WATERLOO, Ont. (August 22, 2011) - The Golden Hawks Baseball program was well represented at the Canadian Baseball Championships this past weekend.
In Regina, freshman McKenzie Maxwell of London, Ont., and his London Badgers defeated Alberta 8-6 in extra innings to capture the Canadian Midget Championship (ages 16-18). In Windsor, Ont., senior Ryan Panas of Toronto, representing the Mississauga North Tigers, were finalists at the Canadian Junior Championships (ages 19-21) as the Tigers lost to the Windsor Selects 5-2 in the finals.
Maxwell, a pitcher and third baseman for the Badgers, had an outstanding tournament helping his team to a Canadian Championship. The 18 year old appeared in all six games during the tournament and ended up hitting .333 (5 for 15) with 7 walks and 3 stolen bases. In the gold medal game Maxwell went 2 for 4 with a triple and a single. He scored the eventual winning run in the top of the 8th inning after reaching base via a error to lead off the inning. On the mound, Maxwell made one appearance throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings while giving up only 2 hits. Overall, it was a fantastic weekend for Maxwell and caps off a remarkable summer for his team.
Panas, a third baseman who was picked up by the Mississauga North Tigers for this tournament also enjoyed a lot of success on a National stage. Panas and his teammates were 3-1 in the round robin with their only loss to the hosts (and eventual champions) from Windsor. Mississauga defeated Quebec 1-0 in the semi-finals before being downed 5-2 in the finals by the powerhouse Windsor Selects. Panas finished the tournament with a .333 batting average (6 for 18) with 2 doubles and an RBI. This silver medal adds more hardware to Panas trophy case as he was a member of the Toronto Mets Midget team that won the 2007 and 2008 gold medals.
We are extremely proud of both Ryan and McKenzie, commented Lauriers Head Baseball Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE
. There is no better way to prepare for the upcoming OUA season than to compete at such a high level on a National stage.
, a freshman from Mississauga, will travel to New Brunswick with his Mississauga Twins senior team to compete in the Canadian Senior Championships next weekend and will look to build on the success of his teammates Panas and Maxwell.
The Golden Hawks start their training camp on Fri. Aug. 26th in their quest for the first OUA Championship in school history.