Two of the three ONC teams were in action this past weekend with their first PBLO games of the season. The 18U team met up with the 18U Ontario Terriers for four solid games. While the Canadians did not come away with a win, it was an excellent series, with Sunday’s 2 games each decided by one run. Great pitching and defence by both teams.
The 15U team opened their inaugural season at home with a sweep against the London Badgers. The first game was a pitcher’s duel, with both team’s starters going the distance. The Canadians prevailed with a 1-0 win that set a tone for the weekend. They currently sit atop the PBLO 15U Division standings after 2 weeks of league play.
ONC’s 18U Manager and Director of Baseball Operations, Tanner Watson, has been named as a pitching coach on Canada’s 2016 Junior National Team’s spring training roster. He is joined by ONC alumnus T.J. Burton, who was also selected as a guest coach. In addition to their time with ONC, both Tanner and T.J. are alumni of the Canadian National Baseball Program.
Baseball Canada announced the names of 30 players and 7 coaches that will take part in the Junior National Team’s Spring Training camp at the Walter Fuller Complex in St. Petersburg, Florida from March 10-20.
Games are scheduled against squads consisting of minor league prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, while two games are scheduled against a touring squad from Puerto Rico and one each against European and Australian clubs put together by Major League Baseball
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The Toronto Sun Media has released its annual poll of The 100 Most Influential Canadians in Baseball and several with ties to the Ottawa Nepean Canadian have received honourable mentions on this prestigious list. Tanner Watson, ONC’s Director of Baseball Operations and 18U Manager, makes the list for the first time. Don Campbell, currently PBLO Chairman, once again is on the list, several years running. Former ONC players Peter Hoy, Phillippe Aumont and former coach T.J. Burton also receive honourable mentions.
See full 2015 list by Bob Elliott here
The Ottawa Nepean Canadians are pleased to introduce Mike Tokessy as the Manager of the inaugural 15U team in 2016. Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. He was a student-athlete at the US collegiate level, attending Monroe Community College where he helped his school to two JUCO World Series. He then transferred to Georgia College & State University on a full scholarship, competing in the NCAA World Series in his senior year. After graduating with his teaching degree in Health & Physical Education, Mike returned to Ottawa and continues to be active in the baseball community, coaching at several levels with success.
Andy Byrnes also joins the ONC coaching staff for the 2016 season. Andy brings a solid baseball foundation, graduating from the Sports and Recreation program at Algonquin College, and working in the industry for over 10 years, currently with the Combat Sports Group. He has also coached in the Ottawa area for several years and will continue to do so, serving with Mike as a coach in the 15U program.
ONC is pleased to announce that commencing with the 2016 season, we will be adding a 15U team to our baseball operations. The revamped Premier Baseball League of Ontario (PBLO) and the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) have added a 15U division for all participating PBLO members.
This new division will be an ideal complement to our existing 16U and 18U programs by introducing younger talented area players to our program, coaching instruction, and competition level. The PBLO is a natural showcase for players and is followed by US college and pro scouts, as well as providing exposure to provincial and national team staff.
ONC’s 15U team will play in the PBLO 15U Division for May and June, and participate in selected tournaments to round out the summer season in July and August. Planning is underway, with the 15U program formally launching in January with ONC Winter Training.
Further details regarding the 15U program along with our winter programs and the selection process for the 2016 15U, 16U and 18U summer teams will be announced in the near future.
18U Manager Tanner Watson is in Toronto this week as a member of the coaching staff for 3rd annual Tournament 12 showcase baseball tournament. T-12 highlights the best Canadian amateur players with college eligibility, represented by 7 provincial teams and 1 prospect team. The tournament is being held at the Rogers Centre, September 14-18. Tanner has been honoured by being chosen as a coach for the Futures team, along with fellow former professionals Adam Stern, Chris Robinson, and Hyung Cho.
This is Tanner’s second selection as a coach for this prestigious tournament, last year assisting with the Ontario-Green team.
More on Tournament 12 …
Both the 16U & 18U Canadians wrapped up the summer season at the incredible Big Vision Sports Complex in Reading, Pennsylvania.
In the Diamond Dog Days of Summer Clash Tournament – 16U fell just short in their bid to reach the tournament final after an exciting walk off win vs. Roland Panthers. 18U won a tight quarter final match vs. Rock Baseball Academy, before dropping a close semi 3-1 to the eventual tournament champion Reading Titans.
All now turn their attention to fall ball, where limited spots are still available….Register now and be a part of the excitement!