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The Burnaby Braves, Team BC representatives for BC Baseball after winning the Provincial title, continued to show why they are the class of the 15U AA division.
The team fought its way into the Silver Finals of the San Diego Summer Sizzle by shutting out a team from Manifee, California They came up short in the final game against a very powerful squad from Temecula, California another team from the suburbs of Los Angeles.
BC Baseball is very proud of the team’s “gutsy” performance over the duration of the competition. Field size, equipment rule changes and California heat aside, the squad showed grit and determination in each game they played and earned the respect of the tournament competition.
The trip was a fantastic learning experience for the team, the coaches, and the parent group and BC Baseball and the Burnaby Association will continue to see the results of this success in the 2018 season!
Both the Provincial winners from the 13U division (AA and AAA) representing Team BC Baseball in the San Diego Summer Sizzle tournament worked hard and gained valuable experience from the 5 day trip.
Each squad battled for a position in the Silver Finals with the AAA squad falling just short in the final bracket with an 11-6 loss the West Coast California.
Having the teams wrap up the season with the San Diego Summer Sizzle trip is memorable for all the players, parents and coaches involved and will certainly translate into anticipation for the baseball season of 2018 to come soon!
After a bounce back season, the Surrey Expos went 3-0 in playoffs en route to the tier 2 championship against the Richmond Chuckers at Larry Walker Field winning the first final 7-3.
Thank you to Ridge Meadows for hosting a fantastic weekend!
Game 1 on Thursday was against the 16U Adirondack Heat, a very strong select team from upstate New York with 3 players already committed to Division 1 NCAA schools. Chilliwack’s Jude Hall was phenomenal on the mound, throwing a complete Game (7IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2K, 1BB, 75 pitches). Team BC managed 5 hits in the game (Sugi, McGill, Domanski, Richards, McCarthy) but weren’t able to string a rally together against the tough 17-year-old pitcher from New York. Final Score – Adirondack Heat 3 – Team BC 1
Game 2 on Thursday was against the 16U Staten Island Orioles. Team BC outhit Staten Island 11-4 but made a few costly errors and walked 9 batters in an 8-6 loss. Connor McIntosh led the way on offence, going 3-3 with a triple and two singles, 3RBI’s and 2 runs scored. McGill, Domanski, Hall, Thomas, Hendriks, Wegner, Heppner and Bach also had hits.
The boys quickly forgot about the two Thursday losses and headed for Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia to watch the Phillies take on the Mets. It was a one sided affair with the Mets starting pitcher Jacob DeGrom dominating the Phillies en route to a 10-0 victory. The boys were also able to make a stop at the Rocky steps in their quick visit to Philly.
After a late night on Thursday, the boys caught up on some sleep before most of the team headed back to New York to take in the Red Sox vs Yankees game at iconic Yankee Stadium. The atmosphere in the stadium was electric with the Yankees scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th to erase a 3-0 deficit and take a 5-3 lead going into the 9th. The Red Sox were able to score 1 run in the 9th off of Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman but the Yankees held on for a 5-4 win. Team BC’s visit to Yankee Stadium was definitely an experience they will never forget.
With their flight delayed to 9pm, Team BC was able to take advantage of another day of sightseeing. They headed to Liberty State Park and took the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty before heading to Newark Airport for their flight home.
The Delta Tigers trip to the New York/New Jersey area was an amazing experience. Many of the boys described it as the best trip they’ve ever been on and all of the coaches agreed. Playing against older teams was definitely a challenge but it revealed to the boys the quality of baseball played at the next age level. There was plenty of time aside from the baseball tournament during the trip for the boys to take in many of the New York iconic landmarks and three MLB games at 3 different stadiums. Team BC would like to thank BC Baseball for providing this great opportunity and to Chef Pat McCarthy for leading us on this trip.
See some photos here. http://www.bcbaseball.ca/photo_albums/90264-Delta-Tigers-Team-BC--photo-album/album_photos
Tri City repeats their Jr Men’s Tier 1 Championship with a convincing win in the second final Sunday afternoon as Cloverdale forced the undefeated Tri City with a morning win. Cloverdale had to come through the B side to make the final and played some great games to get there.
Congratulations to Ridge Meadows for hosting the finals weekend, the Hunger Management food truck on Satutday was a hit!