Elmvale Spitfires Ladies Fastball Champs

The Elmvale Spitfires had a very successful 2022 season, coming in first in the league for the season and first in the league for the playoffs. Thanks to coaches Dan McLean and Tim McGinnis for another fun and competitive season.

The Simcoe Ladies Fastball League consists of a total of seven teams: Elmvale Spitfires, Barrie Red, Barrie Peaches, Western Herbert’s Boots, Minesing Moose and Phelpston Cougars.

The Elmvale Splitfires only lost one game all season and every game the in playoffs. Go girls! All women  athletes in this league are congratulated on keeping this skill level of play alive and entertaining to watch.


Junior Farmers On The Fields of Fun This Summer

Another huge thank you goes out to Jason at Orr Lake Golf for helping us put on a successful annual Junior Farmers Golf Tournament and donating a portion back to our club!

Mike Franssen and Michaela Rossi on winning longest drive.

We send a huge Thank You once again to our sponsors & we look forward to seeing everyone next year!

First Place

Baseball season has officially wrapped up! 1st place in the Elmvale Friday Night 3 Pitch League


Sports with Patrick Townes

This Labour Day weekend is the annual Minesing Labour Day slow-pitch tournament. The tournament is back this year after a two-year hiatus due to COVID.  It ran annually for almost 30 years. It is hosted by the Minesing Community Recreation Association and over the years has raised funds to help pay for the Community Centre expansion in Minesing, and the covered pavilion and rink boards, as well as many smaller projects the in the community.

The first year the tournament had only 8 teams entered, and pre-pandemic it peaked at as many as 32 teams. This year 24 teams will participate; a couple of them are still around from the first year, although there have been some player changes over the years. The action kicks off Friday night at the Minesing school diamonds and Tree Nursery Sports Park. The beer garden at the Pavilion is always packed Friday night to enjoy a band or DJ. Games resume Saturday morning at 9:00 am and the day ends with home run derby at the school diamonds. Championship Sunday always brings a big crowd to Minesing school diamond #2. The finals start at 11:30 am with the ‘D’ division and work up to the ‘A’ division at 3:15 pm.

The Blue Jays ship is still afloat, but not far from sinking.  The Baltimore Orioles are hot on the tails of the current Wild Card teams and it will be a tight race to the finish.  The recent sweep at the hands of the lowly Angels is not a good start to one of the weaker parts of their schedule.  The team has had to sit some of the hotter hitters in order for George Springer, who has been battling some injuries, to DH.  The starting pitching is good, but the hitting is suspect.  A playoff team needs all sides of the field on a roll.  The beasts in the National League will be tough to beat at the end of the day, but the American League is all up for grabs. The Simcoe Rural Fastball League playoffs are currently in the semi-finals.  The Minesing Mallards are facing the Vasey Countrymen and the Waubaushene Dodgers are facing the Uhthoff Nationals.  Schedules are not finalized.

The Elmvale Rural Fastball League (Thursday Night League) is also entering their playoff schedule.  Action occurs on the next two Thursday nights, and then concludes with Friday night and Saturday games in Elmvale on September 9th and 10th.  It is a round robin format with the top four teams squaring off on the 10th.  The pools are as follows:  Giants, Royals, Brewers and Ball Dogs.  And the other pool features the Merchants, Minesing, Selects and the Legion.

The curling season is quickly approaching.  Yes, you are as surprised as I am.  Keep an eye out for the ads in the paper for the Elmvale Curling Club and stay tuned for the online registration process.  The club is always looking for new curlers and please do not hesitate to reach out or drop in for a visit.



The Hillsdale U17 team sponsored by Hardship Acres Landscaping Inc. travelled to Wyevale on August 15th looking to capture the GBMSL Peter Robinson Memorial Championship trophy.  The team was able to come away with a 18-3 victory. This capped off a regular season championship that saw the team go undefeated in league play. On top of this achievement the team finished 7th at the Canadian eliminations and 8th at the Ontario Summer Games. Anchored by great pitching from Isaac, Ben, Cam and Cole. Solid defence and great hitting from Jake M, Nathan, Jackson, Nik, Josh, Jake D, Eden, Bradford, Brayson. Congratulations Team on a great season and Thanks to the coaching staff for all the effort to make this an incredible year.

What a great season had by all teams! A big thank you to all of the sponsors, players, coaches, officials and parents for a successful season.

To keep up to date on all things related to Hillsdale Haymakers Minor Baseball check the website https://hillsdaleathletes.com


GBMSL Results                    

U9 W 25-13
U11-1 L 27-5
U11-2 L 11-18
U13-1 L 13-5
U13-2 W 13-5
U17 W 18-3



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