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Posted by BC Baseball Association at Jul 7, 2018 11:55PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Lorne Kenneth Upsdell, a successful Businessman & retired Baseball Coach, long-time resident of Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows, peacefully passed away into Heaven on June 26th 2018.

Lorne started his longevity of coaching baseball of young boys, winning Provincial and Western Canadian Championships and having the honour of being inducted into the Ridge Meadows Hall of Fame.

Lorne, a long standing coach of Ridge Meadows Baseball served several years as a 13U (Peewee) coach with an outstanding resolve towards the development of players who, under his tenor, learned how to play the game right. The impact he had on the lives of so many will carry on as his legacy


40 Degree heat, train after train, line ups for days and throngs of July 4th revellers…. just to get to the park, but it was all worth it! The boys of the 2018 BC Baseball Team BC 15U Selects knew when they hit the gates that this was going to be a day that would live on in their memories like few others. Wrigley Field and the Cubs did not disappoint.

Chicago Deep Dish pizza, birthday serenades, photo ops with Chicago’s Finest, a Cubbies win and a stroll down the honorary Magnificent Mile were all in the line up today for the crew. A day filled with experiences and camaraderie before the boys set to it and get their game on. We are proud to have these great young men represent us on such a special day for our American brothers and sisters!

Once again, BC Baseball delivers an experience unmatched in youth baseball! good luck tomorrow!


The crew of the 2018 BC Baseball Team BC 15U Selects have made it to Chicago and have settled into our hotel, the kids are well, getting to know each other and having fun.

After a few minor travel challenges the boys got to blow off some steam. Tonight the team went to the bowling and bocci alley. The players got in a few games and had a few laughs. Finishing up the evening with a trip to Walmart to stock up on snacks and drinks for the week, road life necessities!

Tomorrow the boys will meet for an early team breakfast and then head out to Wrigley Field to check out the stores around the park, watch batting practice then the game. Nothing like some pre-competition inspiration to set the tone…

Congratulations to the Tsawwassen/Ladner associations for being awarded a College Prep Program for 2019!

BC Baseball is proud of the strides being made as it continues its journey in growth and development of grass roots baseball. BC Baseball Association is the largest baseball association in the Province numbering over 18,000 registered players and are supported by over 3300 active coaches and a base of volunteers for each team. Structured baseball programs for children and young athletes are offered at all skill levels in 52 community associations with the pinnacle of our programming for high performance being the College Prep Division.

Wayne Laviolette, acting President of the of the Tsawwassen Amateur Baseball Association, was instrumental in driving their association towards the College Prep program. “The Delta Tigers program has grown over the past 5 years and in our eyes has been a success. We have been working with the Pee Wee aged players along with the Bantam aged players and felt it was a natural progression to move the program into the Midget age group. Our goal is to offer an alternative option to players looking for high performance baseball at the 18U age group. A program that is grass roots, inclusive and offers high level baseball at an affordable price. We are hopeful that providing an 18U high performance option will encourage players to stay in their grass roots associations.
Many current and past Delta Tigers players have expressed excitement and enthusiasm in playing on the Tigers College Prep team. The prospect of playing with familiar coaching staff and in their own communities appears to be a real draw.”

The College Prep program has proven to be the best of high performance baseball in British Columbia! The Delta Tigers College Prep team is a welcomed addition and a shining example of how hard work, dedication and future vision pays off!

**Please see attached press release

The document BC_Baseball_-_College_Prep_Addition.docx.pdf was attached to this post.


A final word from coach Cam Frick…

Team BC kicked off Championship play on Sunday with a game against the Spokane Vikings. Team BC took an early 1-0 lead in the first on after a leadoff single form Asher Hebert, two stolen bases and a sac fly from Cardel Dick, 1-0 Team BC after 1. The Vikings struck next in the fourth, scoring 3 runs off Team BC starter Aiden Henderson in the top of the 4th to take a 3-1 lead. Henderson pitched well over four innings (4IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K) against a Vikings team that was very strong offensively. Team BC answered right back in the bottom half of the 4th, scoring 2 runs to tie the game 3-3 on a pair of doubles by Ryan Holfords and Jaron Palaschuk and an RBI 1B from Matt MacDonald. A couple of errors allowed the Vikings to take a 5-3 lead after 4-1/2 but Team BC answered back in a huge way with a solo HR by Asher Hebert and a Grand Slam by Jaron Palaschuk to punch their ticket to the next round with a 9-5 win. Great Frers pitched well in relief picking up the win for Team BC.

Team BC’s next game was against the powerhouse Walla Walla Athletics Grade 8 team who entered the day with an impressive 27-1 record on the season. Team BC took a 6-0 lead into the sixth but Walla Walla’s bats woke up and produced 9 hits in the final two innings to beat Team BC 7-6. Cardel Dick was outstanding on the mound (6IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, 1BB, 7K). Asher Hebert stayed on fire at the plate going 4/4 and adding 3 SB’s. Matt MacDonald, Jaron Palaschuk & Ryan Holfords also added had multiple hits in the losing effort. Congrats to Walla Walla who went on to win the tournament (their 3rd tourney win of the year).

Team BC’s final game was against the Walla Walla Wolfpack Grade 7 team. Team BC came out firing on all cylinders sending 11 hitters to the plate in the first, putting up 8 runs including a deep HR from Aiden Henderson. That was all the offence Team BC needed as James Lawson, Will Anderson & Marcus Siemens combined to allow only 4 hits and 2 runs in the 14-2 victory.

Thanks to BC Baseball for the great opportunity and to Triple Crown North West for hosting a phenomenal tournament