TBA Gold at 2022 Ontario Summer Games

Congratulations to Jack Sawchuk and Kaiden Cousineau from the WT 15u team who were part of the Toronto Baseball Association Gold Medal winning team at the 2022 Ontario Summer Games. beating out 11 other Baseball associations for the gold medal. Congratulations also to Head Coach Jeff Sawchuk and Assistant Coach, Jack Brown who both put in many hours to put together and prepare this Toronto All Star team for this event.

Sam MacLaughlin (18U) - Selected 2022 Ontario Youth Team

West Toronto Baseball Association congratulates Sam MacLaughlin (WT 18U) on his selection to the 2022 Ontario Youth Team, representing Ontario at the Canada Games in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Sam has been part of West Toronto baseball community since 2011. Sam was also recently named as a 1st Team Allstar at the PBR Spring Training event and listed as a Rawlings Pre-Season All-American. His achievements are a testament to the quality of instruction and coaching received in the West Toronto system.

12U Team Wins the Vaughan Tournament

Our 12U team won the Vaughan Tournament, June 3 - 5. They beat the home team 17 - 4 in the Final and went 5 and 1 over the weekend.

Congratulations to the Head coaches Dave and Dan and Assistant coaches Craig and Matt.

Jack Angel (16U) -Macabi Games

Cheer On Jack Angel in San Diego at the JCC Maccabi Game!

From July 30 - August 5, 2022 the Wildcats own Jack Angel will be on the Canadian U16 boys baseball team at the JCC Maccabi Games in San Diego, California. The JCC Maccabi Games are an International Athletic Competition organized like the Olympic Games and feature teams from the USA, Mexico, Great Britain, Israel and other countries from around the globe. The Maccabi Games are a multisport affair and athletes will be billeted by families in San Diego. The experience will highlight Jewish culture and values and has been the source of amazing competition, fun and friendship for over 30 years. The JCC Maccabi Games is the largest gathering of Jewish teen athletes in the world and the Canadian team will features players from our loop including Leaside; North Toronto; Ontario Blue Jays and the Toronto Mets. This trip is sure to be an amazing experience for the boys!

2021 Toronto Baseball Association (TBA) Champions

Congratulations to West Toronto 11U and 14U teams for capturing the TBA Championship this Labour Day weekend.

Thank you to the players and coaches for their dedication and commitment for a successful 2021 season.

After finishing the 2021 TBA 11U AAA regular season in first place with a 13-2 record the West Toronto Wildcats went on to win the TBA year-end playoff tournament in East York to become city champions over the Labour Day weekend. The tournament format was a grueling affair with 7 teams competing and the Wildcats having to play 5 games in less than 48 hours. Their depth proved to be the difference as they went undefeated with wins against North York, Leaside, North Toronto, Etobicoke and then North Toronto again in the finals. Congrats to the team for this outstanding accomplishment

West Toronto U14 has powered through the past couple of years, in these unprecedented times, to come out as the 2021 Toronto Baseball Association Champions!

The TBAs took place over the Labour Day weekend, bringing together all the Toronto 14U baseball teams together to vie for the championships. The team went 5-1 including two heart stopping extra inning wins in a row.

West Toronto league is super proud of our 14U team and look to build upon this great achievement in 2022.

Peter Zakkak: September 1966 - February 2019

It is with great sorrow that we advise of the passing of long time York and West Toronto coach Peter Zakkak, affectionately known as Zak. Our deepest condolences to the Zakkak family and the extended families of West Toronto and York baseball.

Zak was a well known groomer working for the city of Toronto. His skills were sought after by many leagues as he was meticulous with his passion to make ball fields look good. He also maintained Keelesdale Park for the past 20 years. He learned the skills for field maintenance from Mike Ohara and Bob Smyth. Mike Ohara, who maintained Keelesdale Park, took Zak under his wing and together they turned Keelesdale Park into one of Ontario best diamonds. Unfortunately, Mike Ohara passed away in 1999, but Zak carried on his legacy. He changed the name of the York “Big 8” Tournament, into the “Mike Ohara Classic”. While being the President of York Baseball and with the help from the Toronto Blue Jays, they were awarded a grant which assisted in the renovations of Smyth Park.

In 2019, Zak was the head coach of the York Blue Jays 18u and West Toronto Baseball 16u teams. Zak coached at York and Etobicoke starting in the early 90’s. He taught many great players and a few who have gone on to Major League careers, such as Joey Votto, Shawn Hill, and George Kottaras.

In 1985, after graduating from Weston Collegiate, he went on to play college baseball in Visalia, California. He was one of the first Canadians to travel to the US for baseball and opened the door to so many more. At that time, Zak also started working with the Toronto Blue Jays, as a clubhouse attendant and became friends with Rance Mulliniks, who was born in Tulare California, a few miles from where Zak went to college. Zak was welcomed into the Mulliniks home and said that he once dated his daughter. During his time with the Blue Jays, Zak became friends with many players such as, Jesse Barfield, Roberto Alomar and Carlos Delgado who nicknamed him “Bakers Dozen” because 13 was Zak’s favourite number. Zak continued playing baseball into his 40’s, with the York Diamonds and still holds many offensive records.


David Quattrociocchi