The 2019 minor baseball season has ended with the completion of the final five Baseball Atlantic Championships and the Baseball Canada National 13U Atlantic Championship this past weekend.
In Dartmouth, NS, the Capital District Islanders lost 3-2 in the final – their only loss in the tournament – to the Yarmouth Gateways to claim the silver medal at the 2019 Baseball Canada National 13U Atlantic Championships. This capped off an impressive two-year run for Capital District at this event, after winning gold in 2018. Meanwhile, the Summerside Chevys went 3-0 in the round-robin but lost to Yarmouth in the semifinals and to the Dartmouth Arrows in the bronze medal game to finish fourth. Yasu Hojo of Capital District was awarded the top hitter of the tournament.
For more information on this Baseball Canada event, please go to https://baseball.ca/?fd=champ&pg=home&evt=13uatlantic.
In Fredericton, NB, the Mid-Isle Cougars walked it off in the bottom of the eighth inning against Tri-County (NS) by a score of 5-4 to win the 2019 Baseball Atlantic 11U “AAA” Championships. Mid-Isle went 3-1 in the round-robin (with their only loss to the host Fredericton) and advanced to the final. The Atlantic crown at the 11U “AAA” division capped off a great season for this club, led by head coach Scott Ellsworth.
Here are how the other Island teams at other Baseball Atlantic Championships this past weekend faired:
For more information, check out http://www.baseballatlantic.ca/2018-schedules/.
Combined with the gold and silver medals at the Baseball Atlantic 18U “AA” Championships in Summerside, PE on the Labour Day weekend, PEI teams won four medals at eight Atlantic Championships.
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.
Three Provincial teams are heading to Baseball Canada National Championships this weekend to represent Prince Edward Island.
The Provincial 13U team is heading to Repentigny, QC to take part in the 2019 Baseball Canada National 13U Championships from 22 – 25 August. This team, made up of fifteen of the top players participating in the Baseball PEI 13U “AAA” category, are led by the same coaching staff as in 2018 – Bob Doyle, Jason Doyle, Dave Benton and Patrick Young (with Jeff Young as chef-de-mission). Bob Doyle, who has coached countless teams at National Championships – including Canada Cup and Canada Games – brings a large amount of knowledge and experience to this group, and is well supported by his assistant coaches. This team has played approximately 15 games this summer in preparation for the Nationals (including winning the Fredericton Invitational 13U tournament) and has a few players who also played at last year’s National 13U Championships. They head into the National Championships with confidence and are looking to win several games.
Team PEI Provincial 13U team roster: https://baseball.ca/?fd=champ&evt=13u&pg=team&tid=WBYYYMEWBF.
Team PEI Provincial 13U team schedule and results: https://baseball.ca/?fd=champ&pg=schedule&evt=13u.
Led by head coach Rob McCormack and assistants Blair Creelman, Joe McInnis and Matt Barlow, the Provincial 15U team is also a quietly confident bunch heading to the Ray Carter Cup (Baseball Canada National 15U Championships) in Oshawa, ON from 22 – 25 August. The Provincial 15Us have a strong squad that accumulated an impressive 6-4 record in the ultra-competitive Baseball PEI 18U “AA” league, only allowing 35 runs in the process. On top of that, they have played several exhibition games against the Provincial 15U teams from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and had success against these clubs as well. While they can hit, the key to the Provincial 15Us success has been strong pitching – including throwing a lot of strikes – and very tight defence. This formula should work very well at the Ray Carter Cup.
Team PEI Provincial 15U team roster: https://baseball.ca/?fd=champ&evt=15uboys&pg=team&tid=GANPFXAJJX.
Team PEI Provincial 15U team schedule and results: https://baseball.ca/?fd=champ&pg=schedule&evt=15uboys.
While the average age of this squad is 14-years-old, the Provincial 16U Girls team is looking to surprise some people and do damage at the 2019 Baseball Canada National 16U Girls Championship in Bedford, NS from 22 – 25 August. Made up of girls from across the Island playing at various levels, this group of seventeen players has practised every week since the end of April and has played a few exhibition games versus the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick 16U Girls teams and the Summerside 13U “AA”s. Headed by a coaching staff of Randy Byrne, Mackenzie Pinet, Tyler Johnston and Dave Atkins (with Tessa Hood as the team’s trainer), this team will play hard-nosed and smart baseball. The future is exciting for this group too – all players are eligible to return in 2020 when the Baseball Canada National 16U Girls Championships take place in Summerside, PE.
Team PEI Provincial 16U girls' team roster: https://baseball.ca/?fd=champ&evt=16ugirls&pg=team&tid=XVNNFHGTKH.
Team PEI Provincial 16U girls' team schedule and results: https://baseball.ca/?fd=champ&pg=schedule&evt=16ugirls.
All Team PEI Provincial 16U girls’ team games streamed: http://webcast.3sixty.live/Player/Player/248.