From Left: Jordan Howse, Ethan Murdy, Cody Thomas and Logan McKnight
August 8, 2022:
We are a very proud organization today knowing that four Muskoka Hornets alumni played critical roles in helping the Newmarket Hawks capture the 22U Junior Nationals in Halifax this past weekend. Ethan Murdy from Huntsville (second from left) and Cody Thomas from Bracebridge (third from left) handled all the catching duties throughout the season, with Murdy a force all season at the plate - he even captured the Home Run Derby before the start of the Nationals tournament, beating out a local player from Dartmouth on his way to a D1 baseball scholarship.
Meanwhile on the pitching front, southpaw Jordan Howse from Windemere (far left) pitched a complete game 2-1 victory against Kitchener in a must win round robin game on Saturday and Logan McKnight (far right) from Port Sydney scattered three hits over 6 shut out innings in a round robin victory over PEI and was given the honor of starting the gold medal game Sunday night against the host Dartmouth team in a packed Beasley Stadium. McKnight did not disappoint, tossing a complete game gem giving up 5 hits and only one run in a 3-1 final win for the Hawks.
Both Murdy and McKnight played their entire minor baseball careers with the Hornets and now ply their trade for Laurentian and Western University respectively. Howse (who will also suit up for Western this Fall) and Thomas played most of their minor ball in Muskoka and all four alumni are still involved with player development in our program, helping future Hornets achieve their baseball dreams.
Congrats boys on a job well done!
The Muskoka Hornets are now accepting applications for head coaches for our 2023 teams. We plan to offer 9U, 11U, two 13U teams, 15U and 18U. Deadline for completion of the application form below is August 26 and all applicants will need to be available for a phone interview the week of August 29. Note: Head Coaches selected will pick their coaching staff.
Please contact Peter Haynes if you have any questions at 416-818-3036.
Muskoka Hornets 18U AA - Next Stop - Windsor
Congratulations to the Muskoka Hornets and Barrie Baycats 18U AA teams for qualifying for Baseball Ontario's provincial championship in Windsor in two weeks. Scores below
Full Schedule (Revised July 28)
2022 18u AA YSBA Playdown Schedule
Kerr Park (130 Beaumont Drive, Bracebridge), McCulley Diamond F (300 Williams Street, Huntsville)
Friday, July 29, 2022
Game 3, 5:30pm: Barrie 5 vs Vaughan 6 @ McCulley
Game 2, 5:30pm: Markham 7 vs Caledon 2 @ Kerr
Game 1, 8:30pm: Thornhill 7 vs Muskoka 8 @ McCulley
Saturday, July 30, 2022
Game 4, 10:00am: Caledon 4 vs Barrie 11 @ McCulley
Game 5, 10:00am: Newmarket 13 vs Muskoka 7 @ Kerr
Game 6, 1:00pm: Markham 9 vs Vaughan 6 @ Kerr
Loser Game 1 Bye
Game 7, 4:00pm: Barrie 12 vs Thornhill 3 @ McCulley
Game 8, 4:00pm: Muskoka 10 vs Vaughan 0 @ Kerr
Game 9, 7:00pm: Newmarket 10 vs Markham 6 @ McCulley
Sunday, July 31, 2022
Game 10, 10:00am: Newmarket 1 vs Barrie 2 @ Kerr
Game 11, 10:00am: Markham 3 vs Muskoka 4 @ McCulley
Game 12, 2:00pm: Muskoka 8 Newmarket 5 @ Kerr
Congratulations to Hornets Alumni Amrit Brown who will suit up next year for Hood College, a division 3 baseball program in Maryland. Amrit is a top student and corner infielder at his high school in North Carolina who has become an integral part of our Hornets program since arriving in Muskoka for summer ball some 5 years ago, We wish Amrit the best in his academic and baseball future and hope he continues to spend time in Muskoka in his adult life.
Congratulations to Thornhill who won a close battle over Richmond Hill 21-20 in the final of the 9U Muskoka Cup. For a complete list of scores for our tournaments, please search under the Tournaments tab.
Congratulations to Brantford for winning the 2022 13U Muskoka Cup championship game 8-5 over a strong team from Toronto Playgrounds.
Congratulations to Creemore, our 11U A champions for the 2022 Muskoka Cup. Creemore went 3-0 in round robin play, then defeated London in a close semi final and disposed of a strong Niagara Falls squad 5-2 in the final.
Congratulations to Cambridge for winning our 2002 15U AA Muskoka Cup tournament in a thrilling 8-6 finals victory over Brantford. A great tournament for all teams.
Congratulations to the Oakville A's on capturing the 12U AAA Canada Day Weekend Muskoka Cup with an 8-3 win over Brantford in the final. The A's went 5-0 on the weekend and looked every part a team that can compete for a championship at OBAs. Please click here for complete tournament results.
Congratulations to the Cambridge Cubs 18U AA team for its victory in the 2022 Muskoka Cup held June 17-19. Great weekend of baseball all around - please click here to see scores for this event.
Muskoka Hornets house league registration for 2022 closed on Sunday May 15. Prospective house league participants will now be placed on a waiting list and will be added to the program if space permits. Please contact Bill Coombs at email@example.com to be added to the wait list.
The Muskoka Hornets are excited to be able to offer local baseball enthusiasts our 11th Annual Summer Training Camp scheduled to take place from July 4 – July 8. This camp, a staple on the calendars for many Muskoka Hornets players, will be held at Peake Field in Bracebridge. Campers will receive 30 hours of expert instruction on the fundamentals of baseball led by former college and professional baseball player Brad Bissell and his assistants, many of whom are former Muskoka campers who are now themselves playing baseball at college.
The Muskoka Hornets player registration for house league is now closed. Please contact Bill Coombs at firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on age appropriate waiting lists.
Equipment Swap - Saturday April 30 - McCulley Robertson Pavilion - Huntsville
If you are interested in becoming an umpire for the Muskoka Hornets, then please reach out to our UIC Aiden Courville at email@example.com. We are looking for umpires for both our house league and travel programs. If you like baseball, then learning to umpire is a great way to get to know the game better, earn a little bit of extra cash and control your own schedule. We look forward to hearing from you.
The 9U Muskoka Hornets travel baseball team is looking for players to round out its roster for the 2022 season. Please contact Head Coach Tyler Fields if your son or daughter (birth years 2013-2015) is interested in coming out and meeting the coaches and participating in winter training. The team practices each Saturday at 1 pm at Life Church, 2 Monica Lane, Unit 2, Bracebridge, ON.
Contact Tyler Fields - firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to register - note you must have a spot reserved before registering by emailing Tournament Chair Peter Haynes at email@example.com. Most of our divisions are full on reservations save for Fall Ball but you can be added to wait list as we often have teams pull out after reserving spots.
June 17-19 - 18U AA - NEW DATE
July 1-3 - 12U AAA
July 15-17 - 11U A and 15U AA
July 22-24 - 9U A and 13U A
Fall Ball (Hold Dates)
Sept 30- Oct 2 - 13U AAA and 15U Elite
Northern Elite Osprey – Call for Baseball Coaches – 2023
The Northern Elite Osprey baseball program is looking for coaches for its inaugural baseball team at the 15U age category.
Coaches interested in applying for a position in the program can do so by completing the application form found on our website at www.ospreybaseball.ca. We are looking for coaches to help in different capacities including head coaches, skill coaches and volunteers looking to lend a hand at practice or help in other team activities.
The Osprey program is also in the process of looking for lead sponsors. If you know of any organizations that might be interested in helping out, then please contact Wes Winkel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Osprey executives are very excited for the prospects of our first team. The program held skill assessment sessions in the fall of 2021 and the talent and interest level in prospective players was strong.
"With any new program, there is always some uncertainty about whether the teams will be able to compete at the elite level in the early years," commented Osprey President Peter Haynes. "After watching the prospects go through extensive drill sessions in the fall, it is clear the talent and athleticism with this group will be very capable of competing at baseball's highest level of play," Haynes added. The Osprey expect to hold additional skill development sessions in the next couple months and tryouts will take place in August 2022.
To help promote elite baseball in our region and to increase awareness of the Osprey, the program plans to host an elite 15U fall ball tourney in Muskoka on the weekend of September 30 – October 2, 2022. This weekend event will be a great opportunity for local baseball enthusiasts to come out and see the new team in action.
Please contact David Gemmell, Director of Player Development, at email@example.com if your son or daughter is interested in being considered for a spot on the 2023 team or if you are interested in coaching in the program.
About the Northern Elite Osprey
The Northern Elite Osprey are an elite baseball program formed from players from the three minor baseball programs in Midland-Penetang, Orillia and Muskoka. The Osprey will field a 15U team in Baseball Ontario's Elite Baseball League in 2023 with plans to add 16U and 18U teams in the years to follow. To learn more about the Osprey, please visit our website at www.ospreybaseball.ca and follow us Twitter @ospreybaseball.
Location - Life Church - 2-2 Monica Lane, Bracebridge, ON
9 am - 18U, 11 am - 15U, 1 pm - 9U, 3 pm - 12U
2 pm - 13U, 4 pm - 11U
Starting after government restrictions lifted (hopefully late January)
The Muskoka Hornets organization is pleased to announce that Laura Hamels and Elyse Moodie have joined the Board of Directors for the 2022 season. The new Hornets Board was constituted at the Annual General Meeting held virtually on Monday, November 8th. A complete list of Board members and positions can be found under the Executives tab. For members interested in the Board discussion at the AGM, please find a brief presentation attached below.
Congrats to Oakville A's in Winning Muskoka Cup 12U AAA Fall Colors Classic 6-2 in final over Etobicoke Rangers
The Muskoka Hornets will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, November 8th, 2021. This meeting will be virtual and details will follow. Members in good standing are eligible to attend. The meeting will review the 2021 season, update the financial status of the program and elect Board member for 2022.
If you have any questions, then please contact Peter Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to announce our head coaches for 2022:
9U A - 2013-2015 - Tyler Fields - email@example.com
11U B* - 2011-2012 - Cameron Boyd - firstname.lastname@example.org
12 U AAA - 2010 - David Gemmell - email@example.com
13U A - 2009-2010 - Greg Zedic - firstname.lastname@example.org
15U AA - 2007-2008 - Joe Hickes - email@example.com
18U AA - 2004-2006 - Joe Hickes - firstname.lastname@example.org
* Cam Boyd is running 11U try outs - head coach not finalized
Please contact Peter Haynes at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Muskoka Hornets 11U Enjoying Some Down Time in Between Games Labour Day Weekend at McCulley Diamond F - Congrats to the 11U AAs on being YSBA 2021 finalists
Muskoka Hornets 13U A - YSBA 2021 Finalists
The minor baseball programs of Midland-Penetang, Orillia and Muskoka are pleased to announce a collaboration to offer elite baseball locally. Starting in the fall of 2022, the Northern Elite Osprey will join the Elite Baseball League of Ontario (EBLO), Baseball Ontario's highest level of competition, with a 15U team. Over the following two years, the program plans to add 16U and 18U teams and expects that the Osprey teams will be made up primarily of the top-level players from each of the three local community programs.
For a copy of the complete release, please see attachment below or visit the new Osprey website at www.ospreybaseball.ca.
Please click here if you wish to register for our 12U (2010 Birth Year) Open tournament this fall. First chance for 2022 teams to test out the bigger diamond dimensions in Muskoka at its most beautiful time of the year.
Please contact Peter Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Muskoka Hornets are looking for head coach applications for our travel teams for 2022. Please complete the form below and return to Peter Haynes at email@example.com by September 10, 2021. Coach decisions will be made by September 23. Try outs for 2022 will take place in early October - schedule will be posted on our website as soon as available. Stay tuned.
2022 Teams in Need of Head Coach
9U Rep - 2013-2015 birth year
11U Rep - 2011 -2012
12U Rep - 2010
13U Rep - 2009-2010
15U Rep - 2007-2008
18U rep - 2004-2006 (already awarded)
Please contact our House League Convener Bill Coombs to be placed on a waiting list at firstname.lastname@example.org
September 8 - 7pm - 9pm McCulley F (Huntsville)
September 13 - 7pm - 9pm McCulley F (Huntsville)
September 15 - 7pm - 9pm McCulley F (Huntsville)
September 18 - 2pm - 4pm Kerr Park (Bracebridge) (if necessary - at the discretion of the coaching staff)
All interested players who are not a member of the Muskoka Hornets 18u AA 2021 program are required to pre-register by sending an email to email@example.com
Players must attend at least one tryout to be considered for the team.
Note: try out dates for other Hornets teams will be released at a future date.
QR Code for Active Screening of Muskoka Hornets Events
Original Hornets Return Home - From left to right, Cody Thomas - Newmarket 18U, Scott Adams - Concordia, Logan McKnight - Western and Ethan Murdy - Laurentian return to McCulley Robertson to compete for the first ever 22U Muskoka Cup
Oshawa 22U Coach Scott Cawker Accepts Muskoka Cup Trophy. Oshawa swept Newmarket, winning game one 9-6 and game two in a walk-off 11-10
We are receiving a couple common questions about our house league program, not surprising given it has been over two years since we last were able to operate in Huntsville:
1) When do we play? Our Huntsville House League runs each Wednesday - once the season begins on July 7, time slots will begin at 530 pm, with younger players occupying the early time slots - specific timing for each age group will be determined at a later date. Note: all players registered for house league are welcome to attend free skill clinics Wednesday June 23 and June 30 from 6 pm to 7 pm;
2) Where are the Huntsville Events? All house league activities in Huntsville take place at McCulley Roberston Diamond Complex - 300 William St, Huntsville.
3) When does the season end? Given the late start, we plan to extend the house league season to the end of September, meaning that all players will get approximately 12 weeks of baseball, the same as a normal season.
4) Will there be additional practices? Depending on how the season progresses, Hornets management may add some voluntary skill development sessions on Friday evenings as after the first couple weeks, Wednesday evenings will be reserved for game play. We will also be running a day camp in the first week of August -details will follow;
5) When do kids get uniforms? After teams have been finalized a couple weeks into the season;
6) What are you doing to keep my child safe from COVID? The Hornets take player safety as its number one priority. We are following Baseball Ontario guidelines for sanitation and social distancing as well as active screening. That said, players do NOT need to wear masks while in competition unless natural social distancing is not possible;
7) What equipment does my son or daughter need? Bat, helmet and glove and during game play a jock or jill is recommended - the Hornets have a limited supply of bats if needed, but equipment needs to be sanitized between usage if shared.
For further information on house league, please contact Bill Coombs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a result of the decision by the Ontario Government to enter a lock down stage, as of April 3, 2021, all Muskoka Hornets in person activities are cancelled until further notice. We remain hopeful that our travel and house league programs will still be able to start up in May.
House league registration remains open.
Please click on the link below to register your son or daughter for the 2021 house league and travel ball season.
The Registration "Muskoka Hornets Baseball Association" is not currently available.
In the event that a family needs financial assistance with the cost of minor sports including baseball, there are local funding opportunities available. Historically, Children's Foundation of Muskoka was an avenue available in our community. However, the Foundation asked us to direct funding requests directly to Jumpstart and to connect with them only in the event an applicant is not successful or is in need of top up funds.
To apply, please contact Jumpstart at https://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/pages/apply
Unfortunately, we are forced today to cancel all 2021 Muskoka Cups following Baseball Ontario's decision on April 18 to cancel all tournies for summer 2021.
Please contact Jen Novak if you need to arrange for a refund - email@example.com
2021 Tourney Dates - Cancelled
9U - July 16-18 - Select
11U - July 23-25 - all levels of play rep and select - FULL
13U - July 30 - Aug 1 - A and below - FULL
15U - July 2 - July 4 - A and below - one spot
18U - July 16-18 - AA and below - FULL
Released July 2, 2020
In this very difficult time, thank goodness for small victories. After an incredible amount of preparation, The Muskoka Hornets five travel teams are ready to get back on the diamond to train starting today and hope that later this summer there will be game play. The Hornets Board recently adopted Baseball Ontario's protocol for return to training, a requirement for all associations to ensure the necessary safety measures are in place to protect players, coaches and family members from COVID 19. In addition to maintaining attendance records for all in person gatherings, team officials are required to ensure all participants sanitize hands every 30 minutes and keep all equipment clean.
"It is very impressive the work done by Baseball Ontario to ensure a safe and healthy environment for minor baseball to return in this province. My hat is off to the volunteers that put the protocols in place, and we are committed to ensuring compliance with the additional rules," commented Peter Haynes, President of the Muskoka Hornets.
The Muskoka Hornets will field five travel baseball teams in 2020 with players aged 8-18 years old. Training for the season was halted in February and the entire season was in doubt with the pandemic spreading like wildfire. Thankfully, as the situation normalized in Ontario, officials began to prepare for a return to the diamond including the potential for game play later in the summer.
"I am very pleased that our season was not lost completely and we have a chance to play some games if all goes well and the trend in COVID infections continue to improve in Ontario. I have 7 players graduating out of minor baseball this year and the thought of them not having a chance to return to the playing field after losing high school graduation and prom was motivation enough to do anything to keep the hope alive for a return to baseball this summer," stated Joe Hickes, Head Coach of the Hornets 18U AA team. "For the health of all children, it is important that minor sports return as long as it is safe to do so," added Hickes.
Each of the five Muskoka Hornets travel teams will start with training in groups of up to 10 on two separate areas of the diamond. Eventual return to game play is dependent on gathering sizes increasing in Ontario. Other provinces in Canada have already moved to larger gathering sizes and games have started. If this occurs in Ontario, then the Hornets plan to organize exhibition games with other association teams. There will not be any tournament play this summer and no provincial championships.
Meanwhile, the Hornets still hope to be able to offer a modified house league program focused on skill development later this summer in Huntsville, as well as to host our annual summer baseball camp, a staple for many local baseball enthusiasts. Stay tuned for additional updates.
For information on the Muskoka Hornets, please visit our website at www.hornetsbaseball.ca.
Congratulations to our 2020 Muskoka Cup Festival Winners:
9U - Barrie AA Baycats
11U - Collingwood Jays
13U - Valley East Jr. Voyageurs
15U - Muskoka Hornets
Hello baseball families. If you are a first timer on the Hornets baseball site or just want a refresher on our house league program, then please click on this link or go to the House League drop down menu for our house league page of FAQs.
If your question is NOT answered on this page, then please do not hesitate to contact our head of house league Kate McNaughton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy to be a Hornet !
As the Ontario government moves to Stage One as of Friday June 11, the Muskoka Hornets are pleased to be able to return to training. Our travel teams will start up in earnest next week and we have a special opportunity for all of our registered house league players to receive three weeks of free extra baseball training prior to the formal start of our house league season on July 7.
Starting Wednesday June 16, the Hornets will run training clinics for all age groups in our house league program from 6 pm to 7 pm for three weeks ending Wednesday June 30. These clinics will be about skill development and are open to any house league registered player. So sign up now by clicking on this link which takes you to the registration page in order to be eligible to participate in this special training offer. The house league season is expected to continue each Wednesday until September 15th and will likely be followed by a weekend wind up (depending on COVID rules at the time).
Note: COVID protocols will be enforced at house league including player sign ins for COVID tracing.
The Muskoka Hornets are pleased to offer early bird clinics for our Huntsville house league program starting Wednesday June 16 and continuing June 23 and June 30. These clinics are open to ANY player registered to play in the Huntsville house league program and will be from 6 pm - 7 pm each Wednesday.
The formal house league program will start Wednesday July 7 and is expected to run each week until the end of September.
In order to register for the 2021 house league season, please click on this link. If you have any questions, then please contact Bill Coombs at wcoombs email@example.com.
On Monday August 26th, 16 year old Zack Boese of the Muskoka Hornets 18u AA Team will depart for Oyen, Alberta to play for the Badlands Badgers.
Zack will be attending South Central High School in Oyen for Grade 11 and will play for the Badgers throughout the fall and spring seasons.
This is an exciting opportunity for Zack as the program has an impressive track record in placing players in college programs throughout the USA and Canada.
A heavy fall and spring game schedule (50+ games) will allow Zack the opportunity to compete against some of the best high school aged players that the States and Canada have to offer.
“We are excited to see another Muskoka Hornets player pursuing baseball at a higher level. After graduating several players to US and Canadian colleges in the past two years, Zack is the first player from our program to play for a high school academy," commented Peter Haynes, President of the Muskoka Hornets. "We are very proud of Zack and wish him the best in his school year," Haynes added.
It is no easy feat for a 16 year old kid to move thousands of km’s from home to pursue this incredible opportunity. The Muskoka Hornets wish Zack the best of luck, and are excited to see him back in a Hornets jersey in July of 2020.
By Helen Payne, Muskoka Hornets Executive and UIC