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May 24, 2022

Storm edge Chiefs to remain unbeaten

FINGAL, Ont. - Chris Wismer had a solo home run and RBI double, but the St. Thomas Storm didn't need a hit to produce the game winning run.
Combining a hit batsman, walk, passed ball and then a fielder's choice, the Storm edged the Chippewa Chiefs, 3-2, Tuesday, in South Middlesex Men's Fastball.
Mitch Roy had the game winning RBI, on the fielder's choice, in the sixth inning. Rob Burns went one-for-two, and drew a base on balls.
Pitcher Jason Dawdy picked up the win, in relief of starter Dan Beecroft, working the final three innings. The Storm pitchers combined to strike out 11 batters.
Joey Doxtator had a solo home run for Chippewa.
St. Thomas is 3-0.


May 18, 2022

D1 Nationals U15 girls win gols

BRAMPTON, ON. - Summer is still officially a month away, but the D1 Nationals are already heating up the diamond. The competitive fast pitch U15 team that calls Sweaburg home, were champions at the Brampton Blast tournament, May 13-15,
During their 7-0 run, D1 Nationals outscored opponents, 56-11.

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May 10, 2022

Storm's Beecroft silences Dutton

FINGAL, Ont. - Dan Beecroft needed only nine pitches to strikeout three batters, in the third inning. The St. Thomas Storm only needed five innings to mercy Dutton, 8-1, in South Middlesex Men's Fastball, tonight.
Beecroft faced the minimum nine batters over three innings, when the Storm led 7-0. At the plate, Beecroft chipped in offensively, with a double and a RBI single. Jay Schnarr, Mitch Roy and Matt McCallum, each had a single a drew a walk. Aaron Gould has two free passes to first base and came around to score both times. Beecroft and Ben Hodgins, who worked the fourth and fifth innings, combined to strike out 11 batters.
Meanwhile Dutton gave up eight walks to the Storm batters. at Highland.


May 6, 2022

Storm mercies Fingal in season opener

FINGAL, ON. - Some things never seem to change, even with a two year absence. The last time the St. Thomas Storm played a league game, they were here capturing the South Middlesex Men's Fastball League championship.
That was last decade. However, two things were quite similar to tonight's season opening 16-1 five inning mercy, of the Fingal Phantoms.
Ben Hodgins was pitching and the Storm mercied their opponent. Back in 2019, the Storm won the title, blanking the Appin A's, 8-0, in five innings.

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January 29, 2022

McCallum taking ball glove to Kansas

MALAHIDE, Ont. - Meg McCallum is heading west to America's Wheat State. The pitcher and first baseman with the D1 Revolution softball association, will be on the rubber with the Highland College Scotties for the next four years.
The school, a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, is located in Highland, a small community in north east Kansas. The Grade 12 student at East Elgin Secondary school, is enrolled in the personal fitness trainer program at Highland.

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July 22, 2021

U16 Revolution calm Twisters for a 8-3 win

HOPEVILLE, Ont. - It is one step closer to a spot in the Provincial Women's Softball Association 16U West final. The D1 Revolution took advantage of some wild pitching to pull out an 8-3 win over the Arthur Twisters, in a 16U quarterfinal on Wednesday.

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July 15, 2021

Peacock drives in winning run as D1 Revolution rally

LASALLE, Ont. - In the end Megan Peacock showed her comeback colours. Peacock drove in the winning run, as the D1 Revolution rallied in their final at bat, to edge the LaSalle Athletics, 3-2, in a Provincial Women's Softball Association U16 West bracket playoff game. LaSalle led 2-0 going into the seventh and final inning, after scoring a run in the first and sixth innings. Peacock who won her marathon nine pitch at bat with a line drive two run single, reached base three times in four at bats.

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October 8, 2019

Hodgins no hits Appin lifting St. Thomas to league title

FINGAL, ON. - Ben Hodgins made short work of the Appin A's. The St. Thomas Storm pitcher faced only 14 batters, in an 8-0 five inning silencing of the A's, to clinch the South Middlesex Men's Fastball championship in four games. Only a pair of intentional walks to Jeff Lyons kept Hodgins from a perfect game, shortened due to the mercy rule.

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October 7, 2019

Lyons keeps Appin alive carrying A's to victory

APPIN, ON. - Each time Jeff Lyons reached base in games one and two, the Appin A’s scored. That trend continued in game three against the St. Thomas Storm with one big difference.
Appin held on to win, 4-3, extending the best of five game South Middlesex Men’s Fastball League final to a fourth night, in Fingal, Tuesday, at 8 p.m.
Lyons hit a monster two out first inning solo home run and then in the third inning ripped a double off the outfield fence. Lyons received an intentional walk in his third plate appearance.

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October 4, 2019

Storm rallies to take 2-0 series lead over Appin

APPIN, ON. - Brady Stafford does it again, this time with two out, top of the seventh inning. The St. Thomas Storm catcher hit a three-run bomb lifting the Storm over the Appin A's, 6-4, in a come back effort in game two of the South Middlesex men's fastball league final. Stafford finished with five RBIs, while Mark Coleman went three for three, with one walk, a RBI and two runs scored.
The Storm lead the best of five game series, two games to none.

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October 1, 2019

St. Thomas Storm mercies Appin in league final opener

FINGAL, ON. - The St. Thomas Storm wasted no time taking the opener of the South Middlesex Men's Fastball League final.
Starting with a first inning Mark Coleman two run bomb and capped by a Brady Stafford grand slam, the Storm needed only about one hour, for a 9-1 five inning mercy of the Appin A's.

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September 30, 2019

St. Thomas Storm settles in to face Appin A's in South Middlesex final

ST. THOMAS - It is a cleansing of past memories that haunted the St. Thomas Storm. For the first time in seven years, the Storm eliminated the Alvinston Aces in the playoffs, clinching their semifinal series in the fifth and deciding game, with a 13-6 win at Alvinston, on Friday. St. Thomas faces the Appin A's, in the South Middlesex Men's Fastball League final, starting Tuesday night, 8 p.m. in Fingal.

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September 24, 2019

Long ball helps Aces tie series with Storm

FINGAL, ON. - Two long time rivals are going the distance. Bryan Johnson hit two home runs and Taylor DeGraw tossed a complete game four-hitter, as the Alvinston Aces defeated the St. Thomas Storm, 5-1, forcing a fifth game in their South Middlesex Men's Fastball League semifinal.

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September 10, 2019

NCAA women's fast pitch star now coaching Springfield Brewers

SPRINGFIELD, ON. - Courtney Gilbert remembers her early days learning how to play fast pitch. Now the career for the former Team Canada member and recent NCAA graduate has come full circle.
Gilbert was out teaching Under-10 girls various aspects of the game, including pitching, base running and fielding ground balls, at a clinic for the Springfield Brewers on Saturday.

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August 21, 2019

Brewers fastpitch hand out their hardware

SPRINGFIELD, ON. - The Springfield Brewers fast pitch association handed out the hardware at their annual awards banquet. Offensive player of the Year: Carter Ruddock; Defensive player of the Year: Ali Altiman; Coach of the Year: Courtney Gilbert; Pitcher of the Year: Meg McCallum; Fan of the Year: Hannah Lahn; Love of the Game award: Kyle Eyndhoven.


July 27, 2019

Masters and Men's fastball at St. Thomas Storm Invitational

FINGAL, ON. –  Fastball is in the air featuring teams in two divisions, Men's and Masters/Legends, at the St. Thomas Storm Invitational. The three day tournament concludes with the master's/Legends final, Sunday, at 12:30 p.m. and men's final, at 2:30 p.m.

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July 14, 2019

St. Thomas Storm second in South Middlesex League

ST. THOMAS - With a 8-2 record, the St. Thomas Storm are sitting second in the South Middlesex Fastball League, behind the 10-1 Alvinston Aces. The Aces edged St. Thomas, 2-1, in early June. The teams meet again in Alvinston, August 1. The Aces' lone setback was to Appin, 7-6, in late June. Chippawa has also defeated St. Thomas.
Port Stanley sits eighth in the league, while Dutton continues to seek a first victory of the season.


September 27, 2018

Alvinston leads Appin in South Middlesex final

ALVINSTON, ON. - The Alvinston Aces have the advantage in the best of five South Middlesex Men's Fastball League final.
The Aces scored two runs in the first, third and fourth innings, on their way to a 6-0 game one win. Jamie Shields went two-for-four, for the Aces, with one RBI. Ryan Chapman had a RBI double and drew two walks, while Rowan Lam finished with a single, walk, stolen base and run scored. Andy Triest, Aaron Stocking and Taylor DeGraw each drove in a run and Joe Triest had a single and one walk.
Appin stranded 11 base runners. Adam Fletcher had two hits for the A's, while Jeff Lyons was one-for-two and two base on balls.
During the semifinals against Highgate, Appin rallied from down two games to none to take the series in five games. Kevin Eichenberger had a pair of two-out RBI singles, in Appin's game five 7-3 win.


August 31, 2018

Appin's Lyons all-star catcher at senior Canadians

APPIN, ON. - Jeff Lyons, who plays for the Appin A's, in the South Middlesex league, was named all-star catcher, playing for the Elmria Expos, at the 2018 Canadian senior men's fastpitch championships. The Expos lost to the Sooke Loggers, from B.C., 2-1, in the semifinals. Lyons will be back in the Appin lineup, in time for a best of five game semifinal against the Highgate Rock, starting Thursday, September 6.



August 27, 2018

A's calm the Storm sweeping SMMFL semifinal

APPIN, ON. –  There will be no third consecutive trip to the final for the St. Thomas Storm. Greg Moore tossed four and two-thirds shutout innings, of relief pitching, to lead the Appin A's past St. Thomas, 8-4, to complete a three game sweep of the Southern Middlesex Men's Fastball League series. Nate Johnson drove the A's offence, batting three for three and driving in three runs, while Jeff Lyons belted a late game solo home run. St. Thomas won the SMMFL championship, in 2016 and lost to the Alvinston Aces, in the 2017 final.

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August 26, 2018

Springfield fourth at U16 Eastern Canadians

DARTMOUTH, NS - The Springfield Brewers finished fourth, out of 12 teams, at the Eastern Canadian U16 women's softball championship. The Brewers fell 4-2, to Quebec, in a quarterfinal this morning. Springfield, the Ontario champions, went 4-2 overall, their first loss coming in pool play to P.E.I. Quebec went on to beat the London Lightning (ON2), 7-5, in the third place game, to advance to the final against P.E.I. London placed third, after a 5-0 pool record, and a 1-0 loss to P.E.I., in the game between the pool winners, before facing Quebec.



August 25, 2018

Brewers advance to quarterfinals with 4-1 pool record

DARTMOUTH, NS - The Springfield Brewers finished 4-1 in pool play, advancing to the quarterfinals, at the Eastern Canadian U16 women's softball championship.
The Brewers edged Nova Scotia Two, before falling 11-0 to PEI One, on day three of the four day tournament. Springfield takes on Quebec, Sunday at 9 a.m. local time. The winner advances to the semifinals (11 a.m.) and a shot a medal in the afternoon.



August 24, 2018

Brewers now 3-0 at U16 Eastern Canadians

DARTMOUTH, NS - The Springfield Brewers improved to 3-0, at the Eastern Canadian U16 women's softball championship, with a 14-3 win over New Brunswick Two. Earlier today, Springfield, aka Ontario One, dumped Nova Scotia Three, 8-3. The Brewers opened with a 7-3 win over Newfoundland One, on Thursday, day one of the four day tournament.
Springfield won the Ontario Provincial Women's Softball Association bantam II A title, July 27-29, to qualify for the Eastern Canadians.

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August 23, 2018

Appin takes 2-0 series lead over St. Thomas

FINGAL, ON - The St. Thomas Storm will need more clutch hits and fewer men left on base, if they want their season to extend beyond next game. A six run outburst in their opening at bat carried the Appin A’s over St. Thomas, 11-3, in six innings, for a two games to none lead, in their best of five series, for the South Middlesex Men’s Fastball League.

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