Ga. – After suffering a tough loss on Saturday, the Ontario Blue
Jays Black came out strong against the Next Level Titans on Sunday.
had a tough one yesterday,” said Head Coach Dan Bleiwas. “I think
we came out angry in the first inning and we did a good job at
putting up some zeroes.”
Blue Jay took an early 3-0 lead and were able to put up two more runs
later in the game. Their solid work in the field held the Titans at
three for their 5-3 victory.
Salmon-Williams went 2-for-2 hitting a single and a triple. Tony
Hrynkiw went 1-for-3 with 2 RBI. Josh Naylor hit a clutch single in
the first inning, and reached base another time on a fielder’s
choice which scored two runs after the Titans intentionally walked
the bases loaded for his at-bat.
was trying to keep my head in, get a double hopefully and score a few
runs,” explained Naylor. “I hit it in the ground and scored two
runs. I thought I did really well in that situation just keeping my
head down and getting the ball on
the ground and scoring runs.”
an unbelievable talent,” added Bleiwas. “He’s always been a
fantastic hitter. He’s starting to understand there’s more to
baseball than seeing the ball and hitting the ball. He’s starting
to get a good approach. He has a lot of pride and competes harder
than mist kids.”
Anesty started on the mound for the Blue Jays and pitched 3 1/3
innings. He only allowed one run, walked three and struck out three.
While he was on the mound, Naylor, who was playing first base, took a
few trips to the mound to talk to Anesty.
just kind-of told him to relax,” explained Naylor. “No pressure,
we’re up by three runs. Just chill out, throw strikes. I was trying
to bring him back down to earth."
Naylor and his coach, Bleiwas, consider him to be a team leader.
a great kid. He has a lot of fun. His teammates all love him and he’s
definitely the leader of the team,” said Bleiwas.
try to keep the team always pumped up, and ready for the next team,
ready to battle,” added Naylor. “I always try to get everyone
involved in the game.”
is ranked No. 9 on Perfect Game’s High School class of 2015
National Rankings, and is ranked No. 1 overall in Ontario.
was pretty exciting when I first heard,” said Naylor. “I was
really pumped up and really proud of myself for how I did. I want to
get that No. 1 spot by the time I’m 18.”
is from Mississauga, Ontario and attends St. Joan of Arc high school.
He graduates in 2015 and hopes to continue to play in college.
However, he said he hasn’t been focused on talking to scouts quite
now I’m just focused on having fun and playing the game,”
explained Naylor. “I really want to go to Rice or Florida, those
are my favorite schools. I just want to have fun right now (and) be
myself. (I) just take it day by day, and focus on what I’m going to
do today, (and) how I’m going to play today.”
played in the Perfect Game WWBA World Championship last October, and
also was a part of the 2013 Junior National Showcase earlier this
came in and I was kind-of nervous at first,” said Naylor about the
Junior National Showcase. “But after my first throw in the outfield
I was ready. I let it go from the arm and I hit 95 and was pretty
proud of myself. I was pretty happy with my BP, I felt I was little
off though. I did personal best on my running. (Overall) I did well.”
was honored with the opportunity to play around the world with Team
Canada’s Junior National Team at the age of 15.
really a fun experience,” said Naylor about playing with Team
Canada. “We travel the world and play the best competition
worldwide. Last year in the World Championships we played Team Korea,
U.S., Team Japan, Taiwan and it was a great experience. We came
second in the world. It’s very humbling playing with Team Canada.
Going around the world playing the best teams around the world is
just really fun.”
6-foot, 205-pound outfielder and first baseman has been playing with
the Ontario Blue Jays since he was 11.
Blue Jays are) the greatest program in Canada, probably in the
world,” said Naylor. “I love it. (They provide) a clubhouse,
batting cages, (and) workout area. We can train anytime we want. (We
have) the best coaches around. The training is just fantastic. We all
come together as a family. All our 16u, 17u teams are all family. We
all train with each other and all have fun with each other.”
from Canada, Naylor said he really enjoys coming down and playing
teams in the United States.
got to train our hardest and practice our hardest to beat U.S.
teams,” explained Naylor. “We always look forward to playing them
because competition in Canada isn’t as strong as the U.S. We always
look forward to playing U.S. teams and we’re thankful to be able to
play them. It makes us better personally because we play the best in
the United States.”
thing that we have to deal with in Canada is that they haven’t
played a lot of quality baseball,” added Bleiwas. “Sometimes it
gets fast for them at this age but the talent (on this team) is
better than anything we’ve had before. So we’ve got to get down
here (to the U.S.) and start playing good teams on good fields in