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Brampton BattleCats
Brampton, Canada


Monday, August 22

Welcome to our team site:

The Brampton Battlecats Baseball Club compete in the Central Ontario Major Baseball
League (COMBL) at the Senior AAA Level:


Cobamajor Playoff:


Gm. 1 Brampton 6 - Erindale 0

Gm 2  Oakville 5 - Brampton 3

Gm 3  Nigara 7 - Brampton 5

The 2011 season came to an end on Sunday Aug 21/11 when the Battlecats lost to Niagara 7 - 5. They needed to win the game to advance to the final weekend games. Mike Gareri, just off the DL, belted a homerun, double and a single while Greg Dodwell also slammed a Homerun and added a single. The team will now look forward to the 2012 season. As always the team will look to do some recruiting in the off season hoping that they find some players to add to their core.

The Cats want to thank the players coaches, fans, sponsors and the Brampton Guardian for it's wonderful coverage of our games.


The Cobamajor playoffs got started with the Battlecats facing the league's first place finishers, Erindale Cardinals. The Cats sent R.J. Page to the mound and he was brilliant throwing a 2 hit shutout as the team emerged with a 6 - 0 victory. Matt Piccioni belted 2 singles and a double while scoring a run. Mike Benyo contributed 2 singles and scored while Vic Speciale singled and doubled. Brampton will face the winner of the Etobicoke Ranger, Oakville A's game. It will be played on Saturday Aug 20/11 at Nelson Park in Burlington, game time 2:30pm.

The 2011 season ended with the Battlecats taking a drubbing at the hands of the Etobicoke Rangers losing their last game 15 - 4. A day earlier saw the Cats in a seesaw battle with the Erindale Cardinals only to lose, 14 - 13.  Ken Appleby had 3 singles and 2 RBIs, Vic Speciale had a 2 run Triple and a double and a single with 3 RBIs. In a bizare event, 58 year old Brampton coach, Scott Stevenson was forced to enter the game after a player was ejected and there were no other bench players left. Scottie entered the game with a count of 1 ball and two strikes against him. He fouled off a pitch, took two more balls and slapped a soild shot down the left field line for a single. However on his way to try for a double, Scott's knee gave out just before the second base bag and he was tagged out by the Erindale SS. As a player Scott now has a batting average of 1000.! The Cats now await the rest of the league to finish their games to see who they will face in the playoffs. The preliminary games will be played at 3 different diamonds, Connorvale park, St. Catharines and Clarkson park and the knockout round on Sat. Aug 20/11 at Nelson Park.  Addendum; The battlecats will face the Erindale Cardinals at Connorvale Park in Etobicoke 7:30pm start On Thursday Aug 18/11. Win or lose they will play game 2 at Nelson Park on Saturday Aug 20/11 Time TBA.


After a tough 4 game losing streak the Battlecats took on the Glanbrook Grizzles and defeated them by a score of 13 - 3. The Griz came to town with a short bench and the Cats were able to take advantage of the situation. Victor Specisale continued his great season by homering and adding a single as well. Mike Benyo contributed with a 3 RBI day. Nick Sousa was the winning pitcher only allowing the 3 earned runs by the Grizzlies.  Brampton now awaited the Erindale Cardinals for a match on Friday Aug. 12/11, 7:30pm start at FCCC field. The Etobicoke Rangers come to town next on Saturday, Aug 13/11 for a 12:00pm start at FCCC. These last two games will wrap up the regular season for the Battlecats. The Cobamajor playoffs start on Thursay Aug 18/11. Their opponents and site are yet to be determined. 


Although the Battlecats didn't advance to the semi finals at the Ontario Elimination tournament, they posted a respectful showing with a 2 and 2 record.  The Cats will resume their regular schedule on Friday Aug 5/11 with a game vs the Oakville As at FCCC park 7:30pm start. They then travel to Campbellville, Ontario On Saturday to take on The Milton Red Sox in a doubleheader starting at 12:00pm. The Red Sox have been without their home park for the entire season due to a construction project which rendered the diamond unplayable.

Congratulations to the Mississauga Twins for finishing as team 2 in the Ontario Eliminations. They narrowly missed beating the Windsor Stars who are team 1 representing Ontario at The Nationals. Good luck to Manager Bob Kulchyk, the players and coaches in the National Tournament.


The  2011 Brampton Battlecats took on a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde appearance this past week when they travelled to Mississauga to face the league leading Twins losing 16 - 4. On Friday July 22/11 the Dr. Jekyll side appeared as they defeated the Glanbrook Grizzles 12 - 3.  A few bright spots in the Mississauga game was Justin Deleskie blasting a towering homerun that ended up on Winston Churchill Rd and Jaineel Purohit going 3 for 3 with all the hits being singles.  On the Friday Vic Speciale contined his great season by hitting a homerun and a single. Mike Gareri  went 3 for 5 with 2 singles and a double. Greg Dodwell blasted a 3 run Triple.The pitching was terrific with Joey Nonis throwing for 5 innings only giving up 2 hits and R.J. Page going 4 innings also only giving up 2 hits. Page got the win while striking out 10 batters. This Sundays sees the Cobamajor league Allstar game being played in Burlington's Nelson park. The Cats are represented by Vic Speciale, Al Hughes and Joey Nonis. Justin Deleskie was also selected but is unable to attend. Monday has Brampton travelling to Oakville to face the A's in a 7:30pm start.


Hap Walters Tournament results:

Gm 1:  Brampton 6 - Markham 5  WP Joey Nonis  Sv R.J.Page

Gm 2:  Brampton 9 - Strathroy 8  WP R.J.Page

Gm 3:  Windsor Stars 6 - Brampton 2  LP Steve Hough

Although the Battlecats didn't advance to the second round of the Hap Walters Tournament they showed well  and served notice that they will be a factor in the Eliminations. On Friday they defeated the Markham Mariners 6 -5  and in game 2 on a blistering hot Saturday morning they came back from being down 6 - 0 after 2 innings to take the Strathroy Royals 9 - 8. In game 3 they faced the always powerful Windsor Stars (last years Ontario Champions) and fought hard but fell by a score of 6 - 2.   With a 1st round record of, 2 and 1 the Cats had to wait for the results from another division game to see if they were going to move on but unfortunetly it didn't turn out in their favour. Vic Speciale had a great tournament belting 3 home runs in 3 games and rookie pitcher R.J. Page had a win and a save. Brampton gets back to league play when they travel to Mississauga on Tuesday July 19/11 and are at home on Friday July 22/11 

 After another troubling doubleheader loss to Etobicoke, 4 - 3 in 10 innings and 5 - 0 the Cats ended their losing streak with a decisive 10 - 2 win over the Erindale Cardinals. Mike Burke earned his first Victory of the season going 8 innings allowing only 1 earned run. Jaineel Purohit had the big bat with 4 hits in five trips to the plate. Brampton now rests up while preparing for the prestigious, Hap Walters Tournament. Their opponents for the first game will be the Markham Mariners. The game will be played at Erindale Cardinals park (9th line) on the north diamond starting at 6:00pm. 


The mid season rankings of Senior baseball in Souther Ontario have come out and for the first time in their history Battlecat players have made both the first and sceond Allstar teams. Justin Deleskie and Ryan Knight were selected to the first team and Vic Speciale and Joey Nonis to the second team. Justin leads all players in Ontario with a .523 batting average and Ryan Knight at .428. Victor also either leads or is in the top 5 in many statistical catagories. Although the Battlecats have been in a slide for wins recently their offense remains potent as they lead all clubs in Ontario with a team batting average of .320. The Cats are looking to turn their slide around this Friday when they head to Etobicoke for a doubleheader with the Rangers at Connervale Park. The first game starts at 6:30pm


The Burlington Brants came to town on July 2/11 for a doubleheader with the Battlecats and took the first game 4 - 0, the second game ended in a 4 - 4 tie with the curfew rule taking effect. In game one the Cats bats where cold as they only managed 5 hits and although the Brants only had 6 hits they made them count with a 4 run 5th inning. In game 2 the two teams traded leads but the game was called after the 8th inning. Ryan Knight went 3 - 4 with 3 singles, 2 stolen bases and scored a run. Justin Deleskie had 2 doubles and scored a run. Mike Gareri also went 3 for 4 with a double and two singles, a stolen base and scored a run. The Cats travel to Connervale park to face the Etobicoke Rangers on Friday July 8/11 for a twi-night doubleheader. First game starts at 6:00pm. 


The Cats travelled to Mississauga and were soundly defeated by a score of 9 - 2. The bats were as cold as the weather with the exception of Alan Hughes who went 3 - 4 with a double and two singles. Brampton next faces Burlington on July 2/11 for a doubleheader at FCC diamond. First game starts at 11:00am. 


The Battlecats had another tough weekend by losing to Erindale on Friday June 24/11 14 -9 and to Milton on Sunday June 26/11  9 - 3. The Cats, plagued by short benches in both games, were not able to hold on to the lead, once again, in both games. On a more positive note a number of players continue their hot play with Ryan Knight leading the pack with a lofty .484 batting average. Following closely behind are Justin Deleskie .440 avg., Ken Appleby .410avg and Vic Speciale with .385 avg. In combined play, Justin Deleskie sports a sparkling average at .500!!!

Brampton is hoping to right the ship when they travel to Mississauga on Tuesday June 28/11 for a tilt with the Twins; game time 7:30pm Clarkson Rd park.    

The Cats travelled to St. Catharines for a doubleheader with the Metros and lost both games after giving up the lead in both games. Playing with a very short bench the Battlecats still managed a very powerful offense which was lead by Victor Speciale. Vic had 3 hits in game 1 and had 2 homeruns and a single in game 2. Short on pitchers, Mike Benyo was pressed into action. Mike hasn't pitched in 8 years. Hoping to put the weekend losses behind them, Brampton sees action next on Friday June 24/11 at FCCC park 7:30pm start and they will host the Erindale Cardinals and on Sunday when their opponents will be the Milton Red Sox (a make up game). This game will be played at 9th line park starting at 12:00pm. 

The Battlecats got into a slugfest in Erindale on Monday and held on to defeat the powerful Cardinals 13 - 12. The Cats were led by speedster Ryan Knight who went 5 for 5 with a walk and scored 3 times. Ken Appleby, Greg Dodwell and Vic Speciale all had 3 hits apiece. Rookie pitcher R.J.Page went 4 innings and was relieved by Nick Sousa who got the win. Jaineel Purohit came in to stike out the third out in the bottom of the 9th to get the save. The win keeps the Battlecats on top of the Cobamajor league standings. The Cats next travel to St. Catharines to face the Metros  in a doubleheader on Saturday June 18/11.

After taking a shellacking, 11 - 0 from the Oakville A's on Friday June 10/11 the Cats came back against the always tough Etobicoke Rangers, in game 1 of a makeup double header, winning 3 - 1. On Friday pitcher Steve Hough threw 5 solid innings only giving up 2 runs. The bullpen had a difficult time and there were errors in the field that allowed the A's to score 9 unanswered runs. Saturday was a different story as Justin Deleskie pitched 7 strong innings for the win. Mike Gareri belted a solo homerun. Game 2 was washed out as mother nature once again forced the postponement due to rain. No make up dated as been determined. Brampton gets right back at it as they travel to Erindale to face the Cardinals on Monday June 13/11.  

The Battlecats are off to one of their better starts in many years with a 4 - 1 record after the first 5 games. They will take a break from regular league play on the weekend of June 3 - 5/11 when they will play in the Vaughan Vikings early bird tournament . The Cats will get back to the regular season when they travel to Glanbrook to play the Grizzlies at Heritage Green Park on Tuesday June 7/11. They then have a rematch with the Oakville A's at FCCC park on Friday June 10/11 7:30pm start. They are right back at it hosting the Etobicoke Rangers on Saturday June 11/11 11:00am start for a Doubleheader at NB: Dave Dash Memorial Park.

1.) After reaching the semi finals at the Vaughan Tournament and losing out on a controversial ruling the Battlecats travelled to Glanbrook. The first inning was their undoing as they spotted the Grizzlies 6 runs and never recovered losing 6 - 4. On a bright note newcomer rookie R.J.Page came in to shut down the powerful Glanbrook team for the rest of the way. Al Hughes led the offense with a 2 run homerun, a double and accounted for 3 RBIs. Next on the agenda are the Oakville As on Friday June 10/11 at FCCC field 7:30pm start. The Cats are busy this weekend as the Etobicoke Rangers come in for a doubleheader starting at 11:00am. NB: These games will be played at Dave Dash Memorial Diamond on McMurchy St.

Any player with rep, college, semi pro or pro experience that would like to come out for the Battlecats is asked to contact one of the coaches listed below.   

Homerun Pool:  Players have picked from assigned columns. The entrant picking the players with the most homerun totalled at the end of the MLB regular season will split the pot with the team.  (61 people have signed up) Thanks to everyone and to the player organizers as well. 


Our Casino Rama trip & poker tournament were very successful. Thanks to the player organizers and to all who attended.    CONGRATULATIONS TO VICTOR SPECIALE for winning the Bill Graham "Ironman" award at the recent Cobamajor Banquet!!! Well done and well deserved. Also congrats go to Victor Speciale,  Al Hughes, and Mike Gareri for being named to the 2010 Len Andrews Division Allstar team.                                                         


The Battlecats are proud to welcome a new sponsor to our team; Megs n Gigs! Megs n gigs are a complete ,on line, source of Office, Warehouse, Electronic Art supplies and much more. Please visit their website at:

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The Battlecats wish to thank our sponsors for their generous donations;

C.W. Henderson Distribution

Geo-Foundation Contractors

Megs n Gigs 

Spot 1 Bar and Grill

Agway Metals Ltd.


 The Battlecats are completely self funded and rely on the generousity of our sponsors for our finances. Anyone or any Company wishing to be part of the team by helping out with our expenses are asked to please call Blake  (number listed below). The team is greatful
for all donations.

President; Blake Frost

(905) 453-2481

Admin. Ron Lutz (416) 708-7567                                                                                     

Coach: Scott Stephenson

Coach: Ian Held

Coach: Steve Kretz 


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