Sports with Patrick Townes
Every young athlete during their lifetime dreams of hitting a homerun in the ninth inning, scoring a goal in overtime, or making a shot to beat the buzzer. For those watching the Toronto Raptors game on Sunday evening, one of the greatest shots in NBA history was taken and made by Kawhi Leonard. An earlier issue of this article noted that Leonard is one of the best two-way players ever to play the game. Fans have long forgotten about the DeRozan trade and hopefully have finally come to the realization that it was a basketball move to better the team, and to give them a chance to win in the playoffs. After the Maple Leafs were eliminated, the Raptors are the final chance for a championship in 2019 for the major sports. The winning shot is certainly one that will be talked about and replayed for years to come. That shot was the first buzzer-beating shot in game seven history.
If fans are worried about the Blue Jays and their losing ways, please do not. This is a rebuilding year and there are absolutely no expectations for this team in terms of wins or losses, or seeding in the division. This season is to develop the younger players and to see what the team has to offer in trades to other teams. Teams that rebuild often take years to get back into contention, although the Tampa Bay Rays’ system seems to be working in terms of putting a competitive team together.
Marcus Stroman put on another show after being pulled from the game this past weekend. He basically yelled at the coach on the mound, yelled at the pitching coach in the dugout, and then came back out to yell at the coach again. The next day, his mother threw out the first pitch on Mother’s Day and was pulled immediately without an argument. Stroman will be lucky to be in a Blue Jays uniform by the all-star break – teams seem more willing to offer more in trades when they can get players in advance of the trade deadline.
Aaron Sanchez also made negative comments to the media after he pitched well, but lacked run support. Another great example of what not to do when younger players are on the roster. Sanchez is coming into free agency and, as a coach, it is tempting to put him in the bullpen after making these comments to reporters – and see what comments come next from Sanchez and his agent. As part of the master plan, it is likely that both these players are moved shortly. They may have already been dealt if the pitching rotation was not struck by the injury bug. Expect a few minor free agent signings for some starting pitchers in the coming weeks. Iif so, there will be deals that follow.
Barrie Baycats win Home Opener
The Barrie Baycats returned to the diamond last Sunday to start the 2019 season at home in Midhurst. The Mother’s Day crowd had to endure a cold wind but they went home happy as the Baycats defeated the London Majors 11-6.
The opening day crowd had little to cheer about early as London started the game with a double, off starter Emilis Guerrero followed by a one-out homerun to give the visitors a quick 2-0 lead. London added a third run in the second inning before Barrie finally got on the scoreboard in the third.
The Baycats, league champions for the last five years, exploded for four runs in that inning to help warm up the fans to take a 4-3 lead over the Majors. The fourth inning was even better for the home team.
Barrie put up seven more runs in the fourth frame to take a commanding 11-3 lead. London scored a run in three separate innings to close the gap to 11-6 but that was as close as they would get.
Jon Wattenbury returned to the Baycats after playing in Toronto and the DH had two hits and 4 RBI in his first game back. One hit was a homerun in the big fourth inning. Ryan Spataro and Kyle DeGrace had two hits each and one RBI while Jeff Cowan chipped in with two hits.
Emilis Guerrero settled down after the first inning to get the win, pitching seven innings, striking out 7 and giving up four earned runs. Veteran lefty Brad Bissell pitched the last two innings allowing only one hit, one run (unearned) and recorded three strikeouts. Bissell picked up his 600th career strikeout.
London (0-2) finished the game with 6 runs, nine hits and made two errors. Barrie (1-0) scored 11 times on 11 hits and committed four errors. The Baycats took advantage of 4 hit-batters and 6 walks in the game.
Next home games for Barrie are against Kitchener on Saturday, May 18th at 2:00 pm, Toronto on Thursday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm, Brantford on Saturday, May 25th at 2:00 pm and Thursday, May 30th at 7:30 pm against Guelph.
Extra Innings: The Barrie Baycats will be receiving their championship rings at a BBQ on Thursday, May 16th…Ryan Spataro went to the plate for the 1,700th time on Sunday…Kevin Atkinson scored his 200th career run on Sunday…Angus Roy will manage his 600th game later this season…Mary Downey, representing mothers, threw out the first pitch on Sunday.
Sensei Blake White and Courtney Fiegehen travelled to Kitchener on Saturday, May 4th to compete in the annual KARATE MAYNIA Canadian Open Martial Arts Championships.
Blake placed 3rd in his Black Belt division in both Open Hand Forms and Weapons Forms In her respective divisions, Courtney placed 4th in Forms and wowed the crowd with her performance in her SPARRING division where she took an impressive First Place Trophy
Both students train regularly at Double Dragons Martial Arts Studio in Wyevale. This was Courtney's first venture into tournament competition and she is already looking forward to her next one.
Blake also competed in February at the Provincial Championships in Burlington where he placed 2nd in weapons forms and qualified for the Nationals two day tournament in Ottawa this coming Friday and Saturday, May 17th and 18th.
EDHS at Track and Field
The day was one of unending rain, but even puddles on the track and in the discus circle could not destroy the competitiveness of the Elmvale District High School students nor the dedication of their teachers (Wayne Allen, John Minty, Hillary Glass and Rick Nigro). Congratulations to all who survived the weather and brought pride to their communities.
Track and Field Results. midget boys, MB; junior boys, JB; senior girls, SG; midget girls, MG,
Discus - MB, Treton Wright, 1st; JB, Mansell Styles, 1st; JB, Griffin Allen, 2nd; SG, Lidia Feeron, 1st; SG, Alicia Spence, 2nd; Brooke Scott, 5th
Javelin - SB Leam Kennedy
Sprint Hurdles - MB, Sean Crooker, 3rd: MG, Leah Venstra, 2nd; MG, Taelor Bartlett, 3rd; JG, Darcy Fay, 2nd; SG, Jessica Bell, 3rd; SG, Grace Cormier, 6th
Intermediate Hurdles MG, Taelor Bartlett, 2nd; MG, Leah Venstra, 4th; JG, Darcy Fay, 3rd; SG, Grace Cormier 4th; SB, Braedan Allen, 1st; JB, Griffin Allen, 1st
200 metre - MB, Sean Crooker, 2nd
800 m - SG, Evelyn Doupe, 1st; JB, Taylor Derlis, 1st, SG, Natalie Schors 5th
Parker Walker of Bryant and Stratton College Wauwatosa Wisconsin was named Athlete of the Week for May 6, 2019 while playing for the Bobcats of the NJCAA DII Division.
He will be playing for the Barrie Baycats, the current IBL Champs at Coates Stadium in Midhurst on
May 18, 2019 at 2 p.m. Kitchener,
May 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Toronto,
May 25, 2019 at 2 p.m. Brantford,
May 30, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Guelph.
Parker lives in Minesing and is the son of Christa and Jim Walker. Come out and support the Barrie Baycats as they begin their quest for another IBL title in 2019.