The Muskoka Hornets are pleased to announce that 54 teams will compete in the 11th Annual Muskoka Cup tournament in one rep and four select divisions across three summer weekends. This huge number of teams is reflective of continued interest from the baseball community in Ontario in coming to beautiful Muskoka for a weekend of fun baseball.
The 2019 Muskoka Cup events kick off for the U9 rookies and U13 peewees on the long weekend June 28-30, with 24 teams in total competing across the two divisions at Huntsville’s McCulley Robertson Diamond Complex. On July 5-7, six Midget U18 AA teams will compete at Kerr Park in Bracebridge and McCulley Robertson, and on July 19-21, 12 Mosquito U11s and 12 U15 Bantam teams will battle it out, with the younger U11s at Peake Field in Bracebridge and the older U15s at Kerr Park in Bracebridge and McCulley Robertson in Huntsville.
“The interest in our Muskoka Cup baseball tournaments is simply extraordinary. Each year, we turn away as many teams as we accept in our draws, which is reflective of a beautiful setting for baseball and the strong reputation of the tournament,” said Muskoka Hornets President, Peter Haynes. Of the 54 teams participating in 2019, over half attended previous Muskoka Cups.
The Hornets’ Tournament Organizing Committee estimate that as many as 2,000 guests will visit Muskoka over the three weekend tournament dates. These visitors will bring in as much as $400,000 in revenue for Muskoka restaurants, hotels and local businesses.
Despite the down period for our local Blue Jays franchise in Toronto, competitive baseball in Southern Ontario continues to flourish, reflective in part by the number of Canadians drafted in the MLB a couple of weeks ago (25) and the number of players in US college baseball programs (777). And for the first time later this year, the US college baseball ranks will swell to include Muskoka Hornets graduates Scott Adams, Alex Clarke, Andrew Haynes, Jordan Howse and Marshall Leishman. In addition, several other Hornets grads will be playing in Canada’s quickly improving post-secondary baseball loops.
Please come out and support your Hornets representative teams this summer as they attempt to keep some Muskoka Cup hardware in the local community. Game one for the local Muskoka Hornets U13 team will be at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 28 and 6 p.m. for the U9s at McCulley Robertson.
Full game schedule will be posted at www.hornetsbaseball.ca prior to the tournament.
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