Tag: Ontario Terriers

Andrew Wojtarowicz

Terriers’ Andre Wojtarowicz Commits to Frontier CC After a Strong Summer

Wojtarowicz, a six-foot-three, 185-pound two-way player, entered the August 25th CPBL All-Star Showcase Tryouts in Burlington having spent limited time on the mound prior. However, in his bullpen, he was impressive, and fast-forward a month later, he’s closing out the All-Star Showcase’s final game.

The left-hander sat in the upper 80’s, touching 89 at the event, an additional four ticks on his fastball than what he showed in his pen at the tryouts. He went two innings, striking out three. And just a couple of weeks later, in early October, he committed to Frontier Community College in Illinois.

It was a big month and a half for the 2021 graduate, who enjoyed his experience at the Showcase. “I had a great experience at the Showcase. It felt great to be able to showcase my abilities to the many scouts that attended,” said Wojtarowicz. 

From afar, Frontier Community College watched his outing through the televised broadcast and came away impressed with how he pitched. “Coach Brenneman was happy with my performance at the Showcase,” said Wojtarowicz. “The Ontario Terriers Organization are really good at finding the right fit for their players. They identified Frontier CC as one of the schools I should consider.”

Wojtarowicz is set to arrive at Frontier CC for the 2021 year and will be doing so as a dual player, spending time both on the mound and in the outfield. The upside on the mound is especially intriguing, while positionally, he profiles as a right fielder. There’s athleticism, allowing him to cover ground with clean actions, while the arm certainly profiles at the position. 

When asked about his strengths, he commented on his work ethic and mental skills more than his playing ability. “I am a very hard-working, dedicated and positive baseball player. Playing multiple sports over the years has helped me gain confidence and become extremely resilient and mentally tough.” 

Wojtarowicz was quick to give his family credit for helping him get to this point, stating, “without their support I wouldn’t have been able to play the game of baseball that I love.”

“I’m excited about the whole baseball college experience and playing against other top competition in the conference. I’m looking forward to working with their coaching staff, listening to their experience and improving as a baseball player and maturing as an adult.”

Wojtarowicz certainly improved his stock in limited action in the 2020 season, and there’s clearly upside, specifically on the mound. For now, his focus is on self-improvement, both on and off the field. “In the meantime it’s pretty simple—I will learn as much as possible about baseball, school and being a good person,” he said.

Look for Wojtarowicz to continue to trend upwards in his senior swan song, before heading off to Illinois.

Cameron Chee-Aloy

Terriers’ Cameron Chee-Aloy Makes His Presence Known in the CPBL

A member of the Ontario Terriers, an expansion team for the 2021 season, and one of the younger players at the CPBL All-Star Showcase in September, Cameron Chee-Aloy made his presence in the league known immediately. 

Chee-Aloy was one of seven attendees at the All-Star Showcase who were born in 2004, but his performance didn’t indicate it. He went 6/11, hit two home runs, patrolled centerfield well, and was named the Most Valuable Player. 

The right-handed hitting outfielder noted, “winning MVP means a lot to me, and I’m really fortunate to win this award. Especially now with this award, I feel like I proved to myself and everyone in this new league that I can compete in the highest level of baseball in the province.”

With many scouts in attendance in Dorchester for the All-Star Showcase, it could be a nerve-racking experience, however, for Chee-Aloy, he wasn’t fazed by the stage and capitalized on the opportunity. 

“I felt great performing in front of the scouts because it was just an opportunity to show them I can play well and potentially take the step to playing professional baseball. Personally I wasn’t nervous. I was just really excited to show them what I can do on the diamond,” said Chee-Aloy.

“I really enjoyed the CPBL All-Star Showcase. It was a great atmosphere and it was with the best competition in the province making every game really competitive and fun. Personally, with my performance, I had no complaints. I felt like I stood out and showed all my tools within the weekend.”

Still uncommitted and in communication with schools, Chee-Aloy isn’t in a rush to commit and has his eyes set on making a couple of prestigious teams in the near future. “I hope to continue my development next year and hope to make the Ontario Youth Team and have a shot for playing on the Junior National Team. I’m looking forward to getting back practicing and competing with my teammates in this season,” he said.

A toolsy outfielder with speed and impressive arm strength, Chee-Aloy noted that he made significant strides in his ability to track the ball this past year. And he looks to continue to improve from a physical standpoint during the offseason.

“The biggest way I plan on improving myself is just getting stronger with lifting.”

He has a well-rounded toolset, with speed, arm strength and the ability to play centerfield, while offensively, he’s now shown he can hit against the best pitching the province has to offer.

After a strong performance at the CPBL All-Star Showcase, he’s put himself on the map as one of the better players in the 2022 class and is undoubtedly one of the more intriguing follows in this province from here on out.

Ontario Terriers

Organizational Spotlight: Terriers Baseball Looks Forward to Beginning CPBL Play

Terriers Baseball, a new addition to the league, look forward to their inaugural year in the Canadian Premier Baseball League come 2021.

The Terriers have been in existence since 2005. They’ve produced 26 Major League Draft picks, 32 Junior National Team Members, and 222 college players. Director of Baseball Operations Dan Thompson started the program a decade and a half ago and is excited about being added to the CPBL.

“Joining the CPBL was a big and important move for us,” said Thompson. “We look forward to the outstanding competition that the CPBL will offer at all age levels and hope to contribute to keeping the CPBL the best league in the country.”

Following the club’s addition to the league, nine players participated in the CPBL All-Star Showcase, a highlight during the shortened 2020 season. Elijha Hammill, Dylan Oborne, Andre Wojtarowicz, Cameron Chee-Aloy, Andrius Jurenas, Matthew Brown, Jordan Woods, Rhys Montgomery and Colin Cymbalista were attendees of the Showcase. With Chee-Aloy taking home the MVP award after hitting two home runs and patrolling centerfield with ease during the three-day event.

Each member of the organization that was in attendance during the Showcase impressed. Oborne and Brown were up to 88, Wojtarowicz was up to 89. Woods and Montgomery both threw well in their multiple inning appearances. While the four position players had solid weekends as well. For Hammill, one of the top prospects in the country heading to the 2021 draft, it was one of the many events he participated in during the summer. 

During the fall, the Terriers 18u team played exceptionally well, going 14-2. Thompson stated, “this bodes well for next cycle (2021/22) as it is a young team with several returning players‎, some of whom have already committed to NCAA D1 programs.”

The Terriers committed players include Max Lanoue (Stony Brook), Elijha Hammill (Utah), Hugh Pinkney (Rutgers), Matt Brown (Frontier), Andre Wojtarowicz (Frontier), Jordan Woods (ETSU), Julian Russell (Alderson Broaddus), Ayden Finn (Guelph). There’s depth in the organization from a talent standpoint, and not just at the 18u level with plenty more uncommitted players waiting in the wings.

Looking ahead to the 2021 season, all four Terriers clubs will head west in June, set to play a handful of games in Okotoks; meanwhile, the Terriers will also be travelling to destinations such as St. Louis and Nashville if the pandemic settles down. 

Coming off of an impressive fall, the Terriers look to carry that momentum into their inaugural year in the CPBL.