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Seasons underway for local elite baseball teams

With addition of U17 Legionaires, Oshawa now boasts four teams in the Elite Baseball League of Ontario

A sure sign that spring is here for good is local elite baseball teams once again hitting the diamond.

This year Oshawa boasts four clubs in the Elite Baseball League of Ontario (EBLO).

The season is already well underway for several teams, while others are just getting started.

The 18U squad, competing in the EBLO’s Premier Division, is coached by Ken Babcock, who is also the president of Baseball Oshawa and athletic director at Durham College.

They will see their first round of action tonight against 0-2 Ajax.

The team finished 10-7, good enough for fourth in the division, in 2017.

The newest EBLO entry for Oshawa is the 17U team coached by Jamie May, playing in the Elite Division.

The team is off to a fast start with victories in its first two games, defeating Toronto 6-5 and then thumping Brampton 17-4 on May 9.

Brampton was seeking revenge Tuesday evening as the Legionaires visited for the rematch.

Results were unavailable as of The Oshawa Express’ deadline.

The 16U Legionaires, coached by Daryl Macklem, are off to a 1-2 start to the season.

They came up short in both ends of a doubleheader against Newmarket on Saturday, May 12, dropping 11-7 and 7-4 decisions.

Oshawa is back in action on the road in Stouffville on May 19.

Geoff Whent is the coach for the 15U squad, who are perfect through the first two games of the season.

The Legionaires have picked up wins over North Toronto and Scarborough, outscoring their opponents 20-13 so far.

Their next game is May 18 at 7:30 p.m. against Northumberland at Kinsmen Stadium.

For full schedules for Oshawa’s elite baseball clubs, visit elitebaseball.ca