Fastball nationals approach for several Oxford County teams

The Tavistock Athletics under-16 bantam boys' team celebrate their OASA elimination championship June 29 to July 1 in McNab-Braeside. The Athletics and Innerkip Jr. Eagles will compete at the Softball Canada under-16 national finals Aug. 1 to 5 in Innerkip. Submitted photo

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The fastball season is in full swing with multiple elimination and provincial championships having taken place.

The Canadian championships will take place throughout August with several Oxford County teams participating.

Here’s a look at teams this past season.


The under-16 bantam eliminations were held June 29 to July 1 in McNab-Braeside as Tavistock won gold and Innerkip came home with bronze.

Tavistock went a perfect 5-0 starting with a 14-0 win over Palmerston followed by a 5-1 victory against Jarvis and 6-5 over Napanee. In the undefeated game, they beat Shallow Lake 12-2 and then won 3-1 in the finals against Shallow Lake.

Innerkip went 4-2 starting with dominant wins of 10-0 against Cobourg and 16-0 over Oshawa. They lost 7-1 to Shallow Lake and beat Wellesley 3-2 and Napanee 1-0 before earning bronze in a 13-4 loss to Shallow Lake.

Innerkip will host the under-16 boys’ nationals August 1 to 5.

Tavistock Athletics Reese Yantzi, centre, won the Most Valuable Pitcher at the OASA under-16 elimination championship from OASA representatives Mike Crawford, left, and Steve Davis.Submitted photo


The under-14 peewee eliminations took place July 6 to 8 in Oshawa with Simcoe defeating Napanee in the final.

Tavistock and Innerkip each had teams at the elimination tournament. Innerkip opened their tournament with a 5-3 victory over Stouffville as Caleb Martin had the win on the mound. They lost 15-0 to Simcoe in their second game. Innerkip rebounded in their third game with a 3-2 win over Kitchener-Waterloo as Zack Winkworth allowed six hits across seven innings and had four strikeouts in the win. Cole Harper added a home run.

Innerkip kept their tournament going with a 7-3 win over Westport as Caleb Martin went seven innings and had three strikeouts. Innerkip beat Oshawa 4-3 as Martin and Braeden Geerts combined for seven innings on the mound, but their tournament came to an end with a 13-2 loss to Shallow Lake.

Tavistock lost their opening match to Springbrook 7-0, but defeated Stouffville 7-1 in their next game with Marc Dionne picking up six strikeouts and only allowing four hits across seven innings. They went on to beat Grafton 9-2 in their following game as Dionne threw five innings and had four strikeouts.

Tavistock were eliminated with a 16-5 loss to Rostock in their fourth game.


The under-19 midget eliminations were held June 15 to 17 in Napanee.

Tavistock and Drumbo each had teams competing, with Tavistock earning a fifth place finish.

Tavistock began with a 14-2 victory over Baden as Jack Holdsworth threw four innings with five strikeouts. They beat Chepstow 9-8 in their next game with Gib Lamond going 2-for-2 and Ryan Mallot leading off the game with a home run. Tavistock lost their third game 5-4 against Shallow Lake and then their next game 4-1 to Belmore.

Drumbo lost their first game 12-5 to Ivanhoe and were knocked out in their next game with a 13-8 loss to Belmore.


The Tavistock Hops were the lone Oxford County team at the under-23 junior men’s provincial ‘A’ tournament July 6 to 8 in Grafton.

The Hops came home with silver with a 4-2 record and earned a trip to Canadian nationals July 31 to August 5 in St-Leonard-D’Aston, Quebec.

They opened with a 6-2 win against the Kars Aces with Tristan Hohl going five innings with four strikeouts and Kyle Fry two innings with five strikeouts. Derek Hyde added a home run and three RBIs, while Travis Hyde was 3-for-3. Tavistock won the next game 6-5 against the New Hamburg Mustangs as Jeremy Kropf threw eight innings with eight strikeouts for the win. Travis Ramseyer was 2-for-5 with an RBI, Devon Kropf 3-for-5 with an RBI and Derek Hyde 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Embro’s Matt Zilke was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for the Mustangs and Liam Laforest of Bright was 2-for-4 at the plate for New Hamburg.

Tavistock dropped their next game 7-2 to the Cobourg Bulls with Devon Kropf going 1-for-4 with two RBIs and Travis Ramseyer 2-for-4. The Hops rebounded in their next game with an 8-5 win over the Owen Sound Selects. Tristan Hohl threw five innings and allowed only two hits with Jeremy Kropf going the other two innings. Tyson Zehr was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs, Zac Berg two-for-three with an RBI and Travis Ramseyer 2-for-5 with an RBI.

In the finals, Tavistock lost 4-0 to Cobourg.

The Tavistock Hops under-23 fastball team won silver at the junior men’s provincial ‘A’ finals July 6 to 8 in Grafton. Jeremy Kropf was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Pitcher and Tavistock will play at Canadian nationals in August.Submitted photo.


The OASA under-12 mite qualifier for the west and east regions were last weekend, with the west area playing in Drumbo.

Oxford County had Tavistock and Drumbo competing as Drumbo came home with gold.

Drumbo opened with a 17-1 victory against St. George as Sean Demarest earned the win. They beat Wilmot Minor 12-1 in their next game with Demarest once again getting the win then beat Wilmot Major 14-4 before defeating the Wilmot Minors 8-6 in the gold medal game.

Tavistock began with an 18-0 win over Springfield with Brady Raymer getting the win, but lost 10-4 to Tara in their next game and beat Stratford 12-3 in their third game as Carter Otto and Cam Munro combined for the win. Tavistock won their third game 10-5 over Wellesley with Brady Reymer picking up the win. Tavistock were knocked out with a 9-5 loss to the Wilmot Minors.


The OASA under-14 ‘A’ and ‘B/C’ provincials will take place July 27 to 29 in Simcoe.

The OASA under-16 ‘A’ and ‘B’ provincials will be in Cobourg this weekend with Tavistock and Innerkip representing Oxford County in the ‘A’ division. Tavistock will meet Baden in their first game Saturday morning, while Innerkip plays Dutton to start the tournament. The tournament’s a double knockout and the finals are Sunday afternoon.

At the under-19 midget level, the OASA ‘A’ and ‘B’ provincials are in Owen Sound July 28 and 29. Tavistock is in the ‘A’ level and play Napanee to start with the finals on the 29th, while Burgessville is in the ‘B’ category and open against Tara.

OASA will also have their 40+ Masters and 50+ Legends provincials this weekend in Cambridge.

The under-10 east and west qualifier will take place this weekend, with the west region being held in Drumbo.