The London Tecumsehs had a strong showing from all of its teams during the Ontario Baseball Association Provincial Championships at the AA and A levels. Of our 8 teams 5 finished in second place; Junior AA, Midget A, Minor Bantam A, Minor Pee Wee A and Rookie A, and one third place finish; Major Mosquito A.
Larger-than-life superstar, Cleveland Brownlee of the London Majors, visited the newly crowned LDBA Champion London Tecumsehs last night at Dreamers Sports Complex. The evening began with Cleveland sharing some baseball stories and words of advice to the attentive group of 11-year olds. “You need to eat, sleep, and breath baseball” said the always charismatic Brownlee. “And I challenge all of you to do 50 push-ups over the course of a day. It’ll make you stronger, throw harder, hit farther, run faster… and of course look better”.
The Tecumseh boys, who were in awe of the big man, put together some of their best swings as Cleveland did some soft toss and worked with each of the hitters. It didn’t take long to realize that this was a man who “ate, slept, and breathed baseball”. Fresh off their EPIC playoff run, the team soaked in the advice from the knowledgeable Brownlee, with hopes that they could continue their success this weekend at the OBA Provincial Championships.
Cleveland concluded the evening with one of his signature swings as he mashed a ball to straight-away centre, that we’re pretty sure hasn’t landed yet. He then asked the boys “how many push-ups are you going to do each day?” When they all replied “50”, he said “well then you’ll only be as good as the guy next to you… you need to do 75!”
The London Tecumsehs head to Niagara Falls this weekend to represent London and the LDBA against the top teams from around the Province.
The weekend began with an extremely well-pitched game as the Tecumsehs bested the London West TinCaps 12-1. The top-notch pitching continued into the following morning as the Tecumsehs defeated the London Badgers 9-0. The table was now set for a 7pm showdown against the Sarnia Braves who accomplished a rare undefeated regular season at 22-0. However, Mother Nature had other plans and that evening’s game was postponed until Sunday morning. Sunday began with the Tecumseh bats on fire and they jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. The Sarnia Braves, who have no quit in them, battled back thru the middle innings to pull within a couple runs. Thankfully for the Tecumsehs, some timely hitting late in the game enabled them to pull away for good and finish with a 16-8 victory.
Next up was the always tough Wyoming Wranglers who have a lineup, top-to-bottom, of kids that can absolutely mash the ball. In a back-and-forth battle that also included great pitching and defence, the Tecumsehs were able to prevail and pulled off a 7-6 victory. It was now onto the finals in a rematch with the Sarnia Braves. Midway through the game and neither team allowing much offence as the pitching and defence on both sides was stellar. Tied 1-1 in a battle of attrition, the Tecumsehs received a spark on the base paths as lil “e” who was dead-to-rights on a tag play at second base, leaped over the infielder to reach the base successfully.
A newly energized team then put together some hits and pulled out to a 3-1 lead. As the game continued and the teams exchanged knockout blows, the Tecumsehs lead heading into the bottom of the 7th stood at 8-5. Mixing in a couple outs with a couple walks and hits, the bases were loaded and Jayden V. on the mound. With the fans and players on both sides cheering and screaming at the top of their lungs, the always composed Jayden stepped off the rubber a couple times between each pitch until he reared back and delivered the final strike. TECUMSEHS WIN!!
Many thanks goes out to all of our parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, and fans who helped build this team and support them through a long, hard season. But most importantly, to the group of young athletes that we, the coaches, have had the pleasure of sharing the field with … THANK YOU. Thank you Eric, Blake, Nigel, Jayden, Logan, Brady, Landyn, Leland, Luke, Tyler, Lucas, and Jonny. Team EPIC! Looking forward to OBA’s in Niagara Falls on Labour Day Weekend. LONDON TECUMSEHS MAJOR MOSQUITO – 2016 LDBA CHAMPIONS!
While there are no records to know for sure, the London Tecumsehs have accomplished something this season that definitely does not happen very often. Keep in mind, Midget is a 3 year division, so this team is still technically underage, made up of 2nd year Midgets, and the entire team is eligible to come back next year for another run.
Every team has off nights, where the bats aren’t working, or the defense isn’t feeling it, so to go undefeated in league play is an amazing accomplishment. But the Midget’s didn’t stop there.
After amassing a 19-0-4 record to finish 1st atop the LDBA season standings, the Tecumsehs began the LDBA Play-downs to see who would represent LDBA at the OBA Provincial Championships.
After winning the first game, they were awaiting the winner of the next round, which was rained out 4 times, and it was time for the LDBA Playoffs.
On the weekend, the Tecumsehs ran a record of 5-0 to win the LDBA Midget Playoff Championships, winning the final over the 2nd place team from the season standings 10-0, capped by a no-hitter from pitcher Nick Finn.
Great weekend, but not rest for the weary, the Tecumsehs continued their quest to go to OBA’s by defeating North London in the final of the playdowns, and now move on the the OBA’s in Kitchener, with the first game 2 days away, Friday morning at 9:30 AM.
On top of that, the Tecumsehs, in 3 OBA tournaments this season, began by losing in the finals of their first tournament to a AAA team from Hamilton, 5-4 in 11 innings, and then went on to go 10-0 to win their next 2 tournaments.
26-0-4 in LDBA play… What a Season!
Best of luck boys, in the OBA’s on the weekend.
On behalf of the London Tecumsehs Major Mosquito team, we would like to thank Jeff Flesher for working with our team last Saturday afternoon providing some invaluable pitching instruction. From the more traditional “towel” drill to the newly minted “bucket” drill, Jeff kept the boys engaged and smiling the entire time. The pitching knowledge that he, and Brent Wales, have passed along to our team this season, has gone a long way towards enabling our teams success. We look forward to continue working with these great instructors in the future. Best of luck to all in their LDBA playoffs and at OBA’s.
The 2016 London Tecumsehs Tournament was played on the July 8-10 weekend, with 16 teams coming together at Stronach Park. Despite some early rain, and thunder and lightning delays, we managed to get back on track, and ended with some beautiful weather on what turned out to be a great weekend.
Minor Mosquito saw the London Tecumsehs play the Tecumseh Rangers on Sunday morning, with London prevailing to face the Port Lambton Pirates in the final, who had to get by the Amherstburg Cardinals in the other semi-final.
In the Minor Peewee division, the London Tecumsehs and Woodslee Orioles received the top 2 seeds to get bye’s to the semi-finals.
The 1st quarter-finals pitted the Uxbridge Grizzlies against the Belle River Braves, with the Grizzlies squeaking by to play the London Tecumsehs in the semi-finals., with London coming on top in that to advance to the final. The other quarter-finals saw the North London Nationals get by the Richmond Hill Phoenix, and then beat the Woodslee Orioles in the semi-finals, to advance and create and All-London final, Tecumsehs, vs. the North London Nationals.
Congratulations to ALL teams on some great ball played over the weekend, and we hope to see everyone back for our 2nd Annual in 2017, which promises to be bigger and better.
Port Lambton Pirates
London Tecumsehs Minor Peewee Tournament Champion
The Major Midget Tecumsehs cruised to a 5-0 record for the 2nd straight tournament, to win the Buck Pringle in Orillia.
The Midget’s played solid baseball all weekend, scoring 49 runs while giving up just 10 beating Midland, Barrie, and Cambridge in the Round-Robin. They got past Midland again in the semi-final, before beating pulling away late to beat Newmarket 9-3 in the final.