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.
The PEI 18U All-Stars finished the 2019 Baseball Canada National 18U Championships in London, ON in ninth place with a record of 2-3; however, with a little bit of luck, things could have been a lot different.
The All-Stars started the National 18U Championships with one game on Thursday, 15 August, and they lost 8-0 to British Columbia. They rebounded on Friday, 16 August to defeat Nova Scotia 5-1. Heading into Saturday, 17 August, they had two huge games versus Manitoba and Alberta. Against Manitoba on Saturday morning, the 18U All-Stars lost a heartbreaker in extra innings by a score of 4-3. Versus Alberta on Saturday afternoon, they just could not get going and was defeated 10-4. After finishing the round-robin 1-3, they faced Nova Scotia again on the morning of Sunday, 18 August in the 9/10 placement game and came out on top 2-1 thanks to terrific pitching and a rare steal of home. As a result, the PEI 18U All-Stars finished in ninth place with a 2-3 record.
The 18U All-Stars struggled at the plate and at times defensively during the National 18U Championships. In five games, they made twelve errors. As well, had a team batting average of .189, which highlighted their struggles at the plate. That being said, they did have some good hitting from the likes of Chase Gaudette, who led the team in hitting (a .438 batting average over five games, a .500 OBP and six runs scored in five games) and in stolen bases, with eight. Garrett Culleton also had a .385 batting average (with a .429 OBP) over four games. Pitching-wise, the 18U All-Stars were strong. They had a team ERA of 3.34, and had outstanding performances from Tanner MacLean (1-0, 7.1 IP, 3 hits, 9 Ks, 1 BB and an ERA of 0.00), Tyler Taylor (0-1, 7.1 IP, 2 hits, 5 Ks, 2 BB and an ERA of 0.00) and Joel MacEachern (1-0, 6 IP, 5 hits, 3 Ks, 2 BB and an ERA of 0.00 on the hill. While they were looking for a better record, there were certainly several highlights for the 18U All-Stars at the tournament.
For several of the players, this was their second straight weekend at a Baseball Canada National Championship (7-11 August was the BIGS Seeds Baseball Canada Cup in Regina, SK). They will return to PEI late Monday night and prepare with their 18U “AA” club teams, as the Baseball PEI Provincial 18U “AA” Championships takes place next weekend – 23-25 August 2019 – at Church Field, Morell.
Team statistics for the 2019 PEI 18U All-Stars at the Baseball Canada National 18U Championships can be found here: https://gc.com/t/spring-2019/b-prince-edward-island-5cfeacd85795f30022cb337a/stats.
Led by Connor Myers from Peakes, PE, the PEI 18U All-Stars are looking to surprise some people at the 2019 Baseball Canada National 18U Championships in London, ON, from 15 – 18 August.
Myers, who was an assistant coach with the Provincial 15Us in 2017 and 2018, is the head coach for the first time at a National Championship. However, he has lots of experience as he was on a coaching staff before, plus has played at several National Championships. His coaching staff includes Rob Phelan, Stephen O’Shea and Kevin MacLean.
The 18U All-Stars are made up of some of the top players in the Baseball PEI 18U “AA” league and go into this National Championship as a dark horse. Many other provinces know little about this group, led by the likes of Chase Gaudette, Isaac Compton, Liam Laybolt and others, but this is a solid team that will play with tenacity and grit. They are looking to surprise many people and will have to play hard to earn a spot in any playoff games, as they will take on BC, Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Alberta in the round-robin. Seven players on this team also played with the PEI Youth Selects at the 2019 BIGS Seeds Baseball Canada Cup in Regina, SK this past weekend.
The round-robin for the 18U All-Stars begins this Thursday, 15 August versus British Columbia at 3:30 ADT. The schedule can be found at https://baseball.ca/?fd=champ&pg=schedule&evt=18u.
The roster for the 2019 18U All-Stars can be found at https://baseball.ca/?fd=champ&evt=18u&pg=team&tid=JRELYBAGTW.