By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
Recently Travis Jones was named the 2019 ISC Canada East Player of the Year.
Long known in local fastball circles and now beyond as an elite player, Jones who hails from Neyaashiingmiing had a remarkable season of accomplishments on the diamond last year.
Just scratching the surface, he batted .333 for the Toronto Batmen who won the ISC Canada East Qualifier last June.
At the ISC World Tournament in Denmark, Wisconsin, Jones hit .400 as the Batmen tied for 5th.
Nationally with the Hill United Lumberjacks at the Canadian Championships, Jones hit .529 and was named to the All-Canadian team.
Plus, at the Native Provincials, Jones had a 3 & 0 pitching record and helped lead the Nawash Sin to a record 6th straight Ontario championship.
Travis Jones also is on Softball Canada's Athlete Pool which means he's among the Top 40 players in fastball in the country.
The Softball Canada list also includes Walkerton's Adam Alexander, Ty Sebastian from Brussels plus pitcher Caleb Keeshig and Blake Underwood, both of Port Elgin.
Furthermore on the Softball Canada Athlete Pool I spot at least 5 others who have either played at some level for the Owen Sound Selects or competed in the Bluewater Fastball League.
Which brings me back to a fantasy project that I think is quite realistic.
If the 2021 ISC Championships are in Kitchener, why can't Owen Sound, or Grey-Bruce, field a powerful entry with Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound players and alumni ?
I'm not so naive to think you could acquire and maintain the whole collection of the players listed above, but a decent percentage of those 10 would make any ball club a contender for the ISC crown.
I'm Fred Wallace