The Ontario Amateur Softball Association has set up a fund to receive donations that are used exclusively to recognize U19 or U23 players that have demonstrated a combination of athletic performance, academic proficiency and community service. Donations can be made at any time by sending a cheque, made payable to the OASA Scholarship Fund, to the OASA Treasurer.
For 2020 due to the abnormal year that it has been the OASA has revised the criteria and the due date for scholarship applications. Athletes who played U19 or U23 in 2019 or 2020 will be eligible to apply and the revised due date will be November 1, 2020 for applications to be submitted to the OASA Secretary, Karen Mills. Here is the link to the application form ( ).

2019 Scholarship Recipients

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association is pleased to announce its 2019 Scholarship recipients. 2019 had a strong field of eight qualified applicants which resulted in a tough decision process for the Scholarship Committee. The following three athletes were chosen to receive a scholarship of $1000 each:

Thomas Baker
An Honour Roll student from Grand River Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, Thomas is studying Engineering at Queen’s University. He was a multi-award winner throughout high school and is a multi-sport athlete. He was captain of his school’s football team and lineman of the year in 2017. His softball accomplishments include four gold medals in OASA competitions, and the all-star infielder award at the 2019 Canadians with the KW Twins. His leadership skills are valued as a volunteer with KW minor ball where he umpires and helps run pitching clinics along with other volunteer work in his community.

Curtis Ruetz
A graduate of Sacred Heart Secondary School in Walkerton, Curtis was on the Honour Roll for nine semesters. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Phys Ed and also a Bachelor of Education degree. His many sporting accomplishments include an OFSAA championship with the Crusaders Varsity hockey team. He has earned three gold medals and one silver at the Canadians with Chepstow Lang Farms and Shallow Lake Sting. In 2017 he was named all-star first baseman. He volunteers with his local Minor Hockey system and helps coach volleyball at his local elementary school. He has been an umpire the past 5 seasons for minor softball and baseball.

Owen Torrie
Owen graduated from Owen Sound Secondary School and is enrolled in the Powerline Technician program at Conestoga College. His softball accomplishments include two play-off MVP awards at Canadian Championships. He has won five gold medals at Canadian Championships and in each of the U16, U18 and U23 Canadian Championship classifications. In 2018 he was a member of the Junior Men’s National Team. At this year’s U19 Canadians Owen pitched three games in a row on Sunday to lead his team, Shallow Lake Sting to a gold medal. He has volunteered at past OASA Springboards and assists as an instructor at Softball Canada CANpitch clinics as well as softball clinics for Chesley minor ball.

Past Winners:
1994 Ryan Martin, Palmerston
Kipton Zavitz, Sarnia
2009 Chris Brown, Napanee
Chad Fink, Sebringville
1995 Patrick Graham, Jarvis
Greg Shantz, Petersburg
Matt Tangney, Guelph
2010 Fred Hermack, Oshawa
Corey Way, Waterloo
1996 Darren Hancock, Peterborough
David McDonald, Teeswater
2011 Steven Ashbridge, Port Perry
Ben Kinsella, Markham
1997 Jerome Loewen, St. Catharines
Michel Souliere, Orleans
2012 Brendon Bonnor, Greensville
Tom Fischer, Teeswater
1998 Mark Kemp, Napanee
Jason McDonald, Teeswater
Joe Reid, Napanee
2013 Adan Fujita, Pickering
Ty Sebastian, Brussels
1999 Evan Boyd, Stouffville
Allan Phibbs, Hagersville
Chris Shewfelt, Dundas
2014 Johnathan Baker, Kitchener
Tyson Zehr, Tavistock
2000 Michael Fisher, Cambridge
Dan Jessiman, Stittsville
Jamie Lawlor, Bloomfield
2015 Cole Bolton, Flinton
Keegan Scott, Napanee
Matt Wardrop, Owen Sound
2001 Matthew Herrington, Perth Road
Adam Hiller, Elmira
Brad Thomson, New Dundee
2016 Derek Hyde, Tavistock
Zac Klein, Cobourg
Tyler Randerson, New Hamburg
2002 Jon Ferguson, Stouffville
Tyler Robinson, Amherstview
Ryan Sharpe, Odessa
Matt White, North York
2017 Riley Manion, Napanee
Justin Wagler, Tavistock
2003 Chad Crawford, Stratford
Jeff Wilson, Simcoe
2018 Noah Baker, Kitchener
Mac Fischer, Teeswater
Brendan Hagerman, Napanee
2004 Kevin Buckley, Waterloo
Mike Grupstra, Brantford
Jeff McKee, Orangeville
2019 Thomas Baker, Kitchener
Curtis Ruetz, Mildmay
Owen Torrie, Williamsford
2005 Andrew Naranscik, Windham
Andrew Putnam, Waterloo
2006 James Mayer, Toanche
Brent Mills, Napanee
Josh Roach, Waterloo
2007 Matt Allen, Kingston
Ryan Mitts, Oshawa
2008 Cal McGarvey, Napanee
Blair Verheye, Kitchener