The Kingston Frontenacs have agreed to terms with first-round draft selection Jake Murray, general manager Darren Keily has announced.
"We are excited to announce Jake’s commitment to the team. We look forward to seeing him at training camp," Keily stated in a news release.
Murray, a defenceman who played for the Oakville Rangers AAA minor midget team last season, was the 13th pick overall in the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection on April 7.
The six-foot-one, 188-pound Oakville native played in the recent OHL Gold Cup. He was a member of the bronze medal-winning team and recorded five assists in four games.
Murray was signed to a Standard Player Agreement after the Frontenacs held an orientation day for all of their prospects on Friday at the Rogers K-Rock Centre.
Late field goal sinks G-Men
The Durham Dolphins, with a late-game field goal, edged the Limestone District Grenadiers 10-7 in Saturday’s Ontario Provincial Football League season opener in Pickering.
The fourth-quarter field goal was the only scoring in the second half in the Premier Varsity division game dominated by the defences.
Receiver Nigel LeGood scored the lone Grenadiers touchdown, tying the game at 7-7 in the first half.
The Junior Varsity Grenadiers dropped their game, 20-0, to the Dolphins.
The Grenadiers will open their home schedule on Saturday at Richardson Stadium, hosting the Essex Ravens. The junior varsity game is at 2:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 5 p.m.
It will be military and first responder appreciation day at the stadium.
Track and field season opens
Bayridge Blazers Emily Swaine is heading into the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association track and field championships later this week at the CaraCo Home Field complex in fine form.
Swaine, who will be competing in field events in the midget girls division, broke two records at a high school track and field meet in Belleville on the weekend.
Swaine tossed the shot put 10.28 metres, eclipsing the old mark of 9.90 metres. Swaine also won the midget girls discus with a record throw of 27.37 metres.
Swaine’s events at the KASSAA meet are on Thursday morning starting at 10:15 a.m. for the shot put. The midget girls discus is last in the rotation, at 3:15 p.m.
The finals for all of the 1,500-metre races will be held Wednesday, along with timed sections in the intermediate hurdle distances of 300 metres and 400 metres and the 200-metre finals.
On Thursday, meet action begins with field events at 9 a.m. On the track it’s the open girls 1,500-metre steeplechase at 9:30 a.m., followed by the open boys 2,000-metre steeplechase.
The opening ceremonies and mascot run go at 9:50 a.m.
The Eastern Ontario and the East Regional track and field meets are also being held in Kingston, on May 24-25 and May 31-June 1, respectively, and will be followed by the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championships, June 7-9 at York Lions Stadium in Toronto.
Rule erases Ponies’ lead
The National Capital Baseball League’s unique "drop dead" rule stymied the Kingston Ponies’ bid to open the season with a victory on Sunday night in Kanata.
The Ponies broke a 5-5 deadlock with the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. However, when the Ponies couldn’t retire the Ottawa Cubs quickly in the bottom of the inning, the umpires imposed the "drop dead" rule to end the game at exactly 8:30 p.m., due to a second game that was scheduled to start (also involving the Ponies) at that time.
With the seventh inning unable to be completed, the score reverted to the sixth-inning score, which had the teams tied 5-5.
The Ponies, behind four and a third innings of shutout releif pitching from Brody Burns, had come back from a 5-3 deficit after two innings. Jeff Lake’s double drove in one run in the fifth and he scored on a fielding error to tie the game.
In the second game of the split doubleheader at Kinsmen Field in Kanata, the Bytown Battalion scored five times in the bottom of the sixth to produce a 7-2 win.
Will Langford went four innings and gave up a run. Playing-coach Ross Graham, with his third hit of the game, singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth for the Ponies against pitcher Josh Soffer.
The Battalion tied the game in the fifth on an unearned run.
The Ponies will open the home-field portion of their NCBL Tier 1 schedule on Sunday, May 27, with a doubleheader at Megaffin Park against the Battalion, the 2017 league champions.
— The Whig-Standard