On May 9 2007, the first OUA Baseball All-Star Showcase occurred at the Rogers Centre. A joint project between the OUA and the Toronto Blue Jays, this event was designed to promote OUA Baseball and all of its players.
Laurier was well presented at the event with the participation of six players: Curtis Young
, Pat Kropf, Chris Pittaway
, Scott Mahn
, Tim Lawrence
and Rob Thompson. Four of the Golden Hawks played in the starting line-up.
The OUA All-Stars team competed against last year’s champions, the Western Mustangs. Going into the bottom of the 8th, Western was up 4-1 and went ahead in the top of the 9th 5-4, but the All-Stars responded with three runs. The All-Star team had the bases loaded with two out, but the game ended up a ground out. The result was a 5-5 tie, similar to the MLB All-Star Game in Milwaukee a few years ago.
Each player did a great job and used the skills that have lead them to OUA success. Young had a double late in the game, Kropf made a great play in the first inning deep in the hole at Short Stop and had a sacrifice in the 8th inning. Mahn drove in a run in the 8th inning and played a solid Third Base. Thompson pitched the 9th inning giving up one run, and Coach Pittaway caught half the game and caught well.
The event was a great time to showcase the talent that OUA baseball has to offer, and all players had a great experience. Head Baseball Coach at Laurier, SCOTT BALLANTYNE
, was especially proud of the event and said: “The Inaugural OUA All-Star Baseball Showcase was a hit in every way. The game was extremely competitive and showcased exactly what OUA Baseball is all about. The players seemed to really soak up the atmosphere of playing in a Big League park. I was really pleased at how well the Laurier players represented their school.”
Baseball players on the Golden Hawk team are currently involved in summer teams, preparing for the OUA Baseball season in the fall. Look for the Golden Hawk Baseball team next season. “With 5 of the 6 players returning for the 2007 season,” Ballantyne says, “the Golden Hawks are poised to make a run at the Championship this fall.”