On May 9, 2007, a joint project between the OUA and the Toronto Blue Jays will be occurring at the Rogers Centre at 9:00 a.m.
The Inaugural OUA Baseball All-Star Showcase is an event that is designed to promote OUA Baseball and all of its players. This exciting venture will feature an OUA All-Stars team competing against last year’s champions, the Western Mustangs.
In its first year of running, Laurier leads the way of the event with the participation of six of its Golden Hawk Baseball team members: Pat Kropf, Curtis Young
, Scott Mahn
, Chris Pittaway
, Rob Thompson and Tim Lawrence
. Coach Paul Reidel will also be present as an assistant coach for the All-Star team; his final appearance in a Laurier uniform.
Head Coach of Golden Hawk Baseball, SCOTT BALLANTYNE
, is the Chair of the Organizing Committee for the All-Star Showcase, and has been envisioning and anticipating the inaugural event for quite some time.
“We are thrilled that the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club have once again become involved with the OUA and this is a partnership that will hopefully continue to grow,” says Ballantyne.
The event is being sponsored by the KR-3 Bat Company, The Baseball Zone in Mississauga, and Mini Helmets Canada (minihelmetscanada.com).
Laurier’s Baseball team has been working very hard during the off-season and the players have now joined teams to be able to continue playing all summer long. This is all in preparation for a run at the OUA Championship in the Fall.
Says Ballantyne, “This event is a showcase for the great talent that we have in the OUA. The goal is to make this an annual event.”
The six Laurier players who are participating have many accomplishments under their belts. Kropf was the OUA Second Team All-Star in ‘05/06, and First Team All-Star in ‘06/07. He was also the team’s Most Valuable Player in ‘05/06. Young and Mahn were both OUA First Team All-Stars in ‘06/07, Pattaway was a Second Team All-Star in ‘06/07, Thompson was an OUA First Team All-Star in ‘06/07, and was also the ‘04/05 Rookie of the Year. Lawrence finished this season as the ‘06/07 Most Valuable Player.