August 15, 2021
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.
August 10, 2021
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.
August 9, 2021
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
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.
July 27, 2021
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.
July 25, 2021
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.
July 23, 2021
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.
July 22, 2021
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.
July 18, 2021
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.
July 15, 2021
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.
July 13, 2021
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.
July 9, 2021
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.
August 4, 2019
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
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
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
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.
May 18, 2019
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.
August 19, 2018
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.
August 19, 2018
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.
August 18, 2018
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
August 18, 2018
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.
August 18, 2018
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
August 17, 2018
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.
August 15, 2018
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.
August 14, 2018
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.
July 13, 2018
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).
July 8, 2018
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.
August 20, 2017
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, 5-3.win.
August 20, 2017
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
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.
August 19, 2017
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
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
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
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
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.
August 6, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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.
July 11, 2017
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.