Sunday, 25 August 2019 is a date that arguably will be considered one of the most famous for Baseball PEI in its history of competing in Baseball Canada National Championships.
For the third time in the history, PEI won a medal at a National Championship with the Provincial 15U team winning bronze at the 2019 Ray Carter Cup (Baseball Canada National 15U Championship) in Oshawa, ON. Led by head coach Rob McCormack, the Provincial 15Us went 3-1 in the round-robin (defeating Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and losing to Manitoba). In the quarterfinals, they defeated the host Oshawa 7-1. In the semifinals, they were up heading into the sixth inning but eventually lost 3-2 to British Columbia. Despite the disappointment of losing to BC, they regrouped and defeated Manitoba 6-4 to avenge their loss in the round-robin and win the bronze medal.
Brandon Langely was named the tournament’s top pitcher, posting an ERA of 0 over 9.1 innings. Christopher MacDougall, Colby Huggan and Jacob Dunn also pitched very well for a team that had an amazing team ERA of 2.29 over the tournament. Will Morrison hit an amazing .722 to lead the Provincial 15Us at the plate. As a team, they hit an impressive .301, with Dunn, Luke Coughlin and Cody McCormack also having great tournaments at the plate. Superb pitching, good defence and sticky hitting led to this history-making weekend for the Provincial 15Us. For more stats and results, check out https://gc.com/t/summer-2019/b-prince-edward-island-5cfeaa53372bab002110f1f2/stats.
The Provincial 13Us just missed out on a medal at the Baseball Canada National 13U Championships in Repentigny, QC, finishing fourth. The 13Us went 2-2 in the round-robin, defeating heavyweights Quebec and British Columbia and losing to Alberta and Ontario #2. That earned them a spot in the semifinals, where they lost to Ontario #1 8-6 in a heartbreaker. In the bronze medal game, they almost came back against Ontario #2 but just came up short in 12-7 loss to finish fourth.
Thomas MacEachern was the Provincial 13Us top pitcher, having an ERA of 1.17 in 6 innings work. Wil White and Jack MacKinnon also pitched very well. At the plate, Yasu Hojo had a .500 batting average, while Tyler Wood hit .462, Owen Murphy hit .375 and White hit .353. The Provincial 13Us had an excellent tournament and you can find all of their results and stats at https://gc.com/t/spring-2019/b-prince-edward-island-5cfaaa498266130020fa90db/stats.
The Provincial 16U Girls finished the Baseball Canada National 16U Girls Championships in Bedford, NS with a 1-4 record. They defeated New Brunswick in the round-robin 12-10 (including scoring 11 runs in the sixth inning), and lost to Newfoundland twice, Nova Scotia #2 and New Brunswick). Despite the tough tournament, there were several bright spots. This young team (average age was 14) hit an impressive .299, with Selena Ford (.500), Victoria Surrett (.438), Emily Gardiner (.400) and Jeanna Pickering (.357) leading the Provincial 16U Girls at the plate. Gardiner, Ford and Gabriella Livingstone led PEI on the mound. Gardiner, between her consistency at the plate, good pitching performance and steadiness at shortstop of named team MVP for the tournament, despite being only 12-years-old at a 16U tournament. All stats and results can be found at https://gc.com/t/summer-2019/c-prince-edward-island-5cfeb9203730290023f55cc3/stats/pitching.
It also should be mentioned that three Islanders – Dillon Doucette, JP Stevenson and Jordan Stevenson – were picked up and played for the Chatham Ironmen, who won gold at the 2019 BIGS Seeds Baseball Canada Senior Men's’ Championship (defeating Dartmouth 3-2 in the final). Doucette led Chatham with two home runs in the tournament and also hit .364 with four RBI in six games. JP Stevenson was marvellous on the mound, earning an ERA of 1.40 in 10 innings, and his brother Jordan also pitched well, throwing an ERA of 4.85 in 4.1 innings.
What a weekend for Island teams at Baseball Canada National Championships.