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August 6, 2023

Nova Scotia sinks Tomcats' medal hopes

STONEWALL, Man. - Nova Scotia sunk the St. Thomas Tomcats' hopes for Canadian gold. Nova Scotia scored three runs in the first inning, setting sail to a 7-0 shutout of the Tomcats, in a quarterfinal this evening at the 2023 National 22U men's baseball championship. The Tomcats never got their offence going held to just four singles and four walks, by Nova Scotia pitcher Hunter Canning.


August 5, 2023

Tomcats walk off rival Guelph

STONEWALL, Man. - After getting walked off in their previous game, the St. Thomas Tomcats produced their walk-off magic. The Tomcats, as Ontario 1, scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh, rallying to defeat Ontario 2, the Guelph Silvercreeks, this afternoon at the National 22U men's baseball championship. A throwing error to first base allowed Thorndale's Noah Grant to reach first base and three runs to score on the play. The Tomcats finish pool play at 3-1, and face Nova Scotia in the quarterfinals later this afternoon. Down 7-3 entering the home half of the seventh, Alex Brown walked, Ethan Seymour got hit by a pitch and Ben Morrison walked, before a passed ball allowed Brown to score. Brad Verhoeven singled another run, making it 7-5. Noah Williams was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs, bringing Grant to the plate. Grant hit a dribbler to the third basemen who had to run in for a ball. He sailed the ball down the first base line, allowing all on base to score. St. Thomas scored three in the third, for a 3-0 lead. Ontario 2 put up runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Each team only had five hits. Ben Morrison had two of the Tomcats' five hits.


August 5, 2023

Quebec walks off Tomcats

STONEWALL, Man. - Team Quebec handed the St. Thomas Tomcats, Ontario 1, their first loss in walk-off fashion. Quebec scored in the bottom of the seventh inning, to edge the Tomcats, 9-8, on day two at the 2023 National 22U men's baseball championship.
Six runs in the third inning gave Quebec an 8-2 lead. The Tomcats battled back to tie, scoring two runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Noah Williams had two hits, a base on balls and a pair of RBIs for the Tomcats. Noah Grant also drove in two runs.
St. Thomas faces Ontario 2, the Guelph Silvercreeks (2-1), Saturday morning. Quarterfinals follow in the afternoon. Manitoba One leads the standings at 3-0.


August 4, 2023

Tomcats explode for two wins on day one Canadians

STONEWALL, Man. - Offence powered the St. Thomas Tomcats on opening day. The Tomcats, as Ontario 1, defeated Saskatchewan, 13-6 and host team, Manitoba2, 13-3, on day one of the 2023 National 22U men's baseball championship.
In game one, Saskatchewan led 2-0 and 4-3 early, but the Tomcats scored six runs in the fourth inning, for a 10-5 lead. The Tomcats disappointed the host fans, scoring runs in four of the seven innings, including five runs in the fifth.
Charles Bowman led the way with seven hits, including a inside-the-park home run, driving in five runs over the two games. Noah Williams had four RBIs against Saskatchewan and a RBI double versus Manitoba2. Anthony Polowick punched out a RBI triple and scored on a single from Ethan Seymour. All areas of the game were present for the Tomcats, hitting, pitching, defence and base running. Against Manitoba2, catcher Brad Verhoeven threw out a base runner attempting to steal third base and Noah Grant made a sliding catch in center field for the third out, with the bases loaded. Tomcats' starting pitcher Jaryd Lund was named player of the game against Manitoba, striking out seven batter over four innings worked.


July 17, 2023

Tomcats provincial 22U men's champions

DORCHESTER. Ont. - Alex Springer had no problem being a starting pitcher on this day. Usually a closer, Springer stepped on the hill for the biggest game of the season thus far and led the St. Thomas Tomcats to an Ontario U22 men's baseball title, edging the Guelph Silvercreeks, 3-2, this morning, at the Field of Dreams. Springer went six complete innings, allowing just a pair of walks until the sixth. Ben Hubert closed out the seventh inning.  Both teams head to the Canadian 22U championship, August 3-6, in Stonewell, Manitoba.

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July 16, 2023

Tomcats heading to Nationals

DORCHESTER, Ont. - Pack the bags. The St. Thomas Tomcats are heading west. Jaryd Lund pitched a complete seven inning game four hitter, leading the Tomcats to a 6-0 shutout of the Newmarket Hawks, in a Baseball Ontario 22U Elimination semifinal, this evening at Field of Dreams. The win earns the ball club a spot at the Canadian 22U men's championships, August 3-6, in Stonewell, Manitoba. Before that flight, the Tomcats have the provincial final against the Guelph Silvercreeks, here Monday at 10 a.m. Earlier today, Guelph handed St. Thomas their first loss of the tournament, with a 5-1 victory. Guelph and St. Thomas will both represent Ontario on the National stage.

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July 15, 2023

Tomcats lone undefeated team

DORCHESTER, Ont. - Only one now is 4-0.The St. Thomas Tomcats are the lone remaining undefeated team at the Baseball Ontario U22 men's championship and one win away from a trip to Canadians. Noah Williams capped a 7-6 comeback win over Newmarket Hawks with a base clearing double in the top of the sixth inning, during the battle of 3-0 teams Saturday afternoon at the Field of Dreams. The Tomcats need one win for a spot at the 22U men's Canadian championship, August 3-6 in Stonewell, Manitoba. Two teams will represent Ontario at the National tournament.

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July 14, 2023

Tomcats 2-0 at Provincial Eliminations

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Tomcats are 2-0. The Tomcats won a pair basically one run games on day one of Baseball Ontario 22U Eliminations, a three day tournament played in five communities. A RBI double by Noah Grant in the third inning held up as the game winning hit, as the Tomcats edged Tecumseh, 2-1, Friday night in Exeter.

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July 11, 2023

Tomcats split league double-header

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Tomcats earned a split with the first place Guelph Silvercreeks during a double-header Sunday at Emslie Field. Guelph leads the Junior Intercountry Baseball League with a 10-5-1 record, three points up on Brantford (9-6-0).
St. Thomas sits fifth, with a 5-6-2 record, nine points back of Guelph. The Tomcats are 13-7-4 overall, with league, exhibition and tournament games. The Silvercreeks scored three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh, for a 7-2 win in game one of the twin bill.
In game two, Tomcats' Charles Bowman and Ethan Seymore, both had two hits and one RBI, in a 5-3 win. Brad Verhoeven also delivered a pair of singles. This coming weekend, the Tomcats have Baseball Ontario 22U Elimination championship, starting Friday, 10 a.m. at Emslie Field. The Tomcats take on Oshawa and the game will be the lone game in St. Thomas. The majority of games are at Dorchester.

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June 26, 2023

Tomcats 2-1 at senior tourney

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Tomcats won two of three games at the Lakeside Invitational senior tournament but missed advancing to semifinals over the weekend. In pool play, the Strathroy Royals were 3-0, while five teams including the junior Tomcats had 2-1 records. A tie-breaker for three of the four semifinal spots, eliminated the Tomcats. The Etobicoke Rangers won the 12-team event, edging the Brampton Royals, 7-6, in the final June 26 at Aldridge Park. In the semifinals, Brampton mercied Strathroy, 13-1, while Etobicoke got by Erindale, 4-1. St. Thomas opened with a 9-4 win against the Leaside Leafs, Friday at Emslie Field. Charles Bowman had two hits and two RBIs and Ben Morrison drove in three runs. The Tomcats fell to the Sarnia Brigade, 10-5, before defeating the Brampton Royals, 6-4. Alex Brown had two RBIs against Sarnia.


June 20, 2023

Offense ignites as Tomcats win tourney

VAUGHAN, Ont. - The bats were on fire for the St. Thomas Tomcats. After dropping their opening game to the Waterloo Tigers, the Tomcats reeled off five consecutive wins, including a 14-5 win over Waterloo in the junior final, to capture the Vaughan baseball tournament June 18. Noah Williams led the way with a home run, three singles and five RBI, while Chris Godden had a trio of singles. Pitcher Josh Krautner picked up the win working 4.2 innings. St. Thomas outscored opponents 63 to 19, over their six games, led by eight home runs. Williams hit three, Brad Verhoeven, two, and one each from Anthony Polowick, Ben Morrison and Carson Lumley. Offensive leaders were Williams, Verhoeven and Tyler Mosher, while Krautner and Jaryd Lund were pitching aces.
St Thomas fell to Waterloo, 6-4, in game one Friday, but rebounded with a pair of mercies against Northumberland and Scarborough on Saturday. Williams drove in the runs as the Tomcats dumped the Guelph Silvercreeks, 9-5, in the quarterfinals. Mosher had a pair of hits, while Noah Grant drew three free passes to first base. The Tomcats pounded out 14 hits in a 9-2 shelling of Burlington in the semifinals. Polowick and Charles Bowman and led the charge with three hits each, while Lumley had two hits and two RBI.


May 19, 2023

Tomcats tie Waterloo

ST. THOMAS - There were lots of hits, runs and errors, but not a win. The St. Thomas Tomcats and Waterloo Tigers settled for a 9-9 tie in Junior Intercounty Baseball Thursday at Emslie Field. St. Thomas led 5-2, until Waterloo scored six runs in the fourth inning. The Tomcats tied the game in the seventh inning and the teams traded runs in the eighth and final inning. Noah Williams drove in four runs on three hits for the Tomcats. Tomcats' pitchers Alex Springer and Cole Langham in three innings each struck out four batters. Both teams had 10 hits and combined for five errors.


May 17, 2023

Tomcats drop 2023 season opener

GUELPH, Ont. - Four runs in the fifth inning carried the Guelph Silvercreeks to a 9-5 win over St. Thomas Tomcats tonight in Junior Intercounty Baseball. Guelph led 5-4 going into the home half of the fifth. In just two innings pitched, Tomcats Jordan Springer struck out four batters, throwing eight first pitch strikes. Dimtri Wolterbeek and Charles Bowman, each had a RBI for St. Thomas. Anthony Polowick walked to first base three times and Brad Verhoeven drew a pair of base on balls.


May 14, 2023

Williams' four RBIs lead Tomcats

ST. THOMAS - Noah Williams had three hits and drove in four runs as the St. Thomas Tomcats defeated Sarnia, 11-7, in a junior baseball exhibition game today at Emslie Field. Today was the first time this year the Tomcats have been together outside, let alone practice or game. Dimtri Wolterbeek had two RBIs for the Tomcats. The Tomcats scored runs in six different innings. Leading 8-7 after six innings, the Tomcats scored three runs in the seventh. St. Thomas pitchers Aiden Gagnon and Cole Langham, each struck out three batters. The teams combined for seven errors. St. Thomas opens the Junior Intercounty League season Wednesday at Guelph.


August 12, 2022

Tomcats open playoffs victorious

KITCHENER, Ont. - Turning three double plays, helped the St. Thomas Tomcats open the Junior Intercounty Baseball Association playoffs with a victory. Jaryd Lund pitched four and one-third innings, allowing just a run, in a 7-1 win over Welland, tonight at at Jack Couch Stadium. Aaron Rutherford finished the game, tossing two and two-thirds scoreless innings. Anthony Polowick batted two-for-three, including a double.



July 23, 2022

Tomcats down Windsor

WINDSOR, Ont. - The St. Thomas Tomcats are looking for a third straight win at the Ontario Baseball 22U Elimination tournament. St. Thomas defeated Windsor Selects, 8-3, today, and after receiving a fourth round bye, play East York Sunday morning.
With a 2-1 record, the Tomcats must win to keep title hopes alive.


July 22, 2022

Tomcats stay alive

WINDSOR, Ont. - The St. Thomas Tomcats remain alive at the Ontario Baseball 22U Elimination tournament. The Tomcats led 6-0 after four innings, but needed an extra inning to get by Welland, 10-9, this afternoon. Now at 1-1, St. Thomas takes on the Windsor Selects, Saturday, at 10 a.m.


July 11, 2022

Tomcats win five of past six games

ST. THOMAS - With the Ontario Baseball 22U Elimination tournament around the corner, the St. Thomas Tomcats are coming into playoff form. Over the past seven days, the Tomcats won five of six games, including both games of a double-header, against Welland, Sunday, at Emslie Field. In the second game, the Tomcats scored eight runs in the sixth inning, to walk off Welland, in a 14-4 mercy. St. Thomas beat Welland, 10-7, in game one.

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July 8, 2022

Tomcats improve to 7-4

ST. THOMAS - This week is a busy stretch of the season for the St. Thomas Tomcats. Six games over seven days has the Tomcats at the ball park almost every day this week, including a double-header, at Emslie Field, Sunday. The Tomcats improved to 7-4, in the Junior Intercounty Baseball League, doubling up on Waterloo, 4-2. MacGuire Gordon was three for four and Will Pollard went three-for-five.

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July 2, 2022

Tomcats focus on provincials

ST. THOMAS - It has been five years since the St. Thomas Tomcats have been at the Canadian 22U men's baseball championship. That season, in 2017, the Tomcats brought home a bronze medal, from the tournament played in Gatineau, Quebec and Ottawa. A year later, the Tomcats hosted the National event, but were eliminated in the quarterfinals. Those years may seem a distant memory, thanks to the COVID pandemic wiping out the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
The Tomcats are back at Emslie field, competing in the Junior Intercounty League and preparing for the upcoming provincial Eliminations.

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June 25, 2022

Tomcats 1-2 at Lakeside tourney

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Tomcats finished 1-2 this weekend in the Lakeside Tigers Invitational senior baseball tournament. The junior team lost to Etobicoke, 9-3, on Friday and Milton, 6-3, this morning, before defeating Ilderton, 8-5. The 12-team tournament, has East York, Brampton, Milton and Tecumseh, moving on to Sunday's semifinals


May 26, 2022

Tomcats rally over Guelph

ST. THOMAS -  The St. Thomas Tomcats fell behind 3-0, in the first inning, but rallied for a 8-4 win over the Guelph Silvercreeks, in Junior Intercounty Baseball, tonight at Emslie Field.
Guelph greeted the home side, scoring three runs on four hits and a pair of walks, in the opening inning. St. Thomas scored two runs in each of the first, second, fourth and eighth innings. Alex Pettipiece was three-for-four, including a RBI double, while Danny Beuttel, was one for three, with two walks and a stolen base. Will Pollard had a RBI double and Nick Brooks, a single and one base on balls.  Eric Pettipiece, picked up the win, throwing three innings, in relief of starter Connor Ambrogio who worked the first four innings. Alex Springer tossed the final two innings. The Tomcats move to 3-2. -


August 15, 2021

Tomcats capture Junior Intercounty title

ST. THOMAS -  The St. Thomas Tomcats are Junior Intercounty Baseball Association champions. Two graduating players, Josh Hare and Zach Banks, had key roles as the Tomcats defeated the Welland Jr. Jackfish, 5-2, this afternoon, at Emslie Field. 
Both Hare and Banks hail from St. Thomas and started their baseball careers with the St. Thomas Cardinals. Originally scheduled to be a best of three game series, Friday and Saturday dates were cancelled due to a covid positive case.

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August 10, 2021

Tomcats shutout Brantford to advance to Junior Baseball final

ST. THOMAS - It took a couple of evenings, but the St. Thomas Tomcats have advanced to the Junior Intercounty Baseball final. St. Thomas held on to their 2-0 advantage, to shutout the Brantford Jr. Red Sox, in their semifinal, at Emslie Field.
The Tomcats were leading in the top of the fourth inning on Monday night, before rain forced the game to be completed 24 hours later. All of the scoring came in the second inning, on a wild pitch and a RBI single from Will Pollard.
Tomcats' catcher Dylan Howard threw out two base runners, one at second base in the sixth inning and the other at first base in the seventh and final inning, to help perserve the lead.

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August 9, 2021

Rain extends St. Thomas - Brantford semifinal to Tuesday

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Tomcats will try for a second day to advance to the Junior Intercounty Baseball final. Rain prevented the Tomcats and Brantford Jr. Red Sox from finishing their semifinal tonight, extending the game over to Tuesday.
The Tomcats were leading 2-0, in the top of the fourth inning, when a huge rain cloud blew in from off of Lake Erie. The game will resume on Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m., with Brantford having runners on first and second.
St. Thomas scored twice in the second inning, on a wild pitch and a RBI single from Will Pollard.


August 8, 2021

Tomcats clinch Junior Intercounty's top spot

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas have finished first in the Junior Intercounty Baseball League. Wins over the Brantford Jr. Red Sox and Kitchener Panthers, on Saturday, clinched top spot for the Tomcats, with an 8-3 record.
League playoffs begin quickly as the Tomcats host a one game semifinal, against Brantford, Monday, 7:30 p.m., at Emslie Field.

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July 27, 2021

Pitchers leads Tomcats in a 4-1 road win

KITCHENER, Ont. - Pitchers Connor Ambrogio and Mason Newell combined for a six hitter and struck out 12 batters, to lead the St. Thomas Tomcats to a 4-1 win over the Kitchener Panthers.

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July 25, 2021

St. Thomas sweeps double-header against Stratford

ST. THOMAS - Led by the continued hot bat of Alex Fishback, the St. Thomas Tomcats won both games of a twin bill against the Stratford Nationals, 3-2 and 11-1, today at Emslie Field.

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July 23, 2021

Fishback leads Tomcats hooking a win over Guelph

ST. THOMAS - Alex Fishback helped the St. Thomas Tomcats hook a comeback victory. The second baseman had three RBIs, including a two-run double giving the Tomcats a 5-3 lead in the fifth inning, on their way to defeating the Guelph Silvercreeks, 7-3, in Junior Intercounty Baseball at Emslie Field. Guelph led 3-1 after four innings, capitalizing on a couple St. Thomas errors.

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July 22, 2021

Five run fourth lifts Tomcats over Silvercreeks

GUELPH, Ont. - A five run fourth inning carried the St. Thomas Tomcats pass the Guelph Silvercreeks, 7-5, Wednesday in the Junior Intercounty Baseball League. Trailing 2-1, after three innings, the Tomcats scored five times with two out, to grab a 6-2 lead.

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July 18, 2021

Tomcats split home double-header with Welland

ST. THOMAS - In their return to Emslie Field after nearly a two year absence, the St. Thomas Tomcats split a double-header with the visiting Welland Jackfish. In game one which counted towards the standings, the Jackfish silenced the Tomcats, with a five hit 7-0 shutout. The Tomcats found their offence midway through game two, an exhibition tilt, to strike back with a 17-12 win The Tomcats are 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the Junior Intercounty Baseball League standings.

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July 15, 2021

After two years of eerie silence the Tomcats are back at Emslie

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas boys of summer are back. Nearly two years without a pitch at Emslie Field, the St. Thomas Tomcats are returning to the historic ball park Sunday noon for their home opener.
It will be the beginning of a lot of baseball until mid August, including hosting the Baseball Ontario provincial 22U championship, on the August long weekend.
For this season, it's 22U instead of 21U, allowing players born in 1999 to play a final season, after last year was cancelled.

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July 13, 2021

St. Thomas pitchers silence Hamilton in 9-0 shutout

HAMILTON, Ont. - Brad Verhoeven, Josh Hare and Jackson Van Bakel, each drove in two runs, to lead the St. Thomas Tomcats in a 9-0 seven inning mercy shutout, of the Hamilton Jr. Cardinals, Monday, in Junior Intercounty Baseball.
The Tomcats are 2-1 in league play and host the Brantford Jr. Red Sox, Friday, at Emslie Field, for their home opener.

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July 9, 2021

Tomcats capitalize in a wild affair for a 5-2 win

STRATFORD, Ont. - The St. Thomas Tomcats capitalized on some wild pitching by the Stratford Nationals, for a 5-2 win, in the Junior Intercounty Baseball League.
Trailing 1-0 after one inning, the Tomcats scored three times in the second inning, aided by three hit batsmen and two base on balls.

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August 4, 2019

Tomcats sent packing early from Eliminations

OSHAWA, ON. - The St. Thomas Tomcats are coming home earlier than hoped. The Mississauga Tigers handed the Tomcats their second loss, a 9-4 defeat this morning, at the Baseball Ontario Junior Elimination championship. St. Thomas finishes 3-2, short of their goal of advancing to the final and a return to the Canadians. The Tomcats will conclude the 2019 season by completing the remainder of their schedule for the Southwestern Senior League.


August 3, 2019

Split means Tomcats face must wins to stay alive

OSHAWA, ON. - The St. Thomas Tomcats are 3-1 after two days at the Baseball Ontario Junior Elimination championship.
The Tomcats were edged by the Etobicoke Rangers, 7-6 in their second game today. Tied at six, heading into the seventh, two errors led to the Rangers' winning run.
It is a must win situation Sunday morning against the Mississauga Tigers, a team the Tomcats beat 16-10 earlier today to improve to 3-0.
Josh Hare had solo home runs in both St. Thomas games.
Eight teams remain at the tournament, down from 23, with Etobicoke and the Windsor Selects undefeated.
The final is Monday, with both teams earning spots at Canadians, August 15-18th, in Gatineau, Quebec.



August 2, 2019

Tomcats win opening two games at Eliminations

OSHAWA, ON. - The St. Thomas Tomcats are 2-0 after day one at the Baseball Ontario Junior Elimination championship.
The Tomcats opened the four day tournament doubling up on the High Park Braves, 8-4, Friday afternoon. A 5-0 blanking of the East York Bulldogs followed this evening.
Pitcher Travis Keys won game one, while Zack Banks took the win in game two, striking out eight batters over six innings.
Daniel Lichty had a two-run double versus High Park and Josh Hare belted a base clearing triple against East York, for the Tomcats' key hits in each game.
"The team was prepared. We were ready to go both games," Tomcats' manager Arizona Phoenix said. "We scored in the first inning of both games."
St. Thomas takes on the Mississauga Tigers, Saturday, at 12:30 p.m. and will play a second game no matter the result.
Twenty three teams are battling to advance to the final on Monday and a berth at Canadians, August 15-18th, in Gatineau, Quebec.


August 1, 2019

Tomcats armed for run at Provincial Junior Eliminations

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Tomcats’ senior players feel this year’s team is the deepest of the past three seasons. Depth in terms of pitching, a key component every season in winning Baseball Ontario’s Junior Elimination tournament, that begins Friday in Oshawa. Twenty three teams will be battling to advance to the final and a berth at Canadians, August 15-18th, in Gatineau, Quebec.

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May 18, 2019

Tomcats open junior season eyeing Elims and Canadians

ST. THOMAS - Another season of St. Thomas Tomcat baseball is in the air. The boys are summer return with their annual goals of the provincial junior elimination tournament and going for a medal at Canadians. Arizona Phoenix steps up as team manager, after Bob Lofgren stepped down following last season. Phoenix is familiar with the Tomcats, having been the assistant coach for the past two seasons. His background also includes five years coaching with the London Badgers organization. Matt Gooding returns as hitting coach, while Kyle Zimmer (pitching) Tom Johnston and Paul Pettipiece join the staff.

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August 19, 2018

Bottom of seventh rally lifts Mississauga North over Windsor

ST. THOMAS (10 p.m.) - Noah Wood Jolivet will go down in Mississauga sports forklore. With one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Wood-Jolivet punched out what is now his biggest hit of his career, a RBI single scoring Johnny Liu, to lift Mississauga North over the Windsor Selects, 6-5, in the 21U men’s National baseball championship gold medal game, at Emslie Field.
New Brunswick dumped Quebec, 7-2, to win the bronze medal, leaving the four time champions off the podium this year.

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August 19, 2018

New Brunswick eliminates St. Thomas in 21U quarterfinals

ST. THOMAS (11:30 a.m.) - There will no medal this year for the St. Thomas Tomcats. New Brunswick upended the host team, with a 7-3 win in a quarterfinal, at the 21U men's National baseball championship, at Emslie Field. Pitcher Dominic Tardiff scattered seven hits over six innings, striking out six Tomcats, leading New Brunswick to an upset win. Although 1-3 in pool play, New Brunswick wasted no time jumping out to an early 3-0, thanks to a Nicholas LeBlanc homer. The Tomcats tied the game in the third, but failed to capitalize on a bases loaded one out situation. New Brunswick responded with two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth.
Windsor also pulled out an upset in the other quarterfinal, eliminating the Oshawa Legionaires, the Ontario champions, with a 2-1 win.

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August 18, 2018

Tomcats rout Nova Scotia advancing to quarters at 21U Nationals

ST. THOMAS (11:30 p.m.) -  The quest for a medal now begins. The St. Thomas Tomcats are one of six surviving teams, advancing from their pool, following a 12-3 sinking of Nova Scotia, at the 21U men’s National baseball championship, at Emslie Field. St. Thomas finishes pool play at 3-1 and will face New Brunswick (1-3), in a quarterfinal, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, at Emslie Field.

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August 18, 2018

Martin bombs lifts Quebec over St. Thomas in battle of 2-0 teams

ST. THOMAS (3 p.m.) -  Jonathan Martin put Quebec in the driver's seat.
Martin hit a pair of homers, including a three run bomb, to lead Quebec over the St. Thomas Tomcats, 8-7, in a showdown of their pool's 2-0 teams, at the 21U Men's National baseball championship, at Emslie Field.
Quebec moves to 3-0 and has the inside lane to finish first in their pool, earning a bye to the semifinals. Quebec led 5-0, thanks to Martin's homers and 8-4, heading into the seventh inning, but the Tomcats never rolled over. Troy Lofgren smacked a grand slam, making it a 5-4 game. Daniel Lichty batted four for four.

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August 18, 2018

Tomcats improve to 2-0 with late, late night victory over Saskatchewan

ST. THOMAS (2 a.m.) -  While most people were sleeping or perhaps just leaving the local bar, the St. Thomas Tomcats were playing baseball. It was late night, or early morning, but certainly a midnight oasis, as the Tomcats improved to 2-0, holding on to defeat Saskatchewan, 6-5, at the 2018 21U men's National championship, at Emslie Field.

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August 17, 2018

Tomcats beat familiar provincial rival in 21U opener

ST. THOMAS (8 p.m.) -  Travis Keys and his St. Thomas Tomcats teammates had to wait 24 hours longer, but then they had the pleasure of defeating one of their provincial rivals. Keys worked four innings on the hill, striking out five batters, as the Tomcats defeated the Windsor Selects, 5-2, in their opening game, to the 21U men’s National baseball championship, at Emslie Field. The 10-team tournament, originally scheduled to start Thursday morning, was delayed an entire day due to the inclement weather and wet field conditions. St. Thomas plays Saskatchewan tonight.

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August 15, 2018

Nova Scotia's Sanford wins 21U home run derby

ST. THOMAS -  It may not have been as thrilling as hitting baseballs into the Pacific Ocean, but Jake Sanford still took pleasure sending the stitched horsehide into the night sky at Emslie Field.
The six-foot four outfielder from Team Nova Scotia, won the home run derby at the Baseball Canada 21u men's championship, out-slugging Oshawa Legionnaire Brendon Dadson and Windsor Select's Gibson Krzeminski, in the final round.

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August 14, 2018

Tomcats ready to face nation at 21U championship

ST. THOMAS -  The St. Thomas Tomcats are ready to take on the the country. The local junior team is hosting Baseball Canada’s 2018 21U men’s championship, with games starting Thursday, at both Emslie and Cardinal Fields. A home run contest kicks off the tournament, Wednesday, 6 p.m at Emslie. Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan will be represented, along with Ontario teams, Oshawa, Mississauga North and Windsor.

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July 13, 2018

Victory moves Tomcats above .500

ST. THOMAS -  The St. Thomas Tomcats had to hang on for the win, but the Junior baseball club now sits two games above .500 for the first time this season. A 6-5 win over the Ilderton Red Army, at Emslie Field, improves the Tomcats to 7-5, in the Southwestern Senior Baseball League. The Tomcats are three and games behind the first place Strathroy Royals (10-1).

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July 8, 2018

Tomcats split exhibition double header with rival Windsor Selects

ST. THOMAS -  It may have been just exhibition but the St. Thomas Tomcats and Windsor Selects both wanted two victories. Not surprising considering both clubs are two of the top junior programs in the province. They have also been the finalists in the Ontario Baseball Association Junior Elimination tournament for the past two years. The rivals split a double-header, Sunday, at Emslie Field, with the Tomcats taking game one, 6-2, while the Selects grabbed game two, 11-8. At last year's 21U Nationals, in Gatineau, Quebec, Windsor took the silver medal, losing to Team Quebec in the final, while the Tomcats brought home the bronze medal.

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August 20, 2017

Tomcats bring home bronze in extra inning thriller

GATINEAU, QC. -  The St. Thomas Tomcats did it again in extra innings and this time it earned them hardware.
Travis Keys delivered a two-out double, scoring Troy Lofgren, in the top half of the eighth inning, to lift the Tomcats over Saskatchewan, 3-2, in the bronze medal game, at the Baseball Canada 21U men's championship, at Parc Sancartier.
Pitcher Matthew Bowden picked up the win in bronze game, allowing just two hits and a base on balls, in three innings of relief work. Less than 24 hours earlier, St. Thomas eliminated host Hull-Volant Gatineau, by the same score, in 10 innings.
Quebec won the gold medal, defeating Windsor,

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August 20, 2017

Quebec silences Tomcats in semifinals

GATINEAU, QC. (11:30 a.m.) - The St. Thomas Tomcats will go for a bronze medal.
Vincent Ruel tossed a no-hitter over six innings, as Quebec blanked the Tomcats, 10-0, in a Baseball Canada 21U semi-final, at Parc Sancartier.
The Tomcats threatened in the top of the first inning, loading the bases, thanks to a pair of errors and a walk, but Quebec escaped without allowing a run. That would the most noise the Tomcats could muster against Ruel, who only walked two batters, while striking out six.
Quebec scored three runs in the home half of the first and added to their total in every inning except the second frame.



August 19, 2017

Keys turns on 'gutsiest' performance in marathon victory

GATINEAU, QC. (11 p.m.) -  The Travis Keys was on.
The St. Thomas Tomcats' pitcher went in to overtime, scattering six hits over nine innings, while striking out 12 batters, to win a 10 inning, three hour marathon, 3-2, over host Hull-Volant Gatineau,  in the quarter-finals, at the 21U Canadian championship, at Parc Sanscartier.
Michael Mommersteeg earned the saved, working the 10th the third and final extra inning.
Matthew Bowden went two-for-three, for the Tomcats, driving in a run and drawing a base on balls. Dan Lichty and Jacob Mansfield both had two singles, while Lawson Burnett had single and two walks. Troy Lofgren delivered the winning single, set up by a Mommersteeg sac bunt.
The Tomcats face Quebec in a semi-final, Sunday morning.

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August 19, 2017

Tomcats' bats sink Nova Scotia

OTTAWA ON. (2:30 p.m.) -  The St. Thomas Tomcats have earned a spot in the Baseball Canada 21U quarterfinals.
The Tomcats made quick work of Nova Scotia, routing their final pool play opponent, 18-1, in four innings, at Ottawa Stadium.
St. Thomas now faces tournament host Hull-Volant Gatineau, 8 p.m. tonight.
Thanks to St. Thomas and Saskatchewan, having both 2-2 records and both beating P.E.I. (1-2), both teams know they advance from their pool before preliminary games were complete. Windsor (4-0) and Quebec (3-0, game remaining vs P.E.I.) have clinched first place in their respective divisions.
Travis Keys led the Tomcats against Nova Scotia, going four-for-four, including a game ending 3-run homer, to give him a game high five RBI.
Jacob Mansfield went three-for-three, including a triple and scored four times, while Daniel Lichty had two singles and three RBI. Troy Lofgren reached base four times, thanks to two singles and being hit by a pitch twice and the Tomcats' catcher scored every time.


August 18, 2017

Saskatchewan gives Tomcats ole' prairie thrashing

OTTAWA ON. (11:30 p.m.) -  Like a combine beating the grain away from the stalks on a prairie wheat field, Saskatchewan gave the St. Thomas Tomcats a thrashing.
Saskatchewan picked up their first win dumping the Tomcats, 14-2, in six innings, at the Baseball Canada 21U championship.
"We weren't prepared and didn't play as we should have," Tomcats third baseman Garan Stevens said. "Big game tomorrow that we have to show up and get the job done."
Saskatchewan led 3-2 after one inning and 5-2 after four, before exploding for nine runs, in the sixth inning, to mercy the Tomcats.
"The game got away from us," Stevens added. "Couple knocks here and there for them, with some errors and walks, we lost control of the game."
Tomcats' Daniel Lichty went one-for-two, drew a walk and scord a run, while Jacob Mansfield, was one-for-two, with a RBI. The Tomcats made five errors, including two in the first inning.
St. Thomas faces a must win against Nova Scotia (1-2), Saturday morning, to keep quarter-final hopes alive. Windsor and Quebec, remain undefeated at 3-0, leading their respective divisions.



August 18, 2017

Tomcats even record behind Mommer's four hitter

GATINEAU QC. (2 p.m.) -  Daniel Lichty and Jacob Mansfield both went three-for-four, with one RBI, leading the St. Thomas Tomcats over Prince Edward Island, 5-4, this morning.
St. Thomas evens their record at 1-1, at the Baseball Canada under-21 championships, after dropping their opener, to Quebec, 11-1, on Thursday.
Michael Mommersteeg picked up the win, tossing a complete game (seven innings) four hitter, striking out three batters and walking four.
Matthew Bowden drove in two runs including the game winning, in the top of the seventh inning. Bowden also drew three base on balls. Zachary Desa also had a RBI. Lichty and Travis Keys, each slapped out doubles.
The Tomcats led 2-0, before P.E.I. scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning. St. Thomas jumped back ahead 4-3, in the top of the third inning, but did leave the bases loaded. P.E.I tied the affair at five in the fifth. St. Thomas out hit P.E.I., 11-5, but stranded 10 runners on base. Defensively, the Tomcats made three errors.



August 17, 2017

Quebec skins Tomcats in opener at Canadians

GATINEAU, QC. - The St. Thomas Tomcats took one on the chin, in their opening game of the Baseball Canada Under-21 championship, losing 11-1, to Quebec. Quebec scored five runs in both the third and sixth innings, taking advantage of 10 hits and six base on balls. Quebec pitcher Jason Charron tossed a six hitter, striking out six batter and walking one. Zac Desa had the lone St. Thomas RBI.



August 7, 2017

Off to Junior Nationals, despite Windsor still Tomcats' kryptonite

OSHAWA, ON. –  For the second consecutive year, the Windsor Selects beat the St. Thomas Tomcats, to win the Baseball Ontario Junior Elimination title. Windsor completed an undefeated run in the double-knockout tournament, doubling up on St. Thomas, 4-2, in the final.
Both teams qualify for Baseball Canada's under-21 championship, in Ottawa and Gatineau, Quebec, August 17-20.
The Tomcats were an out away from handing the Selects their first loss and forcing a second game, leading 2-1 in the top of the seventh innning. But Windsor scored one run to tie and two more in the eighth inning.
Tomcats' Troy Lofgren was named the tournament's top hitter, with a .571 average. Lofgren was also the Tomcats' player of the game in the final, going two-for-three, with one RBI and a base on balls.

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August 6, 2017

Eliminations down to three teams

OSHAWA, ON. (11 p.m.) - The St. Thomas Tomcats are one of three teams remaining at the Baseball Ontario Junior Elimination double knockout tournament.
The Tomcats beat the Mississauga Tigers, 5-1, to advance possibly to the final, depending the result of the Windsor-Newmarket game at 10 a.m. Monday. Newmarket eliminated the host team, with a 2-1 squeaker.
If Windsor, currently undefeated, wins, it's a rematch of last year's final at 1 p.m. If Newmarket wins, based on the bye system, the Tomcats will face Windsor, in a semi-final. That winner would meet Newmarket in the final. Both finalists advance to the Baseball Canada National Under-21 tournament, in Ottawa-Gatineau, August 17-20. RBI.



August 6, 2017

Tomcats one of five teams remaining

OSHAWA, ON. (6 p. m.) -  The St. Thomas Tomcats improved to 4-1, today at the Baseball Ontario Junior Elimination double knockout tournament, by eliminating the Hamilton Cardinals, with a 12-7 win. The Tomcats are one of five teams remaining and face Mississauga tonight, while Oshawa plays Newmarket. The defending champion and currently undefeated Windsor Selects have a bye.


August 5, 2017

Tomcats enjoy win streak

OSHAWA, ON. - (10 p.m.) The St. Thomas Tomcats have a win streak going at the Baseball Ontario Junior Elimination double knockout tournament. St. Thomas defeated North York, 8-6, tonight and move on to face the Hamilton Cardinals on Sunday.
Earlier today, the Tomcats defeated the Guelph Silvercreeks, a rival from their Junior Intercounty League days, 10-8. The Tomcats have won three games in a row, following an opening loss to Windsor on Friday. Eight teams remain, with the Windsor Selects and Oakville A's, undefeated at 3-0.


August 4, 2017

Tomcats are 1-1 at Eliminations

OSHAWA, ON. - The St. Thomas Tomcats face a long route if they want to return to the final, of the Baseball Ontario Junior Elimination tournament.
The Tomcats dropped their opening game to the Windsor Selects, 5-1, earlier today, but rebounded with a 8-2 win over the High Park Braves tonight.


August 1, 2017

Eliminations the focus for the Tomcats

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Tomcats are preparing this week for the Baseball Ontario Junior Eliminations, August 4-7, in Oshawa.
The double knockout tournament starts with the Tomcats facing the defending champion Windsor Selects, in a rematch of last year's final, Friday, at Portage Park, 8 p.m.
The Baseball Ontario junior provincial final is on Monday, with both teams qualifying for the Baseball Canada under-21 championship, in Ottawa - Gatineau, August 17-20.
St. Thomas finished the Southwestern Senior Baseball League regular season, in third place, with a 13-5 record.



July 14, 2017

Lichty homer walks-off Tomcats to 11th win

ST. THOMAS –  The Daniel Lichty shortened the game in quick fashion.
With nobody out, Lichty sent a 2-0 pitch towering over the right field fence, for a three-run homer, taking the St. Thomas Tomcats to their 11th win of the season, by mercying the Ilderton Red Army, 14-4, in six innings, tonight, in Southwestern Senior Baseball League action, at Emslie Field. The Tomcats jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Hayden Regnier and a two-run single from Colton Phibbs. Tomcats' pitcher Travis Keys allowed four runs on four hits and a base on balls, over the six innings.
The Tomcats improve to 11-3, picking up two wins against Ilderton. Prior to the mercy, the Tomcats finished a suspended game from earlier in the season, downing the Red Army, 9-3.

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July 11, 2017

Rick's two-run single caps comeback victory

ST. THOMAS –  Jake Rick had the biggest hit of the night for the St. Thomas Tomcats.
Rick punched out a two out two-run single during three run eighth inning, as the Tomcats rallied from a 5-1 deficit, to defeat the Strathroy Royals, 8-5, in Southwestern Senior Baseball League action, at Emslie Field. Pitcher Kevin Bowden earned the win, after allowing no hits over two and one-third innings, entering the game to start the sixth inning. Michael Mommersteeg picked up the save.

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