News and Announcements
The 2017 BC Baseball Annual General meeting being held today at the Langley Event s Center.. Over 30 Associations were represented. The day consisted of opening remarks by BC Baseball president Mike Sarai followed by review of previous minutes (2016) financial reports, election of officers, luncheon and awards. The afternoon was spent voting on proposed rule changes. The BC Baseball board would like to thank Fraser Campbell and Ray Wearing for their years of service on the BC Baseball board over the past many years. The board would also like to welcome Mike Holyk and Stuart Drysdale as directors. We look forward to an exciting 2018 season.
Congratulations to the Ridge Meadows Royals who defeated West Kelowna in the final.
thanks to the nine participating teams and to the host Richmond City.
Team BC – Day 4 – Playoffs
August 24, 2017
What a day! Word is out by now that Team BC is this year’s Diamond Nation College Showcase 18U Wood Bat Tournament champions, but here are more details. The day began with the semi-final game against Eagleville Phillies (team name was incorrect yesterday). This team must have thought it would be an easy win as they started trickling into the dugout only about 15 minutes before the game. However, when Team BC got 6 runs in the first inning, it became apparent to the Phillies that Team BC was here to compete. Harbut pitched a complete game and it only took 5 innings to sit the Eagleville Phillies down. Gernon was 3 for 3 with a homerun, triple and double. Another triple also by King, which brought the 13th run in to end the game in a mercy of 13 3. Schulz was 2 for 2 with a walk, both singles. Pankratz played it smart and was 3 for 3 on base with walks. Carpenter was also 3 for 3 on base with a beauty bunt, a single and a walk. Singles also by Dykstra, Hall, Merritt and Ray. The Phillies didn’t know what hit them! Congrats Team BC for making it to the final game!
Final game was against MVP Blue Jackets, a very strong team that was 4 and 0 in pool play. Iversen started the game, and had 7 strikeouts. Great double play ending the 5th inning, Hall (2B) to Ray (SS) to Pankratz (1B). When Iversen was at his pitching limit, Carpenter came in during the 6th to close. Carpenter came in at a tie game 3-3. But that didn’t shake us—we are a team that battles to the end. King was first up in the 7th inning and was HBP. Dangerous runner now stands on 1st! Big mistake! This guy has wheels. . . .Gernon singles, Pankratz comes up with a hard line drive to left that allows King to speed all the way home! Score is now 4-3!
But the Blue Jackets have their last bats. First batter – strike out! Second batter – ground ball 5-3 and 3rd batter – the game ends with a perfectly played ground ball to Pankratz who softly tosses it to Carpenter. 1st base is tagged and the bench clears with cheers, water, jumping and high fives! Offensive mentions: Gernon goes 4 for 4 with 1B, 3B, 2B and 1B. Hall goes 2 for 3 with 2 singles. Singles by Pankratz, Carpenter and Merritt. Merritt also had a beauty sacrifice fly for the first RBI.
Whew, what a day of baseball! Every player on this strong roster played a vital role throughout this season and in this tournament to bring the team to victory in the last game of the year. This was King, Pankratz, Carpenter, Iversen, and Pecht’s last game as high school students! And what a game it was! Our coaches were complimented on our Team BC and these teams in New Jersey now realize a Canadian team from BC means business and are formidable opponents.
On a final note, Carter Harbut and Daniel Gernon were named the tournaments Co MVP’s. Outstanding accomplishment!
Way to go guys!
We have ended the day with a delicious team dinner at an authentic Italian restaurant and they are having fun in the pool.
Friday will be our final full day and we plan to head back to New York for some final shopping and sightseeing, ending at the Yankees game tomorrow evening.
I will sign off and say it has been my pleasure to represent BC Baseball as Chef for this amazing Team BC. These are wonderful young men and all you parents can be very proud of each of his accomplishments. Good luck to each one as they continue in this great sport of baseball.
BC Baseball Director
Team BC Day 3 at College Showcase Tournament
Wednesday August 23 – Our day started with wishing Trenton King a Happy 18th birthday! We have many August birthdays on our team (including Coach Shawn and Noah Zimmer). Today was our fourth game of pool play and we played Ontario Terriers 18U. Final score of the game was 5 -3. Moorman pitched a full 7 inning game and had great defence behind him, with perfectly played ground balls, catches in the field and a great double play from 3rd (Iversen) to 2nd (Hall) to 1st (Pankratz).
Offensively, 3RBI double by Kincek brought walked-players Iversen, Devuyst and HBP player Daniels home, clearing the bases and breaking open the game. Singles also by Schulz, Ray and Carpenter. Carpenter also had an RBI. Gernon stole home on an error by their shortstop. It was another amazing game for our Team BC and we have ended up undefeated (3 wins 1 tie), top in our pool and second overall in pool play. The boys will play on Thursday at 12:15 pm against Flemington Post who were top in pool C with 3 wins and 1 loss. We have every confidence in our boys to play their best and secure the win tomorrow! Go Team BC go! Our baseball community is very proud of you!
After the game we headed to Queens, New York for the Mets v. Dbacks game. We had great lower level seats by left field and Iversen almost got a foul ball (unfortunately, “almost” doesn’t cut it!) Mets did well tonight and it was a great game to watch. The boys enjoyed shopping (that’s the coaches as well) and everyone got a souvenir from Citifield (becoming instant Mets fans!).
Another fun-filled day for these young men, who are having the time of their lives.
Team BC Day 2 at College Showcase Tournament
Tuesday Aug 22 – It has been another very long, super-filled day for our Team BC boys. First off, they wished Coach Scott Happy Birthday as he celebrated his “39th” birthday! Our game against All Out Underclass began with Pecht starting and two runs allowed in the first inning. King got walked and came home on a couple of overthrows making it 2 1 after the first. We were down 6 3 by mid-game with Ray coming in to pitch in the second and Carpenter closed. Our bats came to life in the 4th inning and we scored 6 runs to take the lead 6 9. Highlights: Gernon RBI triple; Moorman 2RBI double (went 2 for 3); Carpenter and McCool both went 2 for 3 (singles) and Dykstra, Hall, Merritt, and Pankratz all singled. We had hits from every part of our line up and showed incredible teamwork. Moorman also had an amazing defensive catch which was a game changer! It was a great battle and ultimately Team BC pulled off a tie 10 10 against a very strong team.
Immediately after the game, we loaded the vans and took off for Philadelphia to make the second game of the Phillies against the Marlins. It was a long drive with major traffic along the way. Our boys were excited to be in Citizen’s Bank Park and witnessed several home runs, each time that happens the liberty bell lights up and rings. By the bottom of 9 the skies opened up and we witnessed a torrential downpour accompanied by thunder and lighting. Everyone was soaked! It was a reminder of a very similar time for this team in Arizona in March at a Cubs game where the skies opened up and the game ended after the top of 4. These are what make memories for this team and they won’t ever forget these MLB games they attended! It was a long ride home from Philadelphia to Clinton and thankfully these boys have had a great game schedule with no early games so they can get their rest!
Wednesday brings us back to the tournament for a final pool play game against Ontario Terriers U18. It will be important to win this game to give us great seeding in the playoffs. As this tournament is called College Showcase, there were several scouts there from local universities (D3) and also MLB scouts (Cleveland Indians). There are various scouts that come each day and it is a great opportunity for our boys to be seen.
Keep working hard Team BC!