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September 15, 2022

Glencoe takes series lead

FINGAL, Ont. - The St. Thomas Storm are looking for a few clutch hits. On three occasions the Storm stranded runners in scoring position, during a 5-3 loss to the Glencoe Astros, in game three of the South Middlesex Men's Fastball League semifinal, under the lights Wednesday. Glencoe now leads the best of five series, two games to one, heading back to Glencoe Friday, for game four.

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Astros tie final series 

GLENCOE, Ont. - Bryan Johnson had a home run and Taylor Degraw drove in three runs, as the Glencoe Astros beat the St. Thomas Storm, 9-2, in six innings, tying the South Middlesex Men's Fastball semifinal, at one game each.
Astros' pitcher Cole Pavey struck out nine batters. Degraw, Black and Thirwell, each went two-for-three. Troy Rick had the lone RBI for the Storm.


September 6, 2022

Roy HR carries Storm to opening win

FINGAL, Ont. - Mitch Roy had the highlight of the night, in the opening game of the South Middlesex Men's Fastball League semifinal, between the St. Thomas Storm and Glencoe Astros.
Roy hit a three-run homer in the third inning, helping St. Thomas to a 5-1 win, Tuesday night and a one game to none lead, in the best of five affair.
Glencoe took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, stringing together five consecutive singles, but left the bases loaded. After Roy gave the Storm a 3-1 lead, the home team added two more runs in the fifth inning, one on a RBI single by Jeff McPherson.
Shaun 'Pissy" Pearce went two-for-three for the Storm. Cole Pavey, Bryan Johnson and Josh Weber, each had two hits for Glencoe.
Dan Beecroft earned the win, striking out six batters over four innings. Ben Hodgins worked the final three innings. Taylor McGraw took the loss for Glencoe.

August 22, 2022

Bear Creek Storm top 10 at ISC Legends

MOLINE, ILL. - It was a top 10 finish for the Bear Creek Storm at the 2022 International Softball Congress (ISC) Legends tournament, August 17-20. Bear Creek, the Legends edition of the St. Thomas Storm, went 1-3, but made the top 10 at number 10. Jason Smith batted .417 with three triples, while Troy Rick and Brad Young, both hit .500. Duane Greenbird was .333 in the lead-off spot. From the pitcher's plate, Dan Beecroft worked 13 innings, with a 2.70 E.R.A., striking out 11 batters.
Rick had two hits and three RBIs in Bear Creek's 4-2 win over Prime Time Legends.
Bear Creek, the team's sponsor, is a business, west of St. Thomas, owned by Scott and Elena Cornelius.

August 2, 2022

Storm take Master provincial title

KITCHENER, Ont. - A decade long wait is over. The St. Thomas Storm are finally provincial Master champions, making up for lost time by mercying each of their opponents at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association tournament. Led by MVP Mark Coleman, top batter Matt Mclaren and top pitcher Fred Follings, the Storm outscored their opposition by a total of 39 runs to three. St. Thomas beat Port Elgin, in the final, to be the top Ontario team, for the Masters Canadians, Aug. 31-September 4, in St. John's Newfoundland.

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July 20, 2022

Memorial bench honours Horne

FINGAL, Ont. - Bill Horne spent countless hours at the Fingal ball park. Now the memory of the local fastball icon, who passed away in 2021, will live on at the diamond. A memorial bench in Horne's name was revealed at a dedication ceremony, July 10.

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July 12, 2022

Bomb carries Storm

FINGAL, Ont. - Nine runs in the fifth inning carried the St. Thomas Storm to a 11-3 win over Fingal, in South Middlesex Men's Fastball. The win snaps a two-game losing streak. Mike Unwin who led off the fifth inning with a double, walked off the game, on a three-run home run. The Storm struck with multiple home runs in the fifth, also two run shots from both Jay Schnarr and Paul Grasby. St. Thomas led 2-0, after two innings, before Fingal scored a run in the third and two more in the fourth, for a 3- 2 lead.
Troy Cook had a fifth inning RBI triple. Troy Rick, went two-for-three, with one RBI and drew a walk.
St. Thomas sits atop the standing with a 12-2 record, with the Alvinston Aces, at 9-2, on their heels. Fingal is 1-9, while the Dutton Diamondbacks, in fifth place, are 5-6.


July 1, 2022

Storm suffer first loss

MORAVIANTOWN, Ont. - It was a first time feeling for St. Thomas Storm, in South Middlesex Men's Fastball League action Thursday. After 11 wins, the Storm fell to Moraviantown, 6-4, stranding 13 runners on base, seven in scoring position. Moraviantown led 5-0 after three innings, before the Storm scored twice in the top of the fourth inning. Jason Dawdy batted three-for-four, with one RBI. Kevin Snake went three-for-three, for Moraviantown, with two singles and a two-run homer.


June 28, 2022

Two run sixth lifts Storm

FINGAL, Ont. - Two runs in the sixth inning, lifted the St. Thomas Storm over the Delaware Highlanders, 6-4, tonight, in South Middlesex Men's Fastball League action. Paul Grasby went three-for-three, for the Storm, including a two-run homer and also walked. Jason Dawdy was two-for-two, with one RBI. Pitcher Ben Hodgins struck out 13 batters. He was also two-for-four batting. Delaware scored all of their runs in the fourth inning, for a 4-2 lead. St. Thomas remains undefeated at 11-0, in first place.


June 26, 2022

Dawdy leads Storm to 10th win

DUTTON, Ont. - Jason Dawdy was a force both on the rubber and at the plate. Dawdy scattered seven hits over seven innings, while striking out 11 batters, as the Storm beat Dutton, 6-1, South Middlesex Men's Fastball League action. From the dish, Dawdy was two-for-three, including a RBI triple and drew a base on balls. Dan Beecroft was three-for-three and also had a triple. Brady Stafford had a triple and scored a run, on a RBI by Tom Edie. St. Thomas remains undefeated at 10-0, sitting in top spot.

June 6, 2022

Alvinston wins Memorial tourney

FINGAL, Ont - The Alvinston Jr. Aces took the inaugural Billy Horne and Trevor Barton Memorial fastball tournament. Alvinston scored six runs, in the fourth inning, to mercy the Straffordville Giants, 11-4, in five innings, in the Men's division final.
 Ethan Smith and Matt Weiler, both went two-for-three, including a solo home run. Josh Hamilton was two-for-two. Darren Pace had a solo homer, forcing the Aces to play the bottom of the fifth inning. Drumbo beat Wilmont, in the U17 final.Tournament organizers, the St. Thomas Storm, are making a donation to the Trevor Barton Memorial Foundation, a charity dedicated to removing financial barriers for children across Ontario.

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May 31, 2022

Hodgins one hits Charing Cross

FINGAL, Ont. - Ben Hodgins tossed a one-hitter as the St. Thomas Storm blanked Charing Cross, 10-0, in South Middlesex Men's Fastball. Chris Wismer, with a three-run bomb and Mark Coleman, hit home runs, in a five-run second inning.
Jay Schnarr also had a home runs and Matt McCallum had a two-hit game and scored twice. St Thomas improves 5-0.

May 27, 2022

Fourth inning surge carries Storm

DELAWARE, Ont. - The St. Thomas Storm remain unbeaten after four games. A six-run fourth inning carried the Storm to a 10-3 win in six innings, against the Delaware Highlanders, tonight, in South Middlesex men's fastball. Tied at one, the Storm combined four walks, a Rob Burns single and Dan Beecroft double, to produce six runs. Delaware got two runs back in the home half of the fourth on a Kevin Eichenberger homer. Matt McCallum had a first inning triple and scored the game's opening run. Jeff Wilcox went two-for-three, with a RBI and a walk. Beecroft picked up the win, working four innings, in relief of starter Chris Wismer. The pair combined to strike out nine batters.

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 hit, 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 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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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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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 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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