Sports with Michael Townes

The Barrie Baycats finished the 2018 season winning their seventh league pennant with a 27-8 record. Barrie finished strong going 13-0 and they seem ready to make a playoff run trying to win their fifth consecutive league championship.

The Baycats will start their best-of-five opening series against the 8th place Burlington Herd on Thursday, August 9th at 7:30 pm at home. The third game will be played at home Sunday, August 12th at 7:00 pm and, if necessary, game five will take place on Tuesday, August 14th at 7:30 pm. Burlington finished the season with only 12 wins but have played the Baycats tough in a couple of regular season games this year, but this series should be over in three.

Barrie finished the season with a 6-4 win over London. The Baycats were down 4-3 after seven innings but scored three times in the 8th to get the win thanks to three walks. Starlin Rodriguez singled home the winning runs in the 8th and finished the game with 3 RBI. Jordan Castaldo and Kevin Atkinson had two hits each and Adam Hawes was the winning pitcher in relief. Hawes finished the season with a 3-1 record in relief.

The Baycats crushed Guelph 20-1. They had 15 hits, 5 by Jordan Castaldo. Castaldo also had 5 RBI and a homerun. Tim Smith and Ryan Spataro added a homerun each in the victory. Matthew St. Kitts picked up the win.

Barrie hosted Kitchener in what many expect to play each other in the finals again this season. Barrie sent the Panthers a message scoring five times in the first inning and led 8-0 before Kitchener got on the board. Barrie had 15 hits on the way to the 13-4 victory. Kyle DeGrace had three hits and 2 RBI while Ryan Spataro hit a homerun. Tim Smith and Jeff Cowan had 2 RBI each and Frank Graces took the win on the mound.

Barrie out-slugged Toronto 15-10 in a game where the two teams combined for 26 hits. Toronto led 7-2 after 2 innings but Barrie exploded for 8 runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead. Toronto battled back to tie the game 10-10 but Barrie scored 5 times in the 8th to get the win. Glenn Jackson had three hits and 3 RBI and Ryan Spataro had 4 RBI with 2 hits and 4 RBI. Starlin Rodriguez also went deep for the winners. Adam Hawes was the winner in relief.

Jordan Castaldo won the batting championship with a .403 average. He had 48 hits, scored 40 runs, had 38 RBI and hit 9 homeruns…Frank Graces won the ERA title with a 0.38 earned run average pitching 47 innings and striking out 58 batters. He finished the season with a perfect 7-0 record…First round matchups include Kitchener (24-12) against Brantford (13-23), London (20-16) against Hamilton (15-21) and Toronto (16-19) against Guelph (16-20).  Kitchener should win easily against Brantford but the other two series could go the distance. Hamilton has improved this season and could upset London.

The Toronto Blue Jays did better on the road trip than I expected. Oakland was a write off but Chicago and Seattle were good to the Jays. The pitching was very good on the trip therefore the results were too…The Jays will still be moving some players before the August 31st waiver dead line. Teams still in the playoff hunt will have injuries or feel they need a piece to make it over the top and hopefully some of those pieces are on the Blue Jay roster…Roberto Osuna was shipped out of town and will pitch for the Houston Astros and have a chance of winning the World Series. His legal issues are still pending but he has paid his major league penalty…Ryan Borucki has pitched himself into a job with the Jays next year. He has been good so far this season since being called up to the big team…Will Jay’s skipper John Gibbons have his job next year? He has a managing style that is not made for the way the Jays are going. He likes veterans and the Jays are going younger. He is going to be replaced at the end of the year…The Boston Red Sox are on the way to their best record ever. Boston last won more than 100 games in 1946…Johnny Manziel has made some very bad decisions since leaving college football but it is hard not to feel bad for the guy. He truly sounds like he has turned the corner to a better lifestyle and put his football career on the front burner.

The International Fastball Congress World Tournament will be held in Kitchener this year from August 11-18. No teams from our area are involved but 36 other teams from across North America will be taking part. Also, there is a 50+ division with 13 teams and a U-20 division. Check the ISC website for schedules.


Phelpston Horseshoe Tournament

It was a scorcher of a day, as the community came out for horseshoes in Phelpston on Sunday August 5th. The Annual Phelpston Winger Dinger brings in residents from not only Phelpston, but the surrounding areas as well. All gather to enjoy in a day of horseshoes, BBQ and good times. After a long hot day of horseshoes, Debbie Valender and Michelle Smith took the ladies championship and Dave Fralick and Earl Giffen won the men’s.

The Horseshoe Tournament has been an ongoing event in Phelpston for many years. It is always great to see so many come out and support our community. This is our biggest fundraiser and all money raised goes directly back into the community. As always, we would like to thank Springwater Township for all of their support. And a huge thank you to the many volunteers that give their time to make this amazing community event happen.

The Phelpston Winger Dinger occurs every year on the Sunday of the August long weekend. Mark your calendars and come out to join us next year!

Phelpston Parks and Recreation Committee


Lawn Bowling   Super Novice, Super Seniors

Central Taxi Tournament Winners; Graham MacDonald, Georgeanne Matthews, Sally Sinclair and Marv Hebner.

The Midland and District Lawn Bowling Club hosted the Central Taxi Tournament which is for novices with fewer than five years experience and seniors, age 70 or older. The names on the trophy this year are Marv Hebner, Sally Sinclair, the senior winners and Graham MacDonald, Georgeanne Matthews the novice division winners. 

Lawn bowling is popular among young and old alike. This sport involves just as much strategy as golf or curling. It’s a great way to keep your mind sharp and memory intact at any age. For more information about the sport, visit


Lawn Bowling Champions

Ron O’Sullivan, Jordan Hislop and Marv Hebner with the HGR Graham and Partners trophy. 

Fourteen teams played in the “HGR Graham and Partners” invitational pairs lawn bowling tournament.  Competitive bowlers came from Willowdale, Port Credit, Barrie, Orillia, Brampton and Collingwood to play in this popular event.

This year’s winner was the Midland team of Ron O’Sullivan and Marv Hebner.  Jordan Hislop from HGR Graham and Partners was on hand to present the trophy.

Not all lawn bowling is competitive. The Midland club offers daily and evening bowling in addition to “Fun Days” and other social activities. For more information visit


Boston Pizza Midland Donates over $344,000 to Wendat

This year marked the 14th Annual Boston Pizza Golf Tournament with proceeds going to Wendat Community Programs raising $37,673.32 and bringing the grand total for all 14 years to over $344,000.00.  All proceeds are used to purchase passenger vans to transport clients to and from a range of programs provided by Wendat Community Programs. 

Photo had these folks in it - Wendat Registration Crew: (L to R) Rose Ladouceur, Linda Belcourt, Sherry Allan, Verna Porter, Boston Pizza Owner; Andy Staffen, Wendat Executive Director; Andrea Abbott-Kokosin and Odette Reynolds.

There has consistently been a waiting list for players in Boston Pizza’s fantastic golf tournament. There are some terrific prizes, fun on the Brooklea course, lots of laughter and of course the great food that Boston Pizza provides. Wendat is the grateful recipient of this wonderful charitable event. Boston Pizza has a Sponsor sign up in the bar area of the restaurant to show sponsorship of this great cause.

“We can’t thank Andy Staffen of Boston Pizza enough for his support and the support we receive from his staff”, says Andrea Abbott-Kokosin, Executive Director of Wendat. “It warms my heart to realize the huge amount of support Wendat has received from Boston Pizza Midland”.

“We again have increased our sponsorship”, says Andy of Boston Pizza, “It is so great to see everyone having fun.  I would like to thank all the businesses and individuals, who sponsor the event, come out and play golf, and donate so many great prizes.”