Milton Red Sox 'AAA' Major Baseball Club : Notice Board
May 12, 2018
Erindale Outlasts Milton
The Milton Red Sox made a valiant comeback in the bottom of the 9th in their home-opener against their perennial rivals, the hard-hitting Erindale Cardinals , but fell short 8-7, ending the game with the bases loaded. Both teams hooked up in a multi- pitcher pitching duel for 7 innings with Milton heading into the eighth ahead 3-1. Ian Zettle started and allowed just one run over the 4 innings he worked, while Chris Cloes followed suit by keeping the Cards in check over 3 innings allowing no hits while striking out three batters. Dan Estay, Adam Forsey and Mark Taplin were equally effective in shutting down the Red Sox. However, Erindale struck for three runs in their half of the eighth high-lighted by Johnny DeWolfe's two-run homer over the left- field fence, followed by four more runs in the 9th. Stung by this turn of events, the Red Sox battled back in the bottom of the ninth inning to within arun ending the game with the bases loaded. Andrew Mullin earned the win for Erindale in relief ,while Alex Van Esch was saddled with the Milton loss while Kevin Cooper hurled the 9th..

Milton was led by Kevin Greer's three hit performance that included a double and an RBI. Rookie catcher, Harris Voyatzis, making his debut with the Red Sox, pounded out a triple and two RBis James Bruce, with a double and Jason Schneider, Kalen Winkler and Steve Lauzon registered a hit apiece. Rookie, Remington Evelyn, earned four walks and Kevin Cooper and Ryan Wood contributed Sacrifice RBIs each. Erindale's Pip Nurray-Smith and Johnny Dewolfe recorded two hits apiece and the Cards outhit the Red Sox 10-8.

Milton returns to action next Wednesday night when they face the Oakville A's in a 7:30 pm start.

   
May 11, 2018
Milton Wins Opener in Brampton
The 2018 edition of the Milton Red Sox won a 'winter-ball' opener in Brampton 11-6. Playing in 4 degree temperatures and driving north winds, the Sox used all their pitchers and every position player to outlast the hard-hitting Royals.

Although outhit 14-12, James Bruce led the way with a 3/5 performance and 2 RBIs. Burly catcher,Ryan Wood, contributed two clutch singles driving in 3 RBIs. Jason Schneider pounded out a pair of hits including a double and an RBI, while veteran ,Steve Lauzon, also had a 2-hit night. Newcomer middle infielder, Kalen Winkler, drew 3 BBs, hit a single, and drove in a run. Another new addition, Justin Cruz, drove in a run and earned a couple of walks. Veteran Kevin Greer also contributed a single. Milton took full advantage of 8 Brampton walks.

Ian Zettle threw the first 3 innings and gave up two earned runs on 3 hits and two walks. Chris Cloes held the Royals scoreless for two innings surrendering three hits. Rookie Justin Cruz was touched up for 3 runs on 4 hits over the inning he worked before Jason Schneider allowed just one run in the final two innings he worked giving up a pair of hits and a walk. The Royals were led by a 3-hit performance by Riculi, and two- hit contributions apiece by Steve Fleisher, Keagan Murphy, Pat Pinlac and Dawson Fascia. Chris Cloes was awarded the Win and Brampton's R.J. Page the loss.

Milton hosts Erindale in their home opener Saturday at 1:30pm at the Milton Community Center, weather permitting.

   
March 17, 2018
Pre-Season Workouts in Progress
he Milton Red Sox 'AAA' Major Baseball Club, operating in the Central Ontario 'AAA' Major Baseball League, will begin indoor workouts on Friday, March 3/17 at Peak Performance Athletics , 100 Crimea St.(formerly Frozen Ropes) in Guelph from 8:30pm - 9:30pm. Workouts will be every Friday night, except Good Friday, until the weather allows the team to get outside. If the numbers warrant it, the possibility of extending the session to an extra half hour on any particular Friday has been arranged. Cost is $15/person/session. Batting cages, soft toss areas, a free-weights and running machines , pitching mounds and an infield area, are all part of the facilities.

The COBA 'AAA' Major is an all 'AAA" Senior baseball league and one of the best Senior leagues in the province. The league combines experienced veterans, both IBL and COBA Major AAA, with a steady stream of OUA players as well as players at school in the USA, plus many local and imported Jr. graduates. Each year, the Milton Red Sox are perennial league playoff challengers, last winning the Playoff Finals in 2015, and also in 2011 and 2007.

The league schedule is 28 games with home games on Wednesday nights and Saturdays, and combined with anywhere from 2-3 tournaments, the Elimination Tournament in Windsor this year, as well as a double- knock-out tournament at the end of the league schedule to determine the league champion, teams in the 'AAA' COBA MAJOR play anywhere between 40-48 games per summer. It is a league for the serious-minded athlete who wants to maintain playing very competitive baseball during the summer months.

Milton plays out of the spacious Milton Sport's Center Complex with one of the best parks in COBA Senior baseball. The Hap Walters Tournament, as well as our league playoffs are hosted at the Milton Sports Center.

Directions to PPA:

401 to Hanlon Pkwy. (one cutoff west of #6 Hwy. - north to Paisley St. cutoff - exit rt. on Paisley and head east for 2 stoplights to Alma St. - rt. on Alma south for a few blocks to RR tracks - in middle of tracks is Crimea St. to the left. Peak Performance Athletics is on the immediate right - 100 Crimea St. likely the only building lit in the area. (519-515-0140)

New candidates for the Milton Red Sox, whether senior or junior age, can contact: Coach George Moore at geomoore@sympatico.ca or phone 905-547-4618 for further information or text at 289-237- 0750. Also, on Facebook.

   
August 9, 2017
Red Sox Bats Come Alive
Hitting by many teams is a cyclical phenomenon and this is certainly true regarding the Milton Red Sox. Stymied in London last weekend, Milton broke through late in the game against a severely depleted Mississauga SW lineup to emerge as 10-3 winners. Jame Bruce with four solid hits, including a double, RBI, a pair of stolen bases and two runs scored, set the tone. Matty Lahn continued his torrid RBI pace with four more courtesy of a single and double and 2 runs scored, and Don Smith pitched in with a single, triple, RBI, a SB and three runs scored. Brett Medland, Steve Lauzon and Orion Katayama all produced RBI singles and Ryan Wood singled as well. Kyle Porter was charged with the Twin's loss.

Chris Cloes (2-3) earned the win for Milton with 7 strong innings surrendering 3 ERs on seven hits, 0 BBs while striking out six Miss. SW hitters. Dan Todoshuk threw a scoreless 8th issuing one hit and a walk, and Matt Lahn hurled the ninth allowing one hit while striking out the side. Chris Piccini and Ryan McAree had a pair of hits each for the Twin,s while Tomas Rincon blasted a solo HR and James Byrne also hit a triple. Milton outhit SW 13-9 and committed just one error to the Twins six miscues.

The Red Sox return to action tonight against the Oakville A's at the Milton Community Center. First pitch is at 7:30pm.

   
July 25, 2017
Milton Edges Erindale at ECP
A typical Red Sox-Cardinals battle occurred last night at Erindale Cardinal Park and the visitors emerged as 10-7 winners stranding the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the 9th inning. Ian Zettle earned the win with a solid 7 -inning performance allowing all seven ERs on 11 hits, one walk and recording 7Ks on the night. Young Brett Cameron came on in relief in the 7th and pitched two brilliant scoreless innings allowing one hit, one walk and recording a pair of strikeouts. Cardinals Jay Woodward and Kevin Alp led the home side with three hits each while Josh Marson and Chris Novia contributed a pair of hits each.

Offensively, the Red Sox had an outstanding performance from Kevin Greer who contributed 6 RBIs with two singles and a two-run HR in the first inning. Josh Schneider and Steve Lauzon had two hits each with Lauzon producing and RBI , walk and a stolen base. Brett Medland with a single, 3 runs, 4 BBs, a SB and an RBI, Matty Lahn with a single and 2 BBs, Ryan Wood with an RBI single and Orion Katayama with a single rounded out the 11-hit MIlton offensive production. Starter Dan Nauth was saddled with the loss for Erindale while Dan Estey, Mark Taplin and Kevin Lukas also saw mound action. Erindale out-hit Milton 12-11 during the game. Nine Cardinal BBs was more than likely the deciding factor in the contest. Each team committed two errors during the wnd-swept game.

Milton returns to action Wednesday night at home as thye host the Hap Walters Champion Etobicoke Rangers at the Milton Sports Center. Game time is 7:30pm

   
July 20, 2017
Six-run Outburst in the 9th Solidifies Milton Victory
A hard-fought back and forth contest in Burlington last night , saw the visiting Milton Red Sox, leading 8-7 after eight complete innings, break the game wide open dramatically in the top of the ninth as they produced a 6- hit splurge that included two HRs and resulted in a 14-7 victory over the home-town Brants.

Milton out-hit Burlington 18-6 on the night led by Matty Lahn's six RBI s courtesy a double, single and a pair of sacrifice flies. Kevin Cooper stayed red-hot with two hits that included a 2-run HR and 3 RBIs. Kevin Greer with a solo HR and a single also produced 2 RBI,. while Dan Apostoli and James Bruce recorded three hits and an RBI each pestering the Brants at the top of the lineup. Brett Medland and Brendan Power with a pair of hits apiece , as well as Don Smith with a solo HR, and Ryan Wood with a single completed the 18-hit barrage. Brandon Habibi was charged with the loss for the Brants in relief of starter Jordan Rienzo. Cam Ryerson threw the 8th and 9th. The Brants committed four errors during the game.

Milton ran out six pitchers during the game that saw them commit just one error on the night. Starter, Chris Cloes , charged with one ER and two hits over two innings, was followed by Gabe Boulanger with a two-inning stint that produced a pair of ERs on two hits and three walks. Brett Cameron and Dan Todoschuk threw the 5th that produced a run on two WPs and a pair of walks. Jason Schneider (5-2) came on in the 6th and held Burlington scoreless surrendering just one hit and was credited with his 5th win of the season. Hard-throwing Danny Marquez earned the save with a solid two innings that registered three Ks and a walk for his third outstanding relief effort in the last few weeks. Brock Marshall recorded half of the Brant's six-hit total with a trio of hits, while veteran, Luke Posavad, clubbed a solo HR in the 4th.

The Red Sox, now 12-8 in league play, like all the COBA Major teams, enter the Hap Walters Memorial Tournament this weekend. Milton takes on Oakville Friday night at 6 pm, Windsor Stars at 10:00 am Saturday morning, and Strathroy Royals at 4:30 pm Saturday afternoon. All Milton's games are played at the Milton Sports Center.

Come on out and enjoy the action. Bonesy, Shag and the wives have refreshments and snacks available at the tournament hospitality center tent at the MSC parks. You are guaranteed to witness exciting baseball at either of Milton's two great fields, as teams from all over Southern Ontario go at it Friday night to Sunday afternoon. Go to the league web-site (COBAMajor.ca) to get the full schedule being played at all the parks - Clarkson, Connorvale and the 9th Line Erindale Cardinal Parks. You will not be disappointed.

   
July 16, 2017
Erindale Edge Red Sox in Hit-Fest
It took 10 innings and 28 hits before a back and forth contest between the Milton Red Sox and Greg Cranker's Erindale Cardinals was decided at the MSC in Milton yesterday, and unfortunately, the home team came out on the losing end 11-10. Erindale hitters hammered out 16 hits on the day led by Sean Alp and Aaron Palmer with three hits each as well as Pip Murray- Smith, Alex Perez and Chris Novia with two hits apiece. Red Sox hurler, Matt Lahn, started and went six innings surrendering seven ERs on 12 hits and two walks while recording four strikeouts. Scott Robbins struggled in relief; but, was picked up after 2/3 of an inning and three ERs by Brett Cameron, who threw 1 1/3 innings of hit-less scoreless ball. Liam Tennant came on to throw the final two innings and was charged with the loss surrendering an ER on two hits and a pair of walks.

Milton registered 12 hits, led by Kevin Cooper with three hits and two RBIs. Kevin Greer also produced three hits and Donny Smith recorded a pair of hits that included a double and an RBI. Catcher, Nick Feren, tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a pinch-hit two-run single, and Gabe Boulanger and Matt Lahn produced RBI singles. Brett Medland also recorded a single. Erindale's Mark Taplin earned the win in relief. The Cardinals committed three errors and Milton, for the third game in a row, played error-less ball.

The Red Sox , now sitting at 11-8 in league play, are off until next Wednesday when they head to Burlington to challenge the Burlington Brants at Nelson Park. First pitch is at 7:30pm.

   
July 13, 2017
Milton Back in Stride
The Milton Red Sox once again reverted to their time-honoured formula for success in the COBA MAJOR as they combined consistent pitching, air-tight defense and timely hitting to upset the Brampton Royals 7-3 at Dave Dash Park last night. A 12-hit attack,, no errors and tough, gutsy pitching spurred the resilient new Red Sox to victory. Brampton jumped in front 2-0 in the first inning, with the visitors taking the lead 3-2 after three innings and forging ahead 7-2 after the seventh.

Starting pitcher Jason Schneider earned his fourth win of the season by rebounding from a shaky start and settling down to hold the Royals to 4 hits over seven complete innings while dodging 5 BBs and recording 5 strikeouts. Feisty newcomer, Danny Marquez, closed the final two innings by allowing just two hits and striking out three batters to provide welcome relief to a banged- up bullpen roster. Offensively, Milton's Gabe Boulanger pounded out three hits that included a triple and an RBI while Steve Lauzon and effervescent Dan Apostoli, provided a pair of hits each, with one of Apostoli's hits being a triple. Veteran Kevin Greer blasted a solo HR to go with a single, and steady Matty Lahn launched a 2-run double in the 7th. James Bruce, Brendan Power and Kevin Cooper also drove in runs with timely singles each. Steve Hough was saddled with the loss for Brampton who committed three errors on the night.

Milton now has a day off to get ready for Greg Cranker's powerful Erindale Cardinals who come to the Milton Sports Center for a 1:30 pm start this Saturday afternoon. Milton sits with an 11-7 league record to date, first in the Johnson Division.

   
July 12, 2017
Milton Breaks Out To defeat Oakville.
Trailing 1-0 after five innings of a classic pitching duel between Milton`s Chris Cloes and Oakville`s Nick Boyd, the Red Sox exploded for eight runs in their half of the 6th to defeat the A`s 8-1 at the Milton Sports Center last night. Cloes earned the win with a solid seven inning performance scattering 7 hits, walking only one batter while striking out 5. Scott Robbins and Dan Marquez closed the game with a scoreless inning apiece. Matt Reagan and Devos registererd a pair of hits each for the A`s.

Milton out-hit Oakville 11-8 led by Matty Lahn with three singles and two RBIs and Jason Schneider with a two-hit night which included a 3-run HR and three RBIs. Kevin Cooper and Brendan Power with RBI singles, as well as Brett Medland, Dan Apostoli, Gabe Boulanger and James Bruce each with singles, completed the Milton attack. Nick Boyd suffered the Oakville loss.

Milton returns to action tonight when they take on the Brampton Royals at Dave Dash Park in Brampton. Game time is 7:15pm.

   
July 10, 2017
Mixed Bag For the Red Sox in London
The Milton Red Sox exited the Lakeside Tournament in London last weekend losing a hard-fought 6-5 to eventual tournament finalist, Leaside Maple Leafs, absorbing a thorough 14-4 thrashing from Pickering Red Sox, and having their Friday-night rainout rescheduled game vs. the Lakeside Lizards cancelled due to an umpiring rescheduling miscue.

Saturday morning , the Red Sox overcame an early 4-0 1st inning deficit to fight back and take the lead 5-4 after 5 innings. However, with two out and a man at 2nd in the top of the 7th, Leaside singled to tie the game and doubled to plate the winning run while holding Milton scoreless in their half of the inning. Jason Schneider, who absorbed the loss, threw well after the first inning, completing 6 2/3 innings while being touched for 6 ERs on 7 hits and a pair of walks while striking out 6 Leaside batters. Dan Todoschuk came on in relief in the 7th but could not quell the Leaside late-game rally.

Offensively, the Red Sox matched Leaside with an 8- hit attack, led by veteran Kevin Cooper with 3 hits that included an RBI and Matty Lahn with 2 hits , one a solo HR in the 3rd. Dan Apostoli smashed a 2-run single , and Don Smith produced an RBI single. Kevin Greer also registered a single. MIlton played errorless ball during the game.

Saturday afternoon was not a high-light in the year so-far for the Milton squad. The Pickering Red Sox outhit, out-pitched and out-defensed Milton in this best -forgotten affair. Pickering lashed Red Sox pitching for 12 hits - 7 for extra-bases - while being gifted with 8 BBs, 3 PBs, 4 Errors, 3 WPs and 2 HBs - a certain receipe for disaster. Veteran starter, Ian Zettle, was saddled with the loss giving up 5 ERs on 4 hits and 3 BBs while striking out 3 in 1 2/3 innings. Dan Marquez allowed another 3 ERs, on 4 hits and 4 BBs, and Dan Todoschuk was tagged for 4 ERs, courtesy 4 hits and a walk. Milton uncharacteristically also made four errors in the game.

Milton only registered five hits themselves. Orion Katayama had a single and two RBIs, Kevin Cooper and Brett Medland RBI singles, with "Coop' also drawing a couple of walks , Matty Lahn a double and a pair of BBs and Kevin Greer recorded a single.

Milton will try to become a little more consistent this week as the take on the Oakville A's Wednesday night at the MSC at 7:30pm before heading back to Brampton for a 7:15pm start Thursday night.

   
June 30, 2017
Red Sox Outlast Royals 9-7
The Milton Red Sox. pounded by Etobicoke Wednesday night, righted themselves in Brampton last night by a combination of solid pitching and timely hitting that overcame six 'untimely' errors. Veteran Ian Zettle set the tone early keeping the game tied 2-2 against tough Brampton hurler, Steve Hough. The Royals shot ahead 6-2 in the 7th courtesy two costly Milton errors. Jason Schneider came on in relief to settle things down and eventually earn the win when the Red Sox struck dramatically for four runs in the eighth and three more in the 9th to forge ahead 9-6. Royals added a run in their half of the ninth to close the gap. Zettle ended up with one earned run surrendering five hits, one K and a BB in 6 2/3 innings. Schneider allowed just one ER in 2 1/3 on 3 hits while registering a strikeout to improve his record to 3-1. Patrick Pinlac with three hits including two doubles, Yannick Rickli with a pair of doubles, and rookie Christian Hopski with two hits led the Brampton eight-hit attack..

Offensively, Milton were led by Brett Medland with three hits, including a double and 4 RBIs and Orion Katayama with a 2/3 night , both doubles, and 3 RBIs, as they set the pace. Veteran captain, Kevin Cooper, stayed red-hot with a clutch pinch-RBI hit double in the eigth and rookie Matty Voight slapped out a pair of singles and an RBI. Brendan Power with a double, as well as Jason Schneider and Dan Apostoli rounded out the 11-hit Milton offense with singles apiece. Eric Ferreira was tagged with the Royal loss. Milton out-errored Brampton 6-1 on the night.

Milton, now 9-7, has a week off before heading to London for the Lakeside Tournament next Friday night at 6:00pm in Pulham Park on Windermere Dr. where they take on the local Lakeside Lizards.

   
June 25, 2017
Red Sox Take Advantage of Opportunities to Defeat Metros 9-5
The Milton Red Sox took advantage of eight Niagara Metro walks to score five runs in the 4th to surge ahead 6-3 after four innings, and most importantly, employed timely hitting to add on to the total in the 7th and 8th innings to eventually emerge as 9-5 winners on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Milton.

Jason Schneider , returning to the mound this season after a 5-year absence, earned the win with a 5 1/3 inning start surrendering three ERs on five hits, five BBs, while striking out four Metro hitters. Milton's defense aided his efforts with two outstanding middle-infield double-play. Javed Baksh appeared briefly in relief in the 6th inning before dependable lefty, Dan Todoschuk came on to frustrate the Niagara over the last 3 2/3 innings, holding Niagara scoreless while surrendering just a pair of hits and walking none to register his third save of the season. Brett Medland tracked two tough fly-balls into the sun in right field during the late innings to quell Metro threats. Metros 7-hit offence was led by Ricki Ferri with three hits that included a double, as well as by ex- Red Sox, Troy Findlay with a pair of singles and a walk.

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

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

   
June 13, 2017
Red Sox and Cardinals Hook up in Slugfest
The Milton Red Sox and the Erindale Cardinals met head-on in a traditional Erindale Cardinal Field slug-fest last night with Milton pushing ahead in the top of the ninth to emerge as 12-9 victors. Both teams pounded out 14 hits apiece. Milton led 8-5 after six innings, were tied at 8 runs after seven, trailed 9-8 after eight innings and then pushed across four runs in the top of the ninth, courtesy a pair of Erindale errors, to surge ahead 12- 9.

Red Sox young slugger, Matty Lahn, led the way with a 4/6 night that included a grand slam HR and 5 RBIs. Rookie, Dan Apostoli, followed suit with 3 hits that included a double, SB and an RBI, while Brendan Power and Gabe Boulanger had two hits and an RBI each. James Bruce with a 2 RBI single, Kevin Greer with and RBI, and Kevin Cooper with a single, rounded out the Milton 14-hit attack. Josh Marson, the 5th of five Cardinal hurlers, was saddled with the loss.

Defensively , Milton starter, Chris Cloes, went 5 innings and was touched for one ER on eight hits. he walked three batters while striking out one. Dan Todoschuk came on in the 6th and was touched up for 3 ERs courtesy 3 hits and a walk. Matty Lahn took the hill in relief in the 7th and held the hit-happy Cards to one earned run over 2 2/3 innings to earn the win. Erindale's lead-off hitter, Pip Murray-Smith, led the way with three hits, and Chris Novia, Aaron Palmer and Greg Dodwell registred multiple hits for the Cards. Novia smashed a prodigious HR in the 7th that disappeared into the swamp-grass in left field. Aneil Birsa was a super-pest all night with an RBI single and three walks to start a few rallies for the home squad. Milton had two errors on the night while Erindale committed four miscues.

Milton is off until this weekend when they enter the Vaughan Tournament at Grove Park Friday night at 8:30 pm. Game 1 is against the Ilderton Red Army.

   
June 9, 2017
Red Sox Surprise Mississauga in Clarkson
The new and revised Milton Red Sox continued their slow improvement last night in Clarkson as they dealt the home Mississauga SW Twins a 6-0 defeat in under 2 1/2 hrs. Milton scored one run in the first, four more in the 7th, and one in the 8th to keep the pressure on the Twins. Veteran starter, Ian Zettle earned the win win an 8-inning shut-out performance allowing 6 hits and walking a pair as he hit his spots all night thwarting the powerful Miss. SW bats. Rookie lefty, Javed Baksh, held the home team scoreless in the bottom of the 9th allowing a hit, walk and striking out one. The Twins 7-hit offence was led by Jamie Smith and Michael Cardinale with two hits apiece. The Red Sox defense was impeccable on the night playing errorless baseball. The outfield was outstanding tracking dowm multiple line drives.

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

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

   
June 6, 2017
Metros Edge Red Sox in Pitching Duel
The Milton Red Sox dropped a tough 2-1 decision the the Niagara Metros last night in a game that featured a quality start by each pitcher, as well as 'lights-out' relief efforts by both squads. Milton's Chris Cloes threw a strong first five innings allowing 2 unearned runs on 7 hits while striking out three batters and walking a pair. Justin Volpato came on in the 6th; however, immediately experienced arm discomfort and was picked up superbly by Dan Todoschuk, who hurled a hitless, scoreless three innings. Cloes was saddled with the loss. Niagara, who outhit Milton 7-6 were led by Jono Marcheterre and Geoff Strong with two hits each.

Milton was led by Orion Katayama with a single and a double , as well as fireplug rookie, Dan Apostoli, who hammered out a pair of singles. Matty Lahn and Kevin Greer also registered singles. Dylan Perlego earned the win for Metros with a solid start and Andrew Cartaginese, Tyler Wood and Dan Proctor held the Milton bats in check in relief. Milton had a pair of errors and Niagara one.

Milton returns to action Tuesday night at Clarkson Park when they take on the Mississauga SW Twins in a 7:30 pm start.

   
June 1, 2017
Milton Hangs on to Defeat Niagara
The Milton Red Sox saw a 6th inning 5-0 lead against the short-handed Niagara Metros slowly melt away before Dan Todoschuk stymied the visitor's 8th inning rally and preserve a 5-4 Milton victory. Veteran, Ian Zettle, earned the win with a six-inning scoreless effort allowing 4 hits while walking none. Justin Volpato came on in relief and surrendered one run on 2 hits while walking one over one inning, and rookie Evan Cruikshank was victimized for 3 UERs by a pair of key errors in the part inning he appeared, before lefty, Dan Todoschuk, settled things down over the final 1.2 innings to earn the save. `Todo` allowed one hit while striking out a pair of Metros. Niagara`s 9 hit attack was led by Jordan Grant and Jon Paul with a pair of hits each. Milton countered with 8 hits on the night led by James Bruce with a pair of hits and an RBI and Steve Lauzon with and important 2-run RBI single in the 6th inning. Gabe Boulanger registered an RBI double, Brendan Power an RBI single and Brett Medland, Liam Tennant and Jason Schneider tallied singles. Milton committed a pair of errors while Niagara played errorless ball.

Milton returns to action tomorrow night in Etobicoke at Connorvale Park . First pitch is at 7:30pm.

   
May 28, 2017
Milton Edges Erindale at MSC
The Milton Red Sox and the Erindale Cardinals battled back and forth for nine innings before the Red Sox pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 9th to walk away with a 5-4 victory. The Cardinal',s Andrew Mullin, and Red Sox, Chris Cloes, hooked up in a pitching duel that kept the score at 4-4 after five innings. After a scoreless 6th, 7th, 8th inning and top of the 9th, Milton's veteran third baseman, Kevin Greer, powered a booming double to left-center to score Dan Apostoli , who had reached first after being hit by a pitch with one out. The rookie chugged around from 1st to 3rd for the winning run and a 5-4 Red Sox victory.

'Cranks' Cards out hit the Red Sox 11-5 on the day, highlighted by Chris Novias' towering two-run HR in the 3rd. Jay Woodward, Jake Eves and Steve Gallant had multiple hits for the Cards. Greer with his double and GWRBI, Matt Lahn with a 2-run single, Kevin Cooper with an RBI single, and Dan Apostoli and Nick Feren with singles accounted for all the Red Sox offense.

Defensively, Milton combined solid pitching and stellar middle- infield defense to hold 'Red Machine' bats in check. Chris Cloes worked 5 innings allowing 2 ERs, 9 hits , 0 BBs while striking out a pair. Jason Schneider, came on in the 6th to throw two scoreless innings while allowing a walk and a pair of hits. Most importantly, the Windsor newcomer induced two DP ground balls expertly turned by Gabe Boulanger and Orion Katayama. Matt Lahn came on to power through a hitless, scoreless 8th and 9th to earn the walk-off win. The Card's Josh Marson was tagged with the loss.

The 2-3 Red Sox are home Wednesday night to greet the Niagara Metros in a 7:30 pm start before returning to Etobicoke Friday night to hook up again with Whitey's Rangers in a revised 7:30 pm start.

   
May 25, 2017
Milton Breaks into Win Column
A tight defensive game between the Milton Red Sox and the Burlington Brants broke out into a helter-skelter last few innings that saw the visiting Red Sox emerge as 5-4 winners at Nelson Park in Burlington last night. Leading 3-2 after six innings, the Brants took advantage of inexperienced pitchers' wildness to tie the game in the 7th inning. Milton forged ahead 5-3 in the 8th with Burlington narrowing the gap to 5-4 after eight innings. With two men aboard due to two consecutive walks in the bottom of the ninth, veteran reliever, Dan Todoschuck came on and set the home team down in order to earn the save and propel the Red Sox to a 5-4 win.

Offensively, Milton had 9 hits led by James Bruce with a two hit, two RBI performance. Brendan Power and returnee Matt Lahn both pounded out a pair of hits with Power adding an RBI and Lahn a booming double. Catcher, Liam Tennant with a single and an RBI , as well as Kevin Greer and Jason Schneider with singles apiece rounded out the offense. Cam Ryerson started on the mound for the Brants and Jordan Rienza took the loss in relief.

Defensively, the Red Sox overcame four errors and nine walks for the win. Veteran, Ian Zettle, started and hurled a stellar six innings issuing one ER, 2 BBs, and 7 hits while registering a pair of Ks. Evan Cruikshank threw the seventh issuing an ER on one hit and 3 BBs. Brett Cameron started the eighth and got into trouble before Scott Robbins came on to limit the rallying Brants to a single run. Perhaps the most significant play of the game was a brilliant knockdown and throw from third by Kevin Greer to get the final out of the inning stranding three Brant runners. Dan Todoschuk came on in the 9th to quell another Brant uprising with a strike-out, pop fly to second and a ground out to short earning the save. Robbins was awarded the win. Brants nine hits were led by Cory Lewis, Trevor Woodjets, Tim Sogan and Darryl Pierce with a pair of hits. Brants had three errors on the night. , Corey Morrison blasted a solo HR in the 3rd inning.

The Red Sox return to action at home this Saturday when they take on the undefeated Erindale Cardinals at the Milton Sports Center. Game time is 1:30 pm.

   
February 7, 2017
Red Sox Announce 2017 Indoor Work-out Schedule
The Milton Red Sox 'AAA' Major Baseball Club, operating in the Central Ontario 'AAA' Major Baseball League, will begin indoor workouts on Friday, March 3/17 at Peak Performance Athletics (formerly Frozen Ropes) in Guelph from 8:30pm - 9:30pm. Workouts will be every Friday night, except Good Friday, until the weather allows the team to get outside. If the numbers warrant it, the possibility of extending the session to an extra half hour on any particular Friday has been arranged. Cost is $15/person/session. Batting cages, soft toss areas, a free-weights and running machine section, pitching mounds and an infield area, are all part of the facilities.

The COBA 'AAA' Major is an all 'AAA" Senior baseball league and one of the best in the province. The league combines experienced veterans, both IBL and COBA Major AAA, with a steady stream of OUA players as well as players at school in the USA, plus many local and imported Jr. graduates. Each year, the Milton Red Sox are perennial league playoff challengers, last winning the Playoff Finals in 2015, and also in 2011 and 2007.

The league schedule is 28 games with home games on Wednesday nights and Saturdays, and combined with anywhere from 2-3 tournaments, the Elimination Tournament in Windsor this year, as well as a double- knock-out tournament at the end of the league schedule to determine the league champion, teams in the 'AAA' COBA MAJOR play anywhere between 40-48 games per summer. It is a league for the serious-minded athlete who wants to maintain playing very competitive baseball during the summer months.

Milton plays out of the spacious Milton Sport's Center Complex with one of the best parks in COBA Senior baseball. The Hap Walters Tournament, as well as our league playoffs are hosted at the Milton Sports Center.

Directions to PPA:

401 to Hanlon Pkwy. (one cutoff west of #6 Hwy. - north to Paisley St. cutoff - exit rt. on Paisley and head east for 2 stoplights to Alma St. - rt. on Alma south for a few blocks to RR tracks - in middle of tracks is Crimea St. to the left. Peak Performance Athletics is on the immediate right - 100 Crimea St. likely the only building lit in the area. (519-515-0140)

New candidates for the Milton Red Sox, whether senior or junior age, can contact: Coach George Moore at geomoore@sympatico.ca or phone 905-547-4618 for further information or text at 289-237-0750. Also, on Facebook.

   
August 21, 2016
Milton Exits Playoffs in First Round
The Milton Red Sox were knocked out of the COBA Major AAA Playoff Rd. 1 Weekend with a record of 1-2 Sunday. For the third time this year, a mind-numbing loss in game 1 of weekends that involved double-knockout formats, proved disastrous. Milton lost 8-2 to Niagara Metros in Game 1, rebounded to eliminate first- place finisher, Etobicoke Rangers, by a 4-0 score, then dropped a hard-fought game to the powerful Erindale Cardinals 3-2 on Sunday.

Saturday morning, the Red Sox seemed to be entirely frustrating the Niagara Metros, leading 2-1 in the 5th inning, when the pitching short-circuited and the Metros rallied to throw up five runs, spelling disaster for the Milton crew. Damian Clarke suffered the loss giving up 6ERs on 6 hits and a pair of hit batters. Justin Volpato was hurriedly rushed into the fray, but gave up another pair of runs on two hits and 3 walks before rookie righty, Chris Cloes, came in to quiet the Metros in the one inning he worked. Dave Davidson. Ryan Laird and Tyler Wood each had a pair of hits for Niagara. Offensively, Milton managed only 5 hits to the Metro's 10, as Donny Smith had two hits and an RBI, Riaz Baksh an RBI single, Troy Findlay a double and Steve Lauzon contributed a single. Metro's Justin Ayles earned the win with Ryan Bench throwing the last inning in relief.

Later that afternoon, the Red Sox relied once again on the poise and experience of veteran Hall of Fame pitcher, Ian Zettle, to rally the troops. 'Zetts' was simply outstanding using his defense to shut down first-place power-house Etobicoke Rangers by a score of 4-0 scattering 6 hits, while walking just two batters. The Milton infield responded with precision executing two perfect DPs. The Ranger's Dan Murphy registered two hits. The Red Sox bats were still quiet as they managed just 5 hits off Etobicoke' tandem-pitching duo of Kyle Breitner and Kyle Angelow . James Bruce's two-run double in the first inning sparked the home squad. Steve Lauzon with an RBI double, Troy Findlay with a single and stolen base, and Kevin Cooper and Donny Smith with singles completed the offence. As a result of this upset win, Milton earned the right to battle again Sunday.

Sunday's game emerged as a pitching duel between Milton's veteran hurler, Justin Volpato, and Erindale's classy veteran, Ian Bala. Tied at 2-2 after 6 1/2 innings, the Cardinals put the first man on via a full-count walk by reliever Liam Tennant. Sacrificed to second, Milton got the next hitter on a ball hit to first baseman Kevin Cooper. With the lead runner advancing to third and slugger Chris Novia with three hits coming to the plate, followed by Geoff Cullen (enough said), Milton elected to load the bases to pitch to the next hitter who was hitless on the day. The tactic seemed to be working brilliantly, as Tennant jumped ahead of the hitter with a 1-2 count; however, a tough inside pitch was ruled to have hit the batter's billowing shirt. Game over!. Not a great ending to a tension-packed game. After a short harangue of the umpire's credibility ans sanity, things cooled down quickly. Milton and Erindale have been friendly rivals for over 20 years and the umpire just called what he saw on this windy day. That'e baseball, as they say - sob! The Cards outhit Milton 6-5 led by gentle giant, Chris Novia, with three thundering smashes through the infield that included a double, and Pip Murray-Smith with a pair of hits that also included a double. Troy Findlay inspirationaly led the Milton attack with two hits, a stolen base and an RBI, while Kevin Cooper hit an RBI single and Donny Smith, Steve Lauzon and Riaz Baksh all recorded singles

Thus Milton ends the season 18-23-1, much the same as last year's record of 19-25-1 when they rallied to win the playoffs late in the season. On a negative note, player absences by some newer players was a concern all year as far as competitive depth within the team was concerned. However, other teams seem to be experiencing the same problem. That might be good or bad to hear. But, on the greater positive side, the same loyal crew of players came out all the time for everything to support the team. And also, really, it is hard to get overly frustrated at player no-shows or pouters when the Red Sox enthusiastic fans and gang of player's kids are always there to make us laugh. Often when frustrated at dealing with many of the 'me-first' generation, the kids and fans pull us quickly back to reality. We believe that they have a better concept of what fun really is, and in many ways they are truly beloved by 'the baseball gods' that attend all our games. Thanks to all of you sincerely. Thanks also to Lorena and Glenn for looking after our diamonds so religiously. We sometimes take the upkeep of our great new fields for granted. They are always tailored professionally by Glenn 'Alvin' Turner. Thanks, man! We'll be back next year after trying hard to make our team a bit more consistent throughout the course of the season. .

News will be forthcoming regarding this year's Awards Banquet which usually is held near the end of October. Good luck to Erindale, Niagara, Burlington and Oakville in Rd. 2 next weekend.

   
August 18, 2016
Red Sox Fall To Brants in League-Ender
The Milton Red Sox failed to take advantage of 10 Burlington walks and 9 hits to fall 11-7 in a make-up rain-out game at 9th Line Park last night. Remarkably, the Red Sox left 13 men-on- base during the 7-inning tilt. Offensively, Riaz Baksh continued his hot hitting streak with his second 3-run HR in two nights to go with a solid single. Kevin Cooper contributed two hits including a 2-run double and Chris Pittaway also registered two hits. Kevin Greer, Walker Lewis and Troy Findley also put up singles in their 9-hit attack. Milton's Justin Volpato threw the first three innings and limited the high-powered Brants to 2 ERs on 4 hits and O BBs. Scott Robbins was saddled with the loss giving up 6 ERs on 5 Hits and 3BBs, although, in fairness, he was the victim of 4 'seeing-eye' hits and a few Milton mental errors. Steve Lauzon, toed the rubber for the first time in his long career and lasted just 4 batters as he allowed 3 ERs, including surrendering a memorable HR to deep CF. Riaz Baksh threw a 1-2-3 7th inning. D. Kirby with three hits, Cole Lewis and Mike Grilli with a pair of hits apiece, and Corrie Morrison with a solo HR, led the 11-hit Brant offense.

Milton opens Wk. 1 of the double- knockout play-downs Saturday, August 20 with a 10:00am start at the Milton Sports Center, Field 2 against the Niagara Metros. Win or lose they play Game 2 at 3:00pm Saturday afternoon..

   
August 17, 2016
Milton Ambushes Niagara in the Peninsula
In this post-Elim period before the playoffs, all teams struggle to patch together lineups from many players who seem to have erased the word 'commitment' from their dictionaries. During these 'dog days of August" upsets are normal and the scores are outrageous. Last night in St. Catharines was a perfect example. Dodging rain squalls during the day and dealing with player shortages, both Niagara and Milton started one of their typical contests dead even at 2-2 after 4 innings. Then all hell broke loose! The Red Sox pushed across 11 runs in the 5th and 5 more in the 6th, while Niagara pushed across three runs of their own in their half of the 5th innning, before eventually succumbed 18-5 after 7 innings bowing to the league mercy rule. Milton outhit Niagara 16-8 with outstanding rookie catcher, Troy Findlay, leading the way with 4 hits, including a double, 3 runs scored and 4 RBIs. Riaz Baksh, getting a chance to play 3B, had three hits including a 3-run HR, a double, 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs. Veteran Chris Pittaway contributed 3 hits with a double, 4 runs scored and an RBI. James Bruce and Kevin Greer each had a pair of hits and two RBIs, while 'Brucey' stole a pair of bases and scored twice as well. Brett Medland with an RBI single and two runs scored , and Steve Lauzon with a single, rounded out the offense. Noah Anderson, in relief of Tyler Wood was tagged with the Metro loss. Ryan Laird finished the last few innings.

Damian Clarke worked a scoreless first two innings for the Red Sox allowing one hit while striking out a pair. Veteran Liam Tennant was touched for 3 ERs on 4 hits and 4 BBs over two innings and the eventual awarded winner, Dan Todoschuk, threw the final 3 innings, allowing 3 hits , no ERs, one walk while striking out three batters. Veteran Metro hitter, Jono Marcheterre with a single and double, Matt Cashburn with two singles and Dave Davidson with a solo HR, led the Niagara offense.

Milton finishes their 28 game schedule Thursday night at 9th Line Park in Erindale against the Burlington Brants. First pitch is at 7:30pm. Milton begins the opening weekend of the double- knockout playoffs this Saturday against the Niagara Metros . Game 1 is at 10:00 am at the Milton Sports Center.

   
August 9, 2016
Milton Ends Slump
The struggling Milton Red Sox ended a four-game losing streak last night in Oakville as they the jumped on the A's early and often en route to a decisive 9-2 victory. Led by Troy Findlay with three hits and an RBI as well as outstanding defensive play behind the plate, Milton pounded out nine opportune hits. Riaz Baksh with a pair of hits and three RBIs, as well as veteran Steve Lauzon with a single, double , walk and an RBI, plus the steadily improving rookie, Brett Medland, with a pair of hits, a stolen base and an RBI, kept the pressure on the Oakville defense throughout the game. Don Smith with a single, two RBIs and a SB, rounded out the offence. Curtis Braun was tagged with the Oakville loss while Matt Chisamore threw the last three innings of relief. Milton committed just one error, a vast improvement over last weekend's play.

Veteran pitcher, Justin Volpato, had another strong start for Milton earning the win limiting the A's to 6 hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings of work. "Volps' 'gutted' it out after taking a line- drive off the right upper arm in the first inning. Danny Todoschuk was also stellar in relief holding the Oakville squad scoreless over the 2 1/3 innings he worked. Mike Modestino, Mike Kennedy and Julian Richards each had a pair of hits for the A's.

Milton gets a break in their hectic post-Elim schedule as they are off until Saturday when they host the hard-hitting Burlington Brants at the Milton Sports Center. First pitch is at 1:30pm.

   
August 7, 2016
Unproductive Weekend For Red Sox
After playing solid competitive baseball in last week's Elims in Windsor, the Milton Red Sox, mixing and matching lineups that varied from night to night with various absences for a multitude of reasons, emerged from this weekend with three straight losses and immersed in a team hitting slump. Friday night was a wasted effort as the team was pummelled 15-3 in Etobicoke, mercied in 7 innings. Down 11-0 after 2 innings , the Rangers added 3 more in the 3rd to win in a romp. Starter Liam Tennant took the loss surrendering 9 ERs on 9 hits while issuing 3 BBs and 2 WPs. Steve Jablonski was touched for 4 runs three of which were unearned, Dan Todoschuk threw a scoreless 2 innings striking out a pair, and Kevin Cooper allowed a single run in the inning he worked. Mark Capone and Adam Raithby collected three hits apiece for Etobicoke, while Ryan Panas, Mike Asta and Tanner Young-Schultz had two hits apiece. For the Red Sox, Donny Smith had a single, double and three RBIs and Brett Medland also registered two hits. Kevin Greer, Walker Lewis, Riaz Baksh and Steve Lauzon recorded singles. Milton committed 4 costly errors on the night leading directly to 5 UER s.

Saturday, the Milton squad took on Erindale in a DHer at the Milton Sports Center and lost both games 8-5 and 7-3. In Game 1 the Cardinals jumped ahead 8-0 over the first four innings against Ian Zettle. Milton tried to narrow the gap in the 4th and 5th innings as they scored 5 runs themselves. 'Zetts` surrendered 6 ERs on 9 hits and was saddled with the loss. Riaz Baksh threw two innings of scoreless, hitless relief. Three errors did not help the Milton cause. Jay Woodford with three hits that included a solo HR, and Geoff Cullen with two hits led the Cardinal 9-hit attack. The Red Sox had 8 hits led by Chris Pittaway with two doubles and an RBI, Orion Katayama with two hits that included a double and an RBI as well as Brett Medland with a double and single. Kevin Greer with a 2-run double and Kevin Cooper with a single comprised the Milton offense. Dan Estey went the distance for the 8-5 Erindale win.

Getting behind early was a bane all weekend for the slumping Red Sox. Game 2 was no exception as Milton committed two key errors in the 1st inning that resulted in 4 UERs. The Cardinals pounded out two more runs in the 2nd inning while Milton made a bit of a rally in the late innings. Rookie, Chris Cloes, pitched much better than the final numbers related, allowing just 2ERs on 7 hits and a pair of walks but was saddled with the loss. Scotty Robbins threw the final two innings and was touched for a single run on two hits. Steve `Bully`Gallant, with 3 hits led the Cardinals while Jay Woodford followed suit with a pair of hits as well. Erindale outhit Milton 9-7. Milton`s Steve Lauzon had two hits while Orion Katayama blasted a double. James Bruce, Chris Pittaway, Walker Lewis and Brett Medland recorded singles. Andrew `Big Bird Mullin went the complete game for the Cardinals to earn a solid victory. Milton started to show sins of playing like their old selves in the latter portions of both game. With that positive note ending this losing weeken , the Red Sox will try to right the ship tomorrow night in Oakville as they visit the A`s for a 7:30pm start.

   
August 2, 2016
Red Sox Exit Elims with 1-2 Record
The Milton Red Sox fought hard down at the Senior Elimination Tournament in Windsor this weekend but producing just five runs in three games was not a strong formula for success. Milton lost 10-1 in the opener to Tecumseh on Friday night, defeated Thornhill 1-0 early Saturday morning, before dropping a nail-biter 4-3 to COBA-rival Niagara Metros Saturday afternoon to spell their exit from this prestigious tournament.

In Game 1 Friday night against Tecumseh, the Red Sox battled the powerful Thunder to a 1-1 draw with two out in the 6th inning, when disaster struck. Milton failed to get an out as Tecumseh racked up 6 consecutive runs courtesy 6 hits 2 errors and a walk. The following inning , after coming to life in the 6th, the eventual winners took advantage of two more walks and two more hits to add three additional runs to finish with a 10-1 runaway lead. Tecumseh outhit Milton 16-6 taking full advantage of every opportunity . Rookie Milton starter, Damian Clarke, was roughed up for 14 hits and 6 ERs, issued a pair of walks and was tagged with the loss. Reliever, Dan Todoschuk fared little better, issuing three ERs on two hits and two walks. Rookie Chris Cloes settled things down by stifling the Thunder rally in the 7th. Don Smith, with two base hits and two stolen bases, led the 6 - hit Milton offence. James Bruce, Chris Pittaway, Troy Findlay and Steve Lauzon also contributed singles.

Saturday morning, similar to the Hap Walters Tournament when Milton also was ambushed in Game 1, veteran Ian Zettle settled things down among the panicky few, and threw a dominating game against the Thornhill Reds, the Vaughan Tournament champions. 'Zetts'' mound composure and experience led the Sox to a 1-0 complete game victory, limiting the Reds to just 3 hits while striking out a pair. The offense still stumbled; however, Kevin Greer's RBI single stood up as the Red Sox played sound defense over the seven innings. Donnie Smith with a double, and Chris Pittaway, Orion Katayama and Troy Findlay with singles, pressured Thornhill.

Later that day, the Red Sox sent two more veterans to the mound to try to disrupt the Niagara Metros, a powerful rival in the COBA MAJOR and one of the 3 eventual survivors in this year's Elims. Justin Volpato used his experience to survive three key errors and 3 UERs and limit Niagara to just one ER after 6 innings. ' Volps' allowed 7 hits walked one and struck out a pair for an outstanding quality start. Wiley, Liam Tennant came on in the 7th to hold the Metros scoreless in the 7th. However, Niagara hung on to defeat Milton 4-3.

The Metros outhit the Red Sox 8-7 . James Bruce with a pair of hits that included a double, led the attack while Kevin Greer with a 3-run bases-clearing double moved the Sox back into the game in the 5th trailing 4-3. Steve Lauzon recorded a double, and Riaz Baksh, Donnie Smith and Orion Katayama added singles..

All in all, the Red Sox played well in all three games being disrupted at times by a lack of timely hitting and noticeable inexperience in key positions. Milton has a tough six game schedule ahead before heading to the COBA MAJOR Playoff weed-ends. This Friday night the team is in Etobicoke at Connorvale Park for a 7:45pm start, before hosting Erindale on Saturday for a DH starting at 12:00pm.

   
July 24, 2016
Red Sox Break Out of Slump
In the blistering heat of this unusually dry summer, the Milton Red Sox rebounded from some inconsistent play during the last few weeks to sweep a DHer from a perpetual nemesis, the Brampton Royals, at the Milton Sports Center yesterday. The Red Sox won Game 1 by a score of 7-4 and Game 2 8-5.

In Game 1, Brampton jumped ahead 3-0 in their half of the first inning , only to have the home-side reply with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Milton went ahead 4-3 in the 4th inning and added three more in their half of the 6th to cement the win. Ageless veteran, Ian Zettle, gained momentum as the game progressed, emerging from a bases-loaded, none-out situation in the sixth. 'Zetts' allowed one ER on 5 hits and one walk while striking out 3 for the win. The Red Sox committed two errors in the game resulting in 3 unearned runs.. The Royals Marco DiRoma led their 7-hit offense with a pair of hits.

Milton had 9 hits in the game led by Donny Smith and James Bruce at the top of the order. Smith with three hits, a SB and 2 RBIs, and 'Brucey' with a pair of hits that included a double and also two RBIs , kept the Brampton defense on edge throughout the game. Steve Lauzon with a triple, Kevin Cooper with an RBI single, and both Liam Tennant and Riaz Baksh with singles, completed the attack. Chris Pittaway and Orion Katayama also recorded RBIs. Royal's Ryan Thompson suffered the loss while Brandon Habibi came on to pitch in the 6th inning.

Game 2 started differently with the Red Sox exploding into a 5-0 lead after two innings. Brampton added two runs of their own in the third inning and Milton a run in the 4th and two more in the 5th courtesy a HR blast by Kevin Cooper. The gritty Royals fought back with two runs in the 6th and pressed hard in the 7th to add another before being shut down. Rookie Damian Clarke threw 5 2/3 innings for the win and survived 3 costly Milton errors which led to 4 UERs. He bobbed and weaved through a bit of wildness limiting the Royals to three hits, issuing 3 walks and a few wild pitches while striking out four batters at critical times and getting a few key ground ball outs. Rookie reliever, Chris Cloes came on in relief to earn the save over the last 1 1/3 innings limiting the resurgent Royals to one ER on two hits and issuing no free passes. . Brampton's Yannick Rickli led the Royals with two of their five hits.

MIlton continued to hit at opportune times during Game 2 , led by Kevin Cooper's two-hit performance that included a 2-run HR and 3 RBIs, as well as Kevin Greer who broke out with a pair of hits that also resulted in 3 RBIs. Rookie Walker Lewis, hampered by unusual work hours this summer, had a chance to play today contributing two hits that included a double plus he exhibited constant hustle on the bases. Donny Smith with a single and a SB, and veteran Chris Pittaway with a solid single, comprised the Red Sox offense. Mike Burke, who went the distance for Brampton was saddled with the loss.

The Red Sox have little time to rest as they head down to St. Catharines to take on the Niagara Metros at George Taylor Park. Game time is 7:30pm.

   
July 20, 2016
Mississauga Throttles Milton
The Mississauga SW Twins pounded out 12 hits en route to a convincing 11-1 'mercy' win after 7 innings over the Milton Red Sox at the Milton Sports Center last night. Mississauga led 3-0 after three innings 6-0 after 6 innings and cemented the win with 5 runs in the 7th. Justin Volpato started on the mound and was touched for three unearned runs in the three innings he worked. He allowed two hits, hit two batters and issued three walks before being forced to leave with a possible upper back injury. Liam Tennant, suddenly thrust into the fray, hurled the next three innings and allowed three ERs on 7 hits, one walk and a pair of HBs.. Steve Jablonski allowed 4 ERs on 2 hits and 4 BBs, while Riaz Baksh threw to the last two batters and allowed one hit. Indeed, a very shaky night by the pitching staff. For the Twins, John Broll hammered three hits including a two-run HR and Michael Cardinale and Chris Piccini contributed two hits apiece. Mississauga outhit Milton 11-5 and took full advantage of 8 walks and 4 hit batters by Milton pitching. In addition, the Red Sox's four errors contributed to four UER s.

Offensively, Milton's hitting slump continued as they managed a mere five hits on the night. Brandon Washkevich and Troy Findlay each had a pair of hits and Kevin Greer contributed with a double to CF. The Twins Jordan Petruska kept the Red Sox in check for most of the game with James Byrnes throwing the seventh inning.

Pitching efficiency and sound defense seem to have deserted the Red Sox of late. These fundamental elements are usually constants with the Milton team; however, they have been AWOL of late. Adding a maddening hitting drought to this problem, and it has been a most frustrating last 4-5 games for the local Nine. Milton will try again to get back on track this Saturday when the Brampton Royals come to town for a 7- inning DHer. First pitch is at 12:00 noon at the Milton Sports Center.

   
July 17, 2016
Milton Exits Hap Walters Tourney in Disappointing Fashion
The Milton Red Sox threw `snake-eyes`this weekend as they exited the highly prestigious Hap Walters Tournament after the first round with a record of 1-2. The tournament was played at the Milton Sports Center with 18 teams participating. East York defeated the Windsor Stars 7-4 in the final to take the tournament honours.

Inconsistent pitching, a hitting drought and a lack of any sense of urgency, doomed the Red Sox who lacked none of these facets two weeks ago in the London Lakeside Tournament. Friday night, with player absences forcing lineup shuffles, the Milton squad gave up runs early and often to trail high-powered East York 6- 4 after 3 innings and 10-5 after 5 innings, but were unable to close the gap. Rookie lefty, Damian Clarke, was touched up for 9 runs, 5 earned, while allowing 7 hits and a pair of walks and suffering the loss. Steve Jablonski gave up another run surrendering 3 hits and Dan Todoschuk and James Bruce allowed just one hit between them over the last three innings to stifle East York. Offensively, Milton was out-hit 11-6 by the winners. Donny Smith with a pair of doubles , a stolen base and 2 RBIs led the way. James Bruce with an RBI double and Riaz Baksh, Orion Katayama and Brandon Washkevich all managed singles. Milton committed a pair of costly physical errors and a few mental indiscretions that may have set a negative tone.

Saturday morning saw the Red Sox ride a solid performance by ageless, Ian Zettle, as he raised the team's moralel with a convincing 4-0 shut-out performance over the Guelph Silvercreeks Jrs. 'Zetts" allowed 6 hits and struck out four batters. The young Silvercreeks came out fighting with a great pitching performance of their own from Zach Lawrence to hold the Red Sox in check over four innings. In the 5th inning Milton struck for 4 runs on RBI singles from Kevin Greer, James Bruce, Adam Shaver, and an RBI from Troy Findlay. Steve Lauzon had two hits and Kevin Cooper and Donny Smith added singles.

Later in the afternoon, the Red Sox were thoroughly outplayed by a hustling Pickering team and fell 6-1. The offense managed just one hit off Panther pitcher John Vecchiarelli who baffled the Milton hitters with his assortment of change-of - speed strikes. Kevin Greer managed the only hit of the game for the Red Sox. Milton's veteran starter, Liam Tennant, was roughed up rudely for 5 ER over three innings and was saddled with the loss. Lefty, Dan Todoschuck, improving rapidly of late, threw another two innings of scoreless relief. Steve Jablonski surrenderd a run on two hits in the one inning he worked, but started to get his curveball under control. The Red Sox were out-hit 10-1 in the game.

All in all, the coaching staff was disappointed in the lack of a sense of urgency in games that were all winnable during this tournament. A few of the younger players are trying to learn how to channel their frustrations into better on-field performances, rather than body- language displays that inspire the opposing teams; and conversely, a few of the older players need to be reminded that playing with intensity and passion were the two things that had pushed Milton to a # 9 ranking among Senior teams in Ontario after the London Tourney. Aberrations occur, and the 'brain-trust' feel confident that a few games this weekend were just that - an aberration.

the team gets a chance to get their act together this Wednesday at the MSC when the exciting Mississauga SW Twins come to town. Game time is 7:30pm.

Thanks to all who stayed around volunteering their services all weekend to help with the tournament. The umpires at all parks did a fabulous job. I can only speak for games played at the Milton Sports Center, but a hearty thanks, as always to Glenn and Lorena Turner for contolling the myriad of volunteers that included the Milton and Erindale players , Joe Jurus and Jon Merton, along with supervisors, Greg Cranker and Dave Turner who kept the fields in pristine condition. Thanks guys.

Thanks also to 'Captain Commander', Dan Estey working the cells to get information and keep things running smoothly, guided ably by 'Alvin' and 'Cranks'. Thanks 'Mule', your organizational efforts are indispensable.

Thanks also to Matt' Bonesy' McCandless and his lovely wife, Pam, who supervised the 'Shaggy' Hospitality Tent dispensing refreshments and food. Thanks to Rona Cranker and all the wonderful wives, friends and other helpers that kept things humming in this hospitality center. . Thanks to ' Shag' for hauling his trailer back and forth every day. And also thanks to all the former players, friends and fans from all the teams who came out to see the action. That perhaps is the greatest attraction, getting to see these characters and 'wackos' again. Of course the 'rug-rat's were flying around everywhere having a blast and are loved by all the players and fans alike. And finally, thanks to those wonderful 'baseball gods' who smiled on us and gave us perfect weather for everything. Good job, guys. . I am sure the same scenario occured in Brampton, Etobicoke and Oakville as well during this most successful 13th annual Hap Walters Memorial Tournament.

   
July 14, 2016
Brants Defeat Red Sox in the Heat
The Burlington Brants took full advantage of costly Milton walks to defeat the visitors 6-2 in a muggy night at Nelson Park in Burlington. Each team had 8 hits on the night; however, Milton had a tough time with newcomer Franco Pace as he shut out the visitors for 5 innings. The Brants struck for 4 runs in the second and a pair in the 7th and the Red Sox scored a run in the 6th and 7th. Kevin Cooper remained red-hot for Milton with a 3/3 performance plus a walk , Adam Shaver launched a solo HR in the 7th and Brett Medland, Kevin Greer, Troy Findlay and Steve Lauzon had singles The Red Sox failed to take advantage of eight Burlington walks as they left 14 men on base for the night. Justin Czorny, Jordan Rienzo and Krychowski handled the Brant pitching after Pace, the eventual winner.

The Red Sox pitching was a mixed bag of complete efficiency combined with some control problems at times. Rookie starter, Scott Robbins, threw a pair of innings and allowed 4 ERs on 4 hits and a pair of BBs but was picked up by Steve Jablonski over the next two innings as he held the Brants scoreless. Veteran Justin Volpata followed suit with two more scoreless, hit-less innings to hold the game in check as Milton closed the gap to 4-2 after six complete innings. However, Riaz Baksh, pressed into mound duties, also experienced control issues as he allowed 2 ERs on 3 BBs and a pair of hits. For the second game in a row, veteran Liam Tennant came in for the last 1 1/3 inning to slam the door with a three strikeout performance. Burlington offense was led by Trevor Woodjetts and Darryl Pierce with two hits each and Corrie Morrison with a double. Both teams played errorless ball on the night.

Both teams now head to the COBA MAJOR hosted Hap Walters Tournament this weekend. Milton, who play all their first three games at their home park at the Milton Sports Center, open against East York Friday night at 6:00pm . Saturday, the team takes on the Guelph Silvercreeks at 10:00am and Pickering at 5:30pm.

   
July 7, 2016
Shootout in Brampton
The Milton Red Sox and the Brampton Royals hooked up in one of their typical wild contests last night at Dave Dash Park in Brampton and managed to hang on to tie the resurging Royals 11-11 after ten innings. It was a back-and -forth affair that saw Brampton push for 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to erase a Red Sox lead and tie the multi-hit slug-fest 11-11. The game was halted after an extra inning due to league curfew.

Veteran Ian Zettle, felled by heat exhaustion the previous night after one inning against Erindale, returned to form to slog through 6 gritty innings limiting the Royals to 4 ERs off 8 hits and one walk while striking out 4 Brampton batters. However, disaster struck when the bull-pen struggled from the 7th to the 9th innings to close the game. Mike Campuccitti allowed a pair of ERs courtesy two walks and two hits without recording an out. Steve Jablonski extricated Milton from that mess in the 7th; but ran into problems himself in the 9th as the home team struck for three ERs on four straight hits.. Liam Tennant came on to put out the fire and throw the extra scoreless inning . Brampton was led at the plate by Marco Di Roma with four hits that included a pair of doubles and Yannick Rickli with three hits including a solo HR in the first inning. Andrew Thomson and Brandon Habibi recorded two hits each as well.

Milton continued to hit the ball consistently. Veteran 1st- baseman, Kevin Cooper was on fire with a 5/5 performance that included a double and two RBIs and rookie Brett Medland banged out 4 singles, stole a pair of bases and drove in three runs. Chris Pittaway stayed hot with three singles and two RBIs and Orion Katayamaya, besides playing outstandingly at short, registered two doubles and an RBI. Steve Lauzon also continued his great situational hitting with two hits and an RBI. Feisty, James Bruce smashed a two-run triple in the 6th and Riaz Baksh registered a single. Steve Hough, Brad McLaughlin and R J Page handled the pitching for the Royals. Brampton out-hit Milton 19-18 and both teams committed two errors.

Milton is now off this weekend returning to action next Wednesday night in Burlington when they take on the Brants at 7:30 pm at Nelson Park.

   
July 6, 2016
Erindale Hammers Milton 16-9
After an encouraging run in the Lakeside Tournament, the Milton Red Sox came out flat and were trounced 16-9 at the MSC last night by the resurging Erindale Cardinals. Erindale jumped into a 3-1 lead in the first inning and forged ahead 5-1 in the top of the 3rd, only to have Milton roar back to tie the contest in their half of the 7th. 8-7 was the score after 4 innings before the visitors steadily pulled away with 4 more runs in the 5th, one each in the 6th and 7th, and a pair in the 8th to seal the 16-9 victory. Milton's pitching was roughed up rather rudely all night long as starter Ian Zettle gave up 3 runs in the 1st inning, including a 2-run HR by Jay Woodward. Leaving because of heat exhaustion after one inning, Liam Tennant was hammered around for 9 ERs over the next 4 innings on 8 hits and 4 BBs. Josh Dos Santos surrendered another pair of ERs on two hits and three walks over two innings before James Bruce came on to end the pain with 2 innings of scoreless relief. A tough night for a shorthanded Red Sox pitching staff. Too many walks and too many hits can't cut it in this high-powered league.. Johnny DeWolfe led the Cardinal attack with three hits while Woodford, Geoff Cullen, John Amendola and Aaron Palmer contributed two hits each.

Milton was only outhit 15-14 on the night with Troy Findlay leading the way with 2 hits and 3 RBIs that included a 2-run HR. Kevin Greer had a pair of hits and an RBI while Donny Smith with 2 hits and a SB and Chris Pittaway also with 2 hits set the pace. James Bruce and Riaz Baksh had two RBI doubles and Brett Medland chipped in with an RBI single. Orion Katayama, Kevin Cooper and Steve Lauzon had singles. Ian Bala was the starting Erindale hurler and Dan Estey shut the door on any Red Sox come- back over the last five innings to earn the win.

the Milton crew is right back at it Thursday night in Brampton when they travel to Dave Dash Park to take on the Brampton Royals in a 7:15 pm start.

   
July 4, 2016
Milton Battles to Lakeside Tournament Semi-Finals
The scrappy Milton Red Sox continued to play sound baseball over a hot weekend in London in the Lakeside Tournament, before finally succumbing 5-1 to the eventual tourney champs, the Tecumseh Thunder in the tournament semi-finals. The Red Sox defeated Ilderton Red Army 6-0 on Friday and Tecumseh Jrs. 2-0 Saturday morning before falling hard to Sarnia Braves 8-3 Saturday afternoon. All three of those games were played at Pulham Field. After the compulsory 3-game preliminary round, Milton ended up facing Sarnia again Sunday morning at Norm Aldridge Park, and this time the team responded dramatically with an 8-0 shutout victory, their third shutout of the tourney. However, Tecumseh Srs. proved the end of the road for a tired Milton crew.

Friday night against a solid Ilderton squad, the Red Sox rode the 3-hit pitching of young lefty Damian Clarke to a 6-0 victory. Clarke struck out one and also walked just one batter. Steve Lauzon with a pair of hits and 3 RBIs led the way offensively. Troy Findlay with two hits, a SB and an RBI, as well as Donny Smith with two hits incuding a double, followed suit. Kevin Greer with a single and a pair of RBIs, Chris Pittaway with a double, as well as Orion Katayama, Adam Shaver and Brandon Washkevich with singles completed the 11 hit Milton run. The The Red Sox scored all of their runs after the 3rd inning.

Saturday morning, Ian Zettle powered his way to a 2-0 one hit shutout win against the Tecumseh Jr Thunder. 'Zetts' struck out five and walked two in this masterful performance. Milton, who recorded just four hits of their own, were led by James Bruce and Troy Findlay with RBI singles, Donny Smith with a double as well as Kevin Greer with a single.

Next up, 'the Milton Nine' came out flat against a hard-hitting Sarnia squad which pounded out 14 hits and that resulted in an 8- 0 lead after 5 innings. Milton came to life striking back for two runs in the 6th inning. Liam Tennant suffered the loss allowing 5 ERs over 4 1/3 innings on 10 hits and a pair of walks, while Chris Cloes allowed two ERs on three hits and a walk before Dan Todoshuck settled things down with a scoreless 1 1/3 inning to stifle the Braves. Offensively, the Red Sox managed just seven hits. led once again by the hot-hitting James Bruce who slashed a double and a single. Chris Pittaway with a double, in addition to Donny Smith, Riaz Baksh, Adam Shaver, Troy Findlay and Kevin Greer, all with singles, comprised the Red Sox offensive effort.

It was certainly a different scenario Sunday morning at Aldridge Park as Milton pounded out 8 hits against the same Sarnia Braves en route to a convincing 8-0 victory and a berth in the semi- finals. Troy Findlay led the way with 3 hits and two RBIs, while Chris Pittaway with a single and two RBIs, as well as Riaz Baksh, Adam Shaver and James Bruce with RBI singles kept pace. Donny Smith recorded a single and Kevin Greer an RBI. Justin Volpato was solid on the mound over 5 innings to earn the win. A resilient veteran,'Volps', held Sarnia to a pair of hits and one walk while striking out 3 batters. Reliever, Josh Dos Santos, kept pace with two scoreless inning of relief.

The semi-final against Tecumseh Srs. was a classic pitching duel for 3 innings until C. Lamania launched a mammoth solo shot in the 4th inning. Tecumseh added two more runs in the 5th and 6th innings to seal the win. Damian Clarke absorbed the loss before leaving with an injury in the 4th inning. Steve Jablonski struggled for control with three walks and two hits resulting in three ERs. Dan Todoschuck calmed the waters with two innings of hitless, scoreless relief. The Red Sox out-hit the eventual tournament champions 8-7 on the game, with James Bruce and Steve Lauzon leading the way with two hits apiece, including an RBI triple by 'Brucey'. Kevin Greer, Donny Smith, Orion Katayama and Troy Findlay added singles.

All in all, a fine overall 3-2 performance by Milton during the tournament. Most impressive was the fact hat 22 players attended. That has to be a record for such a busy part of the year. Thanks to all those that came and participated in activities on and off the field. One of the new young junior-aged players who was just added to the roster Thursday night, showed up for the tourney. Very impressive, indeed! The Red Sox have a few days off before they play two tough back- to-back games, Wednesday night at home at the MSC vs. the power- hitting Erindale Cardinals at 7:30pm, and in Brampton Thursday night where they are pitted against the Royals at Dave Dash Park for an early 7:15pm start.

   
June 29, 2016
Shootout in Clarkson
The Milton Red Sox and the Mississauga SW Twins, dodging impending rain in the area, hooked up for an old-fashioned slug-fest last night at Clarkson Park . Both teams combined for 32 hits and the Red Sox blasted out 22 of their own to emerge as 18-8 winners after eight innings. Chris Pittaway broke loose for four hits that included a pair of doubles and 4 RBIs to lead the visitors. Kevin Greer had a 3-hit night that included a double and 3 RBIs, Orion Katayama with three hits including a triple, double and 3 RBIs and James Bruce also with three hits, two of which were doubles and an RBI, followed suit in the barrage. Troy Findlay with a double and single and an RBI and Brandon Washkevich with a pair of hits and an RBI added to the total. Riaz Baksh hammered an RBI double, Donny Smith and Adam Shaver with RBI singles, and Mike Cappuccitti and John King with singles, completed the Milton offense. Eric Ventura, Les Banski, Kyle Porter and Jordan Petruska saw action on the mound for the Twins with Ventura suffering the loss.

Milton used a bevy of pitchers in an attempt to stifle the hard-hitting Mississauga SW crew. Dan Todoschuck was touched up for five runs on five in the first inning; however,he righted himself in his next two innings. Steve 'Jabo' Jablonski (3-1), the declared winner, allowed a run on two walks and a single over his two-inning stretch. Damian Clarke contributed a scoreless inning, Josh Dos Santos was touched for a two- run HR while striking out a pair in his inning of work, and veteran, Liam Tennant threw a scoreless inning to shut down the game when the 10 run mercy rule took effect after eight innings. The Twins offense was led by Troy Black with four solid hits and Jamie Smith with a double and a two-run HR in the 8th inning.

Both teams are now off to the Lakeside Tournament in London this weekend. Milton takes on Ilderton Friday at 11:00am and on Saturday the opposition is the Tecumseh Jrs. at 9:00am and Sarnia at 3:30pm . All these games are at Pulham Field - the old LBDA Park, off Windermere Blvd.

   
June 25, 2016
Red Sox Finally Solve Oakville
The Milton Red Sox continued to play efficient team baseball yesterday at the Milton Sports Center and finally turned the tables on the Oakville A's by a score of 7-4. The Red Sox jumped into a 7-2 lead by the end of the 3rd, and solid pitching kept the plucky A's at bay for the rest of the contest . Adam Shaver, returning from an injury, led Milton with two solid hits, one a double, and 3 RBIs. Catcher,Troy Findlay, continued to shine offensively with another two hit performance, and Kevin Greer added an RBI single. John King scored a run and and drove in two runs with heads-up situational hitting. Steve Lauzon stayed hot with a single and a pair of walks and Liam Tennant and Brandon Washkevich added singles to the eight hit total. Oakville's classy veteran, Marc Walton went the distance for the short- handed A's and suffered the loss.

Milton's Justin Volpato bobbed and weaved his way over six innings and earned the win. 'Volps' was touched up for two ERs on six hits and five BBs while striking out four Oakville batters. For the 4th game in a row the Red Sox bullpen combined to keep the opposition in check. Lefty, Dan Todoschuck, vastly improving Chris Cloes and solid closer Steve Jablonski meshed together to stifle the A's. 'Jabo' earned the save with an impressive 1-2-3 9th inning performance. Oakville out-hit Milton by a 10-8 margin and burly, Alex Hawley led the way with three solid smashes. Courtney Morales also had a pair of the Oakville hit total. Cook and Whitehouse, two Jr. call-ups, had a hit apiece as well.

Milton is idle until Tuesday night when they venture into Clarkson to take on Mike Smith's high-flying Mississauga SW Twins. Game time is 7:30 pm at Clarkson Park on Winston Churchill Blvd.

   
June 23, 2016
Red Sox Play a Solid Game in St. Catharines
Last night,the Milton Red Sox played the same' trifecta ticket' against the Niagara Metros as the Etobicoke Rangers used against them the previous night - execute outstanding defense, receive stellar pitching and hit the ball in the most opportune situations, en route to a 3-0 victory in St. Catharines' George Taylor Park. Veteran Liam Tennant led the way on the mound with a heroic performance hurling 7 2/3 innings against the high-scoring Metros. Tennant earned the win allowing just 3 hits and a pair of walks while striking out three. Young Carlisle lefty, Damian Clarke, came on it the eighth to quell a rally and threw a scoreless 9th to earn the save. Milton's defense, especially Donny Smith and Orion Katayama, were outstanding, as Milton shut down three Metro rallies with opportunistic DPs. Jono Marcheterre, Ricki Ferri, Dave Davidson and Will Nitransky accounted for the four Niagara hits.

Milton's offense, which out-hit Metros 10-4, was led by Kevin Greer and Steve Lauzon with a pair of hits each and John King with a booming RBI triple to left-center in the 8th inning. Troy Findlay with an RBI single,and James Bruce, Donny Smith, Orion Katagama and Damian Clarke all with singles contributed to the cause. Metro's starter, Justin Ayles, threw a great game over 7 innings, as did lefty reliever Brandon Beattie.

Milton has a day off before taking on the Oakville A's at thee MSC on Saturday at 1:30pm. Oakville has taken both contests with Red Sox to date.

   
June 22, 2016
Etobicoke Edges Milton
The visiting Etobicoke Rangers rode solid pitching, sound defense and timely hitting to a 4-2 victory over the Milton Red Sox at the Milton Sports Center last night. They outhit the home team 10-8 and did not take advantage of 5 costly Milton errors on the night. Veteran Ian Zettle threw well for 6 2/3 innings before encountering problems in the 6th when the Rangers struck for four hits and 3 ERs. 'Zetts" allowed 7 hits, walked two and struck out a batter and was saddled with the loss. Chris Cloes, Dan Todoschuck and Steve Jablonski threw scoreless for the last 3 1/3 innings. Dan Murphy, Ryan Panas and A.J. Iafrate led the way for the Rangers with a pair of hits apiece.

Milton's Chris Pittaway drove in two RBIs with a single and Steve Lauzon, John King, Troy Findlay, Kevin Cooper and Riaz Baksh all had singles. Kyle Anglelow started for the Rangers and Andrew Perryman, Max Clarke and Kyle Breitner threw relief.

Milton is right back at it tomorrow as they head to St. Catharines to take on the Niagara Metros in a 7:30pm start.

   
June 18, 2016
Red Sox Edge Metros in Classic Tilt
On a sweltering Saturday afternoon at Milton's Sports Center, the home-town Red Sox edged the visiting Niagara Metros 3-2 in another nail-biting last-inning affair. Ahead 2-1 after four innings, the visitors tied the game in the top of the 6th, only to fall behind once again in the bottom of that inning, 3-2. Milton struggled to hang on to that precarious lead until the final out of the game. Rookie lefty Damian 'DC" Clarke, was again outstanding' battling through 7 complete innings to hold the hard-hitting Metros to one ER on 7 hits, 5 BBs while striking out 4 batters to earn the win, his second of the summer. Veteran reliever, Steve Jablonski, came on in the 8th with two Niagara runners on and none out to record a double-play and a strikeout to end the threat. 'Jabo' created a threat of his own in the 9th; however, leaving the bases-loaded and one out for young lefty, Dan Todoschuk, who promptly and efficiently struck out power-hitting Evan Baglieri and induced Dave Davidson to fly out to left field to end the game and earn his first save of the summer. Metros had eight hits on the afternoon, led by 'Silent' Taylor McVey, Chris Anderi and Ryan Laird with two hits apiece. Baglieri contributed a double to the cause.

Perhaps the most controversial play of the game was a botched suicide bunt attempt by Niagara in the top of the 6th that resulted in a ruled interference play at home plate nullifying a run and causing both sides to vent their ire a bit. The young umpires, likely the only ones who knew the actual ruling, it appears, managed to settle things down admirably keeping both managers semi-contented with their ruling.

Milton who out-hit Niagara 9-8, were led by the speedy dynamic duo at the top of their order, Donny Smith and James Bruce , who both had three hits and an RBI, while Smith scored twice and registered a SB and Bruce swiped 3 bases as well. Steve Lauzon pounded out 2 solid singles while new-comer, John King, continued to get on base consistently with a single and a walk. Metro power- pitcher, Geoff Strong, worked hard for 6 innings but was saddled with the loss. Young Fonthill lefty, Ryan Bench hurled the final 2 Niagara innings. Milton recorded three errors to Niagara's lone miscue.

Milton's record now sits at 5-7 and they head back to the MSC next Wednesday to take on Whitey's league-leading 'Red Machine' in a 7:30pm start, before returning Thursday night for a re-match with the Metros in St, Catharines, also scheduled for a 7:30pm start.

   
June 14, 2016
Twins Take Down Red Sox
The Mississauga Twins took advantage of most of their opportunities to defeat the visiting Milton Red Sox 7-2 last night at Clarkson Park. Although outhitting the Milton squad by a slim margin of 8-7, the home team pushed across 3 runs in the first inning, two more in the 3rd and another pair in the 7th led by Michael Cardinale and Brendan Emmett with a pair of hits each. Justin Volpato threw the first 4 innings for the Sox surrendering 3 ERs on 6 hits and 2 BBs and was saddled with the loss. Lefty Dan Todoschuk hurled a run-less, hit-less two innings and lefty Damian Clarke also threw a 1-2-3 8th inning. Josh Dos Santos was touched for a pair of runs in the 7th on two hits. Milton committed two errors on the night.

Offensively, Milton again left 12 men on base. However, veteran, Chris Pittaway seems to be coming around as he blasted 2 hard-hit singles to lead the attack. James Bruce with an RBI single, Troy Findlay with a single and Brett Medland and Liam Tennant also with singles, rounded out the offense for Milton. Kyle Porter, Jordan Petruska (WP) and Billy Martin all threw for the Twins.

The Red Sox return to the MSC Saturday to face the ever-powerful Niagara Metros in a 1:30pm start.

   
June 8, 2016
Rangers Make Red Sox Pay For Sloppy Performance
Errors, walks and lack of timely hitting are not a winning formula, especially against the Etobicoke Rangers, the leading team in the COBA MAJOR AAA League, as they took full advantage of 4 walks and 3 key Milton errors to thump the home team 8-2 last night at the Milton Sport's Center. Etobicoke outhit Milton 12-7 but scored only 3 ERs on the night. Starter, Ian Zettle threw a solid 5 innings and took the loss surrendering 3 UERs, on 5 hits while walking one. Justin Volpato was touched for 3 ERs on 4 hits and a pair of BBs, Steve Jablonski was victimized by 2 UERs on 2 Hs and a BB and Dan Todoschuk threw a scoreless 9th. Mark Capone, Tanner Young-Schultz, Kyle Bower, Kevin Cleland and Ryan Panas all had two hits for the Rangers.

Milton's offense was led by catcher Troy Findlay with two hits and 2 SBs. James Bruce with a booming double and Kevin Greer with an RBI single also were a force. Don Smith, Walker Lewis, and John King rounded out the hitting with singles apiece. Each team had 3 errors.

Milton is off this weekend and returns to action next Tuesday night in Clarkson when they take on the Mississauga SW Twins. Game time is 7:30.

   
June 3, 2016
Red Sox Edged Out in Brampton in Extra Innings
The Brampton Royals pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to edge the Milton Red Sox 7-6 at Dave dash Park in Brampton last night. Both teams leapt to the offense in the first few innings as the Sox touched up Brampton pitching for 4 first-inning runs, only to surrender their lead 5-4 as the Royal bats came alive in the bottom of the 2nd. Tied at 6 runs apiece after 5 innings, the game settled into a tough pitching duel. Milton's veteran hurler, Liam Tennant chalked up 5 scoreless runs and a very low pitch-count to stifle the home team. Tennant went the distance scattering 11 hits, issuing 2 BBs and striking out 4 batters. Brampton's young reliever, and eventual winner, Riley Pollard , set the Milton crew down decisively during the last three innings he worked, striking out 6 Red Sox batters.

Milton, outhit 11-10, were led by dynamic newcomer, big Alex Martinez who smashed 2 doubles and a single and just missed a HR to push the visitors ahead in the 10th inning. He also recorded three RBIs. Dependable Kevin Greer lashed out 2 hits, walked twice and had 2 RBIs. Orion Katayama, James Bruce, Mike Cappuccitti, Kevin Cooper and Brett Medland all chalked up singles. Milton did leave an astonishing 17 men on base and failed to take advantage of 10 walks issued by Royal pitching. The Royal's Joe Ferreira set the pace with a pair of hits.

The Red Sox are now 4-5 and enjoy a week-end off before heading to Erindale Cardinal Field next Monday to take on Greg Cranker's Cardinals. First pitch is 7:30pm.

   
June 2, 2016
Pitching and Defense Lead Milton to Victory
A great pitching performance by rookie lefty, Damian Clarke, and outstanding defense including a rarely seen triple play, led the Milton Red Sox to a 6-1 victory over the Burlington Brants at Nelson Park Wednesday night. Clarke allowed only 2 hits and walked three while striking out 3 batters on way to the win. Dan Volpato and Dan Todoschuk threw an inning each with the Brants touching up Volpato for a run in the 8th. Chris Pittaway was outstanding defensively at 3rd base. In the 6th inning, with men on 1st and 2nd with nobody out, a Brant hitter lined a hard grounder to Pittaway at 3rd. Touching 3rd for the first out he threw across the diamond to first for out number two. The runner at 2nd took off for third and was thrown out by Adam Shaver for out number three. A two-player triple play! Darryl Pierce led the Brants with a pair of hits.

Offensively, the Red Sox outhit the Brants 8-4 led by Alex Martinez with a 2-run HR and a single that produced 3 RBIs. Kevin Greer also produced two hits that included a triple and 2 RBIs. Troy Findlay blasted a double and Orion Katagama, Brandon Washkevich and Adam Shaver each contributed singles. Burlington's Trevor Westjetts was saddled with the loss.

Milton completes a gruelling week as they travel to Brampton Thursday for a 7:15pm start against the hard- hitting Royals.

   
May 30, 2016
Bullpen Short-circuits in Oakville
Milton worked hard to head into the bottom of the eighth inning ahead 5-3 in Oakville; however, they surrendered 4 runs to let this one slip away 7-5. Ian Zettle worked 6 innings touched up for 3 ERs on 9 hits, walking a pair and striking out two. Dan Todoschuk threw a solid 1-2-3 inning striking out two; however, rookie Chris Cloes struggled with control as he walked one, hit a batter and surrendered a 3-run homer. Steve Jablonski came on and walked one before giving one hit before settling the A's rally. Oakville's Alex Kupchuk blasted two HRs and a double, Nic Burnell had two hits and Pat Griffin had a solo HR.

Offensively the Red Sox matched Oakville as each team had 11 hits. James Bruce with a double and a single and Riaz Baksh and Orion Katayama with a pair of hits apiece, set the pace for Milton. Kevin Cooper, Alex Martinez, Kevin Greer, Troy Findlay and Walker Lewis all had singles. Cooper and Katayama each drove in a run. Milton committed 2 errors to Oakville's 3. the A's Marc Walton earned the win in relief of Alex Hawley.

Milton heads to Nelson Park in Burlington Wednesday night at 7:30pm to take on the Brants. Thursday night the Red Sox are in Brampton to take on the Royals at Dave Dash Park at 7:15pm

   
May 28, 2016
Twins Pummel Red Sox
The experienced Mississauga South West Twins beat the home side Milton Red Sox in every way possible Saturday afternoon at the MSC en route to a resounding 13-1 mercy victory after 7 innings . Outhitting Milton 18-4, the Twins rocketed out to a 11-0 lead after three innings and dominated the Red Sox with a stellar pitching performance by winner Billy Hurley, aptly relieved by hard-throwing Thomas Rincon. Chris Pittaway with a double, and James Bruce, Troy Findlay and Mike Cappuccitti with singles comprised the Milton offense. Mississauga committed two errors.

The Twins took advantage of a control outage by a few young Milton pitchers. Chris Cloes, who gave up 6 ERs on 8 hits while walking a pair of batters in the two innings he worked, was saddled with the loss. Dan Todoschuck allowed 3 ERs courtesy 6 hits and a BB in his two innings and young lefty Damian Clarke was touched for an unearned run in the 7th inning while walking a pair and allowing a hit. Veteran, Justin Volpato seemed the only effective pitcher on this sweltering afternoon as he held the Twins scoreless over the two innings he worked allowing 3 hits and recording a strikeout. Mississauga's 18-hit offense was led by Matt Piccini with 3 doubles, Eric Ventura with three hits, Rincon with two hits including a 3-run HR in the 2nd as well as Troy Black with a pair of hits. Milton's defense did not help the cause with 4 costly errors leading to 4 UERs.

The disappointed and angry Red Sox try to right themselves this week on the road as they visit Oakville Monday night for a 7:30pm start at Oakville Park, before heading to Burlington's Nelson Park, Wednesday night and Brampton's Dave Dash Park Thursday night.

   
May 26, 2016
Red Sox Edge Metros in 10 innings
Typical of battles between these two rivals over the years, the Milton Red Sox and the Niagara Metros showcased great pitching, timely hitting and outstanding defense Wednesday night at the Milton Community Center, with Milton emerging victorious 3-2 due to the always exciting 'walk-in' walkoff winner. John King led off the 10th with a single and advanced to 2nd courtesy Alex Martinez's single. An error loaded the bases after a strikeout, and another strikeout put the rally in jeopardy.. With a 3-2 count Troy Findlay worked the game-winning walk.

Offensively Milton outhit the Metros 8-6 with rookie catcher Findlay leading the way with 3 hits and a pair of RBIs that included a solo HR and a booming double. Together with 2 runs scored, the game-winning walk and a stolen base, it was certainly a night to remember for the new Red Sox. Kevin Greer also hammered a double and Steve Lauzon, James Bruce, Alex Martinez, Chris Pittaway, Riaz Baksh and John King all recorded singles, with Bruce chipping in with an RBI. Hard-throwing, Dan Proctor was the hard-luck loser for Niagara. Geoff Strong and Brandon Beattie battled hard, as usual, for the Metros.

Milton sent Liam Tennant to the hill to start, and Tennant held Niagara in check over 6 innings, limiting them to 2ERs on 4 hits, 3 BBs while recording 5 Ks. Rookie lefty, Damian Clarke, from Carlisle, slammed the door for 2 innings limiting the opposition to 1 hit while recording a strikeout. Not to be outdone, veteran Ian Zettle worked out of a pair of walks in the inning he pitched before handing the ball to the exuberant Steve 'Jabo' Jablonski who kept the scoreless string intact from the 6th inning, allowing a single hit while recording a K and earning the win. Dave Davidson and Evan Baglieri had a pair of hits each for Niagara.

All in all, a great night for both teams as they both juggled their new lineups in what looks like another outstanding season for the COBA MAJOR AAA Baseball League. Milton is off until Saturday when Mike Smith's powerful Miississauga SW Twins come to the MSC for a 1:30pm tilt. Come out and watch some first-class baseball.

   
May 19, 2016
Disastrous 2nd Inning Does in Red Sox
The visiting Oakville A's came out swinging, pounding out 15 hits, nine in the first two innings to jump into a 7-run lead and power themselves to a 9-3 victory at the Milton Community Center last night. The high-light of the assault was a grand slam HR by veteran OFer Jeff Jarockis, who always picks his most dramatic wallops for the Red Sox.. The A's tacked on single runs in the 3rd and 4th and then Milton's pitchers slammed the door definitively for the final five innings. Oakville outhit Milton 15-7 on the night. Justin Volpato was roughed up in his two innings of work surrendering 7 ERs on 9 hits while walking one and suffering the loss. Returnee lefty, Dan Todoschuk allowed two runs in the two innings he worked before Steve Jablonski , Liam Tennant and Josh 'L'il Dose' Dos Santos each held Oakville to one hit each while Jablonski and Tennant struck out 3 A's batters and Dos Santos whiffed a pair. Jarockis , Nick Burnell, Mike Modestino , Curtis Braun and Marc Walton all registered two hits for Oakville..

Milton's offense was throttled by savvy veteran Gord Robertson, as he demonstrated the fine art of control-pitching to many of the Milton rookies. Robertson earned the win allowing 7 hits over 8 innings of work, walking 4 and striking out 3. Irascible, Donny Smith led the Red Sox with a pair of hits, including a double and BB wile stealing 3 bases. Veteran DH,Kevin Greer, launched an RBI double and new catcher, Troy Findlay, made an impressive debut hitting a double, blocking many errant pitches and throwing out a runner. Alex Martinez and Riaz Baksh hammered out singles and Adam Shaver worked hard to draw a pair of walks.

Milton's record is now at 2-2 as the team makes a variety of in-game player moves to get the 7-8 new players introduced to this hitter-happy league. The first month of the season exhibits much enthusiasm countered by exuberant frustration. That tension makes it a tremendous show for the faithful that come out to watch games in the great COBA MAJOR AAA League. Any team can beat anybody on any particular night. Your 'Boys of Summer' are off until next Wednesday when they host the always powerful Niagara Metros in a 7:30 pm first pitch at the MSC. Come on out and join the fun. You will not be disappointed.

   
May 14, 2016
Milton Edged Out in Etobicoke in 10 Innings
The Milton Red Sox and the Etobicoke Rangers hooked up in a classic defensive game last light at Connorvale Park as the Rangers came back to tie the game in the 9th trailing 1-0 and pushed the winning run ahead in the bottom of the 10th inning. 8 BBs were the visitors nemesis, 6 in the last 4 innings. Veteran, Ian Zettle, held the Rangers scoreless over 5 innings allowing just 3 hits. Riaz Baksh , Steve Jablonski and newcomer, Alex Martinez threw in the last 4 innings with Jablonski (1-1) suffering the loss. Ryan Panas led the 9- hit attack for Etobicoke with 3 hits and a pair of BB`s.

Offensively, the Red Sox were held to just 6 hits with Kevin Greer and Alex Martinez registering two apiece, with Martinez chipping in a double. Chris Pittaway drove in a run and Steve Lauzon contributed a single.

Milton, rained out Saturday vs. Brampton, play Oakville at the Milton Community Center this Wednesday at 7:30pm.

   
May 11, 2016
Milton Red Sox Slugger Earns Honours in PSAC
Matt Lahn, who broke in resoundingly with the Milton Red Sox Major AAA Baseball Club two years ago, has been honoured after his first year in the tough PSAC Division II League. Matt has credited jumping to the ultra-competitive Major AAA Senior League as a major impetus to his success. The Red Sox organization wish him all the best as he heads to Lafayette in the Southern Coastal League for further training this summer.

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Junior Matt Lahn (Georgetown, ONT./Erie C.C.) of the Lock Haven University baseball team has earned a spot on the 2016 All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Team. Lahn was named to PSAC Eastern Division Second Team at utility. Out of LHU's 50 games this season, Lahn started 44 (46 GP), playing first base, while also seeing significant time as a relief pitcher and designated hitter. He finished the season with a .321 average, which was third-best on the team. Lahn had 50 hits, 29 RBIs, 11 doubles and two home runs. He finished with a .382 on-base percentage and a .429 slugging-percentage. Lahn was credited with 199 putouts, eight assists and had a perfect fielding- percentage. He also picked up two saves and struck out 11 as a pitcher, working primarily a closer. Lahn was a big reason behind the Bald Eagles 21 wins on the season, the most in a single-season for LHU since 2009.

   
May 10, 2016
Milton Outlasts Erindale Comeback Attempt
The MIlton Red Sox survived a late-game rally by the Erindale Cardinals in a bitterly cold last few innings to post a 13-9 victory at 9th Line Park last night. Milton lead 5-1 after 3 innings, and Erindale closed the gap to 5-4 after five. The Red Sox surged ahead 12-4 with a pair of runs in the 6th and 5 more in the 7th before the spunky Cards scored 5 more runs in the last two innings to make things nervous for the visitors.

Liam Tennant earned the win for the Red Sox, hurling 4 innings while allowing 3 ERs on 5 hits and a pair of walks while striking out 4 batters. Justin Volpato, with a pair of scoreless innings and new-comer, Chris Cloes, with a scoreless inning, kept the Cardinals at bay. Cloes survived three BBs in his inning. Riaz Baksh allowed a run in the 8th and Josh Dos Santos surrendered 4 in the 9th before Alex Martinez recorded the final out. Damien Eccleton and Aneil 'Tiny' Bersa led the Card's 8-hit effort with two hits apiece while Jay Woodford blasted a solo HR in the 2nd. Milton has a busy weekend as the head to Connorville Park Friday night, May 13 for a 7:45 pm tilt against the powerful Etobicoke Rangers before returning home Saturday to face the hard-hitting Brampton Royals at the Milton Community Center . First pitch is at 1:30pm

   
May 7, 2016
Red Sox Open Season on a Winning Note
The Milton Red Sox opened their 2016 season at Milton Community Center and battled head-to-head with the Burlington Brants, breaking through for 3 runs in the 8th inning to emerge as 3-1 victors. The game featured outstanding pitching by both team as Ian Zettle, Chris Cloes and Steve Jablonski for Milton duelled Cam Ryerson, Jordan Rienzo and Trevor Woodjetts for the opposition. Jablonski was the winning pitcher striking out 3 batters in the final two innings while Woodjetts was the hard-luck loser for the visitors. Milton committed the only error of the game.

Offensively, each side probed the opposition with Milton out-hitting the Brants 8-7. Red Sox exuberant 2nd baseman, Donny Smith, led the home side with 3 hits and an RBI while scoring once and stealing a couple of bases. Three new-comers combined to push across 3 runs in the 8th with the game tied at 1-1. Brandon Washkevich advanced Kevin Greer with a solid single , Adam Shaver was hit by a pitch and Mike Cappuccitti lashed a 2-run single to right push two runs in . Greer was 1/2 with a double and RBI while scoring once. Liam Tennant and Riaz Baksh added singles with Tennant also contributing an stolen base. Burlington was led by Luke Posavad and Trevor Woodjetts with a double and single apiece while Cole Lewis added a pair of singles.

Milton's next action is Monday night in Erindale when the take on Greg Cranker's 'Red Machine' Cardinals in their home- opener. Game time is 7:30pm.

   
February 8, 2016
Red Sox Announce Indoor Work-out Schedule
The Milton Red Sox 'AAA' Major Baseball Club, operating in the Central Ontario 'AAA' Major Baseball League, will begin indoor workouts on Friday, March 4/16 at Peak Performance Athletics (formerly Frozen Ropes) in Guelph from 8:30pm - 9:30pm. Workouts will be every Friday night, except Good Friday, until the weather allows the team to get outside. If the numbers warrant it, the possibility of extending the session to an extra half hour on any particular Friday has been arranged. Cost is $15/person/session.

Batting cages, soft toss areas, a free-weights and running machine section, pitching mounds and an infield area, are all part of the facilities.

The COBA 'AAA' Major is an all 'AAA" Senior baseball league and one of the best in the province. The league combines experienced veterans, both IBL and COBA Major AAA, with a steady stream of OUA players as well as players at school in the USA, plus many local and imported Jr. graduates. Each year, the Milton Red Sox are perennial league playoff challengers, last year winning the Playoff Finals, and also previously in 2011 and 2007.

The league schedule is 28 games with home games on Wednesday nights and Saturdays, and combined with anywhere from 2-3 tournaments, the Elimination Tournament in Windsor this year, as well as a double- knock-out tournament at the end of the league schedule to determine the league champion, teams in the 'AAA' COBA MAJOR play anywhere between 40-48 games per summer. It is a league for the serious-minded athlete who wants to maintain playing very competitive baseball during the summer months.

Milton plays out of the beautiful new Milton Sport's Center Complex with one of the best parks in COBA Senior baseball. The Hap Walters Tournament as well as our league playoffs are hosted at the Milton Sports Center.

Directions to PPA: 401 to Hanlon Pkwy (one cutoff west of #6 Hwy. - north to Paisley St. cutoff - exit rt. on Paisley and head east for 2 stoplights to Alma St. - rt. on Alma south for a few blocks to RR tracks - in middle of tracks is Crimea St. to the left. Peak Performance Athletics is on the immediate right - likely the only building lit in the area. (519-515-0140)

New candidates for the Milton Red Sox, whether senior or junior age, can contact: Coach George Moore at geomoore@sympatico.ca or phone 905-547-4618 for further information or text at 289-237-0750. Also, on Facebook.

   
August 23, 2015
Milton 'Run-the-Table' to Win Playoff Title.
The upstart young Milton Red Sox got hot at the right time of the season as they won three straight games in Round 2 of the COBA MAJOR AAA Playoff format to emerge as the 2015 Playoff Champions. Saturday, they defeated the Etobicoke Rangers 5-3 and the Brampton Royals 4-2 in 8 innings, and finished their Round 2 undefeated stretch with a thrilling 6-5 victory in 10 innings on Sunday over the Niagara Metros. During the two-weekend playoff format, the Milton squad finished with a 5-1 record.

Saturday morning, the Red Sox once again began a playoff week-end against the Etobicoke Rangers, who seemed to have their number all season. However, lefty Jeremy McDonald, as last week, was dominating on the mound holding the Rangers to 5 scattered hits and 3 ERs while striking out 5 and walking 5 batters to earn the 5-3 victory . Mark Capone, Ryan Panas, John Suami, A.J. Iafrate and Kyle Bowers all tallied Ranger hits.. Milton out-hit the opposition 12-5 with Donny Smith leading the way with 3 hits, Kevin Cooper with a pair of hits and an RBI, and veteran Steve Lauzon also with a pair of hits. James Bruce, Kevin Greer and Liam Tennant all had RBI singles and Blake Kauer and Riaz Baksh recorded singles. Andrew Hyde was saddled with the loss and was relieved by Bryan Vardzell in the 4th.

Immediately after Game 1, the Red Sox took on Brampton, and again, it was a game dominated by pitching from the outset. Veteran COBA Hall of Famer, Ian Zettle, scattered 5 hits over 7 innings while holding a powerful Royal club to a single ER while walking 3 and striking out 3 batters. Victor Speciale and Jonathon Minchella had 2 hits each for the Royals. Milton, who pushed across a pair of runs in the 8th to break a 2-2 tie since the 3rd inning and emerge 4-2 winners, were led by James Bruce with 3 hits and a pair of RBIs and Steve Lauzon with 2 hits . Riaz Baksh and Orion Katayama had RBI singles and Kevin Cooper also singled. RJ. Page was hit with the loss in relief of Zach Sloan, and veteran Joey Nonis finished on the hill for Brampton.

On Sunday, Niagara jumped into an early 3-0 first inning lead before Milton forged ahead 5-3 after 4 innings. With the game tied 5-5 after 7 innings, Milton cashed the go-ahead run in their half of the 10 as James Bruce, who had 5 hits on the day, drove in Steve Lauzon from 2B, who had pounded out a one-out double, to push Milton to a 6-5 championship victory. Milton out-hit Niagara 11-9 over 10 innings, with James Bruce leading the way with 5 hits and a pair of RBIs and Steve Lauzon with 3 hits including a double plus a pair of RBIs. Kevin Greer contributed an RBI single and Liam Tennant and Riaz Baksh also recorded singles while Orion Katayama produced an RBI. Justin Ayles suffered the loss in relief of Dan Proctor and Brandon Beattie for the Metros. The Red Sox starter, Justin Volpato was touched for 4 runs over 4 innings, surrendering 9 hits and 4 BBs while striking out 2. However, the Milton bull-pen, inspired of late with a more professional desire to close out games, rose to the fore magnificently. Josh 'Little Dose' Dos Santos came in to the game in the 4th with runners on 3rd and 2nd and one out and preserved the lead inducing a ground out and an infield pop-up. Next was Lefty Jeremy McDonald to close the original 7- inning game. But,heart-breakingly, with 2 out, Milton made a costly error to send the game into extra innings. Enter, young free-spirited lefty, Justin Newbold, who seems to thrive on this type of pressure. He earned the win over his 3- inning stint holding the Metros in check until the Red Sox surged ahead in the 10th. Newbold walked a pair and struck out one holding Niagara hitless.. Anthony Vacca had a pair of hits for Niagara, who scattered their 9 hits throughout the lineup.,

So, the 2015 season comes to a close on a victorious note for the Milton Red Sox. Their fans are happy and the 'rug-rat' brigade and pets that bark approval on every play are ecstatic. The organization would like to thank them all for making coming to the ball park such a fun event. We truly love you all. Many mistakes were made along the way this year; however, important lessons were also learned. Rebuilding is not easy at this level and almost impossible without an experienced coaching staff like the Milton Red Sox have, who have been through this scenario before. Some of the new recruits fell by the wayside not realizing the extent of the commitment at this level of baseball; however, others took the bit and ran with it strongly. But, none of this would have been possible without the key veteran players who are the core of any COBA MAJOR team. Once they saw how much the coaching staff needed them to offset the 'newbee' mentality that was bound to occur with so many new faces, things drastically started to change - especially at the ELIMs. Indeed,' they' made the Milton Red Sox 'a team' in every sense of the term. New players are necessary to instill vigor to a team; but, solid veterans are essential to provide leadership and heart in the face of the many adversities a team encounters during a summer of baseball. Thanks, guys, we are proud of you.

Next up is the Awards Banquet on Oct.22 at the King's Court Banquet Hall in Burlington on King Rd. Plenty of info to follow re, that wondrous affair.

   
August 17, 2015
Milton Scratches and Fights to the Final Four.
Contending with player absences and injuries, the surprisingly rejuvenated Milton Red Sox came out of Round 1 of the COBA MAJOR Playoffs as one of the Final Four that advances to Round 2 next weekend in Milton at the MSC. Losing 6-5 in 10 innings to Etobicoke Saturday at noon, winning 9-3 against Burlington late in the afternoon , and eking by in a nail-biter in a head-to- head battle with Erindale Sunday afternoon, the Red Sox escaped the double-knockout first round of COBA MAJOR Playoffs.

Despite the tremendous heat Saturday, the Etobicoke Rangers and the Red Sox battled back and forth for 10 innings, before the Rangers pushed across the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the 10th. Lefty, Jeremy McDonald was outstanding over 8 innings , surrendering just one ER on 6 hits while walking 4 and striking out 5 batters. Dan Todoschuk, who relieved McDonald in the 9th, was tagged with the loss issuing 4BBs and 3 key hits over the 2 innings he worked. Dan Murphy, Ryan Panas and A.J. Iafrate had 2 hits apiece for Etobicoke who were out-hit 17-9 by Milton. Steve Lauzon, Donny Smith and Matt Lahn with 3 hits apiece and Kevin Greer with a pair of hits and 2 RBIs led the attack. Kevin Cooper with 2 hits and an RBI and Riaz Baksh and James Bruce with a pair of hits registered offensively for the Red Sox. Ryan Vardzel was the winner in relief for Etobicoke. 3 Milton errors, 8 BBs and 17 men LOB sunk the Sox.

Later in the afternoon, Milton rode the steady performance of Ian Zettle to a 9-3 victory over the Burlington Brants. 'Zetts' allowed just 2 ERs, while scattering 9 hits, walking a pair and striking out 4. Justin Volpato came on to pitch a scoreless 7th. Brock Marshall led the Brants with 3 hits while Corey Morrison contributed a pair of hits as well.. Offensively, the Red Sox stayed hot out-hitting Burlington 15-10. Donny Smith led the attack with 3 hits and an RBI, while Blake Kauer had a pair of hits and 2 RBIs. Matty Lahn, Kevin Cooper and Liam Tennant all with 2 hits and an RBI apiece, Kevin Greer also with 2 hits, and Steve Lauzon with a 2-run single completed the offensive recordings.

Sunday, the Red Sox faced off against their long-standing rivals, the Erindale Cardinals and the game literally hinged on the last pitch of the game as Milton emerged as 7-6 winners. 2-1 for Erindale after one inning, 5-2 for Milton after 2 innings, 5-5 after 3 innings, and 6-5 for Erindale after 4 innings, Milton surged ahead for a 7-6 lead after 6 innings. After walking 3 batters in a row in the top of the 7th, even though the first walk was thrown out trying to steal 2nd, lefty Justin Newbold, came on to record the save, striking out his first batter,walking the next, then striking out a pinch-hitter to end the game. Steve 'Jabo' Jablonski earned the win after hurling 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Liam Tennant. Tennant was touched for 6 ERs on 5 hits and 5 BBs. The Red Sox somehow escaped a 9 BB game. All 6 of Erindale's hits were scattered among the team with the highlight being Chris Novia's monstrous 3-run HR to LF in the 3rd which almost landed in Field #1.

Milton used their 8 hits judiciously, led by Kevin Greer with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. James Bruce, and Matty Lahn had a single and a pair of RBIs each and Riaz Baksh with an RBI single. Blake Kauer with a double and Donny Smith and Kevin Cooper with singles each rounded out the Milton offense.

Against all odds, and with injuries and absences, the true core of the Red Sox has stepped up, as always, and each game someone else leads the way. For a variety of reasons this core was 'muted' throughout the season, and broke loose with the surprising lash-back showing in the Eliminations. No doubt solid pitching and vastly improved bullpen readiness and performances, plus the return of Kevin Greer and James Bruce from horrific injuries this year and last, has had a lot to do with this resurgence. Next weekend, the Red Sox enter the Second Round of Playoffs with a brand-new double-knockout format. Milton takes on Etobicoke at 11:00am at the MSC.. Come on out and cheer on your exciting Milton 9 as they give everything they have every game they play, win or lose. Their loyal followers and the wives, girlfriends and the little gang of 'rug-rats' that are at all the games will certainly be there. Come out and get as addicted to COBA MAJOR Senior baseball as they are! It is vastly different from Junior, OUA and PBL baseball - and it truly does become contagious.

   
August 9, 2015
Red Sox Split Last 4 League Games
In a 'week from hell' that saw the Milton Red Sox play 9 games in 7 days, a revived Milton squad fought hard in every game, finishing the last 4 match- ups of the regular schedule with a virtual split in results. Playing 5 games at last week's Elims and eking by Oakville in league play 10-9 on Wednesday night as noted in the last write-up, the Red Sox blew a 2-run lead in the 9th in Etobicoke's Connorvale Park Friday night to fall 8-7; but, rallied to split a double-header with the Burlington Brants Saturday in Milton, losing the opener 1-0 in 11 innings, and then riding the arm of Jeremy McDonald to win Game 2 by a 3-2 final score.

Friday night in Etobicoke, both teams patched together short-handed lineups; but, Milton came out hitting, besting the Rangers 10-5 in that category. Ian Zettle, one of the Red Sox's ' horses', was steady on the mound over 8 innings, surrendering just 3 ERs on 4 hits while walking a pair of Ranger hitters. Leading 7-5 in the bottom of the 9th, the Red Sox, out of arms, resorted to a pair of position players to try to close the game; however, 4BBs, one hit and 2 WPs between the improvised 'arson squad' was a recipe for disaster. A WP scored the winning run to lead Whitey's crew to a 8-7 victory. Vardzel was the winning pitcher and James Bruce was saddled with the loss. The return of young Matty Lahn was inspirational hitting-wise as he slammed a single and double and produced an RBI. Dan Campos with a pair of hits, and Liam Tennant and Kevin 'Big Coop' Cooper with hard-hit RBI doubles helped to power the offense. James Bruce and Blake Kauer had RBI singles and Orion Katayama and Kevin Greer contributed singles. Steve Lauzon also produced an RBI. Milton uncharacteristically committed 4 errors on the night.

Undaunted, the Red Sox sent Liam Tennant to the mound 12 hours later in Milton. After throwing 9 innings last Sunday in Windsor and 2 to close the game against Oakville Wednesday night, Tennant reached back to his younger years with a magnificent 10 inning scoreless display against the Burlington Brants in Game 1 of the scheduled DHer. He held the Brants scoreless limiting them to 7 hits while only issuing a single walk. Young Dan Todoschuk came on in the 11th and was tagged with the tough-luck loss as Burlington pushed across the winning run in the top of that inning. Todoschuk issued 2 hits and a walk. Milton out-hit Burlington 10-7; however, they left 12 men on base. Orion Katayama and Riaz Baksh led the Red Sox with 2 hits apiece, Matty 'Turf' Lahn hammered a double and Donny Smith, Kevin Greer, James Bruce and veteran, Steve Lauzon all recorded singles. The Brants were led by veteran Brock Marshall who had 3 hits and Trevor Woodjetts earned the win in relief of Jordan Rienzo. Each team committed a pair of errors.

Tied at 2 after 6 innings in Game 2, James Bruce's alertness at 3B with two out, enabled the veteran speedster to take advantage of a medium- ranged passed ball to score the winning run in a cloud of dust at home plate. The steadily-improving lefty, Jeremy McDonald, held the Brants in check allowing a single ER on 4 hits while issuing 3 BBs and striking out 10 Burlington batters over 7 innings to earn the win.. However, Cam McKnight and Cam Ryerson for the Brants scattered 7 hits to frustrate the Red Sox, who continued to leave too many men on base. Shortstop, Orion Katayama, enjoying a solid rookie season, and Kevin Greer, playing full-time again after last year's horrific leg injury, both had a pair of singles. Dan 'The Usher' Campos with an RBI double and James Bruce also with a double, kept the pressure on the Brants. Liam Tennant with an RBI single, persisted as one of the Red Sox' s 'Iron-men' , filling in behind the plate and at 3B after 10 innings on the mound in Game 1. Ryerson suffered the loss for Burlington. Milton committed 2 errors, and Burlington played error-less ball.

The Red Sox, surviving a host of injury, work-related and other problems that limited the attendance at games during the season, now seem to have the attendance balance fixed with a more positive over-all attitude. A mixture of 4 veteran and 4 young pitchers, plus a similar concoction of position players , have given the coaching staff reason for optimism, not only in the league playoffs that begin next weekend, but also for 2016. After starting the season 0-7-1, Milton has played the rest of the schedule 10-10 to end the 28 games with a 10-17-1 final record. Even though this was anticipated by the three veteran coaches, it was not always easy waiting for it to play out with so many new, unknown faces.

. Milton's Round 1 Playoff Schedule should be decided by Wednesday night of this week, if not sooner.

   
August 6, 2015
Milton Outlasts Oakville
The Milton Red Sox and the Oakville A's hooked up for another of their classic battles last night at the Milton Sports Center and came out 10-9 winners in a 13 inning marathon event. Jumping ahead 6-0 after one, and adding another run in the 2nd, the Red Sox stopped hitting as Oakville, gradually started picking away at the lead and eventually tied the game in the top of the 9th. Both teams traded runs in the 12th, and the A's moved ahead in their half of the 13th with Milton scoring the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the 13th for the win. Milton starter Steve Jablonski went 7 innings allowing 5ERs on 7 hits, Harry Gaudet threw the 8th giving up a solo run and Josh 'Little Dose' Dos Santos hurled a strong 4 innings allowing 2 ERs on 6 hits and 2BBs. Liam Tennant came on to pitch the 13th for the win. Zach Dickson and Marc Walton with 3 hits apiece led the A's, while Gord Robertson pitched in with a pair of hits.

Each team had 14 hits, and the Red Sox were led by Liam Tennant with 3 hits and an RBI, James Bruce with a pair of hits and an RBI,Steve Lauzon with a pair pf singles and 2 RBIs as well as Kevin Greer with 2 hits. 'Birthday Boy', Blake Kauer walked 3 times, recorded a single and was credited with 4 RBIs. Donny Smith, Kevin Cooper and Riaz Baksh all recorded singles . Curtis Braun started and was relieved by Michael Vanderlaan for Oakville. Both teams committed an error.

The Red Sox, in the midst of a gruelling schedule, take on the Etobicoke Rangers at Connorvale Friday night and return to the MSC for a Saturday double header against the Burlington Brants. Game 1 starts at 12:00pm.

   
August 4, 2015
Milton Surpises Many at the Elims
The Milton Red Sox after getting drubbed in the first game of the Elims 16-3, rallied to beat Kingston 2-0, Martingrove 3-2 and Burlington 11-5 before bowing to the Windsor Stars 14-9 in a virtual slug-fest. Beset by injuries and other absences, the Red Sox, veteran and rookie alike, carried on their late season-resurgence exhibited in the last few weeks, and with a refreshingly new attitude, refused to quit.

Game 1 at Lacasse Park in Tecumseh, saw the Red Sox stay close to the powerful East York baseball squad, when with two out in the top of the 6th and trailing 6-3, they were unable to stem the rising East York tide and emerged from this' storm' trailing 16-3. 7 BBs, 12 hits and 3 errors was a bad combination to over- come. Justin Volpato did not have his best stuff and took the loss surrendering 10 ERs on 10 hits, while Harry Gaudet experience similar distress being touched for 4 ERs on 3 hits. Milton also only put 3 runs up on the board. Kevin Greer, Liam Tennant and Riaz Baksh each drove in a run with a single, while Steve Lauzon with a double and Donny Smith and Orion Katayama contributed singles.

Indicative of their new more positive 'team' attitude , Milton shook off Game 1 as a one-inning 'down-turn, and charged into Saturday's games seemingly unaffected. At Woodslee , the boys took on the Kingston Ponies and Jeremy McDonald was outstanding shutting them out 2-0 on a one-hitter over the 7 innings he pitched. He walked 4 while striking out 3 batters. Oddly enough, Derek Howe who toiled for the Red Sox about 7 years ago, matched McDonald pitch for pitch for the Ponies. Milton scored two runs in the 6th on Riaz Baksh's 2- run double to left. Also, continuing to swing a hot bat, Orion Katayama blasted two hits and Steve Lauzon added a single, as Howe limited the Sox to 5 hits over-all.

Saturday afternoon, Milton returned to Cullen Field, Windsor to take on the Martingrove White Sox. Trailing 2-0 after 4 innings, the Red Sox pushed across a run in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th to leap ahead 3-2, a lead which they held solid. Veteran, Ian Zettle bobbed and weaved over the 7 innings to earn the win. 'Zetts' allowed 2 ER on 8 hits, but walked none and struck out 4 batters. Milton had 10 hits led by Orion Katayama and Liam Tennant with 2 hits and an RBI apiece. Riaz Baksh also pitched in with a pair of hits, while Steve Lauzon with an RBI single tied the game prior to Katayama's go-ahead RBI. Blake Kauer with a double, and Kevin Greer and Dan Campos with singles completed the Milton offense. Overall on the Saturday, the Red Sox played great defense comiting just one error.

Sunday, Milton took on their COBA rival Burlington Brants at Soulierre Field, Windsor. Emerging from a 1st inning none-out bases-loaded situation, only down 1-0, the Red Sox jumped on power-pitcher Tim Sogan for 2 runs in their half of the 1st, and 5 more in the 2nd. Another 4 runs off reliever, Sushi Urata in the 4th, gave Milton the breathing room they needed. Third baseman Liam Tennant, forced to start because of injuries to two pitchers , put out one of his gutsy performances of old, and went the 7 innings allowing 5 ERs on 8 hits and 5 BBs; however, seemingly to get the important outs when needed. Inspired by this performance, Milton rattled off 13 hits to maintain offensive pressure on the Brants . Veteran, Kevin Cooper led the squad with 3 hits and 4 RBIs, while James Bruce also hammered 3 hits and an RBI. The resurging Kevin Greer had a pair of hits and 2 RBIs and Dan Campos and Orion Katayama with RBI singles and Blake Kauer with a double and Steve Lauzon with a single rounded out the Milton attack.

An hour and a half later, the Red Sox travelled back to Lacasse Park in Tecumseh to take on one of the tournament favourites, the Windsor Stars, who were the winners of the Hap Walters Tournament two weeks earlier. With all pitchers exhausted, reliever Steve Jablonski started on the hill. Windsor struck for 2 runs in the first inning and 3 more in the 2nd to end Jablonski's day. But suddenly, the Red Sox took full advantage of Windsor pitching wildness and put up 5 solid hits to score 6 runs of their own in the bottom of the 2nd inning to lead 6-5. These were the first ERs that Windsor allowed in 4 games of Elim play. Enter Jeremy McDonald, and the Stars hit for 2 more runs with two out to lead 7-6. Ian Zettle came on for the fourth and Windsor added a couple more runs, to lead 9-6, only to see Milton rally again in their half of the 4th to tie the game at 9-9. The incessant hitting attack of the Stars ended Zettle's day in the 6th and with a pair of ERs, saddling Zettle with the loss. Josh Dos Santos had little luck stemming the Stars and amazingly, Liam Tennant had to enter to pitch the last 1 2/3 innings. Windsor was victorious 14-9.

Milton, who were out-hit 17-12 in the game, were led by Orion Katayama with 3 hits and 3 RBIs as well as DHer Kevin Greer with 3 hits and a pair of RBIs. Kevin Cooper with a pair of hits that included a double, Steve Lauzon and Dan Campos with RBI singles and James Bruce with a solid double, completed the recorded hitting. Blake Kauer, who caught every inning of the tournament, contributed an RBI as did 2B-man Donny Smith.

So emerging 3-2 from the 2015 Elims, this edition of the Red Sox is starting to show a solid foundation for 2016 despite a myriad of injury, attendance and other roster-shortage problems that the team has had to weather. The rest of the 28 game schedule for the Red Sox is played out this week as the revived squad takes on the hard-hitting Oakville A's at the MSC Wednesday night at 7:30pm. Then they are off to Connorvale Friday night for a 7:45 pm start against the Etobicoke Rangers, one of the final 4 teams at this week-end"s Elims , andthen return for a Saturday 7-inning DHer vs. Burlington at MSC. Game 1 starts at 12:00pm

   
July 28, 2015
Twins Edge Red Sox in the 9th
The Mississauga SW Twins pushed 2 runs across in the bottom of the 9th to edge the charging Milton Red Sox 5-4 at Clarkson Park last night. Milton , despite numerous absences, fought back from a 2-0 deficit to surge ahead 4-3 after 8 innings . A hit, walk, 2 hit batters, and a key error sunk the Sox in their effort to upset the powerful Twins. Both sides used an array of pitchers with the Elims looming this weekend. Steve Jablonski started for the Red Sox and was steady, allowing 2 ERs on 4 Hits and a BB while striking out a pair. Rookie Harry Gaudet threw a scoreless hit-less two innings and Justin Newbold a scoreless, hit-less inning . Liam Tennant threw the final two innings and was tagged with the loss despite almost working himself out of a bases-loaded jam.. Mississauga was out-hit14-6 by Milton with Ed Largy hitting a solo homer and Chris Piccini with two hits.

Milton's offense was led by 1st Baseman Kevin Cooper's 3 hits, while Kevin Greer and Steve Lauzon had a pair of hits and a RBI each. Donny Smith and James Bruce added a pair of hist apiece while Orion Katayama with an RBI single, and Liam Tennant with a single, completed the Milton offense. Adam Banski was credited with the Miss. SW win. Milton committed 3 errors to the Twin's single miscue.

Milton now heads to Windsor this weekend to meet East York Friday at 1:30pm at Lacasse Park, Tecumseh.

   
July 25, 2015
Milton Sweeps Erindale in DHer
The 6th inning proved beneficial for the Milton Red Sox in both games of Saturday's DHer with the Erindale Cardinals at the Milton Sports Center as the Red Sox emerged 10-4 and 5-2 winners in COBA MAJOR league play.

In Game 1, the Cards surged ahead 4-0 on Jay Woodward's 3-run HR to right field in the 4th inning. Milton closed the gap to 4-3 in the 5th and blew the game open with 7 runs in the 6th to emerge as 10-4 winners. Ian Zettle, rounding back to his old self, went the 7-inning distance to earn the win, allowing 4 ERs on 8 hits and only one BB, while striking out 2 Cardinal batters. John Amendola had 2 hits for Erindale. Milton, who outhit Erindale 10-8, were led by Steve Lauzon with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, while Blake Kauer, Kevin Greer and Liam Tennant pounded out a pair of hits each and pushed across a run each. Donny Smith with a single and 2 RBIs and James Bruce with a 2-run single, completed the Milton attack. Milton was charged with a pair of errors and Erindale was perfect in the field.

Game 2 featured a classic pitching duel between Milton's young, improving, lefty, Jeremy McDonald and Erindale's rookie Brendan Fox. After 5 complete innings the score was 0-0. Erindale struck for the go-ahead run on Aaron Palmer's single to center in the top of the 6th, to be answered by the Red Sox with 5 runs of their own in their half of the 6th. The Cards scored their final run in the top of the 7th as Milton held on to win 5-2. Jeremy McDonald was outstanding on the mound for Milton, allowing just 2 ERs on 6 hits and 2 BBs while registering 9 Ks. Greg Dodwell had a double for the Cardinals. Each team recorded 6 hits with Donny Smith and Blake Kauer for the Sox driving in a pair of runs each with a double and single respectively. Liam Tennant with a double and Matty Lahn and Riaz Baksh with a single apiece rounded out the Milton offense. Fox was saddled with the loss. Erindale committed one error while Milton played errorless ball.

After 3 wins in a row, the Red Sox are off until Tuesday night when they head to Clarkson to take on the powerful Mississauga SW Twins in a tune-up before their weekend Elimination Tournament in Windsor.

   
July 23, 2015
Milton's 2nd Inning Outburst Sinks Metros
The Milton Red Sox's up and down season swung violently upward last night at the MSC. as the home squad pounded out 12 runs on way to a 12-0 7 inning mercy win over the short-staffed Niagara Metros. Veteran, Justin Volpato was in fine form as he held the Metros to 5 hit ,and 3 BBs while striking out 3 batters for his 3rd win of the season. Phil Steer and Chris Anderi led the Metros with a pair of hits each. Offensively for the Red Sox, Matty Lahn's grand slam HR in Milton's 8 run 2nd inning was a major highlight. Also, Liam Tennant , Riaz Baksh, Donny Smith and James Bruce had two hits apiece and an RBI. Dan Campos with a 2-run double, Steve Lauzon with an RBI single as well as Orion Katayama with a single, rounded out the Milton offense. Rookie Blake Kauer caught Volpato in masterful style making a high-light reel basket- catch on a pop fly late in the game. Brian Kusey for Niagara was pinned with the loss while Brendan Ellingham came on in relief in the 2nd inning. Each team had one error on the night.

Milton is back at the MSC this Saturday for a DH feature against the high- flying Erindale Cardinals led by Greg Cranker and Tim Gasparatto, Game 1 starts at 12:00pm.

   
July 19, 2015
Red Sox Exit Hap Walters With 1-2 Record
The Milton Red Sox played two strong games this weekend at the Hap Walter Tournament ; however, emerged with only one victory. Friday night, the Sox battled their traditional rivals, the Erindale Cardinals, for 8 innings only to lose 5-3. Saturday morning, Milton played flawlessly as they downed the Windsor Athletic Association 6-2; but, took on Newmarket Hawks immediately afterwards, and fell 7-0 to lefty, Brad Crone, in the sweltering heat at 9th Line Park.

Friday night, Mike Morley of the Cards and Milton lefty, Jeremy McDonald, hooked up in a solid pitching duel. Erindale jumped ahead 2-0 after one inning and led 3-1 after 3. After 7 innings Milton had fought back to tie the game at 3-3 and just missed scoring the winning run at a close play at HP. Inspired by this great throw of Jay Woodward, the Cards cashed in on 3 straight hits by Chris Novia, Chris Willins and Greg Dodwell to go ahead 5-3 to stay. Dan Estey came on to register the Save. McDonald, who was saddled with the loss, pitched well over 8 complete innings although being touched for 9 hits, issuing 4 BBs and striking out 5.

Milton, who out-hit the Cardinals 10-9, were led by Donny Smith with 3 hits, Orion Katayama with 2 hits and an RBI and Kevin Cooper with a pair of hits. Riaz Baksh, James Bruce and Steve Lauzon added singles.

Veteran Ian Zettle led the way Saturday morning as the Red Sox managed only 6 hits off WAA pitching, but played errorless ball to record a 6-2 victory. Zettle allowed only 2 ERs on 3 hits and 2 BBs while striking out 3 batters. Liam Tennant led the Milton hitters with a pair of hits and an RBI. Donny Smith and Orion Katayama with a double and an RBI each, Jordan Windisch and Blake Kauer with singles and Matt Lahn with a pair of sac RBIs, comprised the Milton offense.

Game 3, played immediately after the WAA victory, was a total Newmarket affair as the drubbed the Red Sox 7-0. Starting pitcher, Dan Todoschuk, took the loss for Milton as he was touched for 5 ERs on 6 hits, 3 WPs and 2 BBs over the 4 innings that he worked. Steve Jablonski hurled a scoreless inning of relief; however Newmarket touched up Harry Gaudet for a pair of runs before Josh Dos Santos came on to record the last two outs of the inning. Milton managed only two hits off Newmarket lefty, Brad Crone, a double by Matty Lahn and a single by Orion Katayama.

Milton returns to action this Wednesday night when they take on the league-leading Niagara Metros at MSC. Game time is 7:30pm.

   
July 15, 2015
Red Sox Hammered By the Brants
The Burlington Brants took full advantage of a short-handed, sloppy performance by the Milton Red Sox at the MSC last night and came away with a resounding 13-3 victory. Brants led 5-0 after the first inning, 8-1 after the third inning and scored 4 more in the top of the 9th to put a cap on the thorough drubbing. Starter Josh Dos Santos suffered the loss surrendering 5 ERs on 8 hits while walking 3 in the two innings he worked. Harry Gaudet followed and allowed 3 more ERs on 5 hits over 3 1/3 innings while walking a pair, and Steve Jablonski allowed another 4 ERs , 3 Hits and 2 BBs in the ninth. Justin Newbold was the only Milton pitcher on the night to hold the Brants scoreless and hit-less over 2 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out a pair. Burlington out-hit Milton 16-8 on the night led by Bennett Kirby and Darryl Pierce with 3 hits each as well as Tim Sogan, Brock Marshall, Kyle Arbuthnott and Cole Lewis with a pair of hits each as well

Milton's Donny Smith had a 4 hit evening with 2 SBs and a pair of RBIs, while Liam Tennant had a pair of hits. Brendan O'Flynn and Riaz Baksh contributed singles. Chris Cooney was the winning pitcher allowing 3 ERs on 8 hits while striking out 5 Red Sox hitters. Milton committed 4 errors to Burlington's single miscue. 16 hits allowed, 9 walks, 4 errors, 3 WPs, 2HB, combined with sporadic hitting, is a certain receipe for a 13-3 drubbing.

the Red Sox hope to get their act together this Friday night when they take on the Erindale Cardinals at 9th Line at 6:00pm in Game 1 of the Hap Walters Tournament. Saturday, the boys take on the Windsor Athletic Association at 10:00am and then Newmarket at 12:30pm. Both these games are also at 9th Line.

   
July 11, 2015
Another Wild Oakville-Milton Slugfest
It never seems to fail that when the Milton Red Sox face their perennial rivals, the Oakville A's, the unusual seems to always be the norm. Yesterday at the Milton Sports Center, the A's jumped in front 2-0 in their half of the first inning, only to have Milton explode for 10 runs in their half of the same inning. Oakville chipped away at the lead and eventually tied the game in the top of the ninth. Milton, coming out of their 7-inning trance, rallied to score the winning run in their half of the 10th to seal a 12-11 'pitching duel'.

Oakville out-hit Milton 20-14; however Milton have hitting with men in scoring position lately, and they have begun to put runs on the board. Matty Lahn, Milton's 'Baby Bomber', blasted two more HRs and 3 RBIs to lead the Red Sox. Kevin Cooper who seems at his best in hot, steamy, weather hammered 3 hits and produced a pair of RBIs. Steve Lauzon, Liam Tennant, Blake Kauer and Riaz Baksh all had a pair of hits and an RBI, with Baksh's single plating the winning run in the bottom of the 10th. Donny Smith with an RBI single, rounded out the Milton offense. Oakville's Alex Hawley ,who came in to relieve Gord Robertson and Andrew Kotulak, was saddled with the hard-luck loss.

Starter, Dan Todoschuk went three innings for Milton, surrendering 3 ERs on 5 hits, 2BBs and registered a pair of Ks. Steve Jablonski had a rough inning giving up another 3 runs on 4 hits, before Jeremy McDonald settled things down a bit over the next 3 innings giving up 2 ERs on 6 hits while striking out 4 batters. Justin Volpato 'vultured' the win by experiencing trouble with 2 out in the 8th as Oakville rallied to tie the game. Volpato was charged with one ER as a key Milton error factored into the rally. Brad Hill with four hits, Zach Dickson and Mike Modestino with 3 hits apiece, led the A's offense. Julian Richards and Conrad Bach also registered a pair of hits each.

Milton is off until next Wednesday night when they welcome the Burlington Brants to the MSC for a 730pm start. Come on out and see some exciting baseball played by these two great rivals.

   
July 8, 2015
Disastrous 6th Inning Does in Red Sox
The Milton Red Sox and the Niagara Metros hooked up in a 5 inning pitching duel between Milton veteran pitcher, Ian Zettle, and side-arming Metro Justin Ayles; however, the bottom fell out for Milton as the bull-pen imploded for 6 runs in the 6th inning which propelled the visitors to a 10-6 win at the Milton Sports Center. Zettle went 5 complete innings surrendering 3 ERs on 2 hits, 3 BBs while striking out one Metro batter, but suffered the loss. However, Harry Gaudet and Justin Newbold struggled in and out of the strike zone and were touched up for 7 ERs and 4 hits between them. Steve Jablonski came on to put out the fire for the last two innings allowing 0 ERs , one hit while walkiing a pair. Metros who out-hit Red Sox 10-8, were led by Evan Baglieri and Dave Davidson with a pair of hits each.

Milton offense was also sporadic on the night; however, did rally to push across 4 runs in the 7th to close the 10-2 gap. Matty Lahn drove in a pair of runs with 2 hits, Brendan O'Flynn also with 2 hits drove in a run, and Orion Katayama also had two hits and a walk. Riaz Baksh recorded a 2-run single and Donny Smith punched out an RBI single. Justin Ayles was the winning pitcher as Brendan Ellingham, Noah Anderson and Will Jenkins appeared in relief for Niagara. Milton played error-less ball while the Metros committed one miscue.

The Red Sox return to action this Saturday at the Milton Community Center as they take on the Burlington Brants at 1:30pm

   
July 7, 2015
Milton Comes From Behind to Defeat Erindale
It is not often that a visiting team emerges victorious at 9th Line Park when taking on the Erindale Cardinals.. Last night the Milton Red Sox did just that as they rallied from a 4-1 deficit after 6 innings to forge ahead 7-4 after 7 innings, and added 2 more in the 9th to win 9-4. Milton out- hit the Cards 10-5 on the night as lefty, Jeremy McDonald earned the win with a stellar 5 2/3 inning relief stint and held the powerful Erindale boys scoreless and hitless while walking 4 and striking out 7 Cardinal hitters. Liam Tennant started for the Red Sox on short notice and had control problems over the 3 1/3 innings he worked, allowing 4 ERS, walking 4 , allowing 5 hits and hitting a batter, before being picked up by McDonald in the 4th inning. Chris Novia hit a towering HR to rt. field and Frankie Coccia had a single and a pair of walks for the Cardinals.

Milton was led offensively by their 2 RBI main-stays, Matty Lahn and Jordan Windisch. Matt Lahn hit a monstrous grand slam HR in the 7th and 'Windy' drove in 3 runs, one in the 4th and a pair in the 9th to push the Sox ahead. Steve Lauzon also had a pair of hits and Blake Kauer and Orion Katayama had RBI singles apiece. Riaz Baksh hammered a double and Brandon Washkevich and Brendan O'Flynn contributed singles. The Cards committed 3 errors while the Red Sox played error-less ball on the night.

Milton returns home to take on the Niagara Metros this Wednesday, July 8 at the Milton Sports Center. First pitch is at 7:30pm.

   
July 6, 2015
Milton Ends Tournament on Positive Note
The Milton Red Sox exited the Lakeside Tournament with a 1-2 record, a tournament that featured solid starting pitching, but inconsistent relief work and hitting by Milton, until the last few innings of Game 3 . Friday night, the Red Sox battled the Leaside Maple Leafs hard for 5 1/2 innings trailing 2-1 at that juncture. Dan Todoschuk, Milton's rookie lefty, starting pitcher, bobbed and weaved over that distance issuing 6 hits and 4BBs; but, was eventually charged with 4 ERs and was saddled with the loss. Liam Tennant struggled in relief before Harry Gaudet came on to stop the bleeding. Leaside took full advantage of 4 more BBs to push well ahead for 7 more runs in their half of the 6th. Offensively, the Red Sox had 9 hits, led by 3 singles from newcomer Brandon Washkevich, and a pair of singles each from Orion Katayama and Blake Kauer. Jordan Windisch contributed an RBI single and Matt Lahn recorded a single. Leaside out-hit Milton 10-9; however, 8 BBs, 3 HBs and 3 WPs were not positive assets against a powerhouse outfit such as the Maple Leafs..

Saturday morning featured a great pitching duel between Milton's veteran, Ian Zettle, and Exeter's veteran, Dave Gosnell. Gosnell held Milton to 2 hits, singles to Windisch and Katayama, in recording a 1-0 victory. Zettle was equally up to the task scattering 8 hits, striking out a pair while walking none. Milton was only able to get 5 runners on base the entire game.

Game 3 was a game of changing momentum with Milton emerging as a 14-12 winner over their COBA MAJOR rivals, the Oakville A's. Justin Volpato started and endured a deadly combo of errors, poor relief pitching and wildness in and out of the strike-zone. At the end of 4 complete innings Oakville, led by long-range bomber, Jeff Jarockis with 2 monstrous HRs, were ahead comfortably by a 12-4 margin. Suddenly, the two aspects of the Red Sox game that struggled all week-end, relief pitching and offensive production, came to life. Milton pushed across 10 runs in the 5th to take a 14-12 lead, and veteran reliever, Steve Jablonski came on for the final 3 innings to shut the door and earn the victory. He allowed 2 hits and walked one; however, he was around the strike-zone for the entire outing.

Offensively, Matt Lahn's 2 doubles drove in 3 runs. Jordan Windisch with a key pinch-hit in the 5th drove in the two winning runs. Orion Katayama stayed red-hot with 3 key singles and catcher Liam Tennant blasted 3 solid singles as well. Brandon Washkevich with a single and 2 RBIs, James Bruce with an RBI single,and Brendan O'Flynn with a solid single, rounded out the Red Sox attack. A game of momentum changes, indeed, left both side completely drained, but out of the championship running for Sunday.

Thanks to all players who took the time to make it down to London for this Lakeside Tournament. Much appreciated for a team that struggled to get players out in May and June. The boys are right back at it Monday night in Erindale when they take on the hard-hitting Cardinals at 9th Line. First pitch is at 7:30pm.

   
June 25, 2015
Brampton Edges Milton
For the second consecutive night the Brampton Royals edged the visiting Milton Red Sox in a close, hard- fought game, this timete outcome was 6-4. Milton jumped into a first-inning lead only to see Brampton forge ahead 3-1 after two innings. The Red Sox tied the game in the 7th; however the Royals took the lead in their half of the 7th and pushed across an insurance run in the 8th.. Milton's Justin Volpato pitched tough over 7 1/3 innings surrendering 6 ERs on 8 hits and 6 walks. Steve Jablonski relieved in the 8th; however, he also had control problems issuing a pair of BBs. Marco DiRoma, Matt Forer and Waleed Elabed had 2 hits each for Brampton who were outhit 10-8 by the visitors.

Milton was led at the plate by Matty Lahn with a double, HR and a pair of RBIs. Riaz Baksh and catcher Blake Kauer pounded out a double and single apiece. Dan Campos with a double, Kevin Cooper and Brendan O'Flynn with singles and newly acquired Brandon Washkevitch rounded out the attack with singles each. Orion Katayama had two RBIs as well. Milton commited a pair of errors while Brampton played error-less ball.

Milton will try to get on the winning track this Saturday when they take on the Burlington Brants at the MSC. First pitch for Game 1 is at 1200pm

   
June 24, 2015
Brampton Take Advantage of one Milton Bad Inning
Last night at the Milton Sport's Center, the visiting Brampton Royals took full advantage of a combination of errors, walks, hit batters , and solid hits to defeat the hometown Red Sox by a 7-4 score. Milton starter, Liam Tennant, deserved a better fate after logging 6 tough innings, surrendering 0 ERs, and holding the Brampton power-house squad to just 3 hits over 6 innings of work. Although registering 5 Ks , Tennant surrendered 7 walks, two of which came in to score. Reliever Josh Dos Santos was saddled with the loss, while recent returnee Justin Newbold, threw a strong 2 2\ 3 inning relief stint. Brampton's Mark Speciale, Joe Ferreira and M. Dirome had 2 hits apiece.

Offensively, Milton out-hit Brampton 9-7 with Kevin Cooper leading the way with three hits. Steve Lauzon with a pair of hits and two RBIs, Brendan O'Flynn with a pair of hits and Donny Smith and Kevin Greer with singles each, comprised the Milton scoring. Veteran Joey Nonis was the Brampton WP and each team made 2 errors on the night.

The Milton squad returns to Brampton tomorrow night for another shot at their Brampton rivals. Game time is 7:15pm.

   
June 22, 2015
Red Sox Stymied in Oakville,
The Milton Red Sox dropped a tight pitching duel in Oakville last night - 3-1, as Gord Robertson and Milton's Dan Todoschuk went into the 7th with Milton trailing 1-0. Todoschuk went 7 complete innings allowing just one ER on 2 hits while striking out 5 and walking 4 batters. Gord Robertson for the A's was equally adept holding the Red Sox in check. Milton ou-thit Oakville 6-5 with Jordan Windisch leading the way with an RBI double and Blake Kauer contributing a double as well. Donny Smith, Matt Lahn, Riaz Baksh and Orion Katayama all had singles. Mike Modestino drove in two big runs for the A's in the bottom of the 8th. Milton committed one error and Oakville played error-less ball on the night.

The Red Sox return to action Wednesday night when they host the Brampton Royals at 7:30pm at the Milton Sports Center.

   
June 17, 2015
Etobicoke Takes Advantage of Milton Miscues
The Etobicoke Rangers came to the MSC last night and took full advantage of 5 key errors and 6 BBs to emerge as 6-3 winners. The Red Sox, playing much better lately, saw clearly that poor defensive play in the COBA MAJOR AAA leads to disaster. Ian Zettle pitched a strong 5 2/3 innings allowing one ER on 7 hits and 4 BBs despite being saddled with the loss. Milton's bullpen took over and held the Rangers scoreless for the remainder of the game. Steve Jablonski, Harry Gaudet and Dan Todoschuk allowed only one walk and one hit amongst them. Julian Johnson had two of the 8 Etobicoke hits.

Offensively, for the Red Sox, 2nd baseman Donny Smith had a 5/5 night with Orion Katayama, Brendan O'Flynn and Steve Lauzon recording singles. Matty Lahn contributed and RBI single, and Kevin Cooper recorded an RBI. Milton out-hit Etobicoke 9-8. but out-errored the Rangers 5-3.

The Red Sox are off this weekend, but return to action Monday night in Oakville as they take on the A's in a 7:30pm start.

   
June 13, 2015
Red Sox Split DH with Twins
On Saturday at the Milton Sports Center, the rapidly improving young Milton Red Sox fought the Mississauga SW Twins, one of the best teams in Southern Ontario, with everything they had and split a DH, losing 7-1 in Game 1, but charging ahead to snatch Game 2 by a 3-2 final score.

Game 1 featured a 6 inning pitching duel between Milton's veteran hurler, Justin Volpato and the Twins Billy Martin and Paul Mckenna. Volpato left after 6 trailing 2-1 surrendering only one ER on 6 hits while striking out 3 batters. After a heated call at home plate which would have tied the contest, the Red Sox relief crew coughed up 5 ERs on 5 hits and 2 walks putting the game out of reach. Brendan Emmett, Sean Bignall and Chris Piccini each recorded two hits for the Twins. Milton , who was out-hit 11-4 was led by Brendan O'Flynn with an RBI single and Orion Katayama ,Matty Lahn and Riaz Baksh with singles each. McKenna recorded the win and Volpato suffered the loss. Milton committed one error and Mississauga played errorless ball.

Game 2 again featured the pitchers - Lefty Jeremy McDonald for the Red Sox and Eric Ventura for the Twins. Milton carried a first inning run into the 6th and McDonald ended with a strong 5 inning performance allowing just one ER on 5 hits, 4 BBs and 3Ks. Rookie lefty Dan Todoschuk came on to induce two ground-balls; however, the Twins used their speed to stay out of DPs and surged ahead 2-1 with Milton coming to bat in the bottom of the 6th. But, suddenly, Matty Lahn with a lead-off single, rookie Riaz Baksh with a booming double and veteran Jordan Windisch with a single, vaulted the Red Sox ahead 3-2. Matty Lahn came on to close the game on the mound hurling a 1-2 -3 7th inning striking out one to record the Save. "Todo" Todoschuk was credited with his 2nd win in two outings. Kyle Porter, in relief of Ventura, suffered the loss. Both teams had 5 hits with Riaz Baksh leading Milton with 2 doubles and an RBI, Matty Lahn with two hits and an RBI and Jordan Windisch with an RBI single. Mississauga had 5 hitters with singles each. Each team had one error.

the Red Sox, now 3-8 , are off until next Wednesday when the take on the high-flying Etobicoke Rangers at home at the MSC. First pitch is at 7:30pm. .

   
June 11, 2015
Red Sox Edged Out in St. Catharines
In a well-played game at George Taylor Field in St. Catharines last night, the Niagara Metros edged out the rapidly improving Milton Red Sox 5-4. Niagara Metro pitching held the Red Sox to 5 hits while managing 9 hits themselves off Metro pitching. Offensively, Dave Lahn had a pair of hits and an RBI, while Riaz Baksh with an RBI single and Orion Katayama and Steve Lauzon recording singles, completed the offensive production from Milton. For the Metros Phil Steer had a pair of hits and the winning RBI.

For the Red Sox, Liam Tennant threw a strong 7 innings allowing 4 ERs. on 8 hits, 4 BBs and a pair of Ks, keeping the Sox, who stranded 11 runners, in the game. Steve Jablonski was saddled with the loss in relief as a lead- off walk came home to score. Otherwise, he threw hard having recently recovered from an arm injury. Metros committed 3 errors to the Red Sox one.

Milton next takes on the undefeated Mississauga SW Twins this Saturday at the MSC. First pitch for Game 1 is at 12:00pm.

   
June 10, 2015
Red Sox Squeak By Royals
The Milton Red Sox edged the slugging Brampton Royals last night at MSC 5-4 in a game that was on the line until the final out. Rookie lefty Dan Todosochuk was outstanding in his Red Sox debut, hurling 6 innings, allowing one ER , 8 hits , 3 BBs while striking out 10 batters using a mixture of 3 pitches while changing speeds on all three for his first COBA MAJOR AAA win. Ian Zettle, struggling of late, came on strong in relief earning the save displaying his aggressive all-star form of old. Brampton's Steve Hough with 3 hits and Vic Speziale and Waleed Elared had two hits apiece.

Both teams had 11 hits on the night. The Red Sox once again counted on Riaz Baksh, as he produced 2 hits and an RBI, as well as Orion Katayama with 2 hits and an RBI and Matty Lahn, and Donny Smith had a pair of hits each. Brendan O'Flynn legged out a double and drove in a run, Jordan Windisch hammered an RBI single, and rookie catcher Blake Kauer, who worked hard behind the plate, completed the offense with a single. Brampton's hard- throwing Joe Ferreira took the loss. Milton made 3 costly errors to Brampton's 4 on the night.

Milton heads to St. Catharines tonight to take on Niagara at George Taylor Field. Game time is 7:30pm

   
June 2, 2015
Milton Break Into Win Column
Led by a brilliant complete game performance by veteran Milton starter, Justin Volpato, The Milton Red Sox edged the Oakville A's 3-2 in a well- played game at Oakville Park Monday night. Volpato allowed 0 ERs on 5 hits while recording 5 Ks and walking a pair, keeping the A's off balance all night by consistently throwing strikes and changing speeds, giving the Red Sox the solid starting performance they need to change their fortunes in this tough COBA MAJOR AAA League. Rookie catcher, Blake Kauer, did an outstanding job guiding the veteran Volpato. Oakville's JR Richards led the A's with 2 hits.

Offensively, the Red Sox had 9 hits on the night; however, they were baffled for half the game by veteran A's hurler, Gord Robertson, returning this year after resting an injured arm last season and producing a stellar effort during the innings he worked. Riaz Baksh, Brendan O'Flynn and Donny Smith had a pair of hits apiece for Milton with Smith and Baksh contributing key RBIs. Captain Steve Lauzon pounded a double and Jordan Windisch and Blake Kauer contributed singles. Milton had a pair of errors on the night and Oakville played errorless ball.

The semi-revived Red Sox are now off until a week this Wednesday night when the take on the Brampton Royals at MSC. First pitch is 7:30pm.

On a further note, James Bruce would like to thank all the teams that wished him well over his serious injury last Wednesday night. He was overwhelmed by your support. There is no structural eye damage and the broken bones have set themselves perfectly to heal with the reduced swelling At present, it looks as if no facial surgery is necessary. He will be eating nothing but liquids for 8 weeks however. Thanks a million guys for all your support. I feel strongly, by "Brucey's' reaction yesterday, that your backing influenced the positive examination result. It's moments like these that show how closely knit our great COBA MAJOR league really is.

   
May 29, 2015
Homerfest at Dave Dash
The Milton Red Sox and the Brampton Royals hooked up for an all-offense duel last night at Dave Dash Park with the Royals emerging on top 17-14. Brampton hit 8 HRs and Milton 2. Offensively, Milton was led by rookie OFer Brendan O'Flynn who blasted 4 hits, on of which was a double and drove in 3 runs. Matty Lahn had his second HR in two nights and added a single with 2 RBIs. Ultra-versatile Blake Kauer took turns catching, pitching and patrolling the OF and launched a 3-run HR in the 6th. A rejuvenated Kevin Cooper had a pair of hits and 2 RBIs and rookie SS Orion Katayama with a pair of hits, were the main Red Sox hitters. Don Smith, Jordan Windisch, and Kyyle McClean added singles.

Milton pitchers, as did those from Brampton, struggled with control in and out of the strike zone all night long. Matt Lahn was saddled with the loss in relief of Ian Zettle, Harry Gaudet and Blake Kauer who preceded. Steve Jaskowski came on to get the final out of the 8th.

Milton returns to action to take on Burlington at the MSC at 1:30pm this Saturday. The team would like to thank all those teams that reached out to James Bruce, severely injured in Wednesday night's game. The full extent of his facial damage still needs to await the swelling to recede and all of the COBA Major AAA League is hoping for the best for Milton's gutsy CFer.

The team itself, certainly disjointed with injuries and inexcusable absences in past weeks, seems to have shown some signs of revitalizing itself. As promised, late arriving Junior-aged kids from US college teams have infused a different spirit from the negativism of the last few weeks. Yes, pitching numbers have to be addressed; however ,the coaching staff is looking everywhere for players, young or old, who can supplement the Red Sox roster. If you feel you have the credentials to compete successfully at this level and can make the commitment that this league entails, please contact George Moore at geomoore@sympatico.ca or 905-547-4618. It's not too late to join our 'young guns' and play excellent baseball at a high level.

   
May 27, 2015
Severe Injury Halts game In Milton
The struggling Milton Red Sox fought back valiantly Wednesday night to tie the high-flying Etobicoke Rangers 6-6 after 5 1/3 innings before an errant ball thrown from the Milton bullpen somehow found an opening into the Milton dugout striking a Milton player in the head and causing what appeared to be a serious head injury. The extent of the damage has not been determined as yet; however, after the lengthy delay in transporting the player from the field to the hospital, both teams agreed with the umpires that the game should be suspended and resumed at a later date.

Etobicoke took advantage of sloppy Milton infield play scoring 3 unearned runs in the first two innings. Milton stuck back in the third with a booming 3 - run HR by Matty Lahn recently returned from the Erie Kats. Etobicoke surged ahead again in the 4th with 3 more runs, another being again, unearned. But once again, in the Milton 5th, Jordan Windisch hammered another 3-run HR over the right field fence to tie the game. Matt Lahn was leading the Red Sox after 5 innings with two hits and A.J. Iafrate and Cal Murphy led the Rangers with 3 hits and 2 hit respectively when play was suspended..

Liam Tennant, pushed into mound duty, threw a solid 4 innings against Ranger veteran Kevin Breitner. Tennant surrendered 6 hits and two walks; however, only 2 runs were earned courtesy of 5 Milton errors. Rookie, Harry Gaudet threw a scoreless 1 1/3. Stay tuned for the re-scheduling information.

   
May 22, 2015
Red Sox Bad Luck Continues
Waiting for 4 players to return from out of the country has proven a trying experience for the rebuilding 2015 edition of the Milton Red Sox. Last night in St. Catharines the Sox dropped a 9-3 to the Niagara Metros, a decision in 7 innings - the game halted in the top of the 8th when the lights suddenly went out. Although technically a suspended game, specific COBA AAA rules provide for the game to be treated, if a regular season game, as a complete contest after 7 innings.

Milton did explode for 3 runs in the first inning highlighted by a 3-run triple by rookie catcher, Kyyle McClean. Don Smith reached 2nd with a double and newcomer, Riaz Baksh had a single in the same inning. However, that was all the hitting for Milton on the night. The Metro`s pounded out 12 hits , 8 against starter Ian Zettle, who took the loss going 4.3 innings, and 4 against Justin Volpata over his 2.66 inning stint. Evan Bagliari had 3 hits for Niagara while Ricky Ferrie and Chris Anderi had two hits each. Milton plays their first home game tomorrow at the MSC at 1:30pm when they take on the high-flying Mississauga SW Twins.

   
May 16, 2015
Tough May For Milton
The first few games of the young 2015 season have not been fun for the new-look Milton Red Sox. Last night in Etobicoke they were soundly trounced by the Rangers and again mercied 13-3 in the 7th inning. Severely short-handed for the 3rd game in a row, Milton made 6 costly errors which led to 11 unearned runs. Etobicoke out-hit Milton 7-3 and comitted just one error. 5 Red Sox BBs didn't help the situation. Lefty Jeremy McDonald deserved a better fate for his first outing of the season as he suffered the loss allowing only 2 hits over the 3 2/3 innings he worked.. Ian Zettle gave up for 5 hits and Harrison Gaudet issued one walk in the inning he worked. Julian Johnson for the Rangers was impressive with a towering 3-run HR and a double while Ryan Panas also had a pair of hits.

Gary Rose, one of 4 Etobicoke pitchers, earned the win as they held Milton to a paltry 3 hits. One bright spot was rookie SS Riaz Baksh, who had two hits, a double and a single and 2 RBIs. Liam Tennant also contributed an RBI single.

MIlton is in Erindale holiday Monday as they take on the powerful Cardinals at 9th Line Park at 4:00pm before heading to St. Catharines Thursday, May 21 for a game against Niagara.

   
May 12, 2015
Mississauga SW Throttles Milton
The young, short-handed Milton Red Sox got behind early last night at Clarkson Park as the Mississauga SW Twins emerged with a resounding 11-1 7 inning mercy win over the visitors. The Twins pounded starter Liam Tennant for 7 ERs over two innings, and reliever Harrison Gaudet fared little better surrendering another 3 runs in the inning he worked. 5 BBs in these opening innings between the two, didn't help the situation. Josh Dos Santos then shut the door over the next 2 2/3 innings allowing just one run in the 6th. James Bruce threw the last batter of the 6th to stifle a rally. The Twins collected 12 hits over 6 innings led by veteran Jerome Smith with a pair of doubles and a single. and brother Jamie Smith with a double and a single in addition.

Billy Hurley earned the victory holding the Red Sox to just 4 hits. Rookie, Riaz Baksh, had a booming double, Dan Campos registered an RBI single, and Donny Smith and James Bruce had singles apiece. Despite the lop-sided score, Milton did not quit, and played excellently defensively throughout the game making outstanding OF plays by Steve Lauzon and James Bruce. Milton made 0 errors to the Twin's one miscue.

Next action for the Red Sox is this Friday night when they head to Connorville Park in Etobicoke to take on the Etobicoke Rangers . Game time is 7:45pm.

   
May 7, 2015
Milton Drops Season Opener
The Milton Red Sox opened their 2015 season with a 6-2 loss in Burlington Wednesday night. The score was certainly not indicative of the game as both teams were tied at 1-1 after four innings. Burlington edged ahead 3-1 after 7 and exploded for 3 more runs in the bottom of the 8th.

Both teams had 8 hits, and Milton made 2 key errors to Burlington's one. Steve Lauzon and Jordan Windisch had a pair of hits apiece for Milton, and veteran, Kevin Cooper hit a solo HR in the 9th. Orion Katayama with an RBI single and Kyyle McClean and Donny Smith with singles eac,h comprised the Milton offense. Ageless veteran Steve Grilli had 2 hits for the Brants.

Trevor Windjetts was the WP for Burlington. Milton used 4 pitchers on the night. Veteran Ian Zettle was outstanding in his 4-inning stint , surrendering an UER, on 2 hits while striking out one and issuing 0 BBs. Justin Volpato, who was saddled with the loss, surrendered 2 ERs on 5 hits over 2 innings, while rookie Harry Gaudet had a 1-2-3 7th inning. Josh Dos Santos was touched for 3 runs - 2 UE - combining a BB, WP, a H and an Error, before he righted himself remarkably, striking out the last two Brant hitters to stifle the rally.

The young Milton squad does not play again until next Tuesday night when they take on the Mississauga SW Twins at 7:30pm at Clarkson Park.

   
February 9, 2015
Indoor Workout Schedule Finalized
The Milton Red Sox 'AAA' Major Baseball Club, operating in the Central Ontario 'AAA' Major Baseball League, will begin indoor workouts on Friday, March 6 at Peak Performance Athletics (formerly Frozen Ropes) in Guelph from 8:30pm - 9:30pm. Workouts will be every Friday night, except Good Friday, until the weather allows the team to get outside. If the numbers warrant it, the possibility of extending the session to an extra half hour on any particular Friday has been arranged. Cost is $13/person/session.

Batting cages, soft toss areas, a free-weights and running machine section, pitching mounds and an infield area, are all part of the facilities.

The COBA 'AAA' Major is an all 'AAA" Senior baseball league and one of the best in the province. Combining experienced veterans, both IBL and COBA Major AAA, with a steady stream of OUA players as well players at school in the USA, and local and imported Jr. graduates. Each year, the Milton Red Sox are perennial league playoff challengers, last winning the Playoff Finals in 2011 while being finalists in 2012.. The league schedule is 28 games, and combined with anywhere from 2-3 tournaments, the Elimination Tournament in Windsor this year, as well as a double- knock-out tournament at the end of the league schedule to determine the league champion, teams in the 'AAA' COBA MAJOR play anywhere between 40-48 games per summer. It is a league for the serious-minded athlete who wants to maintain playing very competitive baseball during the summer months.. Milton also plays out of the beautiful new Milton Sport's Center Complex with one of the best parks in COBA Senior baseball. The Hap Walters Tournament as well as our league playoffs are hosted at the Milton Sports Center.

Directions to PPA: 401 to Hanlon Pkwy (one cutoff west of #6 Hwy. - north to Paisley St. cutoff - exit rt. on Paisley and head east for 2 stoplights to Alma St. - rt. on Alma south for a few blocks to RR tracks - in middle of tracks is Crimea St. to the left. Peak Performance Athletics is on the immediate right - likely the only building lit in the area. (519-515-0140)

New candidates for the Milton Red Sox, whether senior or junior age, can contact Coach George Moore at geomoore@sympatico.ca or phone 905-547-4618 for further information.

   
August 18, 2014
Milton Exits Playoffs in First Round
The Milton Red Sox could not overcome some key injuries and player absences this week-end to advance to Week- end 2 of the COBA MAJOR Playoffs. Saying, that, they lost by the closest of margins, 1-0, Sunday, that sent them exiting from the double-knockout affair with a 1-2 record. Saturday, the Red Sox pitching could not hold back the hard-hitting Erindale Cardinals as the lost 8-6 in Game 1; however, immediately after in Game 2, a walk-off 2-run HR by emergency replacement, Brian Hunter, sent the Red Sox into a temporary euphoria for Sunday's game vs. Brampton.

Sunday's game was a tremendous pitching duel by Brampton's young Joe Ferreira and the vastly improved Red Sox starter, Justin Volpato. Ferreira surrendered just 2 hits and Volpato kept pace with allowing only 6 singles. The game was played in 1 hr and 20 minutes. Liam Tennant with a single and walk , and Craig Howse with a single, provided the only Milton offense. Defensively the Red Sox played error-less baseball and Volpato was brilliant on the hill allowing just 6 hits, walking one and striking out 3, while using his great pick-off move to cut short a Brampton rally in the 3rd inning.

Saturday was a raucous affair with emotions rising and falling like ocean tides. Milton led Erindale 6-4 after 5 innings; however, a bases-clearing double by Geoff Cullen, rocketed the Cards into a 7-6 lead. Despite the reversal, Milton, batting in the 7th inning and trailing by two, loaded the bases and the reliever, Lukas was struggling for control. But, Cullen's veteran savvy came through again at 1B, as he called for a pick-off from the catcher that caught the Milton pinch- runner unexplainedly napping and ended the game. Milton had 7 hits in the contest, led by Brian Hunter with a single, double and 3 RBIs. Chris Pittaway hit a 3-run HR, and Dan Campos, Don Smith, Craig Howse and Steve Lauzon added singles. Defensively, veteran Ian Zettle on this particular day was unable to hold back Erindale as they tagged him for 14 hits. Jon Amendola with a 3-run HR and Geoff Cullen with a 3-run double were the dramatic blows; however, lead-off batters, Frankie Coccia and Johnny DeWolfe with 3 hits apiece set the table every inning. Jay Woodford also hammered out 3 hits. Jeremy McDonald threw a scoreless 7th for Milton striking out a pair of batters.

Immediately afterwards, the Red Sox took on the Oakville A's and were tied at 3-3 after 5 innings. Milton went ahead by one in the 6th but Oakville tied it in the 7th. Oakville pushed a key run across in the 8th, and Brian Hunter's dramatic 2-run HR following Liam Tennant's single in the bottom of the 8th, gave Milton the walk-off victory. P> Milton outhit Oakville 9-8 , with Hunter the star of the game with a 3-3 performance and 2 RBIs. Adam Chong with 2 key singles, Dan Campos with a single and 2 RBIs and Steve Lauzon with an RBI single rounded out the Milton offense. Veteran starter Tyler Wilson went 6 innings and allowed only one ER on 6 hits and 2 BBs. Reliever, Jeremy McDonald came in again earning the win by Hunter's HR. McDonald surrendered 2 ERs on 2 hits and 2 BBs. Milton made one key error in the 4th that indirectly led to 2 runs. Kyle Fisher was saddled with the loss for Oakville although he pitched very well throughout the game.

So the season ended rather disappointingly for the Milton Red Sox even though they managed to grab 4th spot over-all with a 12-15-1 season record and struggled to a 17-23-1 over-all record. After season-ending injuries to the entire MI and CF, the team found a way to fight back from seemingly impossible odds and critical player absences. The team sits at the crossroads now with a group of solid veterans that need an infusion of more young players that show up on the consistent basis that this COBA MAJOR League demands. The 2014 Red Sox felt the sting of this 'part-time' attitude by a few acutely. Other teams struggle with this same problem; however, with no feeder team in sight to replace these types, the task is extremely daunting and time- consuming to find other gritty players like the core veterans already on the Red Sox that seem to be always there at games or practices.. That being said, aggressive scouting, is always a factor, and no stone will be left un-turned by the ancient El Mooro to shore up the weak areas of the 2015 edition of the Milton Red Sox. He found core types before, and the Red Sox organization is banking on him finding them around the Milton baseball area again.

   
August 12, 2014
Milton Wins Final Scheduled Game
The Milton Red Sox and the Erindale Cardinals, making every effort to finish their 28 game regular season schedule despite player absences and injuries, faced off at 9th Line Park last night, and this time the Red Sox emerged as 11-0 winners. The Sox rode the strong pitching performance of Justin Volpato who earned the win with a 6 inning, 5 hit, 3 BB, 4 strikeout performance. Josh Dos Santos hurled a perfect final inning in relief of Volpato. Johnny DeWolfe led the Cards with a 2-hit night.

Offensively, Milton took full advantage of 6 Cardinal BBs and were led by veteran, Liam Tennant, who has admirably stepped into the void caused by Kevin Greer's disastrous leg injury, and pounded out 3 hits and 2 RBIs last night. Jordan 'Windy' Windisch regained his batting touch with a 2-run HR and a single, and ageless Steve Lauzon drove in a run with 2 singles, and rookie Danny Campos had another 2-hit night and Donny Smith had a single and double and stole a pair of bases. Craig Howse and Matty Lahn went hitless, but, opportunistically drove in 3 and 2 runs respectively. Sean Mathe' and Adam Chong each recorded singles. Mike Morley, injured in the 1st inning was saddled with the loss. The Red Sox outhit the Cards 13-5 on this particular night. Both teams, dodging the oncoming rain, played error-less ball.

Milton, reeling from season-ending injuries, head into the 1st week of playoff competition Sat. The schedule has yet to be finalized; however, all games will be played at the Milton Community Center.

   
August 8, 2014
Red Sox Rebound in St. Catharines
After a forgettable Elimination weekend in Windsor, the Milton Red Sox went into St. Catharines and ambushed the Niagara Metros 11-5 last night at George Taylor Park. With the score tied at 3-3 after four innings, Milton exploded for 5 runs in the 5th, two more in the 6th and another in the 8th to surge ahead 11-3. Niagara put up two runs in the bottom of the 8th to close the game at 11-5.

Inspired by veteran Tyler Wilson on the mound, the wily righty kept the Metro hitters off-balance all night surrendering 5 ERs, while scattering 9 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3 batters over the 8 innings he worked for the win. Matty Lahn hurled the 9th and worked his way around 3 BBs to quell a Metro late-game rally. Ricky Ferri and Dave Davidson led Niagara with a pair of hits apiece and Jon Paul launched a 2-run HR in the 8th.

Milton's 16-hit attack was led by Chris Pittaway with three hits including a double and 3 RBIs, Donny Smith with 3 hits and 2 RBIs and James Bruce with 3 hits and an RBI. Liam Tennant joined in with a pair of hits including a double and 2 RBIs and Craig Howse had 2 hits, a walk and scored 3 runs. Matty Lahn with an RBI double and Steve Lauzon and Dan Campos with a single and an RBI rounded out the barrage. Milton took full advantage of 6 Metro walks and 3 Metro errors while committing one error themselves. AJ Clark was saddled with the loss.

Milton is right back at it Saturday when they take on the Elimination finalist, Mississauga SW Twins, in a DHer at the Milton Community Center. Game 1 begins at 12:00 pm

Also, the Milton Red Sox this week welcomed a new little Red Sox into the fold as Julie and Steve Lauzon were over-joyed as Carter James, a bouncing 7 lb 12 oz. baby boy was introduced into the world. Congratulations all around to a job well done, guys.

   
July 26, 2014
Red Sox Sweep DHer From Brants
Saturday afternoon at the Milton Sports Center, with both teams short many players from their rosters, the Milton Red Sox swept a DHer from the visiting Burlington Brants 14-4 and 9-6. With Milton leading 1-0 after two in Game 1, the home-town squad exploded for 7 runs in the 3rd, one in the 4th, 3 in the 5th, and the final walk-off mercy run in the 6th. The Brants tallied 2 runs in the 4th and another pair in the 5th. Milton exploded for 21 hits as the Red Sox sensational SS, Kevin Greer led the way with 4 shots that included a double and 5 RBIs. Anxious expectant father, Steve Lauzon, also pounded out 4 hits and 2 RBIs and stole 2 bases, and rookie Dan Campos had 4 hits. Matty Lahn with 3 hits and an RBI, Craig Howse with a HR and a double and 2 RBIs, Ryan 'Wags' Wagler with a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs and Donny Smith with a single, double and 2 RBIs, all contributed to the hitting barrage. Pitcher, Atsuri Urata, was the unlucky recipient of the Milton hitting outbreak and suffered the loss.

Milton starter Ian Zettle went the distance on the mound earning the win as he surrendered 4 ERs, on 6 hits while striking out 6 and walking one Brant hitter. Rob Spilak had 3 hits for Burlington including a 2-run HR, and Cam Ryerson contributed a double and a single. Both teams played error-less baseball.

Game 2 was a more evenly played game with the score tied at two after 2 innings and at three after 4 innings. The Red Sox surged ahead 5-3 in the 5th and 8-3 in the 6th. Burlington narrowed the gap to 8-5 after 6 and both teams pushed a run across in the 7th as the game ended 9-6 in Milton's favour. The Sox out-hit the Brants 11-9 led by Brian Hunter with 3 hits, including 2 doubles and 3 RBIs, Steve Lauzon with 3 hits with a double and 3 RBIs and Kevin Greer also with 3 hits as he blasted 2 doubles and registered pair of RBIs. Donny Smith with a single and 2 stolen bases and Matty Lahn with a single rounded out the Milton Game 2 offense. Ryan Colling took the loss for Burlington.

Tyler Wilson earned the win in relief of Jeremy McDonald, working 6 innings and allowing 4 ERs on 8 hits while striking out 3 Brants. Manager Rick Ellis, Kevin Walsh and Corrie Morrison each had a pair of hits for the Burlington squad. Milton committed 3 errors and Burlington two. Perhaps the story of the entire day was Milton, without a catcher present, turned to coach Mike 'Stain' Austen who volunteered his services. Mike was outstanding handling the Milton pitchers and even laid a suicide bunt down perfectly in Game 2. He ended up with a pair of RBIs on the day. He undoubtedly will be sore tomorrow.

Milton is off until Wed. when they practise at the MSC before heading to Windsor next Friday for the Ontario Senior Elimination Tournament. They take on the powerful Tecumseh Thunder in Game 1 at Lacasse Park, Tecumseh. Game time is 4:15pm

   
July 20, 2014
Hap Walters Tournament Washed Out
For the first time since 2008, the Hap Walters Invitational Tournament wrapped up on Sunday without crowning a champion. Things were rolling along very smoothly in the 20-team event until Saturday rolled around. Saturday night saw four games that could not be completed or get started as heavy rain entered the GTA and surrounding areas and forced the cancellation for those games. Because of the number of games that needed to be played on Sunday, tournament organizers were left in a tough position and had to modify the achedule by cancelling the quarter- finals and advancing directly into the semis. Two 3-0 teams (Windsor Stars & Niagara Metros) both advanced into the semi-finals and there was a draw amongst 10 teams that still had an opportunity to advance on into the playoff round for the other two semi-finalists. The two teams selected were the Erindale Cardinals and the Burlington Brants. After taking the morning to prepare the fields in Milton, the semi-final games were set to go finally at 1pm. The Windsor-Erindale semi-final was at 2-1 in the top of the 4th inning and the Niagara-Burlington semi-final was 1-0 in the 3rd inning when the skies completely opened up again. What started off as a light mist turned into a complete downpour 10 minutes later completely washed out the fields and leaving no choice but to wipe out the rest of the tournament for this year. Having to modify the schedule was the last thing that the tournament committee wanted to do but because of time contraints and field availability for Sunday this was the only choice that they were left with. A big thank you goes out to te Etobicoke Rangers, Mississauga Twins, Erindale Cardinals, and Milton Red Sox for hosting games at their parks and making sure that all of the games played at their venue ran smoothly and the fields were in great condition. Also thank you go all of the volunteers that ran concession tents or did other work around each of the venues as well.
   
July 6, 2014
Red Sox Bow Out of London Tourney With 2-1 Record
The Lakeside Tournament took place this weekend in London and although the Milton Red Sox were eliminated on 'runs for and against differential', for the most part they played exceedingly well in this tough tournament format. Friday night they lost to one of the final 6 teams - East York - by a 9-6 score; however, they came back strong Saturday to defeat Exeter 7-0 in a morning game, and host team Lakeside 13-3 later in the afternoon.

The East York game Friday night defined the the grittiness of the Milton team this weekend. Trailing 3-0 after 3 innings, the Sox exploded to tie the game on a mammoth 3-run HR by Sean Mathe', recently returned to Milton where he was an integral part of the Red Sox fortunes for many years . However, a costly error in the 4th gave East York the lead once again 5-3 courtesy 2 UERs. Then, disaster loomed in the top of the 7th when Milton, forced to go to their bullpen, surrendered another 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. Looking at a 9-3 deficit in the last of the 7th, the Red Sox didn't cave in, but struck for 3 more runs on HRs. from rookie Matty Lahn and Kevin Greer. Milton was outhit 11-5 on the night as they could not take advantage of 13 BBs issued. Wiley Jack Malone bobbed and weaved on the hill for East York earning the win as he threw a complete game. Mathe' with a 3-run HR, Lahn with a 2-run shot, Greer with a solo blast and Donny Smith and James Bruce with singles rounded out the offense for Milton. Justin Volpato threw 6 innings and deserved a better fate. Only one of the 5 runs scored were earned and he struck out 2 while issuing 0 BBs. Scott McTrach and Ryan Wagler had a tough relief outing combined in the 7th inning, as McTrach was touched for 3 ERs and Wagler one. Milton committed 3 costly errors on the night.

Saturday was a new day and the Red Sox came out hitting early against Exeter scoring 4 runs in the 2nd inning,one in the 5th and a pair in the 6th. Ian Zettle was in complete control for 6 1/3 innings holding the Exeter veteran hitters to 2 hits while striking out a pair and earning the win. An unexpected short circuit in the 7th with the bases loaded courtesy 2 walks and a HB, saw veteran Liam Tennant make his return to the mound after a year absence and' LT' ended the threat with 3 pitches. Offensively, Milton pounded out 12 hits as rookie Dan Campos led the way with a single, double and 2 RBIs, Kevin Greer with 2 hits including an RBI double, Steve Lauzon and Matty Lahn with a pair of hits and an RBI, as well as Chris Pittaway with a pair of hits followed suit. Kevin Cooper added an RBI single and James Bruce singled as well and stole a base.

Milton came out swinging again against a sadly short- handed, or more aptly 'pillaged' Lakeside Lizards team, that was always a formidable foe in this great tournament. Tyler Wilson went the 5 inning distance to gain the victory allowing 4 hits, 0 ERs, 2 BBs and striking out 3 batters in a very work-manlike performance. Chris Pittaway broke out for 3 hits and 3 RBIs, Matty Lahn continued to pound the ball with a pair of hits and 4 RBIs and Kevin Greer hit a double and single and drove in a run. James Bruce had 3 RBIs on a double and Dan Campos and Craig Howse had RBI singles. Jordan Windisch crashed a double and Steve Lauzon and Sean Mathe' contributed singles.

Thanks to Al 'Gator' Gates for arranging such a competitive tournament this year. The weather was excellent and the games were exciting. Hang in ther Gator, things will come full circle for you and the Lizards.

The Red Sox are sure to benefit in July and August from the three main additions they have made to their roster in the last few weeks. Sean Mathe' will bring experience and leadership as another catcher and a RHB presence to the line-up. Hard-throwing rookie LHP, Jeremy McDonald will inject some youth into the Milton starting rotation, and Liam Tennant, a mainstay of the Red Sox winning years, will add further experience on the mound and in the infield for the young Red Sox, once he has a few weeks of baseball conditioning to get his arm back into shape.

Milton has a busy week ahead as they host Niagara Wed. night at the Milton Sports Center at 7:30pm, head to Brampton Thursday night and to Etobicoke for a DHer next Sat. at Connorvale Park.

   
June 21, 2014
Battle of Lefties in Milton
On a nearly perfect sunny day base-ball wise, the Milton Red Sox and the Oakville A's hooked up in a great pitching duel that ended with the home team scoring three 7th inning runs to forge ahead for a 3-1 victory over the visiting A's at the Milton Sports Center Saturday afternoon. Two lefties, Milton newcomer Jeremy McDonald, and Oakville's wily Matt Chisamore, hooked up in a classic pitching-defensive duel that kept the A's ahead 1-0 until the 7th inning. Chisamore had allowed no ERs and only one hit while striking out 7 and surviving 5 BBs in 6 innings of work, and McDonald surrendered just 5 hits, one ER, one BB while striking out 3 Oakville hitters. From the 7th inning on, the game was entrusted to the bullpens of both teams and Milton's Ryan 'Wags' Wagler and grizzled veteran, Ian Zettle, were perfect, allowing 0 ERS, 0 Hits and 0 BBs. Wagler earned the win and Zettle the save. Andrew Kotulak was saddled with the tough-luck loss for Oakville in this evenly-matched, entertaining game that featured great defensive gems by Dan Campos, James Bruce, Kevin Greer and Kevin Cooper of the home-town 9.

Offensively, veteran Steve Lauzon led Milton with 2 hits, while Kevin Greer with a 2- run double, Donny Smith with an RBI double,and James Bruce and Matty Lahn with singles accounted for Milton's 6 hits on the day. Oakville was held to 5 hits with veteran Jeff Jarockis hammering a pair of singles to lead the way. Milton played error-less ball while Oakville was charged with a pair of errors.

The Red Sox are off until next Wednesday, when they practise before heading to Brampton Thursday night to take on the hard-hitting young Brampton Royals in a 7:30pm start at Brampton's Dave Dash Park.

   
June 15, 2014
Red Sox Win Big and Lose Big in Tillsonburg
The Milton Red Sox got off the mark successfully in the Tillsonburg Tournament this weekend, defeating the Bolton Brewers 8-2 Friday night and following that up with an upset 10-4 win over Thornhill Reds Saturday afternoon. However, the Pickering Red Sox turned the tables on Milton with a convincing 10-3 victory in the A- Divison semi-finals on Sunday sending Milton home disappointed with a 2-1 record.

Friday night, Bolton struck for a first inning 1-0 lead before the Red Sox exploded with 2 HRs. in the 2nd - a solo shot from rookie Matty Lahn and a 3-run blast from grizzled veteran Steve Lauzon to lead 4-1. Three more runs in the 4th and another in the fifth solidified an 8-2 win. Tyler Wilson went 6 innings to gain the Win, allowing 2 ERs on 4 hits while walking a pair. Josh Dos Santos threw a scoreless, hitless 7th. Offensively, Milton who out-hit Bolton 9-4, were led by James Bruce and Jordan Windisch with 2 hits and an RBI apiece and Chris Pittaway with a double and single. Bruce laced an exciting triple in the 2nd. Matty Lahn and Steve Lauzon with HRs and Donny Smith with a 2-run double, rounded out the hitting. Each team had one error in the game.

On Saturday, Milton's Ian Zettle battle Thornhill for 4 1/2 innings, but trailed 3-1 into the bottom of the 5th before the Red Sox exploded for 6 runs in the 5th and 3 more in the 6th to win going away 10-4. Zetts recorded the win surrendering 3 ERs on 7 hits while striking out 3. Exciting rookie lefty Jeremy McDonald was impressive again throwing the final two innings, giving up an UER on one hit one BB while striking out two Thornhill batters. Offensively, it was break-out day for veteran Kevin Cooper as he drove in 5 RBIs with a 3-run HR and a two-run single. Kevin Greer with 2 hits including a double, Craig Howse and Adam Aube' also with two hits apiece and Matty Lahn with a 2- run single, Chris Pittaway with an RBI single and Donny Smith with a single rounded out the 11-hit Milton attack. Each team had a pair of errors in the game.

Early Sunday morning, Milton battled Pickering in the Division - A Semi-finals for three innings to a scoreless draw. However, Pickering struck for 5 runs on 6 straight hits in the 4th, added 3 more in the 6th and a pair in the 7th. The Red Sox woke up a bit in the 6th when they scored 3 runs; however, it was too little, too late for Milton who couldn't seem to solve the Pickering pitcher who kept them off balance all day. Justin Volpato took the loss being tagged for 5 ERs on 7 hits - many of the 'seeing- eye' variety. Josh Dos Santos was touched for 3 more ERs on 3 hits and Scott McTrach gave up 2 ERs on 2 hits and a walk. Ryan Wagler and Justin Newbold each threw a scoreless 3rd of an inning in the 6th. Milton only had 6 hits in the game; however, Jordan Windisch had a 3 for 3 performance that included a pair of doubles and a BB. Kevin Greer pounded out a pair of single and Craig Howse broke`the goose-egg` with a solo HR blast in the 6th. Each team had an error in the game.

Milton returns to regular season action Wednesday night at the Milton Sport`s Center as they take on the hard-hitting Mississauga SW Twins. Game time is 7:30pm.

   
June 11, 2014
Milton and Niagara Settle For A Tie
The Milton Red Sox and the Niagara Metros battled all night to a 3-3 tie heading into the top of the 9th inning, and then Mother Nature intervened. The Metros pushed across a pair of runs when Dave Davidson lashed a 2-out double to center; however, his smash seemed to unleash a torrential downpour and the game was called reversing back to the end of the 8th inning with the teams tied 3-3. Milton outhit the visitors 7-6 on the night as Chris Pittaway and Donny Smith led the way with a pair of hits and an RBI each. Kevin Greer with an RBI single,and Craig Howse and James Bruce with singles accounted for the Milton offense. Metro's pitcher, Paul McKenna, went the distance and was outstanding, striking out 7 while walking just one Milton batter.

Milton used 7 pitchers on the night in preparation for the Tillsonburg Tounament this weekend, Scotty McTrach hurled the first 2 innings allowing a pair of ERs on 2 hits and a BB, Josh Dos Santos had another outstanding outing allowing one hit in 2 innings, Justin Volpato, a scoreless one-hit inning and Ryan Wagler a scoreless inning battling out of a 2-walk jam . Adam Aube', toeing the rubber for the first time in many years, allowed an ER on 2 hits; but, showed signs of previous experience on the hill, a valuable commodity for the Red Sox. Milton also introduced newly acquired LHP , Jeremy McDonald who mowed down 2 of the Metro hitters in the one inning he worked. James Bruce hurled the 9th when the RO occurred and was tagged for 2 ERs, 2 hits and 2 BBs. Rikky Ferri with 3 hits and Evan Baglieri with a pair led the Niagara attack. The Metros played error-less ball while Milton made 2 errors.

Milton as mentioned travel to Tillsonburg this weekend as they meet Bolton Friday night at 6;45pm and play Thornhill Sat. at 1:00pm in the long-standing Tillsonburg Tournament.

   
June 7, 2014
Milton Sweeps DHer vs. Erindale.
On a beautiful sunny afternoon at the Milton Sports Center, the Milton Red Sox swept a 7-inning DHer from the visiting Erindale Cardinals, 9-6 in Game 1 and 7-3 in Game 2. In Game 1, the Red Sox trailed 2-0 after one inning, 5-1 after 4 1/2 innings, and charged back to tie the game in the bottom of the 5th. They immediately fell behind again 6-5 after the Cardinal top of the 6th; however, an exciting 4-run splurge led by dynamic rookie, Matty Lahn, who blasted a bases-clearing double as part pf a 4-run rally, put the home squad ahead to stay 9-6 after 6 innings. The Red Sox were outhit by the Cards 10-9 on the day. Chris Pittaway led the way with a single and double and 3 RBIs, along with Kevin Greer with a pair of hits including a double and an RBI. Lahn's 3- run double to deep-center-field, James Bruce with a single and a pair of stolen bases, Craig Howse with an RBI single and Dan Campos and Donny Smith with singles rounded out the Milton offense. Mark Taplin was saddled with the loss in relief of starter Ian Bala who worked 4 1/3 innings.

Starter Ian Zettle worked 5 innings surrendering 4 ERs on 6 hits - many perfectly placed and of the 'seeing eye' variety, while striking out 4 Cardinal batters. Scott McTrach was credited with the win with another stellar relief performance allowing just one ER on 4 hits while walking none. Veteran Hall of Famer, Frankie Coccia, continued to pester Milton, leading the 'Red Machine' with 3 hits, while Jay Woodward, Aaron Palmer and Aneil 'Tiny' Birsa all had 2 hits apiece. Milton had 2 errors in the game, while Erindale had 3.

Game 2 had an entirely different scenario. First inning wildness by Erindale starter, Zach Laurin, helped push Milton into an early 6-0 lead. Starter Tyler Wilson held the Cards scoreless and hitless for 5 innings before wildness set in - 3 HBs, a WP and 2 BBs - , and Ryan Wagler came on in relief. Wagler also had problems stemming the Erindale comeback attempt as he allowed 4 straight hits that led to 3 ERs. Young Josh 'Little Dos' Dos Santos came on in spectacular fashion to take on the Cards big hitters, holding them scoreless for 2 innings of relief work, giving up just one hit, striking out 2 and walking only one batter. Erindale's Frankie Coccia again had a pair of hits and Aaron Palmer blasted a 3-run double in the 6th.

The Red Sox who outhit the Cards 7-5, were led by Kevin Greer with a pair of hits including an RBI double. James Bruce with a single, a pair of BBs and 2 RBIs, Chris Pittaway with a solo HR in the 2nd, Adam Chong with a booming double, Dan Campos with an RBI single, and Donny Smith also with a single, comprised Milton's offense in this 7-3 victory. Erindale's Zach Laurin took the loss; however, Andrew Mullin and Ian Bala threw 4 innings of scoreless relief. Each team had an error in the game.

The Sox, who improve their record to 5-6 on the young season, are off until Wednesday night when the powerful Niagara Metros come to town for a 7:30pm start at the Milton Sports Center. Come on out and see your exciting 2014 Red Sox in action.

   
June 2, 2014
Kevin Greer wins Week 4 Player of the Week Honours
After a bit of a sluggish start, Greer picked it up at the plate this past week (May 25 - May31). In 3 games played, he hit .571 (8 for 14) at the plate with 3 singles, 2 doubles, and 3 home-runs. Greer also scored 5 times while driving in 6 runs giving him a .306 average on the season with 9 RBIs. Congratulations to KG on this accomplishment!!!
   
May 31, 2014
Burlington Edges Milton in 11-inning Slugfest
The Burlington Brants scored an unearned run on a wild throw in the top of the 11th inning to edge the Milton Red Sox 11-10 at the Milton Sports Center Saturday afternoon. The lead changed hands 6 times throughout the game as Burlington outhit Milton 15-14. Red Sox new rookie, 20 year old Matt Lahn, had a spectacular day with a 4/6 performance that included 2 HRs, a double and a single and 6 RBIs. Kevin Greer remained red-hot blasting 3 hits including a HR and a double and 3 RBIs, while veterans Kevin Cooper, Chris Pittaway and Steve Lauzon hammered out a pair of hits apiece with 'Coop' shaking off the winter off-season with a pair of doubles. Lauzon and Pittaway each drove in a run. James Bruce contributed a single. Burlington's Ryan Colling was the winning pitcher.

For Milton, Ryan Wagler made his first start of the year, and although struggling at time for control, held the Brants to just 2 ERs in the 4 innings he worked giving up 5 hits and 5 BB , Justin Newbold went 1 1/3 giving up 2 ERs on 6 hits, Cal Coleman, returning from a year-long injury re-hab, was touched for an ER on 2 hits, and Scott 'Little Skip' McTrach, although registering the loss, dominated the 3 2/3 innings he threw giving up 0 ERs on 2 hits and 2 BBs. As can be readily seen, Milton gave 6 URS to the grateful Brants on 4 errors, 8 BBs and 2 HBs. For the Brants; however, Trevor Woodjetts and Kyle Abruthnott had 3 hits each, Cam Ryerson hit a 3 -run HR and Kevin Walsh, Cole Lewis, Brock Marshall and R. Andrews had 2 hits apiece.

Milton, although sporting only a 2-6 record to date, are showing signs that the rookies and veterans are starting to benefit from the fierce competition for playing time. When the hitting, pitching and fielding synchronize, they should increase the win- side of the ledger, The boys pack up and head down to St. Catharines this Monday night to take on the Niagara Metros at George Taylor Field (Old Community Park) for a 7:30pm first-pitch start.

   
April 23, 2014
Red Sox Begin Outdoor Workouts
After two months of working out at Peak Performance Athletics every Friday night, the Milton Red Sox will move to the Milton Sports Center for practices Sat. April 26 and Sunday April 27 both from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. They also will work out Wed. April 31 from 6:00pm -8:00pm and on Sat. May 3 and Sun. May 4 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. An exhibition game will be arranged for either May 3 or May 4. The Sox open in Burlington Wed. May 7 at 7:30pm.

Any new candidate wishing to try out for the 2014 Milton Red Sox should contact George Moore directly at 905-547-4618 or send an e-mail to geomoore@sympatico.ca. Information re. past baseball experience should be included.

   
February 18, 2014
2014 Indoor Workout Schedule Finalized
The Milton Red Sox 'AAA' Major Baseball Club, operating in the Central Ontario 'AAA' Major Baseball League, will begin indoor workouts on Friday, March 7 at Peak Performance Athletics (formerly Frozen Ropes) in Guelph from 8:30pm - 9:30pm. Workouts will be every Friday night, except Good Friday, until the weather allows the team to get outside. If the numbers warrant it, the possibility of extending the session to an extra half hour on any particular Friday has been arranged. Cost is $10/person/session.

Batting cages, soft toss areas, a free-weights and running machine section, pitching mounds and an infield area, are all part of the facilities.

The COBA 'AAA' Major is an all 'AAA" league and one of the best in the province. Combining experienced veterans with a steady stream of local and import Jr. graduates each year, the Milton Red Sox are perennial league title challengers, last winning the Playoff Finals in 2011. The league schedule is 28 games, and combined with anywhere from 2-3 tournaments, the Elimination Tournament in Windsor this year, as well as a double- knock-out tournament at the end of the league schedule to determine the league champion, teams in the 'AAA' COBA MAJOR play anywhere between 40-48 games per summer. It is a league for the serious-minded athlete who is 'baseball addicted'.

Milton also plays out of the beautiful new Milton Sport's Center Complex with one of the best parks in COBA Senior baseball. The Hap Walters Tournament as well as our league playoffs are hosted at the Milton Sports Center.

Directions to PPA: 401 to Hanlon Pkwy (one cutoff west of #6 Hwy. - north to Paisley St. cutoff - exit rt. on Paisley and head east for 2 stoplights to Alma St. - rt. on Alma south for a few blocks to RR tracks - in middle of tracks is Crimea St. to the left. Peak Performance Athletics is on the immediate right - likely the only building lit in the area. (519-515-0140)

New candidates for the Milton Red Sox, whether senior or junior age, can contact Coach George Moore at geomoore@sympatico.ca or phone 905-547-4618 for further information.

   
October 28, 2013
Milton Red Sox Recognized at Awards Banquet
The Milton Red Sox came out in force last Thursday night at the King Banquet Center in Burlington at the COBA MAJOR AAA annual Awards presentation. 24 people - players and friends, joined in the festivities.

One of the highlights of the night was the induction of veteran Ian Zettle to the COBA MAJOR Hall of Fame. 'Zetts' is the first Milton player in the modern era - 2000-2013 - to be awarded this status. 12 full seasons, 80 wins, and an astonishing 74 inning average over this time period, is commendable. He currently sits at a life-time 3.80 ERA and doesn't plan on retiring any time soon.

Chris Pittaway won the Billy Graham Iron-Man Award presented to the player who improved the most from 2012 season while maintaining a high level of play, combined with participating in a significant number of games throughout the season. Playing in 40/44 games, hitting .324 and leading the Red Sox in RBIs with 34, despite switching positions from C to 3B this season, cast 'Pittsy' as the obvious winner.

SS Kevin Greer also placed 2nd in the Sportsmanship Award, and three Red Sox were placed on the Ken Johnson Division All Star team: Chris Pitaway at 3B - Kevin Greer at SS - and James Bruce in CF.

Congratulations to all the Milton players recognized and thanks once again to all the players and fans who attended the Banquet in Burlington.

   
August 25, 2013
Milton Exits CBA MAJOR Finals in Two Straight Games
It was a heart-breaking end to the COBA Major AAA season for the Milton Red Sox as they dropped two games back-to-back in walk-off fashion Saturday at the Milton Sports Center in the Final Four Playoff Tournament: 3-2 to Niagara, who eventually won the tournament finals, and 11-10 to Etobicoke, the eventual runner- up. Veteran Ian Zettle once again was outstanding as he held a patch-work Red Sox line-up together throughout the 7 inning contest with Niagara who once again sent fire-baller Geoff Strong out against Milton. Trailing 2-1 after 5 innings, Milton rallied in the top of the 7th to tie the game. However, Jon Paul's 2-out single with the bases loaded, won the game 3-2 for Niagara in the bottom of the 7th. Zetts scattered 10 hits while walking 2 and striking out a pair. Evan Baglieri, Taylor Anderson and Anthony Vacca all recorded 2 hits for the Metros. Milton was held to 5 hits, a pair by Steve Lauzon, an RBI double by James Bruce, who also stole a pair of bases, and singles by Kevin Cooper and Adam Chong. Strong recorded 12 strikeouts and walked 4 to record the win.

Next up was the Etobicoke Rangers who had their way from the outset with Red Sox pitching and carved out a 9 -3 lead after 3 innings. Starter Tyler Wilson and Adam Lentz were roughed up together for 8 hits and 4 BBs. The Rangers added a 10th run in the 5th before Milton caught fire in the 6th and scored 7 runs to tie the game. Reliever, Justin Volpato, settled things down for the Red Sox for 3 innings: however, a one-out single by Jeff Altpeter, with runners on 1st and 2nd in the bottom of the 7th, sank the Sox. Adam Aubie, with 3 hits including a pair of doubles and 4 RBIs, and Brian Hunter with 3 hits that included 2 doubles and an RBI, led the way. Surprisingly, rookie pitcher Ryan 'Wags' Wagler, forced in to action early in the game to replace an injured Craig Howse, had 2 singles, 2 RBIs and a pair of walks. Donnie Smith, James Bruce and Adam Chong each contributed single to the 10-hit attack. Etobicoke, who outhit Milton 11-10, the same as the winning score, saw Ryan Panas, Kyle Clancy, Pip Murray-Smith each pound out 2 hits.

Congratulations to Mark Walters and Kerry Heddon and their Niagara Metros for winning the Playoff Championship finals over the Etobicoke Rangers. They are certainly worthy champions and represent our COBA MAJOR League in fine style.

For the Milton Red Sox, it was certainly a season of ups and downs marred by injuries and player shortages that certainly challenged the coaching staff. Despite some obvious holes in the lineup, the team pulled together as the season closed, and with a few positional and pitching depth additions to the team that ended the season, the experience gained during the regular schedule, and especially at the tournaments, the Elims and these final playoffs, hopefully can translate into a more positive showing for the 2014 Red Sox..

   
August 18, 2013
Red Sox Advance to Final Four
The Milton Red Sox emerged from the opening play-off double- knockout weekend series with a 2-1 record, good enough to earn a spot in next week-end's Final Four double-knockout championship round. Saturday saw the Red Sox down the plucky Burlington Brants 5-3, while Sunday the Niagara Metros eeked out a 3-1 thriller before the Milton nine outlasted the Glanbrook Grizzlies 15-14.

Saturday afternoon, veteran hurler Ian Zettle got off to a shaky start before righting himself to go the 7 inning distance for a come-from -behind 5-3 Milton victory. The Brants led 3-2 after 4 innings before Milton surged ahead on a 3- run 5th. ' Zetts' scattered 11 hits while striking out 6 and walking none. For the Brants, who outhit the Sox 11-6, Trevor Woodjets, Cavin Bratton, Andrew Pierce, Paul Saville and Rob Birtles each recorded 2 hits. Milton were led by Donnie Smith and Chris Pittaway with 2 hits apiece. Pittaway also had a double and a pair of RBIs. Kevin Cooper with an RBI single and Craig Howse with a double, added to the offence. C. J Cabrero was tagged with the loss.

Sunday morning against the Niagara Metros, Milton wasted a solid 7-inning pitching performance from Ty Wilson to end up 3-1 losers. 3 unearned runs from two throwing errors in the 2nd inning pushed the Metros into a lead that they held for the entire game. Wilson limited Niagara to 4 hits - singles by Evan Baglieri, Andrew Sorochan, Chris Pickles and Marshall McDougall ; however, Geoff Strong held the Sox to 3 hits with a strong pitching performance as well, recording 4 Ks. Adam Aubie with a double, Jordan Windisch with an RBI single and Adam Chong with a single was all the offence Milton could muster.

Milton then took on their perennial rivals, the Glanbrook Grizzlies, and all hell broke loose as the home squad hung on to edge the Grizz 15-14. Solid pitching did not seem to be a prerequisite for either team as hits, walks, hit batters and errors all were thrown into the mix in this scorer's nightmare. Milton out-hit Glanbrook 14-13 as James Bruce and Adam Chong led the way with 3 hits each and a pair of RBIs apiece. Bruce's production included a triple. Jordan Windisch had 2 hits and 2 RBIs and Donnie Smith and Kevin Greer had 2 hits and an RBI each. Chris Pittaway with a 2-RBI single and Adam Aubie with an RBI single, rounded out the hit parade. The Grizz were led by Andrew Page's pair of 2- run HRs and a single as well as Brock Marshall's 2 singles and a double. Tim Sogan and Jamie Kozak registered a pair of hits each as well. Milton recovered from trailing 7-2, only to squander a 4 run and a 3-run lead in the late innings. The coaches sent almost everyone to the mound to attempt to record outs. Adam Lentz started and was nicked for 5 runs, Tyler Wilson for 2, Justin Volpato for 5, Ryan Wagler, the recorded winner, for 2, and Scott McTrach came on to record the final out for the save. Amazingly, Glanbrook was tapped out pitcher-wise and Jamie Kozak had to gut out the entire 6 innings of this strange emotional roller- coaster game.

Milton will now meet Niagara again at 11:00am next Saturday at the MSC sports facility in the 2nd Round of playoffs following the same double-knock-out format for the Final Four teams. The action should be exciting as Etobicoke, Niagara , Erindale and Milton lock heads to determine the 2013 COBA MAJOR AAA Playoff Champions. Come out and see some great baseball.

   
August 5, 2013
Red Sox Exit Elims 1-2 in London
The Milton Red Sox opened the Ontario Senior Elimination Tournament with a convincing 7-3 victory over Vaughan Friday night in Byron; however, a power shortage offensively and shaky pitching defensively directly led to a quick exit Saturday with a 7-3 loss to Strathroy and a 6-2 defeat at the hands of COBA rival, Oakville, in the early evening. Both games Saturday were played in St. Thomas at Emslie Field.

Friday night, Veteran Ian Zettle took charge of the game vs. Vaughan and hurled a complete 7-inning game allowing 3 ERs while scattering 11 hits and striking out 6 en route to a 7-3 victory. The Red Sox took full advantage of 5 BBs, 4 WPs and 2 PBs as well as 6 hits of their own - two by Jordan Windisch and singles by Kevin Greer, Craig Howse, Adam Aubie and Kevin Cooper.

Perhaps accustomed to gift runs Friday night, the offense failed to take advantage of 7 BBs Saturday morning vs, Strathroy and managed only an anaemic 3 hits. Kevin Greer with a pair of hits, including a double, and Kevin Cooper with a single, provided all the offense. Despite the frustration of leaving the bases loaded twice in the game , the Sox went into the 6th trailing just 3-2; however, Strathroy took advantage of a tiring Tyler Wilson on the mound and struck for 4 runs in the 6th. Wilson was tagged with the loss allowing 12 hits while striking out 5 and walking none. Justin Volpato came on in relief to get the last out in the 6th inning. Milton struck out 7 times and had ten runners LOB.

Next up was the Oakville A's at 6:00pm on Saturday in St. Thomas's Emslie Field, and Oakville put the game out of reach early. Scott McTrach suffered the loss as he was tagged for all 6 runs on 7 hits over the first 2 innings. He was the victim of some very bad luck as a few shallow 'loopers' over the infield helped to set up some solid Oakville blasts - one a 2-run HR by Marc Walton. Justin Volpato came on to hurl a scoreless 3 innings surrendering just one hit, and Adam Lentz carried on with a hitless, scoreless last two innings.

Offensively, the Red Sox managed only 5 hits off Josh Spagnoletti however, they did hit the ball hard all night. Adam Aubie had a single , double and a HR with his new bat, Chris Pittaway with a double, and Kevin Greer with a single, were the only hits recorded.

The Red Sox have indeed not risen to the occasion in tournament play this year as expected. Injuries have played a role to some extent; however, the team seems to have a problem carrying solid hitting and shut-down pitching into each game. League Playoffs are near and the boys will try to turn the ship in the right direction in the next few weeks. Saturday at 1:30pm the Red Sox take on the Elimination Champion Mississauga SW Twins at the MSC.

   
July 28, 2013
Aubie Has a Night to Remember
The Milton Red Sox rode the hot bat of Adam Aubie last night to a 7-3 victory over the Glanbrook Grizzlies at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium. Aubie had 5 hits including a double, a two- run HR and was credited with 5 RBIs to pace the Red Sox's 13 hit attack. Kevin Cooper and Jordan Windisch each had a pair of hits and an RBI, while Donnie Smith with a double, and Kevin Greer, James Bruce and Craig Howse registered singles. Atsushi Urata, the first of five Grizzlie pitchers, took the loss.

Milton's pitching, led by Scott 'Little Skip' McTrach, held the hard-hittng Glanbrook squad to 8 hits. McTrach allowed just one ER in the 5 innings he pitched, surrendering 4 hits, one walk and striking out 2 batters. Ryan 'Wags' Wagler threw 2 innings and was touched for a pair of ERs on 3 hits and 2 BBs and veteran Ian Zettle threw a scoreless 8th and 9th allowing just one hit. Glanbrook's Chris Spiak led the Griz with 3 hits on the night.

Milton is right back at it tonight as they head to St. Catharines to take on the Niagara Metros at George Taylor Field. Game time is 7:30pm

   
July 13, 2013
Red Sox Take Advantage of Short-handed BattleCats
Playing their third game in as many nights, the Brampton BattleCats simply ran out of pitching, as they fell 15-5 to the Milton Red Sox Saturday afternoon at the MSC Park. Milton scored 6 runs in the 2nd inning, 8 in the 5th and a single run in the 8th to invoke the league mercy rule. The Red Sox only had 12 hits on the day; however, Brampton pitchers walked a whopping 14 batters and issued 8 WPs to hand an insurmountable lead to the home squad. Donnie Smith, Kyle Hampson, James Bruce and Jordan Windisch had 2 hits apiece and RBIs, while Brian Hunter blasted a double and had 3 RBIs. Chris Pittaway clubbed a 2 RBI single, Kevin Greer hit an RBI single as did Kevin Cooper. Steve Hough, the first of 4 Brampton pitchers, took the loss.

Tyler Wilson earned the win with a 5-inning two-hit performance striking out 3 and walking none. Scott McTrach threw a couple of innings and Ryan Wagler a single inning. An oddity of this game was that all five BattleCat runs were unearned due to sloppy defensive play by the local nine as they booted the ball around for 7 errors on the afternoon - the only negative in the one-sided victory. Kyle Hampson made his debut behind the plate for Milton and called an impressive game for all three hurlers.

The 'Band of Gypsies' are right back at it Monday night when they head to Oakville for a 7:30pm start at Oakville Park.

   
July 10, 2013
Red Sox Outlast Brants
The Milton Red Sox had to stave off a 9th inning rally by Burlington last night to defeat the Brants 8-5 at Nelson Park. The Sox had built a 8-2 lead heading into the 9th, courtesy 15 hits led by Donnie Smith's 3 hits that included a double and 2 RBIs. Craig Howse also registered 3 hits and Kevin Greer continued to swing a hot stick as he smashed a solo HR in the 3rd and contributed a single. Adam Aubie with 2 hits including a double and an RBI and Brian Hunter also with a pair of hits, set the tone for the offence. Jordan Windisch with a solo HR, Kevin Cooper with an RBI single and Steve Lauzon with a single accounted for the Milton attack. Cam McKnight was saddled with the Burlington loss.

Milton pitching held Burlington to 8 hits and 2ERs as Veteran Ian Zettle took a few innings to settle in on his way to a solid 6-inning performance allowing just one ER on 6 hits, 3 BBs and 6 Ks. Justin Volpatp came on in relief to hurl 2 scoreless innings while newcomer, Adam Lentz threw the 9th allowing an ER on 2 hits and 2 BBs while striking out a pair. Travis Flint and Cavin Bratton had two hits apiece for the Brants.

The Red Sox are back in action Saturday afternoon when they take on the scrappy Brampton BattleCats in a 1:30pm start. Come out an support these hard working players on both teams.

   
July 7, 2013
Red Sox Exit London Tournament at 1-2
The Milton Red Sox disappointed themselves by getting off to a sloppy start to the London Lakeside Tournament this weekend as they dropped a 6-5 decision to Exeter Friday night, had a late game collapse against the Tecumseh Jrs, Saturday morning falling 5-2, before regaining form to drub Riverside 12-3 Saturday afternoon in Byron.

Friday night, the Red Sox 's defence and pitching struggled and yet, with only 8 hits on the night, the Red Sox did manage to fight back three separate times to tie the game. 4 costly errors didn't help the cause any. Justin Volpato was tagged with the loss as he surrendered 5 ERs on 8 hits, one walk and 3 HBs. Ty Wilson and Ryan Wagler each saw relief action. Offensively Craig Howse and Kevin Greer had 2 hits apiece and an RBI while Chris Pittaaway blasted an RBI double, Donnie Smith doubled, and Jordan Windisch , Steve Lauzon and Adam Chong contributed singles.

Saturday morning saw the Red Sox come out strong to take a 2-1 lead against an excellent young Tecumseh Jr. team heading into the 6th inning. However, the pitching faltered suddenly as Tecumseh put together 4 straight hits to take a 5-2 lead which they never relinquished. Scott McTrach took the loss after surrendering 5 ERs on 7 hits. A solid 5 inning performance by the young right-hander was offset by the Tecumseh uprising. Jake Tougas pitched the last 1 1\3 inning of the game. Offensively, Milton, out-hitting Tecumseh 9-7, were led by Jordan 'Windy' Windisch with 3 hits including a double and an RBI and Craig Howse with a pair including a double. Donnie Smith with 2 singles, Kevin Greer with an RBI single and Steve Lauzon with a single, rounded out the Milton offense.

Saturday afternoon saw Milton regain their confident form as the overcame a 2-0 first inning setback to rally to club Riverside 12-3 in Byron. Milton struck for 15 hits with Craig Howse and Kevin Greer setting the tone, as Howse lashed out with a 3- run HR and 4 RBIs, and Greer pounded 2 doubles and a pair of RBIs. Donnie Smith with 2 hits, 2 SBs and 2 RBIs, James Bruce with a pair of hits including a double, SB and an RBI, Chris Pittaway with a double, single and RBI and Steve Lauzon with a pair of singles kept up the attack. Jordan Windisch also singled. Veteran Red Sox, Tyler Wilson, earned the win with 5 innings of work allowing 2 ERs on 5 hits while walking none. Youngsters Josh Dos Santos and Ryan Wagler kept showing their steady improvement as they each threw a scoreless inning of relief.

Thanks to all the players from the Red Sox who took the time and effort to attend this fun tournament. Thanks also to Al "Gator' Gates and his Lakeside guys for hosting another fine tournament. Weather did cause some problems Sunday and the final tournament results were not know at this publication.

The Milton crew are back in action this Wednesday night when they head to Nelson Park in Burlington to take on the Brants in a 7:30pm start.

   
July 4, 2013
Red Sox Score Early & Late to Secure Win
The Milton Red Sox took full advantage of 7 BBs last night at the MSC to nail down a 10-3 victory over the visiting Niagara Metros. Milton bunched 4 runs together in the first inning and another 5 in the 7th as both teams had 8 hits on the night. Chris Pittaway and Craig Howse each with a single, double and 3 RBIs, as well as veteran Steve Lauzon who tallied a pair of hits and 3 RBIs, led the way offensively. Kevin Cooper with an RBI single and Jordan Windisch with a single also contributed on the scoresheet. The big difference was perhaps Milton's ability last night to hit with men-on-base - a problem in many games this season. Metro's starter, Dan Veres, who settled down after a shaky first inning, was saddled with the loss.

Milton's Scott 'Little Skip' McTrach was selected as the winning pitcher after a 2 inning, scoreless relief stint amidst 5 Milton hurlers who saw action last night. Justin Volpato started and went a dominating 1st two innings keeping the high-scoring Niagara squad off the board and the rapidly improving rookie, Ryan 'Wags' Wagler also impressed over his two-inning stint despite being touched for an ER on 2 hits and 2 BBs. McTrach followed Wagler and young Josh Dos Santos threw part of the 7th allowing an ER. James Bruce logged the last 2 2/3 innings and was touched for another ER; but, otherwise contributed a solid relief outing keeping Niaagara off balance. Metros Ricky Ferri, Jon Paul, Anthony Vacca and Chris Pickles took care of the offense with a pair of hits apiece.

The Red Sox now head to London this weekend to compete in the annual Lakeside Tournament. First up is Exeter Friday night at Norm Aldridge Park at 6:00pm , before tackling the Tecumseh Jrs, on Sat. at 9:30am at Pulham Park (LCBA) and Riverside in Byron at 2:00pm.

   
July 1, 2013
Milton's Comeback Falls Short
Erindale Cardinals hung on today at 9th Line Park to stave off a determined Milton Red Sox squad that battled back all afternoon long finally succumbing 10-9 to the 'Red Machine'. Trailing 10- 6 in the 9th, the Red Sox mounted a rally that saw the tying and winning runs on 3rd and 2nd base respectively; however, they were shut out impressively by Cardinal reliever Andrew 'Big Bird' Mullen. Starter, Mike Morley, was credited with the win. Milton out-hit Erindale 15-12 wjth Chris Pittaway and Kevin Greer pounding out 4 hits apiece. ' Pittsy' had 2 doubles, a 2-run HR and 4 RBIs, while Greer included a double and an RBI. James Bruce with 2 hits, Craig Howse with a triple and 3 RBIs and Kevin Cooper with an RBI single, joined the attack. In addition, Steve Lauzon, Donnie Smith and Ryan Wagler each contributed singles.

Starter and loser. Ian Zettle, was unceremoniously roughed up for 8 ERs, 7 hits and 5 BBs over 3 2/3 innings; but. rookies Josh Dos Santos and Ryan Wagler, kept Milton in the game allowing 3 comeback attempts. Each pitched 2 2/3 innings and Erindale was able to score just a single run off Dos Santos, and was shut out completely by 'Wags' over the course of 5 + innings - a good sign for a beleaguered bull-pen crew. Erindale's Chris Novia launched 2 'moonshot' HRs and Greg Dodwell added another. Veteran Frankie Coccia, as well as Dave Sweetman and Chris Willins also had a pair of hits apiece.

The Red Sox are back at it Wednesday night at the MSC when they take on the first-place Niagara Metros before heading to London this weekend for the Lakeside Tournament.

   
June 28, 2013
Red Sox Bats Stay Alive
Last night in Brampton, the Milton Red Sox staved off a late game rally by the host team to emerge as 7-6 winners. Chris Pittaway and Jordan Windisch led the 14-hit Milton attack with 3 hits apiece including an RBI , while Pittaway hammered two doubles. Adam Aubie had 2 hits and an RBI. Kevin Greer with a 2-run single, Donnie Smith and Brian Hunter with RBI singles as well as Kevin Cooper and Craig Howse with singles comprised the Milton offense. BattleCat starter, Steve Hough was saddled with the loss.

Milton led 2-0 after the 1st ; however, Brampton tied it in the 5th. Milton extended the lead to 7-3 heading into the 9th, when Brampton rallied to push across 3 runs before Milton finally retired the side. Scott McTrach started and went 5 solid innings surrendering 2 ERs on 4 hits and 3 BBs while striking out 4. Justin Volpato earned the win with 2 scoreless innings in relief recording 3 Ks. Ian Zettle and James Bruce combined to throw the last 2 innings and were touched for 2 ERs. Milton made 3 errors on the night. Vic Speciale and Jr. call-up, Somma, led Brampton with 2 hits apiece of the 8 hit BattleCat offense.

The win marks the third win in a row for the Red Sox who gradually improve their league record to 7-10. The 'Band of Gypsies' next head to the "Crankdome' at 9th Line Park, Holiday Monday at 12:00pm to do battle with the powerful Erindale Cardinals.

   
June 9, 2013
Rangers Shut Down Red Sox
From 'feast to famine', Sundays' DHer in Etobicoke today proved that maxim to be true of the baseball fortunes. Averaging 12 hits per game over their last four encounters, the Red Sox were shut down 2-1 and 4-1 by Etobicoke pitching. The Sox were leading 1-0 after 4 in Game 1 as veteran Tyler Wilson and Etobicoke's Andrew Hyde went 'toe-to-toe' on the mound. However, Wilson pulled a groin muscle and had to give way to young newcomer, Jake Tougas, who made his first appearance for the Red Sox. Nervousness led to a bit of wildness and the Rangers tied the score at 1-1 before Scott 'Little Skip' McTrach came on to shut down a bases-loaded threat in the 6th. Etobicoke pushed across the winning run in the 8th as McTrach surrendered two straight hits and a WP to end the close-fought contest.

Kevin Cooper, with a pair of hits and Craig Howse, Brian Hunter and Adam Chong accounted for the 5 Milton hits. Ryan Panas and Brett Sanders led the Rangers with a pair of hits apiece and Bryan Vardzel, who relieved Hyde in the 8th, received credit for the win. Hyde mowed down 11 Red Sox batters via the strikeout.

Game 2 was primarily the Kyle Breitner show as he also struck out 11 batters over the 6 innings he worked to get credit for the win. Peter Saweczko earned the Save in relief with an inning of work. The Sox could manage only 3 hits: a double by Kevin Greer and singles by Chris Pittaway and Adam Chong, who threw out two runners at 2B. On the mound, Ian Zettle took the loss surrendering 7 hits and 4 ERs to Etobicoke while walking a pair. Ryan Wagler, getting his confidence back lately, threw a scoreless inning of relief. Brett Sanders blasted a solo HR for the Rangers in the 4th.

The struggling and injured Red Sox return to action this Wed, night at home at the Milton Sport's Center vs. the first-place Niagara Metros. Game time is set for 7:30pm.

   
June 4, 2013
Twins Edge Red Sox
An exciting, well-pitched game at Clarkson Field saw the first place Mississauga SW Twins snuff out a 9th inning rally by the Milton Red Sox to emerge 3-2 winners. Having closed to narrow the deficit in the 9th inning to 3-2 with nobody out and men at 2nd and 3rd, the Sox failed to tie the game as lefty James Byrnes retired three batters in order for the home squad. Milton out-hit Mississauga 10-6 on the night led by Chris Pittaway, Craig Howse and Kevin Greer each with a pair of hits including a double. Kevin Cooper with an RBI double. Brian Hunter with a double and Adam Chong and James Bruce with singles apiece added to the Milton offense. Mathew Dekundy earned the win with 4 solid innings of relief for the Twins.

Liam Tennant was the hard-luck loser for Milton throwing 6 innings and allowing 3 ERs on 5 hits with 5 Ks, Ryan Wagler and Scott McTrach hurled an inning each of scoreless relief. Stephan Kulchyk led the Twins with a pair of hits while John Broll pounded out an RBI double and Bendan Emmett hit a double as well..

The Red Sox are off until Sunday when they head to Connorvale Park in Etobicoke to take on Whitey's young Rangers in a 7-inning DH beginning at 12:00pm

   
June 2, 2013
Milton Exits Tillsonburg Tournament Unceremoniously
After pummeling the Tillsonburg Red Sox 14-3 Friday night and squeaking by the Bolton Brewers 7-5 Saturday afternoon, the Milton Red Sox blew a 10-6 lead heading into the final inning vs. Glanbrook on Sunday and wound up losing 18-11 in the Tillsonburg Tournament, eventually won by Glanbrook, who defeated Windsor Athletic Association later in the day.

Friday night, Milton took full advantage of shaky Tilly pitching, charging out to a 9-0 lead after 3 innings, adding 5 more in the 5th for the mercy win. Tyler Wilson earned the victory limiting the hosts to 3 hits and 0 ERs over 5 innings. Ryan Wagler pitched the final inning and was touched for 2 UERs surrendering 3BBs and 2 hits. Offensively, Adam Aubie with a single, double and 2 RBIs and Chris Pittaway with a single, double and one RBI, led the way. Brian Hunter, coming around lately at the plate, crashed a grand-slam HR. James Bruce with a double and Don Smith, Kevin Greer, and Steve Lauzon contributed singles.

Sloppy defensive play Saturday saw Bolton take a 5-4 lead into the final inning before the Red Sox were jolted into a 3 run uprising to charge from behind for the 7-5 win despite being outhit 9-7. Ian Zettle went 5 innings for the win surrendering 4ERs on 8 hits and one BB while striking out 3 batters. Ty Wilson came on in the 6th to earn the save giving up one hit. Don Smith with a pair of doubles and James Bruce with 2 hits, an RBI and 2 SBs, set the pace for the Sox. Kevin Cooper had a pair of RBIs on a BB and a single. Steve Lauzon had 2 RBIs on a single, Brian Hunter with a single and Kevin Greer with 2 RBIs on a pair of Sacs, completed the Milton offense.

Sunday saw one of the most spectacular pitching melt-downs in Milton over the last 5 years as they simply ran out of effective arms leading 10- 6 heading into the last inning and eventually lost 18-11 while outhitting Glanbrook 16-15 im the howling winds at Sam Lamb Park. Cal Coleman was pitching effectively for Milton until he was forced to leave with an arm injury having been touched for 4 ERs over 4 1/3 innings. Young rookies Josh Dos Santos and Steve Davis had control problems and surrendered another 3 ERs. Then, James Bruce and Kevin Greer making their first relief appearances of the year, faced 10 batters and 10 ERs between them was the result. Craig Howse stopped the bleeding allowing one more ER to finish the inning. Bruce was saddled with the loss; however all 3 were forced into duty when two regular pitchers were last minute absentees. Tim Sogan with a Grand Slam and Cory Morrison with a 3-run HR, were the Glanbrook highlights. Chris Cooney earned the win in relief.

Offensively, although leaving 13 men on base, Milton were led by Chris Pittaway, Adam Chong and Brian Hunter, all with 3 hits apiece. ' Pittsy' had 3 RBIs with a double and HR, Chong with a HR and a pair of singles and Hunter with 3 singles at opportune times and 2 RBIs. Kevin Cooper with a pair of singles and an RBI, Kevin Greer with a pair of RBIs, Craig Howse with a solo HR, James Bruce with a double and a pair of BBs and Steve Lauzon with a single, rounded out the Milton slugging.

The Milton squad would like to congratulate Rick Ellis and Brock Marshall and all the classy Grizzlies for taking the tournament title, and Derek Partlo and his guys for staging another successful Tillsonburg Tournament. Great job, boys.

The Red Sox are right back at it Tuesday night in Clarkson when they take on the first place Mississauga SW Twins. Game time is 7:30pm.

   
May 25, 2013
Milton Breaks Out
The Milton Red Sox finally put everything together in the same game as they downed the Burlington Brants 10-1 at MSC Park this afternoon. Liam Tennant held the Brants in check over 6 innings with a solid veteran performance limiting the visitors to one ER and 3 hits while walking 3 and striking out 7 for his third straight win of the young season. Cal 'Clutter' Coleman, improving every time out, threw three scoreless innings. Veteran Darryl Pierce led the Brants with a pair of hits.

Offensively, the Red Sox were held to 9 hits; however, unlike Friday night in Hamilton, they made the most of their opportunities. Led by their dynamic CFer James Bruce, who hammered out 4 hits, 2 RBIs and a SB, as well as lead-off hitter, Don Smith, with 2 hits, 2 BBs , an RBI and a SB, the Milton squad came out flying from the onset, posting two runs in the first, two more in the second, and another in the 3rd. A run in the 6th and 4 more in the 7th put the game out of reach for the Brants. The always unpredictable Kevin Cooper, blasted a single and a double and a pair of RBIs and rookie catcher Adam Chong contributed with a single. Cam McKnight took the loss for Burlington.

The 'Trailer Park Boys' are now off until next Wednesday night when Greg Cranker's powerful Erindale Cardinals come to the MSC for a 7:30pm start. Come on out and watch some entertaining baseball!

   
May 15, 2013
Milton Capitalizes in Late Innings
Last night in Milton, what started out as a close 5-3 pitching duel after 6 innings, turned into a 12-4 Red Sox victory over the short-handed Glanbrook Grizzlies as the Milton bats exploded for 11 hits in the 7th and 8th innings. Starter Liam Tennant kept the Grizz off balance for 6 innings earning the win as he allowed 3 ERs, on 5 hits while striking out 6 and walking a pair. Cal 'Clutter' Coleman continued to show his sophmore improvement as he worked the final three innings allowing one ER, 2 hits, 3BBs and striking out 6. The Grizz scattered 7 hits with Tim Sogan blasting a triple in the 5th inning.

Offensively, Milton hammered out 17 hits led by James Bruce with 3 hits including a double and a pair of RBIs, and Donnie Smith with 3 hits, including a double and a solo RBI. Chris Pittaway and Kevin Cooper with 2 hits, including a double and 2 RBIs each, Steve Lauzon and Adam Chong with a pair of hits and an RBI and Adam Aube' with resounding double and Kevin Greer with a single contributed to the offensive onslaught. Chris Cooney suffered the loss for Glanbrook.

The Red Sox head to Brampton tomorrow night for a 7:30pm encounter with theFrosty's scrappy BattleCats at Dave Dash Park (The Fairgrounds).

   
May 10, 2013
Red Sox win slug-fest in St. Catharines
The Milton Red Sox came out swinging last night in St. Catharines as they led all the way in an 8-6 victory over the Niagara Metros at George Taylor Field. Starter, Ian Zettle registered the win with a 5 inning performance that featured 4 Ks and allowing just 2 ERs on 6 hits. Sophmore, Cal 'Clutter" Coleman, threw 3 strong innings to keep the Metros at bay allowing 0 ERs, 3 Hs and striking out 3 batters. Veteran, Tyler Wilson, came on in the 9th to earn the save with a shutout inning. Ricky Ferri and Jono Marcheterre set the pace for Niagara with 3 hits apiece.

Offensively, 'the Trailer Park Boys' took full advantage of a few rookie Metro pitchers that had trouble locating the strike zone as they walked 8 Red Sox batters. Adam Aube' led the attack with a pair of singles and 2 RBIs, while Steve Lauzon and James Bruce pounded out two hits each. 'Brucey' also stole a pair of bases. Donnie Smith with a single, 2 BBs and a pair of RBIs, Kevin Cooper with a single and 2 RBIs, Kevin Greer with a single and an RBI, Liam Tennant with a double and Chris Pittaway and Craig Howse with singles as well as a few resounding line-drive outs, kept pressure on the home team all night long. Milton also left 12 men on base.

Milton's defence was shaky at times contributing to 5 errors, likely a direct result of the shortened spring season.

The Red Sox are right back at it Saturday to take on the undefeated Mississauga SW Twins at the Milton Sports Center . Game time is 1:30pm.

   
April 25, 2013
Outdoor Workouts Set
The Milton Red Sox Senior Baseball Club will move outside this weekend. Sat, and Sun. , April 27-28, to conduct work-outs at Campbellville New Ball Park from 1:00-3:00pm each day. Wednesday, the team heads to Burlington for an exhibition game against the Brants at Nelson Park at 7:30pm, and then practises Thursday night at MSC at 6:15pm before opening the COBA MAJOR AAA schedule Saturday, May 4 at the MSC againt the Etobicoke Rangers, last year's playoff finalists. First pitch is set for 1:30pm.

New players with university, junior or prior senior experience are more than welcome. Please contact George Moore at 905-547-4618 for further information, or forward e-mails to geomoore@sympatico.ca

   
October 28, 2012
Awards Banquet News
The Milton Red Sox placed three players on the 2012 edition of the Johnson Division All-Star Team - Kevin Greer (SS), Craig Howse (OF/DH) and Sean Mathe' (3B). For Kevin and Sean it is their 2nd selection to this team. Kevin Greer was also one of the three finalists for the Iron-Man Award, and Craig Howse was the runner-up for the Sportsman's Award. Congratulations guys! The Red Sox organization is very proud of your achievements in 2012.
   
July 22, 2012
Red Sox Exit Hap Walters Tourney With a 2-1 Record
The struggling Milton Red Sox played three solid games during the Hap Walters Tournament and won two - 18-11 over the Erindale Cardinals and 13-6 over the Brampton BattleCats - but, lost a cliff-hanger 5-4 to the Thornhill Reds. As it turned out, too many runs against prevented the 'Trailer Park Boys' from advancing to the Championship Final-Six Round.

Friday night at the rock-hard tundra of Greg Cranker's 9th Line Park was a pitcher's worst nightmare. 33 hits - 18 -15 for the Sox - was the order of the day. Jon Roth with 4 hits, as well as Kurt 'Dirty' Mitchell and Kevin Greer with 3 hits and 5 RBI's each, led Milton. Sean Mathe' and James Bruce hammered out a pair of hits also, and Kevin Cooper blasted a mammoth 3-run HR in the 3rd. Craig Howse with a single and 2 RBI's, Chris Pittaway with an RBI double, and Nick 'Don't Hit Me' Mazzorato with a single rounded out the Milton offense. Rookie, Trent 'Little Bar' Barwick, threw a solid 4 innings in relief of starter Cal Coleman to earn the win. Barwick allowed one ER on 4 hits while recording 2 Ks. Veteran reliever,Mike Grabauskas, closed out the 7th inning allowing just a single ER. Frankie Coccia, Greg Cullen, Tiny Birsa and Dave Sweetman led Erindale with 3 hits apiece.

Saturday, in Milton, the Red Sox and Thornhill Reds fought a classic see-saw battle with the Reds pushing the go-ahead run across in their top of the 7th to emerge as 5-4 winners. Veteran starter Ian Zettle deserved a better fate as he threw a complete game in workman-like fashion, allowing just 3 ERs while scattering 8 hits striking out 2 and issuing 0 BBs. A key error in the 5th proved to be a decisive factor. John Crone and Al Woods registered a pair of hits each for Thornhill. Offensively, Milton could manage only 7 hits as James Bruce with a single and double, and Jon Roth with a pair of singles, set the pace. Craig Howse with a single and 2 RBIs, Chris Pittaway with an RBI double, Kevin Greer with an RBI single, and Nick Mazzorato with a double and a pair of HBPs, rounded out the Milton offense.

Next up, again in Milton, was the surging COBA divisional leaders, the Brampton BattleCats, and the Red Sox 'Boys' came out swinging with 4 runs in the 1st, another in each of the 2nd and 3rd, and 7 more in the 4th to win going away. Speedy James Bruce led the 15 hit attack with 3 hits that included a HR and 2 RBIs. Catcher, Chris 'Pittsy' Pittaway with a pair of hits and 3 RBIs, Jon Roth with 2 hits, including a double and RBI, Kevin Cooper with a double and single and an RBI, and Sean Mathe' with a pair of singles set the pace. Nick ' The Human Ball Magnet' Mazzorato with a 2-run double and 2 more HBPs, Craig Howse with a double and RBI, Kurt Mitchell with an RBI single and Kevin Greer with a single comprised the Milton 15-hit attack. Scott 'Little Skip' McTrach, who earned the win, bobbed and weaved for 6 innings allowing just 2 ERs while scattering 10 hits and walking a pair. Mike Grabauskas, with his assortment of aggravating 'junk', threw the 7th to close out the game.

The Milton squad is starting to get players back from work commitments and injuries, and the results are self-evident by their enthusiastic play of late. This is an especially tough week as they are in Oakville to take on the A's Monday night before returning home Wednesday to face off once again with the Erindale Cardinals 'power-bats' at the Milton Sports Centre. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:30pm.

Congratulations to Bob 'The Beav' Kulchyk and the Mississauga SW Twins for powering their way to the Championship of this prestigious Hap Walters Tournament. They defeated the Windsor Athletic Association 6-3 in Sunday's final with a combination of outstanding pitching, solid hitting and spectacular defensive play. This is their second tournament win this year as they also won the Lakeside Tournament in London two weeks ago. It is good to see COBA Major AAA teams reclaiming these two trophies for a year.

Thanks also to all those responsible for looking after the home parks: Greg Cranker and Dan Estey and the loyal Cardinal 'wackos' at 9th Line, Steve 'Whitey' Breitner and the Etobicoke guys at Connorvale Park , Dave Huctwith and Bob Kulchyk and the Twins at Clarkson, and Glenn Turner and the 'Trailer Park Boys' in Milton. Thanks also to Grant Zillioto and the umpiring crews and to Rona Cranker for the refreshment stand at 9th Line. A great time was had by all.

   
July 10, 2012
New Red Sox Recruit Signed
Last night at 3:15am, Matt 'Bonesy' McCandless and his lovely wife, Pam, and their daughter Mackenzie 'Little Mac' , welcomed a bouncing baby boy into the world named Cooper Joseph, at a fighting weight of 8 lbs 12 oz. The entire Milton Red Sox Senior Baseball Club are ecstatic for Pam and Bonesy, and the Trailer Park Boys are looking forward to 'Little Cooper-Joe' becoming a feisty 'Bottle Kid' in the years to come. Congratulations all around are certainly in order.
   
July 9, 2012
Milton 1-2 in London
The Milton Red Sox are starting to play better baseball these days as their lineup begins to settle down somewhat; however, these small steps have not translated into instant team success. At the Lakeside Tournament they lost 4-3 to Lakeside and 4-0 to St. Thomas before pounding Sarnia 8-4.

Friday night's loss to Lakeside was particularly painful since the Lizards scored 4 runs in the 7th to over-come a 3-0 deficit. The game revolved around a blatant umpiring error at 1stB as a runner was called safe on a routine 3rd out groundball from SS that beat the runner by at least a full stride. Even the osprey was appalled. Pitcher, Liam Tennant, was outstanding for the Sox, surrendering 4 ERs on 7 hits over 7 innings while striking out 3. Defensively, Milton also played solid errorless ball. Offensively, Kevin Greer and Craig Howse led the 'Trailer Park Boys' with two hits each, while Adam Aubie with an RBI double, Kurt Mitchell with a double and Kevin Cooper and Steve Lauzon with singles, rounded out the Milton 8-hit offense,

Saturday morning, St. Thomas rode the dominating pitching of Tyler Annett to a one-hit 4-0 victory. Jon Roth registered the only hit for Milton. Ian Zettle threw a strong 5 innings scattering 4 runs on 9 hits while striking out 3 and walking a pair. Trent Barwick and James Bruce threw a scoreless inning apiece.

Later that day in Byron, Milton broke out with 16 hits and solid pitching to defeat Sarnia 8-4. Liam Tennant was virtually 'unconscious' as he led the Sox with 4 hits including a double and an RBI. Steve Lauzon and Jon Roth had 2 hits and a pair of RBIs each, while Adam Aubie pounded out 2 singles and an RBI and Kurt 'Dirty' Mitchell also had a pair of hits, one a double. Kevin Cooper with a single and 2 RBIs, ad Kevin Greer, Sean Mathe' and James Bruce each contributed singles. Scott 'Little Skip' McTrach threw a complete 7 inning victory allowing just 2 ERs on 4 hit while striking out 5 and walking a pair.

The Red Sox head into a busy 2nd week of July returning home to play the division-leading Niagara Metros Wednesday night at 7:30pm.

   
June 4, 2012
Too Much Sogan at Tilly For Red Sox
Two bad innings, and an unstoppable Tim Sogan from the Glanbrook Grizzlies, led to a rather rude 12-1 exit from the Tillsonburg Tournament for the Milton Red Sox this weekend. Otherwise, the 'Trailer Park Boys' played excellent baseball downing the tough Thornhill Reds from the GTHL, 5-1, and slugging the Niagara Falls Expos 10-2 during the rain-abbreviated tournament.

The afternoon game yesterday saw the eventual tournament champion Grizz, from the COBA MAJOR AAA, surge on a hitting spree against Ilderton, Milton and Markham, in that order, that proved difficult to match. In the 12-1 loss, Milton hung tough against Grizz hurler Tim Sogan, trailing only 4-0 after 5 innings, Starter Ian Zettle was victimized by a pair of UERs and some opportune Glanbrook hitting. However, the game collapsed completely as the Red Sox relief crew was shaky, to say the least, allowing 8 runs on 9 hits and a pair of 2-run HRs by pitcher Sogan himself in the 6th and 7th. Trent Barwick stopped the bleeding in the 7th gaining the final two outs. Offensively, Milton ended the day with 4 hits - a solid double by Kevin Cooper and singles by Nick Mazzorato, Lee Mathe' and Cal Coleman.

Saturday saw the Red Sox play their best baseball of the tournament defeating Thornhill 5-1 with a 5-run come-from-behind rally in the 6th. Led by Kevin Cooper's two hits, rookie Brandon Banaschewski drove in a pair of runs with a solid single as did Nick Mazzorato. Brian Hunter with an RBI single, as well as Steve Lauzon, Kevin Greer, Adam Aubie and Kurt Mitchell with singles each, rounded out the Red Sox 9-hit offense. Cal Coleman threw a solid 5 innings limiting the Reds to one ER on 4 hits. Trent Barwick earned the win in relief, and, along with veteran Sean Mathe', the two closed out the final two innings of the game. Milton played errorless ball throughout the win.

Early Sunday morning, riding a 16 hit charge, the Sox man-handled the Expos from Niagara Falls 10-2. Starter Liam Tennant earned the win with an outstanding 6-inning performance limiting NF to 3 hits and 2 ERs while striking out 4. Jon Merton closed out the game throwing a scoreless 7th. For the 2nd game in a row, the Milton defense played errorless ball.

Kevin Greer, Brandon Banaschewski and Brian Hunter each had 3 hits in this game, with Greer adding 3 RBIs and BB contributing a pair of RBIs. Jon Roth with a pair of hits including a solo HR, Kevin Cooper with a HR and 3 RBIs, as well as Steve Lauzon, Sean Mathe', Craig Howse and Nick Mazzorato with single hits each, contributed to the Milton attack

Despite their disappointing tournament exit, the Red Sox coaches wish to heartily thank all those loyal 'Trailer Park Boys' who made that special effort to attend this time-honoured tournament. We get better as a team the mpre we play and the more that actually do play. Thanks also to the great Tillsonburg Tournament organizers - Derek Partlo and Sam Lamb and their families - for all their efforts in maintaining this oldest of Ontario Senior Tournaments. Lots of stories - some even true - and plenty of laughs all round, especially from Donny H. and Terry L. in the beer tent. Thanks again guys, You are indeed the greatest of friends!

The plucky Milton "9' resume league action this Wednesday night at the Milton Sports Center when they take on the Oakville A's. Game time is 7:30pm.

   
February 20, 2012
2012 Indoor Workouts Set
The Milton Red Sox 'AAA' Major Baseball Club, operating in the Central Ontario 'AAA' Major Baseball League, will begin indoor workouts on Friday, March 2 at Peak Performance Athletics (formerly Frozen Ropes) in Guelph from 8:30pm - 9:30pm. Workouts will be every Friday night until the weather allows the team to get outside. Friday night times will vary. If the numbers warrant it, the possibility of extending the session for for an extra half hour on any particular Friday has been arranged. Cost is $10/person/session.

Batting cages, soft toss areas, a free-weights and running machine section, pitching mounds and an infield area, are all part of the facilities.

The COBA 'AAA' Major is an all 'AAA" league and one of the best in the province. Combining experienced veterans with a steady stream of Jr. graduates each year from various areas, the Milton Red Sox are perennial league title challengers and the 2011 COBA MAJOR 'AAA' League Playoff Champions. The league schedule is 28 games, and combined with anywhere from 2-3 tournaments, the Elimination Tournament in Windsor, as well as a double-knock-out tournament at the end of the league schedue to determine the league champion, teams in the 'AAA' COBA MAJOR play anywhere between 40-48 games per summer. It is a league for the serious-minded athlete who is a 'baseball junkie'.

Directions: 401 to Hanlon Pkwy (one cutoff west of #6 Hwy. - north to Paisley St. cutoff - exit rt. on Paisley and head east for 2 stoplights to Alma St. - rt. on Alma south for a few blocks to RR tracks - in middle of tracks is Crimea St. to the left. Peak Performance Athletics is on the immediate right - likely the only building lit in the area. (519-515-0140)

New candidates for the Red Sox can contact George Moore at geomoore@sympatico.ca or phone 905-547-4618 for further information.

   
October 28, 2011
Annual Award Night Another Success
Last night at the King's Court banquet Center in Burlington, the COBA MAJOR AAA Baseball League held their annual Awards Night and Banquet, and thanks to the special efforts of Michelle Wood, Bruce Evans, Glenn Turner, Greg Cranker and the host team, the Burlington Brants, the affair was an outstanding success. All the award winners, runner's-up and the all-star selections can be found on our COBA Major.ca web-site, duely recorded by John 'T-Bone' Williams, our dedicated web-site guru.

The Barry Dobson Trophy was presented to the Milton Red Sox for winning the Playoff Championship, and the Pat Brooker Trophy was also picked up by the Red Sox for winning the Johnson Division pennant. Milton's solid third baseman, Sean Mathe' was selected the Playoff MVP as well as being appointed to the Johnson Division All-Star team. Kevin Cooper, Milton's slick-fielding veteran first-baseman, came 2nd in the league batting title and was also selected to the Johnson Division All-Stars. Veteran RHP, Ian Zettle, who logged the most innings of any pitcher in the league. was also appointed to the All-Star team. Zetts is the true 'horse' of the Milton pitching staff, especially in crucial games. Dusty Roskam, the Red Sox's excitng rookie with the blazing speed from the 2010 Jr. Red Sox, lost out in the Rookie Award by a narrow one-vote margin. Veteran catcher, Carlos D'Costa was in the final selections for the Iron-Man Award as well. Congratulations are in order to all these up-standing 'Trailer Park Boys' for being selected for these honours.

This brings to a close a fine season for our beloved Milton Red Sox. Everyone is excited about moving into our new park up the street for the 2012 season. We will no longer be referred to as 'homeless'. Glenn Turner is super-keen to practise his field-grooming artistry on the new 'Field of Dreams' and Greg Cranker is set to school him in the handling of our new lawn tractor. In addition, most of the core of this fine group has indicated they will be returning next year, and together with the addition of some eager young 'newbies' to fill any voids that may arise, we will do our damnest to put another competitive product on the field once again for our loyal fans and young 'rug-rats' that follow us around all summer. As your coaches - Matt 'Bonesy' McCandless, Mike 'Stain' Austen and ancient 'El Mooro' - we have had a fantastic time coaching you the last few years, and we will do everything we can to maintain this commitment to excellence and toughness we now seem to have created. You are indeed, not only a great 'team', but more importantly, a solid group of unique individuals, and our friends. we are truely moved by that reality. Thanks for all your time sacrifices, hard work, dedication and patience with our coaching, you 'noble knights.' The 'baseball gods' reward you in kind for that, as you have readily witnessed.

Wear those Milton Red Sox sweaters, hoodies and t-shirts everywhere. Bonesy and Jack Cantelon searched them out for you because they feel we are indeed a very proud and special group. Stay tuned for notices re. our annual Christmas Party. It might be the week between Christmas and New Years so that more of the team and alumni can attend. Talk to you all later.

El Mooro

   
August 28, 2011
Red Sox Capture 2011 Playoff Championship
The Milton Red Sox captured the 2011 playoff Championship prize today at Burlington's Nelson Park as they defeated the Oakville A's in their head-to-head finals match-up. Faced with defeating Milton two games in a row, the hard-hitting A's beat the Red Sox 10-6 in the opening game of the finals; however, Milton rallied to win Game 2 by a decisive 8-0 margin.

Strong north winds, a side effect of Hurricane Irene, played a major role in Game 1. Each team hit a pair of HRs with Kevin Lee blasting a pair for Oakville. Milton led 5-3 after 5 innings; however, the A's exploded for 6 runs in the top of the 6th to seal the victory. Adam Ahearn was tagged with the loss allowing 7 ERs on 9 hits and a pair of BBs. Mike Grabauskas was also tagged for a pair of runs in his relief stint for Ahearn. For Oakville, Kevin Lee and Matt Bekar registered 3 hits apiece, while Julian Richards and Andrew Kotulak had 2 hits each. Milton's 8-hit offense was led by Kevin Cooper who hit a HR and double and racked up 4 RBIs. Sean Mathe' had a HR and single as well as 2 RBIs, and Steve Lauzon, Carlos D'Costa, Liam Tennant and Jon Roth recorded singles each.

Totally disheartened by the outcome of Game 1 against Oakville, the determined 'Trailer Park Boys' jumped into an impressive 5-0 first inning lead in the second and final game. Liam Tennant, forced to pitch this game, was simply outstanding. 'LT' limited the A's to 4 hits and 4 walks over his 7-inning stint as he stuck out 5 batters. This game also marked the return of Milton's tough, young SS - Kevin Greer - who had been side-lined with a broken hand suffered before the Elims in late July. 'KG' hammered out a double and single producing 2 RBIs, while veteran. Jon Roth also had 3 RBIs from a pair of timely hits. Kevin Cooper, Milton's hitting leader, had another double and RBI while Steve Lauzon, Sean Mathe', Chris Pittaway, James Bruce and Kurt 'Dirty' Mitchell all tallied singles. James Bruce, with 3 Runs Scored, used his speed to cause havoc on the base-paths for Oakville , as well as tracking down 8 fly-balls during the two back-to-back games.

So, a long season comes to an end for the beloved 'Homeless Trailer Park Boys' from Milton. The team ended the season with a respectable record of 26-19 , the Johnson Division Title and the League Playoff Championship Title. Mixed with a solid combo of eager young speedsters, as well as wily veterans, the Red Sox played all comers with a sense of verve and enthusiasm that made all their opponents, as well as their many loyal fans and 'rug-rat' followers extremely proud.

Many thanks to Matt 'Bonesy' McCandless and Mike 'Stain' Austen for their wisdom and humour in their roles as asst. coaches. Thanks also to Glenn 'Alvin' Turner for his tireless battles with the town to try to salvage our beloved Brian Best Park. Thanks to Greg Cranker and the Erindale Cardinals, as well as Steve 'Whitey' Breitner and his Etobicoke Rangers for helping to find room to play many of our games in their parks. Thanks also to the teams that came to Campbellville and played games in that historic baseball venue. Next year, Milton heads over beyond the Community Center to a brand-new facility, and Glenny should be re-invigorated in his quest for creating that 'perfect park'. It should be exciting indeed! Thanks to everyone attached to the Milton Red Sox and all our friends and 'running buddies' throughout the league. I hope to see all of you again in 2012 at our new 'digs'. Thanks again to all those who make that extra effort to play, coach and support this great old game in the COBA MAJOR AAA League. Your enthusiasm and dedication is always noted and applauded by those 'deathless' baseball gods who inhabit all our parks throughout the long, hot summer months, Thanks again.

El Mooro

   
August 27, 2011
Milton Advances to Final of Final Four Series
With exciting last-inning heroics in games against the Niagara Metros and the Glanbrook Grizzlies on Saturday at Burlington's Nelson Park, the scrappy Milton Red Sox eked out 2-1 and 4-3 wins respectively to earn a spot in the championship game Sunday at 11:30am against either Glanbrook or Oakville. This game will also be played at Nelson Park in Burlington.

The 'Homeless' Trailer Park Boys used the same formula they used in last week-end's opening round series - riding veteran pitchers, sound defense, and timely hitting. Veteran work-horse, Ian Zettle, the 'pride of Orangeville', threw another workman-like game holding Niagara to 0 ERs on 5 hits while issuing just one walk over 7 innings to earn credit for the 2-1 win. For Niagara, Geoff Strong on the hill, was equally as stingy with hits and runs. Steve Lauzon drove in James Bruce, who had doubled in the bottom of the 7th, with the winning run. Lauzon with 2 hits and an RBI, was matched by gritty veteran Kurt 'Dirty' Mitchell who also had a pair of hits and an RBI. Sean Mathe' and Carlos D'Costa also scratched out singles against Niagara's young Geoff Strong who was dominating in the early stages of this game.

Immediately following this exciting win, Milton took on the tough Glanbrook Grizzlies, last year's playoff champions. The fans got their money's worth in this see-saw affair. Tied 2-2 after 3 innings, Milton pushed across the go-ahead run in the 4th, only to be answered by the Grizz in the 5th. In the bottom of the 7th, with Kevin Cooper on 1st base, catcher Chris Pittaway sent a towering blast to rt. center that caused mis-communication be the merging OFers and dropped in for a double as 'Coop' scampered around third to score the winning run. Savvy, veteran, Tyler Wilson, was solid on the mound for the Red Sox over the 7 innings he worked allowing only 2 ERs while scattering 8 hits, striking out 4 and walking only one. Glanbrook's Cory Morrison continued to give Milton hurlers fits with a 3/4 performance and Justin Czorny pounded out a pair of hits as well.

Grizz hurler and field leader, Mike Grilli, also scattered 8 Milton hits. Sean Mathe' with 2 RBIs. Chris Pittaway with an RBI double, and Liam Tennant, Kurt Mitchell, Carlos D'Costa, Jon Roth, Steve Lauzon and Kevin Cooper accounted for the Milton offense.

The Milton Red Sox and their loyal fans look forward to another exciting day of baseball Sunday at Nelson Park as the long season comes to an end on this Championship Game Day. Again. game time is at 11:30am.

   
August 24, 2011
Milton Set For Final Playoff Showdowns
The Milton Red Sox, after formally saying goodbye to old Brian Best Park tonight, are now set to head into the final playoff series of the COBA MAJOR AAA League this coming Saturday. Milton takes on the Niagara Metros at 12:30pm at Burlington's Nelson Park. The Glanbrook Grizzlies and the Oakville A's are the other survivors in this final 4 show-down, and they both face each other at 10:00am on Saturday at Nelson as well. The winners of both these games play again at 3:00pm, and the losers face off at 5:30pm. Sunday semi-finalist and finalist games are also played in Burlington at Nelson Park.

The tournament is a double-knock-out affair and is usually well-attended by players and fans from all the teams of the league. Come out and watch a week-end of high-intensity baseball!

   
August 21, 2011
Red Sox Advance To Final Four
The Milton Red Sox advanced to the second series of next week's COBA MAJOR AAA Playoff structure by defeating the Glanbrook Grizzlies 7-3 at Burlington's Nelson Park late Saturday afternoon. Milton outhit the Grizz 14-6 behind the stellar pitching of veteran Tyler Wilson. Wilson held Glanbrook to 3 ERs on 6 hits while walking none. He struck out 7 batters during the 7 innings he worked. For the Grizz, Chris Spiak hammered 2 hits, including a 2-run HR, and wily veteran Greg Urban, also had 2 hits.

Offensively, Milton was led by Sean Mathe' who pounded out 4 hits and a pair of RBIs, and also by Jon Roth, who rang up 3 hits and an RBI. Liam Tennant and Dusty Roskam, with a pair of hits each, and Carlos D'Costa with 2 RBIs, were a formidable supporting cast. Chris Pittaway, with an RBI, and James Bruce with a double, rounded out the 14 hit Red Sox attack.

The 'Homeless Trailer Park Boys' now advance to the second COBA MAJOR AAA playoffs next weekend in Burlington. Stay tuned for game match-ups and start times.

This Wednesday the boys will say good-bye to their beloved, totally-wrecked, Brian Best Park as they practice there for the last time before heading over to their new facilities up the street behind the Milton Community Center in 2012. It should be a sad affair for all, as the park holds many great memories for young and old players alike, as well as for our many rabid fans and little 'rug-rats'. Glenny, Bonesy and El Mooro will try to ward off the tears as well as the many 'wacko' souvenir hunters that no doubt will turn up Wednesday looking for prized Brian Best memorabilia for their rec-rooms. Alumni players should take the opportunity to head over to Brian Best on Wednesday to help give the park a royal sendoff. Bonesy will have refreshments on hand, as usual.

   
August 20, 2011
Red Sox Take Opener 5-2
The Milton red Sox began the first series of the COBA AAA Playoff format with a 5-2 victory over the Burlington Brants at Clarkson Park last night. Led by veteran ian Zettle's 7-inning complete-game performance on the mound, the Red Sox managed to use their 6 hits to advantage. 'Zetts' allowed just the 2 ERs on 7 hits, 2 BBs, while striking out 4. For the Brants, Luke Posovad with a pair of hits, and Jon Amendola with a solo HR, led the way.

Milton's Carlos D'Costa, with a 3-run HR in the 2nd, dealt the decisive blow. Kurt 'Dirty" Mitchell hammered out a pair of hits and played spectacularly in the field. Jon Roth with a double and an RBI, Sean Mathe' with an RBI single, and Kevin Cooper with a single, completed the offense. Brant pitcher, C.J. Cabrero, was saddled with the loss.

'The Homeless Trailer Park Boys' now head into Rd. 2 at Burlington's Nelson Park against the Glanbrook Grizzlies at 5:00pm Saturday.

   
August 2, 2011
Red Sox Exit Elims With 1-2 Record.
A devastating rash of key injuries in late July, made for an extraordinary challenge for the 2011 Red Sox at the Elims in Windsor this weekend. For the most part, the Trailer Park Boys met the challenge head on losing the opener Friday night 1-0 to the powerful Markham team from the GTBL, defeating East York, also from the GTBL, in a crowd pleaser 4-3 at Woodslee Saturday morning, before succumbing to the experienced Leaside Leafs 9-2 Saturday afternoon.

Game 1 featured a brilliant pitching duel between Milton veteran Ian Zettle and Markham's ace Brad Binns leading hurler in the GTBL. The game was decided by a solo HR in the top of the 7th. Zetts held Markham to just 3 hits and Milton had 2-3 chances to reach Binns; however, they left all of their 6 hits stranded. Kevin Cooper, the Red Sox hottest hitter of late, had a pair of singles, while Steve Lauzon, Sean Mathe', James Bruce and Liam Tennant added singles apiece. The game was played in 1 hr. 45 minutes.

Saturday morning, the Milton squad drove out to Woodslee for an early morning encounter with Toronto's East York. Milton led 3-0 over 5 innings as veteran starter Ty Wilson kept East York at bay. In the 6th and 7th; however, the Toronto contingent surged forward to tie the score. Reliever, Mike Grabauskas came on in the 7th to preserve the tie. In the top of the 8th, East York loaded the bases with nobody out; however, the spunky Red Sox amazingly emerged unscathed behind reliever Scott 'Little Skip' McTrach. No doubt inspired by returning from the brink of disaster, the Sox, in the bottom of the 8th, won the game as Kevin Cooper smashed a single to right to drive in Steve Lauzon from 2nd and make a winner out of McTrach. East York out-hit Milton 14-6. For Milton, Chris Pittaway had 2 hits, Carlos D'Costa and Kevin Cooper a pair of RBIs each, while Steve Lauzon and James Bruce contributed singles.

The Red Sox then travelled back to Lacasse Park in Tecumseh where they faced their third GTBL team in a row - the Leaside Leafs. Milton stayed close, trailing 3-2 after 4 innings before the powerful Leafs, led by a pair of HRs by Jeff Morton, won going away 9-2. Starter Adam Ahearn was saddled with the loss being touched for 6 ERs on 8 hits. Scott McTrach threw the last 2 1/3 innings and gave up 2 ERs on 3 hits and 2 BBs. Offensively, the Sox again managed only 6 hits led by James Bruce with a pair including an RBI, Kevin Cooper with an RBI single, and Sean Mathe', Liam Tennant and Carlos D'Costa with singles each. Leaside outhit Milton 11-6.

Milton tried as hard as they could to recover their offensive handicap; however, 6 hits per game was not a recipe for long-term success at this prestigious affair. The Trailer Park Boys now need to regroup in the 6 remaining league games before heading into league playoffs in the middle of August. Saturday, at Campbellvillle Park, the Red Sox host the Brampton BattleCats in a DHer starting at 12:00pm.

The Milton Red Sox would like to express congratulations to Bob Kulchyk and the Mississauga Twins for reaching the finals at the Elims and qualifying to attend the Canadian Championships in New Brunswick. SW lost a 6-5 heartbreaker in the finals Monday to the powerful Windsor Stars. Best of luck out east, guys.

   
July 21, 2011
Annual All Star Game
The 2011 annual COBA MAJOR All-Star Game is set to take place this Sunday. July 24 at Nelson Park in Burlington. The Home Run Derby is scheduled for 12:00pm with the All=Star game itself to follow at 1:00pm. The Milton Red Sox will be represented by Carlos D'Costa (C), Jon Roth (OF), Kevin Greer (SS) and Ian Zettle (P). The Milton Red Sox, Glanbrook Grizzlies, Niagara Metros and Burlington Brants represent the Johnson Division selections, who will take on the Andrews Division representative chosen from Erindale Cardinals, Etobicoke Rangers, Oakville A's, Brampton BattleCats and Mississauga SW Twins.
   
July 3, 2011
Red Sox Slip Once at Lakeside Tournament
The Milton Red Sox likely deserved a better fate at the London Tournament this weekend as they exited with a 2-1 record following a bazaar game Saturday afternoon against their COBA rival - Etobicoke Rangers. The Sox won Game 1 Friday 6-5 against tournament finalist, Exeter; trounced Oakville 8-2 Saturday morning before losing to Etobicoke 10-5 Saturday afternoon..

Friday at Norm Aldridge Park, Exeter jumped all over Milton's veteran starter, Ian Zettle for 6 hits and 5 runs after two innings. Then, as if revived from a coma, 'Zetts' dominated the last 5 innings with a scoreless, hitless performance to earn the win, striking out 7 Exeter batters in the process. The Sox manufactured 10 hits throughout the lineup led by James Bruce, Sean Mathe', Chris Pittaway and Steve Lauzon with 2 hits apiece. Kevin Greer with a 2-run single and Dusty Roskam with an RBI double rounded out the offense.

Saturday morning at Labatt Park, the Red Sox rode the steady workman-like pitching of Adam Ahearn to a 8-2 victory over league-rival Oakville. Limiting the A's to 6 hits, 'AA's' kept the score close until Milton scored 5 runs in the last two innings to seal the win. Dusty Roskam with 3 hits and 3 RBIs, set the tone. Jon Roth continued his clutch hitting with a 2/4 performance that included a double and an RBI. James Bruce with a single and 2 RBIs, Ryan Bauer with an RBI double, and Sean Mathe', Chris Pittaway and an awakened Steve Lauzon, all contributed singles in the 10-hit barrage.

However, despite these early successes, Game 3 at Norm Aldridge saw Milton succumb 10-5 to the Etobicoke Rangers amidst 'sick', unprofessional antics by one of the umpires, a noticeable loss of presence and 'cool' by a few of the Trailer Park Boys, a very shaky performance by the bull-pen and consequently, a sudden-death exit from the tournament. Credit to Etobicoke for taking full advantage of Milton's emotional distractions and failure to 'right the ship'. Milton starter, Scott McTrach was touched for 5 hits and 2 ERs while walking 4 batters. Most of the fireworks occured when 3 balks were called - two while Milton was intentionally walking a batter to fill the bases. All hell naturally broke loose. 'Little Skip' melted down, El Mooro limped on to the field to distract the umpire, and Bonesy loaded his gun on the bench. Despite all this mayhem, when the smoke cleared the game was still tied 5-5. Jon Merton, Liam Tennant and Craig Howse came in from the bullpen with only Tennant showing any signs of effectiveness in this particular game. Merton was saddled with the loss.

Etobicoke's Sean Silk limited the Red Sox to 6 hits. Jon Roth drove in a pair of runs with a single and double, Kevin Greer had a 2-run double,and Dusty Roscam, Sean Mathe' and Steve Lauzon registered singles.

The Trailer Park Boys, no doubt revived after licking their wounds and venting their anger, return to action immediately as they head to Oakville Monday night for a 7:30 start against the A's.

   
June 5, 2011
Milton Split Games at Tillsonburg Tournament
The Milton Red Sox were 1-1 at the Tillsonburg Tournament defeating one of the finalists, The Ilderton Red Army 3-1, Friday night, while losing to the Woodslee Orioles 4-3 Saturday night. With two teams advancing from each 3-team division, Ilderton gained the first seed determined by a runs-against evaluation; however, the 2nd seed evaluation reverted back to head-to-head play leaving Milton out of luck with the Woodslee loss. Quite a letdown for 'the Trailer Park Boys' and all concerned, who were restrained from demoing the beer tent.

Friday night's game was a close affair as Milton pitching limited Ilderton, last year's Elim finalist, to just 3 hits on route to a hard-fought 3-1 victory. Liam Tennant hurled a solid 4 innings, surrendering just one earned run on 3 hits and veteran relievers Mike Grabauskas and Ty Wilson shut the Red Army down dramatically over the last 3 innings striking out 5 batters between them Wilson earned the Win being the benificiary of Kevin Greer's dramatic two-run HR blast in the bottom of the 6th. Jon Roth led Milton's 5-hit attack with a pair of singles and a SB, while Kevin Cooper with an RBI double and Kurt 'Dirty' Mitchell with a solid single rounded out the Milton attack.

Lack of practice time and water-logged brains did the Red Sox in in Satuday's rain-delayed 4-3 loss to the Woodslee Orioles. Woodslee jumped into a 3-0 lead on 4 'chink' hits off veteran starter Ian Zettle, who went the first 4 innings surrendering 2 ERs on 6 hits while striking out 4 batters. Jon Merton was touched for one run in the two solid innings he worked, while rookie Ryan 'Arbo' Arbon cut down a Woodslee rally in the 6th and worked out of a jam himself in the 7th. The Orioles had 8 hits on the day. Milton had a 7-hit offense themselves as the red-hot Kevin 'KG' Greer slashed two doubles and a single, Steve Lauzon drove in 2 runs with a looper to left in the 4th and Carlos D'Costa produced a 7th inning RBI single. Kurt Mitchell and Sean Mathe' also had singles each. However, El Mooro and Bonesy were fuming over shoddy baserunning decisions, costly errors, poor throwing and questionable at-bats from the troops which all helped directly diffuse Milton's attempted comeback attempts in the latter innings. No doubt waiting around all day to play, not being able to work on things at Brian Best Park, and perhaps that incipient beast - over-confidence - provided the 'Boys' with a wake-up call for other games to come in this rain-out filled season. Here's hoping.

Milton now heads out this week to Nelson Park in Burlington on Wed. for a 7:30 contest against the revitalized Brants, and hopefully, on Saturday, they will get to play their first games of the year at the new Brian Best Water Park, when the Glanbrook Grizzlies, the 2010 COBA MAJOR Baseball Champs, come to town for a DHer starting at 12:00 noon. Glenn Turner, the park co-ordinater who has been working day and night with the town boys to drain, backfill and re-sod the swamp problems in LF, will be invited throw out the first pitch in his boots.

   
August 29, 2010
Glanbrook Charges To COBA MAJOR Playoff Title
The Milton Red Sox were sitting in the driver's seat with a 2-0 record as they headed into the final day of playoff action Sunday at Brian Best Park in Milton; however, the Glanbrook Grizzlies, playoff finalists for the last three years, had other ideas. After defeating Niagara Metros by a walk-off walk in the morning game, 'The Circus' sent the Trailer Park Boys from Milton down to 2-1 and 6-3 defeats in back-to-back games.

Game 1 saw an intense pitching duel between Milton's young Scotty 'Little Skip' McTrach and the Grizzlie's Justin Czorny. McTrach was impressive as he went the 7-inning route surrendering a pair of ERs on 7 hits, while walking 4 and striking out 2. Czorny held the Sox to just 4 hits, all singles by Steve Lauzon, Kurt Mitchell, Kevin Cooper and Dave Strutt. The Red Sox tried continually to mount an attack; however, Glanbrook warded them off consistently

Game 2 followed immediately afterwards and it was a more wide-open affair. The Grizz pecked away at Milton veteran starter, Adam Ahearn, for 6 ERs on 12 hits and a pair of walks. Corrie Morrison and Mark Terrana hit solo HRs for Glanbrook. Ahearn fought nobly to keep the surging 'Circus', who seemed to smell victory in the air, at bay. The Red Sox showed a little more life at the plate as they piled up 8 hits against Glanbrook starter, Jamie Kozak. He bent, and with a bit of assistance from a rattled umpiring crew, he did not break. El Mooro got the 'heave-ho' for questioning the brain content of the home-plate umpire following a game-changing call. Jon Roth led the Milton offense with a pair of hits that included a double. Sean Mathe' and Kevin Greer pounded out doubles and Liam Tennant and Carlos D'Costa had RBI singles. Kurt Mitchell and Dave Strutt added singles as well. Milton left 9 men on base over the 7 innings. That recipe spelled 'disaster'.

Congratulations to the Glanbrook Grizzlies, who, by winning the Ansen Buck Trophy for league supremacy, and by winning three games in a row Sunday in the blazing heat, are worthy COBA MAJOR Playoff Champions. Take a bow, 'Circus' members.

And so, another year comes to a close for the Milton Red Sox. This was a re-building year and all the coaches - El Mooro, Bonesy, Stain and Gerry - had a lot of fun with this growing team. Thanks to the older players who stayed around to help the new 'bottle kids' develop into Trailer Park Boys. The way is now set for others to follow the same lead. Thanks especially to Bonesy and Pam for their tireless and consistent work supplying and monitoring the refreshment funds that pay for all our tournaments. Other teams wonder how we do it; well, we just use experts like Bonesy who learned his trade from Willie. Thanks also to our great group of fans - wives, kids, girl-friends, mothers and fathers who follow us around in all kinds of weather to cheer the boys on. Thanks also to our loyal 'band of alumni brothers ' who come to Brian Best to make it a 'baseball happening'. Great work you fun-loving 'wackos'. Thanks especially to Glenn, 'Alvin' Turner for his tirelss support and gruelling work keeping the field in tip-top condition. Without Glennie, we don't play ball at Brian Best, period. Thanks to Skip McTrach, Jack Cantelon, Frank 'Shaggy' Hume and Glenn for keeping the Red Sox Juniors on course and ready to make the jump to senior baseball. Thanks also to these guys for setting up the barbeque area during the playoff weekend. Fantastic job, guys. What a great group!

As far as the baseball Red Sox are concerned, perhaps the team even surprised itself with how fast the players came along and how hard they fought in key games throughout the season. The old maxim: 'It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog', certainly is appropriate for the 2010 edition of the Milton Red Sox. All of you should be as proud of your efforts and achievements as El Mooro is proud of all of you.

   
August 28, 2010
Red Sox Part of Final Three
After a sun-filled Saturday of baseball at Brian Best Park, the upstart Trailer Park Boys from Milton have made it to Sunday's final games in the COBA MAJOR Final Playoff Double-Knockout series. The 7th seeded, Red Sox defeated the no. 1 seed, Glanbrook Gizzlies 5-2, and following that, the no. 4 seeded Niagara Metros 6-1.

Once again, Milton took their lead in the Glanbrook game from starting pitcher Ian Zettle who limited the short-handed 'Circus' to 3 hits, 2 ERs, 2 BBs while striking out 4. The Sox scored all five of their runs in the top of the 3rd. Jon Roth led the way with a single and a double and a RBI, while Steve Lauzon, Liam Tennant and Sean Mathe' contributed RBI singles. Kevin Cooper blasted a wrong-field double to complete the 6-hit attack.

Immediately following the Glanbrook game, Milton took on the Niagara Metros and their top lefty, Jason Ermers. Milton's Liam 'Spaceman' Tennant took to the hill, and the young righthander held the Metro hitters to one ER on 5 hits. He issued 7 walks while registering 2 strikeouts. This game was a vicious battle against the right field sun as both teams seemed blinded by anything hit skyward in that field, much to the amusement of Milton's 10th man - the raucous, partying crowd near the beer-tent. Yes, old fashioned baseball harassment at it's best directed at all miscues and, in the fan's minds, questionable umpiring calls.

Offensively, the game was almost a copy of the Glanbrook game, as the Boys struck once again for 5 runs, this time in their top of the 4th. Mostly everyone got in on the action, spurred on by their fiesty field-leader - Kurt 'Dirty' Mitchell. Steve Lauzon, Kevin Greer, Nick Mazzorato and Sean Mathe' pumped RBI doubles. Junior call-up, Dusty Roskam hit an RBI single and stole a base. Carlos D'Costa also singled to complement the 6-hit Milton attack.

The tired Milton 9 now await the winner of the Niagara Metros - Glanbrook Grizzlies sudden death game scheduled for 10:00am tomorrow morning. Milton will play one of these two formidable foes again at 12:30pm tomorrow. All games are at beautiful Brian Best Park where the Barbeque and Refreshment tent is a prerequisite, and run by Frank 'Shaggy' Hume and the Milton Junior Red Sox volunteers. Come on out and see some great baseball, have something to eat and drink, and meet some of the truly great baseball characters that make up the Trailer Park Boys alumni.

   
August 24, 2010
Red Sox Make It To the Final Four
Scotty 'Little Skip' McTrach threw an outstanding sudden-death playoff game tonight at 9th Line Park against the Brampton BattleCats leading the Milton Red Sox to a convincing 6-1 victory. McTrach scattered 7 hits and struck out 5; however, the most important stat was allowing just one BB. Mark Speziale blasted a solo HR and Joey Nonis had a pair of hits for Brampton. Milton played errorless ball on the night.

Offensively, the Sox struck for 5 runs in the 1st inning and one more in the 4th. Steve Lauzon led the 9-hit attack with 3 hits and Kevin Cooper hit a 2-run double. Dave Strutt and Carlos D'Costa had RBI singles. Team leader, Kurt 'Dirty' Mitchell blasted a double and Kevin Greer and Adam Mills also recorded hits. Jon Roth and Sean Mathe' each had an RBI, as the Milton squad kept offensive pressure on Brampton throughout the game.

The Trailer Park Boys now head into the Final Four Double-Knockout Tournament this Saturday as they take on the Glanbrook Grizzlies at 12:00pm at Brian Best Park in Milton. It should be a packed house as 'The Circus" comes to town to face off against the upstart Red Sox.

Throughout the tournament, the Milton Juniors, led by super-chef, Frank 'Shaggy' Hume, will be setting up a barbeque area offering delicious hotdogs, sausages and hamburgers to the hungry fans. Come on over and say hello to the other Junior coaches: Glenn Turner, Skip McTrach and Jack Cantelon.

Drop in to to Brian Best Park and watch great teams 'A' like the Glanbrook Grizzlies, the Niagara Metros, the Mississauga SW Twins, as well as the local Red Sox heroes compete for COBA MAJOR League Playoff Championship honours.

   
August 22, 2010
Red Sox Still Alive in Preliminary Series
The Milton Red Sox are still alive and kicking in the COBA MAJOR Preliminary Double-Knockout Series winning 2, losing 1, and being rained out on Sunday. Alternative sites are being investigated to complete 5 games scheduled in Burlington and Milton all day Sunday. These games will be played Monday and Tuesday night at parks to be determined.

Friday night, Brampton came from behind 3-0 to smack the Trailer Park Boys 5-3 at Connorville Park. Ian Zettle hurled a solid 6 innings, surrendering 5 ERs on 9 hits while striking out 6. Scotty 'Little Skip' McTrach threw the 7th in 1-2-3. fashion. However, the real story of the game was a familiar 2010 Milton nemesis - too few hits and too many men left on base. The Red Sox, while outhit 10-5 on the night, still managed to strand 9 runners. Sean Mathe' led the Sox with 2 hits, while Kevin Greer drove in a pair of runs with a single, and Steve Lauzon had an RBI single. Liam Tennant also cracked a double.

Saturday, the Boys, took the initiative and jumped on Erindale starter Ian 'Flip' Bala for 5 runs in the first 3 innings to hang on for a tough 6-4 victory. In a real rarity, Milton outhit the Cards 11-5, as Kevin Greer got back to form with 3 solid hits that included a double. Carlos D'Costa pounded a 2-run HR in the 2nd as well as driving across two other RBIs throughout the game for a total of 4 RBIs. Pitcher Liam 'Spaceman' Tennant had a pair of doubles, and wily veteran Dave Strutt hammered a 2-run single and Jon Roth had a single and 2 stolen bases. Steve Lauzon, Kurt 'Dirty' Mitchell and Kevin Cooper also had singles to round out the offense. Liam Tennant threw a tough, gritty 5 hitter against one of the best-hitting teams in the COBA MAJOR, striking out 7 while scattering 5 BBs. Tennant worked hard to keep Cardinal runners off base before Geoff Cullen - who hit a line-drive laser out of right-center field - came to the plate.

After this game, things started to get messy, thanks to Mother Nature. Game 3 between Oakville and Milton was pushed back in the afternoon while El Cranko and a few of his loyal soldiers, intermingled with the Red Sox Trailer Park Boys, worked hard to clear the field of mud and guck, freely spreading Glenn Turner's precious Turface bags everywhere. In an exciting game, Milton squeaked by Oakville 3-2 as they pushed the go-ahead run across in their half of the 7th inning. Once again, a fine Red Sox pitching performance kept the game close. Devin 'DK' Karlsen held the 2nd place A's to 2 ERs, 6 hits and 3 BBs while recording a pair of strike-outs. Oakville's Matt Bekar hit a solo HR in the 5th. This pitching performance gave the Red Sox time to get their bats going for 9 hits. Kevin Cooper and Steve Lauzon led the attack with a pair of hits apiece, while Liam Tennant, Kevin Greer, Carlos D'Costa, Sean Mathe' and Dave Strutt with singles completed the offense. Strutty, Coop and Jon 'JR' Roth each drove in a run.

Next up, Milton will play the winner of the Burlington vs. Brampton game that is scheduled in Oakville tomorrow night. That game is tentativel set for Tuesday night at a site to be determined. The winner of that game will advance to the Final 4 Double-Knockout Series next weekend. Stay tuned.

   
August 2, 2010
Scrappy Red Sox Battle To a 2-2 Finish At the Elim
The Milton Red Sox rode the arms of their pitching staff to finish 2-2 at this year's Senior 'A' Elimination Tournament in London this weekend. Both losses were at the hands of the powerful Oshawa Royals, 5-0 and 4-1, and the Sox defeated COBA Major rival, Erindale Cardinals, 4-0, and Martingrove White Sox from Toronto, 4-3.

After a great deal of re-scheduling due to the Intercounty playoffs, Milton faced off against Greg Cranker's Red Horde Friday night at Couch Park in Kitchener. Inspired by the 2-hit pitching of veteran Ian Zettle, the Trailer Park Boys erupted for 8 hits en route to a convincing 4-0 victory. 'Zetts' went the full 7 innings allowing just a pair of hits to Erindale's Kevin Treichel, walked none, and struck out 3 Cardinal batters. Milton played errorless ball behind Zettle. Offensively, Jon 'JR' Roth led the way with 3 hits and Carlos D'Costa hammerered a double and single for 3 RBIs. Cavin Bratton contributed a pair of singles and an RBI and Sean Mathe' registered a single.

Saturday afternoon at London's Labatt Park, the Sox took on the Oshawa Royals, and Scott 'Little Skip' McTrach held the powerful Royals to 3 hits and one ER over 5 innings. Unfortunately, Milton's base-running and solid defensive play took the game off giving Oshawa 4 unearned runs on 3 errors and 2 mental base-running gaffes as the Royals prevailed 5-0 over the Red Sox. Lefty, Devin Karlsen threw one inning of perfect relief. relieving McTrach after 5 innings. Offensively, Milton had 5 hits and 8 men left-on-base and thus squandered many opportunities to pressure the Royals squad. Catcher, Carlos D'Costa with a double and single, Cavin Bratton with a double and Nick Mazzorato and Kurt Mitchell also with singles, rounded out the Sox offense.

Sunday's game in Rd. 3 saw Milton rebound from the Oshawa loss to defeat the upstart Martingrove White Sox 4-3 behind the solid pitching of veteran 'Silent' Adam Ahearn at Norm Aldridge Park in London. 'AAs' bent but never broke as he held Martingrove to just one ER on 3 hits. However, 4 BBs and 2 more throwing errors kept things interesting. Again Milton struggled at the plate collecting only 5 hits. However, the hits were timely, as Jon Roth, who now seems roused out of his pre-Elim mini-slump, led the Sox again with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Sean Mathe' contributed a key 2-run single and Cavin 'Bratt' Bratton and Kevin Cooper added singles.

Two hours later at the same park, Milton drew the Oshawa Royals for the second time in the tournament, and again, they stayed close at 2-1 until the 6th when Oshawa pushed across 2 more runs to defeat the Boys 4-1. Liam 'Spaceman' Tennant fought hard on the mound for the Sox. He walked 6 batters; but, 3 Milton errors kept the Sox from getting out of the walk trouble. Refusing to give in, Tennant held Oshawa again to just 3 hits while striking out 3. Oshawa pitching issued 7 BBs themselves; however, with only 3 hits, the Sox left 10 men on base. This was a key factor in the game. Sean Mathe', Steve Lauzon and Jon Roth had singles each in this 'walk duel.'

Ultimately, the Milton crew surprised many by their feisty,hustling attitude - especially Oshawa. They were in all 4 games and consistent defense and a few more hits could have sent them into Rd. 5 with a 4-0 record;however, I guess all teams say that in retrospect! At a tournament of this talent level, the inexperience of Milton's young squad showed glaringly at times; but, progress is being made on many fronts and it is beginning to become evident to many opposition teams. Although many of the Sox are new and young, the traditional 'never quit' attitude of Milton teams of the past 6-7 years is still alive and kicking among this 2010 edition of Red Sox.

The Trailer Park Boys now head back to the league schedule to play the Etobicoke Rangers Wednesday night at 9th Line before returning to Brian Best Saturday to take on the same Etobicoke squad in a DHer beginning at 12:00pm. These three games mark the first time this year that Whitey and El Mooro have their 'wackos' play each other.

   
November 2, 2009
Lauzon Wins Iron-Man Award
The annual COBA MAJOR Awards night was held in Dundas last Thursday night and Milton's OF, Steve Lauzon, represented the Red Sox well. He came away with the Bill Graham Memorial Award presented annually to the player who shows a high caliber of play and gritiness over the regular season schedule. Steve hit .398, playing in 31 of 32 league games, driving in 19 runs, with an OB% of .480 and a SLG% of .426 - all as a lead-off batter! Lauzon also placed 2nd to AJ Iafrate for the Len Andrews Award for the League Batting Championship. Kevin Greer, nominated for the Todd pearson Memorial Trophy as rookie-of-the-year, placed thirdin the final balloting.

The Ken Johnson Division AllStars were announced, and Carlos D'Costa (C), Steve Lauzon (OF) and Adam Scheerer (P) were selected from the Milton Red Sox. Congratulations guys, the team is proud of all of you. Congratulations also to everyone who attended the great banquet put on by the Dundas Chiefs. Al Rutherford, Charlie Holman and Mike Whitehead organized the affair and catered the meals. Take a bow, boys, for hosting such a well-planned night!

   
August 23, 2009
Red Sox Advance to Final 4
The Milton Red Sox rode strong pitching and defense to a 2-0 record in the preliminary Rounds of the COBA MAJOR PLAYOFF action this weekend, defeating the St. Catharines Metros 3-1 Saturday, in a rain-shortened game at Dundas' Volunteer Park, as well as winning 2-0 vs. Etobicoke in a dramatic ending to a pitching duel Sunday at Burlingon's Nelson Park.

Saturday at Dundas, the Metros jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning, only to have the Sox surge ahead with 3 runs of their own in the 4th. Both teams scored a pair of runs in a water-logged 6th before the game was called and reverted back to the end of the 5th inning, ending with a 3-1 score. Adam Scheerer was the winning pitcher logging the 5 1/3 innings, allowing 3 ER on 7 hits while striking out 3 and walking a pair. Ian Zettle came on in the 6th and retired one batter before the game was called due to the inclement weather. Offensively, Joe Jurus led the Sox with a 2/3 day and 2 RBIs at the plate. Kevin Greer smashed out a pair of doubles and produced an RBI, while Steve Lauzon and Jon Roth contributed 2 hits each. Taylor Lawton pinched in with a single. Starter, Dustin Turner, took the loss for St. Catharines.

On Sunday in Burlington, 'Silent' Adam Ahearn and Kevin 'Little Breits' Breitner put on a pitching show for the fans. Milton's 'AAs' allowed just one baserunner over 7 innings while striking out 4 batters, and Breitner was equally as stingy as he gave up just 3 hits and 3 BBs. Mark Capone chipped out the Rangers only hit. The game ended dramatically in the bottom of the 7th when Kurt Mitchell drew a walk with one out and Taylor Lawton hit a deep blast to CF that appeared to be just short of the fence. In attempting to make the catch and double-up Mitchell on 1B, the CF seemed to actually tip the ball over the fence ending the game. Kevin Greer, Jon Roth and 'Shoeless' Joe Jurus registered the Milton hits. Milton played errorless ball in both of the Preliminary Round Games on the weekend, a key factor in advancing to the second round of playoffs next weekend.

The Trailer Park Boys, after a sporadic regular season, now find themselves in the COBA MAJOR Final 4 . Game times and opponents for next weekend's Championship Finals - Aug. 28-30 - have yet to be determined and finalized. Stay tuned for future notices.

   
July 6, 2009
Red Sox 3-2 at the London Lakeside Tournament
The Milton Red Sox split-squad of Srs./Jrs. fought their way to the finals of the Lakeside Tournament in London this weekend, where they finally ran out of gas and lost decisively to Erindale 9-0. The Sox opened the tournament Friday night with a 4-1 loss to Exeter, defeated East York 2-0 on Saturday, Lakeside 1-0 and Oakville 5-4, before losing the final to Erindale in their third game back-to-back-to-back on Sunday.

Friday night the Exeter pitcher hurled a one-hitter at the Sox with only Adam Mills breaking up the no-hitter with an RBI single to score Steve Lauzon in the 7th of the 4-1 loss. Jr. pitcher, Adam Slessor, overcame early jitters and threw a strong 4 innings surrendering just one earned run while allowing 3 hits, 3 walks and striking out a pair. Brian Stewart held Exeter scoreless in his two innings of work allowing only one hit while striking out 3.

On Saturday, Adam Scheerer powered his way to a 2-0 2-hit shutout of East York striking out 8 and allowing just a pair of walks on the day. Offensively, Milton managed just 3 hits with Steve Lauzon's two-run single in the 3rd being the hi-lite. Brandon Banaschowski and Brian Hunter also added singles. The Trailer Park Boys and the 'Bottle Kids" headed out afterwards to the famous Harmony House all-you-can-eat buffet and nobody got cheated. Bonesy, Willie, Shoeless, Jack and Felks set the pace for the inexperienced young kids. A good time was had by all.

On Sunday, in the first of three consecutive games, classy veteran, "Silent" Adam Ahearn threw a 4 hitter at the host Lakeside Lizard, striking out 7, while walking three. Jon Roth led the Sox at the plate with a 2/3 performance driving in the only run. Lee and Sean Mathe and Ryan Bauer rounded out the 5-hit offense with a single apiece.

Next against Oakville, Milton came from behind a 3-0 deficit to tie the A's in the 5th and to forge ahead 5-3 in the top of the 7th, holding off Oakville to seal the win 5-4. Catcher, Adam Mills, led Milton with 2 hits, while Jon Roth and Joe Jurus had RBI doubles each. 'JJ' pounded the ball hard all day for the Sox. Ageless Dave Strutt drove in a run with an RBI single and Sean Mathe and Nick Mazzorato also had singles. Jeff Felker started and hurled the first 4 innings, holding the powerful A's to 3 runs on 4 hits, walking 2 and recording a pair of strikeouts. Young Jr. reliever, J D Hartnagle, earned the win in relief as he threw 3 innings, limiting Oakville to 1 run and 3 hits. A dramatic pickoff move by J D in the 7th, with Oakville's tying run on 2nd, proved to be the back-breaker for the A's.

The Sox held the Erindale 'Red Horde" scoreless- who received a bye into the finals - until the 4th when they struck for two runs courtesy of a monstrous HR from Kevin Treichel. Sean Mathe was solid for the 5 innings that he worked surrendering just 2 ERs.The 6th proved disastrous as El Mooro ran out JD Hartnagle again, Dave Strutt, the sqalking osprey on the light-standard in CF - who, by the way, threw well until he decided to fly off with the ball - and finally CFer Jon Roth who shut down the Cardinals 6-run 6th inning explosion in 1-2-3 fashion. Bonesy, sobbing and laughing in the bullpen, was seen warming himelf before the final out of the inning. Steve "Bully" Gallant, always one of the classiest guys in the league, was masterful on the mound for Crank's Cardinals surrendering just 2 hits - one each by Jon Roth and Nick Mazzorato - over 7 innings of work.

Congratulations to the Erindale Cardinals, worthy winners of this year's London Tournament and a great bunch of guys. Congrats also to the 10 juniors and 8 seniors who took the time this weekend to provide a solid entry in this tournament. Both teams were worthy COBA MAJOR representatives. Thanks also to Jack Cantelon and Frank "Shaggs" Hume for helping manoever all the kids into the lineup over the course of the tournament. great job, guys. Thanks also to Glenn and Lorraina Turner for coming to the tournament and keeping everything well in order for the entire Red Sox organization. It was a lot of fun, and that's what it really is all about anyways - having some fun.

The Red Sox, both Seniors and Juniors, have a busy week as the Seniors play Brampton tomorrow night at 9th Line, Dundas Wednesday night also at 9th Line, before heading down the QEW to St. Catharines Thursday night. Lots of baseball to make up for those bloody rainouts. Games on!

   
August 26, 2007
Milton Wins COBA Major Playoff Championship
The Milton Red Sox 'Trailer Park Boys' racked up 5 straight wins in the COBA Major 8 team double knockout series to emerge victorious and earn the Playoff Champion's crown for the 2007 season. Starting with a 4-3 win last Wednesday night in Dundas, the Sox defeated Brampton 9-1 Friday night, Erindale 8-5 Saturday, Etobicoke 11-4 Sunday and Erindale again 6-5 late Sunday afternoon to capture the medals.

Ty Wilson went the distance Friday night in Etobicoke to earn the 9-1 win against the feisty Brampton Battlecats, scattering 6 hits, striking out 3 and walking none. 'Shoeless' Joe Jurus with a mammoth 3-run HR in the 4th, Taylor Lawton with a 3-run triple and Curt Mitchell's and Jeff MacLeod's 2 hits apiece set the offensive tone. Nick Aalbers and Steve Lauzon contributed with singles.

Saturday in Burlington, 'The Boys' outlasted Erindale 8-5 in a rain-delayed contest. Steve Spiers got the win in relief of starter Ian Zettle, who hurled before and after the rain delay, leaving in the 6th. Milton pitching held the powerful Cardinals to 8 hits. Offensively, Milton only managed 5 hits; however, Nick Aalbers grand-slam HR in the 6th was the game-breaker for the Sox. Jeff MacLeod had 2 hits and an RBI and Kurt Mitchell smashed a key 2-run double. Matt Tales pitched in with a solo HR in the 3rd.

Sunday, under sunny skies, the Red Sox jumped on Etobicoke early and often to pound out an 11-4 victory. 'Silent' Adam Ahearn hurled a masterful 5 innings holding the 2007 Ansen Buck Trophy winners to 5 hits and 1 run while striking out 3 and walking only 1 batter. Mike Grabauskas threw the 6th and 7th and was touched for 3 runs by the Rangers long-ball boys, Warren Bradley and Rob Borden. Jeff MacLeod led the way with 4 singles and 3 RBIs, while Steve Lauzon and 'Little Curt' Davies added a pair of hits each. Joe Jurus with a 2-run double, Taylor Lawton and Matt Tales with RBI singles and Kurt Mitchell and Nick Aalbers with hits comprised the 13 hit attack.

The Championship round featured Crank's 'powerful pounders' against the Trailer Park Boys, urged on relentlessly by ageless Joe Jurus. Milton edged the Cardinals 6-5 in 8 innings. Taylor Lawton rallied the troops with 3 hits, while Matt Tales and Reese Davies added 2 hits each and Steve Lauzon pushed across 2 RBIs. However, the Red Sox offensive highlight was the Grand Slam HR in the 5th by Jeff MacLeod. Marc Sgrignoli also punched out a hit offensively. Milton rallied for the winning run in their half of the 8th, scoring Reese Davies on a wild pitch. Adam Finkbeiner started and hurled the first 2 1/3 innings. Ty Wilson, Jr. call-up, Scotty McTrach, and Steve Spiers followed in relief, with "Spiersy" earning the win for a solid 2 2/3 inning stint. Red Sox pitching held Erindale to 10 hits on the day, allowing 4 BBs whie registering 3 Ks.

So, the end has come to a long, hot summer for the emerging Milton squad. Having lost 12 players from the 2006 team, the new recruits infused great energy and enthusiasm to the core of this team. The team practised hard and played this game the way it is supposed to be played - with class and relentless hustle. El Mooro is proud as hell of all you crazy, loyal wackos. Take a bow boys, you dersrve it!

A very special thanks also needs to be extended to the player-coaches - Matt "Bonesy" McCandless, Kevin 'Willy" Wilson, Ryan 'Ryno" Davison, Scott Ballantyne and especially to the irrepressible, 'Shoeless' Joe Jurus. Thanks also to Gerry Moore for his constant support and talent evaluation. Thanks also to our GM Glenn Turner for his year-long support and his tireless efforts in maintaining our beloved Brian Best Park. Have a blast in Italy, Glenn.

We'll see you all at the Awards banquet in Dundas .