By: Jim Stewart
Director of Recruiting and Communications,
Education Compliance Officer, and Coach–
Team Ontario Astros Elite Baseball Club
It was a tall order for the Team Ontario Astros to exceed last year’s total of thirteen player signings that took place over the course of the 2018 season for our 18U baseball team. But, through the diligent work of Director of Baseball Jason Booth, all seventeen eligible Astros are heading to various post-secondary destinations across North America on academic and athletic scholarships. It is the biggest group of graduating players in the organization’s twenty-one year history.
Last year’s successful group of student-athlete graduates included NJCAA II World Series Champions Shane Nixon and Justin Raspanti of Northern Oklahoma College (Enid)—a terrific achievement by a pair of Canadian freshman baseball players. They were a success both on and off the field!
Ten members of this year’s graduating class are headed to eight different states across the USA; seven players from the class of 2019 will attend Ontario universities to play baseball and pursue their post-secondary studies.
The remaining six players on the 18U roster have declared their Graduation year as 2020 and will anchor the team for the coming CPBL 2019-2020 season.
Director of Baseball Jason Booth’s extensive network once again proved to be one of Team Ontario’s biggest assets. Coach Booth’s players’ scholarships were earned in Florida, New York, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Ontario in 2019. Last year, his 18U players earned scholarships in Texas, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Alabama, and Ontario. Coach Booth’s placement of 30 players over the last two years in eleven different states and one province shows the Astros’ organization’s capacity to move our graduating players into optimal academic and athletic settings across the USA and Ontario.
Below, please find the post-secondary destinations of the Class of 2019:
|Name||Canadian City of Residence||Position||School||City||State/Province|
|Biemiller, Bryn||Newmarket||RHP||Lourdes University||Sylvania||Ohio|
|Gugel,Brett||Richmond Hill||RHP||University of Western Ontario||London||Ontario|
|Hogg,Michael||Mississauga||CF||Penn State– Dubois||Dubois||Pennsylvania|
|Hoover,Kegan||Newmarket||C / OF||LaurentianUniversity||Sudbury||Ontario|
|Hoover,Logan||Newmarket||SS / 3B||LaurentianUniversity||Sudbury||Ontario|
|Kemp,Matthew||Richmond Hill||2B / SS||Brock University||St. Catharines||Ontario|
|Kemp,Michael||Richmond Hill||OF||University of Western Ontario||London||Ontario|
|Kensit,Jack||Newmarket||2B / OF||University of Western Ontario||London||Ontario|
|Kothdiwala, Tarek||Thornhill||LHP||Indiana Institute of Technology||Fort Wayne||Indiana|
|Love,Natan||Barrie||1B / 3B||Tomkins-Courtland Junior College||Dryden||New York|
|McErlean,Riley||Richmond Hill||C / RHP||The College of Wooster||Wooster||Ohio|
|Panzica, Matthew||Vaughan||RHP / OF||Niagara University||Buffalo||New York|
|Seymour, Ethan||Nobleton||RHP / 1B||McMaster University||Hamilton||Ontario|
|Sherwood,Jelani||Brampton||OF||Muskegon Community College||Muskegon||Michigan|
|Stott,Jason||Newmarket||1B / OF||ASA Community College||Miami||Florida|
|Van Den Burg, Dylan||Richmond Hill||RHP / IF||Cornerstone University||Grand Rapids||Michigan|
|Windle,Colin||Aurora||RHP||Hillbert University||Hamburg||New York|
The Team Ontario Astros wish this record-breaking group of student-athletes the best of luck in their post-secondary endeavours both on and off the field in the USA and Ontario.