By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express
Three members of the U16 Oshawa Legionaries will be in a familiar place during the first ever Elite Baseball League of Ontario U15/U16 All-star Game.
Second and third baseman Carter Arbuthnot, pitcher and first baseman Jacob Rienstra and centre fielders Jason Kauffeldt were selected to the Team East 25-man-roster by coaches across the EBLO.
In 26 games this season, Kauffledt is hitting .400 with 22 runs, four doubles and triples apiece, and 18 stolen bases while only been thrown out once.
“He gets a ton of base hits and has been our biggest offensive threat this year, which has shown as he was the only 16U EBLO player to make the Canada Summer Games roster,” says Legionaires coach Jamie May, who will serve as a coach for Team East.
Second only to Kauffeldt, Arbuthnot is hitting a .360 pace with 19 runs scored.
In 91 at bats, he has drawn 14 walks, while only striking out twice.
“That’s what makes him so good, he is nearly impossible to strike out,” May says, adding that Arbuthnot is currently on a 13-game hitting streak, with seven multiple hit games in that span.
Rienstra is a double-threat, currently hitting .316 with 17 RBIs, but also dominating on the pitcher’s mound.
In 50 innings of work, Rienstra has posted a 5-0 record with 0.72 ERA, striking out 71 batters while only giving up 26 hits.
“He’ll be on the short list of people who could win the Ontario Baseball Association Pitcher of the Year Award,” May says.
Kauffeldt, Arbuthnot and Rienstra represented the top three hitters in the Legionaires lineup and have been an integral part of the team’s success.
“They’re a huge reason why we’ve won 12 of our last 14 games,” he says.
The game is scheduled for Aug. 9 at Kinsmen Stadium in Oshawa.
Rosters for the U17/U18 All-Star Game, set for Aug. 17, will be announced in the coming weeks.