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The 11U T2-AAA D-Backs had a good showing at the VOC tournament on the weekend finishing a respectful 4th place out of a 10 team tournament with T1 & T2 teams. They started off with a 7-6 win over the T1-AAA Prince George Knights then a 14-6 loss to the eventual tournament winners T1-AAA St.Albert. Saturday saw the D-Backs get 2 wins on the day, one against the T2-AAA Victoria Eagles 13-7 and followed that with a 24-10 win over the COMBA T2-AAA. The semi finals started off against a tough T2-AAA Vernon team with a 7-3 loss and in the consolation game our D-Backs put up a good fight against the T1-AAA Victoria Eagles taking them into the 8th inning for a 13-11 loss. The boys played their hearts out this weekend and the results showed, congratulations to the players and coaches. #2 PARKER SWIFT, #9 BEN GRUNDY, #11 CHARLIE GRANT, #14 CARSON TRIPP, #15 CHARLIE DAOUST, #16 BRITAIN KONNEKE, #20 JAXON DOLLMAN, #21 KADEN WOODCOX, #22 MICAH NUNES, #24 EVERETT SEELEY, #27 COOPER VODAREK, #99 COHEN VODAREK, (HEAD COACH) RICH SWIFT, (ASSISTANT COACH) SHAWN VODAREK, (ASSISTANT COACH) MIKE TRIPP
This past weekend, the West Kelowna 18U College Prep D-Backs made the trip to Seattle, WA to participate in the Josh Dickerson Tournament. West Kelowna joined 8 of the Seattle-Area’s premier 18U Baseball Clubs for a weekend showdown in the “Emerald City”. The D-Backs competed alongside teams such as the Narrows Baseball Club, Seattle Stars, Washington Athletics, the Bellevue Boys of Summer, Benz Baseball and 3 teams from Seattle’s Baden Baseball Club.
While the scoresheets didn’t go in favor of West Kelowna over the weekend, the D-Backs fought hard, narrowly losing Game 1 to the Narrows Baseball Club by a score of 1-0. Game 2 saw them lose 9-0 to the “Premier” squad from the Baden-sponsored Seattle club. Game 3 against the Washington A’s ended in a 7-3 loss, followed by a 9-3 Loss to the Baden Red team. In the final game, the D-backs were edged out 8-0 by the Baden Black squad.
Although the D-Backs walked away winless, the team from West Kelowna had an amazing opportunity to be put up to the measuring stick against some of the stiffest competition that Washington state had to offer.
Making the most of their trip, the D-Backs had the opportunity to enjoy the city on Saturday Night, taking in an MLB match-up between the home town Mariners and the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals which saw the Mariners take the game 6-4.
The D-Backs return to West Kelowna this weekend for a pair of double headers at home, kicking off Saturday against 1-seed Chilliwack Cougars at 1pm & 3:30pm followed on Sunday by games against the Ridge Meadows Royals at 1pm & 3:30pm.
The New Scoreboard for Boucherie Main Field was installed this past week. We hope it will be operational for the
18U AAA Dbacks next home games which are scheduled for Saturday, July 7th versus the BC Baseball College Prep league-leading team Chilliwack Cougars. Game times are 1 & 3:30. We hope to see lots of fans out.
West Kelowna Minor Baseball is grateful to the City of West Kelowna for working together with us to make Boucherie one of the best baseball fields in the Province.
The Inside Pitch Baseball Camp returns to West Kelowna on July 19th
Morgan Reiter, Director of Player Development for Inside Pitch Baseball Academy will be visiting West Kelowna for 2 days, sharing a wealth of experience and knowledge with our players. Morgan is a highly touted coach and instructor, who played NCAA div.1 Baseball and is currently the only National Pitching Association certified trainer in Canada. Morgan will be assisted by a number of current and former professional & college baseball players who also have experience directing and teaching camps across Canada.
The camp will consist of 2 portions, Power Pitching (8-15 Years) and Hitting & Skills (6-15 Years).
The Pitching Camp will run from 10:00am to 12:30 pm, the Hitting & Skills Camp will run from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Players may sign up for either portion individually ($70.00 for Pitching, $65.00 for Hitting & Skills) or they may choose to sign up for both camps and only pay $120.
The 13U ‘AA’ team took second place in the River City Classic baseball tournament held in Kamloops over May long weekend. The tournament was very competitive and consisted of 12 teams from BC and Alberta. West Kelowna played some great baseball and defeated Kamloops, Cowichan Valley, Edmonton and Victoria on their way to the tournament finals. Unfortunately West Kelowna came up short in the final game losing to a tough team from White Rock.