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2013 WORLD CHILDREN'S
BASEBALL FAIR PARTICIPANTS NAMED
We are pleased to announce that the following participants have been selected to represent Sask Baseball and Baseball Canada at the 2013 World Children's Baseball Fair in Japan!
Zander Oudie-Senger (Zone 2)
Riley Skarbon (Zone 3)
Davis Wright (Zone 5)
Brady Deobald (Zone 7)
Kyle Froehlich (Zone 8)
This event is held annually and the 10 Baseball Canada provinces rotate each year with a different province attending.
The World Children’s Baseball Fair (WCBF) is held every year to promote worldwide baseball expansion, and at the same time, to provide a tool for international exchange among the different nations around the world.
During the WCBF event, the children will have opportunity to learn the correct, BASIC SKILLS of baseball, with emphasis on fun, participation, teamwork and friendship. This is a time for the children to enjoy and share their love of baseball and learn worldwide culture.
SASK BASEBALL LOOKING TO FORM A
SENIOR WOMEN'S TEAM
Sask Baseball is pleased to announce that Nathan Bourassa has committed to coach a Team Sask Women's Team that will hopefully participate in the 2013 Senior Women's Baseball Canada Championship in Granby, Quebec from July 11-14.
We will need to find at least 15 committed players to play on the team and we are hoping to create enough interest to have a selection camp.
All female athletes are welcome to tryout for this team, however, we would prefer athletes who have a background playing baseball, softball or fastball.
All teams competing at the Women's Nationals will be scouted by Baseball Canada and will have the potential to be selected to the Baseball Canada Women's National Team.
Sask Baseball will be providing a travel grant to help offset some of the costs associated with travelling to Quebec.
Tryout information will be available in a couple weeks depending on weather. In the meantime, if you are interested please e-mail Mike Ramage and we will keep you posted on any new information.
ALBERS & MOLLEKEN MAKE SASKATCHEWAN
PROUD AT WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC
Sask Baseball would very much like to congratulate two members of our Team Sask Alumni, Andrew Albers (North Battleford) and Dustin Molleken (Regina) for being selected to Team Canada at the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Both Albers and Molleken had strong performances over the three round robin games against Italy, Mexico and USA.
Albers pitched 3 innings against Mexico where he allowed 2 runs and struck out 3 batters, including MLB superstar Adrian Gonzalez.
Molleken pitched 4 innings over two games agaist Italy and USA. He allowed a total of 2 hits and had a 0.00 ERA. In his 2 innings against Team USA, Molleken retired in order Jimmy Rollins, Brandon Phillips and Ryan Braun and then the next inning he retired Joe Mauer, David Wright and Adam Jones only giving up an infield single to Ben Zobrist!
Albers now heads back to pitch in the Minnesota Twins farm system and Molleken will now go back to Japan to pitch for the Nippon Ham Fighters. Good luck this season guys!
SCHULZ & TOFFAN SIGN TO
ATTEND COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Jordan Schulz (Strasbourg) and Jager Toffan (Regina) have signed on to attend college baseball programs in the Fall.
Congratulations to both of you!
REMEMBERING BRENNAN LUFFMAN
Sask Baseball is sending thoughts and prayers to the Brennan Luffman family in his tragic loss. Brennan was a talented and spirited outfielder and LHP with the Team Sask program. He was part of the 2005 Canada Cup team that lost a heartbreaking extra inning game to Team Alberta for the Bronze Medal. He played his midget baseball in Weyburn for the Beavers and will always be remembered for making the game look easy and having fun while playing as he was a great teammate.
In this tragic time, Charlene Luffman, the mother of Brennan, would like to let everyone know that in lieu of flowers people are welcome to donate in the memory of Brennan Luffman by donating to Sask Baseball’s Sport Legacy Fund. A cheque can be mailed to either the Regina office or Saskatoon office. Cheques can be made out to "Sport Legacy Fund" and please include a note saying in memory of Brennan Luffman. Once donations have come in Sask Baseball will meet with the Luffman family and decide how best they would like to have Brennan's memory preserved through the sport and teammates he cherished and inspired. Please include your name and mailing address along with your cheque or money order in order to receive a tax deductible receipt. Thank you for your generosity and your thoughts and prayers for the Luffman family.
BRADI WALL RECIPIENT OF
BASEBALL CANADA AWARD
Photo & Article Courtesy of Baseball Canada
Jimmy Rattlesnake Award – Bradi Wall (Swift Current)
After undergoing knee surgery two years ago that caused her to miss the 2010 World Cup, Bradi made her World Cup debut with Team Canada in Edmonton. Steady, is the best term to describe Bradi as she made all of the routine plays on defence and came up with some web gems at other times in starting all nine World Cup games at the ever-important shortstop position.
Bradi’s ‘steadiness’ carried over on offence too as she provided stability at the bottom of the order hitting .387 with three doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs. A highlight in Bradi’s tournament came in an extra-innings win over Team USA where she cracked a bases clearing double in the top of the 8th as part of a 7-run outburst for Team Canada.
2012 ANNUAL AWARD RECIPIENTS
Sask Baseball hosted our Annual Awards Luncheon in Saskatoon October 27th and are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2012 Awards.
ALBERS NAMED COPABE
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
COPABE (Confederacy Pan American Baseball) has named Baseball Canada the Federation of the Year for 2011 and named National Team player Andrew Albers (North Battleford, SK) as its Senior Male Athlete of the Year for 2011.
2012 PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Please see below for results of the 2012 Sask Baseball Provincial Championships detailing Champion and Finalist along with score in Gold Medal Game:
MOSQUITO AAA - Regina Buffalos defeat Saskatoon Cardinals 13-1
MOSQUITO AA - Swift Current Indians defeat Weyburn Beavers 9-8
MOSQUITO AA TIER II - Saskatoon Blue Jay Screwballs defeat Saskatoon Bandit Braves 5-4
MOSQUITO A - Unity Cardinals defeat Humboldt Dodgers 12-6
MOSQUITO A2 - Muenster Red Sox defeat Macklin Lakers 5-2
PEE WEE AAA - Saskatoon A's defeat Saskatoon Cardinals 13-9
- The A's and Cardinals now advance to Baseball Canada Pee Wee Regional in Saskatoon, SK August 23-27
PEE WEE AA - Muenster Red Sox defeat Lloydminster Twins 3-0
- Muenster now advance to AA Minor Westerns in Morden, MB August 16-20
PEE WEE AA TIER II - Saskatoon Braves defeat Saskatoon Blue Jay Thunder 10-8
PEE WEE A - Humboldt Dodgers defeat Melville Millionaires 16-1
PEE WEE A2 - Unity Cardinals defeat Southey Eagles 5-4
BANTAM AAA - Lloydminster Twins defeat Regina Buffalos 5-4
- Lloydminster now advance to Baseball Canada Bantam Nationals in Vaughan, On August 23-27
- The Buffalos and Regina Pacers now advance to the Western Canada Bantam Championship Regina, SK August 16-20
BANTAM AA - Estevan Haulers defeat Melfort Brewers 9-5
- Estevan now advance to AA Minor Westerns in Morden, MB August 16-20
BANTAM AA TIER II - Regina White Sox defeat Saskatoon A's #1 10-8
BANTAM A - Muenster Red Sox defeat Melville Millionaires 7-5
BANTAM A2 - Macklin Lakers defeat Middle Lake Eagles 10-0
MIDGET AAA - Saskatoon Giants defeat Saskatoon Cubs 10-1
- Giants now advance to Baseball Canada Championship in Quebec City August 16-20
- Cubs and Regina Wolfpack now advance to Midget Westerns in Sherwood Park, AB August 23-27
MIDGET AA - Swift Current Indians defeat North East Red Sox 9-3
- Swift Current now advance to AA Minor Westerns in Morden, MB August 16-20
MIDGET A - Macklin Lakers defeat Bethune Bucs 4-3
MIDGET A2 - Kipling Royals defeat Hudson Bay Hitmen 8-6
JUNIOR AAA - Saskatoon Dodgers defeat Moose Jaw Eagles 4-3
- Dodgers now advance to Baseball Canada Junior Championship in Trois Rivieres, QB August 16-20
- Moose Jaw and Weyburn Beavers advance to Western Canada Junior Championship in Innisfail, AB August 9-13
SENIOR AA - Holdfast Trappers defeat Marysburg Royals 4-2
- Holdfast now advance to Senior Westerns in Winnipeg, MB August 23-27
SENIOR A - Border City Blue Jays defeat Wilkie Brewers 8-7
SENIOR A2 - Kenosee Cubs defeat Unity Cardinals 11-8
WHAT'S NEW FOR THE 2012 SEASON?
This will be our third year of using the RAMP Interactive Online Registration System. If you require a username and password please contact Mike Ramage.
NOTE: If you choose not to use the online registration system there will be an additional $2 / member administration fee.
The membership fees have been raised for the 2012 season. Rally Cap (players born in 2004 & later) will pay $15/member and all other players/coaches/managers/etc. will pay $20/member.
Rally Cap Replacing "Rookie" Division
Rally Cap will now be the term used for players born in 2004 or later. Please click on the Rally Cap link to learn more about the great Grassroots Development Program.
Mosquito Rule Changes
Bunting will no longer be allowed in Mosquito. As bunting does not encourage player development at this age level we will test this out in 2012.
Also, in Mosquito AA Tier II, A and A2, baserunners may only score on a play initiated by contact or force play.
Bantam Rule Change
Bantam AA Zone and Provincial Playoffs will now be a wood bat format.
Senior Rule Changes
Senior teams in AA centres based on population (Regina & Saskatoon) may only register in AA or AAA Provincials.
Also, the Senior Team Performance Bond required when registering in Provincials has been increased from $100 to $500. We are hoping that this prevents teams from not fulfilling their obligations in all zone and provincial playoffs.
Medical Substitutions will now be allowed in all Senior categories for Zone and Provincial Playoffs.
Please note that in the minor divisions, a players residency must be set by January 1 of the current calendar year. (No longer June 1)
MOLLEKEN MAKES HIS MLB SPRING TRAINING DEBUT
WITH THE COLORADO ROCKIES
Photo courtesy of Danny Ash
Regina's Dustin Molleken made his 2012 MLB Spring Training debut today (March 3) in Scottsdale, Arizona. He pitched the 9th inning in helping the Rockies salvage a 1-1 tie with the Arizona Diamonmdbacks split squad team. Molleken pitched 1 inning while allowing 2 hits, 1 strikeout and allowed 0 earned runs.
Congratulations Dustin and keep up the great work!!!
ANDREW ALBERS NAMED 2011 SASK SPORT
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Andrew Albers, 26, helped Team Canada win bronze at the World Cup of Baseball international competition in Panama. In this competition, he pitched against competing teams from the Netherlands, Puerto Rico and Taipei. He later won gold with Team Canada at the international Pan Am Games in Mexico. During this competition, Andrew was credited with the win as Canada earned the gold medal against USA, and many consider this as one of Canada's greatest baseball achievements in international baseball history. He played along with Dustin Molleken, a relief pitcher from Regina, Saskatchewan, and combined these two players threw 30 innings and gave up only 3 earned runs.
2011 ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS
The 2011 Sask Baseball Annual Awards Luncheon was held October 29th in Regina at the Regina Inn. Click on the following link to see who the winners were:
CANADA DEFEATS USA TO WIN GOLD
MEDAL GAME AT PAN AM GAMES
defeats USA 2-1 in the Gold Medal Game at the Pan AM games in
Mexico. Andrew Albers (North Battleford) was the starting and winning
pitcher and went 6.1 innings while striking out 8 batters!
Congratulations to both Andrew and Dustin Molleken (Regina) for your
terrific efforts in bringing home the GOLD!
SCHULZ & TOFFAN INVITED TO BASEBALL CANADA
NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM TRYOUT
Canada announced the preliminary roster of players that will travel to
St. Petersburg, FL in March as part of the Junior National Team’s
Spring Training Alumni Week. Additional players could be named to the
roster at a later date. Jager Toffan a member of the Regina Wolfpack
and Jordan Schulz of the Regina Athletics were named.
The schedule also features a match-up with the Philadelphia Phillies and two games against the Netherlands who recently captured the IBAF World Cup in Panama. Rounding out the schedule will be a two game set with St. Petersburg Junior College and two games against yet to be determined opponent(s).
CONGRATULATIONS TO WADE KARCHA (YORKTON)
NAMED BASEBALL CANADA & MLB VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Nobody has had a greater impact on Yorkton Minor Baseball than Wade Karcha. One of the founding fathers of the association, Wade has spent 14 years volunteering his time to make Yorkton Minor Baseball one of the finest organizations in Saskatchewan. Whether it’s promoting coaching certification, designing a baseball program for kids 5 and under, generating fundraising dollars or preparing a bid to host a provincial championship, Wade’s presence has been felt in many areas of the association.
When it came time to approach officials from the City of Yorkton about improvements to Jubilee Park, Wade was the driving force behind the proposal that now sees washroom and canteen facilities at the park.
Wade is and was one of the main reasons for the resurgence of baseball in Yorkton and without Wade’s enthusiasm and hard work Yorkton Minor Baseball would not be where it is today.
SASKATOON BRAVES WIN BRONZE MEDAL
AT BASEBALL CANADA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Zack Demchenko (Saskatoon, SK) turned in a dominant performance on the mound as the Saskatoon Braves won bronze with a 6-1 win over Winnipeg South. Demchenko allowed only one hit and struck out thirteen batters to record the win while Jonathon Duff’s (Regina, SK) double in the fifth scored two runs to put the Braves in front for good.
REGINA PACERS WIN GOLD AT BANTAM AAA
WESTERN CANADA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Pacers won the title in Winnipeg, defeating the Vancouver Mounties 3-2 in the championship game.
Regina trailed 2-0 before Ryker Toffan belted a game tying, two-RBI double in the fifth inning. Carson Bogdan drove in the third run in the following inning.
Chase Nistor was the winning pitcher, allowing only four hits in 6 1/3 innings. Kade Erickson notched the save after retiring the final two batters. Nistor and Carter Folk added singles.
SWIFT CURRENT INDIANS WIN SILVER MEDAL AT
MIDGET AA WESTERN CANADA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to the Midget AA Swift Current Indians for winning the silver medal at the AA Minor Western Canada Baseball Championship held in Morden, Manitoba.
The Indians were undefeated in round robin play, however, came up short in the final to Manitoba by a score of 11-8.
TEAM SASK WINS A SILVER MEDAL AT
2011 BASEBALL CANADA CUP
Congratulations to Team Saskatchewan who proved the critics wrong by winning a SILVER medal at the 2011 Baseball Canada Cup held in Moncton, NB. It was nail-biting Championship Game with Team Ontario squeeking by us by a score of 3-2 with a sacrifice fly to win in the bottom of the 7th inning.
CORY HALL NAMED TO ALL-WEST COAST
CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM & SIGNS WITH KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Cory Hall (Santa Clara D1) baseball team was honored by the West Coast conference for his play this season on Wednesday. A senior RHP Cory Hall, was named to the 2011 All-West Coast Conference First Team.
Hall (4-7; 3.26 ERA) had a break-out season for the Broncos. After being a bullpen pitcher during his first two seasons, Hall became the team's Friday night starter. Hall averaged seven innings per start, pitching 105 innings in 15 starts. Santa Clara's ace fanned 80 batters, including a season-high 11 against Brown on March 26. He posted two complete games, including a two-run nine-inning effort at Saint Mary's on Apr. 15. Hall continually left the Broncos with a chance to win, picking up no-decisions that the Broncos later won including a two-run no-decision at Pepperdine on May 6.
Also, Sask Baseball would like to send out a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Cory for recently being signed by the Kansas City Royals! Way to go Cory. We hope to see you pitching in the Big Leagues soon.
ERIC BRYCE NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S NEW IN 2011?
Please take a minute to check out Resolutions from the 2010 Annual General Meeting that were recently approved by our Board of Governors to be implemented for the upcoming 2011 season.
TEAM SASK COACHING POSITIONS AVAILABLE
Sask Baseball is currently looking for interested coaches to fill positions with the following teams:
Baseball Canada Cup
Western Canada Summer Games
REGINA TO HOST 2011 BASEBALL CANADA
MIDGET AAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Regina Optimist Baseball will be hosting the 2011 Baseball Canada Midget Nationals from August 17-22. This will be the first time in close to 20 years that the City of Regina has hosted a minor baseball National Championship of this calibre.
AVERY LOOKING GOOD IN ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
The Arizona Fall League, which features some of the top prospects in baseball, is winding down its regular season. This year, there are five Canadians participating in the circuit known for producing top big league talent. including Moose Jaw's James Avery.
2010 ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS
The 2010 Sask Baseball Annual Awards Luncheon was held October 16th in Saskatoon at the Radisson Inn. Click on the following link to see who the winners were:
MACDONALD NAMED MVP
Mitch MacDonald of the Regina Red Sox has been named the 2010 MVP of the Western Major Baseball League.
2010 MIZUNO CAMP
Sask Baseball would like to congratulate players Tanner Spencer, Payton Hillsdon, Jeremy Sylvester and coach Matt Kosteniuk for being invited to participate in the 2010 Baseball Canada Mizuno Camp. This event was held in Toronto at the Rogers Centre.
SASKATCHEWAN UMPIRE HAS EXPERIENCE
OF A LIFETIME
Elemer Jerkovits has spent most of his life calling balls and strikes at baseball diamonds around the province of Saskatchewan. The 47 year-old native of Regina has stood behind home plate or manned the baselines for 35 years and given his time to the sport he loves.
NEW SASK BASEBALL CLOTHING LINE
Click below to check out the latest Threads and Lids as well as some old stock with BLOWOUT PRICES!!!
MCGILL WINS CIS CHAMPIONSHIOP
Robert Garven of Saskatoon earns CIS Baseball National Championship with McGill as they defeat Brock Badgers.
REGINA PACERS BRING HOME SILVER
The Regina Pacers won a SILVER medal at the 2010 Baseball Canada Bantam AAA Championship today. The host team from Vaughan, Ontario won the gold medal.
In the semi-final, the Pacers beat BC 3-0 to advance to the Baseball Canada Bantam AAA Gold medal Game where they face the host team from Vaughan, Ontario. Jeremy Sylvestre pitches 6-2/3 of no-hit baseball before Nathan Haroldson closes it out.
2010 WESTERN CANADA CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Lloydminster Twins win GOLD at Pee Wee AA Westerns
- beat BC 15-5 in Final
Swift Current win SILVER at Bantam AA Westerns
- lose 8-6 to BC in Final
Swift Current win GOLD at Midget AA Westerns
- beat BC 4-3 in Final
SASKATCHEWAN WELL REPRESENTED ON BASEBALL CANADA
WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Sask Baseball is pleased to announce that three players on the WNT are from Saskatchewan. Melissa Armstrong, Taelor Frederickson and Shayla Shahsavar, all from Saskatoon, have been selected to represent Baseball Canada at the upcoming Women's World Cup in Caracus, Venezuela from August 12-22.
Congratulations ladies and best of luck in this very prestigious championship.
WEYBURN & PREECEVILLE NOW RBI APPROVED
Baseball Canada and Sask Baseball would like to announce that Weyburn Minor Ball and Preeceville Minor Ball have become the seventh and eighth local associations to become RBI Approved since Baseball Canada introduced the RBI Program in 2008. There are now five associations in Saskatchewan meeting the criteria.
BASEBALL CANADA'S PREVIEW OF SASK BASEBALL 2010 SEASON
Click on the link below to read Baseball Canada's preview of Sask Baseball upcoming season:
2010 BANTAM GIRLS TRYOUT INFORMATION
If you are a female baseball player aged 12-16 and are interested in becoming involved in the Bantam Girls Program click on the following link for details on the upcoming tryouts:
BASEBALL CANADA UNVEILS STRATEGIC PLANNING DOCUMENT
Please take a look at it and complete the short survey by Baseball Canada as they are looking for feedback for their Strategic Planning Document.
TANNER SPENCER NAMED TO JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM
Baseball Canada announced the Junior National Team roster which will be making its way to Orlando, Florida at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex for the Spring Training Camp from April 15th to 25th.
The junior team will hold daily practices while in Florida as well as play eight games against Major League Baseball affiliated teams.
2010 BANTAM SELECTS AWARDED TO REGINA
Regina has been awarded the 2010 Bantam Selects. It will be held at Lions Park from August 6-8.
This "Showcase" tournament is designed to evaluate as many players as possible for the upcoming Team Sask Programs. This is not a "win at all costs" tournament.
Please contact your Zone Governor for further details regarding your Zone Team.
2010 TEAM SASK COACHING POSITIONS
Attention Sask Baseball Members
Team Saskatchewan is currently accepting applications for the following positions with our high performance programs.
KINDERSLEY TO HOST 2010 BASEBALL CANADA CUP
Sask Baseball is pleased to announce that Kindersley will host the 2010 Baseball Canada Cup for the second year in a row. Kindersley did such a great job in 2009 that Baseball Canada approached them to host again.
The Championship will feature the top 17 & Under players in Canada and will take place from August 11-16, 2010.
2009 ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS
We are pleased to present the recipients of the 2009 Sask Baseball Annual Awards. These awards were presented during our Annual Awards Luncheon at the Regina Inn on Saturday, October 17th.
SPENCER GETS START AT JNT FALL CAMP
Tanner Spencer (Craik, SK) was the starter for Team Grey. He allowed an unearned run on two hits with one strikeout in two innings of work. Iannick Remillard (Valleyfield, QC) threw a scoreless inning for Team Grey, allowing one hit and a walk while fanning one.
MOLLEKEN HELPS CANADA WIN BRONZE
Regina native, Dustin Molleken helped Team Canada win a bronze medal at the 2009 Baseball World Cup.
PRIVATE LESSONS NOW AVAILABLE
Are you interested in receiving individual lessons on a one-on-one basis with Sask Baseball High Performance Director Greg Brons?
HITTING, AGILITY & SPEED TRAINING AVAILABLE
Attention all Bantam and Midget aged players in the Saskatoon area.
Sask Baseball is looking to fill spots in our upcoming Hitting Instruction clinics at the Saskatoon Fieldhouse.