A good chunk of the Stratford City Mazda Midget boys baseball team is comprised of St. Marys residents.
There are six Stonetown players in total on Don Grasby’s Indians’ team, which will host the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) tournament on the Aug. 22-24 weekend.
Greg Swan and Tyler Jarrett are the team’s two third-year players, while Trent Dundas, Evan Lindsay, Julian Herrell and Brock Jeffrey are all first-year players on the Midget squad.
Swan is a versatile player who coach Grasby can insert anywhere.
“Swannie plays everywhere and anywhere,” Grasby said. Catching and playing the outfield have been his main two positions lately.
“He brings leadership, and a passion for the game,” the field skipper says.
Jarrett plays third base and a little bit at first.
“He brings some power to the team, hitting in the third, fourth and fifth spots,” Grasby says. “He also gives me an arm when needed on the mound.”
Dundas is playing shortstop for the Indians. Grasby says Dundas collected three hits in a recent doubleheader split in Simcoe, so he’s contributing at the plate.
“Trent brings a knowledge of the game,” Grasby says. “He knows how to play the game, he knows the fundamentals. And he’s another player who brings a lot of passion.”
One of top three pitchers
Lindsay pitches, and plays first base and shortstop.
“He’s one of my top three pitchers and batters, and usually bats third or fourth,” the coach says.
Another rookie is Herrell, who has impressed Grasby. The outfielder is strong defensively, and possesses a lot of speed on the basepaths.
“He’s just hitting the cover off the baseball right now,” the coach said.
Jeffrey plays mostly second base, and also pitches a little bit.
“He’s a gung-ho ball player who wil do anything asked of him,” Grasby says. “He works hard at it. He wants to get better and improve; he loves the game of baseball.”
At next month’s OBA tourney, coach Grasby says his team will have to hit much better to have any kind of success at the provincials.
“We need to hit the ball,” he said without hesitation. “My pitching has been exceptional, my defence has been average, but lately my hitting has been porous. If we’re going to do anything at the OBAs, we have to start hitting.”
•Stratford City Mazda Midget Indians travelled to Northville, Michigan this past weekend to participate in the Michigan Wolves U-18 baseball summer classic.
Indians defeated Michigan Vengeance Orange 7-6, before losing 5-3 to Twin City Prospects and 5-0 to Michigan Bulldogs.