Rattlers Players

Jared Ball, Marissa Meade, Braden Clark, Nathan Robitaille, Calvin Cameron, Zach McLean, Thomas Maw, Connor Quigley, Riley Foulton, David Leblanc, Brendan Moore, Dustin Leonard, Clayton Leonard, Jacob Ladouceur & Dawson Dion

Cobourg Squirt Invitational Tourney

June 13 and 14, 2009

GBMSL Rattlers Squirt OASA team played in an invitational tournament on June 13,14 in Cobourg. The tournament was attended by many of the major eastern centers thus giving our team some very stiff competition. Teams attended were; Springbrook, Pickering, Cobourg, Napanee, Stouffville, Port Perry, and the Rattlers. 

The Rattlers opened the tourney with an 8-7 win over Springbrook. Jared Ball led the team to victory earning the win for the Rattlers. The Rattlers were able to demonstrate the advantage of timely base running making Springbrook pay for walks with the eventual bottom of the last inning winning run. The Rattlers showed extreme patience at the plate earning 11 walks in this one. Walks went to Jared Ball, Brendan Moore, Nathan Robitaille (2), Connor Quigley, Riley Foulton, Jacob Ladouceur, Zach McLean, and Thomas Maw. There were only two hits in this game for the Rattlers, which were recorded by Calvin Cameron, and Clayton Leonard.   

The second game went to the home team Cobourg. Cobourg proved to be the team to beat for the tourney. Nathan Robitaille began the game but was not able to tame the Cobourg bats and Marisa Meade was put into the game for the second inning. The Rattlers were not able to provide anything on offence and the team succumbed to the mercy rule in the 3rd inning. Thomas Maw recorded the only hit in this game for the Rattlers. A strong Cobourg defense prevented the Rattlers number four hitter Braden Clark from reaching base as he was able to twice put solid hits in play. Braden really dug deep for these at bats in an attempt to redeem his team showing his leadership. Of all the games we played, the coaches and parents were most proud of the Rattlers in this one. They held their heads up high even though they were not given the respect they deserved from their opponents. Final score was 16-0.

Marissa Meade began the third game and pitched 3 solid innings keeping the team close against a very good Pickering team. The Rattlers bats came to life and managed to score 4 runs in the first inning. Much needed hits went to Calvin Cameron, Brendan Moore, and a home run off the bat of Jared Ball. The Rattlers also managed four well-earned walks against a very good Pickering pitcher. Earning free passes were Zach McLean, Nathan Robitaille, Connor Quigley, and Brendan Moore. Nathan Robitaille came into the game to keep it close and rebounded nicely from the second game. He was able to keep the runs to a minimum but the team eventually lost 13-4. This game was closer than the score revealed and proved to the Rattlers that they could compete with these teams. 

The Rattlers opened the play-off round against Port Perry. This was a pitchers duel. Jared Ball earned the start and proved to be the Rattlers ace for this tournament. Jared pitched 41/2 solid innings and accumulated 12 strikeouts. Port Perry eventually scored in the 3rd inning to take the lead 1-0. The Rattlers were unable to answer and the team ran out of gas losing 9-2. Marissa Meade pitched in relief for Jared and did very well to finish the game closing out the 5th inning. Dustin Leonard made some solid defensive plays when called upon in this game at second base and also managed to make solid contact in his only at bat of the game. Hits for the Rattlers were rare in this one, but slugger Clayton Leonard managed to go 2 for 2 with a stolen base. Zach Mclean showed his speed stretching a single into a triple by capitalizing on some poor defense.

The coaching staff would like to thank the players and parents for representing GBMSL with class, both at the ballpark and at the hotel. The Rattlers showed their competitive spirit in this tournament and could have done much better with some timely hits and/or defensive plays. This is very encouraging to the coaches and will be the focus of future practices. We are proud of your effort. Players please remember, losing breeds desire, desire breeds winning!!!!

Congratulations go out to the Rattler Squirt team as they captured the Bronze medals at the "B" Provincials in Toanche on Saturday & Sunday August 8/9 weekend!


 Rattlers make noise at Squirt B championships

 First baseman Braeden Clark of the Georgian Bay Rattlers tags a Springbrook player during the Ontario Amateur Softball Association Squirt B Championships at Toanche Park on Aug. 8. The host Rattlers won the game 12-2 en route to a 3-2 tournament record and the bronze medal. The teamís only losses came against finalist Elmira and eventual champion Port Perry.