News and Announcements
To Oak Ridges Food Market, thank you very much for your generous support and for being an outstanding sponsor to RHMSA and the kids of Richmond Hill – Oak Ridges! Let’s Play Ball!
Thanks to all the parents, coaches and kids who braved the soggy, cold weather to proudly represent and support RHMSA and Softball in Richmond Hill by marching in the 2017 Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade! Despite the wet weather, we had a good turn out. Everyone joined in to spread the holiday spirit and to also wish everyone a Merry Christmas during the 2km march. We would like to give special thanks to Coach Monica for organizing the event, Coach Sergio for picking up the hot coffee and cocoa to keep us warm and the hardcore parents and kids (you know who you are) who continue to come out year after year to support. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Once again, RHMSA is excited to announce our participation in the 2017 Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade! We are calling on all softball players, family and friends to show their holiday spirit and proudly represent RHMSA. We had a successful turnout in previous years and we would like to top that this year!
The Richmond Hill Santa Claus parade is being held on Saturday, November 18 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. This year, the theme is “True North Strong and Free”! RHMSA participants will meet at the staging area prior to the start time to line up for the parade, time to be determined. Participants are welcome to wear their full uniforms (but wear some warm clothing underneath!), caps and bring their ball gloves and smiles.
If you’re interested in participating in the parade, have questions or want to help organize, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Kindly include how many people will be participating, e.g. 1 adult, 3 children. Remember: All are welcome to join in on the fun!
We were very fortunate to have many amazing coaches this year. However, a couple of coaches stood out this season by coaching two teams in 2016. This father and daughter (and former player) team coached both a U14 House League and U14 Select team. RHMSA would like to congratulate Sergio and Madison for dedicating their time to create another awesome and successful season of softball. Your positive attitude and dedication over the years is certainly an asset to the league and the youth of Richmond Hill! RHMSA would like to also sincerely thank the many amazing individuals who stepped up to coach this season. It is because of your commitment and coaching skills that the kiddos of our community had a place to play ball this summer.
The 2017 U14 Select season was an interesting one with the majority of the team comprising of last year’s U12 Select players who moved up. With the departure of two key pitchers and a coaching change, the U14 Select team was rebuilt. Coaches Sergio and Albert headed a team of returning Select players, with the exception of 2 girls, so they were no strangers to competitive softball. With two senior U14 veterans, Kyla Ciomyk and Caitlyn Wunderlich, the team set off for their journey.
The team participated in five tournaments this season: Brampton, Brantford, Etobicoke, Richmond Hill and the OSSTA Championships, held in Brantford. The first tournament was an indicator of the competition the team would face all season. With each tournament, the Richmond Hill team grew stronger and more competitive with increased knowledge. Practices became more intense each week.
At the OSSTA Championships on August 26/27, 18 teams participated. Of the four teams that Richmond Hill faced, three were new opponents. With a strong win over Burlington, RH faced Exeter in the final game of the round robin, the eventual winners. The RH girls played their best defensive game all season against a powerful and strong Exeter team. Exeter’s pitching was top notch and created difficulties for our batters, however the Rebel girls were on their game. With Vanessa Hook leading the pitching charge, the few hits allowed were followed by stellar throws from the RH catchers Kyla Ciomyk and Serena Saltarelli to nail aggressive base runners. With a low final score of 5-2 and a win by Whitby, the Rebels advanced to the elimination round.
On Sunday morning, knockout day for the tournament, the Rebels played Etobicoke. Unfortunately, some misplays in the first and second inning yielded a lead too great to mount a comeback and the Richmond Hill Rebels fell to a good pitching Etobicoke team. Overall, Richmond Hill finished in 10th place out of 18, a great showing for a team that has not played together before and a new coaching staff.
*Congratulations to the girls on their successful year of Select! *
Team roster (in no particular order): Serena, Ruby, Sophie, Melissa, Kyla, Rosanne, Vanessa, Abigayle, Caitlyn, Evette and Ava.