Local rally: baseball players win medals, St. Pierre on Team Ontario Elite


Brody Steinman and Gino De Santis of Chatham won medals with the Riverside Royals at the AAA Baseball Ontario Championships.

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Baseball players win medals in Ontario

Two Chatham players – Brody Steinman and Gino De Santis – won medals with the Riverside Royals at the AAA Baseball Ontario Championships.

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Steinman was a pitcher, first baseman and outfielder for the 13U Royals, which most recently won bronze in the final round of the August Madness playoff tournament in Scarborough.

The 13U Royals were 21-7-4 overall, including 2-2-2 against gold medalist Mississauga Majors.

De Santis was a catcher, first baseman and pitcher for the Royals 12U, which took silver last weekend in North York.

The 12U Royals finished second despite winning both games with gold medalist North York Blues in the playoff round robin.

The Royals are set to host the 2022 13U Canadian Championship.

Gino De Santis of Chatham, Ont., Won a silver medal with the Riverside Royals at the 2021 Baseball Ontario AAA 12U Championship.  (Photo provided)
Gino De Santis of Chatham, Ont., Won a silver medal with the Riverside Royals at the 2021 Baseball Ontario AAA 12U Championship. (Photo provided)

Saint-Pierre chosen for the elite team

Gabe St. Pierre of Chatham has been named to the 2021-2022 Team Ontario Elite men’s volleyball team.

The program is aimed at 17 and 18 year olds who demonstrate the skills necessary to compete on a provincial youth or national team over the next two years.

They will attend two training camps in 2021 before 12 to 14 players are selected for a weeklong camp in March 2022. They are in the running to compete in the 2022 Canada Summer Games in August.

St. Pierre is a former Chatham Ballhawk who now plays for the KW Predators. The Chatham-Kent High School student has signed up to Nipissing University for the 2022-2023 season.

He has been in the Team Ontario program for four years.

CK players on St. Clair Fratmen

Five players from the Chatham-Kent area are part of the St. Clair Fratmen in the Canadian Junior Football League.

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Quarterback Owen Malott-Bennett, defensive back Jackson Rountree and linebacker Brenden Bondy are from Chatham, offensive / defensive lineman Billy Enns is from Wheatley and defensive lineman Caleb O’Leary is from Port Lambton.

Malott-Bennett is just 17, but played the second half in a 63-1 win over the GTA Grizzlies in the season opener on Aug. 29 in Etobicoke.

The Fratmen play their home opener against the London Beefeaters at 8 pm Saturday at Acumen Stadium at St. Clair College in Windsor.

The Beefeaters roster includes two CKSS alumni: returner Nick Mackenzie and defensive back Jordan Wright.

Attack, Storm play this weekend

The Chatham offense will host London English at 5 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Chatham campus of St. Clair College in the Western Ontario Soccer League.

The Attack (2-2-4) occupies the third place of the First Division.

The Chatham Storm will travel to London, Croatia on Saturday and host London Athletic Canadian FC at 5 pm Sunday at St. Clair College.

The Storm (2-2-4) occupies third place in the second division.

Anthony coaches Flyers goaltenders

Wheatley’s Matt Anthony remains the Leamington Flyers goaltender coach, who hired Dale Mitchell as their new head coach this week.

Mitchell, 32, won two Memorial Cups with the Windsor Spitfires before playing professionally for more than a decade.

Anthony, 37, is also an ex-Spitfire who played for the pros. He had been on the Flyers staff under former head coach Cam Crowder.


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