Alpines players shine at Senior nationals

PEI Phillips 3

Three members of the Saint John Alpines made their way to Fredericton this past weekend for the 2016 Canadian Senior baseball championship.  Outfielder Mark Phillips and pitcher Shaun O’Toole were picked up by the Charlottetown Islanders and first baseman Devan Thomas was picked up by the host Fredericton Royals.  Ironically these two teams played each other in the bronze medal game with Fredericton prevailing over the Charlottetown landing a medal for Thomas.  Both NB representatives had lost 1-0 heart breakers to Ontario teams earlier in the day.

Individually, Phillips was one of the top hitters in the entire tournament, batting .429 (4th overall) with 2 homeruns (tied for 1st) and 7 RBI (2nd overall).  O’Toole also made a big contribution with one relief appearance against the defending champs and this year’s eventual winner Tecumseh (ON)  Thunder pitching 4 complete innings without giving up a run and striking out 6.  Thomas made some spectacular defensive plays at first including a game saving one throwing out the tying run at the plate against Nova Scotia and got the the hit that started the comeback rally in a 3-2 win against Quebec.

These players will now get a few days rest then pick up the action as the Alpines start their best of five quarter final series against the Moncton Fisher Cats this Thursday at home.

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O’Toole and Yeo pitch Alpines to double-header sweep

OToole Head Shot
#18 Shaun O’Toole
#25 Sherman Yeo
#25 Sherman Yeo

Shaun O’Toole and Sherman Yeo provided the arms and Ryan Owens brought the lumber as the the Alpines swept the first place Charlottetown Islanders in a double-header played at Memorial Field this afternoon, by scores of 6-1 and 4-3.

In the first game Yeo allowed only two hits, four walks and fanned seven in leading the home team to a 6-1 win.  Import Owens continued to swing a hot bat going 3 for 3 while driving in a pair.  Owens was it again in the second game getting the big hit when it was needed.  With the Alpines trailing 3-2 and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th Owens ripped a 1-1 pitch for single that scored Mark Legere and Adam Clark, with Clark just beating the tag at home plate on a close play.  O’Toole allowed only one earned run, five hits, one base on balls and struck out five for his first win of the season.  Yeo’s record now stands at 2-2 and O’Toole owns a 1-1 mark.

The pair of victories makes it four in a row for the Alpines, improving to 6-7 and moves the team into fourth spot – half a game ahead of the Chatham Ironmen and only half a game behind the Moncton Fisher Cats and Fredericton Royals for second place.  The team travels to the Charlottetown tomorrow for a pair in a rematch with the Islanders.

Shaw leads Alpines back into the win column

Peter Shaw
Peter Shaw
Brooks Saunders
Brooks Saunders

After a rough week where the Alpines went 0-3 the team turned it around last night with a 4-3 walk-off win at home against the Moncton Fisher Cats.  In the bottom of the 7th with the score tied, bases loaded and two out Peter Shaw singled through the left side on the first pitch he saw  to score Ryan Owens for the winning run.  Owens got the rally going with a two out double off the wall which was followed by an intentional walk to Mark Phillips.  Ronnie Barton worked a tough count to get a walk of his own before Shaw came to the plate to deliver the game winning hit.  After the visiting Moncton team grabbed quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first it was Shaw who took care of the Alpines response with a two run single in the bottom half of the frame.  Justin McQuade drove in the other run with a single in the fourth to give the home team a 3-2 lead at the time before the Fisher Cats tied the game in the top of the seventh.

Brooks Saunders pitched a complete game for the win, allowing only one earned run, seven hits, walking one and striking out three.  Glenn Marks, in relief of started Justin Cormier. took the loss for Moncton.

This was the first game in the start of a very busy weekend for the Alpines.  Today they host the Charlottetown Islanders for a double-header starting at 1 PM and travel to the island tomorrow to return the favor.

Import Ryan Owens arrives this week

Owens land

The Saint John Alpines of the NB Senior Baseball League are pleased to announce the arrival of their import player, Ryan Owens. Ryan comes to the Alpines after a four year playing career at Mount.St Mary’s University ((www. msmary.edu), a Division 1 school in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Mount St. Mary’s competes in the Northeast Conference.

Owens, a native of Burke, Virginia, has completed his degree program in Sports Management, and is pursuing his masters in Business Administration. He will return to Mount St Mary’s as an assistant coach for the upcoming season. He bats and throws right, and stands at 6’2″ and weighs in at 190 pounds.

Owens comes to Saint John having hit in the leadoff spot for the Mountaineers, where he hit .294 this season and played the outfield with a stellar .982 fielding percentage. He led the Mountaineers in hits, runs, doubles, stolen bases and batting average for the 2016 season.

He played in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League last summer, and the Coastal Plains League in 2014. During his high school years, he played with the Virginia Barnstormers travel team. He is expected to be an everyday player with the Alpines, not only in the outfield but will likely see some time pitching as well.

Each team in the NB Senior League is allowed to sign one import – a non-resident of New Brunswick. For the last few years, the Alpines have had imports from Maine who commuted to games, but this season Owens will reside in the city for the season. It is expected that he will be involved in teaching at baseball clinics in the area. Details will be announced at a later date

Owens stated he is excited to be coming to the Alpines organization, and experience a new area, new people and most likely a different culture. He will be bringing his golf clubs and fishing gear with him.

The team will have their first chance to meet Ryan at practice on Thursday night beginning at 6:30 at Memorial Field. He will also be golfing in the Dave Ring Memorial Tournament on Friday, and will see his first action as a player on Sunday when the Alpines host the Charlottetown lslanders in a double header, starting at 2 PM.

For further information, please contact Terre Hunter ([email protected])
672-1033 (H) or 635-1410 ext 104 (W).

Alpines fall 6-1 to Royals

Kraemer

The Alpines found out last night why the Fredericton Royals imported pitcher Shane Kraemer (2-0) all the way from British Columbia. Kraemer silenced the home town bats with a 1 run, 4 hit and 12 strikeout performance over 5 2/3 innings for his second win of the young season and helping the Royals walk away with a 6-1 win. Alpines starter Sherman Yeo (0-1) had a strong outing of his own in a losing effort, pitching 5 innings and allowing five hits and only two earned runs while striking out eight.

Newcomer Mark Phillips had two of the Alpines hits, a ground rule double in the second inning and an RBI single in the sixth that chased Kraemer from the game. The Alpines had the bases loaded at the time but Fredericton reliever Joel Violette closed the door on the rally.

The Alpines fall to 2-3 whioch is good enough for third place. Fredericton sits in last place at 1-3. Fredericton had won their first three games buit were awarded losses after it was ruled they had an ineligible player in their lineup. The player in question was not in the Royals lineup last night.

Alpines pick up first win of the season in extras

Devan Thomas

After losing a pair of close games to Charlottetown in last weekend’s season opening double header, the Alpines climbed into the the win column with an 8-7 extra win in extra innings over the Moncton Fisher Cast last night at Memorial Field.

The visiting Moncton club jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. But the Pines responded quickly in the bottom of the first. Leadoff man Adam Clark worked himself on with a walk and was followed by a two run homerun by Devan Thomas. Number three hitter Ron Barton promptly singled and was followed by a another two run jack by newcomer Mark Phillips. Just like that the Pines had a 4-2 lead and still none out. But the visiting Cats took advantage of 5 Alpines errors to score 5 unearned runs and after some back and forth the score ended up tied 7-7. The Pines had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the 7th but hit into a fly out double-play. However the home team would not waste their opportunity in the 8th. Clark once again started the rally with a leadoff single, promptly stole second and one out later raced home on a Barton walk off single.

Reliever Peter Shaw pitched four strong innings in relief for the win, taking over from starter Sherman Yeo in the top of the fifth. The two teams lock horns again on Sunday in an afternoon matchup at Moncton’s Kiwanis Park.

Team workouts begin Feb. 11

Official pre-season team workouts for the Alpines senior baseball team are starting this week, Thursday evening from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Forbes Athletic Centre at UNBSJ.  New players are welcomed to try out but must pre-register by sending an email to [email protected].  Include your full name, email address, phone number(s), position(s) played and the last team and year you played.

Indoor Practice

The dates we have scheduled so far:

Feb. 11
Feb. 18
Mar. 3
Mar. 10
Mar. 17

All of the above sessions are at the Forbes Athletic Centre at UNBSJ and start at 7:00 PM.

Winter indoor workouts

Indoor workouts will begin soon.  If you’re interested in trying out email us at [email protected]