The Muskoka Bantam Hornets went undefeated this past weekend (5-0) to win the 10 Annual Muskoka Cup. The 16 team tournament featured teams from throughout Ontario, all converging to battle it out in Huntsville and Bracebridge for the coveted crown. See full story in the News Section.
The Hornets got off to a hot start Friday night when they played host to the Vaughn Vikings. Shortstop turned pitcher Zachary Boese allowed just one hit over 4 innings on the mound as the Hornets played solid defence, with some timely hitting, and aggressive baserunning to start the tournament with a convincing 14-3 win over the Vikings.
The Bantams had a sluggish start Saturday morning, but thanks to some clutch pitching by Wilson Babineau, Bradley Adams, and Winston Young the team was able to come away with a 8-5 win over the Orillia Royals.
The Hornets faced a scrappy team from Waterdown in its final round robin game with the winner representing the aptly-named “HOLM Division” in the ‘A’ playdowns. The Hornets sent its gritty second year Bantam pitcher, Jacob White, to the mound in hopes he could cool the Waterdown bats. White was up to the task, throwing a complete game gem as the Hornets picked up an emotionally charged 7-3 win over Waterdown to capture the division.
The Hornets arrived at McCulley diamonds at 7:30am Sunday morning grateful for an opportunity to play in championship Sunday. In Sunday's semi-final match up, the Hornets were to face the Aurora Kings, winners of the Payne Division. The Hornets called on its lanky left-hander Bradley Adams for this must win game. Adams made quick work of Aurora, throwing a complete game one-hitter on 60 pitches as the Hornets stung Aurora 13-0. The Hornets played one of its best defensive games of the season, led by Charlie Maslin who put on an impressive display in the outfield throughout the day.
Muskoka matched up against a very skilled team from Mississauga in the finals. Both teams entered the championship game with perfect 4-0 records in the tournament. The Hornet coaching staff sent Adams back out on the mound to start the final – Adams threw his remaining 30 pitches allowing only one hit over 2 and 2/3 innings. The Hornets then turned to Zachary Boese, Boese pitched the final 4 and 1/3 innings- allowing no hits. First year Zach Patterson set the offensive tone early, with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt that started a rally. The Hornets finished off the Mississauga Majors in an hour and 35 minutes and walked away with the championship by a score of 4-0.
The Hornet coaching staff could not be happier with the effort the boys put in throughout the weekend and it was a true total team effort. Riley Belanger played Gold Glove calibre defence at 2nd base throughout the weekend and Marcus Kerr showed off his cannon of an arm from CF throwing a runner out trying to stretch an extra base. Hayden Pedwell has proven himself as a legitimate catcher, with a ever improving arm behind the plate. Wilson Babineau has quietly become an exceptional defensive 1st basemen. The list could go on and on! The Hornet coaching staff would also like to give a special thanks to our Affiliate Player, Mark Holm, for playing with the team this weekend, and contributing in every facet of the game.
Congrats to all the winning teams for this year's Muskoka Cup and we hope to defend our crown in 2019
For Immediate Release, June 28, 2018
10th Annual Muskoka Cup Boasts Record Number of Teams
The Muskoka Hornets are pleased to announce that a record 60 teams will compete in the 10th Annual Muskoka Cup tournament in four select divisions across two summer weekends. This number of teams represents capacity for the annual Hornets summer baseball tournament and is a reflection of the growing interest of baseball in Ontario in general and Muskoka in particular.
The 2018 Muskoka Cup events kick off for the 12 and 13 year old Peewee division this weekend, with 12 Peewee Select teams competing at Huntsville's McCulley Robertson Diamond Complex. On July 20 - 22, 48 teams will compete across three divisions in Rookie, Mosquito and Bantam at Peake Field and Kerr Park in Bracebridge, McCulley Robertson and, for the first time ever, Gravenhurst's Gull Lake and Wharf diamonds.
"We are overwhelmed with the growing interest in the annual Muskoka Cup tournament – we turned away at least 50 teams this year as divisions filled up quickly" commented Muskoka Hornets President, Peter Haynes. "The combination of great host venues in a vacation destination during the summer draws a lot of interest from teams throughout Ontario," added Haynes. Of the 60 teams participating in 2018, over half these teams attended previous Muskoka Cups.
The Hornets' Tournament Organizing Committee estimate that as many as 2,500 guests will visit Muskoka over the two weekend tournament dates. These visitors will bring in as much as $400,000 in revenue for Muskoka restaurants, hotels and local businesses.
Baseball in Southern Ontario continues to flourish. This interest extends to the Muskoka region, as the Hornets have over 350 participants in the program in 2018 across five travel teams and two house league programs in Huntsville and Gravenhurst.
Please come out and support your Hornets representative teams this summer as they attempt to keep some Muskoka Cup hardware in the local community. Game One for the local Muskoka Hornets Peewee team will be 6 pm on Friday, June 29 at McCulley.
Full game schedule available at https://www.hornetsbaseball.ca/page/show/3887492-muskoka-cup-2018
The Muskoka Hornets will host a coaching clinic from 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday, January 26 at the Gravenhurst Public School.
This session is open to any coach in the Hornets program or others interested in learning more about baseball coaching and will be interactive and focused on skill development.
This session is free of charge - please contact Peter Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in registering.
The Muskoka Hornets organisation is in need of volunteers to help with score keeping at the 13th Annual Original Pond Hockey Classic at the Gravenhurst Wharf.
The event takes place Saturday February 9th and the more volunteers we can drum up, the more funds raised for our program. Volunteers must be a minimum of 15 years of age.
Please contact Laura at Laurazipay@sympatico.ca if you are interested in helping out.