play 2 against the Red Sox. First game starts @ Noon.
July 26, 2010 RANGERS KIELB PICKS UP ALL STAR WIN
The Andrews Division All Stars defeated the Johnson Division All Stars yesterday by a 10-3 score as veteran Etobicoke Ranger pitcher Jon Kielb recorded the win in pitching a shutout inning. The Andrews Division scored 9 runs in the 5th to take a 10-0 lead. Losing pitcher was Mike Grilli from the Glanbrook Grizzlies although most of the Andrew's damage was done against Grizzlie pitcher Justin Czorny. The Andrews team slugged 12 hits on the afternoon. In the Home Run Derby Erindale Cardinal RF Kevin Treichel was the winner with 3. Thanks to all of the players, coaches and fans who took in a great day @ Nelson Park in Burlington.
July 25, 2010 A's 6 RUN 7TH BURIES RANGERS
With the 1st place Oakville A's leading the hometown Rangers 3-2 the A's broke the game open as they scored 6 earned runs in the 7th inning increasing their lead to 9-2 and eventually won the game by a 12-4 count. The Rangers started Shawn Silk and Silk pitched well through 6 innings giving up 3 runs 1 earned and left trailing 3-2. Clayton Curtis was the victim of the 7th inning explosion by the A's as Curtis walked 5, hit a batter and gave up 2 hits as the A's drew away with the 6 earned run inning. Mark Eccleton pitched the final 2 frames and also did not fare very well as Eccleton on 4 hits gave up 3 earned runs with one of them being a Jeff Jarockis home run. For the Rangers 2B Mark Capone was 4/5 with 3 doubles and a run scored and RF Jon Bezanson was 3/4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI's. 1B A.J. Iafrate had the other RBI as 3B Pip Murray-Smith scored on a ground out in the 5th. The Rangers now head to London this weekend in quest of winning their 4th Elimination Championship. The Rangers open the marathon 26 team tournament on Friday night @ 5:30 @ Labatt Park and will play the Newmarket Hawks. Best of Luck to the Rangers this weekend!!
July 23, 2010 COBA MAJOR ALL STAR GAME THIS SUNDAY
The COBA MAJOR will hold it's annual ALL Star game this Sunday @ 1pm @ Nelson Park in Burlington. There is also a Home Run Derby scheduled for Noon. Ranger representatives are RHP Jon Kielb, 2B Mark Capone, 3B Pip Murray-Smith and OF Rob Borden. Congratulations and good luck!!
July 22, 2010 RANGERS WIN 4TH IN A ROW
The Etobicoke Rangers beat the Burlington Brants last night by a 9-4 score giving them their 4th straight COBA MAJOR win and in doing so evened their record @ 10-10. The Rangers struck early as they plated 3 runs in the 1st inning on RBI'S from SS Damian Eccleton, 1B A. J. Iafrate and RF Jon Bezanson. The lead held until the Brants 3rd when Ranger starter Peter Saweczko encountered control problems and the Brants scored 4 on 2 hits and 4 walks. Curtis Saunders came in with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 3rd and quickly got the 3rd out. Saunders finished the game going 6 1/3 out of the pen giving up no runs, 3 hits, walked 2 and struck out 2 to gain the win. The Rangers re-took the lead in the 6th as 3B Pip Murray-Smith and C Matt Ferreira both scored. THe Rangers got the insurance runs they needed in the 8th when they scored 3 more as Eccleton with a double drove in 2 and 2B Mark Capone hit a Sac Fly to score another. The Rangers scored another in the 9th as Ferreira after leading off the inning being hit by a pitch came around to score. The Rangers have 1 game to go before the Senior Elimination Tournament on the Civic Holiday weekend and that is this Friday @ 7:45 @ Connorvale Park as the Oakville A's will visit. Shawn Silk gets the start.
July 20, 2010 RANGERS HOLD ON TO BEAT A'S
The Etobicoke Rangers picked up a good road win last night in Oakville as they were able to hold on and down the A's 5-4. With the Rangers leading 5-3 going into the A's last at bats the A's mounted a comeback as they scored an unearned run after a lead off error reached and then scored on back to back hits but that was all the A's would get as Jon Kielb retired the final 2 batters on fly balls. Kielb in picking up his 1st save pitched 2 innings and gave up 1 unearned run, 2 hits and struck out to Oakville batters. The Rangers gave Ranger starter Kevin Breitner a 3 run lead as the Rangers were able to score 3 in their 1st at bats. Hits by SS Damian Eccleton and 2B Mark Capone both scored on a double by 1B A.J. Iafrate and then Iafrate scored to make it 3-0. Oakville got 1 back in the bottom of the 1st and scored again in the 2nd to make it 3-2 Rangers. The Rangers scored in their half of the 3rd as Capone led off the inning with a walk and scored on Iafrate's 2nd double and then added another run in the 4th as 3B Pip Murray-Smith scored on an Eccleton 2 out base hit. Breitner was able to hold the 5-3 lead as he finished up pitching 7 innings scattering 8 hits with 2 of the 3 runs being earned. The Rangers out hit the A's 11-10 and with the win pulled to with in 1 game of .500 as their record now stands @ 9-10. The Rangers are back in action on Wednesday night as they will go to Burlington to play the Brants @ Nelson Park. Game time is 7:30 and Peter Saweczko gets the nod.
July 20, 2010 RANGERS GO 1-2 IN HAP WALTERS TOURNEY
The Etobicoke Rangers had a disappointing weekend in the 7th annual Hap Walters Tournament as they were eliminated in round robin play as they finished with a 1-2 record. The Rangers began the tournament on Friday night by spanking the Markham Pioneers 13-3 in a 5 inning mercy. The Rangers behind the 4 hit pitching of Curtis Saunders pounded out 10 hits in the lopsided win. CF Krys Doiron with 2 hits and 3 RBI's led the way for the Rangers. Game 2 saw the Rangers square off with the Leaside Leafs. The Leafs have been a nemesis for the Rangers over the past while as they were the ones who eliminated the Rangers in the semi final of last years Elimination tournament. This game was tied 2-2 when Ranger starter Mike Janes was replaced by Mark Eccleton to start the bottom of the 6th. Leaside jumped on Eccleton for 4 runs making the score 6-2 Leafs. The Rangers could not make anything hapen in the 7th and fell 6-2. With the Ranger record @ 1-1 they still had to play the Windsor Athletics and the A's laid a beating on the Rangers by a 10-1 score. Ranger starter Shawn Silk gave up 3 runs in his 3 innings before being replaced by Tim Lawrence and Lawrence in his 1 inning was knocked around for 4 more and then Krys Doiron was hit up for 3 runs in 2 innings. The Rangers were held to only 3 hits in this game as 1B Brett Sanders, SS Damian Eccleton and RF Andy Tulshi were the only ones able to solve the Windsor pitcher. The loss to the Athletics made Markham the Division winner and they moved on to the Semi's. The Windsor Stars won the tournament as they defeated the Oshawa Royals 5-4 in the final.
July 14, 2010 RANGERS EXECUTE IN WIN OVER GRIZZLIES
The Etobicoke Rangers scored 2 runs in the 6th inning last night to overcome a 1-0 defecit and were able to hold that lead to win the game 2-1. CF Rob Borden led off the 6th with a bunt single and then 2B Anthony Davis drew a walk. SS Damian Eccleton laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt advancing both runners. Borden came in to score on a ground out by SS Pip Murray-Smith with Davis advancing to 3rd and then Davis scored on a long sacrifice fly by Ranger 1B A.J. Iafrate. This would be all the scoring for the Rangers as they collected 3 hits on the night. Peter Saweczko started for the Rangers and pitched the 1st 4 innings giving up an earned run in the 1st. Saweczko was followed by Kyle Breitner and Breitner shut down the league leading Grizzlies holding them to 1 hit over the last 5 innings. Breitner in picking up the win also struck out 5 Grizzlie batters. The Rangers now prepare to be one of the co- hosts for the Annual Hap Walters 'Tournament as there are tourney games @ Connorvale Park on Friday night beginning @ 6pm when the Rangers will play the Markham Pioneers. This game will be followed by Leaside and Windsor A.A. On Saturday the games begin @ 10am with Leaside and Etobicoke and the day will finish will Windsor A.A. facing the Rangers @ 5:15. The winner of this Division will move on to the Semi Final on Sunday @ 9th Line Park. Good Luck Rangers!!
July 12, 2010 RANGERS EARN SPLIT WITH METRO'S
The Etobicoke Rangers earned a split with the Niagra Metro's as they took the 2nd game of the D/H yesterday by a 6-4 score. The Rangers were shutout 6-0 in the opener. Game 1 saw the Metro's comb Ranger starter Curtis Saunders for 10 hits and 6 earned runs in 3 and 2/3 innings. Shawn Silk pitched the final 3 1/3 giving up but 1 hit and holding the Metro's off the board. The Rangers could only gather 4 hits in this one as the Metro's pitching kept the Ranger hitters off balance. C Jon Bezanson, 2B Mark Capone, 3B Andy Tulshi and LF Todd Riverso got the only hits. In game 2 the Rangers fell behind 1-0 in the 2nd as the Metro's scored an unearned run off Ranger starter Kevin Breitner. Breitner pitched 3 innings and was removed after about a 1 hour rain delay and was replaced by Kris Muccilli who pitched the next 3 innings of 1 hit no run baseball and was the beneficiary of a pair of Ranger runs in the 4th and 4 more in the 6th as the Rangers now led 6-1. Muccilli then turned the ball over to reliever Mark Eccleton and Eccleton was knocked around a bit as the Metro's staged a 7th inning rally as they scored 4 runs off of Eccleton to close the gap to 6-4. Eccleton was able to get the 3rd out on a strikeout to end the game with the Rangers prevailing 6-4. C Jon Bezanson with a double and a triple scored 2 runs and drove in 2. D/H Mike Janes had a hit and an RBI while SS Pip Murray-Smith, 2B Mark Capone and 1B A.J Iafrate with 2 had the Ranger hits. The Rangers now sport a 7-10 league record and will travel to Bernie Arbor on Tuesday night to face the 1st place overall COBA MAJOR league leaders the Glanbrook Grizzlies. Game time is 7:30.
July 10, 2010 RANGERS DROP 3RD STRAIGHT
The Etobicoke Rangers were handed their 3rd straight loss last night as the Brampton Battlecats battered 4 Ranger pitchers for 15 hits and 6 walks and took away a 9-4 victory. Starter Jon Kielb gave the Rangers 4 good innings as Kielb gave up 3 runs 2 earned and left tied 3-3. Keilb was followed by Kyle Breitner and Breitner kept the Rangers in the game over his 3 innings of 4 hit 4 strikeout and 1 earned run and left trailing 4-3. Tim Lawrence making his Rsnger debut as Tim has been recovering from injury was the loser as Lawrence gave up 3 runs 1 earned on 5 hits and 2 walks. Clayton Curtis in to pitch the 9th gave up 2 earned runs.The Rangers had overcome a 1st inning Battlecats run when they scored 3 in the 3rd as 2B Mark Capone drove in a run on a bases loaded walk and then D/H Todd Riverson hit a 2 run scoring double. The Rangers trailing 4-3 entering the bottom of the 7th saw RF Anthony who had led off with a walk come around to score on a wild pitch to tie the game @ 4-4. The Battlecats with their 3 run 8th and 2 run 9th put the game away. The Rangers had 13 hits on the night and were led by 3B Pip Murray-Smith who had 3 hits. Rangers will host the Niagra Metros on Sunday @ Connorvale Park. Game 1 is scheduled to go @ 12 noon. Curtis Saunders and Kevin Breitner are the slated starters.
July 6, 2010 RANGERS TAKEN TO WOODSHED BY CARDINALS
The Etobicoke Rangers were shellacked last night @ Erindale Cardinal Field as the Cardinals laid an 18-2 7 inning beating on the Rangers. Ranger starter Mike Janes did not have a good night as Janes allowed 13 hits and 12 runs 10 earned in 4 1/3. Clayton Curtis came on and surrendered 6 more Cardinal runs with the big blow being Geoff Cullen's 6th inning Grand Slam. Cullen also hit a dinger off of Jane's. The Cardinals banged out 15 hits to the Rangers 8 with SS Damian Eccleton having a 3 hit night and also hit his 1st COBA MAJOR home run. 1B Todd Riverso had 2 hits while RF Pete Saweczko, 2B Mark Capone and C Jon Bezanson had the other Ranger hits. The Rangers now will try and re-group as they have a hectic upcoming schedule. They will play host to the Brampton Battlecats this Friday and then entertain the Niagra Metro's on Sunday in a D/H beginning @ noon. The Rangers then will travel to Bernie Arbor Stadium on Tuesday to play the Glanbrook Grizzlies @ 7:30.
July 5, 2010 LAKESIDE LIZARDS BEAT RANGERS TO WIN TOURNEY FINAL
The Etobicoke Rangers played this past weekend in the annual Lakeside Lizards Tournament that was held in London and featured 10 teams. This was the 1st time the Rangers had entered this tournament and the Rangers made it to the finals as they squared off against the host team London Lakeside. The Rangers sent Shawn Silk to the hill and Silk pitched very well giving up but 2 runs on only 4 hits over 5 innings but those 2 runs were the games only 2 and Etobicoke went down 2-0. The Rangers could not muster very much offense in this one as the Lizards pitching staff held the Rangers to 2 hits. Congratulations to the Rangers in reaching the finals and to Lakeside for winning the tournament! The Rangers to get to the finals had to play Ilderton in the semi's and the Red Army team had already beaten the Rangers on Saturday. Ilderton had the Rangers down 5-2 entering the Rangers 6th when the Rangers struck for 4 runs to go ahead 6-5 as D/H Kris Doiron delivered the big blow a bases loaded clearing triple. Curtis Saunders was the winning pitcher as Saunders went all 7 innings giving up 5 runs 4 earned. The round robin play saw the Rangers in game 1 blast the Woodslee Oriole's 11-1 as the Rangers banged out 19 hits with LF Chris Mokriy and CF Rob Borden each hitting home runs. Shawn Silk started and went 3 innings giving up 1 hit and was replaced by Brian Molloy who gets the win. Game 2 the Ilderton Red Army team beat the Rangers 7-4 as Pete Saweczko was knocked around for 5 runs all earned on 9 hits in 4 2/3 before Mark Eccleton finished up giving up the final 2 runs. The Rangers now needed a win in their 3rd game of the day and they were facing league rivals the Erindale Cardinals. In this must win game the Rangers sent Kevin Breitner to the mound and Breitner although not sharp on this day gutted out a complete game win holding the Cardinals to only 4 runs as the Rangers plated 6 to win 6-4. With the score tied @ 3-3s the Rangers put up a 3 spot in the 5th as C Matt Ferriera drove in D/H Kris Doiron and then CF Rob Borden delivered a clutch 2 out single scoring Ferreria and LF Jon Bezanson. The Rangers enjoyed a good weekend going 3-2 overall and picked up the 2nd place cheque. There is no rest for the Rangers as they are back to league action Monday night when they travel to Erindale to play the Cardinals. The Rangers then return home Friday night as they will host the Brampton Battlecats and then on Sunday will play a D/H against the Niagra Metros.
June 29, 2010 4 RUN OAKVILLE 7TH SINKS RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers after leading much of the game were the victims of 4 unearned Oakville runs in the bottom of the 7th as the A's beat the Rangers 8-6. Jon Kielb was the hard luck loser as the Rangers committed 3 errors in the the fateful 7th. Peter Saweczko started for the Rangers and went 3 hitless/scoreless innings and left leading 2-0. Brian Molloy was next up and was responsible for 3 A's runs as the damage could have been more except that Clayton Curtis came in out of the pen and induced a bases loaded ground ball resulting in an inning ending double play. Curtis gave up 1 run in the 6th and left holding a 5-4 lead. Krys Doiron rounded out the Ranger pitching with a shutout 8th. The Rangers scored 2 in the 1st as 3B Pip Murray-Smith and 2B Mark Capone both scored on RBI's from 1B A.J. Iafrate and D/H Doiron. In the 5th Murray-Smith and SS Damian Eccleton were driven in by Iafrate and Doiron. The Rangers out hit the A's 8-7 but the unearned runs once again were too much for the Rangers to overcome. The Rangers now will travel this weekend to attend the London Lakeside Tournament where they will play teams from Woodslee, Ilderton and Erindale. Good Luck Rangers!
June 26, 2010 RANGERS 2 HIT BRANTS
The Etobicoke Rangers swept the home and home with the Burlington Brants as the Rangers beat the Brants 11-1 in 8 innings last night @ Connorvale Park. Ranger starter and winner Shawn Silk turned in another fine performance as Silk went 5 innings and gave up 1 hit walked 1 and struck out 5. Andrew Hyde followed Silk and was the victim of an unearned run in the 8th. Hyde gave up a single hit in his 3 innings. The game was closer than the score as the Rangers only had a 3-0 lead after 5 as the Rangers SS Pip Murray-Smith who led off the 5th with a triple scored on a fielders choice ground out by 1B Brett Sanders and then Sanders and 2B Krys Doiron scored on a Jon Bezanson single. The Rangers would go on to score 3 more in the 7th highlighted by a Brett Sanders lead off home run. The Rangers closed it out in the 8th as they scored 5 more to end the game after 8 by the 11-1 score. The Rangers outhit the Brants 14-2. The Rangers were to play in Brampton Saturday but after a rain delay in getting the game started the game was cancelled and will be re-scheduled later in the season. The Rangers now 6-6 travel to Oakville on Monday night to play the A's. Game time is 7:30 @ Oakville Park
June 24, 2010 RANGERS BULLPEN SHUTS DOWN BRANTS
The Etobicoke Rangers picked up a much needed road win last night as they downed the Burlington Brants 5-3. The Rangers bullpen contributed 4 inning no hit baseball and gave the Rangers a chance to win the game. Ranger starter Mike Janes went 5 innings allowing all 3 Brant runs on 9 hits but then the bullpen took over as Jon Kielb a scoreless 6th, Kris Doiron 1-0 with a shutout 7th and 8th and Curtis Saunders closed it out with a scoreless 9th. The Brants scored a run in the 1st and the Rangers thanks to CF Rob Borden's 1st home run a solo shot tied the game in the 3rd. The Rangers took the lead in the 4th as RF Chris Mokriy reached on an error and later scored as brother Michael drove him in with a groundout to 2B. The Brants re-took the lead in their half of the 5th as Janes gave up a 2 run home run putting the Brants up 5-3. The Rangers thanks to the bullpen tied the game in the 8th as 2B Mark Capone worked a 1 out walk and then scored on a 2 out single by Krys Doiron. The Rangers grabbed the lead in the 9th as LF Andy Tulshi drove in Mike Mokriy and Rob Borden with a solid base hit. The Brants outhit the Rangers 9-7. Burlington will be the visitor this Friday night @ Connorvale as the 2 teams complete a home and home. Game time is 7:45 and Shawn Silk is expected to start for the Rangers.
June 21, 2010 RANGERS 9TH INNING RALLY FALLS SHORT
The Etobicoke Rangers down 7-5 going into their last at bats rallied with 2 outs as 2B Mark Capone hit a 2 out double and was followed by RF Jon Bezanson who also hit a double scoring Capone but the rally was over as 3B Pip Murray-Smith lined out to the Battlecats 3B to end the game making the final score 7-6 for Brampton. The Rangers fell behind 2-0 in the first inning as Ranger starter Kevin Breitner allowed 2 Battlecat runs on 2 hits. The Rangers came out hitting as they plated 5 runs in their half of the 1st as they put together a walk a hit batter and 3 hits to go ahead 5-3. Both pitchers settled down until the 5th when Brampton scored a run on a 2 out walk and a double to close the gap to 5-3. Breitner finished up with 6 innings and 3 runs all earned. Clayton Curtis came on in the 7th and the Battlecats erupted for 4 runs before an out occurred. Curtis not sharp hit a batter, walked 1 and gave up 2 hits as all 4 runners scored. Brian Molloy who came in to relieve Curtis with the bases loaded was promptly greeted with a base hit that scored Curtis's 3rd and 4th run putting the Rangers down 7-5. Molloy worked out of the jam and held the Rangers in the game by shutting out the Battlecats through the 8th and 9th. The Rangers were outhit 12-10 as Capone, Murray-Smith and Bezanson each had 2 hits. The Rangers will play on Wednesday in Burlington against the Brants and then will host the Brants on Friday night. Mike Janes gets the road start and Shawn Silk will take the hill on Friday. The Rangers then visit Brampton on Saturday afternoon in a 12 noon start. Peter Sawezcko is slated to start for the Rangers.
June 20, 2010 SILK SHINES IN WIN OVER CARDS
Ranger pitcher Shawn Silk came up with his best outing of the season as Silk held the powerful Erindale Cardinals to 1 hit over 6 innings on Friday night as the Rangers beat the Cardinals 10-3. Erindale's only hit off of Silk was a 2 run home run by RF Kevin Treichel. Silk walked 3 and hit 1 batter and struck out 5. Krys Doiron made his mound debut and pitched one inning giving up an unearned run. Brian Molloy pitched the final 2 innings giving up 2 hits. The Rangers on the night banged out 15 hits all singles as SS Damian Eccleton had 3, 3B Pip Murray -Smith had 2 as did 2B Mark Capone, CF Rob Borden and LF Chris Mokriy. 1B A.J. Iafrate had 3 RBI's on the night. The Rangers will play a rare Sunday evening game tonight @ Connorvale as they host the Brampton Battlecats. Game time is 7pm. Kevin Breitner is expected to start for the Rangers.
June 16, 2010 RANGERS PITCHING SHOWS UP IN WIN OVER TWINS
The Etobicoke Rangers received their best pitching performance of the season last night in Clarkson as the Rangers beat the Twins 5-3. Ranger starter Peter Saweczko went 5 innings giving up 4 hits, 3 runs 2 earned and struck out 6 before giving way to the bullpen as verteran relievers Jon Kielb 3 innings of no hit no runs followed by another veteran Mark Eccleton who picks up his 1st save as Eccleton pitched a shutout 9th to preserve Kielb's 1st win of the season. The Rangers took an early lead as they scored 2 runs in the 2nd as D/H Krys Doiron and LF Mike Mokriy hit back to back doubles and then CF Rob Borden drove in Mokriy with a sac fly. The Twins took the lead in the 4th as they scored 3 to go ahead 3-2 as Saweczko walked 3 and gave up 2 hits plus a Ranger error led to the Twins uprising. The Rangers tied the game in the 5th as C Chris Mokriy led off with a double and scored on a ground out by SS Damian Eccleton. 2B Pip Murray-Smith scored to put the Rangers out front 4-3 in the top of the 7th as Murray Smith after getting a base hit stole 2nd and then scored on a 2B Mark Capone 2 out base hit. The Rangers added an insurance run in the top of the 9th as Doiron drove in his 2nd run of the game after hitting his 2nd double of the night scoring Eccleton. The Rangers outhit the Twins 11-4 and Ranger pitching recorded 11 K's on the night and committed only 1 error. The Rangers return home to Connorvale Park this Friday night as the Erindale Cardinals will be the visitor and then will host the Brampton Battlecats on Sunday evening @ 7pm. Fridays game is a 7:45 start and Shawn Silk gets the nod on the hill for the Rangers.
June 14, 2010 OSHAWA TOURNAMENT CANCELLED
The 4 th annual Oshawa Invitational Tournament was cancelled as the Oshawa area took heavy rainfall on Saturday washing all of the games out. The Rangers were able to get their Friday night game in as they defeated the Tecumseh Thunder 8-6. Mike Janes went the distance scattering 9 hits and 6 runs 5 earned. The Rangers fell behind 1-0 in the 2nd but erupted for 6 runs in thier half of the 3rd. The Rangers combined 3 hits, 4 walks and a sac fly to to take a 6-1 lead. The Rangers extended their lead to 7-1 but the Thunder roared back with 3 in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th to narrow the gap to only a 2 run difference. Janes however shutdown the Thunder with a 1-2-3 last inning preserving the win. The Rangers got 2 hits from LF Peter Saweczko. 3B Pip Murray-Smith, P/H Curtis Saunders, 1B A.J. Iafrate, CF Krys Doiron, C Matt Ferriera and SS Damian Eccleton had the other hits. Ferriera drove in 3 on the night and Eccleton contributed a couple of RBI's. The Rangers were to play the East York Bulldogs on Saturday morning but just as the game was about to start the rain came and lasted long enough to wash out the rest of the tournament. The Rangers were however fortunate as their 3rd game was to be against the host Oshawa Royals and the 2 teams decided to play a 9 inning exhibition game on Sunday in Oshawa. The Rangers ended up losing this game 8-5 as the Royals scored 6 in the 8th to overcome a 3-2 Ranger lead. The Rangers fell behind in this one 2-0 as Ranger starter Kevin Breitner was touched up for 6 hits and 2 earned runs in his 2 innings. Veteran Shawn Silk came on and gave the Rangers 4 shutout innings as they now trailed 2-1 after 6. Clayton Curtis pitched a shutout 7th and then after the Rangers had taken the lead in their top of the 8th Curtis walked the 1st 2 hitters in the 8th and those walks were folllowed by 4 hits and before you knew it the Royals had recaptured the lead 7-4. Curtis was relieved by Brian Molloy and Molloy alowed a run on 2 hits as the Rangers now trailed 8-3 going into their last at bats. The Rangers did not go quietly as they scored 2 more to narrow the gap to 8-5 and had the tying run up but were not able to score any more. The Rangers outhit the Royals 14-13 but committed 5 errors on the afternoon. The Rangers now get back to league play as they will visit the Division leading Mississauga S.W. Twins on Tuesday night @ Clarkson Park. Game time is 7:30. Pete Saweczko will get his 1st start of the season.
June 6, 2010 RAINED OUT
Todays scheduled D/H with the Milton Red Sox has been cancelled due to rain. These games will be made up at a later date.
June 4, 2010 DOUBLEHEADER THIS SUNDAY
The Senior Rangers will try and untracked this Sunday as the Milton Red Sox will visit Connorvale Park to play 2 games beginning @ noon. The Rangers are expected to start veteran Kevin Breitner in game 1 and rookie Clayton Curtis in game 2. The Rangers are off to one of their worst starts in the last 20 years as they are entering this game with a 2-5 record. After Sunday's D/H the Rangers are off until next Friday night as they will be travelling to Oshawa to participate in the 4th annual Oshawa Invitational. The Rangers have drawn the Tecumseh Thunder in Game 1 and then on Saturday will play the East York Bulldogs and the host Oshawa Royals. The Rangers a year ago were beaten in the Semi Finals by the Markham Pioneers. Good Luck Rangers!!
June 2, 2010 TWINS TROUNCE RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers were out pitched and out hit last night as the Mississauga Twins trounced the visiting Rangers 10-2. Ranger starter Mike Janes took the loss as Janes gave up 4 runs all earned on 6 hits including a solo home run to the Twins catcher leading off the 5th. Kevin Breitner came on for Janes in the 6th and was hit around in his 1 inning giving up 4 runs all earnd on 4 hits. Brian Molloy and Clayton Curtis pitched the 7th and 8th and Molloy was touched for a couple of runs only 1 earned. The Rangers did take a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st as 2B Mark Capone and 1B A.J. Iafrate both reached on errors and then CF Peter Saweczko drove in Capone with a booming double to left field. That would be pretty much all of the offense the Rangers would get until the top of the 9th when the Mokriy brothers combined to score the Rangers 2nd run as Chris led off with a triple and Mike then drove him in with a double. The Twins ended the game with 12 hits to the Rangers 6. The Rangers off to a 2-5 start will need to re-group as they will host the Milton Red Sox this Sunday in a Doubleheader beginning @ noon @ Connorvale Park.
June 1, 2010 RANGERS HANG ON FOR WIN OVER A'S
The Rangers trying to end their 4 game losing streak almost extended it to 5 but were able to hold back a determined Oakville squad as Clayton Curtis after giving up a run in the 9th was able to get the final out as the A's had the bases loaded earning his 1st save of the year. The game shouldn't have been this close as the Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st and were up 6-2 after 5 but the Rangers pitching continues to have trouble finding the zone and the defence continues to commit errors. In the 1st an A.J. Iafrate triple scored Pip Murray-Smith and Mark Capone and Iafrate was able to score on a wild pitch. The Rangers would go up 4-0 in the 2nd as C Matt Ferreria who had doubled scored on an infield out by LF Chris Mokriy. The A's would score two in the 5th and the Rangers scored 2 in the 5th as RF Krys Doiron drove in Iafrate and Ferreria with his 2nd double of the night scored Doiron. The A's tied the game in their half of the 6th scoring 4 runs to bring the game to 6-6 but again the Rangers responded with a pair in their half of the 6th as C. Mokriy and 2B Mark Capone scored on RBI's from Doiron and D/H Peter Saweczko. With the win the Rangers are now 2-4 and will travel to Clarkson on Tuesday night to play the Mississauga S.W. Twins. Game time is 7:30. On Sunday the Rangers will host the Milton Red Sox in a Doubleheader beginning @ noon @ Connorvale Park.
May 22, 2010 RANGERS DROP 4TH STRAIGHT
The expansion Mississauga S.W. Twins took advantage of 4 Ranger errors and 9 walks to scratch out a 5-4 win last night @ Connorvale Park. The Rangers started veteran Shawn Silk 0-2 and Shawn had control problems as he walked 7 in his 3 innings as the Rangers fell behind 3-0. Clayton Curtis came in and held the Twins scoreless for 2 innings keeping the Rangers in the game. The Rangers did get back in the game as 1B Brett Sanders hit a 2 run home run to make the score 3-2. Kyle Breitner having come on in the 6th and held the Twins but in the Twins 7th 2 singles and a walk proved costly as the Rangers committed 2 of their 4 errors and this led to the Twins regaining a 3 run lead at 5-2. The Rangers got those 2 runs back in the bottom of the 8th to pull within a run but could not score any more. Sanders with his 3rd RBI of the night on a ground out and CF Peter Saweczko with a triple drove in the runs. The Rangers outhit the Twins 7-5. 2B Mark Capone had a great night offensively in the losing cause as Capone was 2-2 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored
May 21, 2010 METRO'S RALLY IN 8TH TO DOWN RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers lost their 3rd consecutive game last night as the home team Niagra Metro's rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th to erase a 4-2 Ranger lead and wound up with 5-4 win. The Rangers sent veteran ace Mike Janes to the hill and Janes went a good 5 innings surrendering 2 earned runs. With the game tied @ 2-2 the Rangers were able to piece together a 2 run 8th to go up 4-2 as the Mokriy brothers C Chris and RF Mike each drove in a run. Jon Kielb pitched a scoreless 6th and Kevin Breitner a scoreless 7th before the Metro's got to Breitner for a couple of hits and 4 BB's in the devastating 8th. Brian Molloy came in for Breitner with 1 out and the bases full and pitched out of the jam to keep the game at 5-4. The Rangers in the 9th faced ex Major Leaguer Dave Davidson and the former pro set the Rangers down in order in the 9th to record the save. The Rangers were able to get only 5 hits on the night as 2B Mark Capone and 1B A.J. Iafrate each had 2 with Mike Mokriy collecting the other hit. The Rangers will now try to get back in the win column as they will play host to the Mississauga S.W. Twins who have a 2-1 early season record on Friday night @ Conorvale Park..
May 18, 2010 CARDINALS BEAT RANGERS AGAIN
The Erindale Cardinals defeated the Etobicoke Rangers last night 5-1 and completed the home and home series sweep as they beat the Rangers Sunday night 5-2. The Rangers and Cards were deadlocked in a 1-1 game until the bottom of the 7th when Erindale put together 5 hits, a walk and an error to score 4 runs off Ranger reliever Brian Molloy 0-1 to take the 5-1 lead. Ranger starter Kris Muccilli went 4 innings giving up only 1 hit and 1 unearned run. Peter Saweczko went a scoreless 5th and Kevin Breitner pitched a 1-2-3 8th. The Rangers would manage only 5 hits on the night as 2B Mark Capone with 2, 1B A. J. Iafrate, 3B Mike Mokriy and CF Curtis Saunders with a hit each. Capone had the lone RBI. The Rangers now head to St. Catharine's on Thursday to play the re-vamped Niagra Metros and then return home for a Friday night game as the expansion Mississauga S.W. Twins come to Connorvale. Game time is 7:45.
May 17, 2010 RANGERS FALL TO CARDINALS
The Erindale Cardinals downed the Etobicoke Rangers last night by a 5-2 score. The Rangers failed to capitalize on their scoring opportunities as they left 10 men on and outhit the Cards 12-8. Ranger starter Shawn Silk (0-1) gave up a couple of runs in the 1st. The score remained 2-0 until the top of the 7th when Cardinal LF Jay Woodford took an Andrew Hyde offering over the right field wall. Erindale scored 2 more in the 8th off of Ranger reliever Clayton Curtis to go up 5-0. The Rangers got those 2 back in their half of the 8th as C Chris Mokriy and LF Todd Riverso both singled and scored on a sac fly from 2B Mark Capone and a single from 1B A.J. Iafrate. The Rangers tryng to pull off a 2nd consecutive late inning comeback fell short as they had the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th but Mike Mokriy flew out to right field to end the game. Rookie infielder Pip-Murray-Smith contributd 3 hits while Iafrate, Riverso and Chris Mokriy each had a pair. CF Pete Saweczko, Capone and RF Jon Bezanson all shipped in with a hit in the losing cause. The Rangers now head to Erindale Monday night to play the Cards @ Erindale Cardinal Field. Game time is 7:30.
May 15, 2010 RANGERS STAGE COMEBACK TO WIN OPENER
The Etobicoke Rangers finally were able to get their season underway after having the first 3 games cancelled due to weather. The COBA MAJOR Playoff Finalists from last year the Glanbrook Grizzlies were the opposition in this one and the Rangers after being down 5-1 early rallied with 4 in the 4th to tie the game @ 5-5's and then scored the go ahead run in the 6th on an A.J. Iafrate lead off Home Run and added an insurance run in the 7th to hold on to win 7-5. The Rangers were led offensively by last year's League MVP 1B A.J. Iafrate as A.J. was 2/4 including his first Home Run of the season and had a pair of RBI's in the 4th. D/H Brett Sanders also had a pair of hits with LF Chris Mokriy, SS Mike Mokriy, 2B Mark Capone and 3B Pip Murray-Smith had the others as the Rangers tallied 8 hits. The Ranger pitching threw 8 shutout innings. Mike Janes went the 1st 2 and was followed by newcomer Brian Molloy who in his Ranger debut was roughed up for all 5 runs 3 earned as he gave up 2 hits and walked 3 in his 2 innings of work. Matt Cambria came on in the 5th and was spectacular. Cambria in 3 innings gave up 1 hit and struck out 2 Grizzlie batters. Veteran Brian Rutledge was called upon to close the door and he did although Rutledge did make it interesting as he loaded the bases in the 8th only to retire the next 3 hitters holding the Grizzlies at bay. Rutledge picks up his 1st save. The Rangers are back in action this Sunday night as the defending league champs the Erindale Cardinals come to Connorvale in a 7pm start. This is a makeup game from May 7th. The Rangers will then travel on Monday to play the Cardinals in the back end of a home and home.
May 11, 2010 RANGERS WILL TRY AGAIN FRIDAY
The Etobicoke Rangers have been unable to play this year as Mother Nature has not been very cooperative. The Rangers versus the Twins tonight has been cancelled and re-sheduled for Tuesday June 1. This is the 3rd consecutive no go for the Rangers and they will attempt to get their season under way this Friday night @ 7:45 @ Connorvale Park as the Rangers will play the Playoff Finalists from last season the Glanbrook Grizzlies.
May 8, 2010 RANGERS CAN'T GET STARTED
The Rangers were rained out last night in their home opener against the Erindale Cardinals and have been rained out again today as they were to play the Brampton Battlecats @ 1pm. The Friday night game with Erindale has been re-scheduled for Sunday May 16 @ 7pm @ Connorvale Park. The Rangers will now try to begin their season next Tuesday evening as they will travel to Missisauga to play the expansion South West team. Geme time is 7:30 @ Clarkson Park.
May 6, 2010 RANGERS READY TO OPEN SEASON
The Etobicoke Rangers are set to open the 2010 season tomorrow night as the defending playoff champs & pennant winners from last year the Erindale Cardinals will provide the opposition. Game time is 7:45 @ Connorvale Park.
April 29, 2010 BRANTFORD DOWNS RANGERS
The Brantford Red Sox from the Intercounty Baseball League and the COBA MAJOR Etobicoke Rangers played last night in what is becoming an annual pre season event. The Intercounty Champion Brantford Red Sox prevailed as they held on to a 5-3 win as Brantford snuffed out a Ranger 9th inning rally. Despite the cold weather the teams played good baseball with pitching as expected at this time of year to dominate. The Red Sox collected 6 base hits and 5 walks over the 9 innings. Ranger pitchers recorded 14 K's. The Rangers were only able to get 3 hits from the experienced Brantford pitching staff as 2B Chris Mokriy doubled, RF Jon Bezanson tripled and 1B Brett Sanders had the final Ranger hit which was a towering Home Run to left center in the bottom of the 8th. Best of Luck goes out to a classy Brantford Red Sox team as they will try for their 3rd consective Intercounty Championship!! The Rangers will open their COBA MAJOR season in 1 week as they will host the Dundas Chiefs Friday May 7 @ 7:45.
April 26, 2010 ETOBICOKE/BRANTFORD TO PLAY WEDNESDAY NIGHT
The Etobicoke Rangers and the Brantford Red Sox were rained out yesterday in their scheduled exhibition game @ Connorvale Park. The game has been re-scheduled for this Wednesday night April 28th @ 7:30 @ Connorvale Park.
April 20, 2010 RANGERS TO HOST BRANTFORD RED SOX
The Etobicoke Rangers will play their only exhibition game of the year this coming Sunday night @ 6pm @ Connorvale Park against the defending Intercounty Champion Brantford Red Sox. The Red Sox boast a lineup filled with ex pros. This will be the 3rd time that the two teams have played one another during the pre season. It gives both quality teams a chance to give their players some at bats and the pitchers some work before the start of the regular season. The Rangers who have been working out indoors weekly @ the Pro Teach Baseball Facility since February and twice a week for the last month are ready to see some game action. The Rangers are 0-2 in the two previous meetings.
The Rangers open their regular season @ Connorvale on Friday May 7th @ 7:45 as the Dundas Chiefs are in town.
April 14, 2010 RANGERS SELECTED TO COBA HALL OF FAME
The Etobicoke Rangers are proud to announce the inclusion of the following players/coaches to the inaugural selection to the COBA HALL OF FAME. This is a selection of players/coaches/league executives and umpires who over the years have been involved in the Halton County Senior League which has now evolved into the COBA MAJOR Senior League as people who had a minimum of 10 years of service. Some of the inductee's go back as far as the 40's. The Rangers Joe Jurus, Roman Kula, Jon Kielb (still playing), Bob Smyth, Ric Fleury (current 3rd base coach Junior Rangers) and current Field Manager for the Junior and Senior Rangers Steve Breitner. Congratulations to those selected to the COBA SENIOR HALL OF FAME!!! For a complete listing of the inauguaral 154 inductees please visit the COBA MAJOR web site. Click on the Links tab for a direct link.
April 9, 2010 2010 COBA MAJOR SCHEDULE RELEASED
The Etobicoke Rangers Senior Men's Baseball Club 2010 COBA Major League schedule has been released and the Rangers find themselves playing in the league opener and will be hosting the Dundas Chiefs on Friday May 7 @ 7:45 @ Connorvale Park. The Rangers who slipped a bit last season in the league to an overall 5th place finish look to rebound in 2010 as they have continued to re-build the team that saw them as one of the most dominant Senior teams throughout the 90's and 2000's. In the 12 years that the Rangers have been in the league they have won the Anson Buck Trophy 5 times as league pennant winners, 8 Andrew's Division titles and 3 playoff championships. They have also won the Ontario Elimination Tournament 3 times. The Rangers with a 3rd place finish @ last years Eliminations feel that they have improved again in 2010 to be contenders at this summers big tournament. The Rangers will expect big things from last years COBA Major MVP 1B A.J. Iafrate and are looking for another solid season from veteran pitchers Mike Janes, Dan McIldoon and Kevin Breitner.The Rangers will carry a full 25 man roster that will include 6 new players plus the return of All Star catcher Matt Ferreira and OF/C Jon Bezanson. The Rangers having improved their pitching, offence and defence are excited to get the season started. To view the Rangers full schedule for the 2010 season please click on the schedules tab.
February 8, 2010 MALINOWSKI WINS POKER TOURNEY
Former Rangers's all time catcher Rick Malinowski took away the big prize at the Etobicoke Rangers Hold Em Poker tournament this past weekend. Rick was able to best the other 34 players. Thanks to all that participated and supported the Etobicke Ranger Minor Midget, 18U Midgets, Junior and Senior teams.
January 12, 2010 RANGERS TO BEGIN WINTER WORKOUTS
The Etobicoke Senior Rangers Baseball Club will officially begin their 2010 winter workouts/tryouts beginning Sunday February 21st @ the Pro Teach Baseball Facility from 8:30 pm to 9:30pm. These workouts/tryouts will continue on Sunday evenings right up until the end of April. There will be a $10 fee per player.If you are looking to tryout for the 3 time Provincial Champion Rangers please contact the Field Manager Steve Breitner @ email@example.com.
October 30, 2009 IAFRATE WINS COBA MAJOR LEAGUE MVP
Rangers 1B Anthony A.J. Iafrate was selected by the COBA MAJOR LEAGUE Managers as the 2009 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER. A.J. on the season hit a league high .422 that included 8 HRs ( 2nd in the league), 9 Doubles and 33 RBI's. Not only did Iafrate do it with the bat but he had a great year defensively playing 1B. The Division All Star teams were announced and the Rangers placed 3 players on the ANDREW'S DIVISION TEAM with Iafrate at 1B, 4 year veteran Mark Capone at 2B and veteran OF Peter Saweczko. Congratulations to A.J. on his finest all round season and to those Rangers selected for the 2009 All Star Team. For all results of the winners please go to the league web site @ COBAMAJOR.COM.
August 24, 2009 RANGERS KNOCKED OUT
The Etobicoke Rangers after being rained out on Saturday began and ended their 2009 Playoff run yesterday. The Rangers ended up having to play 3 games yesterday. The day began @ 10am in Burlington as the Rangers were up against the 2nd place Oakville A's. The Rangers sent their big game pitcher to the mound in Mike Janes and Jane's responded with a complete game victory as the Rangers held on to win the game 4-3. The Rangers jumped on the A's starter and scored 3 in the top of the 1st. The A's got one back in the 2nd but the Rangers went up 4-1 in the 3rd only to see the A's score again their half to close the gap to 4-2. In the bottom of the 7th the A's narrowed the score to 4-3 but with runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out the A's tried a suicide squeeze. The batter popped it up and Ranger 3rd baseman Curtis Saunders made a game saving catch as he dove for the ball and made the catch. He then easily tagged out the runner and the Rangers won 4-3. Janes scattered 10 hits and struck out 6 Oakville batters to earn the win. The Rangers were held to 5 hits with C Jason Crocker and 1B A.J. Iafrate each had 2 while 2B Mark Capone had the other. The Rangers now had to face the Milton Red Sox @ 1:30 and this game was a pitchers dual with the Milton side ending up with an extra inning 2-0 victory. The Rangers started Kevin Breitner and Breitner pitched his best game of the year as he held the Red Sox to only 3 hits over the 1st 7 innings. In the 8th after the 1st batter struck out Breitner walked the next hitter and then the play of the game. Milton's Taylor Lawton hit a deep fly ball to right center and as Ranger CF Peter Saweczko went back to make the catch the ball hit his glove and then went over the fence giving the Milton team a walk off 2 run home run. The Red Sox pitcher Adam Ahearn also pitched a complete game holding the Rangers to just one hit and that came in the very 1st inning off the bat off 2B Mark Capone. With the loss the Rangers now had to play @ 6pm @ 9th Line against the Glanbrook Grizzlies. The winner of this game would advance to the final 4 next weekend and the loser was finished for the year. The Rangers wasted no time in scoring in this one as they collected 7 hits and scored 5 runs in the 1st inning off of Grizzlie starter Chris Cooney. RBI's by CF Peter Saweczko, 3B Todd Riverso, RF Kyle Breitner and !B Mike Janes staked the Rangers to an early 5-0 lead. The Rangers seemed prepared to sit on this lead as Ranger pitcher Curtis Saunders held the Grizzlies in check until the 4th when the Grizzlies closed the gap to 5-1. Then in the 6th inning the Grizzlies put up 3 more runs to make it 5-4 and then on a costly Ranger throwing error which was followed by a base hit to score the tying and go ahead runs giving the Grizzlies a 6-5 lead. The Rangers did get 2 on in the bottom of the 7th but could not get the tying run in and the season was over. The Rangers finished the season with an overall record of 25 wins 23 losses and 1 tie.
August 20, 2009 RANGERS END REGULAR SEASON WITH 3 STRAIGHT WINS
The Etobicoke Rangers finished the regualr season on a positive note as they beat the Oakville A's last Saturday 10-7, the Brampton Battlecats on Sunday 6-2 and the Glanbrook Grizzlies Tuesday night 15-5 to finish the regular season. On Saturday the Rangers struck for 2 in the 1st and 3 in the 2nd as Oakville talied 1 in the 1st and the Rangers led 5-1. The A's scored again in the 3rd to narrow the gap to 5-2 before they erupted for 5 runs in the 4th to chase Ranger starter Shawn Silk. Silk gave up 7 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings and was relieved by Ranger Midget pitcher Matthew Cambria. Cambria held the fort for the Rangers as Cambria pitched 4 1/3 of shutout 2 hit baseball and gave the Rangers a chance to climb out of the huge hole they were in. The Rangers were able to get 1 back in the 5th and tied it in the 7th as 1B A.J. Iafrate hit his 2nd home run of the afternoon with 2 out to tie the game @ 7-7. The Rangers scored 3 in the 8th to win the game and give young Cambria the Toronto High School pitcher of the year his 1st Senior victory. On Sunday the Rangers sent Curtis Saunders to the hill and Saunders turned in 5 innings of solid pitching as Saunders gave up 3 runs with 1 being earned. Kyle Breitner up from the Ranger's Midget team followed with 2 scoreless innings and Brian Rutledge came on in the 8th to pick up his 1st save. With the score 1-1 the Rangers put up 4 runs in the 3rd as 1B Brett Sanders, C Pete Saweczko, LF Manny Espinoza and 3B Todd Riverso all drove in a run. Sanders finished 3/3 scored 2 runs and drove in a pair in leading the Rangers over the Battlecats. On Tuesday the Rangers fell behind 3-0 after the Grizzlies 1st at bats but came back to score 2 in the Ranger half and then added 5 in the 2nd and 5 more in the 3rd as the Rangers easily put down the Grizzlies on this night. 2B Mark Capone was a HR away from the cycle and DH Mike Janes was a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Jane's HR was his 1st ever as a Ranger. The Rangers sent Rob Borden to the mound and Borden turned in 4 innings of work allowing 5 earned runs before being relieved by Kevin Breitner with 2 scoreless innings and finished off by Todd Riverso with a scoreless inning. The Rangers will now begin the COBA MAJOR PLAYOFFS as they begin this Saturday in Dundas @ 1:30. The Rangers opening round opponent will be the Oakville A's. The tournament is a double knockout affair and will be played over the next 2 weekends. The Rangers are seeking their 4th COBA Playoff Championship.
August 15, 2009 CARDINALS WHITEWASH RANGERS
The 1st place Erindale Cardinals laid a beating on the Etobicoke Rangers last night as they scored 8 runs in the 4th and then coasted to 10-0 win. Ranger starter Kevin Breitner was the loser as Breitner gave up all 8 in the 4th. Rob Borden came on and was very effective over the next 4 innings giving up 1 run and Tim Deacon came on to give up a run in the Cardinal 9th. The Rangers had 8 hits in this one but could not score with 2B Mark Capone getting 2 hits. The Rangers are in Oakville Saturday afternoon @ 4:30 to play the A's and then on Sunday will be @ Connorvale for a noon start against the Brampton Battlecats.
August 12, 2009 WASHED OUT IN BRAMPTON
The Etobicoke Rangers were washed out last night in Brampton. The DH has yet to be re-scheduled. Rangers next game is Friday night @ Connorvale Park against the COBA MAJOR LEAGUE leaders the Erindale Cardinals. Game time is 7:45. The Rangers will then play Saturday afternoon in Oakville @ 4:30 and return home on Sunday to face the Brampton Battlecats. Game time is 12 Noon. The Rangers will then close out the regular season next Tuesday night @ home against the Glanbrook Grizzlies. 7:45 game time for this one.
August 11, 2009 GRIZZLIES EDGE RANGERS IN 10
The Glanbrook Grizzlies scored a run in the bottom of the 10th to defeat the Etobicoke Rangers last night by a 6-5 score. Curtis Saunders in his 3rd inning of relief issued a lead off walk to begin the bottom of the 10th that ended up scoring on a bases loaded single with one out. Saunders had come in to replace starter Dan McIldoon who had pitched 7 strong innings holding the Grizzlies to 4 runs all earned on 9 base hits. MacIldoon left with 5-4 lead but in the 8th a lead off walk also came around to score to tie the game @ 5-5. The Rangers scored 2 in the 3rd on a 2 RBI triple by 1B A.J. Iafrate. The Grizzlies responded with 3 in their half of the 3rd but the Rangers scored 2 in the 4th as the Rangers got 2 out RBI base hits from C Jason Crocker and 2B Mark Capone. The Grizz got 1 back in the 5th to make the score 5-4. SS Damian Eccleton had 3 of the Ranger 11 hits with Crocker, RF Kyle Breitner & LF Manny Espinoza chipped in with 2 each. The Rangers stay on the road as they visit the Brampton Battlecats Tuesday night to play a DH beginning @ 6pm @ F.C.C. Park. The Rangers return home on Friday as the 1st place overall Erindale Cardinals come to Connorvale Park. Game time is 7:45.
August 9, 2009 RANGERS LOSE IN A SHOOTOUT
The Oakville A's and the Etobicoke Rangers hooked up Friday night @ Connorvale Park and the 2 teams combined for 34 hits 21 by the Rangers and they issued 21 walks with 11 of those by the Rangers as Oakville scored 7 runs in the top of the ninth to score a come from behind win 18-16. For the Rangers offensively SS Ryan Croucher had a perfect 5 for 5 night and 1B A.J. Iafrate also had 5 hits. LF Manny Espinoza had his best night of the year as Espinoza had 4 hits scored 3 runs and drove in 3. RF Tim Deacon with 3 hits while 3B Curtis Saunders, CF/P Peter Saweczko, DH/P Todd Riverso and 2B Mike Janes each had a hit. The Rangers were dismal on the mound as Brian Rutledge was tagged for 7 runs 4 earned on 8 hits in 4 2/3 with the big blow being delivered by the A's LF Jeff Jarockis as Jarockis wiped out a 5-3 Rangers lead in the 5th with a bomb over the centrefield wall to tie the game @ 5-5's. The A's would then take the lead 7-5 as they would put up 2 more in the 5th. The Rangers got 2 in the 6th to tie but the A's regained the lead in the 7th to go up 9-7. The Rangers again tied it up with 2 in their half of the 7th but fell behind again in the 8th as the A's scored 3. The Rangers in the bottom of the 8th erupted for 6 to go ahead 16-11 but the A's outdid the Rangers in their half of the 9th by scoring 7 runs to go ahead for good making the final 18-16 A's. Following Rutledge was the trio of Jon Kielb 2 1/3 & 4 earned runs, Todd Riverso 2 innings 2 earned runs and Saweczko 1 inning 4 earned runs. With the loss the Rangers fall to .500 on the season as they now sport a 12-12-1 COBA Major record. The Rangers will now play 7 games over a 9 day period to complete the league schedule. The Rangers go on the road Monday to Bernie Arbor Stadium to play the Glanbrook Grizzles @ 7:30 and then on Tuesday they will visit the upstart Brampton Battlecats in an early D/H beginning @ 6:00pm @ F.C.C. The Rangers return home on Friday eveing to play the league leading Erindale Cardinals. Game time is 7:45 @ Connorvale Park.
August 5, 2009 RANGERS LOSE IN SEMI FINAL @ SENIOR ELIM'S
The Etobicoke Rangers were 2 wins away from their 4th Provincial title this past weekend @ the Men's Senior A Elimination Tournament in London. The Rangers met up with the Leaside Leafs in the Semi Final on Monday morning and found themselves on the short end of a 9-5 score. The Rangers who battled all weekend got to this game by defeating the Thornhill Reds #2 9-3 on Friday night as Brian Rutledge with 6 innings of shutout relief picked up the win. The Rangers took advantage of the inexperienced Thornhill club as they banged out 9 hits and walked 5 times and forced the Reds into making 4 errors. CF Rob borden with 2 hits and 2 RBI's led the Rangers in this one. Game 2 was a COBA MAJOR matchup as the Rangers faced the Milton Red Sox. The Rangers improved to 2-0 as rookie pitcher Dan McIldoon held off the feisty Milton squad 1-0. McIldoon with 7 innings of shutout allowed but 4 hits. The lone run of the game was scored in the 2nd inning as RF Pete Saweczko led off with a double and scored on LF Jason Crocker's single. 2B Mark Capone had 2 of the Rangers 7 hits. Game 3 saw the Rangers play the other Thornhill team and the result was similar as the Rangers won 8-4. The Rangers scored 2 in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd, 3 in the 4th and a single run in the 5th. C Ryan Croucher had 3 of the Rangers 13 hits in this contest as SS Damian Eccleton, Capone, D/H Brett Sanders and RF Pete Sawezcko each contributed 2 hits. Winning pitcher was rookie Curtis Saunders who pitched a complete game scattering 7 hits and 4 walks while striking out 3. Game 4 was a huge game as the Rangers were facing the Leaside Leafs and both teams were undefeated. The Rangers scored right away in the 1st only to have Leaside tie it up in their half. Leaside took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd only to see the Rangers get that one back in the top of the 5th. With Leaside hitting in the bottom of the 5th the roof caved in on the Rangers as the Leafs scored 7 times to take a 9-2 lead as Ranger starter Kevin Breitner was pulled with the game still tied and the bases loaded with only one out. The Rangers went to veteran Kyle Hill and Hill was the victim of 5 hits and 4 runs plus Breitner's 3 runners that were on all scored. The Rangers could muster only 6 hits in this one as they fell 9-2. The Rangers now had to move parks and play right away against the host London Lakeside Lizards. In this crucial game the Rangers sent their ace Mike Janes to the mound and Jane's as usual pitched great and the Rangers stayed alive as they beat a very good Lakeside club 5-2. The Rangers fell behind early as Lakeside scored 2 in the 2nd but the Rangers took the lead in the 4th as they put up 3 runs as 1B A.J. Iafrate drove in 2 runs with a base hit and then Iafrate scored. The Rangers added 2 insurance runs in the 7th to make the final 5-2. This win put the Rangers into the Semi's where they had to play Leaside again. The Rangers once again fell behind as the Leafs scored 2 in the top of the 1st but the Rangers responded with 1 in the bottom. The Leafs added another in the 2nd to go up 3-1 but the Rangers responded again with 2 to tie it up. The Rangers took the lead in the 3rd as Iafate and D/H Brett Sanders both scored on a double by RF Tim Deacon. The lead held until the fateful 6th when the Leafs scored 3 runs and added 3 more in the 7th to win 9-5 and advance to the finals. Ranger starter Mark Eccleton was the hard luck loser as Eccleton held the hard hitting Leafs to only 4 hits in his 5 2/3. The 5 errors the Rangers committed resulted in 3 of the 6 runs given up by Eccleton were earned.With this victory the Leaside Leafs were still undefeated and had to play the defending Champs the Windsor Stars. The Stars were able to beat Leaside 1-0 in game 1 and again in the 2nd game 6-1 to claim the Provincial title for the 2nd year in a row and a trip to Halifax later this month as they willl represent Ontario at the Men's Senior Nationals! Congratulations to Windsor and we wish them the best of Luck @ the Canadians!!!
July 31, 2009 RANGERS SEEKING 4TH PROVINCIAL TITLE
This weekend in London Ontario the Etobicoke Rangers will join 21 other Senior A teams who all will be trying to capture the Elimination Championship. The winner of this tournament will travel in August to Halifax to represent Ontario @ the Canadian Men's Senior Baseball Championships. The Rangers are up against it this year as they are trying to add their 4th title (1999, 2002,2004) in the past 9 years. The Rangers not having one of their better seasons record wise will rely on the experience of those that have been before and will need the younger guys to play to their potential if the Rangers are going to have a chance at winning their 4th title. The competition as always is tremendous as the defending Champions Windsor Stars are one of the favorites to win this marathon tournament. Other contenders this year based on their play would have to be the Oshawa Royals, Erindale Cardinals and the St. Catharine's Metro's. The Rangers open up the tournment on Friday as they will play Thornhill 2 from the GTBL. GO RANGERS!!!
July 26, 2009 RANGERS AND GRIZZLIES RAINED OUT
The Etobicoke Rangers and Glanbrook Grizzlies were unable to get their game in @ Conorvale Park on Friday night due to heavy rain. There has been no make up date set. The Rangers will travel to Oakville this coming Monday to play the A's. Game time is 7:30 @ Oakville Park.
July 23, 2009 BRANTS DOWN RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers took it on the chin last night in Burlington as the last place Brants hung on to down the Rangers 4-2. The Rangers fell behind 1-0 in the 2nd and the Brants increased their lead to 4-0 with solo runs in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings. Rangers starter Kevin Breitner pitched a complete game in taking the loss. Breitner gave up 8 hits including a solo Home Run, walked 3 and struckout 5. The Rangers were unable to get the offence going until the top of the 9th when 1B A.J. Iafrate got a 1 out base hit and then LF Curtis Saunders walked. Midget call up RF Kyle Breitner drove in Iafrate with a solid single and then 3B Mike Janes scored Saunders with another base hit but this was all the damage the Rangers could do. The loss drops the Rangers COBA MAJOR LEAGUE record to 12-11-1. The Rangers are home Friday night as the Glanbrook Grizzlies come to Connorvale Park. Game time is 7:45.
July 20, 2009 RANGERS 1-2 @ HAP WALTERS
The Etobicoke Rangers did not fare very well this past weekend in St. Catharines @ the Hap Walters Tournament. They opened up Saturday morning against the Markham Pioneers and lost a close hard fought game 5-4. The Pioneers jumped on Ranger starter Curtis Saunders 4-2 for 3 in the 1st inning. The Rangers evened the score as they scored 3 in the 2nd as 3B Todd Riverso, LF manny Espinoza and
The Etobicoke Rangers played in the annual Hap Walters Tournament this past weekend in St. Catharies and left out of the money with a 1-2 record. On Saturday morning the Markham Pioneers jumped on Ranger starter Curtis Saunders 4-2 for 3 runs in the 1st inning but the Rangers evened the score in the bottom of the second as Ranger 3B Todd Riverso, LF Manny Espinoza and CF Rob Borden scored. Markham regained the lead in the 6th as Saunders issued a pair of walks and the Rangers committed 3 errors allowing Markham to regain the lead 5-3. The Rangers were able to get 1 back in the 7th but the rally fell short. Next up were the Oshawa Royals and the Royals spanked the Rangers 13-2. Rangers starter Mike Janes was responsible for all 13 runs 9 earned as Mike just did not have his good stuff. The Rangers were held to just 4 hits. SS Damian Eccleton had both Ranger RBI's. With the Rangers now eliminated from advancing they still had to play the Whitby Chiefs also 0-2. This was a meaningless game for both teams other than pride and the Rangers came away with a 9-3 win. Rangers started 1st year player Dan McIldoon 2-0 and McIldoon turned in a complete game allowing 3 runs 2 earned on 6 hits. McIldoon struckout 9 Chiefs batters in recording the win. 2B Ryan Croucher drove in 2 runs with a couple of hits in leading the Rangers. The Rangers get back to league action on Wednesday night as they travel to Burlington to play the Brants and then return home to Connorvale on Friday as the Glanbrook Grizzlies will be the opposition. Game time Friday is 7:45.
July 14, 2009 CARDINALS DROP RANGERS WITH THEIR LAST AT BATS
The Erindale Cardinals showed the Etobicoke Rangers last night why they are leading the COBA MAJOR LEAGUE this season as the Cardinals after giving up leads of 5-1 and 9-5 scored a run in the bottom of the 9th to drop the Rangers 10-9. Losing pitcher Jon Kielb 0-1 walked the leadoff hitter in the fateful 9th and this proved to be the winning run. Ranger starter Dan McIldoon went the first 5 innings giving up 5 runs all earned on 3 hits and 3 walks. RF Kevin Traschel of the Cardinals was responsible for 3 of the runs as Traschel hit a mammoth Home Run to left field. With the scored tied at 5-5's the Rangers brought in newcomer Matt Miller and Miller was roughed up for 5 hits and 4 runs 3 earned in his 1 inning of relief. The Rangers tied the game at 5-5's in the 4th as LF Manny Espinoza and RF Kyle Breitner each scored on RBI singles from D/H Mike Janes and C Jason Crocker. 1B A.J. Iafrate had another great offensive night as Iafrate was 3/5 all doubles and drove in 3. Crocker and Janes each finished the night with 3 hits while Breitner had 2 as did SS Damian Eccleton. The Rangers now head to the HAP WALTERS TOURNAMENT in St. Catharine's this weekend in a showdown of 16 of the top SENIOR A teams in the province. The Rangers will play the Markham Pioneers on Friday night and then the Oshawa Royals and Whitby Chiefs on Saturday. Semi's and Finals will be on Sunday @ Community Park. The Rangers were Finalists of this tournamnet in 2003 and won the tourney in 2004. Good Luck Rangers!!
July 12, 2009 RANGERS SWEEP METROS
The Etobicoke Rangers swept the Johnson Division leaders St. Catharine's Metros Sunday afternoon @ Connorvale by scores of 5-4 in game 1 and 11-9 in the nitecap. The Rangers held off the charging Metros in Game 1 as starting pitcher Curtis Saunders 4-1 held the Metros in check until the 7th when leading 5-2 the Metros scored two runs to close the gap to 5-4. The Rangers went to the bullpen and brought in Mark Eccleton to get the 3rd out and record his 1st save. The Rangers got 2 hits from LF Manny Espinoza and 3B Todd Riverso and one hit each from C Jason Crocker, SS A.J. Iafrate and P Curtis Saunders. Iafrate drove in 2 while Espinoza and Riverso had 1 each. St. Catharine's out hit Etobicoke 8-7. Game 2 saw reliable Ranger pitcher Kevin Breitner get tagged for 7 earned runs in only 1 2/3 innings. Breitner gave up 3 hits but walked 7 in his shortest outing of the year. The Metros scored 2 in the first and the Rangers 1 then the Metros put up 5 in the 2nd but the Rangers came right back with 4 making the score 7-5 Metros. With Brian Rutledge picking up Breitner Rutledge allowed only 2 earned runs the rest of the way on 1 hit and 3 walks to gain his 1st COBA MAJOR win. The Rangers banged out 10 hits in this one as Midget callup Kyle Breitner had 2 doubles,scored 2 runs and drove in 2 runs. 1B Mike Janes also had a pair of hits and 2 RBI'S as did 2B Mark Capone. Other Ranger hits went to C Jason Crocker with 2 1B Mike Janes, D/H Tim Deacon, 3B Curtis Saunders and RF Todd Riverso. The Rangers out hit the Metros in this one 10-4. The D/H sweep evened the season series at 2-2. The Rangers are right back at it as they will visit the COBA MAJOR league leader Erindale Cardinals tomorrow night @ Erindale Cardinal Field. Game time is 7:30 as Dan McIldoon gets the start for the Rangers.
July 7, 2009 A'S RALLY DOWNS RANGERS
The Oakville A's scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to comeback from a 4-3 defecit to beat the Rangers 5-4. The Rangers jumped on Oakville in the 1st inning scoring a pair of runs as D/H Tim Deacon and 3B Curtis Saunders each had an RBI. Oakville tied it in the 3rd and the score held until the Rangers went ahead in the 6th as C Ryan Croucher drove in Deacon. The lead was short lived as Rangers pitcher Mike Janes gave up the tying run in the bottom of the 6th. The Rangers regained the lead in the 7th as Deacon drove in his 2nd run of the game. The Rangers sent lefthander Matt Miller to the hill as Miller made his Ranger debut. Miller pitched a strong 5 innings giving up 2 runs both earned and struck out 7 A's hitters and left the game tied at 2-2. Ranger pitcher Mark Eccleton 0-1 was the hard luck loser as Ecc picked up Janes in the 7th and held the A's until the fateful 9th. The Rangers will now enjoy a few days off as they do not play until next Sunday when the Johnson Division leader St. Catharine's Metro's will visit Connorvale to play a D/H against the Rangers. First game goes @ Noon.
July 6, 2009 RANGERS SPLIT WITH CHIEFS
The Etobicoke Rangers split a D/H on Sunday against the Dundas Chiefs. The Chiefs took game 1 by a score of 5-1 and the Rangers rebounded in game 2 winning 13-2. Game 1 saw starter Shawn Silk take his 3rd loss in 4 decisions as Shawn again was haunted by the walks. 3 of the 4 base on balls scored. Silk gave up only 2 hits in 5 innings and both runs were earned. The Rangers could collect 5 hits in this one as they out hit the Chiefs 5-4. Game 2 saw the Rangers score 1 in the 1st and 3 more in the 2nd and erupted in the 7th for 8 more as they blew open the game. Starter Kevin Breitner improved to 3-2 as Breitner pitched 6 innings giving up both earned runs. Jon Kielb pitched a scorless 7th. A.J. Iafrate with a 3 for 3 day drove in 5 for the Rangers. LF Manny Espinoza had a break out day as Manny was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI'S. The Rangers now travel to Oakville Monday night to take on the A's. Game time is 7:30 @ Oakville Park.
July 4, 2009 RANGERS TAME BATTLECATS
The Etobicoke Rangers behind the 5 hit complete game outing from Curtis Saunders (3-1) tamed the Brampton Battlecats last night by a 6-2 score. Saunders with his 1st complete game walked 2 and struckout 4. Offensively the Rangers were led by the 2 Home Runs from 1B A.J Iafrate driving in 4 runs. Iafrate now has 6 dingers on the season. 2B Mark Capone with 2 hits and 2 runs scored and 3B Ryan Croucher had a 3 hit night. The Rangers now head out to Volunteer Field as they will play the Dundas Chiefs on Sunday in a D/H beginning @ noon.
June 28, 2009 RANGERS 1 AND 2 IN WINDSOR
The Etobicoke Rangers paticipated in the annual Rick Wiseman Tournament this weekend and came away with 2 very disappointing losses and 1 win great win. On Friday night the Rangers were up against the Tecumseh Junior Thunder and the Thunder stole a 6-3 win away from the Rangers. Rangers starter Brian Rutledge pitched into the 7th leading 3-2 before the Junior Thunder put up 4 runs in the 7th to win 6-3. Although the Rangers out hit Tecumseh 12-6 they could only muster the 3 runs. Game 2 saw the Rangers facing the defending Ontario Champs Windsor Stars and a classic pitching match up as Ranger ace Mike Janes got the nod for this one against former AA pitcher John Picco of the Stars. Both teams played recklessly and sloppily but the Rangers on the strength of 2 doubles by 1B A.J. Iafrate driving in 2 and the 1 2/3 of stellar relief from Mark Eccleton the Rangers were able to beat the Stars 4-3. With a 1-1 record the Rangers needed to win game 3 against Amherstburg in order to advance to Sundays semi final. The Amherstburg team scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st off of Ranger starter Shwan Silk and those 2 runs held up until the 7th when Amherstburg scored 2 more runs 1 off of Silk and after Silk was relieved by Peter Saweczko saw the Amherstburg team score 1 more run off of Peter giving the Rangers their 2nd loss by a 4-0 score. The Rangers were held to 4 hits in this one. The Rangers are now off until this Friday night when they resume their COBA MAJOR play as the Brampton Battlecats visit Connorvale Park and then on Sunday the Rangers will travel to Dundas to play a D/H with the Chiefs.
June 23, 2009 RANGERS ON SHORT END
The Etobicoke Rangers out hit and out pitched the St. Catharine's Metro's last night only to be on the short end of the score. The Metro's with 3 runs in the 7th overcame a 1-0 defecit to take a 3-1 lead and would add another in the 8th to take the win 4-1 over the Rangers. Rangers starter Kevin Breitner was nothing short of brilliant as he dueled with Metro's ace Dustin Turner. Kevin had not given up a hit until 6th. Breitner gave up 4 runs 1 earned on 5 hits and only 2 walks to the good hitting Metro's squad. The Rangers were able to gather 7 hits off of Turner but were the victim of 9 strikeouts. The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the 1st as 2B Mark Capone led off the game with a hit and came around to score on a base hit by CF Peter Saweczko. Saweczko had 3 hits on the night. The rangers next action is this weekend as they head down to Windsor to participate in the annual Rick Wiseman Memorial Tournament. The Rangers won this Tournament in 1999 and were semi finalists in 2004.
June 22, 2009 GRIZZLIES TIE UP RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers scored 4 runs in the top of the 11th to take an 8-4 lead over the Glanbrook Grizzlies and pitcher Andrew Page but the Grizzlies on Shawn Silk's 5 walks and a base hit allowed the Grizzlies to come back and tie the game 8-8. The game was called @ Bernie Arbour Stadium @ the end of 11 as the league curfew was imposed. The Rangers starter Dan McIldoon pitched the 1st 6 innings giving up 4 runs 2 earned on 7 hits before Silk picked him up to begin the 7th. Offensively for the Rangers who trailed 2-0 after the 1st struck for 4 in the 2nd as LF Manny Espinoza had 2 run scoring single and 2B Mark Capone had a 2 run scoring double to put the Rangers up 4-2. The Grizzlies got 1 back in the bottom of the 2nd and tied the game @ 4-4's in the 3rd where the score stayed until the 11th. In the 4 run 11th SS Damian Eccleton and RF Tim Deacon each drove in a run and C Marcello Nalli had a 2 run single. Silk over the 5 innings allowed but 2 hits but walked 8 in giving up 4 earned runs. The Rangers outhit the Griz 11-9 on the night. The Rangers travel the QEW tonight to play the Johnson Division leaders ST. Catharine's Metro's. Game time is 7:30 @ Community Park.
June 20, 2009 RANGERS ROUT A'S
The Etobicoke Rangers scored 6 runs in the 1st and never looked back as they routed the Oakville A's 10-4 last night. 1B Brett Sanders had a 2 RBI single in the 1st to start the scoring. RF Tim Deacon drove in a run with a Sac Fly and LF Manny Espinoza plated the 6th run on a bases loaded walk. Ranger starter Andrew Hyde up from the Junior Ranger team made his COBA Senior debut a good one. Hyde pitched 6 innings giving up 1 unearned run and recorded 5 K's. Josh McGonigle pitched a scoreless 7th and then reliever Brian Rutledge was tagged for 3 earned runs on 4 hits in the 8th. The Rangers outhit the A's 8-7. The Rangers next game is Sunday night @ Bernie Arbour Stadium as they play the Glanbrook Grizzlies and then on Monday will travel to St. Catharine's in a make up game from last week. Both games start @ 7:30.
June 18, 2009 RANGERS AND METROS RAINED OUT
The Etobicoke Rangers and St. Catharine's Metros have had their game this evening postponed due to rain. The game has been re-scheduled for Monday June 22 @ 7:30 @ Community Park in St. Catharine's. The Rangers are home tomorrow night against the Oakville A's in a 7:45 start @ Connorvale Park.
June 16, 2009 CARDINALS DOUBLE UP RANGERS
The first place Erindale Cardinals doubled the score last night on the Etobicoke Rangers as the Cards won 10-5. Rangers starter and loser Curtis Saunders 2-1 gave up 4 earned runs on 5 hits in his 3 innings of work as the Cardinals struck for 4 runs in the 3rd. Jon Kielb pitched 2 scoreless innnings then gave way to Mark Eccleton. Eccleton in just his 2nd appearance of the year gave up 6 hits and 5 runs 3 earned in 2 2/3 before Peter Saweczko was summoned to record the final 2 outs. Offensively the Rangers gathered 8 hits as Saweczko and LF Manny Espinoza each had a pair. The Cardinbals outhit the Rangers 11-8. The Rangers continue this mini road trip as they head down the QEW on Thursday to play the Johnson Division leaders St. Catharine's Metros. Game time is 7:30 @ Community Park. Dan McIldoon starts for the Rangers. The Rangers then return home on Friday night as they will host the Oakville A's @ 7:45 @ Connorvale park. Ranger Junior pitcher Andrew Hyde has drawn the assignment on the hill for the Rangers.
June 15, 2009 RANGERS OUSTED IN SEMI FINAL
The Etobicoke Rangers reached the Semi Finals of the annual OSHAWA ROYALS INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT this past weekend on the strength of their 3-0 round robin record. On Friday night the Rangers scored 3 runs in the top of the 6th to defeat the Kendal Eagles 5-3. Shawn Silk in relief of Brian Rutledge picked up the win. 3B Curtis Saunders with 2 RBI's and SS Damian Eccleton drove in another in the 3 run 6th. Saturday morning saw the Rangers play the Leaside Leafs and the Rangers were able to stave off a late game rally by the Leafs to win the game 6-5. Winning pitcher Dan McIldoon went 5 and left with a 4-2 lead. The Rangers made it 6-2 in the top of the 7th only to see Leaside get 3 in their half of the 7th before Curtis Saunders closed the door by inducing a game ending double play. Game 3 saw the Rangers square off with the East York Bulldogs and the never say die Rangers were able to score 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th on a CF Rob Borden game ending hit as C jason Crocker came all the way from 1st base to score. Winning pitcher Peter Saweczko picked up the win in relief of starter Mike Janes. Janes was lifted in the top of the 7th trailing 3-2. Sunday morning saw the Rangers hooking up with the Markaham Pioneers in one Semi Final and the host Oshawa Royals playing the Wild Card Leaside Leafs. The Rangers fell behind in the 1st as Markham scored to make it 1-0 and held the lead until the Rangers tied it in the 4th and then the Rangers took a 2-1 lead after 5. The Pioneers came back with 2 unearned runs in the 6th as SS Damian Eccleton's relay throw to the plate sailed over the fence allowing the runs to score. Eccleton with a chance in the bottom of the 7th to redeem himself did not disappoint as Eccleton drove in pinch runner Dan McIldoon with a base hit to tie the game and send the game into extra innings. Ranger pitcher Brian Rutledge ended up getting the loss as the Pioneers scored the winning run on a bases loaded walk. The Rangers in their half of the 8th saw lead off hitter CF Rob Borden work a walk and the stole second. Borden went to 3rd on a groundout by 2B Mark Capone. With 1 out and the Rangers 3rd hitter up Borden attempted to score on a passed ball but was called out on a very close play. Zamora promptly hit a double off the left field wall and were again a base hit away from tying the game but pinch hitter Brett Sanders struckout to end the game. Rangers starter Kevin Breitner pitched the first 6 1/3 holding the Pioneers to 6 hits and 3 runs 1 earned and was followed by Connor Lillis-White and then Brian Rutledge. The other Semi Final saw the Oshawa Royals defeat the Leaside Leafs 2-1. The Oshawa Royals prevailed in the tourney final 4-2 over Markham. The Rangers get no rest as they return to league action tonight as they travel to Erindale Cardinal Field to play the the 1st place Erindale Cardinals. Game time is 7:30.
June 8, 2009 BRANTS AND RANGERS SPLIT
The Burlington Brant's took advantage of starter Shawn Silk's 1-2 wildness and took a 7-6 decision in Game 1 of yesterdays D/H @ Connorvale. Silk gave up only 2 hits but in his 3 1/3 innings walked 8. Reliever Brian Rutledge came on to work out of a Silk jam and completed the final 3 2/3 giving up 2 hits and a run. The Rangers trailing 6-0 after the 5 run Burlington 4th came right back and scored 4 in their half of the 4th to get back in the game. They scored two more in the bottom of the 7th but there was to be no last inning heroics as the game ended on a ground out by 3B Curtis Saunders with the bases loaded. The Rangers out hit the Brant's 10-4 but just could not capitalize on their numerous scoring chances. Game 2 saw the Rangers score 1 in the bottom of the 1st another in the 3rd and then pushed across 5 more in the 4th. The Brant's trailing 7-0 tried to climb back in the game with a 3 run 5th but then Dan McIldoon making his Senior debut pitched a shutout 6th and veteran Mark Eccleton who was also making his season debut gave up an unearned run in the 7th to preserve the 9-4 win. The Rangers were able to collect only 6 hits but stole 6 bases en route to the victory. The Brants also collected 6 hits from the 3 Rangers pitchers. The winner Kevin Breitner 2-1 pitched the 1st 5 innings giving up 5 hits and 3 earned runs. The Rangers will now take a short break from COBA MAJOR play as they are entered this coming weekend in the OSHAWA ROYALS INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT. The Rangers will be in tough as they open the Tournament against the defending Ontario champs the Windsor Stars on Friday night @ Kinsmen Stadium. Game time is 8:15. The Rangers then go on to face on Saturday morning last years GTBL champs the Leaside Leafs @ 10:15am also @ Kinsmen and then later on Saturday hook up to play the East York Bulldogs @ 4pm in Clarington. Best of Luck to the Rangers this weekend.
June 6, 2009 RANGERS SQUEAK BY RED SOX
Once again the Etobicoke Rangers pull one out with their last at bat. Last night tied at 1-1 going into the bottom of the 9th the Rangers were able to score the go ahead run courtesy of a solid line drive base hit from the bat of CF Rob Borden. D/H Marcello Nalli had led off the bottom of the 9th with a base hit then PH Brett Sanders struck out swinging and SS Damien Eccleton walked. P Mark Eccleton pinch ran for Nalli and after a wild pitch moved up the runners Borden delivered the game winning hit. The Rangers on the night out hit the Red Sox 7-3. Ranger starter Mike Janes went a good 5 innings and left with the score 1-1. Peter Saweczko with 2 shutout innings and then Curtis Saunders 2-0 with 2 shutout innings earned his 2nd win of the season. The Rangers are home again on Sunday as they will entertain the Burlington Brants as the teams will play a Double Header. Game 1 starts @ 12 noon. Rangers Shawn Silk starts Game 1 and Kevin Breitner will start Game 2.
June 1, 2009 RANGERS SWEEP CHIEFS
The Etobicoke Rangers trailing 4-2 entering their last at bats in the 1st game of yesterdays D/H with the Dundas Chiefs came back to score 3 and take the game 5-4 and then in Game 2 blew away the Chiefs 13-0 in a 5 inning mercy. Game 1 saw starter Shawn Silk go 6 innings yielding 1 run on 5 hits, 5 walks 2 hit batters and recorded 7 K's. Shawn left with a 2-1 lead only to see that lead squandered by the usually reliable Ranger bullpen. Veteran Jon Kielb came on in the 7th going 2/3 before giving way to Todd Riverso. With the Rangers still leading 2-1 and runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs Riverso promptly gave up a base hit to put the Chiefs in front. They would go on to score another to take a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the 7th. The Rangers 1st 2 hitters reached base on walks and set the table for the comeback win as Damian Eccleton drove in the winning run with a solid single to give the Rangers the victory. In all the Rangers collected 8 hits. Game 2 was a different story as the Rangers struck for 10 runs in the bottom of the 1st as Ranger 2B John Zamora had 2 Home Runs driving in 5 in the very 1st inning. The Rangers had 10 hits in all. Rangers starter Kevin Breitner evened his record at 1-1 as Kevin 1 hit the Chiefs, gave up 1 walk and had a pair of K's. The Rangers topped the .500 mark as with the sweep improved their season record to 5-4. Next up are the Milton Red Sox this Friday @ Connorvale Park. Game time is 7:45. The Rangers will continue this home stand as on Sunday the Burlington Brants will come to Connorvale to play a D/H begining @ noon.
May 25, 2009 RANGERS TAKE 2 OUT OF 3 FROM THE RED SOX
This past weekend the Etobicoke Rangers took 2 out of 3 games from the Milton Red Sox to push their record to 3-4. On Friday night the Rangers scored a 10-4 victory as Mike Janes pitched 6 innings in gaining his 1st win of the season. Kyle Breitner making his 1st appearance pitched 3 strong innings giving up a run on 3 hits and struck out 4. For the Rangers 1B A.J. Iafrate drove in 4 runs as Iafrate hit his 2nd big fly over the centre field wall @ Connorvale. RF Peter Saweczko had 4 hits on the night with 2 RBI's and CF Rob borden chipped in with 3 hits, an RBI and 2 stolen bases. In game 1 Saturday the Rangers held of a late comeback by the Red Sox to win 10-7. Shawn Silk with 6 2/3 of 5 hit baseball evened his record at 1-1 and needed last inning help from Peter Sawezcko who picked up his 1st save. Offensively the Rangers got 2 more Home Runs from 1B A.J. Iafrate and 2B John Zamora hit his 1st round tripper as a Ranger, a 2 run shot. The Rangers were now set for a 3 game sweep as in game 2 the Rangers struck for 5 runs in the 1st but that was all they would get and the Red Sox fought back to win the game 6-5 in extra innings. Starter Brian Rutledge gave the Rangers 6 good innnings allowing 4 earned runs on 8 hits. Reliever Jon Kielb was touched for the tying run in the 7th and then Todd Riverso was the victim of a Red Sox run in the 1st extra inning giving the Milton team the comeback victory. The Rangers got 2 hits and 2 RBI's from D/H Tim Deacon as the Rangers were held to only 7 hits. The Rangers are now off until this Friday night when the 1st place Oakville A's visit Connorvale Park. Game time is 7:45. The Rangers will then host the Dundas Chiefs in a D/H on Sunday with the 1st game beginning @ 12 noon.
May 21, 2009 RANGERS GET IN WIN COLUMN
The Etobicoke Rangers defeated the Burlington Brants last evening 9-3 in a battle of the 0-3 teams, The Rangers fell behind in the first inning as the Brants struck for 2 runs off of Ranger starter Kevin Breitner. The Rangers got 1 back in the 4th as D/H A.J. Iafrate hit his first round tripper of the season. The Rangers then took the lead in the 5th as Rob Borden hit a 2 run shot over the left field wall. The Brants came back in their half to tie the score @ 3's and then the Rangers put up a 5 spot in the 6th with CF Rob Borden's 2 run double the big blow and added another in the 7th to come away with the 9-3 win. Breitner was followed by winning pitcher Curtis Saunders 1-0 and Brian Rutledge finished up with 2 scoreless innings. Rangers were led offensively by 1B Brett Sanders with 2 doubles & a single & by C Marcello Nalli as Nalli had a pair of hits and 2 RBI's. The Rangers now get ready for a mini 3 game series this weekend with the Milton Red Sox. The Red Sox will visit Connorvale Friday night for a 7:45 game and then on Saturday the Rangers travel to Milton to play a Doubleheader with the Red Sox. Mike Janes will make his 2nd start of the season Friday night.
May 16, 2009 GRIZZLIES WALK ALL OVER RANGERS
The Glanbrook Grizzlies beat the Etobicoke Rangers last night by a 17-11 score. Rangers pitching allowed the Grizzlies to score 11 runs in the 6th inning courtesy of 9 walks and 2 hits. It was not avery good night for the Ranger pitchers as collectively they issued the Grizzlies 16 base on balls and 11 hits. 13 of the 17 runs scored were earned as the defence again committed 4 errors. On the bright side some of the bats came alive as LF Jason Crocker had a 4 hit night and both 1B A.J. Iafrate and RF Tim Deacon each had 3 hits with Deacon driving in 3 runs. C Marcello Nalli with a couple of hits SS Damian Eccleton, 2B Ryan Panas and Pete Saweckzo each had a hit as the Rangers outhit the Grizzlies 15-11. Next up for the Rangers is a trip to Burlington next Wednesday to face the 0-3 Brants who carry the same record into this game as the Rangers.
May 15, 2009 METROS DOWN RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers went down for the second straight time this year falling 5-3 to the St. Catharine's Metro's. The Rangers were limited to only 4 base hits as the strong Metro's staff led by Brian Essery held the Rangers in check. Trailing 1-0 the Rangers were able to go in front in the 6th thanks to 5 walks and a 2 run single by 2B John Zamora. The lead was short lived as Ranger reliever Kevin Breitner promptly gave up 3 runs in the Metro's 6th and another in the 7th to put the score @ 5-3 Metros and that's how it stayed. The Rangers did rally in the 9th with 2 of their 4 hits and had the go ahead run at the plate but the Metros DeBoer ended up striking out the side. Ranger starter Mike Janes had a successful outing as Mike over the 1st 4 innings gave up an unearned run, 4 hits and had 8 strikeouts. Next action for the Rangers is Friday night as the Glanbrook Grizzlies are in for a 7:45 start @ Connorvale Park.
May 9, 2009 CARDS SHUTDOWN RANGERS
The defending Playoff Champs
Erindale Cardinals shutout the Etobicoke
Rangers last night 8-0 @ Connorvale Park. The Cards out pitched, out hit and outscored the Rangers and showed why they are a favorite to repeat in 09. The Rangers started Shawn Silk last years runner up for the pitcher of the year and Shawn battled through 4 innings surrendering 7 hits 4 walks and 6 earned runs. Silk also had 7 K's. Josh McGonigle made his Ranger debut and worked 5 solid innings. The only blemish on Josh's outing was a 2 run Hr to Cardinals 1B Geoff Cullen. The Cards outhit the Rangers 11-3. For the Rangers Rookie SS Damian Eccleton, 1B A.J. Iafrate and Junior Brett Sanders had the Ranger hits. The Rangers D/H with Brampton has been cancelled due to the weather. The Rangers next action will be next Thursday when the Rangers travel to to play the pennant winners from last year St Catharine's Metros. Mike Janes will make his first start of the year and then the Rangers will return home on Friday to play the Glanbrook Grizzlies as Shawn Silk gets the start. Game time Friday is 7:45 @ Connorvale Park.
May 7, 2009 RANGERS HOST CARDINALS IN HOME OPENER
The Etobicoke Rangers will open the 2009 COBA MAJOR LEAGUE at home against the 2008 PLAYOFF CHAMPION ERINDALE CARDINALS. The Rangers will send Shawn Silk to the mound tomorrow night as the Rangers begin the season. Game time is 7:45 @ Conorvale Park. On Saturday the Rangers will travel to Brampton to face the Battlecats in a Doubleheader beginning @ Noon at the new F.C.C.C. Park. Mike Janes and Kevin Breitner get the starts.
May 4, 2009 BRANTFORD EDGES RANGERS
In a well played ball game the 2008 Intercounty Champions Brantford Red Sox edged the Etobicoke Rangers 6-4 yesterday afternoon @ Connorvale Park. It was the 1st game for either team and both teams were able to get all of their players in the game. The Rangers held a 1-0 lead going into the 7th but Brantford struck for 2 in the 7th, 2 in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th. The Rangers answered with a tying run in thier half of the 7th and added 2 more in the 9th to close out the scoring.The Rangers used 6 pitchers in all. Brantford outhit Etobicoke 11-7. Rangers pitching recorded 12 K's and walked 11 in the 9 innning game. All 6 runs were earned. The Rangers now are getting ready for their season and home opener as the Playoff Champs from 2008 the Erindale Cardinals come to Connorvale this Friday for a 7:45 game.
May 1, 2009 RANGERS HOST IC CHAMPS BRANTFORD RED SOX
The Etobicoke Rangers will get an exhibition game in this year as they will host the Intercounty Champs of last year the BRANTFORD RED SOX on Sunday May 3 @ 3pm @ Connorvale Park. Shawn Silk will start for the Rangers.
April 24, 2009 SILK TO START SEASON OPENER
Rangers Shawn Silk who finished 2nd last year in the voting for best COBA MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE YEAR AWARD will toe the rubber for the Rangers in the season and home opener on FRIDAY MAY 8TH against the defending PLAYOFF CHAMPS of a year ago Erindale Cardinals. The Rangers will have no less than 7 new faces as they enter the 2009 season. The Rangers have added 4 graduating Junior players Tyler Hill LHP from the Rangers Junior team and High Park graduates Curtis Suanders 3B, Damien Eccleton SS and Dan McIldoon RHP. Infielder John Zamora joins the team as do Pitchers Brian Rutledge and Josh McGonigle. Returning to the Rangers are RHP Kyle Hill and IN/OF Jason Crocker. The Rangers with strong pitching anchored by Silk, Mike Janes, Kyle Hill, Kevin Breitner and Mark Eccleton and the return of veterans 1B A.J. Iafrate, 2B Mark Capone, CF/P Rob Borden and IN/OF Ryan Croucher should make the Rangers a team once again to be reckoned with. Good Luck to the Rangers in 09!
March 25, 2009 RANGERS TO OPEN AGAINST CARDINALS
The Etobicoke Rangers will open the 2009 season @ home on Friday May 8th as the defending 2008 Playoff Champs Erindale Cardinals are in town for a 7:45 start @ Connorvale Park. The COBA MAJOR LEAGUE has increased the regular season schedule to 32 games that will see the Rangers play 24 single games and 4 doubleheaders. The Rangers have also entered 4 tournaments. The Rangers full 2009 League and Tournament schedule is now posted. Click on the Schedules link to view.
March 10, 2009 RANGERS PREPARE FOR 2009
The Etobicoke Rangers Senior Baseball Club will begin workouts in preparation for the upcoming 2009 season on Wednesday March 25th and every Wednesday until the end of April. Saturday workouts begin April 5th and continue to the 12th, 19th & 26th. The Rangers are committed to attending the 4 Premier Tournaments this season as they will travel to Oshawa in June to play in the Oshawa Invitational and at the end of June will travel to Windsor to play in the annual Rick Wiseman Memorial and in July the Rangers will drive down the QEW to participate in the Hap Walters and finally July 31-August 3 the Rangers will compete @ the Ontario Senior A Elimination Tournament taking place in Windsor.
November 14, 2008 SILK FINISHES 2ND
The Etobicoke Rangers were well represented last night at the Annual COBA MAJOR LEAGUE Awards Banquet and a great night was had by all. The Etobicoke Rangers were shut out in the awards category as Ranger pitcher Shawn Silk finished 2nd in the Top Pitcher category. Silk was edged out by Burlington's ace Chris Cooney. Ranger 2nd Baseman Mark Capone finished 5th for the overall batting title @.397. The Etobicoke Rangers Shawn Silk RHP and 1B A.J. Iafrate was selected on the end of the year All Star team. Cogratulations guys!! For the results of all the winners please visit the COBA MAJOR LEAGUE website @ www.cobamajor.com.
October 24, 2008 COBA MAJOR BANQUET & AWARDS NIGHT
The COBA MAJOR BASEBALL LEAGUE will hold their annual Banquet and Awards night on THURSDAY NOVEMBER 13TH. COCKTAILS @ 6 AND DINNER @ 7 followed by the awards presentations and the naming of the end of year ALL STARS. Rangers pitcher SHAWN SILK is in the running for Pitcher of the Year and Rangers OF/DH Tim Deacon has been nominated for the Sportsman of the Year Award. The Banquet is being held @ the Dundas Air Force Hall located on King St. near Volunteer Field. Good Luck to the Ranger nominees!!
August 28, 2008 ETOBICOKE RANGERS ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Etobicoke Rangers are holding their annual INDIANS/RANGERS golf tournament on Saturday September 27th @ Royal Woodbine Golf Course. 18 holes of golf with a cart is $80. Tee offs start around noon. To register please contact Mike "The General" Gauthier @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone is welcome!!
August 24, 2008 GRIZZLIES ELIMINATE RANGERS
The Glanbrook Grizzlies eliminated the Etobicoke Rangers yesterday from the 2008 COBA MAJOR LEAGUE Playoffs by a 9-6 score. The Rangers opened the Playoff Tournament by getting drilled by the Milton Red Sox 14-6. The Rangers rebounded in Game 2 as they beat the Dundas Chiefs 11-6 and before advancing to the Glanbrook game the Rangers were credited a win as the Misissauga North Tigers forfeited. The Playoff run for the Rangers was no different this year than the rest of the games played this year. Inconsistent pitching, defence and hitting continued. There were some bright lights this season as Pitcher Shawn Silk just seems to get better and the acquisition of C Matt Ferreria more than solidified the catchers position. P Kevin Breitner emerged as a bona fide Senior pitcher this year as Kevin used primarily as a reliever in previous seasons was put in the rotation and was quite effective. The Rangers based on their overall season record of 22-17 will look to vastly improve the look of the club for next season if they want to get back into the upper echelon of teams as quality pitching, speed and youth will be at the top of the recruiting list. Thanks to all for your support and have a safe winter and we'll see you next year. For tryout information please contact the Field Manager Steve Breitner @ email@example.com
August 18, 2008 BRANTS AND RANGERS A WASH PLAYOFFS START WEDNESDAY
The Burlington Etobicoke re-scheduled game for tonight has been washed out. The Rangers for the 1st time will not complete their league schedule as they will also not play the Milton Red Sox who the Rangers were to play a D/H on the 9th. This leaves the Rangers @ 14-10 and 5th overall in the COBA MAJOR LEAGUE. The Rangers will open the playoffs this Wednesday as they will travel to Dundas to play the 7th place Chiefs to open the double knockout playoff tournament. The Rangers will then play either Milton or Oakville on Thursday night @ Connorvale Park. Game times are 7:30.
August 15, 2008 METROS TOP RANGERS
The St. Catharines Metros handed the Etobicoke Rangers their 10th defeat of the season as they topped the Rangers 3-1. This is the 2nd time since the Rangers joined the COBA MAJOR LEAGUE in 1998 that they have recorded as many as 10 losses in the regular season. The Rangers who outhit the Metros on the night by a 9-3 count could not score when they had their chances. A.J. Iafrate had the Ranger's only RBI on the night as A.J. followed RF Jon Bezanson's double with a double of his own. Etobicoke starter Mark Eccleton 3-1 took the loss as Mark pitched 5 innings giving up but 3 hits and all 3 runs with only 1 being earned. Rob Vecchiarelli picked up Eccleton by pitching 3 shutout and hitless innings to give the Rangers a chance. Rob also collected 3 hits on the night. The Rangers will travel to Nelson Park on Monday to face the Brants in what will likely be their final regular season game as the rainout of the Milton D/H does not look like there will be time to play this prior to the start of the 08 Playoffs which begin next Wednesday August 20th.
August 13, 2008 RANGERS NIP BATTLECATS
The Etobicoke Rangers nipped the Brampton Battlecats last night by a 9-8 score @ Dave Dash Park in Brampton. The Rangers combined some youth and experience last night as they sent 1st year Midget pitcher Kyle Breitner to the mound in his 1st ever Senior start. Kyle kept the Rangers in the game through 5 2/3 before veteran pitcher Jon Kielb came in to pick up a win as the Rangers needed 2 runs in the 8th to overcome an 8-7 defecit. The Rangers came out swinging and by the end of 3 1/2 had a commanding 7-2 lead courtesy of 3B Chris Mokriy's 3 run dinger and C Jon Bezanson's 2 run shot. Brampton erupted for 4 runs in the 4th, another in the 6th and then went ahead in the bottom of the 7th as they plated 2 more to take an 8-7 lead. For the Rangers 1B Troy Weston, SS A.J. Iafrate also had RBI's. Bezanson picked up 2 more RBI's as he plated 2 runs with a single to get the Rangers on the board in the 1st. The Rangers outhit the Cats 14-12 and comitted 6 errors leading to all 8 Battlecats runs being unearned. The Rangers now travel to St. Catharine's this Thursday to take on the 1st place overall Metros in a make up game from earlier this season.
August 11, 2008 CARDINALS CLIP RANGERS
The Erindale Cardinals banged out 12 hits and scored 7 runs (6 earned) as they defeated the Rangers 7-3 Friday night @ Connorvale Park. Taking his 2nd loss against 1 win was Kevin Breitner. Rob Borden pitched a scoreless 9th. The Rangers were able to get only 7 hits off of Gavin Rajiva as Gavin recorded 13 K's on the night as he was in total control. The Rangers after giving 1 up in the 1st scored 2 in their half but the hard hitting Cardinals scored again in the 2nd, 3rd and then added 3 runs in the 5th and plated their final run in the 8th. For the Rangers D/H Tim Deacon collected 3 hits and RF Chris Mokriy belted out his 1st career Home Run a blast to left centerfield in the 5th. The Rangers were rained out agaist Milton and Burlington over the weekend. The team now travels to Brampton to play the Battlecats on Tuesday and then to St. Catharine's on Thursday to play the 1st overall Metros.
August 6, 2008 RANGERS HAVE BUSY SCHEDULE
The Etobicoke Rangers will be home this Friday night as the Erindale Cardinals come to Connorvale with the same record as the Rangers as both teams are tied atop the Andrew's Division @ 13-8. The Rangers then will travel to Milton on Saturday to play a D/H against the Red Sox beginning @ noon and then on Sunday travel to Burlington to face the Brants also a noon start.
August 4, 2008 RANGERS OUT IN ROUND 4
The Etobicoke Rangers inconsistent season continued in Windsor this past weekend as the Rangers bowed out in 4. The Rangers were eliminated by the Oakville A's by an 8-0 score as they were 1 hit by Oakville ace Gord Robertson. The other Ranger loss came from the St. Catharine's Metro's by a 7-2 score. The Rangers could not beat league teams as both their wins came at the expense of the Martingrove White Sox (GBTL) and the Ajax Spartans (EOBA). The Rangers were played very tough by the young White Sox team but in the end the Rangers experience came through as the Rangers picked up a 7-4 game 1 win. Facing elimination the Rangers beat the Spartan's from Ajax 9-3 as the Rangers played a very solid game. Then came Oakville who jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and just continued to add runs as the Ranger pitchers were unable to keep the A's bats quiet. The Windsor Stars and the Oshawa Royals are competing for the Tournament Championship as The Royals go into this tilt with the Stars still undefeated. The Stars will have to beat the Royals twice to claim the provincial title. With Ontario having the privledge of sending 2 representatives to the Nationals in Brandon Manitoba later this month we just want to wish both the OSHAWA ROYALS and the WINDSOR STARS the best of luck at this years Canadians!! Bring home the Gold & Silver!!!
July 31, 2008 A'S DOWN RANGERS
The Oakville A's downed the Etobicoke Rangers 8-5 Monday night in the Rangers final game before this weekends Elimination Tournament. The Rangers staked Jon Kielb 1-3 to a 3-0 lead after their 1st at bats as Mark Capone & Jon Bezanson both scored on an A.J. Iafrate single and then Iafrate scored when Tim Deacon singled. The Rangers would go up 4-0 in the 2nd as Matt Ferreira scored on a Jon Bezanson single. From here it went downhill as the A's got to Kielb for 2 in the bottom of the 2nd to close the gap to 4-2 and then exploded for 6 in the 5th to go up 8-4. Peter Saweczko with 2 1/3 shutout and Mark Eccleton with a shutout inning held the A's but the Rangers could only score once more as Rob Borden scored in the 9th to make the final score 8-5 for the A's. The Rangers head to Windsor this weekend to try and win their 4th provincial title since 1999 and will play the Martingrove White Sox @ 8:15 Friday night. The Rangers then play the winner/loser of St.Catharine's East York game on Saturday. Good Luck to the Rangers!!
July 28, 2008 ANDREWS SHUTOUT JOHNSON IN O8 ALL STAR GAME
The Andrews division All Stars comprised of players from the Erindale Cardinals, Oakville A's, Brampton Battlecats, Mississauga North Tigers and the Etobicoke Rangers shutout the Johnson Division All Stars 5-0 yesterday afternooon @ Bernie Arbor Stadium. Shawn Silk from the Rangers pitched the 1st 3 innings and did not give up a hit. 2B Mark Capone, C Matt Ferriera and D/H Troy Weston were the other Ranger players to participate. There were co-winners of the Home Run Derby as the tie could not be broken between Glanbrooks' Tim Sogan and Mississauga North's D/H Amendola. Rangers are back in action Monday night as they will travel to Oakville to take on the A's in their final game before the 2008 Senior A Elimination Tournament.
July 24, 2008 RANGERS @ BRANTS RAINED OUT
Last nights COBA MAJOR LEAGUE game between the Johnson Division leading Burlington Brants and the Andrew's Division leaders Etobicoke Rangers was washed out. A make up date has yet to be determined. The Rangers will enjoy a rare weekend off as they are idle until Monday night when they travel to Oakville to play the A's @ Oakville Park. Game time is 7:30.
July 23, 2008 RANGERS 2-1 @ HAP WALTERS
The Etobicoke Rangers finished the Hap Walters tournament with a 2-1 record as they beat the Milton Red Sox 3-1, The Newmarket Hawks 3-1 and were trounced by the Leaside Leafs 10-0 in 5 innings. The 2 wins were well pitched games as Mark Eccleton shut down the Red Sox and Kevin Breitner 3 hit the Newmarket Hawks. Both pitchers threw complete games. In the loss to Leaside Mike Janes was not sharp nor was Shawn Silk as the 2 gave up the 10 runs. Rain fell Saturday and all day Sunday forcing the tournament to not be completed. 5 teams all had a shot of advancing so fairly they divided the $2,000 prize money. The Windsor Stars, WAA, Leaside, Burlington and Markham split the money. The Rangers are away in Burlington on Wednesday night to play the Brants and then go to Oakville next Monday in the Ranger's final game before the Elimination Tournament next weekend.
July 14, 2008 BATTLECATS HUMBLE RANGERS IN D/H SPLIT
The Etobicoke Rangers were out pitched out hit and outplayed by the 9th place Brampton Battlecats yesterday afternoon @ Connorvale Park in game 2 of the D/H. The Rangers in Game 2 were mercied 13-1. Starter and loser Kevin Breitner 1-1 was not sharp as Kevin gave up 6 runs in 2 2/3 innings. Peter Saweczko did not fare any better as Peter was hit around for 7 runs on 9 hits in 2 1/3. The Rangers did end up splitting the Sunday afternoon D/H as in Game 1 Shawn Silk was masterful in pitching the Rangers to an extra inning 1-0 win. Silk 4-1 coming off a complete game 1 hitter in his last outing gave up 2 hits in this one while he fanned 10. The Rangers in the 2 games managed only 3 hits in each game. A.J. Iafrate had 2 of the 6 total Ranger hits and drove in both runs. The Rangers now head to the Hap Walters Tournament in St. Catharine's this weekend and will meet the Milton Red Sox Friday night and then on Saturday the Leaside Leafs and the Newmarket Hawks. The Rangers won the Hap Walters in 03 and were finalists in 04. Best of Luck Rangers!
July 12, 2008 METROS DOWN RANGERS
The St. Catharine's Metros downed the Etobicoke Rangers 2-1 last night @ Connorvale Park. The Metros still smarting from the loss to the Rangers the previous evening took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd. The Rangers tied the game in the 5th as CF Rob Borden scored SS Ryan Croucher with a deep fly ball to centrefield. The Metros went ahead in the 7th as they scored an unearned run off loser Mike Janes 1-2. Janes pitched 6 1/3 giving up the 2 runs on 8 hits. Ranger reliever Todd Riverso entered the game with the bases loaded and only 1 out but shut the door and got out of the jam. Riverso finished the game 2 2/3 giving up but 1 hit while striking out 3. The Rangers were held to only 3 hits on the night but managed 11 walks but could only push but a single run home. 11 Rangers were left on base in this one including the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th. C Matt Ferriera, CF Rob Borden aand D/H Tim Deacon had the Rangers hits. The Rangers now host the Brampton Battlecats Sunday afternoon @ Connorvale Park with Game 1 starting @ Noon. Shawn Silk 3-1 will start game 1 and Kevin Breitner 1-0 will start the 2nd game for the Rangers.
July 11, 2008 ECCLETON CARRIES RANGERS IN WIN OVER METROS
Etobicoke Rangers closer Mark Eccleton was pressed into an emergency start last night in St. Catharine's and Ecc responded with a complete game 3 hitter as the Rangers defeated the St. Catharine's Metros 4-1. Not only did Eccleton deliver on the mound he also delivered at the plate as Mark drove in the go ahead run in the 7th with a double to left field scoring LF Chris Mokriy. The Rangers who outhit the Metros 8-3 got a 2 hit performance from 3B A.J. Iafrate and 1B Troy Weston drove in 1 in the Ranger victory. The Rangers return home Friday night @ 7:45 to play the same St. Catharine's Metros and then on Sunday host the Brampton Battlecats in a D/H beginnning @ noon.
July 7, 2008 RANGERS WIN 2 IN LAST AT BATS
On Friday night the Etobicoke Rangers did all they could do to get upset by the struggling Mississauga North Tigers. Similar to Wednesday nights game against Erindale the Rangers had built a comfortable 5 run lead after 5 but the Tigers came back and in the 8th scored 3 runs to tie the game @ 6's then in the 10th went ahead 7-6. The Rangers in the bottom of the 10th scored 2 runs to take the game 8-7. The Rangers pitching issued 11 walks and gave up 7 hits and the defense commited 3 errors to give the Tigers many opportunities to score. Winning pitcher Mark Eccleton the 4th Ranger pitcher on the evening picks up the win. Starter Kevin Breitner continued his scoreless streak now @ 16 innings as Kevin turned in 5 innings of shutout while allowing only a single hit. The Rangers collected 8 hits from 8 different players. Yesterday afternoon @ Connorvale was quite a different game as the home team Rangers scored 2 in the bottom of the 9th to take a win away from the Chiefs as the Rangers won 3-2. The Chiefs put 2 up on the board in the 1st inning as the Dundas SS Devon Coburn hit a 2 run jack off of Ranger pitcher Shawn Silk. Silk would then keep the Chiefs at bay as the Rangers made it 2-1 with a run in the 7th. Silk would not give up another hit until the 9th inning and finished the day with a complete game 2 hitter and recorded 7 K's. The Rangers banged out 10 hits on the afternoon but it wasn't until the bottom of the 9th with the game tied and the bases loaded that 2B Nick Freeman drove in the games winning run. The Rangers have a big week of league games coming up as they will travel to St. Catharines to play the Metros on Thursday night and the 2 teams will be back at on Friday @ Connorvale. Game time is 7:45. On Sunday the Rangers will host the Brampton Battlecats in a noon start as these 2 teams will play a D/H.
July 3, 2008 RANGERS UPEND CARDINALS
The Etobicoke Rangers almost gave away another one last night at Erindale Cardinal Field. With the Rangers cruising in the 7th with a 9-2 lead the Cardinals as they always seem to do came right back and scored 5 earned runs off Tyler Hill and a single run off of Mark Eccleton to tie the game @ 9-9 after 8. The Rangers with one out scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th to go ahead 12-9 and the Cardinals in their last half were able to score 1 more as the Rangers upended the Cards 12-10. The Rangers offensively had 2 hit nights From 2B Mark Capone, CF Andrew Loucks, LF Manny Espinoza and SS Ryan Croucher. Capone, Croucher and Loucks each had a pair of RBI's as well. Mark Eccleton picks up his 1st win of the season. The Cardinals outhit the Rangers 17-11. The Rangers return home this Friday as they will face the Mississauga North Tigers @ 7:45 and then are home this Sunday afternoon as the Dundas Chiefs come to Connorvale for a 12:30 start.
June 25, 2008 GRIZZLIES PAGE K'S 13 RANGERS
The Glanbrook Grizzlies behind the 7 inning 6 hit 13 strikeout performance of Andrew Page handed the Rangers a 9-2 defeat last night @ Bernie Arbour Stadium. Crafty veteran Jon Kielb 1-2 pitched 5 innings giving up 3 runs 1 earned and left the game trailing 3-2. Lefthanded pitcher Tim Deacon making his mound debut came on in the 6th and was not sharp as the Grizzlies scored 6 runs all unearned to take a commanding 9-2 lead. Reliever Mark Eccleton finished up with 2 shutout innings but the Rangers could not put up any more runs. Chris Mokriy and Troy Weston each had a pair of hits while Mark Capone and Nick Freeman had the other hits. The Rangers will be in Windsor this coming weekend to play in the Annual Rick Wiseman Memorial Tournament. The Rangers open up Friday night against the Pontiac Parkers and then on Saturday will face the Windsor Selects and the Woodslee Orioles. The Rangers won this tournament in 1999 and have made the semi finals in this tourney twice since. Best of Luck Rangers!!!
June 24, 2008 RANGERS 2-1 IN OSHAWA TOURNEY
The Etobicoke Rangers finished @ 2-1 in the Oshawa Tournament this past weekend but failed to reach the semi's as they were given their only loss by last year's Ontario Champion Oshawa Royals. The Rangers needed a win as they were 2-0 entering this game and Oshawa was 1-1. The winner would win the Division and move on to the semi-final. The Royals came out with a 2 run first off starter and loser Shawn Silk. The Rangers cut the lead in half as they scored in the top of the 4th but the Royals plated 4 more in their half of the 4th and 2 more in the 6th to win 8-4. The Rangers did rally in the 7th as they scored 1 and had the bases loaded but a strikeout ended the game. The Rangers shutout the Markham Pioneers 1-0 in the opening game as Ranger ace Mike Janes threw a 3 hitter and 3B Rob Vecchiarelli hit a 2 out double in the bottom of the 6th scoring 2B Nick Freeman with the games only run. The Rangers mauled the Thornhill Reds by an 8-1 score behind the solid pitching of Kevin Breitner and Todd Riverso. LF Manny Espinoza had 2 hits including a Home Run. The Rangers are back in action on Tuesday night as they travel to Bernie Arbor Stadium in Hamilton to play the Glanbrook Grizzlies.
June 9, 2008 RANGERS-GRIZZLIES SPLIT
The Etobicoke Rangers picked up a win in the 1st game of Sundays D/H with the Glanbrook Grizzlies as they prevailed by a 4-1 score. Glanbrook did have the bases loaded in the 7th with 1 out but Ranger pitcher Mark Eccleton got a key strikeout and then a ground ball to 1B A.J. Iafrate to end the game and pick up his 2nd save of the season. Ranger starter Mike Janes pitched 5 innings of 3 hit baseball. Janes gave up an unearned run and struck out 6. The Rangers struck for 3 runs in the 1st and added the 4th run in the 6th. The Rangers collected only 6 hits and had RBI's from 2B Mark Capone, CF Rob Borden, C Matt Ferreria and LF Manny Espinoza. In game 2 the Rangers were staked to an early lead as they were able to get a couple of runs in the 3rd as 2B Mark Capone and SS Nick Freeman scored. The Grizzlies came right back on Ranger starter and loser Shawn Silk 2-1 for 5 runs in the 4th and were able to hold off a Ranger comeback in the 7th as the Rangers were able to get 1 run in and left 2 on as the game ended on a fly ball to right field. The Rangers were able to muster only 5 hits in this one as 2B Mark Capone and CF Rob Borden each had a pair and C Matt Ferriera had the other as he delivered a pinch hit single in the 7th driving in the Rangers 3rd run. The other RBI came from CF Rob Borden. The Rangers return to action this coming Friday as the defending COBA MAJOR Playoff Champion Milton Red Sox along with ex ALL TIME Ranger Joe "JJ" Jurus come to town. Game time is 7:45 @ Connorvale Park.
June 7, 2008 RANGERS CRUSH TIGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers banged out 10 hits, collected 7 walks and had 4 hit batters as they totalled 18 runs last night in a 7 inning mercy of the Mississauga North Tigers. Peter Sawezcko, Roman Kula 2-0, Kyle Breitner up from the Midget team and Jon Kielb combined for the win. 2B Mark Capone and 1B Troy Weston each had a pair of hits while OF Manny Espinoza drove in 3 in the lopsided win. Next up for the Rangers are the Glanbrook Grizzlies as these two will play a D/H on Sunday. Game 1 goes @ 12 noon @ Connorvale Park.
June 5, 2008 BRANTS SHUTOUT RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers playing their first game in 14 days travelled to Burlington last night and were shutout by a 4-0 score. The Rangers were a little shaky in the field as they committed 4 errors which led to 3 of the Brants run while the offense did manage 8 hits they left 12 runners stranded. Todd Riverso 0-1 takes the loss. CF Rob Borden, 1B A.J. Iafrate and C Matt Ferreria each had 2 hits with RF Jon Bezanson and 3B Troy Weston getting the others. The Rangers return home this Friday to host the Mississauga North Tigers @ 7:45 and then on Sunday the Rangers will host the Glanbrook Grizzlies for a doubleheader beginning @ noon.
May 31, 2008 RANGERS AND METROS WASHED OUT
The Etobicoke Rangers D/H today in St. Catharines has bee cancelled due to the large amount of rain that has fallen. This D/H will be re-scheduled soon and posted in the Schedules section. The Rangers are now idle until Wednesday night when they travel to Burlington to play the Brants and then return home next Friday night as the Rangers will host the Mississauga North Tigers. It's a 7:45 start @ Connorvale Park.
May 22, 2008 RANGERS ROUT TIGERS
On a very cold damp night the Etobicoke Rangers ended their 2 game slump as they pounded out 13 hits and collected 12 walks to rout the Mississauga North Tigers by a 17-1 score. Shawn Silk 2-0 Peter Saweczko & Todd Riverso combined on a 1 hitter over the 7 innnings. OF Jon Bezanson hit a 3rd inning Grand Slam and ended up driving in 5 on the night. 2B Mark Capone with 4 hits including 2 doubles drove in 4 and 1B A.J. Iafrate had 4 hits with one of them being an opposite field Home Run as A.J. finished with 4 RBI's. Rangers are now off for 10 days as they will prepare to take their 5-2 record into St. Catharines where the Rangers will play a doubleheader on Saturday May 31. First game @ Community Park is set for Noon.
May 20, 2008 A'S LIGHT UP RANGERS 8-2
The Etobicoke Rangers visited the Oakville A's last evening and got to see the fire works before dusk. The A's greeted Ranger starter Mike Janes to a 4 hit 3 run 1st inning. It only got worse for Mike as the A's continued the barrage as they piled up 13 hits and 8 earned runs by the 3rd inning. Kevin Breitner took over from Janes and held the A's to only 2 hits over his 4 innings. Mark Eccleton pitched a scoreless inning. The Rangers bats were held in check by the A's Gord Robertson and Marc Walton. This duo combined to hold the Rangers to only 6 base hits while stiking out 11 in the 8-2 win. Veteran Chris Mokriy made his return to the lineup getting 2 of the Ranger hits. The Rangers will try and end their 2 game winless streak on Wednesday as they travel to Mississauga to take on the North Tigers who are unbeaten @ 1-0-1. The Rangers record drops to 4-2.
May 17, 2008 RANGERS LET ONE GET AWAY
The Etobicoke Rangers let one get away last night as the visiting Burlington Brants scored 3 unearned runs in the 9th inning to force extra innings and then scored 2 runs in the 10th off of reliever Jon Kielb to take a 7-5 victory. The Rangers were sitting comfortably with a 5-2 lead heading into the top of the 9th when the wheels fell off. The Brants put together 3 walks and a 2 run scoring double by former Ranger J.R. Crosby off Ranger pitcher Rob Vecchiarelli to tie the game. Reliever Jon Kielb 1-1 allowed the Brants to go ahead in the 10th as they put together 2 hits and a walk to score 2. For the Rangers who were held to 7 hits CF Rob Borden and SS Perry Elia each had a pair. OF Len Elia with a triple, 3B Troy Weston and C Matt Fererria had the other hits. The Rangers now fall to 4-1 and now go on the road for their next 2 games as they travel to Oakville on Monday night and then head to Mississauga North on Wednesday.
May 12, 2008 RANGERS BEAT A'S,CARDS AND CHIEFS IN BUSY WEEKEND
The Etobicoke Rangers played 3 games over the weekend and were able to win all 3 to move to 4-0. On Friday night the Rangers hosted the Oakville A's and prevailed 14-4 in a 7 inning contest. Leading the way at the plate was Ranger D/H Rob Vecchiarelli as Rob was 3/5 with 5 RBI'S. 1B A.J. Iafrate was also 3/5, scored 4 times and hit his 1st home run of the year. Winning pitcher was veteran ace Roman Kula. Inderpal Rai, Mark Eccleton, Rob Vecchiarelli and Kula held the A's to 5 hits and 3 earned runs. Saturday afternoon the Rangers squared off with the Erindale Cardinals and defeated them by a 12-7 score. Mike Janes, Jon Kielb 1-0, Peter Saweczko and Tim Deacon were able to contain the hard hitting Erindale squad to 6 hits. Offensively 2B Mark Capone was 3/4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. LF Manny Espinoza drove in a pair of runs as well as scoring twice. The Rangers travelled to Dundas on MOTHER'S DAY for an afternoon tilt and came away with a 2-0 win. The Chiefs in the bottom of the 9th loaded the bases with 1 out but Ranger pitcher Mark Eccleton recorded a strikeout and got a ground ball to end the game picking up his 1st save of the season. Ranger starter Kevin Breitner was brilliant in his 3 innings as Kevin faced the minimum 9 batters and recorded 3 K's. Shawn Silk 1-0 came on and pitched 5 innings of 2 hit baseball while recording a season high 9 K's. Rangers 1B A.J. Iafrate scored the games 1st run in the 6th inning. The Rangers added their 2nd run in the 7th as CF Rob Borden came home on an Iafrate fly ball to CF. The Rangers now get a few well deserved days off as they do not play until this Friday when the Burlington Brants pay a visit to Connorvale park. Game time is 7:45.
May 7, 2008 KULA TO START HOME OPENER
The Etobicoke Rangers will send Roman Kula to the mound this Friday night as the Etobicoke Rangers will host the Oakville A's in their season opener. Roman who has been the best Ranger pitcher over the past decade or more is returning to the team after a 1 years absence. Roman underwent successful elbow surgery and after taking the 2007 season off is making his long anticipated return to action. Game time is 7:45 @ Connorvale Park. The Rangers have a busy weekend as they will play host to the Erindale Cardinals on Saturday afternoon (game time is 1pm) and then travel back to Dundas to play the Chiefs in a 1pm game on Sunday.
May 5, 2008 RANGERS OPEN WITH WIN OVER CHIEFS
The Etobicoke Rangers began their 2008 season yesterday as they visited the Dundas Chiefs. The Rangers pitchers shut down the Chiefs on 3 hits as they rolled on to a 10-1 victory. Ranger pitchers Shawn Silk and Inderpal Rai 1-0 no hit the Chiefs through 6. Kevin Breitner with 2 shutout innings and Jon Kielb surrending an unearned rounded out the Ranger pitching. CF Rob Borden got himself off to a quick start as Borden collected 4 singles, stole 2 bases and drove in 3. Mark Capone, Ryan Croucher and farm hand Marcello Nalli each had a pair of hits while Troy Weston, Rob Vecchiarelli, Manny Espinoza & Tim Deacon each had a hit. The Rangers will resume play this Friday may 9th as they will host the Oakville A's @ 7:45 @ Connorvale park.. In a rare Saturday afternoon home tilt the Erindale Cardinals will provide the oppoosition in a 1pm start @ Connorvale.
April 30, 2008 RANGERS BEGIN SEASON THIS SUNDAY
The Etobicoke Rangers will begin their season this Sunday May 4 on the road in Dundas. The Rangers will send Righthander Shawn Silk to the mound in the season opener. Shawn had a 5-1 record last season leading the Rangers to the pennant. The game is a 1 o'clock start @ Volunteer Park in Dundas. The Rangers next game will be their Home Opener as the Oakville A's provide the competition on Friday May 9th. Game time is 7:45 @ Connorvale Park.
March 27, 2008 RANGERS TO BEGIN SPRING TRAINING
The Etobicoke Rangers will begin their Spring Training workouts on March 27th @ 10pm. The Rangers will work out every Thursday night in April @ 10pm and will also workout on Sundays @ 9:15pm beginning Sunday March 30th and continuing on every Sunday throughout April. All workouts will be held @ the Pro Teach Baseball Facility located @ 22 Whitlam Rd. in South Etobicoke. If you are interested in trying out for the 2008 Rangers Men's team please contact this web sites administrator or come out to a workout. The Ranger's will begin their regular season on the road on Sunday May 4 as they will face the leagues most improved team from 2007 the Dundas Chiefs.
March 19, 2008 2008 SCHEDULE RELEASED
The 2008 Regular Season and Tournament schedule for the Etobicoke Rangers Senior Team has now been posted under the schedules tab. The Rangers will be playing 27 regular season games and will attend 4 tournaments with the Senior 'A' Eliminations being the highlight. The Elimination Tournament will be once again on the long weekend in August 1-4 and is being held in Windsor. The Rangers will also attend the 2nd Annual Oshawa Invitational, the Wiseman Memorial & the Hap Walters in St. Catharines. Friday nights @ 7:45 remain the Rangers home nights. The Rangers will also play 2 home doubleheaders. The 2008 COBA Major Playoff format will feature the 1st place team overall will receive a 1st round bye as the remaining 10 teams will be seeded and will play a 2 out of 3 series beginning August 15th. The 5 winners plus the 1st place team will then play a Double Knockout style tournament on the August 22-24 weekend to declare this years Playoff Champ. The Rangers were 1st overall in 07 while the Milton Red Sox were the 07 Playoff Champions.
November 5, 2007 RANGERS PLACE 3 ON 2007 ALL STAR TEAM
The Etobicoke Rangers placed 3 players on the 2007 Andrews Division All Star team. The Rangers selected were the League's batting champion D/H Daniel Jagdeo, CF Rob Borden and RHP Shawn Silk. Congratulations guys!!!
November 2, 2007 JAGDEO WINS BATTING TITLE
Etobicoke Ranger's rookie D/H Daniel Jagdeo was announced last evening @ the COBA MAJOR LEAGUE ANNUAL BANQUET DINNER AND AWARDS Night as the 2007 Batting Champion. Jagdeo led all COBA MAJOR LEAGUE players with a .463 batting average. The Etobicoke Rangers were also presented with the ANSON BUCK Trophy which is given to the team with the best overall season record. The Rangers finished atop the 10 team league for the 2nd year in a row with a 22-5 record. The Rangers have now finished 1st overall 5 times in their 10 year history of playing in the COBA MAJOR LEAGUE. Along with the acceptance of the prestigious Anson Buck trophy the Rangers players were presented with pullover warm up jackets.The Rangers also earned the Len Andrews plaque for winning the Andrews Division. In capturing the Division the Rangers finished 8 games ahead of both the Erindale Cardinals and the Playoff Champion Milton Red Sox. Rangers long time Field Manager Steve Breitner was presented with the EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD. Other winners from last evening saw Erindale Cardinal's 1B/D/H Geoff Cullen repeat as the Home Run King and as the League's MVP. Brian Essery from the St. Catharine's Metro's narrowly edged out Ranger Shawn Silk for the Pitcher of the Year award.
October 12, 2007 COBA MAJOR LEAGUE ANNUAL BANQUET
The COBA MAJOR LEAGUE'S annual banquet is set to go on Thursday November 1st and will be hosted by the Dundas Chiefs. Cocktails are being served from 6-7, dinner from 7-8:30 and the Awards Presentation from 8:30-9. The Rangers are already assured of receiving the ANSON BUCK TROPHY for being the Pennant winners and the LEN ANDREW'S Trophy as the Division Champ. The Rangers 1st year player Daniel Jagdeo will be crowned the COBA MAJOR Batting Champ as Daniel's 4.57 average led all players. The Rangers have 3 players in contention for hardware as veteran Ryan Croucher is among the finalists for the Bill Graham Ironman Award, Shawn Silk is one of the finalists for the League's Best Pitcher Award and C Jonathan Bezanson is a finalist for the Rookie of the Year Award. Anyone interested in attending this event is urged to contact Whitey for tickets and directions.
August 29, 2007 RANGERS OUSTED IN SEMI'S
The Etobicoke Rangers season ended on Sunday as they lost in the semi final of the COBA MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT to the new PLAYOFF CHAMPS The Milton Red Sox. Milton handed the Rangers an 11-4 thrashing before defeating the Erindale Cardinals in dramatic fashion by the score of 6-5 in extra innings. To get to the Semi's the Rangers knocked out the Dundas Chiefs by a 6-1 score and then eliminated the Burlington Brants by a 3-0 score before falling to the Red Sox. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MILTON RED SOX in capturing the 2007 COBA MAJOR Playoff Tournamnet!!
August 24, 2007 BRAMPTON UPSETS ETOBICOKE TO BEGIN PLAYOFFS
The Brampton Battlecats upset the Etobicoke Rangers last evening as they went extra innings to defeat the Rangers 4-3. The Rangers struck first as Mark Capone led off the game for the Rangers with his first of 3 hits and came around to score on a Daniel Jagdeo Sac Fly. The Battlecats came right back in their half of the 2nd to tie and then took the lead in the 4th. They extended their lead in the 5th as they scored another run off of Ranger starter Shawn Silk to take a 3-1 lead. The Rangers with single runs in the 5th & 6th tied the game. After a scorless 7th the Brampton squad put up a run as they got to Ranger reliever Mark Eccleton with 2 outs in the 8th as Ecc gave up a couple of hits and walk. The Rangers out hit the Battlecats 8-4. Rob Borden and Chris Mokriy each had a pair of hits Haider Abdullah had the other. Silk ended his evening after 6 innings and surrendered 3 runs, 2 earned, 2 hits ,4 walks and 7 K's. The Rangers now will have their backs against the wall for the remainder of their playoff games as the defending champs will have to go undefeated to repeat as Playoff Champs. The Rangers will now play the Dundas Chiefs Friday night @ 6:30 @ Connorvale Park. This game will imediately be followed by the Milton Red Sox and the Brampton Battlecats.
August 21, 2007 RANGERS OPEN PLAYOFFS THURSDAY NIGHT
The Etobicoke Rangers begin the playoff road this Thursday as they will host the Brampton Battlecats in a 7:45 start @ Connorvale Park . The Battlecats advanced from their mini series with the Oakville A's as the 9th seeded Brampton team upset the 8th seeded A's 2 games to 1. The Rangers as the #1 seed are expected to start Shawn Silk who was 5-0 during the regular season. The COBA MAJOR LEAGUE Playoff Tournament continues on Friday night & Saturday @ Connorvale and shifts to Nelson Park in Burlington for the finals on Sunday.
August 16, 2007 RANGERS WIN OVER BRANTS
The Etobicoke Rangers closed out their regular season with a 9-3 victory over the Burlington Brants. The Rangers who clubbed out 17 hits including a 5/6 night by Michael Mokriy. Tyson Morgan had a pair of hits including a 2 run Home Run. Ranger pitching was stellar on this night as they held the surging Brants to just 2 hits over the 9 innings. Starter Shawn Silk gave up both hits and all 3 runs ( 1 earned) as Peter Saweczko (4-0) with 3 shutout innings and both Tim Deacon and Mark Eccleton each recorded a shutout inning. The Rangers finish the season as the Len Andrews Division winner and also the Anson Buck Champion as their final record of 22-5 gave the Rangers a 5 game buldge over the leagues 2nd place finisher. The COBA MAJOR LEAGUE Playoffs will begin next week and conclude on the weekend of August 24-26. The Rangers are trying to win the playoff tournament for their 2nd consecutive year and for the 3rd time in the past 4 years. Good Luck in the playoffs!!
August 14, 2007 RANGERS CLIP A'S AND ROUT RED SOX IN WEEKEND GAMES
The Etobicoke Rangers closed out their home season with a 4-1 win over the Oakville A's. The Rangers who outhit the A's 8-5 took advantage of some sloopy play and some timely hits to take the win. For the Rangers Haider Abdullah and Daniel Jagdeo each had a pair of hits while Mark Capone, A.J. Iafrate and Michael Mokriy each had a hit. Peter Sawezcko with a 2 run blast had the other Ranger hit. Iafrate had the other RBI. Winning pitcher was Shawn Silk as Silk improves his record to 5-1 as Silk held the A's to only 2 hits over his 7 innings of work and managed 11 strikouts. Jon Kielb with a shutout inning and Mark Eccleton gave up the lone A's run in his 1 inning of work.
On Saturday the Rangers jumped on the Red Sox starter scoring 1 in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd and another in the 5th before exploding for 8 in the 6th to rout the Milton team 12-4. Mark Capone with 5 hits, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI's led the way and Troy Weston chipped in with a couple of hits including his 1st Home Run. Warren Bradley and Haider Abdullah both had 3 hits on the day as the Rangers had 17 safties. 3 Ranger pitchers combined to hold Milton to 9 hits and 4 runs. Ranger starter Gurminder Singh gave up a single run in his 3 innings as did Kevin Breitner (5-0) in his 3 innings and the Red Sox got to Todd Riverso for a couple of runs in the 7th as Riverso worked a scoreless 8th & 9th.
The Rangers will now conclude their regular season Wednesday night as they will be playing the Burlington Brants @ Nelson Park.
August 10, 2007 RANGERS TO PLAY FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOME GAME
The Etobicoke Rangers will play their final regular season home game Friday night @ 7:45 @ Connorvale Park. The Oakville A's will be the opponents. Etobicoke Rangers will start Shawn Silk 4-1 on the mound. The Rangers will finish out the regular season on the road as they will travel to Milton on Saturday to play the Red Sox and then finish the season with a trip to Burlington next Wednesday to play the Brants.
August 8, 2007 RANGERS CAPTURE 2ND CONSECUTIVE PENNANT
For the 2nd year in a row and for the 3rd time in the past 4 seasons the Etobicoke Rangers have captured the coveted Anson Buck Trophy for winning the pennant in the COBA MAJOR BASEBALL LEAGUE. The Rangers with 3 games to go sport a 19-5 record and cannot be caught. Congratulations to the players and coaching staff on winning the 2007 COBA MAJOR pennant!
August 3, 2007 RANGERS TO HAVE A NATIONAL PRESENCE
Etobicoke Rangers Right Handed Pitchers Kyle Hill and Mike Janes have been added to the roster of the TECUMSEH THUNDER for next weeks CANADIAN BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS being held in Quebec City. The Tecumseh Thunder will join Ontario Champs the Oshawa Royals as Ontario's representatives. The Tecumseh Thunder as Finalists in the Ontario Championships were added as Team Prince Edward Island will not particpate. CONGRATULATIONS to both Hill & Janes on there being picked up by Tecumseh in their quest to win a National Championship!!
July 30, 2007 CHIEFS WALK IN WIN OVER RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers outhit the Dundas Chiefs last night 11-7 but the 9 base on balls issued by Ranger pitching did them in as the Chiefs broke open a 2-2 tie in the 7th as they put together a couple of hits and 4 walks to score 5 runs to open up a 7-2 lead. The Chiefs struck first as they scored a single run in the 2nd and another in the 4th before the Rangers tied it up in the top of the 7th. The Rangers made a valiant effort to tie up the game in the top of the 9th but their rally fell short as they could only close the gap to 7-5 before the Chiefs recorded the 3rd out to end the game. Ranger pitcher Kevin Breitner pressed into a starting role threw 5 effective innings holding the Chiefs to 2 unearned runs, 3 hits 3 walks and 1 K. Jonathan Kielb with a shutout 6th held the Chiefs at bay. Ranger reliever Todd Riverso takes the loss as Todd was roughed up for all 5 Chiefs runs in the 7th as Todd gave up 3 hits and issued 4 walks to fall to 0-1. At the plate OF Warren Bradley had 3 hits while A.J. Iafrate, Peter Saweczko and Michael Mokriy each had 2 hits while Chris Mokriy and Ryan Croucher had the other 2 hits. Iafrate and Saweczko each had 2 RBI'S and Daniel Jagdeo drove in the other Ranger run. The Rangers now take a 12 day break from league play and resume @ home on Friday August the 10th as Divisional opponent the Oakville A's will visit Connorvale Park.
July 25, 2007 RANGERS TAME GRIZZLIES
The Etobicoke Rangers banged out 14 hits last night that carried them to a convincing 10-4 win over the Stoney Creek Grizzlies. Rangers pitching was also on their game as Mike Janes (1-1) and Kyle Hill held the Grizzlies to only 5 hits. This duo combined for 11 K'S and no walks. Offensively 2B Mark Capone with 3 hits and 3 RBI'S and rookie 3B Mike Mokriy had 3 hits as well and scored a pair of runs. LF Haider Abdullah and D/H Daniel Jagdeo had 2 RBI'S while A.J.Iafrate and Tyson Morgan had the other RBI'S. The Rangers stay on the road as they visit the Dundas Chiefs this Sunday night in a 7:30 start @ Volunteer Field. The Rangers need but a single victory in their remaining 4 games to capture the Anson Buck Trophy as pennant winners for a 2nd consecutive year.
July 23, 2007 JOHNSON DIVISION WINS ALL STAR TILT
The Ken Johnson Division ALL STARS defeated the Len Andrews Division ALL STARS by the score of 4-3 yesterday afternoon @ Oakville Park. The Andrew's squad took a 3-1 lead into the top of the 9th only to see that lead disappear as the Johnson Division's Chris Piano hit a 3 run bomb to take the lead and then hang on in the bottom of the 9th to gain the win. Marc Walton from the Oakville A's is this years HOME RUN champ. Ranger's Warren Bradley with 2 and Daniel Jagdeo with 0 did not advance to the final round. Rangers pitcher Shawn Silk pitched 2 shutout innings. Bradley was 1/2, Jagdeo was 0/1 with a sac fly and an RBI and Ryan Croucher was 0/1. It was a great day for all and a special thanks to the Oakville A's for their organization of this special day!!! The Rangers return to league action tomorrow night as they travel to play the Stoney Creek Grizzlies in a 7:30 game start @ Bernie Arbor Stadium.
July 21, 2007 RANGERS DEFEAT BATTLECATS 5-1
The Etobicoke Rangers found themselves in a balll game last night as the Andrews Division cellar dwellers the Brampton Battlecats gave the Rangers all they could handle. The Rangers staved off a self inflicted Battlecat rally as Ranger closer Mark Eccleton in the top of the 9th with 1 out walked a couple and gave up a base hit to give Brampton a shot at tying up the game. Eccleton then preceded to retire the next 2 Battlecat hitters via the strikeout. Rangers Peter Saweczko with 4 innings of 1 hit and 1 uinearned run gets the win to improve his record to 3-0 with a pair of saves. Jon Kielb and Todd Riverso each with 2 innings of shutout also pitched. The Battlecats out hit the Rangers on the night 5-4. For the Rangers OF Haider Abdullah had a pair of hits and an RBI. Troy Weston, Warren Bradley, Daniel Jagdeo and Rob Vecchiarelli collected the other RBI's while Vecchiarelli and Jagdeo rounded out the hitting. Next up for the Rangers is next Tuesday night as the Etobicoke team will travel to Hamilton to play the Stoney Creek Grizzlies.
July 21, 2007 RANGERS SEND 4 TO THE ALL STAR GAME
Etobicoke Rangers ss/c/of Ryan Croucher, D/H Daniel Jagdeo, OF Warren Bradley and P Shawn Silk have been selected to represent the Etobicoke Rangers at this years COBA MAJOR LEAGUE ALL STAR GAME to be played tomorrow in Oakville. Game time is 1:30 with the HOME RUN DERBY beginning at Noon. Bradley and Jagdeo will swing for the Rangers. Etobicoke Manager Steve Breitner will guide the ANDREWS DIVISION squad. Congratulations to the players on their ALL STAR selection.
July 19, 2007 SHOOTOUT @ SYNTEX
The Etobicoke Rangers won an 18-10 shootout last night over the Mississauga Tigers. The Rangers pounded out 14 hits which included Home Runs by Chris Mokriy and A.J. Iafrate. Iafrate and Jonathan Bezanson each had 4 hits on the night and Mark Capone and Iafrate each drove in 4 runs. Gurminder Singh (2-0) gets the win. The Rangers are home Friday night to the Brampton Battlecats. Game time is 7:45 @ Connorvale Park.
July 17, 2007 LEAGUE ACTION RESUMES FOR THE RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers are back into league action tomorrow night as they visit the fledgling Mississauga North Tigers. The Rangers with a COBA MAJOR LEAGUE best record of 16-4 will send righty Gurminder Singh to the hill. Game time is 7:30 @ Syntex Park. The Rangers return home this Friday night to host the Brampton Battlecats in a 7:45 start @ Connorvale Park. Kyle Hill has drawn the starting assignment.
July 16, 2007 RANGERS 2-2 @ THE PROVINCIALS
The Etobicoke Rangers made it to only the 4th round at this past weekends Senior Elimination tournament held in Windsor. The Rangers opened the tournament Thursday night as they faced the Tecumseh Thunder and were thrashed 16-3 in 5 innings. They now moved on to the losers bracket where they would have to run the table of 6 straight wins as they did in 2002 to win the tourney. The Rangers now had to play the Newmarket Hawks and beat the Hawks 4-3. Next up were the Canadian Bronze Medal winners from last year the East York Bulldogs and the Rangers staved off elimination by sending East York home with a 3-2 victory. Saturday morning the Etobicoke team played the Leaside Leafs who are the 1st place team from the GTBL League and were defeated and sent home as the Rangers gave up a 2 run lead in the bottom of the 6th and an unearned run in the bottom of the 7th to lose 5-4 and end their dream of their 4th Ontario Championship. In the end it was the very powerful Oshawa Royals who defeated Tecumseh in the final to lay claim as to the best Senior team in Ontario. Oshawa were 8-3 winners and will now represent Ontario @ the Canadian Championships being held in Quebec City in early August. The Etobicoke Rangers extend their congratulations to the Oshawa team and wish them the very Best of Luck at this years National Championships!!
July 10, 2007 RANGERS READY FOR ELIMINATIONS
The Etobicoke Rangers are headed to play this weekend in the SENIOR A ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT. The winner of this tournament will represent Ontario at the Canadian Senior Baseball Championship Tournament which this year will be played in Quebec City August 8-12. The Rangers have been 3 times winners of the Provincials 1999-2002-2004. There will be 20 teams form across Ontario vying to represent Ontario in this double knockout tournament. Etobicoke will open the tournament against their long time rival from the Can Am Senior League as they will take on the Tecumseh Thunder this Thursday. Good Luck to the Rangers and bring home the GOLD!!
July 9, 2007 RANGERS SWEEP METRO'S
The Etobicoke Rangers faced the St. Catharine's Metro's in a showdown of the 2 division leaders and it was the Rangers coming out on top as they swept the Metro's by scores of 8-1 and 9-8 yesterday @ Connorvale Park. In game 1 the Rangers outhit the Metro's 14-4 and cruised behind the 3 innings of shutout pitching by both Shawn Silk and Kevin Breitner (4-0). Jon Kielb gave up the lone Metro's run. Offensively for the Rangers Rob Borden, Mark Capone, Daniel Jagdeo, Jon Bezanson, Chris Mokriy and Ryan Croucher each had a pair of hits while Haider Abdullah and Mike Mokriy each had a hit. Jagdeo and Bezanson each had 2 RBI'S in the game. Game 2 started out with the Metro's taking a commanding 7-0 lead after 2 innings as Ranger starter Peter Saweczko was roughed up for 5 hits and 7 runs. Peter walked 5 and struckout 3 in his 2 innings. The Rangers started to comeback in the 3rd as Rob Borden led off with a solo Home Run and the Rangers added 4 more runs in the 3rd to narrow the gap to 7-5. Tim Deacon came on for Saweczko and pitched a shutout inning and then Gurminder Singh (1-0) came in and held the Metro's to a single run over his 3 innings leaving the Rangers trailing 8-4 going into their last at bats. The Rangers mounted their biggest comeback of the season as they scored 4 runs to take away a St. Catharine's victory and win the game 9-8. Daniel Jagdeo with a pinch hit double tied the game and then Mike Mokriy drove in Todd Riverso who had come in to run for Jagdeo with the winning run. Mike Mokriy finished the day with 3 hits and Bezanson and Chris Mokriy also had a pair of RBI'S. With the sweep the Rangers have a stranglehold on 1st place overall in the COBA MAJOR LEAGUE as their record improves to 16-4.
July 7, 2007 RANGERS ROLL OVER BRANTS
The Etobicoke Rangers roughed up Burlington Brants ace Chris Cooney last night as they recorded 14 hits and 9 runs in the first 5 2/3 innings. The night started out with the Brants scoring the 1st run in the first inning as their lead off hitter took a Kyle Hill offering over the left field wall. Unfortunately for the Brants this would be the only run that they would score as the Rangers easily defeated the Burlinton team 10-1. Kyle Hill earned his 1st COBA MAJOR League win of the season as Hill went 6 innings surendering a total of 4 hits and struck out 7. Jonathan Gurnham with 2 shutout innings and Todd Riverso with a perfect 9th preserved the win. SS Ryan Croucher and D/H Daniel Jagdeo each had 4 hits as the Rangers had 20 hits on the night. Jagdeo and
Catcher Jon Bezanson each had a pair of RBI'S. The Rangers with the win improve their overall league best record to 14-4. The Rangers will entertain the Johnson Divison leaders and 2nd overall @ 13-5 St. Catharine's Metros on Sunday afternoon in a doubleheader @ Connorvale Park. First game will start @ noon. Shawn Silk and Peter Saweczko are the expected starters for the Rangers.
July 2, 2007 RANGERS 1-2 @ WISEMAN TOURNAMENT
The Etobicoke Rangers played in the Annual Rick Wiseman Memorial Tournament this past weekend in Windsor and left a disappointing 1-2.. The Rangers opened up on Friday night against the 1st place Troy Jet Box from the prestigious Can Am Senior League. The Rangers sent Mike Janes to the hill and Janes pitched himself a whale of a game as Jane's pitched a 1 hitter only to be on the short end as a leadoff walk in the 6th, followed by a stolen base and then a sac bunt and then a sac fly to score the run that gave the Jet Box team a 1-0 victory. Mike's complete game was his 1st of the season . Mike surrending only the lone single in the 5th issued 2 walks and recorded 2 K's. The Rangers who outhit Jet Box 3-1 had their chances but were anable to push a run across. Tyson Morgan, Warren Bradley and Daniel Jagdeo had the Ranger hits. The Rangers moved on to play Windsr.A.A and Kyle Hill earned his 2nd tournament win while pitching his 2nd complete game as the Rangers prevailed 10-6. The Rangers pounded out 17 hits which was highlighted by a 2 run HR from A.J. Iafrate. Mark Capone had 3 hits and 3 RBI'S and Ryan Croucher had 3 hits and 3 runs scored to lead the Rangers. The Rangers next opponent was the Detroit Metro Tigers. The Rangers jumped to an early lead and were able to hang on until the fatal 6th as Shawn Silk in relief of Ranger starter Peter Saweczko surrended 4 runs on 1 hit and 5 walks and a critical throwing error from the Rangers CF. The Tigers trailing 6-3 now took a 7-6 lead into the 7th. The Rangers could not get the tying run in and ended up 7-6 losers. Tyson Morgan had 3 hits and drove home 2 in the defeat. The Rangers have 3 league games left before they try their luck at the Senior A Elimination Tournament. The Rangers will host the Burlington Brants this Friday night @ 7:45 and then will entertain the Johnson Division leaders the St. Catharine's Nokona Metro's on Sunday for a double dip beginning @ noon.
June 27, 2007 RANGERS BLOW LEAD IN 9TH
The Etobicoke Rangers gave up a 7-4 lead in the 9th inning last night playing at Pomfret Park, probably the worst playing field anywhere as the Grizzlies scored 4 runs to take the game 8-7. The Rangers had a commanding 6-1 lead after 5 innings as Peter Saweczko and Jonathan Gurnham held the Glanbrook team to only 2 hits and 1 earned run. Gurminder Singh came on and pitched 2 2/3 of 4 hit and 3 runs of which only 1 was earned and was picked up by Ranger closer Mark Eccleton in the bottom of the 8th with 2 on and the score now 7-4 Rangers. Eccleton quickly got out of the jam and then in the bottom of the ninth the Grizzlies mounted their comeback. After back to back doubles and an error and another double the score was 7-6. Eccleton after fielding a sac bunt turned his ankle over and had to leave the game. The Rangers brought in veteran reliever Jon Kielb to replace Ecc but Jon promptly gave up a double and then comitted an error on a bunt attempt which was followed by a base hit with the infield drawn in and the game was over as the Grizzlies took an 8-7 victory. The Rangers had a total of 16 hits on the night compared to the Grizz's 9. C Jon Bezanson had himself a 5-5 night including 2 doubles, Home Run and 2 RBI'S. Tyson Morgan had 3 hits and Ryan Croucher along with Daniel Jagdeo each had a pair. The Rangers will now take a break from League play as they will head down to Windsor this coming weekend to play in the Annual Rick Wiseman Memorial Tournament. The Rangers who last year reached the Semi Finals and won this Tournament in 1999 will open up Friday night as they will play the Detroit Jet Box and then on Saturday will face the Windsor Athletic Ass. and then the Detroit Metro Tigers. Semi Finals and Finals take place on Sunday. Good Luck this weekend to the Rangers.
June 25, 2007 RANGERS WALK BY CHIEFS
The Etobicoke Rangers could only manage 8 hits off of 4 Chiefs pitchers but were the recipients of 12 Base on Balls and went on to defeat the
Dundas team 11-5 yesterday afternoon @ Connorvale Park. The game was scoreless until the 3rd when Dundas was able to put up a run without a hit off of Ranger starter Shawn Silk as Silk forced in a an unearned run from his 3rd walk of the innning. The Rangers tied it in the bottom half as 2 walks and a base hit led to a run. The Chiefs regained the lead as Jon Kielb gave up 2 unearned runs off of 1 hit and 3 walks. Etobicoke tied it back up in the 5th @ 3 all and the Chiefs took over again in the sixth only to have the Rangers tie it back up in the last of the 6th. In the 7th the Chiefs forged ahead again but this time the Rangers answered with 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th to take their first lead of the day which they would not relinquish. With a 5 run 8th the Rangers made the final 11-5. Rob Vecchiarelli with 4 innings of relief picked up his 2nd win and Todd Riverso pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. The Rangers and Chiefs collected 12 walks apeice in this contest and the Rangers pitchers held the Chiefs to a mere 2 hits. For the Rangers Peter Saweczko, Daniel Jagdeo and Warren Bradley each had a pair of hits while Haider Abdullah and Ryan Croucher each had safties. Sawezcko drove in 3 runs and Jagdeo had a couple of RBI'S. With the win the Rangers improve their COBA MAJOR LEAGUE record to a league best 13-3. The Rangers are back in action tomorrow night as they visit the Glanbrook Grizzlies in a 7:30 start @ Pomfret Park.
June 24, 2007 RANGERS END RED SOX STREAK
The Etobicoke Rangers stopped the Milton Red Sox 9 game winning streak Friday night by downing the Red Sox 8-5. The Rangers were on the Milton starter as they tallied 3 in the 1st and 2 more in the 2nd. The 5-0 lead held until ther 5th when the Milton squad struck for 5 off of Ranger starter Gurminder Singh to draw even. The Rangers scored a single run in the 7th and added 2 insurance runs in the 8th to take the game 8-5. Ranger reliever Kevin Breitner with 3 innings of shutout relief picks up the win and closer Mark Eccleton pitched a hitless 9th to record his 2nd save. CF Rob Borden with 3 hits, 3 runs scored along with 2 RBI'S led the Rangers. Warren Bradley and Ryan Croucher each added a pair of hits as the Rangers out hit the Red Sox 13-5. The
Rangers will now host the 10-4 Dundas Chiefs on Sunday in a 1:30 start @ Connorvale Park.
June 20, 2007 CARDS TRUMP RANGERS
The Erindale Cardinals gave the Etobicoke Rangers their 1st home defeat of the season as the Cards took a 6-4 decision last night. The Rangers were 6-0 @ Connorvale Park going into last nights game but the Cards on the strength of a 5 run 3rd inning prevailed. Ranger starter Shawn Silk 4-1 took the loss as Silk geve up all 5 in the 3rd. Relievers Jon Kielb, Kevin Breitner and Todd Riverso held the Cards in check through the final 6 2/3 as only Riverso was touched for an unearned run in the 8th. For the Rangers who outhit the Cardinals 10-6 Warren Bradley, Peter Saweczko and Jon Bezanson each collected a pair of hits. Bradley with 2, Mark Capone and Tyson Morgan delivered the RBI'S. Ranger are back @ home this Friday night as the Milton Red Sox visit. Game time is 7:45.
June 19, 2007 ETOBICOKE BANGS OUT 16 HITS IN WIN OVER OAKVILLE
The Etobicoke Rangers banged out 16 hits last night as they downed the Oakville A's 7-4. The Rangers scored 3 in the 3rd and held that lead going into the 5th when Oakville struck for an unearned run off of Gurmminder Singh. The A's scored again in the 6th as Jonathan Gurnham was touched for a run and then the A's tied the game in the 7th as they put up a single run off the eventual winning pitcher Peter Saweczko. The Rangers struck right back with 2 in the 8th to re-take the lead and added 2 more in the 9th to seal the win. Mike Janes started for the Rangers and pitched 3 solid innings of 2 hit ball. The A's collected 8 hits on the night. Leading the way at the plate for the Rangers were Tyson Morgan, Rob Borden, Daniel Jagdeo and Ryan Croucher as this group all had 3 hits. Troy Weston, Mark Capone and Haider Abdullah had the other Ranger hits. The Rangers now play a rare Tuesday night home game as the Erindale Cardinals pay a visit to Connorvale Park. Game time is 7:45. Shawn Silk 4-0 gets the start.
June 16, 2007 RANGERS MAUL TIGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers showed no mercy last night as they collected 21 hits and scored a 7 inning 20-2 win over the expansion Mississauga North Tigers. The Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd, added 5 more in the 3rd, 8 more in the 4th, 2 in the 5th and single runs in the 6th & 7th. Ranger outfielder Chris Mokriy made his catching debut last night and delivered at the plate as Chris was 4/5 with 5 RBI'S. D/H Daniel Jagdeo and 1st baseman A.J. Iafrate had 3 hits apeice. One of Iafrate's was his 2nd round tripper as A.J. also drove in 5. Shawn Silk goes to 4-0 as Shawn pitched 5 innings of 1 hit ball. Silk allowed 3 BB's and struck out 9. Kevin Breitner pitched the final 2 innings surrendering both runs on 1 hit. The Rangers will begin a very busy week as they travel to Oakville on Monday night to face the 4th place A's and then are back @ home on Tuesday as the Erindale Cardinals will visit Connorvale Park. Game time is 7:45.
June 12, 2007 RANGERS WIN SHOOTOUT
The Etobicoke Rangers banged out 20 hits and scored 16 runs to defeat the Erindale Cardinals 16-12 last evening. The Rangers after building a 12-2 lead needed a single by winning pitcher Rob Vecchiarelli in the top of the 9th to break a 12-12 tie. Erindale scored 4 in the 5th off of Ranger starter Peter Saweczko to make it 12-6. Gurminder Singh came on in the 6th and was unable to hold the Cardinals as he was touched for 5 runs all earned including a 2 run shot by Geoff Cullen. Cullen later tied the game as he hit another shot this time off of Vecchiarelli. After Vecchiarelli's had put the Rangers ahead rookie catcher Jon Bezanson delivered his 1st COBA MAJOR Home Run a 3 run blast that gave the Rangers a 4 run lead. Troy Weston had a 4 hit night and Rob Borden hit his 1st round tripper of the season. Bezanson finished the night with 5 RBI'S. The Rangers are home this Friday night as the Mississauga North Tigers pay a visit to Connorvale. Game time is 7:45. Rangers will send Shawn Silk (3-0) to the mound.
June 11, 2007 RANGERS UPSET IN THE SEMI FINALS
The Etobicoke Rangers reached the Semi Finals of the 1st Oshawa Royals Invitational Tournament and were upset by the Ajax Spartans 7-6 in 10 innings. The Rangers reached the Semi's as they won their division going 2-1 in Round Robin play. The Rangers started off Friday night playing the East York Bulldogs and defeated them 8-1 as the Rangers broke open this contest with a bat around 4th scoring 6 runs. The Rangers banged out 15 hits on route to their win. Kyle Hill was the winning pitcher going 6 strong innings and giving up the lone East York run. Rob Borden with 2 hits and 2 RBI's and Ryan Croucher with 2 hits and 3 RBI'S led the Rangers. The Rangers now moved on to play the Kingston Ponies and were victorious 7-5 after climbing back from a 4 run deficit. Trailing 5-1 the Rangers scored 3 in the 5th and went ahead as they scored 3 more in the sixth to complete the comeback. Ranger pitcher Todd Riverso came on in the 5th and recorded 3 shutout innings to pick up the win. Rob Borden with 3 RBI'S and Chris Mokriy with 2 hits led the Rangers. The Rangers now 2-0 were now assured a spot in the semi final as their 3rd game opponent the Thornhill Reds were 0-2. The Reds were able to defeat the Rangers by 6-5 score as Jonathan Gurnham surrendered 3 runs which turned a Rangers 4-3 lead into a 6-5 defeat. In the Semi Final the never say die Ajax Spartans who over the years have somewhat had the Rangers number did it to them yesterday with a huge come from behind rally forcing the game into extras where the Spartans ended up winning 7-6 in 10 innings. With the Rangers comfortably ahead 4-1 entering the top of the 7th and starter Mike Janes cruising along all of a sudden the Spartans threw up a 5 spot to grab a 6-4 lead. The Rangers showed some real heart here as they were able to pick themselves up and score 2 runs to tie the game. The Spartans took the win in the 10th as they scored an unearned run on a throwing error by the Ranger shortstop to allow the winning run to score. The Rangers had a chance to win it in the bottom of the 10th as they had runners on 2nd and 3rd with only 1 out but a pop up to the catcher and a ground ball to the shortstop ended the game. Mark Eccleton was the hard luck loser. The Rangers get right back at it as they play the Erindale Cardinals on Monday night @ the 9th Line. Rangers next home game is this Friday night as the expansion Mississauga North Tigers will visit Connorvale Park. Game time is 7:45.
June 5, 2007 RANGERS PLAYING IN OSHAWA TOURNEY
The Etobicoke Rangers will be playing in their 1st of 3 Tournaments this coming weekend. The Rangers will be playing in the 1st Oshawa Invitational Tournament. This Tournament will have 12 of the top teams from the 4 best leagues from around the province participating. From the COBA MAJOR LEAGUE the Erindale Cardinals and the St. Catharine's Metros join the Rangers. The Tecumseh Thunder and the Woodslee Orioles represent the Can Am Senior League, The host Oshawa Royals, Ajax Spartans and the Kingston Ponies from the EOBA and the East York Bulldogs, Newmarket Hawks, Thornhill Reds and the Leaside Leafs from the GTBL round out the field. The Rangers open up play Friday night @ Kinsmen Stadium @ 8:30 against the East York Bulldogs. They will continue on Saturday as they play the Kingston Ponies and the Thornhill Reds. Semi Finals and Final will be held on Sunday @ Kinsmen Stadium. Good Luck Rangers!!
June 4, 2007 RANGERS EDGE CHIEFS
The Etobicoke Rangers edged the Dundas Chiefs yesterday afternoon by a 4-2 score. The win moves the Rangers to a league best 8-2. 3 Rangers pitchers combined to hold the Chiefs to 8 hits and 2 earned runs. Todd Riverso, Kevin Breitner (2-0) and Peter Saweczko (2nd save) pitched for the Rangers. Rangers SS Tyson Morgan was 2/4 and 2 RBI'S. Other RBI'S were by Rob Borden and Mark Capone. The Rangers were able to produce only 6 hits but combined with 6 BB's and 2 HBP's were enough to gain the win. The Rangers are now off from league play until next Monday night as the Rangers will visit their Divisional rivals the Erindale Cardinals.
June 2, 2007 RANGERS ROUT BATTLECATS
The Etobicoke Rangers pounded out 18 hits and took 9 walks last night in Brampton as they routed the Battlecats 16-4. The Rangers 2B Mark Capone had 4 hits and 3 RBI'S and outfielder Tim Deacon was 3 for 3 with 3 RBI"s. Ranger pitchers Gurminder Singh, Jon Gurnham (1-1), Jon Kielb and Mark Eccleton combined for the 8 inning victory. The Rangers now host the Johnson
Division leader the Dundas Chiefs (6-1-1) on Sunday. Game time is 1:30 @ Connorvale Park. Peter Saweczcko will start for the Rangers
May 28, 2007 RANGERS ROB VECCHIARELLI DRIVES IN 5
Etobicoke Rangers 3B Rob Vecchiarelli had a 5 RBI night and Ranger pitcher Shawn Silk gathered his 3rd win (3-0) to lead the Rangers over the Glanbrook Grizzlies 13-3. Rangers 2nd Baseman Mark Capone made his 2007 debut a good one as Mark was 3/4 and scored 4 runs. Silk in his 5 innings of work registered a season high 10 strikeouts while giving up 2 hits and 2 runs. Kevin Breitner pitched 2 innings of 3 hit 1 run ball in this 7 inning contest. The Rangers are off till this Friday when they play a rare road game on a Friday night as they will head up to Brampton to face the Battlecats in a 7:30 game @ Dave Dash Park formerly the Fairgroounds. The Rangers then return home to face the vastly improved Dundas Chiefs in a 1:30 game @ Connorvale Park. The Chiefs as of this writing remained the only unbeaten COBA MAJOR Team as they sit @ 6-0-1.
May 25, 2007 METRO'S SCHOOL RANGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers travelled to St. Catharine's last evening and were taken to school by the home town Metro's. The Metro's banged out 13 hits scoring 11 runs and committing zero errors while the Rangers were only able to muster 7 hits, committed 6 errors and scored 3 runs. Metro's starter Brian Esserry was in fine form as he gave up only 1 run, no walks and had 7 K's in his 7 innings of work. For the Rangers Mike Janes suffered his 1st loss as he surrendered 5 runs on 8 hits. The Rangers Todd Riverso, Haider Abdullah and Warren Bradley each collected a pair of hits and Rob Borden had the other. The Rangers are home this evening as the Glanbrook Grizzlies are in @ Connorvale for a 7:45 game. Shawn Silk 2-0 will start for the 5-2 Rangers.
May 24, 2007 RANGERS BEAT BRANTS AND TIGERS
The Etobicoke Rangers picked up 2 victories in the past week as they handled the Burlington Brants 7-3 behind the solid pitching of Shawn Silk (2-0), Gurminder Singh, Kevin Breitner and Mark Eccleton. Daniel Jagdeo with 3 hits and 2 RBI'S and Warren Bradley with his 1st homer of the year led the Rangers 12 hit attack.
The Rangers scored a 10-5 win over the expansion Mississauga Tigers as 3 Ranger pitchers combined for the win. Peter Saweczko earned his 1st win of the season with 5 shutout innings. A.J. Iafrate hit his 1st home run a two run shot and Warren Bradley launched his 2nd round tripper and drove in 3 on the night. D/H Daniel Jagdeo had 3 hits and 2 RBI'S. Rangers travel to St.Catharine's to face the Metro's on Thursday and return to Connorvale Friday night as the Glanbrook Grizzlies pay a visit. Game time is 7:45.
May 17, 2007 RANGERS AND TIGERS RAINED OUT
The Etobicoke Rangers were rained out last night as they were to play the expansion Mississauga Tigers. This game has been re-scheduled for next Wednesday May the 23rd @ 7:30 @ Syntex Park. The Rangers play @ home tomorrow night against the Burlington Brants. Game time is 7:45. Rangers will send Shawn Silk (1-0) to the mound.
May 15, 2007 RANGERS BLOW EARLY LEAD
The Etobicoke Rangers blew an early 5-0 lead last night and the Erindale Cardinals scored 13 unanswered runs to win going away 13-5. The Rangers behind Mike Janes had a 5-2 lead when Janes left after 4. Ranger pitchers Jonathan Gurnham (0-1), Ryan Reid and Todd Riverso were the recipients of some shoddy defence (4 errors) and their own wildness as they walked 8 allowing the Cardinals to score 4 in the 6th, 5 in the 7th and 2 more in the 8th. Offensively Rob Vecchiarelli had 2 hits and an RBI and RF Tim Deacon hit his 1st dinger of the season. Warren Bradley, A.J. Iafrate and Ryan Croucher had the other RBI's. The Rangers stay on the road as they travel to the expansion Mississauga North (Syntex Park) on Wednesday for a 7:30 game and then return home on Friday to face the Burlington Brants @ Connorvale Park. Game time is 7:45.
May 12, 2007 RANGERS WIN HOME OPENER
The Etobicoke Rangers sent 11 men to the plate in the bottom of the 8th and scored 8 runs to break a 4-4 tie over the Oakville A's last night @ Connorvale Park. The Rangers and A's were tied after 6 innnings at 2-2. The A's took the lead in the 7th as they scored two runs on 3 hits off of Ranger pitcher Kevin Breitner. The Rangers came right back and tied it back up in the bottom of the 7th.Breitner held the A's in the 8th and was the benafactor of the 8th inning explosion as Kevin picks up his 1st win of the season. Rob Vecchiarelli was 3-5 with 2 RBI"S as 8 other Rangers had 1 hit each. The Rangers will travel to Erindale on Monday to face the 3-0 Cardinals. Mike Janes will make his 2nd start of the season.
May 7, 2007 JAGDEO LEADS RANGERS
Daniel Jagdeo had 3 hits including a 2 run home run yesterday to lead the Etobicoke Rangers to an 11-8 win over the Brampton Battlecats. Tyson Morgan chipped in with 3 hits and 3 runs scored as the Rangers banged out 14 hits. The Rangers using 6 pitchers were able to hold the Brampton squad to only 7 hits but they surrendered 9 walks in allowing Brampton to score 8 runs. Two Rangers errors resulted in 2 unearned runs. Jon Kielb picks up the win while Peter Saweczko records the save. The Rangers are off until Friday night as they will host the Oakville A's in the Home Opener. Game time is 7:45 @ Connorvale Park. Shawn Silk 1-0 will start for the Rangers.
May 6, 2007 RANGERS EDGE RED SOX
The Etobicoke Rangers opened their 2007 COBA MAJOR LEAGUE season yesterday with a 4-2 victory over the Milton Red Sox. Rookie Daniel Jagdeo went 2-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI'S. Rob Vecchiarelli with 2 hits and an RBI and Tim Deacon with 2 hits led the Rangers 9 hit attack. Mike Janes, Shawn Silk, Ryan Reid and Mark Eccleton combined on holding the Red Sox to 7 hits and 2 earned runs. Silk gets the win and Eccleton picks up his 1st save. Rangers now face the Brampton Battlecats on Sunday @ 2:30 @ Oakville.
April 30, 2007 RANGERS TO PLAY BRANTFORD RED SOX
The Etobicoke Rangers will travel to Brantford this Wednesday night to face the Brantford Red Sox the Intercounty League Champions from last year. This will be the final tuneup as both teams begin their title defences in their respective leagues this weekend. The Rangers were the pennant and playoff champs from the 2006 COBA MAJOR LEAGUE.
April 21, 2007 POKER WINNERS
The top 3 finishers in the Rangers Hold'Em Tournament were in 1st place Koronahitsbombs, in 2nd place was Ecc and in 3rd was Crouch. Congratulations and thanks to all of the other participants!!!
April 11, 2007 RANGERS HOSTING POKER TOURNEY
The Etobicoke Rangers are hosting a Texas Hold'em Poker Tourney on Friday April 20th beginning @ 7pm @ the Hollywood on the Queensway. All are welcome and dinner is included. Please contact any of the Ranger players or the administrator for more details.
March 29, 2007 2007 SCHEDULE RELEASED
The Etobicoke Rangers will open the 2007 COBA MAJOR Baseball season in Milton against the Red Sox on Saturday May 5th. This game pits last years 1st place Rangers against the 2nd place Milton squad.The Rangers will then visit Oakville on May 6th to play the Brampton Battlecats. The Rangers first home game is slated for a 7:45 start on Friday May 11th as the Oakville A's will come to Connorvale Park.
February 27, 2007 RANGERS TO BEGIN WORKOUTS
The Etobicoke Rangers of tha COBA Major League will begin their 2007 season on March 28th as their spring training camp will officially open. The Rangers will workout on Wednesday & Sunday evenings @ the PRO TEACH BASEBALL FACILITY. The Etobicoke Rangers are looking to defend their COBA MAJOR LEAGUE title from last year as they not only captured the League Pennant but also won the League Playoffs. The Rangers are in for a busy summer as they are scheduled to attend 4 tournaments including the Senior A Elimination Tournament being held in Windsor from July 12-15. The Rangers will be one of many teams trying to get to the National Championships. The Rangers represented Ontario at the Canadian Baseball Championships in 1999,2002 and most recently in 2004. The Rangers will open the season on May 5th and their 1st home game @ Connorvale Park will be Friday May 11th @ 7:45.
January 31, 2007 MISSISSAUGA NORTH TIGERS ENTER COBA MAJOR
The COBA MAJOR LEAGUE Managers held their first meeting of the new year and announced that The Mississauga North Tigers will field a team this upcoming season and will play in the very tough Johnson Division. The Clarkson Twins will not operate this season. In orther league news the team managers have decided that Sunday July 23rd will be the date for this years ALL STAR GAME and will be played in Oakville @ Oaks Park. Game time will be 1:30 with the Home Run Derby starting @ Noon. The league playoff format will remain unchanged. The League will kick of the 2007 season the weekend of May 5th & 6th with the traditional mini-style tournament.
January 15, 2007 RANGER ALUMMNI WINS POKER TOURNEY
Former Ranger lefty pitcher "Sid" won the Etobicoke Rangers Hold"em Poker Tournament. Sid was able to knockout "Koronahitsbombs" (2nd) and "Buck Black" (3rd). Finishing 4th was Davor and 5th place went to Scott. The Etobicoke Rangers want to thank all who participated and will hopefully see them all again at the next tourney on April 20th.
January 4, 2007 LET'S PLAY POKER
The Etobicoke Rangers will be holding a TEXAS HOLD'EM POKER TOURNAMENT on Friday January 12th @ the Hollywood on the Queensway which is located @ 1184 The Queensway in Etobicoke. Start time is 7pm and all are welcome. For further info please contact the administrator or Whitey.
December 5, 2005 Rangers Annual Christmas Cheer
Come one, Come all as The Etobicoke Rangers past and present will be getting together for their Annual Christmas Cheer on Friday December 16th beginning @ 5:30 @ the Fan Sports Cafe located @ 2448 Bloor St. West just west of Jane St. See you all there!!
October 25, 2005 4 Rangers selected for All Star Team
The Etobicoke Rangers placed 4 players on the Andrew's Division All Star Team. Voted on by the managers were RHP Mike Janes, 2B Anthony Davis, 3B Rookie of the Year Rob Vecchiarelli and RF Peter Sawezcko. Congratulations to this years All Stars!!
October 24, 2005 Vecchiarelli voted top Rookie
Etobicoke Ranger 3rd baseman Rob Vecchiarelli has been voted Rookie of the year by the Senior COBA Managers. Veccharelli who hit .365 and drove in a team leading 21 runs is the 2nd Ranger to win this award in the past 4 years. Rob was unable to accept this award in person at the annual Senior COBA Banquet as Rob was in Nova Scotia trying to help his University Team from York in their quest to become the #1 University Baseball Team in Canada at the Nationals. Congratulations go out to Rob for his fine performance.
September 8, 2005 Annual Golf Tournament set
The annual Etobicoke Ranger/Indians Golf Tournament will once again be played @ Glen Eagles Golf Club in Bolton. Glen Eagles is located on Hwy. # 50 @ the north end of Bolton. All current and former Rangers/Indians are invited out for this fine day of golf and to re-kindle old friendships. Tee off times begin @ 12:45 on Saturday October 1st. For more info and to register contact Whitey.
August 29, 2005 St. Catharines Metro's win COBA Playoffs
The St. Catharines Metro's have won the 2005 Senior COBA Playoffs as they defeated the Glanbrook Grizzlies in the final. The Metro's went through the double knockout tournament undefeated as they pounded the Etobicoke Rangers Friday night 12-2, then beat Glanbrook, Burlington and Glanbrook again. Congratulations to the Metros!! The Rangers after being drubbed on Friday night had to face the Erindale Cardinals Saturday morning. The Cardinals as they did at the Elims's came back from a 4-2 defecit and won the game 7-4 thus ending the Rangers season.
August 25, 2005 Rangers and Metro's to square off
The 3rd seeded Etobicoke Rangers will play host to the 2nd seed St. Catharines Metro's Friday night in the 1st game of the 2005 COBA Senior Championship Playoff double knockout tournament. The other match up pits the 4th seeded Erindale Cardinals against the 5th seeded Glanbrook Grizzlies. The #1 seed Burlington Brants receive a 1st round bye. St. Catharines & Etobicoke play Friday night @ Connorvale Park @ 7:45. After Friday nights games all remaining games will be played @ Nelson Park in Burlington with the Championship final slated for noon on Sunday.
August 23, 2005 Kula throws no-hitter
Etobicoke Ranger righthander Roman Kula came through once again as Roman totally shutdown the expansion Twins by throwing a no hitter last night in the deciding game of the series. Roman gave up one walk, hit 2 batters and struck out 7 as the Rangers mercied the Clarkson squad 10-0 in 7 innings. Kula who pitched a perfect game 3 years ago against Burlington was outstanding last night. Ranger left fielder Warren Bradley with a 3 hit night including a 3 run jack led the Rangers offensively. CF Rob Borden scored 3 runs in the one sided win. The win moves the Rangers into the Championship Tournament this weekend as the 5 remaining teams will play a double knockout style tournament to determine this years COBA Playoff Champion. Burlington Brants (2004 winners) with a 1st round bye, The St. Catharines Metro's, Erindale Cardinals and the winner of the Glanbrook--Milton Series along with the Etobicoke Rangers will be the contestants.
August 22, 2005 Rangers tie series
The Etobicoke Rangers evened their best of 3 series with the Clarkson Twins at 1-1 yesterday as Ranger pitcher Mike Janes turned in another complete game en route to a 5-2 score. Janes who has led the Rangers pitching staff down the stretch gave up only 5 hits, 2 unearned runs and recorded 13 strikeouts. The Rangers took advantage of several Clarkson miscues as they scored 3 unearned runs in evening the series. Game 3 will be played Monday night @ 7:45 @ Connorvale Park.
August 21, 2005 Game 2 on Sunday
The 2nd game of the 2 out of 3 series between the 8th seeded Clarkson Twins and the 3rd seeded Etobicoke Rangers was rained out Friday night. The game has been rescheduled to Sunday @ 4pm @ Connorvale Park. If a 3rd game is needed it will be played Monday night @ 7:45 @ Connorvale.
August 18, 2005 Twins upset Rangers
The feisty Clarkson Twins came back twice last night to win the opening game of the 2005 playoffs. The Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 1st inning lead and expanded that lead to 7-0 after 2 innings. The Twins who battled back all night took a 9-7 lead after 7. The Rangers to their credit scored 1 in the 8th and then 2 more in the 9th to regain the lead 10-9 heading into the bottom of the 9th. The Twins scored 2 in their half to win the game 11-10. Game 2 in this preliminary series goes Friday night @ Connorvale Park staring @ 7:45.
August 16, 2005 Rangers play Twins in 1st round
The Etobicoke Rangers finishing 3rd overall will play the Clarkson Twins who were 8th place finishers in their 1st year in a 2 out 3 series beginnning Wednesday night in Clarkson. Game time is 7:30. Game 2 will be @ Connorvale Park this Friday @ 7:45. If a 3rd game is necessary it will be played on Sunday @ Connorvale with a 4pm start time. The winner of this series will move on to the Championship Round to be held the weekend of August 26-28 where the 5 series winners will meet in a double knockout style tournament to decide this years COBA Senior Playoff Champion.
August 15, 2005 Jane's pitches Rangers to Division title
On the strength of another tremendous pitching performance from Mike Jane's the Etobicoke Rangers downed the Erindale Cardinals 1-0 Friday night. The win gives the Rangers their 6th Len Andrews Division title in 8 years and the last 3 years in succession. Jane's with his 2nd complete game in a row held the hard hitting Cardinals to 2 hits while striking out 6. The win improves Mike's team leading league record to an unblemished 5-0. CF Rob Borden with a walk with the bases loaded drove in the only run of the game. The Rangers will now head into the playoffs which will begin this week. The 1st round will be a 2 out 3 with the winner advancing to the league Championship weekend when the 5 round robin winners will meet in a double knockout style tournament to decide this years Champion.
August 9, 2005 Rangers trim A's
The Etobicoke Rangers trimmed the Oakville A's last evening by the score of 9-5. Ranger starter and winner Mark Eccleton pitched a solid 8 innings giving up 5 unearned runs as the Rangers seemed like they were trying to keep Oakville in the game. Troy Hamilton in his 1st appearance in several weeks pitched a scoreless 9th. The Rangers took an early 3-0 lead in the 2nd only to have Oakville come back with 2 in their half of the 3rd. The Rangers put up a 6 spot in the 6th to take a commanding 9-2 lead thanks to several Oakville errors and back to back doubles by A.J. Iafrate and Rick Malinowski. The Rangers will finish the regular season this Friday as the Erindale Cardinals visit Connorvale Park in a game that will decide the Andrews Division. Game time is 7:45.
August 9, 2005 Rangers top Braves
The Etobicoke Rangers finally woke up in the 7th inning on Saturday as they scored 6 runs to defeat the Brampton Braves by a 10-4 score. With the Rangers trailing 3-1 the Rangers combined 4 hits and 3 walks in the 6th to take a 4-3 lead and then in the 7th the Rangers erupted for 6 runs as Ranger 1st Baseman Ben Reid hit a bases clearing double and Rob Vecchiarelli drove in 2 more with a single. Pitcher Kevin Breitner kept the Rangers in the game as Kevin pitched 8 very effective innings surrendering all 4 runs on only 4 hits. The win improves the Rangers season league record to 17-8.
August 7, 2005 Jane's whiffs 16 Red Sox
Etobicoke pitcher Mike Janes had himself quite a night on Friday as he shut down the Milton Red Sox 2-1 limiting the Sox to 5 hits and striking out 16. The complete game win improved Jane's league record to 4-0. The Rangers Pete Saweczko scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the 8th on an RBI double by Rob Vecchiarelli.
August 5, 2005 Rangers in hunt for Division
The Etobicoke Rangers with 4 league games top play are still in position to win the Andrews Division. They begin a busy week tonight as they play @ Connorvale as divisional opponent Milton Red Sox are in for a 7:45 game. Tomorrow the Rangers travel to Brampton to face the young and improved Brampton squad in a 1:00 game. The Rangers stay in the division as they close out the regular season with a game Monday night in Oakville and then return home next Friday in what could be the deciding game for 1st place in the Division as the Erindale Cardinals who currently lead the Rangers by a half game come to Connorvale in a 7:45 start. The Erindale team was just recently defeated at the Senior Elimination Tournament in the finals by the Windsor Stars.
August 4, 2005 Rangers lose in Semi-Final
The Etobicoke Rangers the defending Ontario Senior A Basdeball Champs were unable to repeat as the new Tournament Champions the Windsor Stars sent the Rangers home in the semi-finals. The Stars defeated the Rangers by a 5-1 score. The Rangers started Mark Eccleton who in his 2 innings of work gave up 3 runs and the Stars never looked back. The Rangers started the tournament on Friday night with a dramatic 3-2 win over the Tecumseh Thunder. Ranger Warren Bradley came off the bench in the bottom of the 7th to get a game winning base hit to give the Rangers the win. John Campbell held the Thunder to 2 runs as John threw his 1st complete game of the season. Next up were the host team the St. Clair Riverbats. Once again the Rangers won in dramatic style as Warren Bradley again delivered a key base hit in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game 3-3. The Rangers scored a run in the bottom of the 8th to win 4-3. The Rangers who trailed this game 3-0 fought back to earn the win. Kris Doiron with the win pitched all 8 innings. Next up were the 2-0 Northumberland Whiskey Jacks and the Rangers sent ace righty Roman Kula to the mound. Roman spun a complete game shutoutout as the Rangers were easy winners 9-0. Now at 3-0 the Rangers played the other only undefeated team the Erindale Cardinals who the Rangers are very familiar with as they are both in the same league. The Rangers broke out on top early as they built a 4-0 lead only to have the Cardinals claw their way back and scoring 2 runs in the top of the 7th to take away a Ranger victory. Roman Kula pitching his 2nd game of the day was the hard luck loser as Roman pitched another complete game. The Rangers moved onto Monday and had to play the Newmarket Hawks and behind John Campbell's 2nd complete tournament game won 6-2. With this win the Rangers had visions of repeating as the Ontario Champs but the Windsor squad was just too tough and hungry. Congratulations to the new Ontario Champs the Windsor Stars as they went on to defeat the Erindale squad 8-4 in the final. The Rangers once again were able to reach Monday as they have now done 6 of the last 8 years. The Rangers were winners of the Provincials in 1999, 2002 and 2004. Best of Luck to the Windsor Stars as they will now move on to Kamloops, British Columbia later this month representing Ontario at the Senior Men's Nationals.
July 25, 2005 Rangers finish busy week with a win
The Etobicoke Rangers began the week with a 10-9 loss to the Glanbrook Grizzlies. The Grizzlies scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the 9th off Kevin Breitner to earn the win. Next up was the League leading Burlington Brants. The Brants came to Connorvale Park Friday night sporting a 14-5 record. The Brants hammered the Rangers by a 12-4 score. Ranger starter and loser Mark Eccleton gave up 7 of the 12 runs. Former Ranger Ken Rogers drove in 7 of the Brants runs. The Rangers were looking to snap their losing skid as the Dundas Chiefs rolled in to Connorvale Sunday afternoon for a pair. The Rangers won both games. This now leaves the Rangers at 15-8 for the season and with only 4 games to play and are out of contention for the Anson Buck Trophy that is awarded to the Pennant winner which the Rangers won last year. The Rangers will now move onto Courtright, Ontario this coming weekend to try and defend their Ontario Championship as 19 teams from across Ontario will be vying for the right to represent Ontario at the Nationals to be held this year in Kamloops, British Columbia later in August. Best of Luck to the Rangers!!
July 19, 2005 Rangers winless @ Hap Walters
The Etobicoke Rangers went 0-3 at the Hap Walters Tournament this past weeekend in St. Catharines. This is the first time since 1995 that the Rangers did not win a game at a tournament. The Rangers faced the Ajax Spartans on Friday night and after jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the 1st the Spartans who never gave up battled and took the lead in the 3rd as they counted 5 runs and chased Ranger starter Kevin Breitner. The Rangers went on to lose this game by a final score of 8-5. Next up was the eventual tournament winners the Riverbats from St. Clair. Rangers sent Roman Kula to the mound and fell behind early as the Riverbats scored a run in the 1st. The Rangers tied the score in the 4th as Jason Crocker drove in Chris Mokiry who had doubled. The Riverbats came right back in the 5th and scored 3 runs off of Kula as the Riverbats went on to win 5-1. Game 3 a meaningless game for the Rangers ended up in defeat as the Newmarket Hawks downed the Rangers by a 7-3 score. Ranger starter and loser Mike Janes pitched 5 innings in sweltering heat did not have his best stuff as he allowed 7 hits and 6 walks. The Rangers were able to collect 8 hits off the Hawks pitching but their defense held the lead. Peter Saweczko and Rob Vecchiarelli each had a pair of hits in the loss. The Rangers now return to league action and travel to Glanbrook on Tuesday night to face the much improved Grizzlies and then return home this Friday with a match against the overall league leading Burlington Brants in a 7:45 start @ Connorvale Park. The Rangers then host the Dundas Chiefs in a 12:30 doubleheader this coming Sunday.
July 12, 2005 Metro's snap Ranger win streak at 6
The St. Catharine's Metro's snapped the Etobicoke Rangers league win streak at 6 last evening as they defeated the Rangers 5-3. The Rangers playing their 3rd game in 4 days gave the Metro's all they could handle but in the end the Metro's hung on. The Metro's scored 1st as they plated a run in the 3rd but the Rangers tied the game in the 6th as RF Peter Saweczko scored on a Chris Mokiry double. The Metro's re-captured the lead in the bottom of the 6th when the Metro's cleanup hitter hit a 2 run shot off of Ranger starter Mike Anderson. Troy Hamilton came on to get the Rangers out of a 2 men on base jam. The Rangers came right back and tied the game in the 7th as Anthony Davis scored on a Pete Saweczko single and CF Rob Borden scored on a Sac Fly from Rob Vecchiarelli. The Metro's regained the lead in their half of the 7th as Hamilton issued a couple of walks and gave up 2 base hits. Mark Eccleton came on for Hamilton and surrendered a double to the first batter he faced scoring both Metro's runners. The Rangers in their last at bats had the tying runs on 2nd and 3rd only to have Ranger cleanup hitter Rob Vecchiarelli hit a long fly ball to end the game. The Rangers next game will be this Friday night as they will play the Ajax Spartans in the Hap Walters Memorial Tournament in St. Catharines. The other Ranger opponents in this tournament are the St. Clair Riverbats and the Newmarket Hawks. The Rangers were finalists last year and were the tournament winners in 2002. All 16 participating teams this weekend will also be competing in 2 weeks at the Senior Elimination Tournament being held in Courtright. Should be a great weekend of Baseball. Best of Luck to the Rangers.
July 11, 2005 Rangers topple Twins
The Etobicoke Rangers scored 11 runs last evening as they visited the Clarkson Twins and came away with an 11-5 victory. The Rangers scored in every inning but the 5th and 9th as they banged out 13 hits. CF Rob Borden, RF Peter Saweczko and C Jason Crocker all had 3 hits. 3rd Baseman Rob Vecchiarelli and Saweczko each had a pair of RBI'S in the one-sided win. Ranger starter Mike Janes pitched the 1st 4 innings before giving way to veteran Ranger reliever Jon Kielb. Jon pitched 4 innings giving up 3 runs to pick up his 1st victory of the season. Ranger closer Todd Riverso worked a shutout 9th. With the win the Rangers improved their season record to 13-5. The Rangers are right back at it Monday night as they travel down the QEW to play the Johnson Divion leader St. Catharines Metros in a 7:30 start @ Community Park. The Metro's sport a 14-6 record.
July 9, 2005 Rangers tame Grizzlies
The Etobicoke Rangers banged out 14 hits and scored 13 runs as they downed the Glanbrook Grizzlies 13-2 last evening @ Connorvale Park. This game had the makings of a real good one as both teams entered the game with identical 11-5 records. The Rangers jumped on the Grizzlies starter for 3 runs in the 1st. The Grizzlies began to claw back as they put up single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. The Rangers increased their lead as they scored a run in the fifth, added 2 more in the 6th and then exploded for 6 in the 8th to end the game. Ranger 2nd baseman Anthony Davis, CF Rob Borden and 1st baseman A.J. Iafrate had 3 hit nights. Borden struck for 2 triples and 3 RBI'S. Ranger starter Mark Eccleton picked up his 3rd league win as Mark pitched 6 innings giving up 4 hits and both Grizzlie runs. Ranger reliever Kevin Breitner with his team leading 9th appearance shut the Grizzlies down in his 2 innings while giving up only 1 hit. The game marked the return of Rangers SS from last year Andy Tulshi. Andy has been on the DL but is now healthy and is a welcome addition to the Rangers lineup. The Rangers now move on to play the expansion Clarkson Twins this Sunday night in a 7:00 start in Clarkson. The Twins are fresh off of a victory over the Johnson leading St. Catharines Metro's and are a rapidly improving club.
July 4, 2005 Rangers lose in Semi-Finals
The Etobicoke Rangers took part in the Rick Wiseman Memorial Tournament this past weekend in Windsor and made it to the final 4. The Rangers by winning their division which was made up of The Detroit Metro Tigers, The Richter Rosin Orioles and the Tecumseh Thunder advanced to the semi finals only to run into a very experienced veteran team from Flint Michigan. The Flint team scored 4 runs in the 1st inning and added single runs in the 3rd and 5th innings to defeat the Rangers 6-0. Mike Janes was saddled with the loss. To the Rangers credit they beat 2 very good teams from Michigan to advance to the semi's. On Friday night behind Roman Kula the Rangers defeated the Metro Tigers 1-0 as Kula spun a 5 hitter. The Rangers scored the winning run in extra innings as Ranger 2nd baseman Anthony Davis scored the games only run on a wild pitch. Next up for the Rangers was the other Michigan team the Orioles and once again a pitchers duel evolved. Etobicoke starter and winner Mark Eccleton pitched a 1 hitter as the Rangers were 2-1 winners. The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the 1st as the Rangers committed 2 errors after Eccleton gave up a 1 out walk. The Rangers tied the score in the 2nd and took the lead in the 5th inning as Ranger 3rd baseman Rob Vecchiarelli hit a long sacrifice fly to score Ranger SS Ryan Croucher. With this win the Rangers were 2-0 and had a guarantee into Sunday's Semi-Final. They then played their 3rd game of the round robin against long time foe the Tecumseh Thunder. The Thunder were already eliminated as they were 0-2. With the game meaningless to both sides the Rangers and Thunder put on a good show but it was the Thunder who came away with the win 4-3 as they scored the winning run in the bottom of the 7th on a throwing error by the Rangers 3rd baseman. Veteran Ranger reliever Jon Kielb was pinned with the loss. The Rangers now return to league play this Friday night @ Connorvale as the Rangers play host to the Glanbrook Grizzlies. Game time is 7:45
June 27, 2005 Malinowski returns to lead Rangers over Red Sox
Etobicoke Ranger catcher Rick Malinowski returned to the Ranger lineup yesterday afternoon and led the Rangers to a 15-12 victory over the Milton Red Sox. The win moves Etobicoke into 1st place in the division and a game behind in the overall league standings. Rick had retired after last season but at the signing deadline felt he still had some good baseball left. Rick had himself quite an afternoon as he went 3-3 including 2 doubles, a walk, hit by pitch and ended up driving in 5 runs. Welcome back Rick!! Centrefielder Rob Borden had a 3 run HR and scored 4 runs and 1st baseman A.J. Iafrate also had a 2 run dinger and scored 3 runs. The game was played in sweltering heat and figured in to the 27 combined runs. Ranger starter Mark Eccleton pitched 5 innings allowing 9 base hits and 8 runs. Reliever Kevin Breitner pitched the final 2 innings and was touched for 4 runs. The Rangers will travel to Windsor this weekend to participate in the Rick Wiseman Memorial Tournament.
The Rangers won this tournament in 1999 which features the best teams from Western Ontario and teams from Michigan. This year there will be other COBA teams in this tournament as Erindale, Burlington and St. Catharines have all been accepted. Good Luck Rangers!!
June 25, 2005 RANGERS DUMP BRANTS
The Etobicoke Rangers behind the 2 hit pitching from Mike Janes defeated the Burlington Brants last evening by the score of 8-3. Janes in pitching 8 innings allowed all 3 Brants runs while striking out 8. Ranger reliever Todd Riverso pitched a scoreless 9th giving up a single hit. Rangers again were led at the plate by 1st year player Rob Vecchiarelli as Rob continues his torrid hitting pace by banging out 3 more hits in raising his season average to .431. The
Rangers who fell behind 1-0 scored 3 in the second, 1 in the 4th, 1 in the 6th and finished their scoring with a 3 run 7th. The Rangers next action is Sunday afternoon as they travel to Milton to face the Andrews Division leader Milton Red Sox in a 1:30 start.
June 22, 2005 CARDINALS OUTSLUG RANGERS
IN AN OLD FASHIONED SLUGFEST LAST NIGHT @ 9TH PARK THE ERINDALE CARDINALS HAMMERED OUT 15 HITS ON THEIR WAY TO A 13-9 VICTORY OVER THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS. THE RANGERS WITH 11 HITS OF THEIR OWN WERE ABLE TO STAY EVEN WITH THE CARDINALS UNTIL THE 7TH INNING WHEN THE CARDS SCORED 4 RUNS TO TAKE A 9-5 LEAD. THE RANGERS ANSWERED WITH 3 IN THE TOP OF THE 8TH BUT THE CARDS FINISHED THE SCORING WITH 4 OF THEIR OWN IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 8TH. VETERAN RANGER RELIEVER JON KIELB ABSORBED HIS 1ST LOSS OF THE SEASON. THE RANGERS WARREN BRADLEY HAD A 4 HIT NIGHT WHICH INCLUDED 2 DOUBLES AND SCORED 3 OF THE RANGER RUNS. CHRIS MOKIRY CHIPPED IN A PAIR OF HITS. RANGERS RETURN HOME THIS FRIDAY TO PLAY THE BURLINGTON BRANTS AND WILL THEN TRAVEL TO MILTON ON SUNDAY TO PLAY THE OVERALL LEAGUE LEADING RED SOX IN A 1:30 MATCHUP.
June 20, 2005 RANGERS TOPPLE TWINS
THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS HELD OFF THE PESKY CLARKSON TWINS LAST EVENING AND WERE ABLE TOP COME AWAY WITH A 7-5 VICTORY. WITH THE RANGERS TRAILING 3-1 HEADING INTO THE 7TH INNING THE BATS CAME ALIVE. THE RANGERS WERE ABLE TO PUT UP A 5 SPOT TO TAKE A 6-3 LEAD. A.J. IAFRATE WITH A TOWERING 3 RUN JACK PUT THE RANGERS AHEAD. THE RANGERS WERE HELD TO ONLY 7 HITS AS THE TWINS PITCHERS HAD THE RANGERS OFF BALANCE FOR MOST OF THE GAME. RANGER STARTER MARK ECCLETON SURRENDERED 3 RUNS IN HIS 5 INNINGS BEFORE BEING RELIEVED BY KEVIN BREITNER. BREITNER STRUCK OUT 7 IN HIS 3 INNINGS AND EARNED THE VICTORY. MIKE JANES CAME ON TO PITCH A 1-2-3 9TH TO PRESERVE KEVIN'S 2ND WIN AGAINST NO LOSSES. THE RANGERS TRAVEL TO 9TH LINE PARK ON TUESDAY TO PLAY THE ALWAYS TOUGH CARDINALS AND THEN RETURN HOME THIS FRIDAY TO PLAY THE BURLINGTON BRANTS IN A 7:45 START @ CONNORVALE PARK.
June 18, 2005 BRADLEY IGNITES RANGERS
ETOBICOKE RANGERS LEFT FIELDER WARREN BRADLEY DROVE IN 4 RUNS AS WARREN HAD A HOME RUN, TRIPLE AND SINGLE AS HE LED THE RANGER OFFENCE TO AN 8-0 HOME VICTORY OVER THE OAKVILLE A'S LAST EVENING @ CONNORVALE PARK. ANTHONY DAVIS, CHRIS MOKIRY AND ROB VECCHIARELLI EACH HAD A PAIR OF HITS AS THE RANGERS BANGED OUT 13 HITS AGAINST 2 OAKVILLE PITCHERS. ROMAN KULA WITH 5 STRONG INNINGS PICKED UP HIS 5TH VICTORY OF THE SEASON. RANGER RELIEVERS JON KIELB AND TODD RIVERSO BOTH PITCHED 2 SHUTOUT INNINGS. THE RANGERS TRAVEL ON SUNDAY TO PLAY THE EXPANSION CLARKSON CLUB AND THEN ON TUESDAY VISIT THE ERINDALE CARDINALS IN A MAKE UP GAME FROM THE RAINOUT ON JUNE 13TH. THE RANGERS RETURN HOME NEXT FRIDAY TO FACE THE BURLINGTON BRANTS IN A 7:45 START @ CONNORVALE PARK.
June 14, 2005 RANGERS EXPLODE ON THE BRAVES
THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS EXPLODED ON THE BRAMPTON BRAVES LAST FRIDAY NIGHT AS THEY WENT ON TO MERCY THE BRAVES 11-1 IN 7 INNINGS. THE RANGERS HAVING DROPPED THEIR PREVIOUS 3 GAMES WASTED NO TIME AS THEY SCORED 5 TIMES IN THE 1ST. LEADING THE WAY WAS 2ND BASEMAN ANTHONY DAVIS AS A.D. HAD 3 HITS AND DROVE IN 3. PETER SAWEZCKO ALSO HAD 3 HITS AND A PAIR OF RBI'S. RANGER STARTER MIKE JANES PITCHED 4 INNINGS GIVING UP BUT A SINGLE RUN AND RELIEVERS MARK ECCLETON AND KEVIN BREITNER COMBINED FOR 3 SHUTOUT INNINGS. RANGERS IMPROVE TO 7-4 ON THE SEASON. THE RANGERS WERE RAINED OUT LAST NIGHT AS THEY WERE TO FACE THEIR DIVISIONAL RIVAL THE ERINDALE CARDINALS. THIS GAME WILL BE MADE UP LATER IN THE SEASON. RANGERS NEXT ACTION IS THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AS THE OAKVILLE A'S PAY THEIR ONLY VISIT TO CONNORVALE PARK. GAME TIME IS 7:45.
June 10, 2005 RANGERS LOSE 3RD IN A ROW
FOR THE 1ST TIME IN OVER 2 YEARS THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS HAVE BEEN BEATEN 3 STRAIGHT TIMES. LAST NIGHT IT WAS THE ST. CATHARINES METRO'S TURN TO HAND THE RANGERS A CONVINCING DEFEAT BY A 9-1 SCORE. THIS MAKES UP FOR THE 11-3 DEFEAT THE METRO'S SUFFERED 3 WEEKS AGO AT CONNORVALE. WITH THE RANGERS SENDING THEIR PITCHING ACE TO THE MOUND IN AN EFFORT TO HALT THEIR 2 GAME SLIDE, ROMAN KULA FOR THE 2ND CONSECUTIVE WEEK TOOK THE RANGERS LOSS AS ROMAN GAVE UP 5 RUNS (3 EARNED) IN HIS 5 INNINGS OF WORK. TROY HAMILTON GAVE UP 3 RUNS IN HIS 2 INNINGS AND CLOSER TODD RIVERSO SURRENDERED A SINGLE RUN. THE RANGERS MANAGED 8 HITS AS PETER SAWECZKO AND A.J. IAFRATE BOTH HAD A PAIR OF HITS IN THE ONE SIDED LOSS. RYAN CROUCHER DROVE IN THE ONLY RUN AS HE WAS HIT BY A PITCH WITH THE BASES LOADED SCORING IAFRATE. THE RANGERS ARE RIGHT BACK AT IT FRIDAY NIGHT @ CONNORVALE AS THE BRAMPTON BRAVES VISIT THE RANGERS IN A 7:45 START. RANGERS WILL SEND MIKE JANES TO THE MOUND AS THE RANGERS TRY AND END THEIR 3 GAME SKID.
June 2, 2005 BRANTS ROUGH UP RANGERS
THE BURLINGTON BRANTS DEFEATED THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS AND ROMAN KULA LAST EVENING BY THE SCORE OF 9-6. THE BRANTS CAME TO PLAY AS THEY SCORED A SINGLE RUN IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 1ST AND THEN WENT ON TO SCORE 5 MORE IN THE 2ND AND ADDED 3 MORE IN THE 3RD. THE RANGER'S USUALLY SOLID DEFENSE MADE 2 THROWING ERRORS IN THE BRANTS 5 RUN 2ND AND FORMER RANGER KENNY ROGERS STRUCK FOR A 2 RUN HOME RUN. WITH THE RANGERS DOWN 9-0 THEY BEGAN THEIR COMEBACK TRY AS THEY SCORED A PAIR OF RUNS IN THE 6TH AND ADDED 3 MORE IN THE 7TH AND WERE ABLE TO PLATE A SINGLE RUN IN THE 8TH. THE RANGERS BULLPEN OF MARK ECCLETON, KEVIN BREITNER AND TODD RIVERSO WERE ABLE TO HOLD THE HIGH FLYING BRANTS TO A SINGLE HIT OVER THE LAST 6 INNINGS. ANTHONY DAVIS WITH 4 HITS AND 2 RUNS SCORED AND PETER SAWECZKO WITH 2 HITS AND 2 RBI'S LED THE RANGERS 12 HIT ATTACK. THE RANGERS RECORD NOW FALLS TO 6-3. NEXT ACTION FOR THE RANGERS IS NEXT THURSDAY AS THEY TRAVEL TO ST. CATHARINES TO FACE THE METRO'S IN A 7:30 START AT COMMUNITY PARK. THE RANGERS THEN RETURN HOME ON THE NEXT NIGHT TO PLAY THE BRAMPTON BRAVES IN A 7:45 START AT CONNORVALE PARK.
May 30, 2005 WINNING STREAK OVER
THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS MODEST 5 GAME WINNING STREAK ENDED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON IN DUNDAS AS THE CHIEFS UPENDED THE RANGERS 4-3. DUNDAS SCORED SINGLE RUNS IN THE 1ST,3RD,5TH AND 7TH INNINGS AND THEN HUNG ON FOR THE VICTORY. THE RANGERS SCORED 3 IN THEIR HALF OF THE 8TH AS SAWEZCKO, VECCHIARELLI AND IAFRATE DROVE IN RUNS BUT THE DUNDAS PITCHER GOT RANGER OUTFIELDER WARREN BRADLEY TO FLY OUT TO END THE INNING. THE RANGERS VISIT THIS COMING WEDNESDAY LAST YEARS PLAYOFF CHAMPS BURLINGTON BRANTS IN A 7:30 START AT NELSON PARK.
May 30, 2005 RANGERS STREAK REACHES 5
THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS WON THEIR 5TH STRAIGHT AS THEY BEAT THE EXPANSION CLARKSON TWINS 6-1. TO THE TWINS CREDIT THEY WERE IN THE GAME RIGHT UP TILL THE 7TH INNING WHEN THE RANGERS SCORED 2 RUNS TO EXPAND THEIR LEAD TO 4-1. 2 MORE RUNS IN THE 8TH PUT THE GAME OUT OF REACH FOR THE YOUNG TWINS. LEADING THE RANGERS AT THE PLATE WITH 2 HITS HITS EACH WERE RYAN CROUCHER, ANTHONY DAVIS AND A.J. IAFRATE. STARTER MIKE JANES AND RELIEVERS ROMAN KULA AND MARK ECCLETON HELD THE TWINS TO 6 HITS WHILE STRIKING OUT A TOTAL OF 16 TWINS BATTERS. KULA PICKED UP THE WIN TO RAISE HIS SEASON RECORD TO 4-0. THE RANGERS ARE IN DUNDAS ON SUNDAY TO TAKE ON THE WINLESS DUNDAS CHIEFS. GAME TIME IS 2:00PM @ VOLUNTEER PARK.
May 26, 2005 RANGERS ROLL OVER METRO'S
THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS POUNDED OUT 14 HITS ON THEIR WAY TO A CONVINCING 11-3 VICTORY OVER THE VISITING ST. CATHARINES METRO'S LAST FRIDAY NIGHT AT CONNORVALE PARK. THE RANGERS BEHIND ROMAN KULA (3-0) AND MARK ECCLETON (SAVE) LIMITED THE METRO'S TO 4 HITS AS THEY HELD THE HARD HITTING METRO'S AT BAY. LEADING THE WAY FOR THE RANGERS OFFENSIVELY WAS OUTFIELDER JASON CROCKER WITH 3 HITS, 2 RBI'S AND 2 RUNS SCORED. PETER SAWECZKO, WARREN BRADLEY AND ROB VECCHIARELLI ALL HAD 2 HITS. NEXT UP FOR THE RANGERS ARE THE GLANBROOK GRIZZLIES AS THE RANGERS TRAVEL TO BINBROOK ON THE 25TH.
May 26, 2005 RANGERS CLAW GRIZZLIES
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
May 16, 2005 RANGERS WIN HOME OPENER
THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS DEFEATED THE OAKVILLE A'S FRIDAY NIGHT BY THE SCORE OF 4-1. THE A'S STRUCK FOR THEIR ONLY RUN IN THE 1ST INNING AS ROMAN KULA (2-0) GAVE UP A COUPLE OF HITS TO PUT THE A'S AHEAD 1-0. THE RANGERS SCORED SINGLE RUNS IN THE 2ND, 3RD, 4TH AND 6TH. A.D. DAVIS LED THE WAY WITH 2 BASE HITS AND A STOLEN BASE. 4 RANGER PITCHERS COMBINED TO HOLD THE A'S TO 6 HITS AND A SINGLE RUN. RANGER PITCHER TODD RIVERSO PICKED UP HIS 1ST SAVE OF THE SEASON. RANGERS NEXT GAME IS FRIDAY NIGHT @ CONNORVALE AS THE 4-0 ST. CATHARINES METRO'S ARE IN TO PLAY THE RANGERS.
May 13, 2005 RANGERS HOME OPENER
THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS HOST THE OAKVILLE A'S @ CONNORVALE PARK TONIGHT @ 7:45. THE RANGERS IN THEIR QUEST TO REPEAT AS THE ONTARIO SENIOR CHAMPIONS ARE OFF TO A 2-1 START. THE RANGERS WILL SEND ACE RIGHTHANDER ROMAN KULA TO THE MOUND IN THE HOME OPENER.
May 10, 2005 OPENING WEEKEND LEAVES RANGERS AT 2-1
THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS KICKED OFF THE 2005 SEASON WITH A CONVINCING 10-1 WIN OVER THE ERINDALE CARDINALS. 2004 PITCHER OF THE YEAR ROMAN KULA PICKED UP RIGHT WHERE HE LEFT OFF AS ROMAN PITCHED 6 INNINGS OF 4 HIT BASEBALL. ROMAN DID GIVE UP AN UNEARNED RUN AND WALKED 1 BATTER WHILE PICKING UP 6 STRIKEOUTS. JON KIELB PITCHED A SCORELESS 7TH AND NOTCHED A PAIR OF STRIKEOUTS. RANGERS OUTFIELDER WARREN BRADLEY HIT HIS FIRST SENIOR HOME RUN AND A.J. IAFRATE AND JASON CROCKER EACH HAD A PAIR OF HITS IN THE RANGERS VICTORY. THE RANGERS DROPPED THE 2ND GAME OF THE DOUBLEHEADER AS THE MILTON RED SOX SCORED 2 RUNS IN THE TOP OF THE 7TH INNING TO FORCE EXTRAS AND SCORED 2 MORE IN THE 9TH TO HAND THE RANGERS THEIR 1ST LOSS 6-4. THE RANGERS FELL BEHIND EARLY AS VETERAN TROY HAMILTON SURRENDERED 2 RUNS IN HIS 2 INNINGS OF WORK BEFORE BEING PICKED UP BY MIKE JANES, 2 SCORELESS INNINGS, TODD RIVERSO, 2 SCORELESS INNINGS AS THE RANGERS NOW LED 4-2 ON THE STRENGTH OF JESSE KORONA'S 3 RUN JACK. ROB VECCHIARELLI CAME ON TO PITCH THE 7TH BUT GAVE UP A 2 RUN DINGER WHICH EVENED THE SCORE AT 4-4'S. THEN AFTER A SCORELESS 8TH VECCHIARELLI WAS TOUCHED UP FOR 2 RUNS IN THE 9TH GIVING THE UPSTART MILTON RED SOX A WELL DESERVED VICTORY. GAME 3 SAW A SUPERB PITCHING PERFORMANCE BY 1ST YEAR RANGER MARK ECCLETON. MARK PITCHED 6 SHUTOUT INNINGS STRIKING OUT 7 AND GIVING UP AN INFIELD SINGLE. RANGER RELIEVER KEVIN BREITNER CAME ON AND PITCHED A SCORELESS 7TH AS THE RANGERS SHUTOUT AND 1 HIT THE BRAMPTON BRAVES 4-0. RANGER ROB VECCIARELLI LED THE WAY OFFENSIVELY AS ROB WAS 3-4 WITH A DOUBLE AND A 2 RUN HOME RUN. RANGERS NEXT ACTION IS FRIDAY MAY 13TH AS THEY HOST DIVISIONAL OPPONENT OAKVILLE A'S. GAME TIME IS 7:45 AT CONNORVALE PARK.
May 5, 2005 RANGERS READY TO OPEN 2005 SEASON
THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS ARE SET TO DEFEND THEIR COBA LEAGUE PENNANT AND ONTARIO CHAMPIONSHIP AS THEY BEGIN THEIR SEASON THIS WEEKEND, THE RANGERS OPEN THE SEASON AGAINST DIVISIONAL RIVAL THE ERINDALE CARDINALS. RANGERS PITCHING ACE ROMAN KULA WILL BE ON THE MOUND. THE RANGERS WILL THEN PLAY THE UP AND COMING MILTON RED SOX AND THEN ON SUNDAY WILL FACE THE BRAMPTON TWINS. GOOD LUCK TO THE SENIOR RANGERS!!!!
April 4, 2005 This years Elimination tournament gets moved
After yesterdays OBA Board of Directors meeting it was decided that this years Senior A Elimination Tournament will not take place in Thunder Bay as first awarded but will be held in Courtright. This is great news for all Senior A Teams. The vote to over turn the placing of the Elim's in Thunder Bay was near unanimous as there was only one vote cast in favour of Thunder Bay. Thanks to all who had a hand in presenting the teams viewpoint and a special thanks to the Board of Directors from the OBA in doing the right thing for Senior A Baseball in Ontario.
March 15, 2005 SAWKIW JOINS FAN 590
FORMER PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER AND FORMER ETOBICOKE RANGER WARREN SAWKIW HAS JOINED THE TORONTO BLUE JAY RADIO TELECAST CREW ON RADIO STATION FAN 590 AS THE ANALYST. WARREN WILL BE WORKING ALONGSIDE BLUE JAY BROADCASTER JERRY HOWARTH. CONGRATULATIONS WARREN!!
March 3, 2005 RANGERS TO OPEN SEASON MAY 7TH
THE DEFENDING ONTARIO CHAMPION ETOBICOKE RANGERS WILL BEGIN THEIR 2005 LEAGUE PLAY ON SATURDAY MAY 7TH AS THEY WILL HOST THE MILTON RED SOX AT 9TH LINE PARK. THE 30 GAME LEAGUE SCHEDULE HAS NOW BEEN FINALIZED. THE RANGERS WILL PLAY 11 FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES @ CONNORVALE AND 1 SUNDAY AFTERNOON DOUBLEHEADER. THE RANGERS WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING THE WISEMAN MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT IN WINDSOR--JULY 1,2 & 3 AS WELL AS THE HAP WALTERS MEMORIAL IN ST. CATHARINES JULY 15, 16 & 17.
March 1, 2005 C.O.B.A. SENIOR LEAGUE ADDS 2 MISSISSAUGA ENTRIES
THE SENIOR MEN'S C.O.B.A. BASEBALL LEAGUE HAS JUST EXPANDED FROM A 9 TEAM LEAGUE TO AN 11 TEAM LEAGUE. THE MISSISSAUGA SOUTHWEST TWINS AND THE MISSISSAUGA NORTH TIGERS HAVE GAINED ENTRY INTO THE LEAGUE FOR THE 2005 SEASON. BOTH EXPANSION CLUBS WILL BE IN THE ANDREWS DIVSION ALONG WITH THE PENNANT WINNING ETOBICOKE RANGERS, ERINDALE CARDINALS, OAKVILLE A'S AND THE LAST YEAR EXPANSION CLUB FROM BRAMPTON. THE JOHNSON DIVISION WILL NOW BE HOME TO THE MILTON RED SOX AND WILL JOIN THE LEAGUE CHAMPS BURLINGTON BRANTS,ST. CATHARINES METRO'S, GLANBROOK GRIZZLIES AND THE DUNDAS CHIEFS. THE 2005 SEASON IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN ON SATURDAY MAY 7TH.
February 23, 2005 JURY STILL OUT
AFTER SATURDAY'S MEETING AMONGST THE SENIOR A MANAGERS, OBA BOARD MEMBERS AND THE PRESIDENT OF THUNDER BAY BASEBALL SEVERAL THINGS BECAME QUITE CLEAR. 15 SENIOR A TEAMS WERE IN ATTENDANCE AND AFTER THUNDER BAY MADE THEIR PRESENTATION AND ANSWERED QUESTIONS ALL 15 TEAMS WHEN POLLED PUBLICALLY STATED THAT THEY WILL NOT TRAVEL TO THUNDER BAY. THE OBA COULD NOT ANSWER THE QUESTION ABOUT THE BID FROM COURTRIGHT AND WHY THEY WERE NOT CONSIDERED EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD A BID IN PLACE TO HOST. THUNDER BAY IS NOT INTERESTED IN WHAT IS BEST FOR SENIOR A BASEBALL AS IT WAS QUITE CLEAR THAT THEIR MOTIVE FOR HOSTING WAS TO MAKE MONEY FOR THUNDER BAY BASEBALL, TO HELP THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND TO HELP WITH THEIR OWN BASEBALL PROGRAM. THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE NEVER SENT A TEAM IN THE HISTORY OF THIS TOURNAMENT TO PARTICIPATE DID NOT SIT WELL WITH THE A TEAMS. WE ARE LED TO BELIEVE THAT THIS ISSUE WILL BE RESOLVED SOON AND WE ARE HOPING THAT COMMON SENSE WILL PREVAIL. THIS WEB SITE WILL PUBLISH NEWS ON THIS ISSUE AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE
February 17, 2005 SENIOR "A" TEAMS TO MEET WITH O.B.A.
THIS COMING SATURDAY FEBRUARY 19TH THE SENIOR "A" MANAGERS FROM ACROSS THE PROVINCE WILL GATHER AT THE O.B.A. OFFICES IN CAMBRIDGE TO MEET WITH OFFICIALS FROM THE O.B.A. WITH REGARDS TO THE AWARDMENT OF THE ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT TO THUNDER BAY. AS MOST FOLLOWERS OF SENIOR "A" BASEBALL IN THIS PROVINCE ARE AWARE THE ALLOCATION OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS TOURNAMENT THAT THIS PROVINCE HAS TO OFFER NEEDS TO BE AWARDED TO A LOCATION THAT IS REACHABLE FOR THE TEAMS INVOLVED. THE MANAGERS ARE VERY HOPEFUL THAT AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION CAN BE FOUND. AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW 14 OF THE 18 PARTICIPANTS FROM LAST YEARS TOURNEY HAVE DECIDED THAT THE TRIP TO THUNDER BAY WOULD NOT BE FEASIBLE AND THEREFORE WILL NOT BE ATTENDING. THE OUTCOME OF SATURDAYS MEETING WILL BE UPDATED HERE EARLY NEXT WEEK.
December 15, 2004 MERRY CHRISTMAS
ON BEHALF OF THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!
October 23, 2004 3 RANGERS SELECTED TO ALL STAR SQUAD
THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS CATCHER RICK MALINOWSKI,RIGHTHANDED PITCHER ROMAN KULA AND OUTFIELDER PETER SAWEZCKO WERE SELECTED TO THE 2004 ANDREWS DIVISION ALL STAR TEAM. CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!!!!
October 22, 2004 RANGERS HONORED
THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS WERE PRESENTED LAST EVENING AT THE ANNUAL LEAGUE BANQUET WITH THE PRESTIGIOUS ANSON BUCK TROPHY FOR FINISHING 1ST OVERALL IN THE SENIOR MEN'S C.O.B.A. BASEBALL LEAGUE. THIS IS THE 3RD TIME IN THE 7 YEARS SINCE JOINING THE LEAGUE THAT ETOBICOKE HAS BEEN ABLE TO FINISH 1ST OVERALL. THE ETOBICOKE TEAM WAS ALSO PRESENTED THE LEN ANDREWS PLAQUE FOR FINISHING FIRST IN THEIR DIVISION. ETOBICOKE WON THEIR DIVISION FOR THE 5TH TIME IN THE PAST 7 YEARS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS ON ANOTHER FINE SEASON.
October 22, 2004 KULA AND MALINOWSKI WIN AWARDS
ETOBICOKE RANGERS RIGHTHANDED PITCHER ROMAN KULA HAS BEEN VOTED THE PITCHER OF THE YEAR IN THE MEN'S SENIOR C.O.B.A. BASEBALL LEAGUE. ROMAN POSTED A 7-1 RECORD WITH A 0.34 ERA. RANGER CATCHER RICK MALINOWSKI IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE INAUGURAL IRONMAN AWARD DEDICATED IN THE MEMORY OF BILL GRAHAM. RICK IS A MOST DESERVING WINNER OF THIS AWARD AS HE WAS TRULY AN IRONMAN THIS PAST SEASON AS RICK CAUGHT ALL BUT 3 OF THE RANGERS 49 GAMES. CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH ROMAN AND RICK!!!
October 1, 2004 Sports Injury Specialist
The Etobicoke Rangers are happy to provide a LINK to Dr. Tom Sawa's Web Site. Over the years Dr. Sawa has treated many Etobicoke Ranger players that have suffered baseball related injuries. Dr. Sawa specializes in upper body extremities (shoulder & elbows). To visit Dr.Sawa's web site please click onto the Links column.
September 21, 2004 C.O.B.A. SENIOR LEAGUE BANQUET
This years banquet is being hosted by the BURLINGTON BRANTS and takes place on Thursday October 21st at the King's Court Restaurant located at 1159 King Rd (off of Plains Road) Burlington. Cocktails @ 6:30 and a buffet dinner @ 7:30. Awards and All Star recognition to follow the dinner. For more info contact Whitey.
September 15, 2004 Annual Rangers/Indians Golf Tournament
This years Etobicoke Rangers/Indians Golf Tourney will once again be held at the Glen Eagle Golf Club in Bolton located on Highway 50. Saturday October 2 is the date and tee offs begin @ 11:00 am sharp. Cost is $80.00 which includes 18 holes of golf and a cart. Please register with Mike "The General" Gauthier or Steve "Whitey" Breitner. This tournament is open to all current and former Etobicoke Rangers/ Indians Baseball players and friends. After the golf please join us at the Boston Pizza located on Highway 7 east of Airport Road in Brampton.
September 2, 2004 CULLEN A CANADIAN ALL-STAR
Geoff Cullen on loan to the Etobicoke Rangers from the Erindale Cardinals at the National Tournament led all hitters during the round robin play with a 615 batting average. This led Geoff to be named to the ALL STAR team as the D/H. Geoff also was the winner of the HOME RUN DERBY as he defeated big Darren Doucette of the Gold Medal winning Nova Scotia team. Congratulations to Geoff!!!
September 2, 2004 NO MEDAL FOR ETOBICOKE
The Etobicoke Rangers failed to pick up a medal at the Nationals this past week in Moncton, New Brunswick. The Rangers finished the 4 game game round robin at 2-2 which placed them 3rd in their division and earned them a cross over playoff game. The Rangers opened the tournament losing 7-2 to Nova Scotia. They then defeated Team Newfoundland 4-2. Next up was Team Saskatchewan and the Rangers were shutout 3-0. The Etobicoke side then defeated the host Moncton Mets 8-1 to advance to the playoff round and faced Team Quebec. Quebec defeated the Rangers in the playoff game 2-0. The Rangers were defeated by MEDAL winning teams only. The Rangers strength all season has been their pitching and at the Canadians this did not change as the Etobicoke team came away with the second best overall ERA at the tournament. As pitching was the strength their hitting had been their achilles heel and this did not change either as the Rangers as a team batted only .226. Congratulations to the players and fans who stood behind this team all season!! For all the tournament details please click onto the Links and visit ETOBICOKE AT THE NATIONALS.
August 24, 2004 RANGERS ADD ROGERS TO PROVINCIAL ROSTER
The Etobicoke Rangers have added Ken Rogers to their roster for the National Championships. Kenny a former Ranger who is now playing for the Burlington Brants will give the Rangers another strong bat and good defense in the Rangers drive for a medal.
August 20, 2004 RANGERS WIN PENNANT
On the strength of their 4-1 win last night over the Erindale Cardinals the Etobicoke Rangers clinched the pennant. It turned out that the Rangers needed to win their final league game to take the 1st overall placing as they were defeated in the protested game 2-1 by the Dundas Chiefs. The Rangers finished with the same record as the Burlington Brants @ 22-5-1 but the Rangers lay claim to the pennant as they swept the Brants in the regular season series 3-0. The Rangers received another outstanding pitching performance from Troy Hamilton, Pete Saweczko, Roman Kula and Rob Beaton as this quartet held the hard hitting Cardinals to 3 hits. Winning pitcher Roman Kula upped his league record to 7-1. Rob Beaton with 3 innings of shutout relief picked up his 1st save of the season. Offensively 1st year 1st baseman A.J. Iafrate led the way with 2 hits, a stolen base and an RBI. Rob Borden had 3 stolen bases, a run scored and an RBI. The Rangers are now preparing for the Men's Canadian Championships which begin next Thursday August the 26th. The Rangers will be holding team workouts @ Connorvale Park on Sunday and Monday nights prior to their departure to Moncton on Tuesday. Best of Luck to the entire Etobicoke Rangers squad at the Nationals.
August 16, 2004 RE-SCHEDULED GAME
The Etobicoke Rangers will host the Erindale Cardinals this Thursday August 19th @ Connorvale Park. This is a make up game from last Friday's rain out. Prior to the start of this game the Rangers will finish a game that was protested by the Dundas Chiefs. The Chiefs in winning the protest will come in @ 7:30 to finish off the game from July 4th. The Erindale game will begin immediately following the completion of the Dundas game.
August 14, 2004 RANGERS & CARDINALS WASHED OUT
Last nights scheduled game between the Etobicoke Rangers and the visiting Erindale Cardinals was postponed due to wet field conditions. This game will be made up at a date to be determined next week.
August 12, 2004 FOLLOW THE RANGERS AT THE CANADIANS
To follow the Etobicoke Rangers at the Men's Senior Baseball Championships being held in Moncton New Brunswick August 25-30 please click onto the Links column at he left hand side of this page and then click onto the Etobicoke @ The Nationals link.
August 10, 2004 RANGERS ADD 2 PLAYERS FOR CANADIANS
The Etobicoke Rangers have added 1st Baseman Geoff Cullen and catcher John McEwan to their roster for the upcoming Canadian Baseball Championships to be held in Moncton New Brunswick later this month. Cullen a left handed hitting power hitter who has been the leagues perrenial home run leader and McEwan was last years All Star catcher in the Senior COBA League will add some punch and depth to the Ranger lineup. Both players currently play with the Erindale Cardinals of the COBA Senior League.
August 9, 2004 RANGERS POUND A'S
The Etobicoke Rangers came out in the 1st inning swinging to the tune of 3 runs. They scored 6 more in the 3rd and never looked back as they defeated the Oakville A's 13-1 in a 7 inning mercy. Leading the way for the Rangers was 1st baseman A.J. Iafrate as A.J. collected 4 hits in 5 trips including a 2 run home run and had 3 RBI'S. SS Andy Tulshi with 3 hits (2 doubles) and Pete Saweczko with 3 hits as well and 3 RBI'S led the Rangers to victory. John Campbell started for the Rangers and pitched 5 innings for the win giving up only 4 base hits. Andy Tulshi making his mound debut was roughed up for 1 run on 2 hits and Kevin Breitner pitched a 1-2-3 7th to seal the victory. The Rangers now host the Erindale Cardinals in the season finale at Connorvale Park this Friday @ 7:45. A Ranger win clinches 1st place in the Men's Senior COBA League.
August 8, 2004 RANGERS LATE RALLY DEFEATS BRAVES
The Etobicoke Rangers trailing 4-3 going into the top of the 8th exploded for 5 runs and another 5 in the top of the 9th to down the Brampton Braves 12-4. Rangers started Rob Borden on the hill and Borden responded with a solid 4 innings of work. Rob gave up a solo home run and struck out 4. Jon Kielb picked up Borden and surrendered 3 runs to give Brampton the lead. Todd Riverso with 3 shutout innings picked up the win while holding the Braves to only 2 hits over the 3 innings. Leading the Rangers was versatile Frank MacIntyre as "Scooby" was 4/5 with 2 RBI'S. Pete Saweczko had 3 hits and SS Andy Tulshi hit his first big fly of the season. Rangers are in Oakville to play the A's on Monday and conclude their regular season as the Erindale Cardinals are @ Connorvale Park next Friday night in a 7:45 game start. Rangers improved their overall season record to 32-7-2.
August 6, 2004 RANGERS BACK IN ACTION
The Etobicoke Rangers fresh off of their Provincial Championship are back in action as they travel to Brampton on Saturday to play the Braves in a 1pm start. The Rangers then visit Oakville on Monday and then conclude the regular season at home on Friday August 13th against divisional rival the Erindale Cardinals. Game time is 7:45 @ Connorvale Park. The Rangers currently lead the Cardinals by a 1/2 game and the Burlington Brants by 1 1/2 games in the race for the league pennant.
August 3, 2004 ETOBICOKE WINS PROVINCIALS
FOR THE 3RD TIME IN THE PAST 5 YEARS THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT TO REPRESENT ONTARIO AT THE CANADIAN BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS. THIS YEAR THE NATIONALS ARE BEING HELD IN MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK FROM AUGUST 25-30. THE RANGERS STARTED OFF THE TOURNAMENT WITH A NAIL BITER AS THEY DEFEATED THE LEASIDE LEAFS 2-1. JOHN CAMPBELL WITH A COMPLETE GAME SCATTERED 7 HITS WHILE STRIKING OUT 4 EARNED THE WIN FOR THE RANGERS.THE RANGERS SCORED BOTH OF THEIR RUNS IN THE 4TH INNING THANKS TO RBI'S FROM RICK MALINOWSKI AND TODD RIVERSO. GAME 2 SAW THE RANGERS PLAY THE WINDSOR STARS. IT TOOK THE RANGERS 8 INNINGS TO PULL OFF THE 5-3 VICTORY AS RANGER ACE ROMAN KULA WENT THE DISTANCE IN RECORDING HIS 1ST OF 3 WINS THIS WEEKEND. ONCE AGAIN CATCHER RICK MALINOWSKI WITH A BASE HIT IN THE 8TH SENT THE RANGERS AHEAD TO STAY. GAME 3 PUT THE RANGERS UP AGAINST THE TECUMSEH THUNDER WHO WERE 2-0 AS WELL. THE RANGERS BEHIND AN INCREDIBLE PITCHING PERFORMANCE FROM KRYS DOIRON BEAT THE THUNDER 3-2 IN 12 INNINGS. DOIRON PITCHED ALL 12 FOR THE RANGERS GIVING UP ONLY 5 HITS.RYAN CROUCHER LED OFF THE 12TH BY BEING HIT BY A PITCH AND CAME AROUND TO SCORE ON A TECUMSEH ERROR. GAME 4 PITTED THE RANGERS AGAINST THE DEFENDING CHAMPS, THE MARKHAM PIONEERS. THE RANGERS CAME BACK WITH KULA AND ROMAN WAS ABLE TO HOLD THE MARKAHAM SQUAD TO 3 RUNS AS THE RANGERS BEAT THEM 4-3. RANGER 3RD BASEMEN JASON CROCKER HAD THE GAME WINNING RBI IN THE 5TH SCORING A.J. IAFRATE. THE RANGERS NOW 4-0 MOVED ONTO MONDAY AND NOW PLAYED EAST YORK. THE RANGERS CAME OUT A LITTLE FLAT MAKING 2 ERRORS IN THE 1ST INNING AS EAST YORK JUMPED OUT TO THE EARLY LEAD. EAST YORK WENT ON TO BEAT ETOBICOKE 5-1 AS RANGER STARTER ROB BEATON TOOK THE LOSS. EAST YORK HELD THE RANGERS TO 5 HITS IN HANDING THEM THEIR 1ST LOSS OF THE TOURNEY. THE LOSS NOW PUT THE RANGERS INTO THE SEMI-FINAL AGAINST THE CHATHAM DIAMONDS WHILE EAST YORK HAD TO PLAY THE TECUMSEH THUNDER IN THE OTHER SEMI. WITH VETERAN PITCHER TROY HAMILTON ON THE HILL FOR THE RANGERS THEY WENT ON TO SHUTOUT THE DIAMONDS 2-0 AND ADVANCE TO THE FINAL. TROY HELD THE CHATHAM TEAM TO ONLY 4 HITS THROUGH THE 7 INNING GAME. THE RANGERS SCORED A RUN IN THE 1ST AS CROUCHER SCORED COURTESY OF A KRYS DOIRON SINGLE. THE RANGERS ADDED THEIR 2ND RUN IN THE 7TH THANKS TO SOME AGGRESIVE BASE RUNNING FROM CENTREFIELDER ROB BORDEN. IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME THE RANGERS SENT PETE SAWECZKO TO THE MOUND AND PETE KEPT THE RANGERS CLOSE BEFORE LEAVING THE GAME IN THE TOP OF THE 5TH TRAILING 3-1. THE RANGERS WENT BACK TO KULA TO GET OUT OF A 1ST AND 3RD ONE OUT JAM WHICH ROMAN PROMPTLY DID, WITH A STRIKEOUT AND AN INFIELD POP UP. THE RANGERS IN THEIR HALF OF THE 5TH TIED THE GAME AT 3-3'S AND SET THE STAGE FOR THE EXTRA INNING VICTORY AS SS ANDY TULSHI WITH THE BASES LOADED AND THE INFIELD DRAWN IN HIT A HARD GROUNDER BETWEEN SS AND 3RD BASE DRIVING HOME FRANK MACINTYRE WITH THE GAME WINNER. KULA WITH 3 1/3 INNINGS OF SHUTOUT RELIEF EARNED HIS 3RD VICTORY OF THE TOURNAMENT GIVING ETOBICOKE THE VICTORY. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS AND FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO CHEERED THEM ON THROUGHOUT THIS VERY BASEBALL INTENSE WEEKEND! BRING HOME A MEDAL!!!!
July 28, 2004 RANGERS HEAD OFF TO PROVINCIALS
The Etobicoke Rangers are off to Windsor this coming weekend to participate in the Men's Senior A Provincial Championship. The Rangers sporting a season record of 25-6-2 were winners of this tournament 2 of the past 5 years (1999 & 2002). The tournament winner goes on to play in the Canadian Men's Senior Championship to be held in Moncton, New Brunswick August 25-30. The Rangers open up the tournament on Saturday morning against the Leaside Leafs from the GTBL. There are 18 of the best Senior A Teams from around the province playing this weekend in the double knockout style tournament. Last year the Markham Pioneers(EOBA) defeated the Woodslee Orioles to go on to the Nationals. Best of Luck to the Rangers!
July 27, 2004 CARDINALS HAMMER RANGERS
Last night at 9th Line Park the Erindale Cardinals used 12 base hits and 12 walks to hammer the Etobicoke Rangers 15-6. With the Rangers leading 6-5 going into the bottom of the 6th the Rangers called on veteran pitcher Jon Kielb. Jon didn't have his usual control as he issued 3 walks, gave up 5 hits including 2 homeruns as he surrendered 5 earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Reliever Kevin Breitner fared no better as Kevin walked 8, gave up 4 hits and also 5 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. Offensively for the Rangers SS Andy Tulshi and RF Todd Riverso both chipped in with a pair of doubles to lead the Rangers 11 hit attack. Tulshi also had 2 RBI'S. The loss leaves the Rangers with a 1/2 game lead over the Cardinals for top spot in the Senior Men's COBA loop with only 3 league games to play.
July 25, 2004 RANGERS NEED EXTRAS TO DEFEAT BRANTS
The Etobicoke Rangers strengthened there hold on first place yesterday afternoon at Connorvale Park as they defeated the Burlington Brants in 11 innings 3-2. The Rangers were able to load the bases in the 11th off of former Ranger Kenny Rogers. Up for the Rangers was ex Brant Bruce VanLoon. VanLoon with a solid single between 1st and 2nd was the deciding blow scoring Rick Malinowski with the game winner. Etobicoke starting pitcher Rob Beaton pitched a strong 6 innings giving up both Brant runs. Pete Saweczko came on and pitched the final 5 innings to gain the win. Saweczko helped himself out as he was 3-5 with 2 RBI's. The Rangers now play a pivotal league game this Monday as they travel to Erindale to play the Cardinals. The Rangers lead the loop and have a 1.5 game lead over the 2nd place Erindale squad. Game time is 7:30 @ 9th Line Park.
July 24, 2004 RANGERS SHUTOUT RED SOX
Last night at Connorvale Park the Etobicoke Rangers shutout the Milton Red Sox 4-0. John Campbell and Roman Kula combined to 3 hit the Red Sox. This duo was so dominant that no Red Sox player reached past 1st base. Campbell with 6 innings of 2 hit baseball picks up the win while Kula for his shutout 3 innings of work picks up the save. Ranger catcher Rick Malinowski was 3/4, scored 2 of the Ranger runs and had an RBI. The Rangers were able to muster only 8 hits off the Red Sox pitching but together with 7 walks and 3 Milton errors enabled the Rangers to win their 12th consecutive league game. Next action is Saturday afternoon in a 1pm start @ Connorvale as the Johnson Division leading Burlington Brants visit.
July 22, 2004 RANGERS HANG ON
The Etobicoke Rangers behind the combined 4 hit pitching of starter and winner Roman Kula, Kevin Breitner and Troy Hamilton nipped the Glanbrook Grizzlies 1-0. Kula with 6 innings of 1 hit baseball upped his league record to 6-1. The Rangers scored the only run of the game in their half of the 7th inning as SS Pete Saweczko led off with a base hit. Peter then stole 2nd , then advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch. Todd Riverso hit a deep fly ball to right field to score Saweczko with the only run the Rangers would need. The Grizzlies came close to scoring as they had runners on 1st and 3rd in the 8th with only 1 out but Hamilton retired the next 2 batters. Again in the bottom of the 9th Glanbrook had 2 on and only one out but Hamilton got the final 2 outs to preserve the shutout and to pick up his 1st save of the season. Next action is this Friday night as the Milton Red Sox are @ Connorvale and in a rare Saturday afternoon game the Burlington Brants visit Connorvale in a 1pm start.
July 18, 2004 RANGERS EXTEND WIN STREAK TO 10
The Etobicoke Rangers behind the solid pitching of John Campbell, Rob Beaton and Jon (The Lawyer) Kielb and an 11 hit attack defeated the visiting St. Catharines Metros Friday night 8-1. Campbell with 6 innings of 1 hit baseball was the winner as Beaton and Kielb threw 3 innings of shutout relief and held the hard hitting Metros to only 3 more hits. Offensively the Rangers were led by 1st baseman A.J. Iafrate as A.J. hit 2 Homeruns and knocked in 4. Andy Tulshi, Pete Saweczko, Rob Borden and Rick Malinowski each had a pair of hits. The win improves the Rangers league record to 17-3-1 which is good for 1st place in the 9 team loop. The Rangers now visit the Glanbrook Grizzlies on Tuesday and return home Friday night to face the much improved Milton Red Sox. Then on Saturday afternoon @ 1pm the Rangers will host the Johnson Division leader Burlington Brants.
July 14, 2004 St. Catharine's wins Hap Walters
The Etobicoke Rangers were defeated by the St. Catharines Metro's in the finals of the Hap Walters Memorial Tournament 7-3. The Rangers who were defending their 2003 win had reached the finals of this tournament for the 3rd year in a row. St. Catharine's came out in the 1st inning swinging as they were able to put up a 3 spot off Ranger starter and loser Kevin Breitner. The Rangers came right back in the bottom of 1st with 2 runs but that was as close as they would come. Kevin was pressed into an emergency start and was touched for 6 runs and 7 hits over 3 innings. Todd Riverso came in and held the Metro's in check until tiring in the 7th when Jon Kielb came on to record the final 3 outs. The Rangers managed 7 hits. Billy Aucoin and Jesse Korona each with a pair of hits led the Rangers. The Rangers were awarded the 2nd place prize money of $500.00. The next action for the Etobicoke squad is this Friday night @ 7:45 as the Hap Walter's Champion St. Catharines Metro's come to Connorvale.
July 11, 2004 Rangers reach final
The Etobicoke Rangers reached the final of the Hap Walters Memorial Tournament this weekend with a semi-final victory over the Windsor Stars. The Rangers who fell behind the Stars 3-0 after the first inning battled back to tie the game in the 4th and then scored the go ahead run and winning run in the top of the 7th. Starting pitcher Rob Beaton got off to a shaky start allowing the 3 first inning runs but then settled down to pick up the complete game victory. Beaton gave up only 1 more hit through the next 6 innings. The Rangers got 2 runs in their half of the 3rd as Pete Saweczko drove in Billy Aucoin and Ryan Croucher. The Rangers tied the game in the fourth as Centrefielder Billy Aucoin drove home A.J. Iafrate. With the game tied at 3-3's going into the top of the 7th the Rangers rallied to score the go ahead run as Saweczko led off the inning by being a hit batter. Roman Kula then walked and catcher Rick Malinowski then sacrificed to move the runners. Thirdbaseman Jason Crocker then hit a deep fly ball to left to score Saweczko and give the lead to the Rangers for good. The Rangers finished the 12 team round robin with the best overall record at 2-0-1. On Friday night in the Tournaments opening game The Rangers tied the Burlington Brants 0-0. A truly great ball game with Etobicoke's Roman Kula going the distance. The Rangers were able to muster only 2 hits off the Brants pitcher and Kula was just as good allowing 3 hits over the seven inning tournament ruled tie. Next up for the Rangers were the Woodslee Orioles who the Rangers lost to 2 weeks ago in the Wiseman tournament. The Rangers got their revenge with a hard fought 3-1 victory. Starting and winning pitcher was John Campbell who scattered 5 hits and an unearned run to pick up the victory. The decisive blow for the Rangers came in the 6th inning as A.J. Iafrate hit a 2 run scoring double. To finish the round robin the Rangers now faced the Northhumberland Whiskey Jacks. Troy Hamilton was the winning pitcher as Buck threw the Rangers 3rd consecutive complete game in winning 4-1. Buck gave up only 3 hits while walking only one in giving the Etobicoke team the best record after round robin play. The Rangers were now going to face the St. Catharines Metros in the final for the $1,500.00 prize money.
July 8, 2004 Rangers set to defend in Hap Walters Memorial
This weekend the Etobicoke Rangers will travel to St. Catharines to defend their champiopnship from last year in the Hap Walters Memorial Tournament. This tournament features some of the best Senior A teams from around the province. Last year the Rangers took home the top prize as they were undefeated in their 5 games. In this years tournament the Rangers will face the Burlington Brants Friday night and then will play the Woodslee Orioles and the Northumberland Whiskey Jack's on Saturday. Semi finals and final will go on Sunday at Community Park in St. Catharines. Good Luck Rangers!
July 6, 2004 Rangers 5-0 over weekend league play
The Etobicoke Rangers began their busy weekend schedule with a 14-0 rout of the Brampton Braves this past Friday night. With the Rangers missing several players over this holiday weekend the Etobicoke Rangers responded with 5 consecutive wins. In the Friday night home game the Rangers sent veteran pitcher Jon (The Lawyer) Kielb to the hill in a rare starting assignment and Jon did not disappoint as he threw a complete game 3 hit shutout. Jon in his 1st start since 1999 walked 2, hit 2 batters and struckout 5 as he had the Braves off balance all evening. Offensively the Rangers were led by Rob Borden (3 hits including a 2 run HR), veteran catcher Rick Malinowski ( 3 hits and 3 runs scored) and 1st baseman Bruce Van Loon ( 3 hits and 3 runs scored.) On Saturday the Rangers travelled to Milton to play the Red Sox a double dip at Brian Best Park. In game 1 the Etobicoke Rangers behind the 3 hit 6 strikeout performance by ace Roman Kula shutout the Red Sox 6-0. Catcher Rick Malinowski continued where he left off Friday night as he had another 3 hit performance and collected 2 RBI'S. SS Peter Saweczko and left fielder Jesse Korona each hit home runs. Game 2 was a see saw battle that saw the Rangers come back in the 7th inning to take the lead as SS Peter Saweczko hit a game tying dinger in the top of the 7th to tie the game at 7's and then later in the inning 2nd baseman Anthony Davis walked with the bases loaded to put the Rangers ahead 8-7. Starter Troy Hamilton pitched the Rangers 3rd consecutive complete game as he limited the Milton team to 6 hits in going the distance in the 8-7 victory. Anthony Davis had a 4 for 5 afternoon and A.J. Iafrate and Saweczko each had a pair of RBI'S. The Rangers were now back home at Connorvale Park Sunday afternoon as they entertained the Dundas Chiefs in another doubleheader. The Rangers swept the Chiefs defeating them 2-1 and 5-2. The Rangers sent reliever Kevin Breitner to the mound in game 1 and Kevin responded by going 4 2/3 innings allowing only 4 hits and an unearned run. A.J. Iafrate came out of the pen to throw 2 1/3 shutout innings to pick up his 1st victory as an Etobicoke Ranger. The Chiefs pitcher Andrew Schwalm held the Rangers to only 2 hits ( Malinowski and Croucher) and 2 walks over his six innings of work but his defense let him down as they committed 2 errors in the 5th which gave the Rangers their 2 runs. In game 2 another fine pitching performance from both teams resulted in the Rangers scraping by the Chiefs 5-2. Starter and winner Peter Saweczko went 6 innings to garner the win and Todd Riverso who pitched a 1-2-3 seventh picked up the save. The Rangers were limited to only 4 hits ( 2 by Bruce Van Loon). With the 5 wins the Rangers now sport a season record of 16-3-1. Next league action for the Rangers is not until Friday July 16th when the St. Catharine's Metros pay their only visit to Connorvale Park. Game time is 7:45.
June 30, 2004 Rangers 2-1 at Wiseman Tournament
The Etobicoke Rangers fared pretty well at the Wiseman Tournament in Windsor this past weekend. On Friday night they defeated the Detroit Metro Tigers 7-1. Roman Kula pitched a 7 inning 4-hitter. Roman who was in control all evening added 9 strikeouts to his brilliant performance. Billy Aucoin and A.D. Davis both chipped in a pair of hits in the Ranger 10 hit assault while catcher Rick Malinowski drove in a pair in the Ranger victory. Next up were the finalists in last years Elimination tournament the Woodslee Orioles. Woodslee behind the 7 hit pitching of Al Dunn defeated the Rangers 7-2. Losing pitcher was Peter Saweczko. Mike Janes picked up Peter and gave up the 7th Orioles run. A.D. Davis continued his hot hitting with a pair of hits and an RBI. The Rangers now faced the Chatham Diamonds and were able to squeak by 1-0. Ranger pitcher John Campbell threw a 6-hitter on his way to the 1-0 shutout victory. The
Rangers capitilized on a Chatham 2 base error and scored the only run as SS Jason Crocker singled up the middle to score A.J. Iafrate. The win left the Rangers at 2-1 but failed to advance as they lost out in the tie breaking format to the Tigers who the Rangers had beaten earlier 7-1. The Rangers return to league play against the Burlington Brants on Wednesday.
June 30, 2004 Rangers edge by Brants
The Etobicoke Rangers returned to league play and were victorious as they defeated the Burlington Brants 6-5. Starting and winning pitcher Rob Beaton threw 5 innings and gave up 4 of the 6 runs. Beaton was picked up by Kevin Breitner giving up an unearned run and John Campbell who pitched the final 3 innings picked up his 2nd save. Pete Saweczko and Todd Riverso each had a 3 hit night while Centrefielder Rob Borden and 1st Baseman Bruce Van Loon each had a pair of RBI'S in leading the Rangers to victory. The Rangers now stand at 11-3-1. Next Ranger action is this Friday night as they host the expansion Brampton Braves. Game time is 7:45 @ Connorvale Park.
June 30, 2004 Busy weekend
After the Rangers play Friday night , they are next in action on Saturday as they travel to Milton to play the Red Sox in doubleheader beginning at 12 noon @ Brian Best Park. The Rangers then will host the Dundas Chiefs in a doubleheader on Sunday at Connorvale Park. Game one begins at 12 noon.
June 21, 2004 Shawn Hill gets the call
Former Etobicoke Ranger Shawn Hill who has been toiling in the Montreal Expos farm system since being signed out of the Etobicoke Rangers organization several years ago got the call from the Expos yesterday. Shawn who has most recently been pitching for the Harrisburg Expos AA got called up to the big team yesterday. The Expos expect to start Shawn in one of their games this week. Congratulations Shawn from all of us in the Ranger organization. We hope your stay with the Major League Team will be a long one.
June 20, 2004 RANGERS TO PLAY IN WISEMAN MEMORIAL
THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS WILL BE PLAYING THIS COMING WEEKEND IN THE RICK WISEMAN MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT IN WINDSOR. THE RANGERS ARE TO PLAY FRIDAY NIGHT IN WOODSLEE AGAINST THE DETROIT METRO TIGERS AND THEN WILL FACE THE CHATHAM DIAMONDS AND THE WOODSLEE ORIOLES ON SATURDAY. SEMI-FINALS GO ON SUNDAY WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SLATED FOR 1:15 SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS WON THIS TOURNAMENT IN 1999 AND THE $1,500 PRIZE MONEY.
June 19, 2004 WIN STREAK EXTENDS TO 3
THE ETOBICOKE RANGERS DEFEATED THE OAKVILLE A'S LAST EVENING 12-1 IN A 7 INNING MERCY. THE RANGERS WHO FELL BEHIND 1-0 IN THE 1ST AS THE A'S MANAGED A WALK AND A COUPLE OF HITS TO GO UP ON THE RANGERS. THE A'S WERE THEN SHUT DOWN THE REST OF THE WAY AS 4 RANGER PITCHERS LIMITED THE OAKVILLE SIDE TO JUST 4 SINGLES. STARTER ROB BEATON, TROY HAMILTON (2-0), ROMAN KULA AND KEVIN BREITNER KEPT THE A'S OFF BALANCE ALL NIGHT. ROB BORDEN WITH HIS 1ST DINGER OF THE SEASON A 2 RUN SHOT IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 1ST WOULD BE ALL THE RUNS THE RANGERS WOULD NEED. PETE SAWECZKO LED THE WAY WITH 3 HITS (2 DOUBLES) AND AN RBI AND D/H JOHN CAMPBELL CHIPPED IN WITH 2 HITS ONE OF THEM A 2 RUN SCORING TRIPLE. THE VICTORY IMPROVES THE ETOBICOKE RECORD TO 10-3-1. THE RANGERS ARE NOT SCHEDULED TO PLAY A LEAGUE GAME NOW UNTIL WEDNESDAY JUNE 30 AS THEY TRAVEL DOWN THE QEW TO FACE THE BURLINGTON BRANTS. THEIR NEXT HOME GAME IS FRIDAY JULY 2 AS THE RANGERS WILL ENTERTAIN THE BRAMPTON BRAVES. ON SUNDAY JULY 4TH THE RANGERS WILL HOST THE DUNDAS CHIEFS IN A 12 NOON DOUBLEHEADER @ CONNORVALE PARK
June 17, 2004 11th Annual Hockey Pool Winners
The Etobicoke Rangers 11th Annual Hockey Pool winners are: 1st Place with 154 points-- Jordan Richmond $400--2nd place with 146 points--Kirk-Guy $100--tied for 3rd with 144 points are Rick Malinowski and Bob Wood (split 3rd & 4th money) $62.50 each and tied in 5th place with 142 points are Dave Tramontozzi & Jiel. They split the $25 5th place prize money. On behalf of the Etobicoke Rangers thank you to all who entered.
June 14, 2004 Rangers win 9th
The Etobicoke Rangers picked up their 9th win of the season yesterday as they blew away the Dundas Chiefs 15-3. The Rangers with their highest offensive output of the year banged out 15 hits. A.J. Iafrate with 2 hits and 2 sacrifice flys knocked in 4 of the Ranger runs. A.D. , Mo Watson and Jason Crocker had 3 hits apeice and Centrefielder Rob Borden scored 4 times in leading the Etobicoke squad to the victory. Mike Janes pitched 4 solid innings yielding all 3 Dundas runs. Jon Kielb came on in the 5th to pick up the win and was followed to the hill by Peter Saweczko who pitched the final 4 frames to record his 2nd save . The Rangers are home this Friday to the Oakville A's. Game time is 7:45.
June 12, 2004 Kula leads Rangers
Etobicoke Rangers pitcher Roman Kula picked up his 4th victory of the season as he pitched 4 innings of shutout relief and contributed at the plate with a 1 for 3 night driving in 2 runs. The Erindale Cardinals struck for an earned run off of Ranger starter John Campbell in the top of the 1st as the lead off hitter walked and eventually scored on an infield groundout. Campbell finished his 4 innings yielding the single run and was followed to the mound by Kula. Ranger reliever Kevin Breitner with his team leading 7th appearance picked up Kula in the 9th and recorded another shutout inning. The Rangers although victorious were held to only 3 hits (Kula, Malinowski and Riverso). Veteran Ranger catcher Rick Malinowski also drove in a pair of runs. Ranger left fielder Jesse Korona had the other RBI as he worked a walk with the bases full. The Rangers travel on Sunday to Dundas to play the Chiefs in a 2pm start. The Rangers are then home next Friday June 18th as the Oakville A's pay a visit to Connorvale Park. Game time is 7:45
June 8, 2004 A's double up Rangers
The Oakville A's stole one away from the Etobicoke Rangers last night in Oakville. With the Rangers leading 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th Rangers pitcher Mike Janes was the victim of his own wildness and some shoddy fielding. The A's struck for 3 runs to take a 4-2 lead which held up. Ranger's John Campbell came in for Janes with 2 outs and the bases full and was touched for a single to left field that got by Ranger outfielder Kevin Charbonneau and allowed all 3 base runners to score. Rangers starting pitcher Peter Saweczko pitched 5 good innings allowing only 4 hits and giving up a single run. The Rangers were held to only 5 base hits as rookie Mo Watson had the hit to tie the game in the 5th and then scored the run that put the Etobicoke side up 2-1. Rangers host divisional rival Erindale Cardinals this Friday in a 7:45 game @ Connorvale Park. The Rangers travel to Dundas on Sunday for a matinee game with the Dundas Chiefs.
June 6, 2004 Rangers get by Grizzlies
Etobicoke defeated Glanbrook Friday night by the score of 7-3. The Rangers starting pitcher Roman Kula (3-1) went 5 strong innings for the win. Kula was followed to the mound by Kevin Breitner who recorded 5 strikeouts in his 2 innings of work. Just back from finishing up at the University of British Columbia John Campbell pitched the final two innings giving up a couple of unearned runs and also picks up the Rangers 3rd save of the season. The Rangers were leading 2-1 going into the bottom of the 7th when they struck for 2 more runs courtesy of an RBI single by Todd Riverso and a couple of Glanbrook miscues. The Grizzlies came right back in the top of the 8th with a pair of runs as the Rangers committed a couple of errors. The Rangers put the game away in the bottom of the 8th as they put together 3 walks and a couple of hits to add 3 insurance runs. The Rangers banged out 9 hits. Rightfielder Alex Borgo and 1st basemen A.J. Iafrate each had a pair of hits. Peter Saweczko had an RBI double in the 3 run 8th. The Rangers are on the road this coming Monday as they will travel to Oakville to play the A's in a 7:30 game.
June 4, 2004 Metro's top Rangers
St. Catharines Metro's defeated the Etobicoke Rangers last night 6-4. Starter and loser Rob Beaton gave up 6 hits and 5 runs in 3 2/3 innings to take his first loss of the season. The Ranger bullpen did a good job of keeping the Metro's at bay as Steve Sidoriak and Troy Hamilton gave up only 1 run over the next 4 1/3 but the Rangers could not get the big hit when they needed it. The Rangers once again stranded too many baserunners as they left 6 in scoring position. First baseman Bruce Van Loon had 2 hits and an RBI and Ranger 3rd baseman Todd Riverso had a 2 run scoring single. Each team committed 4 errors. Rangers next action is Friday night at Connorvale Park as the Glanbrook Grizzlies are in town. Game time is 7:45.
The Milton Red Sox came into Connorvale Park this past Friday night and handed the Etobicoke Rangers their first defeat of the season. After compiling a 6-0-1 start the Rangers were outplayed by Milton and lost 8-2. Starter and loser Roman Kula (2-1)surrendered 7 hits and 4 runs over his 5 innings of work. Veteran lefthander Steve Sidoriak pitched his 1st inning of the season and then was followed to the mound by Peter Saweczko who gave up a run in his 2 innings of work. Milton put the game away in the 9th as they were able to score 3 more times off Ranger reliever Kevin Breitner. The Red Sox outhit the Rangers 10-6 and were able to turn 2 doubleplays in the field. SS Frank MacIntyre had 2 of the Rangers 6 hits. Etobicoke rightfielder Alex Borgo scored both Ranger runs. Rangers are in St. Catharines this Thursday to play the Metro's and are home Friday night as the Glanbrook Grizzlies are @ Connorvale in a 7:45 start.
May 21, 2004 Rangers scalp Braves
The Etobicoke Rangers continue to roll along in the C.O.B.A. Men's Senior Baseball League as they handed the Brampton Braves a convincing 11-3 defeat last night at Connorvale Park. Starter Rob Beaton was touched for 4 hits and 2 runs over his 3 innings of work but the following 4 Ranger pitchers held the Braves to just 2 hits and 1 unearned run the rest of the way. Beaton was followed to the mound by Kevin Breitner, Jon Kielb, Troy Hamilton anf A.J. Iafrate. Once again centrefielder Rob Borden led the way offensively as he collected 2 hits with one of them a run scoring triple. Iafrate also chipped in with a pair of hits and an RBI. The Rangers next action comes next Friday night @ Connorvale Park in a 7:45 game against divisional opponent the Milton Red Sox.
May 20, 2004 Rangers defeat Burlington
Backed by a 13 hit attack the Etobicoke Rangers handed the previously undefeated Burlington Brants their 1st defeat of the young season by the score of 6-2. Rangers pitching ace Roman Kula threw 5 shutout innings to pick up his 3rd win. Kula was followed to the mound by Todd Riverso and Peter Saweczko. Leading the Ranger attack with 2 hits apiece were A.D.Davis, Rob Borden and Todd Riverso. The Rangers record now stands at 5-0-1. Rangers next action is this Friday night as they host the Brampton Braves in a 7:45 start at Connorvale Park
May 15, 2004 Rangers shutout Grizzlies
The Etobicoke Rangers shutout the Glanbrook Grizzlies 6-0 last evening at Connorvale Park. This was the 5th game for the Rangers in the past 6 days. Again the Ranger pitching staff was dominating. A trio of Ranger pitchers held the Grizzlies to only 2 base hits and allowed 3 base on balls. Kris Doiron, Rob Beaton and Kevin Breitner combined for the shutout. Offensively the Rangers were held to only 4 base hits but collected 9 walks to scratch out their 6 runs. The Rangers took the lead in the bottom of the 1st on a 2 out single by Rob Borden scoring Jason Crocker. The Rangers were kept off the board until the 6th when after 2 consecutive walks A.J. Iafrate hit a triple to score both runners. Jesse Korona with an RBI triple in the 8th and Crocker had the other 2 Ranger hits. The Rangers are in Burlington Wednesday May 19th to face the Brants and then are back at Connorvale May 21st in a 7:45 match with the Brampton Braves.
May 14, 2004 Rangers dump Metro's
The Etobicoke Rangers defeated the St.Catharine's Metro's 9-3 last evening. The Rangers collected 11 hits and 10 base on balls on their way to their 3rd straight victory. Rightfielder Alex Borgo continued his torrid hitting by banging out a double and also had a 2 run home run. Centrefielder Rob Borden had a 3 hit night and newcomer Jason Crocker chipped in with a pair of hits. Once again the Ranger pitching held the opposition in check as Troy (Buck Black)Hamilton, Roman (Big Daddy) Kula and Mike Janes each surrendered a run in the Ranger victory. Etobicoke is home to the Glanbrook Grizzlies Friday May 14th in a 7:45 start at Connorvale Park. Kris Doiron will be the starting pitcher for the Rangers.
May 11, 2004 Rangers top Cardinals
In a rain shortened game the Etobicoke Rangers scored 4 times in the top of the 5th to come away with a 6 inning 5-3 victory. Rangers were led by Alex Borgo who was 3-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Shortstop Frank MacIntyre drove in 2 runs for the Rangers. Rangers were able to use 3 pitchers with rookie Billy Aucoin picking up the victory in relief of starter Peter Saweczko and rookie A.J. Iafrate pitched the 6th to record his 1st save. The Rangers next action is Thursday May 13th as they travel to St. Catharines to play the Metro's.
May 10, 2004 Rangers tie A's
With a run in the bottom of the 7th the Etobicoke Rangers came back to tie the Oakville A's in their season opener. Starting pitcher Roman Kula seemed to be in mid season form as he pitched 4 shutout innings while giving up just 2 hits and striking out 6. New comer Mike Janes relieved Kula and was touched for 5 hits and all 7 Oakville runs of which 5 were earned. Etobicoke jumped out to a 5-0 lead after after 4 innings thanks to a 2 run single and a 2 run Home Run by left fielder Peter Saweczko. Second baseman A.D. Davis scored 2 runs and stole 2 bases in the 7-7 tie.
May 10, 2004 Etobicoke defeats Braves
In their second game of the day the Rangers faced the new league entry-Brampton Braves. The Rangers were victorious 5-1. Starter and winner Rob Beaton gave up 3 hits and the only Brampton run. Jon (the lawyer)Kielb, Todd Riverso and Kevin Breitner followed Beaton to the mound. This trio of pitchers gave up no hits and recorded 6 strikouts over the final 4 innings. The Rangers were led by right fielder Alex Borgo who went 2-4 with a solo Home Run.
May 10, 2004 Rangers visit Cardinals
The Rangers travel to 9th Line Park to play their long time rivals the Erindale Cardinals. Erindale was last years Playoff Champions. Game time is slated for 7:30 Monday May 10th.
April 27, 2004 Rangers set to open 2004 Season
The Etobicoke Rangers are about to open the 2004 season on Sunday May 9th. The Rangers will face the Oakville A's @ 12:30 and then will host the new league entry from Brampton @ 3:00. Both of these games will be played in Oakville as the C.O.B.A. Men's Senior League kicks off its season in a tournamernt style format. The Rangers will be led by veteran pitchers Roman Kula , Troy (Buck Black) Hamilton and catcher Rick Malinowski. Gone from last years team are veterans Manny DeMelo and Kenny Rogers. Last season the Rangers were the Andrew's Division winners and also won the Hap Walters Memorial Tournament in St. Catharines. This years Rangers are looking to repeat their performances in 2002 & 1999 as the Ontario Representatives at the Men's Senior National Championships to be held in Moncton, New Brunswick.
April 1, 2004 Sawkiw is on the way to the Olympics
Former Ranger Warren Sawkiw has been chosen by the CBC Television Network to work as their Baseball Analyst at the upcoming Olympic Games to be held in Greece this summer. We've all seen Warren perform on the Score, Sportsnet and Rogers Cable where he is able to add his valuable insight into the game of Baseball. Watch for Warren on CBC as Canada strives for Olympic gold!! Congratulations Warren on securing this most prestigious position!
December 5, 2003 BILLY GRAHAM #32
IT IS WITH MUCH SADNESS AND SORROW TO ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF BILLY GRAHAM. BILLY PASSED AWAY ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 3RD AS THE RESULT OF COMPLICATIONS FROM HIS BROKEN LEG. A BLOOD CLOT FORMED AND CAUSED A FATAL ANNUERISM. VISITATION IS ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 7TH FROM 2-4 AND FROM 7-9 AND THE FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE SET FOR MONDAY DECEMBER 8TH AT 11:AM. BILLY WILL BE RESTING AT THE ANDREW'S COMMUNITY FUNERAL CHAPEL LOCATED AT 8190 DIXIE ROAD. BILLY WAS A LONGTIME TEAMMATE OF MINE WHEN WE PLAYED TOGETHER FOR THE LEASIDE MAPLE LEAFS DURING THE LATE 70'S AND THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE 80'S. BILLY WAS ONE OF THOSE TRULY GOOD GUYS IN AMATEUR SPORTS. WHEN HIS PLAYING DAYS WERE OVER BILLY BECAME AN UMPIRE AS HE SO WANTED TO STAY INVOLVED WITH THE SPORT AND GUYS THAT HE LOVED. BILLY BEGAN UMPIRING IN THE NOW DEFUNCT METRO MAJOR SENIOR LEAGUE AND WAS CURRENTLY OUR UMPIRE IN CHIEF FOR THE C.O.B.A. MEN'S SENIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE. BILLY ALSO FOUND TIME TO REFEREE MEN'S HOCKEY. BILLY WAS TRULY A GOOD FRIEND AND A GENTLEMEN. HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL THAT KNEW HIM. BILLY LEAVES BEHIND HIS WIFE-CAROL AND TWO SONS CHRISTOPHER AND COREY. REST IN PEACE BILLY. WHITEY
November 25, 2003 ALL-STAR RANGERS
THE FOLLOWING ETOBICOKE RANGERS HAVE BEEN HONORED AS 2004 ALL STAR SELECTIONS FOR THE ANDREW'S DIVISION.
ANTHONY (A.D.) DAVIS--2B
CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEARS ETOBICOKE RANGER ALL STARS.
June 16, 2003 Hockey Pool Winners
Congratulations to the 2003 winners of the Etobicoke Rangers Annual Hockey Pool.
1st Place-Greg & Melanie McCrea (151 points) $400.00
2nd Place-Gordie Durdle (144 points) $100.00
3rd Place-Melinda Tagliarino (143 points) $75.00
There was a tie between Tim Ritcey and Sonia Boudreau for 4th place therefore they will split 4th and 5th place money (140 points) $50.00 plus $25.00 giving each $37.50.
Thanks again to all who participated.