By Cheyenne Wood
Congratulations are in order to four Muskoka Hornets alumni who participated in the 22U Junior Nationals with the Newmarket Hawks in Halifax, Nova Scotia this past weekend and helped bring home a gold medal!
“We are a very proud organization today knowing that four Muskoka Hornets alumni played critical roles in helping the Newmarket Hawks capture the 22U Junior Nationals in Halifax,” said Peter Haynes, Muskoka Hornets President. “Ethan Murdy from Huntsville (second from left in photo) and Cody Thomas from Bracebridge (third from left) handled all the catching duties throughout the season!”
Murdy, a force all season at the plate, captured the Home Run Derby before the start of the Nationals tournament, beating out a player from Dartmouth on his way to a D1 baseball scholarship.
Meanwhile, on the pitching front, southpaw Jordan Howse, from Windemere, (far left in photo) pitched a complete game with a 2-1 victory against Kitchener, in a must-win round-robin game on Saturday, August 6.
Logan McKnight, (far right) from Port Sydney, scattered three hits over six shutout innings in a round-robin victory over PEI and was given the honor of starting the gold medal game on the Sunday night against the event host Dartmouth team in a packed Beasley Stadium. McKnight did not disappoint, tossing a complete game gem giving up five hits and only one run in a 3-1 final win for the Newmarket Hawks.
Both Murdy and McKnight played their entire minor baseball careers with the Hornets and now play their trade for Laurentian and Western University respectively. Howse (who will also suit up for Western this Fall 2022) and Thomas played most of their minor ball in Muskoka and all four alumni are still involved with player development in the Muskoka Hornets program, helping future baseball players achieve their baseball dreams.
“Congrats boys on a job well done!” said Haynes.
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