Local baseball players make league all-star team
HUNTSVILLE - Three north Muskoka ball players are all-stars.
Logan McKnight of Port Sydney, Alex Clarke, and Ethan Murdy of Huntsville representing the local Muskoka Hornets program attended tryouts the Sept. 8 to 9 weekend for the York-Simcoe Baseball Association all-star rep team, and all three made the team.
The team was picked from players trying out from both rep tiers in the minor peewee loop of kids born in 2000.
The team then competed this past weekend against other rep all star teams in Ontario, but the catch was that the other all star teams were peewee-aged. As a result, the minors were in very tough against the best 1999 aged baseball players in Ontario.
Further, the Muskoka Hornets 2000s competed in tier 2 of the rep loop, meaning it is a major accomplishment for these three players to make the team against some of the top players in central Ontario born in the year 2000, especially given the Hornets are only one year removed from playing at the Select level.
Not surprisingly, the YSBA all-star team lost all three of its games, but the squad was competitive to the end.
Each of the Hornets players played about half of the tournament innings, as the team carried 16 players. Murdy took his usual spot as catcher, while Clarke played third base and McKnight played centre, which included a highlight reel catch of a fly ball, which Logan tracked perhaps 50 feet away.
Looking back on the season, it was a great year for the local minor peewee rep team made up of Muskoka kids of the age of 12.
The Hornets’ regular season record was 10-9-1 and the team won one tournament and made it to the finals of the YSBA tier 2 league championships. Unfortunately, the local squad did not have its best weekend at the provincials in Dorchester on Labour Day weekend, losing two straight. That said, there were many more good moments than bad for this up and coming team.