At all levels of minor baseball, especially the 11U level, you are dealing with children. Children, like anybody else, have good days and bad days, days where they feel sharp and days when things are a struggle. As a result, consistency can be elusive at the 11U level. However, there was no more consistent team in the 11U “AAA” league, or perhaps the entire province, than the Eastern 11U “AAA” Express in 2020. During the regular season, they went 16-4 for a .800 winning percentage. They score 219 runs in those twenty games and allowed only 95, meaning they averaged 10.95 runs scored per game and only 4.75 runs allowed per game. Their defence was also at the top of the 11U “AAA” league. However, more importantly, the coaching staff of Desi Doyle, Grant Doyle, Stephen O’Shea and Adam Smith did this while focussing on development. More than half of their players got an opportunity to pitch, each player played multiple positions, and at the end of the season, each player felt more confident in their abilities as a baseball player than at the start of the season. It all came together during Provincial Championships, as Eastern went 3-1, scored 19 runs and only allowed one run (and only four hits!) during the four games. This team was as complete a team as any on Prince Edward Island in 2020, and there is no question the players on this team will be making more baseball headlines in the years to come on PEI! The Eastern 11U “AAA” Express is the 2020 Baseball PEI Team of the Year, presented by ADL and Sport PEI!