August 4, 2013 – McKinney, Texas: The Ontario Blue Jays 16 & Under Team became the first Canadian team to win an American Amateur Baseball Congress (A.A.B.C.) World Series winning the Mickey Mantle World Championship over California’s San Gabriel Valley Arsenal. The Jays entered the final day having to beat California twice and they did just that, winning the first game 6 – 5 on a 2 run Home Run by C Tony Hrynkiw (2014 high school graduate from Brampton, Ontario). Hrynkiw’s blast came with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the 7th and final inning and staved off elimination and propelled the Jays and California to a winner takes all Championship Game. The first game also saw eventual tournament MVP RHP Cole White (2015/Barrie) throw his second complete game of the World Series earning his second victory after winning the first game of the tournament on Wednesday July 31 beating East Cobb from Georgia by a 6 – 1 score. White had a 1.00 ERA for 14 innings in the World Series.
In that final game the Ontario Blue Jays prevailed over California by a 7 – 5 score led by a bases clearing triple by LF Greg Carrington (2014/Scarborough) and 2 hit performances by 2B J.D. Williams (2015/Brampton) and CF Brett Watson (2014/Brampton) as well as nearly flawless defense by SS Royce Ando (2015/Mississauga) and Hrynkiw behind the plate. RHP R.J. Freure (2015/Burlington) came out of the bullpen to record the win for the second consecutive day throwing 8 2/3 of nearly flawless relief over the two-day span. RHP Dexter Coughtrey (2014/Kingston) started the final game vs. California after having come in against them in the game 2 loss and having thrown 6 nearly flawless innings of relief. This was on top of his perfect effort in the Regional Tournament as he recorded a perfect game in a win over Connecticut.
The Ontario Blue Jays didn’t take the easy way in the double elimination World Series despite winning that first game over the Southeastern U.S. representative from Georgia. The Jays lost game 2 of the World Series to California 9 – 5 before coming around to meet the eventual runner-ups on the final day. En route the Jays scored victories over the Michigan Bulls by a 10 – 0 margin; the Texas representative Frozen Ropes Baseball by a 13 – 5 score and a 5 – 0 shutout over host and national powerhouse D-Bat, also of Texas. In that shutout over D-Bat from Texas, RHP Darren Shred (2015/Brampton) threw what many observers considered the best outing in Ontario Blue Jays history, recording a complete game shutout for the win and only allowing 2 hits; a bad hop single in the second and an infield hit in the 7th. Shred didn’t walk anyone and faced 1 hitter over the minimum. Shred normally a catcher but filling in, in the outfield for an injured player showed his versatility and competitiveness doing what he did on the mound. Shred also the team’s 4-hole hitter most games also hit .286 with 5 RBI’s in the World Series.
Head Coach Sean Travers becomes the first Canadian to win a AABC World Series. Travers was assisted by Pat Visca, Richard Clemons and Joe Ellison as well as Athletic Therapist Chris Walsh. In addition to the notable achievements on the final day listed above, 1B Josh Naylor (2015/Mississauga) won the “Big Stick” award given to the tournament’s top hitter having led the tournament with a .524 average and 2 home runs.
The Jays advanced to the World Series after being the top 16 and under team in the Premier Baseball League of Ontario (PBLO) this season and then winning the North Atlantic Regional Tournament in Waterbury, Connecticut on July 28 to earn the right their way to the World Series. In that regional, the Jays won in dramatic fashion on an 11th inning walk-off single by Watson to beat historic program Youth Services of Brooklyn, New York 1 – 0. That game also featured an exceptional 7 inning relief performance by Shred for the win. Shred combined with LHP Isaac Anesty (2015/Guelph).
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Mickey Mantle World Series Results
Game 1: East Cobb Titans 1 Ontario Blue Jays 6
Game 2: SGV Arsenal (California) 9 Ontario Blue Jays 5
Game 3: Ontario Blue Jays 10 Michigan Bulls 0
Game 4: Ontario Blue Jays 13 Frozen Ropes 5
Game 5: DBAT (Texas) 0 Ontario Blue Jays 5
Game 6: Ontario Blue Jays 6 SGV Arsenal (California) 5
Game 7: SGV Arsenal (California) 5 Ontario Blue Jays 7