The Villanova Wildcats’ quest for a gold OFSAA baseball medal came up short in London on Wednesday.
Villanova fell 5-1 in the semifinals of the Final Four Tournament against the Etobicoke Fr. John Redmond Redhawks, but recovered and defeated the Niagara Falls AN Myer Marauders 5-0 to claim the bronze medal. It is the school’s first-ever OFSAA medal in baseball.
“I’m very proud of the team, it’s a great achievement,” said Wildcats manager Tom Beale, whose team finished the season with an 18-1 record. “I think if you had asked everyone in April to be 18-1 in total, they would have accepted it.”
Outfielder Brandon Leblanc had a hit and stole two bases in the loss to the Redhawks and came back to add two more hits and two more stolen bases against the Marauders.
The Wildcats took control early on with a few runs in the first inning and two more in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. Second baseman Lucas Chartrand and designated hitter Kalman Chyz each singled to bring in a run. Righthander Will Lewis took care of the rest, as he went the distance, gave up only two hits and struckout five in seven innings.
73’s full staff
Lee Jones returns to the Essex 73s.
Jones, a former player and coach for the 73s, will serve as assistant coach to new head coach Jamie McDermott.
Kevin Beuglet, who served as a scout and advisor, will also take on an assistant coach role along with Chad Wolters and Jeff Brett.
Derrick Laporte remains on as head coach, while Danny Anger, who had served as head coach, takes on the role of skills development coach.
Mitton takes bronze
Former University of Windsor Lancer and Canadian record holder Lancer Sarah Mitton took the bronze medal in the women’s shot put at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold event in the Netherlands
A former Canadian Olympian, 25-year-old Mitton, who is 14th in the world, threw 19.24 meters to finish third. It is the fifth consecutive encounter that Mitton has thrown more than 19 meters. That includes her new Canadian record last month of 19.58 meters.
Rose City Gymnastics
Athletes from the Rose City Gymnastics Club attended two different competitions to complete the season.
At the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Ontario Provincial Championships for Level 3 plus in Alliston, Samantha Navarro was second overall in Asp 2 with Lillian Camilleri third in the same division, while Adriana Mikho also finished second in Level 4.
Two athletes also won special awards, with Elena El Bakri winning the Flight, Height and Tight Award in vault, while Alyvvea Beamer won the Highest Dismount Award in bars.
Meanwhile, at the TG Ontario Championships in Kingston, 15-year-old Halle Mitchell was first in trampoline and tumbling, while 17-year-old Ashley Mailloux was first in trampoline.