NEWS ARCHIVE

This page offers details about selected news items.

May 3/2009 : Team Ontario Baseball Clinic

Written Feb 2/2009

Team Ontario will host a baseball clinic for Majors players at Crookes Park from 9am to 3pm on Sunday, May 3rd. The cost is $25.00 per player if registered prior to April 26th, and $40.00 if you register after that date.

Cheques are payable to: “Mississauga Majors Baseball Association” and can be mailed to our President, Mr. Tony Jasinski c/o 1427 Myron Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5E 2N5.

Apr 18/2009 : Team Ontario Dinner & Dance

Written Feb 20/2009

Team Ontario is hosting a fundraiser dinner & dance on Saturday, April 18th (6pm-2am) at the Payal Banquet Hall [map...] and have asked our team to purchase a table. As a gesture of our team’s appreciation for allowing us to workout with them all winter, we have agreed. Tickets are $40/person. Your support would be appreciated.

Jul 31/2009 : Majors Aim for Bragging Rights

Written Jul 31/2009 by Joseph Chin (jchin@mississauga.net) for the Mississauga.com News

Mississauga Majors are out to prove they’re the best bantam baseball team in the province — and they hope to do so in their own backyard.

With the top 16 teams gathered in Mississauga for the Baseball Ontario elimination tournament, the Majors downed Mississauga Southwest Twins 6-1 today at Ninth Line South field to open the double-knockout showcase. Mississauga North Tigers are the other local entry in the tourney, which will crown a winner Monday.

The winner will represent Ontario at the Baseball Canada championships Aug. 20-23 in Vaughan.

We got off to a slow start, but finished strong,” said Majors head coach Ron Burke, whose squad sits at 17-2 in Central Ontario Baseball Association play, good enough for top spot in the division and a ticket to this weekend’s tourney.

Nick Szymczyk Bunting

The Twins jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Majors then shifted into gear.

Nick (Szymczyk), our starting pitcher, was dominant,” said Burke. “After giving up that one run, he basically shut them down over the next three innings.

Daniel Peake closed out the game in the seventh with three strikeouts.

Offensively, Kyle Hann knocked in two runs with a triple in the fourth.

The Twins loaded the bases with two out in the sixth, but couldn’t score.

Burke acknowledges his team and Georgetown Eagles are tournament favourites.

It wouldn’t surprise us if we meet in the finals,” he said.

If they do, it'll be a rematch of a recent game at a Buffalo tournament that the Majors won 7-5.

If it does happen, I’m certain they’ll be gunning for us,” Burke said.

Aug 2/2009 : Majors Thrash London

Written Aug 2/2009 by Alex Sahounov for the Mississauga.com News

The Mississauga Majors are one step closer to victory.

The Major Bantam AAA team knocked another win out of the park today as they defeated the London Badgers in a 10-2 thrashing at the 9th Line Sports Park in Oakville. The game was half of a double-header showcase held on Sunday.

The game was tied at 1-1 through most of the game, but Mississauga finally pulled away in the 7th with a stunning eight-run streak.

Sunday’s win brings the Majors closer to winning the Baseball Ontario elimination tournament, after yesterday’s win and a loss against Windsor and Guelph, respectively. The team currently stands at 18-3 going into Sunday night’s game against the Windsor Stars.

If Mississauga wins the tournament, they will go on to represent Ontario at the Baseball Canada Championships, which will be held August 20 to 23 in Vaughan.

Malik Collywood only gave up one run over five innings before taking the relief in bottom of the fifth. Vince Cordi continued the strong pitching with only one run allowed over two innings.

Julian Johnson was the top hitter, hitting a triple play in the final inning with bases loaded to start the Major’s late streak.

Also in the final inning, Kyle Hann hit into a single play with bases loaded, and Kaleb Leff hit into a double play with bases loaded to bolster the Major’s lead.

Majors head coach Ron Burke was pleased with the team’s performance, but said that it took a long time before the team finally got going.

We had a slow start and a strong finish,” he said.

The team’s defense was solid, but the hitters need to start getting runs in earlier,” said Burke.

If the hitting doesn’t get going, we’ll be in trouble,” he said.

The Majors take on the Windsor Stars tonight, then go on to face either Oakville, Riverside, Georgetown or Guelph tomorrow at noon at the 9th Line Sports Park.

Aug 3/2009 : Home Side Seeing Stars

Written Aug 3/2009 by Joseph Chin (jchin@mississauga.net) for the Mississauga.com News

The Mississauga Majors won’t be moving on to the nationals after all.

One of the favourites to advance from the Ontario bantam baseball elimination tournament played over the weekend in Mississauga, the Majors were ousted last night by the Windsor Stars.

The home side was leading 4-0 heading into the 6th inning when the game began to unravel.

Mike Sprojek Caught Off Base

The visitors scored two runs off starting pitcher Daniel Pinero and added three more in the top of the 7th to nip the Majors 5-4.

It was a pretty bad. This was the big tournament for us and we came so close,” said reliever Daniel Peake, who closed out the game in a 6-1 blowout of the Mississauga Southwest Twins on Friday to open the tournament.

Peake didn’t pitch yesterday, but contributed at the plate by driving in a run.

Two other Majors runs were scored courtesy of balks by Windsor pitchers.

Both the Twins and the third city entry, the Mississauga North Tigers, also were eliminated.

The double-knockout tourney, featuring 16 of Ontario’s best major bantam teams, was played at Ninth Line and Clarkson Park diamonds. The winner will represent Ontario at the Baseball Canada Championships later this month in Vaughan.

Sep 13/2009 : Pitching Powers Majors to Ontario Title

Written Sep 13/2009 by Chris Clay (cclay@mississauga.net) for the Mississauga.com News

The Mississauga Majors baseball club can lay claim to having the best team in Ontario after the squad cruised to a 6-1 victory in the final game of the provincial championships.

The AAA Major Bantam Majors spanked the London Badgers on Labour Day at Talbot Park in the Leaside area of Toronto to capture the Ontario Baseball Association’s provincial championship.

Winning Team

The Majors jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning and let pitcher Daniel Pinero take over from there. Pinero racked up 12 strikeouts, including seven in a row in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Pinero pitched six strong innings before being replaced by closer Kyle Hann for the final frame. Hann shutdown the Badgers, striking out all three batters he faced to secure the championship.

For his dominating performances, Pinero was named the tournament’s best pitcher.

Head coach Ron Burke, who has been coaching the boys for the past 10 years, said he knew special things would come from his group of athletes. Burke, who amassed a record of 43 wins, nine losses, and two ties this year, said he won’t be back with the team next year, moving to Team Ontario in the Premier Baseball League of Ontario.

“I always knew this team was the best in the province and the addition of some very talented kids this year sealed the crown for us,” said Burke. “I’d like to congratulate all the players on a great year (and) they worked hard and were all a pleasure to be around and coach.”

Prior to the championship match, the Majors beat the Badgers 13-3. Second baseman Ryan White had a pair of doubles while catcher Rahul Badve managed to catch a Badger trying to steal second to snuff out any chance of a rally.

Pitcher Daniel Peake got the win while Hann struck out the final two batters in relief.

The team also beat the Hamilton Cardinals 6-1. Pitcher Brendan Butrimas threw a complete game and gave up only a single run in the victory.

A day earlier, the Majors took on the Cardinals for the first time and won 10-1. Later that afternoon, the local squad suffered its only loss of the tournament, falling to the Guelph Royals 5-3.

The Majors opened the tournament with a 6-3 victory over the Newmarket Hawks.

Two years ago, the Majors also won the tournament.

The Majors also include Owen Spiwak, Michael Strojek, Julian Johnson, Joey Guaragna, Mackenzie Boyce, Kaleb Leff, Nick Szymczyk, and Malik Collymore. The coaching staff includes Rey Pinero and Chris Zenko.

Revised Calendar Page

September 23, 2009

The Calendar page has been revamped. The whole calendar now appears on the Calendar page.

Previously, the page just had columns of buttons labelled with the names of the months: clicking on one of these buttons would take you to a separate page which had the calendar for that particular month.

Now, the buttons for the various months are much more compact, and the entire calendar appears below the buttons: now, clicking on one of the buttons simply jumps downwards to where the calendar for that month begins.

These buttons now appear at the top right of the calendar for each month:

Previous monthNext monthList modeTop of page (when in Calendar Mode)

Previous monthNext monthGrid modeTop of page (when in List Mode)

The first two buttons look a bit different than before, but they do what they did before, i.e. jump to the calendar for the previous or next month. The third button is the same as before, selecting either list or calendar mode. The fourth button is new: it goes to the top of the page.

You now print the calendar differently. Previously you could print the calendar only for a single month at a time. Now, with the full calendar on one page, you can print any portion of the calendar, one month, or many months: how to do this is described in a new FAQ, “How do I print a team calendar?”.

Note : this also affected the What’s Up page, whose calendar was updated to match the revised Calendar page.