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Baseball PEI Offering Four-Week Fall Infielding Camp

10/31/2019, 1:45pm ADT
By Baseball PEI

Baseball PEI will be offering a four-week Fall Infielding Camp at the Norton-Diamond Indoor Soccer Complex from Wednesday, 27 November 2019 until Wednesday, 18 December 2019 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Led by Baseball PEI clinician Matt Barlow (former Provincial team and ACBA player; 2019 assistant coach for Provincial 15U team) and featuring other former Provincial team coaches and players, this camp is open to anybody 10-years-old and older.

The teaching outcomes of this camp are as follows:

  • Proper fielding of a ground ball, whether the ball is hit straight at the fielder or to his/her right or left
  • Proper footwork on fielding a ground ball
  • Proper positioning and communication depending on infield position and game situation
  • Proper throwing technique and angle from each infield position
  • Proper footwork and execution on various types of double plays
  • Proper fielding and throwing the baseball off of fielder’s back leg (usually in charging situations)
  • Several other areas

The cost for this camp is $75; the fee is payable at the Soccer Complex prior to the first session. In order to ensure appropriate player-to-coach ratios, we will only be taking the first 24 players that register (a waiting list will be set up after the first 24 players are registered in case of cancellations). Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

In order to register, please fill out this form - https://forms.gle/BmE5WkpmCLfGESuA9.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt at mattbarlow139@gmail.com or baseballpeimattbarlow@gmail.com.

2019 Awards Night Taking Place on 19 November

10/28/2019, 8:30am ADT
By Baseball PEI

Baseball PEI will be holding its 2019 Award Night on Tuesday, 19 November 2019 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, starting at 6 pm.

Zack Bell will be the Master of Ceremonies. At the Awards Night, the 2019 ADL/Sport PEI/Baseball PEI Awards will be handed out, as well as other awards and recognitions for 2019 Provincial Champions. There will be a light supper provided.

The cost of a ticket is $20. To reserve a ticket, please email baseball@sportpei.pe.ca by no later than Friday, 8 November 2019.

Westisle Repeat as PEISAA Senior Men's Baseball Champions

10/23/2019, 9:45am ADT
By M. Richards

The Westisle Wolverines repeat as PEISAA Senior Men’s Baseball Champions, defeating the Montague Vikings in the semifinal and the Bluefield Bobcats in a close Gold Medal match-up at Memorial Field, Charlottetown to cap off 2019 season.

Semifinal #1: Bluefield 6, Charlottetown Rural 1

Guided by a strong pitching performance from Brandon Langley, the fourth-seed Bluefield Bobcats defeated the top seed Charlottetown Rural Raiders, 6-1 in semifinal action at Memorial Field. Langley, who threw 6 1/3 innings, held Charlottetown Rural to just two hits while giving up one run and striking out eleven batters to earn the win (Ben Tsai came in the pitch in relief for the final two outs). Nick Havenga contributed with a third-inning sacrifice fly to open the scoring and later added an RBI single to go 1-3, Jordan Maher was 2-3 with a base on balls, Chris MacDougall went 1-4 with 2 RBI’s. Tyler Taylor went the distance for Charlottetown Rural, giving up all six runs – four of which were earned – while striking out nine Bluefield batters. Taylor and Sam Worth had Charlottetown Rural’s two hits.

Semifinal #2: Westisle 6, Montague 2

A timely two-run triple from catcher Cole Robinson generated a five-run fourth inning for Westisle who cruised past the Montague Vikings 6-2. Chandler DesRoches contributed with three hits for the Wolverines while Connor Ellsworth (2), Mike McRae, John Dorgan and Declan Campbell added to the offence with base hits. DesRoches pitched six solid innings, striking out twelve, and was relieved by Ellsworth in the seventh. For Montague, ace Jack MacKenzie went the distance in the loss, giving up five earned runs on nine hits while fanning six Westisle batters. Jack Munro had a productive day at the plate going 2-3 with two RBI.

Championship Game: Westisle 2, Bluefield 0

A complete game four-hit, thirteen-strikeout performance from Connor Ellsworth led the Westisle Wolverines to their second consecutive championship. Nathan Grigg and Carson MacArthur added two hits each while Chandler DesRoches went 1-3 in the win. Despite obtaining the loss, left-handed pitcher Myles Grant had a strong six-inning outing, only giving up five hits, while striking out eight. Nick Havenga, Jordan Maher, Connor Hennessey and Josh Smith provided hits for Bluefield.

Baseball PEI held its 2019 Fall Forum and Annual General Meeting this past Saturday, 19 October 2019.  After some great discussion about various topics affecting baseball on PEI in 2019 and beyond, at the AGM, Baseball PEI had three new members join their Board of Directors.

  • Ian Clays: Director of 15U and 18U Competitions
  • Connor Myers: Director of Skill Development and Administration
  • Joelyne Taylor: Director of Female Baseball

These three will join the following people on the Board of Directors:

  • Walter MacEwen: President
  • Darrel Kirev: Director of 11U Competitions
  • John Munro: Director of 13U Competitions
  • Janet Cameron: Director of Provincial Teams
  • Mike Richards: Supervisor of Officials, PEIBUA (ex-officio)
  • Randy Byrne: Executive Director (ex-officio)

Baseball PEI welcomes Ian, Connor and Joelyne to the Board of Directors for 2019-2020.

Baseball PEI has named the head coaches for the following 2020 Provincial teams:

  • Provincial 13U: Bob Doyle

Bob Doyle returns to coach the Provincial 13U team after guiding this team to a fourth-place finish at the 2019 Baseball Canada National 13U Championships in Repentigny, QC. Doyle has coached various Provincial teams over the years, from Canada Games to Youth Selects and others. This is the third year in a row he will coach the Provincial 13U team, and his experience and pedigree are very helpful at this age group, with many of the players never had the experience of playing at a National Championship. The 2020 Baseball Canada National 13U Championships will be held in Windsor, ON, from 27 – 30 August 2020.

  • Provincial 15U: Dave “Hippie” MacDougall

“Hippie” MacDougall has over 40 years of experience either playing or coaching at a high level of baseball on PEI. MacDougall has coached several teams at Baseball Canada National Championships, from 13U to 21U, and has coached many teams on PEI to Provincial and Atlantic titles. He had coached at the 15U “AAA” level for the past two years, and before that, he coached the Provincial 13U team to an inning away from making it to the semifinals at the National 13U Championships in 2017. The 2020 Baseball Canada Ray Carter Cup is in Okotoks, AB, from 27 – 30 August 2020.

  • Provincial 16U Girls: Randy Byrne

Randy Byrne, who is also the Executive Director of Baseball PEI, has been involved in baseball as either a player or coach for over 25 years. Most recently, he coached the Provincial 16U Girls team in 2019 at the Baseball Canada National 16U Girls Championship in Bedford, NS. This was the first time that PEI sent a team to the National 16U Girls Championships with a team made up solely of girls from PEI. Byrne has also coached teams to Provincial titles and Atlantic Championships. The 2020 Baseball Canada National 16U Girls Championships will be in Summerside, PE in August of 2020.

  • Youth Selects: Rob McCormack

Rob McCormack has also had a great deal of experience as a player and coach and recently led the Provincial 15U team to a bronze medal at the Baseball Canada Ray Carter Cup this past August. As well, in 2018, he led the PEI Youth Selects to a .500 record at the Baseball Canada Cup in Moncton. McCormack has also coached several other teams at Baseball Canada events and has coached several club teams to Provincial and Atlantic titles. McCormack will lead the Selects to the Baseball Canada Cup in Fort McMurray, AB, from 5 – 9 August 2020, and he will also coach the PEI Canada Games team at the 2021 Canada Summer Games in Niagara, ON in August 2021.

  • 18U All-Stars: Evan Myers

Evan Myers, who recently led the Cardigan Clippers to a 2019 Baseball Atlantic 18U “AA” Silver medal as head coach, and was the manager of the 2019 18U All-Stars, will be the 2020 18U All-Stars head coach. Myers, who has over 25 years of experience as a player and coach, will be charged to led this group made up of the top 18U players from across Prince Edward Island. The 18U All-Stars will take part in the 2020 Baseball Canada National 18U Championships in London, ON from 20 – 23 August 2019.