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It may have been a bit of a chilly morning but was well worth attending the Addison Run for Mental Health 5k in Shelburne on April 27th.  It was nice to see Brady Lynch, Adam Lundquist, Alex McNiven, Andrew Giovanetti, Chris Ross, Haden Bruce from the Central Ontario Reds 18U and Josh McBride from the Voyaguer/Reds 16U as well as Coach Kirby Smith and Coach Dave Blanch participating in such a worth-while cause.  Way to go boys!!!! [gallery ids="1021,1020"]...

The Central Ontario Reds are pleased to announce 18U player Andrew Giovanetti has committed  to Fanshawe College to continue his education and play baseball for Coach Harvey and the Falcons next Fall. Andrew is in his first year with the Reds, he is the Reds utility player and will get time in the middle infield, behind the plate, in the outfield and on the mound for the Reds this upcoming summer. Andrew has worked hard all winter long and has showed some big improvements in his game; we are excited to see how this upcoming year plays out. Andrew is joining a great school with a phenomenal Baseball program in Fanshawe, the Falcons won Bronze medals in both the OCAA tournament and the National tournament this past season. Andrew will be joining to the Falcons as a middle infielder. While at Fanshawe Andrew will be studying Business Finance. Andrew has grown to be a great all around player and develop a magnitude of skills. Everyone at the Central Ontario Reds are delighted for both Andrew and his family.We want to wish Andrew the best of luck in his future endeavors. Lastly, we would like to thank Coach Harvey and Fanshawe College for their support of the Central Ontario Reds. Great Work Andrew !   [gallery ids="1194,1192,1191,1193"]...

[gallery ids="1032,1037,1033,1034,1036"] Over March break this year, both the 16U and 18U Central Ontario Reds spent their time in Historic Dodger Town, Vero Beach. Here is where they were completing their spring training before their season starts. Training camp consisted of gym time, practices and pre-season games. The games were played against current Florida teams in their age groups. Gearing up for the season, the teams learned new plays during practice and mental and physical game play. Hard work, focus and determination were had by all. The week-long training camp for all was a success, and Zach of the 16U team started his season off by crushing the ball over the fence for a homerun, and it is only pre-season! Congratulations to both teams on a successful week, and best of luck during the regular season!...

In February 2019, Team REVO Canada, made up of 12 players and coaches from the Central Ontario Reds and Voyageurs, had the opportunity to travel to Santiago de Rodriguez, Dominican Republic on a humanitarian/baseball trip.  Thank you to our sponsors; Ideal Supply, Carline Automotive, Culinary Designs, Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic, Tire Discounter Group, Central Ontario Reds, Lions Club of Stayner and Smith Brothers Baseball Central for making this trip possible.  The team spent 6 days in a Dominican non-tourist working town training with some ex-professional baseball players and EMI Baseball academy located in the town.  Our boys had the opportunity to see where some of their heroes came from and the conditions they trained and lived in. The boys trained for 5 days total during their trip and played 3 games, winning all three.  They met some fantastic role models and competitors.  The boys made friends with Yefri (Jeffrey) an 11-yr. old boy that was a shoe-shiner by ‘trade’.  Yefri was with the team from the early morning hours to late at night bonding with the boys and showing us all around his town.  We even had the opportunity to meet his family and visit their very modest home.  A memory our boys will never forget.  We have been able to remain in contact with Yefri and some of the ex-players through social media.   We truly hope to be able to see them again on another trip. When the team wasn’t playing ball, they had the opportunity to share some of their good fortune with the less fortunate.  The team brought 13 suitcases/ball bags of gear, school supplies, clothing, and daily bathroom necessities to give to those that may not be able to afford to buy their own.  We visited a very poor town a few hours away from where we were playing, and the village came to us.  The children and moms alike were so thrilled and appreciative of all we could share with them.  We also visited a local school where we brought clothing and school supplies for the younger kids.  The day continued with a practice at the local field where some of the children were using sticks as bats.  Our team handed out some ball gear that will be used at the local diamond.  The day was topped off with a true Dominican lunch served by our host’s aunt.  What an amazing day! We all came home after that trip with a realization of how truly lucky we are to live as we do and have access to some of the opportunities we have.  It was an eye-opener for players, coaches and adults alike.  We would like to thank Yordeny and Sylvia for sharing their town with us and being instrumental in making this trip such a huge success.  We’d also like to thank Louis Rodriquez and Sanchez at EMI Academy for all the hard work and passion you shared with all of us.  We hope to do it again!! [gallery ids="980,983,984,982"]...

[gallery ids="1147,1148,1149,1150"] The Central Ontario Reds are proud to announce 18U player Carson Barker has committed  to Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York to continue his education and play Baseball for Coach Sherman and the Cougars next Fall. Carson is the first ever Central Ontario Reds player to commit to a school to play baseball in the US and is the second ever College commitment from the Reds following teammate Chris Ross who has committed to play at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.  Carson Plans on studying Business/ Sports Management while at Genesee C.C. Carson is in his second season with the Reds and has played an instrumental roll over the course of the last two seasons. Carson was the Reds 16U and 18U every day third baseman; he also hit clean up for the duration of his time with the Reds. Carson is joining a great team and coach in Skip Sherman. Coach Sherman looks to continue the success of a program that has won a combined 40 or more games in three out of the last four seasons. He has also had over 40 student athletes continue on after GCC, receiving baseball scholarships from division I, II and III colleges, and five players drafted by Major League Baseball teams in the past six years. We would like to formally congratulate Carson and his family on this achievement, and would like to thank Skip Sherman and Genesee C.C. for their support of the Central Ontario Reds. We have seen Carson develop a multitude of baseball skills that will carry him through the rest of his career and in turn has helped develop him as a person. Fantastic work Carson!...

The Central Ontario Reds are proud to announce 18U player Chris Ross has committed  to Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario to continue his education and play baseball for Coach Jeffery and the Voyagers next fall. Chris is the first ever Central Ontario Reds player to commit to a school to play baseball. Chris plans on studying Earth Science at Laurentian starting in the fall. Chris is in his second season with the Reds and served as the teams lean on utility man. In the 2017/2018 season Chris played every position with the exception of Catcher and Centre Field. Chris demonstrated a good bat and great command on the mound. He played a huge part in the 2017/2018 season, and we are confident he will follow up with a stellar 2018/2019 season before heading off to University. Chris is joining a fairly new baseball program at Laurentian as last year was their first season in school history. The Voyageurs and Coach Jeffery had a solid season, showing lots of potential for many years to come. The team made a big playoff push, and made it to the semi finals of the OUA playoff tournament. We have seen Chris grow into an exceptional baseball player and shown pride in his character. Everyone at the Central Ontario Reds are excited for Chris and his family. We want to wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. We would also like to thank Coach Jeffery and Laurentian University for their support of the Central Ontario Reds. Congratulations Chris! [gallery ids="1050,1051,1054,580"]...