Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association – 2021 – Week 4 Summary

Things got back to normal for the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association in Week 4 with all games proceeding as scheduled. Games that were rained out during Week 3 will be made up this coming weekend.

Saturday October 2, 2021

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Holland College Hurricanes @ Acadia Axemen

In Game 1, Acadia shut out Holland College by a score of 9 to 0. The Acadia offense was led by Jackson Colbourne (2 for 3 with a Triple, an RBI, and 2 Runs Scored), Pat McWilliam (2 for 4 with a Double, 3 RBI’s, and a Run Scored), and Doug Hassell (1 for 3 with a Home Run). Matt Bradley went 7 complete for the Win, giving up 0 Earned Runs and 2 Hits while Walking 4, Striking Out 8, and throwing a total of 106 pitches. Acadia committed No Errors in the game. For Holland College, Ben MacDougall and Ethan McLellan had the only 2 hits in the game. Starter Cody LeBlanc took the Loss, giving up 6 Hits and 5 Earned Runs over 5 innings, while Walking 1, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 85 pitches. Holland College committed 3 Errors in the game.

In Game 2, Holland College came back with a solid offensive output to beat Acadia 8 to 3. The Holland College offense was very balanced with only Rhyann Storr recording more than 1 of their 8 Hits (2 for 4 with an RBI). Six Hurricanes went 1 for 3 including Dylan Worth (a Double, 3 RBI’s, and a Run Scored), Ben MacDougall (a Double, a Walk, an RBI, and a Run Scored), Drew Grady, Ethan McLellan (a Double, a Walk and a Run Scored), Brayden Lebel (a Walk and 2 Runs Scored), and Matt Peacock (a Walk, an RBI, and a Run Scored). Starter Eric Anderson threw 6 1/3 Innings for the Win, giving up 1 Earned Run and 4 Hits while Walking 5, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 96 pitches. Holland College committed 1 Error in the game. For Acadia, Eric Wozniewicz, Parker MacIntyre, Pat McWilliam, Doug Hassell, and Seth Routledge each chipped in with 1 hit. Starter Jacobie Ford took the Loss, giving up 5 Hits and 4 Earned Runs over 5 1/3 innings, while Walking 4, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 87 pitches. Acadia committed 1 Error in the game.

Dalhousie Tigers @ St. Francis Xavier X-Men

In Game 1, STFX shut out Dal by a score of 8 to 0. The Acadia offense was led by Lucas Fraser (4 for 4 with 2 Doubles, 2 RBI’s, and 2 Runs Scored), Kyle Moore (3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s), Ty Arsenault (2 for 3 with 2 Runs Scored) and Dylan Brown (2 for 4 with an RBI). Brett Baxter went 7 complete for the Win, giving up 0 Earned Runs and 5 Hits while Walking 1, Striking Out 5, and throwing a total of 113 pitches. STFX committed 4 Errors in the game. For Dalhousie, Josh Hatfield went 2 for 3 with a Double while D Garinger, Ben Widdecombe, and Dylan Corsini each chipped in with a Hit. Starter Nick Manias took the Loss, giving up 13 Hits and 7 Earned Runs over 6 innings, while Walking 4, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 111 pitches. Dalhousie committed 2 Errors in the game.

In Game 2, offense was tough to come by but Dalhousie scored in the 7th to win it 1 to 0. The Dalhousie Offense was led by Dylan Corsini (2 for 3 with the only Run Scored), Kiwean Song (1 for 2 with a Walk and the only RBI), and Ben Widdecombe (1 for 3). Starter Garrett Windsor went 7 complete for the Win, giving up 0 Earned Runs and 1 Hit while Walking 1, Striking Out 2, and throwing a total of 80 pitches. Dalhousie committed 2 Errors in the game. For STFX, Ty Arsenault had their only Hit in the game. Starter Dylan Brown took the Loss, giving up 4 Hits and 1 Earned Run over 7 innings, while Walking 1, Striking Out 8, and throwing a total of 93 pitches. STFX committed no Errors in the game.

University of New Brunswick Reds @ Saint Mary’s Huskies

In Game 1, Saint Mary’s was able to come up with a 6 to 4 Win over UNB. The Saint Mary’s offense was able to score 6 runs with only 4 hits, one each from Luke Robison (1 for 2 with and RBI and a Run Score), Brett Stover (1 for 2 with a Walk and a Run Scored), Oscar Kozariz (1 for 3 with a Run Scored), and Logan MacNeil (1 for 3 with a Run Scored). Spencer Murray went 7 complete for the Win, giving up 2 Earned Runs and 6 Hits while Walking 4, Striking Out 8, and throwing a total of 107 pitches. SMU committed 2 Errors in the game. For UNB, the offense was led by Connor Hill (2 for 4 with a Run Scored), Luke Smith (1 for 2 with a Run Scored), David Bunce (1 for 2 with a Walk), Connor Ellsworth (1 for 3), and Nick Rushton (1 for 4 with 2 RBI’s). Starter Diego Leclair took the Loss, giving up 3 Hits and 4 Earned Runs over 3 2/3 innings, while Walking 3, Striking Out 4, and throwing a total of 67 pitches. UNB committed 2 Errors in the game.

In Game 2, UNB got the bats going and put a 14 to 2 beating on SMU. The UNB offense was led by Owen Lohnes (2 for 3 with a Grand Slam Home Run, 5 RBI’s, and a Run Scored), Connor Hill (2 for 3 with 2 Doubles, 2 Walks, and 3 Runs Scored), Adam Estey (2 for 3 with a Walk, an RBI, and 3 Runs Scored) and Connor Ellsworth (2 for 3 with a Walk, an RBI, and a Run Scored). Starter Rylan Matchett went 6 Innings for the Win, giving up 2 Earned Runs and 7 Hits while Walking 2, Striking Out 0, and throwing a total of 90 pitches. UNB committed 1 Error in the game. For SMU, the offense was led by Oscar Kozariz (2 for 3 with a Double and a Run Scored), Kyle Sampson (2 for 3 with a Run Scored), and Spencer Murray (2 for 3). Starter Cameron Hughes took the Loss, giving up 4 Hits and 1 Earned Run over 7 innings, while Walking 4, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 84 pitches. SMU committed 4 Errors in the game.

Sunday October 3, 2021

Acadia Axemen @ Saint Mary’s Huskies

In Game 1, Acadia beat SMU by a score of 10 to 4. The Acadia offense was led by Doug Hassell (3 for 4 with 4 RBI’s), Garrett Culleton (2 for 3 with a Home Run, a Walk, 2 RBI’s, and 4 Runs Scored), and Jamal Davis (2 for 3 with a Walk, and 2 RBI’s). Jake MacKinnon went 7 complete for the Win, giving up 4 Earned Runs and 8 Hits while Walking 4, Striking Out 4, and throwing a total of 133 pitches. Acadia committed 1 Error in the game. For SMU, the offense was led by Logan Raftus (3 for 4 with a Run Scored) and Brett Stover (1 for 3 with 3 RBI’s). Spencer Murray, Larry Barton, Oscar Kozariz, and Logan MacNeil each chipped in with a Hit of their own. Starter Brock Townsend took the Loss, giving up 7 Hits and 5 Earned Runs over 5 1/3 innings, while Walking 5, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 98 pitches. SMU committed 3 Errors in the game.

In Game 2, Acadia came out on top of SMU by the exact same score of 10 to 4. The Acadia offense was very balanced with 9 player recording Hits. The top hitters included Garrett Culleton (2 for 3 with 2 Walks, 1 RBI, and 2 Runs Scored), Cole Stevens (2 for 3 with a Run Scored), Seth Routledge (1 for 2 with a Double, 2 Walks, an RBI, and 2 Runs Scored), Jake MacKinnon (1 for 2 with 2 Walk, 2 RBI’s, and a Run Scored), Doug Hassell (2 for 5 with an RBI and 2 Runs Scored), and Pat McWilliam (2 for 5 with a Double and an RBI). Starter Keegan Gaskell went 7 complete for the Win, giving up 3 Earned Runs and 8 Hits while Walking 2, Striking Out 6, and throwing a total of 97 pitches. Acadia committed 3 Errors in the game. For Saint Mary’s the offense was led by Justin Hubley (2 for 3 with a Double and Run Scored), Brock Townsend (2 for 4 with a Double, 2 RBI’s and a Run Scored), and Spencer Murray (2 for 4). Starter JLogan MacNeil took the Loss, giving up 12 Hits and 9 Earned Runs over 5 1/3 innings, while Walking 6, Striking Out 4, and throwing a total of 123 pitches. SMU committed 2 Errors in the game.

Holland College Hurricanes @ St. Francis Xavier X-Men

In Game 1, Holland College beat St. FX by a score of 10 to 4. The Hurricanes offense was led by Dylan Worth (2 for 3 with a Double, a Walk, 3 RBI’s, and 2 Runs Scored), Drew Grady (2 for 4 with a Double, 4 RBI’s, and a Run Scored), Ethan McLellan (2 for 4), and Jack MacKenzie (2 for 5 with 2 Runs Scored). Ben MacDougall went 7 complete for the Win, giving up 1 Earned Run and 3 Hits while Walking 3, Striking Out 8, and throwing a total of 105 pitches. Holland College committed 2 Errors in the game. For STFX, the offense was led by Ewan Galloway (1 for 2 with a Walk and an RBI), Kyle Moore (1 for 2 with a Walk and a Run Score), and Michael Sampson (1 for 3 with a Double and an RBI). Starter Dominik Tremblay took the Loss, giving up 5 Hits and 7 Runs (only 2 Earned) over 5 2/3 innings, while Walking 4, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 111 pitches. STFX committed 3 Errors in the game.

In Game 2, Holland College really got the bats going with 16 Hits in a 15 to 5 Win over STFX. The top hitters for Holland College included Brett Caissie (3 for 4 with a Double, a Walk, 2 RBI’s, and 2 Runs Scored), Ben MacDougall (3 for 4 with a Walk, an RBI, and 2 Runs Scored), Garret Hebert (2 for 4 with a Walk, an RBI, and 3 Runs Scored), Rhyan Storr (2 for 4 with a Double, a Walk, 2 RBI’s, and a Run Scored), and Drew Grady (2 for 4 with a Walk, 2 RBI’s, and a Run Scored). Reliever Jack MacKenzie took over for Starter Ethan McLellan and threw 5 Innings for the Win, giving up 1 Earned Run and 6 Hits while Walking 2, Striking Out 6, and throwing a total of 82 pitches. Holland College committed 1 Error in the game. For STFX the offense was led by Kyle Moore (2 for 4 with a Double and Run Scored), Lucas Fraser (2 for 4 with a Run Scored), Brett Baxter (2 for 4 with a Run Scored), and Michael Sampson (1 for 3 with a Double and an RBI). Starter Jonathan Tremblay took the Loss, giving up 5 Hits and 5 Earned Runs over 3 1/3 innings, while Walking 4, Striking Out 4, and throwing a total of 69 pitches. STFX committed 1 Error in the game.

University of New Brunswick Reds @ Dalhousie University Tigers

In Game 1, UNB beat Dal by a score of 9 to 7. The Reds offense was led by Adam Estey (3 for 4 with a Double, a Triple, a Walk, and 3 Runs Scored), Matthew Munn (2 for 3 with a Walk, and 2 Runs Scored), and Rylan Matchett (2 for 4 with a Double, a Walk, 2 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored). Reliever Ryan Nason took over for Starter Matt Nason and threw 3 Innings for the Win, giving up 0 Earned Runs and 2 Hits while Walking 2, Striking Out 6, and throwing a total of 59 pitches. UNB committed 2 Errors in the game. For Dal, the offense was led by Zach Bond (1 for 1 with 2 Walks and 3 Runs Scored), Dylan Corsini (3 for 4 with a Double, an RBI, and a Run Scored), Mark Howatt (1 for 3 with a Double, a Walk and 2 RBI’s), and Ben Rittenberg (1 for 3 with an RBI and a Run Scored). Starter D Garinger took the Loss, giving up 4 Hits and 8 Runs (only 4 Earned) over 2 innings, while Walking 6, Striking Out 1, and throwing a total of 74 pitches. Dal committed 3 Errors in the game.

In Game 2, UNB kept the bats going with 13 Hits in a 7 to 5 Win over Dal. The top hitters for the Reds included Matt Nason (3 for 4 with a Double, a Triple, an RBI, and a Run Scored), Connor Hill (3 for 4 with 2 Runs Scored), and Nick Rushton (3 for 4 with 2 Runs Scored). Reliever Owen Lohnes took over for Starter David Bunce and threw 2 Innings for the Win, giving up 3 Earned Runs and 2 Hits while Walking 3, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 51 pitches. UNB committed 1 Error in the game. For Dal the offense was led by Aidan Rittenberg (1 for 2 with a Walk and 2 Runs Scored), Ben Rittenberg (1 for 3 with a Double, a Walk, an RBI, and a Run Scored), and Zach Bond (1 for 3 with a Walk and 2 Runs Scored). Reliever Evan Dunbrille took the Loss, giving up 4 Hits and 2 Earned Runs over 1 2/3 innings, while Walking 2, Striking Out 0, and throwing a total of 43 pitches. Dal committed 2 Errors in the game.

Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association – 2021 – Week 3 Summary

Mother Nature was not in a cooperative mood this past weekend so only two Double-Headers were played, both on Saturday.

Saturday September 25, 2021

Dalhousie Tigers @ Acadia Axemen

In Game 1, Acadia beat Dal by a score of 11 to 3. The Acadia offense was led by Doug Hassell (3 for 4 with a Home Run, 4 RBI’s, and 2 Runs Scored) and Pat McWilliam (2 for 4 with a Double, 2 RBI’s, and a Run Scored). Jake MacKinnon pitched 6 innings for the Win in relief of Starter Keegan Gaskell, giving up 0 Earned Runs and 2 Hits while Walking 1, Striking Out 10, and throwing a total of 100 pitches. Acadia committed 2 Errors in the game. For Dal, Dylan Corsini led the way with 2 Hits and a Run Scored. Zack Bond, Aidan Rittenberg, and D Garinger each chipped in with a Hit of their own. Nick Manias took the Loss, giving up 5 Hits and 7 Earned Runs over 2 1/3 innings, while Walking 5, Striking Out 1, and throwing a total of 66 pitches. Dalhousie committed 2 Errors in the game.

In Game 2, Dalhousie came back with a big offensive output to beat Acadia 16 to 7. The Dal offense was led by Zack Bond (4 for 5 with a Double, 3 RBI’s, and 3 Runs Scored), Evan Dunbrille (3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 Runs Scored), Ben Widdecombe (2 for 3 with a Double, 2 Walks, an RBI, and 2 Runs Scored), and Ben Rittenburg (2 for 4 with 2 Doubles, a Walk, 5 RBI’s, and 2 Runs Scored). Garrett Windsor went 7 complete for the Win, giving up 3 Earned Runs and 6 Hits while Walking 1, Striking Out 4, and throwing a total of 102 pitches. Dal committed 3 Errors in the game. For Acadia, Jake MacKinnon led the offense going 3 for 3 with a Double, an RBI, and 2 Runs Scored while Kieran Finn (1 for 2 with a Double and 2 Runs Scored), Doug Hassell (1 for 3 with an RBI and a Run Scored), and Seth Routledge (1 for 3 with a Double and a Run Scored) chipped in as well. Reliever Cole Stevens took over from Starter Jacobie Ford and took the Loss, giving up 3 Hits and 5 Runs (only 1 Earned) over 1/3 of an inning, while Walking 2, Striking Out 1, and throwing a total of 33 pitches. Acadia committed 2 Errors in the game.

St. Mary’s Huskies @ St. Francis Xavier X-Men

In Game 1, STFX doubled-up SMU by a score of 4 to 2. The STFX offense was led by Kyle Moore (3 for 3), Dobson Boudreau (1 for 2 with a Walk and a Run Scored), Ewan Galloway (1 for 3 with a Double and 2 RBI’s), Lucas Fraser (1 for 3 with a Walk and a Run Scored), and Jack Walsh (1 for 3 with an RBI). Brett Baxter went 7 complete for the Win, giving up 2 Earned Runs and 7 Hits while Walking 2, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 106 pitches. STFX did not commit an Error in the game. For SMU, Larry Barton (2 for 4 with a Double and an RBI) and Kyle Sampson (2 for 4 with a Run Scored) led the way. Spencer Murray, Brock Townsend, and Logan MacNeil each chipped in with a Hit of their own. Spencer Murray took the Loss, giving up 8 Hits and 4 Earned Runs over 6 innings, while Walking 3, Striking Out 8, and throwing a total of 117 pitches. St. Mary’s committed 2 Errors in the game.

In Game 2, STFX came out victorious again with a 9 to 7 Win over SMU. The STFX offense was led by Kyle Moore (2 for 3 with a Double, 3 RBI’s, and 3 Runs Scored), Dominick Tremblay (2 for 3 with a Walk and 2 Runs Scored), Lucas Fraser (2 for 4 with a Double, a Walk, and 3 Runs Scored), and Jack Walsh (1 for 4 with a Double, a Walk, 4 RBI’s, and a Run Scored). Starter Jonathan Tremblay threw 3.2 innings for the Win, giving up 2 Earned Runs and 3 Hits while Walking 4, Striking Out 1, and throwing a total of 66 pitches. STFX committed 3 Errors in the game. SMU had contributions from several hitters including Oscar Kozariz (1 for 1 with 2 Walks, an RBI, and 2 Runs Scored), Logan Raftus (1 for 1 with a Walk and 2 Runs Scored), Shane Doyle (1 for 2 with 2 Walks and a Run Score), and Brock Townsend (1 for 2 with 2 Walks and a Run Scored). Reliever Kyle Sampson took over from Starter Brock Townsend and took the Loss, giving up 3 Hits and 5 Runs (only 2 Earned) over 2 1/3 innings, while Walking 4, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 55 pitches. SMU committed 3 Errors in the game.

Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association – 2021 – Week 2 Summary

Saturday September 18, 2021

Saint Mary’s Huskies @ Acadia Axemen

In Game 1, Acadia beat SMU by a score of 3 to 2. The Acadia offense was not exactly on fire with only 3 hits as a group – one each from G Cullerton, Pat MacWilliam, and Jacobie Ford – but they were good enough to get it done. Jake MacKinnon went 7 complete for the Win, giving up 0 Earned Runs and 8 Hits while Walking 3, Striking Out 7, and throwing a total of 102 pitches. Acadia committed 1 Error in the game. For SMU, Larry Barton led the way for SMU with 2 Hits, a Walk, and both of the team’s RBI’s. Oscar Kozariz and Logan MacNeil chipped in with two hits each of their own. Spencer Murray took the Loss, giving up 3 Hits and 2 Earned Runs over 5 2/3 innings, while Walking 5, Striking Out 7, and throwing a total of 115 pitches. SMU committed 3 Errors in the game.

In Game 2, Acadia tripled SMU’s output for a 9 to 3 Win. The Acadia offense woke up in this game with 8 of their 9 batters recording Hits. Top hitters included Jackson Colbourne (2 for 3 with a Walk), G Cullerton (1 for 2 with a Walk and a Run Scored), Cam Lynds (1 for 2 with a Walk, an RBI, and 3 Runs Scored), and Seth Routhledge (1 for 3 with Two RBI’s and a Run Scored). Jacobie Ford went 7 complete for the Win, giving up 1 Earned Run and 4 Hits while Walking 3, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 99 pitches. Acadia committed 2 Errors in the game. For SMU, Spencer Murray, Oscar Kozariz, Logan Raftus, and Logan MacNeil chipped in with a hit each. Cameron Hughes took the Loss, giving up 5 Hits and 5 Earned Runs over 3 1/3 innings, while Walking 4, Striking Out 4, and throwing a total of 78 pitches. SMU committed 2 Errors in the game.

University of New Brunswick Reds @ Holland College Hurricanes

In Game 1, Holland College topped UNB by a score of 6 to 4. The Holland College offense was led by Jack MacKenzie (2 for 3 with a Walk and a Run Scored), Drew Grady (2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s), and Ben MacDougall (1 for 3 with a Walk, 3 RBI’s, and a Run Scored). Cody LeBlanc pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief of Starter Ronny De La Cruz to take the Win, giving up 2 Earned Runs and 0 Hits while Walking 7, Striking Out 4, and throwing a total of 84 pitches. Holland College committed 3 Errors in the game. UNB could only manage 2 hits in the game – one each from Nick St Pierre and Matt Nason. Connor Hill chipped in with a couple of Walks and an RBI. Starter Rylan Matchett took the Loss, giving up 6 Hits and 4 Earned Runs over 4 2/3 innings, while Walking 2, Striking Out 6, and throwing a total of 75 pitches. UNB committed no Errors in the game.

In Game 2, Holland College dominated for an 8 to 1 Win. The Holland College offense was led by Garret Herbert (2 for 2 with a Walk, an RBI, and 2 Runs Scored), Rhyan Storr (2 for 3 with a Walk and 2 RBI’s) and Dylan Worth (1 for 2 with 2 Walks, an RBI and 2 Runs Scored). Jack MacKenzie went 7 complete for the Win, giving up 0 Earned Runs and 5 Hits while Walking 3, Striking Out 7, and throwing a total of 102 pitches. Holland College committed 3 Errors in this game as well. For UNB, leadoff man Connor Hill was 2 for 3, while Nick Rushton, David Bunce, and Luke Smith chipped in with a hit each. Starter Nick St Pierre took the Loss, giving up 4 Hits and 4 Earned Runs over 4 innings, while Walking 3, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 61 pitches. UNB committed 2 Errors in the game.

St. Francis Xavier X-Men @ Dalhousie Tigers

In Game 1, STFX topped Dal by a score of 5 to 4 in 8 innings. The STFX offense was led by Michael Sampson (2 for 4 with an RBI and a Run Scored), Dobson Boudreau (1 for 4 with a Walk and 2 RBI’s), and Nathan Snell (1 for 4 with an RBI). Starter Brett Baxter pitched 7 innings for the Win, giving up 4 Earned Runs and 10 Hits while Walking 1, Striking Out 2, and throwing a total of 105 pitches. Jonathan Tremblay took over in the 8th, striking out the side to earn the Save. STFX committed no Errors in the game. The Dal offensive attack was led by Ben Widdecombe (2 for 3 with a Double, a Triple, 3 RBI’s, and a Run Scored), Ben Rittenberg (3 for 4) and Mark Howatt (2 for 4 with a Run Scored). Reliever Kiwean Song took the Loss, giving up 1 Hit and 0 Earned Runs over 1 1/3 innings, while Walking 1, Striking Out 2, and throwing a total of 27 pitches. Dal committed 5 Errors in this game including 3 in the 8th inning, one of which brought in the winning run.

In Game 2, STFX outslugged Dal for the 12 to 7 Win. The STFX offense was led by Dobson Boudreau (3 for 4 with a Walk, 3 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored), Jack Walsh (2 for 5 with 3 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored), and Lucas Fraser (2 for 5 with 3 Runs Scored). Starter Nolan Galloway threw 3 innings for the Win, giving up 2 Earned Runs and 5 Hits while Walking 2, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 77 pitches. STFX committed 4 Errors in the game. Dal had a pretty balanced offensive attack with Dylan Corsini and Ben Rittenberg having a hit, an RBI and 2 Run’s Scored each. Ben Widdecombe, Hunter Valcourt, Josh Hatfield chipping in with a Hit and an RBI each. Starter Rhys Scott took the Loss, giving up 4 Hits and 3 Earned Runs over 1 2/3 innings, while Walking 2, Striking Out 0, and throwing a total of 47 pitches. Dal committed 7 more Errors in this game for an even dozen on the day.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

University of New Brunswick Reds @ St. Francis Xavier X-Men

In Game 1, UNB topped STFX by a score of 6 to 4. The UNB offense was led by Luke Smith (2 for 4 with 3 RBI’s) and Owen Lohnes (2 for 2), and Jack Ryan (1 for 3 with an RBI). Starter Ryan Nason pitched 3 2/3 innings for the Win, giving up 3 Earned Runs and 3 Hits while Walking 4, Striking Out 4, and throwing a total of 71 pitches. David Bunce got the last two outs of the game to earn the Save. UNB committed no Errors in the game. The STFX offensive attack was led by Dobson Boudreau (2 for 3 with a walk, and an RBI), Kyle Moore (1 for 1 with 2 Walks and an RBI) and Nathan Snell (1 for 3 with and RBI and a Run Scored). Starter Ellie MacAulay took the Loss, giving up 4 Hits and 6 Runs (only 1 Earned) over 2 2/3 innings, while Walking 6, Striking Out 1, and throwing a total of 81 pitches. STFX committed 4 Errors in this game.

In Game 2, UNB dominated STFX for the 12 to 1 Win. The UNB offense was led by Jack Ryan (2 for 3 with 3 RBI’s), Luke Smith (2 for 4 with a Walk, an RBI, and 2 Runs Scored) and Matt Nason (2 for 5 with an RBI and a Run Scored). Starter Owen Lohnes threw 4 innings for the Win, giving up 1 Earned Run and 1 Hit while Walking 4, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 70 pitches. UNB committed 0 Errors in the game. Jack Walsh had the only 2 Hits (including a Double) and the only RBI for STFX. Starter Dominick Tremblay took the Loss, giving up 6 Hits and 3 Earned Runs over 2 1/3 innings, while Walking 4, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 77 pitches. STFX committed 3 more Errors in this game for for a total of 7 on the day.

St. Mary’s Huskies @ Holland College Hurricanes

In Game 1, Holland College topped SMU by a score of 5 to 4. The Holland College offense was led by Jack MacKenzie (2 for 4 with an RBI and 2 Runs Scored), Ben MacDougall (1 for 3 with a Walk, an RBI, and a Run Scored), Ryan May (1 for 1 with an RBI), and Brayden Lebel (1 for 2 with a Walk and an RBI). Reliever Isaac Compton took over from starter Eric Anderson and pitched 2 2/3 innings for the Win, giving up 3 Runs (none Earned) and 2 Hits while Walking 3, Striking Out 2, and throwing a total of 40 pitches. Holland College committed 3 Errors in the game. The SMU offensive attack was led by Logan Raftus (2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s) while Larry Barton and Brett Stover each chipped in with a Hit and a Run Scored. Starter Brock Townsend took the Loss, giving up 8 Hits and 4 Earned Runs over 6 1/3 innings while Walking 4, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 104 pitches. SMU committed 2 Errors in this game.

In Game 2, Holland College defeated SMU by a score of 9 to 6. The Holland College offense was led by Rhyan Storr (2 for 2 with a Walk, 2 RBI’s, and 3 Runs Scored), Brady Storey (2 for 3 with an RBI, and a Run Scored) and Jack MacKenzie (1 for 2 with 2 Walks, 3 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored). Reliever Braden Lebel took over from starter Ben MacDougall and pitched 2 innings for the Win, giving up 0 Runs and 0 Hits while Walking 0, Striking Out 0, and throwing a total of 27 pitches. Holland College committed 1 Error in the game. The SMU offense was led by Brock Townsend (2 for 4 with 2 Triples an RBI and a Run Scored), Larry Barton (2 for 4 with a Double and an RBI) and Spencer Murray (2 for 4 with a Double and an RBI). Starter Kyle Sampson took the Loss, giving up 6 Hits and 6 Earned Runs over 5 2/3 innings, while Walking 5, Striking Out 1, and throwing a total of 96 pitches. SMU committed 1 Error in the game.

Acadia Axemen @ Dalhousie Tigers

In Game 1, Dal topped Acadia by a score of 4 to 3. The Dal offense was led by Dylan Corsini (3 for 4 with a Run Scored), Ben Rittenberg (2 for 3 with an RBI, and a Run Scored), and Ben Widdecombe (1 for 3 with 3 RBI’s). Starter Garrett Windsor pitched 7 complete for the Win, giving up 3 Runs (1 Earned) and 5 Hits while Walking 2, Striking Out 3, and throwing a total of 93 pitches. Dal committed 2 Errors in the game. The Acadia offensive attack was led by Jacobie Ford (2 for 1 with a Walk and a Run Scored) while Doug Hassell, Jackson Colbourne, and Kieran Finn each chipped in with a Hit. Starter Cole Stevens took the Loss, giving up 9 Hits and 4 Earned Runs over 6 innings while Walking 3, Striking Out 5, and throwing a total of 118 pitches. Acadia committed 2 Errors in this game.

In Game 2, Acadia shut out Dal by a score of 7 to 0. The Acadia offense was led by Jamal Davis (2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s, and a Run Scored), Kieran Finn (1 for 3 with a Walk, 2 RBI’s, and a Run Scored) and Jake MacKinnon (1 for 1 with a Walk and a Run Scored). Reliever Matt took over from starter Keegan Gaskell and pitched 6 innings for the Win, giving up 0 Runs and 2 Hits while Walking 1, Striking Out 9, and throwing a total of 89 pitches. Acadia committed 1 Error in the game. D Garinger and Ben Widdecombe had the only hits for Dal with 1 each. Starter Colby Haggerty took the Loss, giving up 3 Hits and 4 Earned Runs over 3 innings, while Walking 4, Striking Out 2, and throwing a total of 72 pitches. Dal committed 3 Errors in the game.

Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association – 2021 – Week 1 Summary

I am not sure how long I am going to be able to keep it up, but I decided that, at least for Week 1, I would provide summaries of all of the games that took place in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association (ACBA).

If you are not familiar with the league, it includes University and College teams from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. It is a six team league that includes Acadia University (Wolfville, NS), Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS), Holland College (Charlottetown, PE), St. Francis Xavier University (Antigonish, NS), St. Mary’s University (Halifax, NS), and the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, NB).

With COVID-19 cancelling the Spring 2021 season for the CCBC in Western Canada, and the seasons for Ontario’s OCAA and OUA baseball not starting until next weekend, Canadian University / College baseball got started this past weekend in Quebec and Atlantic Canada. The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association (ABCA) had a full slate of games in Week 1, and as is typical, they were all weekend Double Headers. Despite all of the rain in most of the Maritimes this weekend, it looks like they were able to get in all of the scheduled games.

If you find this post helpful and you would like to see more, please let me know in the comments.

If you find this post a complete waste of time, I guess you should probably let me know that as well – please be gentle though 🙂

Please note that I am pulling the information from the Box Scores of games scored in Game Changer. I am sure there will be some mistakes in my recaps. Feel free to let me know about those in the comments as well.

Finally, the ACBA standings after Week 1 are shown to the right. The University of New Brunswick Reds lead the pack so far after going undefeated in their first 4 games. The Holland College Hurricanes are right on their heels with a 3 and 1 record this past weekend.

Now on to the game summaries…

Saturday September 11, 2021

Dalhousie Tigers @ Saint Mary’s Huskies

In game 1, Dal beat SMU by a score of 8 to 4. The Dal offense was ready to go with 11 hits as a group. For Dal, Mark Howett and Ben Rittenburg had two Hits and two RBI’s each while Dylan Corsini went 3 for 4 and had an RBI of his own. Nick Manias went 7 complete for the Win, giving up 1 Earned Run and 7 Hits while Walking 8, Striking Out 10, and throwing a total of 146 pitches. Dal committed 3 Errors in the game. For SMU, Carsten Marks and Larry Barton led the way for SMU with two Hits and Two RBI’s each. Spencer Murray took the loss, giving up 9 Hits and 6 Earned Runs over 5 1/3 innings, while Walking 1, Striking Out 8, and throwing a total of 106 pitches. SMU committed 1 Error in the game.

In game 2, SMU came back defeat Dal by a score of 4 to 3 in 8 innings. Top hitters for SMU were leadoff man Kyle Sampson (3 for 3) and Larry Barton (2 for 3) while Spencer Murray had two RBI’s and Logan Raftus ended the game with a walk-off single. Cameron Hughes went 8 complete for the Win, giving up 3 Hits and 2 Earned Runs while Walking 5, Striking Out 4, and throwing a total of 103 pitches. Dal had 1 error in the game. Hughes held Dal to 3 hits with one each from Ben Rittenberg, Jarrett Ross, and Evan Dunbrille. Garrett Windsor took the Loss, giving up 2 Earned Runs over 7 1/3 innings, while Walking 3, Striking Out 6, and throwing a total of 105 pitches. SMU had 1 error in the game.

St. Francis Xavier X-Men @ University of New Brunswick Reds

In game 1, UNB shut out STFX by a score of 7 to 0. The Reds offensive attack was led by Nick St. Pierre (3 for 3) and Rylan Matchett (2 for 2 with a Walk), who both had an RBI. Starter Ryan Nason took the Win with 2 Hits and 0 Earned Runs over 4 2/3 innings, while Walking 3, Striking Out 8, and and throwing a total of 76 pitches. UNB did not commit an Error in this game. For STFX, Jack Walsh led the offensive attack with a Double. Brett Baxter took the Loss giving up 9 hits and 3 Earned Runs over 4 innings, while Walking 1, Striking Out 2, and throwing a total of 76 pitches. STFX committed 3 Errors in the game.

In game 2, UNB beat STFX by a score of 8 to 3. For UNB Justin Ferguson, Luke Smith, and Matthew Dingnam led the way with a Hit and 2 RBI’s each. Rylan Matchett went 4 complete for the Win, giving up 3 Hits and 1 Earned Run, while Walking 0, Striking Out 5, and throwing a total of 46 pitches. UNB had 1 Error in the game. For STFX Ellie McAulay went 2 for 2 while Evan Whyte and Kyle Moore had a Hit and an RBI each. Ty Arsenault took the Loss, giving up 5 Hits and 8 Earned Runs over 2 1/3 Innings, while Walking 8, Striking Out 2, and throwing a total of 68 pitches. STFX had no Errors in the game.

Acadia Axemen @ Holland College Hurricanes

In game 1, Acadia shut out Holland College by a score of 3 to 0. Acadia got a Hit each from Doug Hassell Pat McWilliam, Jake MacKinnon and Scott Long. Matt Bradley went 7 complete, giving up 4 Hits and 0 Earned Runs while Striking Out 8, Walking 0, and throwing only 78 pitches. Acadia committed 2 Errors in the game. Holland College got a Hit each from Dylan Worth, Ben MacDougall, Drew Grady, and Peter MacKay. Ronny De La Cruz threw 6 innings, giving up 3 Hits and 2 Earned Runs, while Walking 3, Striking Out 8, and throwing 94 pitches. Holland College had 1 Error in the game.

In game 2, Holland College came back to best Acadia 7 to 1. The Holland College attack was led by Brayden Lebel who went 2 for 2 with a Walk and 3 Runs Scored. Dylan Worth chipped in with a Hit, 2 RBI’s, and a Run Scored. Jack MacKenzie took the Win with 7 complete innings, spreading out 6 Hits and giving up 1 Earned Run, while Walking 0, Striking Out 9, and throwing 96 pitches. Holland College had 1 Error in the game. Jake MacKinnon led the way at the plate for Acadia, going 2 for 3 with a Double. Starter Cole Stevens took the loss giving up 6 Hits and 3 Earned Runs, while Walking 2, Striking Out 2, and throwing 53 pitches. Acadia committed 2 Errors in the game.

Sunday September 12, 2021

St. Francis Xavier X-Men @ Acadia Axemen

The Sunday Double Header between the X-Men and Axemen (yeah you read that right) was quite a barnburner with a total of 51 runs scored.

In game 1, Acadia doubled-up STFX by a score of 20 to 10. As you can imagine Acadia had hits and RBI’s from almost everyone in their lineup but Jacobie Ford and Pat McWilliam led the way with 3 hits each. Starter Keegan Gaskell returned to the mound after a long hiatus to earn the Win despite giving up 6 hits and 8 Earned Runs over 5 innings while Striking Out 3, Walking 3, and throwing 86 pitches. Acadia committed 1 Error behind Gaskell. The STFX attack was led by Ewan Galloway (1 for 4 with a Home Run and 4 RBI’s) and Lucas Fraser (2 for 2 with 2 Walks and 3 Runs Scored). Jonathan Tremblay came on in relief of started Ellie MacAulay and took the loss. Tremblay threw 2 1/3 innings, giving up 4 Hits and 7 Runs (only 3 of them Earned), while Walking 4, Striking Out 2, and throwing 66 pitches. STFX had 3 Errors in the game.

Game 2 was another high scoring affair with STFX coming back to top Acadia by a score of 13 to 8. The STFX offense was led by Jack Walsh (3 for 4 with 2 Doubles, a Walk, 5 RBI’s, and a Run Scored), Ty Arsenault (3 for 5 with an RBI and 2 Runs Scored), and Doug Hassell (2 for 5 with 3 Runs Scored). Dominick Tremblay took the Win, giving up 8 Hits and 4 Earned Runs, while Walking 3, Striking Out 4, and throwing 80 pitches over 5 innings. STFX had 4 Errors in the game. The Acadia attack was led by G Cullerton (2 for 4 with a Triple, a Walk, 3 RBI’s, and 3 Runs Scored), Pat McWilliam (3 for 4 with an RBI), and Luke Sampson (3 for 5 with a Run Scored). Starter Jacobie Ford took the Loss giving up 9 Hits and 9 Runs (6 Earned), while Walking 5, Striking Out 3, and throwing 90 pitches over 4 1/3 Innings. Acadia committed 3 Errors in the game.

Holland College Hurricanes @ Dalhousie Tigers

In game 1, Holland College defeated Dalhousie by a score of 11 to 4. The Holland College attack was led by Brayden Label (4 for 5 with 2 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored), Ben McDougall (3 for 5 with a Triple, a Double, 3 RBI’s, and 2 Runs Scored), Ethan McLellan (3 for 5 with an RBI), Dylan Worth (2 for 4 with a Home Run, 2 RBI’s, and 2 Runs Scored), and Jack MacKenzie (2 for 4 with a Walk, an RBI, and 2 Runs Scored). Starter Cody LeBlanc took the Win, giving up 7 hits and 2 Earned Runs over 4 innings while Striking Out 5, Walking 2, and throwing 90 pitches. The Dal attack was led by Aiden Rittenberg (2 for 3 with a Triple, two Walks, and a Run Scored), Zach Bond (2 for 3 with a Run Scored), and Hunter Valcourt (2 for 4 with a Run Scored). Starter Evan Dunbrille took the Loss, giving up 10 Hits and 6 Earned Runs, while Walking 1, Striking Out 2, and throwing 64 pitches over 4 innings. There were no errors by either team in this game.

Game 2 was a bit of a blowout with Holland College shutting out Dalhousie in 5 innings by a score of 13 to 0. The Holland College offense was led by Dylan Worth (2 for 3 with a Walk, an RBI, and 2 Runs Scored), Ben MacDougall (1 for 1 with 2 Walks, an RBI and 3 Runs Scored), and Garret Herbert (1 for 3 with 4 RBI’s). Starter Ethan McLellan took the Win, giving up only 1 Hit and 0 Earned Runs, while Walking 0, Striking Out 4, and throwing 40 pitches over 3 innings. Holland College had 1 Error in the game. The Tigers managed only two hits, one each from Dylan Corsini and Brett Parker. Starter Mark Howatt took the Loss giving up 6 Hits and 7 Earned Runs, while Walking 1, Striking Out 1, and throwing 48 pitches over only 1 Inning Pitched. Dalhousie committed 2 Errors in the game.

St. Mary’s Huskies @ University of New Brunswick Reds

In game 1, UNB defeated SMU by a score of 12 to 5. The UNB attack was led by Nick Rushton (2 for 2 with a Home Run, a Walk, 4 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored), Nick St. Pierre (2 for 4 with a Walk, 2 RBI’s, and 1 Run Scored), and Matthew Dingham (2 for 4 with 2 Runs Scored). Reliever Sam Beaulieu took the Win, giving up 0 hits and 0 Earned Runs over 4 innings while Striking Out 3, Walking 0, and throwing 56 pitches. UNB commited 1 Error in the game. The SMU attack was led by Justin Hubley (1 for 3 with 2 RBI’s), Spencer Murray (1 for 3 with an RBI and a Run Scored), and Oscar Kozoriz (1 for 3 with an RBI and a Run Scored). Starter Brock Townsend took the Loss, giving up 4 Hits and 7 Earned Runs, while Walking 7, Striking Out 2, and throwing 75 pitches over 2 1/3 innings. SMU did not commit any Errors in the game.

Game 2 was a high scoring affair with UNB coming out on top over SMU by a score of 13 to 9. The Holland College offense was led by Owen Lohnes who was 2 for 4 with a Grand Slam Home Run, 5 RBI’s and 1 Run Scored, Sam Beaulieu (2 for 2 with 3 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored), and Nick St. Pierre (3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 Runs Scored). Reliever Aaron Dunn took the Win, giving up 3 Hits and 2 Earned Runs, while Walking 1, Striking Out 1, and throwing 25 pitches over 1 inning. The SMU offense was led by Logan Raftus (2 for 2 with 2 Walks, and 2 Runs Scored), Oscar Kozoriz (2 for 4 with 2 Runs Scored), and Spencer Murray (1 for 4 with a Double and 4 RBI’s). Reliever Kyle Sampson took the Loss giving up 6 Hits and 7 Runs (3 Earned), while Walking 3, Striking Out 3, and throwing 62 pitches over 3 Innings Pitched.

The Top Canadian University and College Baseball Programs Since 2015

The University and College Baseball landscape in Canada is pretty complicated with large differences in season timing, institutional support, and varsity status depending mostly on geography. Although there have been some shifts in the landscape since it was written, A Beginner’s Guide to University Baseball In Canada written by George Rigakos of Carleton University, is very helpful in explaining the lay of the land.

A comprehensive list that ranks baseball programs across multiple levels for US University and College Baseball can be found at Massey Ratings. Unfortunately that sort of comparison has never really existed for Canadian programs.

The closest thing to a head to head comparison for Canadian programs would be Testing an RPI Ranking System for Canadian University Baseball also written by Rigakos, this time with Mitchell Thompson. Unfortunately, as Rigakos and Thompson pointed out in the article, RPI has it’s limitations, and their comparison only includes University teams in Eastern Canada.

With all of the dislocation going on south of the border, including cancelled seasons and extra years of eligibility for varsity athletes, I believe many Canadian baseball players have begun to question whether the US College route is the right choice for them right now. Given that backdrop, I decided to take a crack at a more comprehensive ranking of Canadian programs and starting researching it a few months ago. With the CCBC schedule starting in Alberta and BC tomorrow, I thought it would be a good time to share my findings.

Here is how I came up with the rankings:

  1. The list includes most (but not all) teams associated Canadian Universities and Colleges regardless of the league they play in
    • 5 years of data was required but an exception was made for Fraser Valley given their recent success
  2. Games against any University or College program in North America are included in the data
  3. Programs are ranked for their results from 2015 through 2019
    • 2020 was a write-off and several programs may not play in 2021 either
  4. The Overall Rankings are based on a formula that combines:
    • Weighted Strength of Schedule (WSOS)
      • Calculated by the weighted average strength of the leagues each of their opponents play in, ranked as follows:
        1. NCAA Division 1
        2. NCAA Division 2 and NAIA
        3. NCAA Division 3 and US Junior Colleges (all divisions)
        4. OUA
        5. CCBC, OCAA, and the former CCBA Northern Division
        6. ACBA (former CCBA Atlantic Division) and RSEQ
    • Average Number of Games Played
    • Win / Loss Percentage

The data was gathered through information that is publicly available on team and league websites. Gathering all of this data from many different sources took a lot of time but is only as accurate as the source information that is found on those websites. I certainly don’t think that this is a perfect formula to evaluate Canadian baseball programs, but I think it is a good approximation. It certainly incorporates more programs than any I have seen elsewhere and also attempts to make a comparison across the various leagues. Frankly I was surprised by some of the results that came from this analysis.

I have no doubt that there will be many situations where someone says, “That’s wrong. Program A is definitely better than Program B.” What I would say to that is, perhaps that is true in a head to head matchup this season, but that was never really what I was trying to compare. I am trying to provide a more holistic comparison over several years that hopefully helps some Canadian high school players and their families make more informed decisions.

With all that said, here is the list:

TeamAssociation Overall RankWSOS RankAVG # of Games RankWin % Rank
University of British Columbia NAIA11119
McGill UniversityIND21553
PBA / Lethbridge CollegeCCBC35215
St. Clair CollegeOCAA41672
Laurier UniversityOUA51384
Brock UniversityOUA64175
Thompson Rivers UniversityCCBC713323
Western UniversityOUA83198
Humber CollegeOCAA91697
Okanagan CollegeCCBC1020614
University of GuelphOUA1161911
University of TorontoOUA12111218
Holland CollegeACBA1329301
University of Fraser ValleyCCBC14201213
Douglas CollegeNWAC1521033
Vancouver Island UniversityCCBC1611432
Carleton UniversityOUA17161320
Fanshawe CollegeOCAA18201917
Durham CollegeOCAA19281416
Concordia UniversityIND20201321
University of New BrunswickACBA21301910
Queen’s UniversityOUA2261926
University of WaterlooOUA2361728
Édouard-MontpetitRSEQ2430356
McMaster UniversityOUA2563030
Ryerson UniversityOUA2662731
John AbbottRSEQ2730359
Lionel-GroulxRSEQ28303512
Acadia UniversityACBA29301922
University of CalgaryCCBC30201034
Universite de MontrealIND30273225
Saint Marys UniversityACBA32302724
Seneca CollegeOCAA33201935
Dalhousie UniversityACBA34303328
AhuntsicRSEQ35303527
George Brown CollegeOCAA36202737
University of OttawaOUA37163238
St. Francis Xavier UniversityACBA38303436
Canadian University and College Baseball Program Rankings for 2015 Through 2019

I hope you find this list helpful.

In subsequent posts, I hope to provide some more details regarding the various leagues/divisions noted above and also some of the specific programs as well.

2021 Baseball Nova Scotia 17U Selects Roster Announced – Team Scheduled To Defend 17U National Championship During Summer of 2021

BNS Logo DesignThe roster selections for the 2021 Baseball Nova Scotia 17U Selects team were announced on Wednesday.

This team will represent Nova Scotia at the 2021 Baseball Canada Cup (17U Nationals) tournament hosted by Regina, Saskatchewan. The 17U Selects will enter the tournament as defending champions after Nova Scotia’s historic Gold Medal win at the 2019 tournament, which was also held in Regina. 2020’s Canada Cup Tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19, as were all other 2020 Baseball Canada Championships.

Below are the players who have been selected for the 2021 team, their hometown, and the teams they have recently played for (where known). They are also separated by year of birth:

Born in 2003

Please Note –  Players born in 2003 will be considered to fill the two roster spots available for players turning 18 years old in 2021. Nova Scotia and several other smaller provinces are eligible to include two “overagers” in their rosters at Canada Cup. A final decision on these overage spots is expected in the Spring of 2021:

  • Shane Cowan – Fall River (2020 Nova Scotia 17U Selects, 2019 Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Ryan Fitzgerald – Lucasville (2020 Nova Scotia 17U Selects, 2019 Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Matt Grabmann – Dartmouth (Okotoks Dawgs, North East Baseball Pirates)
  • Matt Hoskin – Eastern Passage (2020 Dartmouth Arrows AAA)
  • Kyle Hunt – Hammonds Plains (2020 Nova Scotia 17U Selects, 2019 Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Ryan Trenholm – Hammonds Plains (2020 Nova Scotia 17U Selects, 2019 Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AAA)

Born in 2004

  • Ryan Avery – Whites Lake (2020 Nova Scotia 17U Selects, 2019 Nova Scotia 15U Selects)
  • Nolan Cheeseman – Upper Tantallon (2020 Nova Scotia 17U Selects, 2019 Nova Scotia 15U Selects)
  • Tyler Croteau – Kentville (2020 Nova Scotia 17U Selects, 2019 Nova Scotia 15U Selects)
  • John Decoste – Truro (2019 Truro Bearcats 18U A)
  • Ty Doucette – Dartmouth (Okotoks Dawgs, 2020 Nova Scotia 17U Selects, 2019 Nova Scotia 15U Selects)
  • Travis Feltmate – Spryfield (2019 Nova Scotia 15U Selects)
  • Eric Fields – Kennetcook (Kings-Edgehill Varsity, 2019 Hants North Jays 18U AA)
  • Nick Gage – Halifax (2019 Halifax Mets AAA)
  • Lane George – Belnan (2020 Nova Scotia 17U Selects, 2019 Nova Scotia 15U Selects)
  • Brad Howatt – Halifax (2019 Halifax Mets 15U AAA)
  • Zach Jenkins – Middle Sackville (2019 Nova Scotia 15U Selects)
  • Jack Laws – Bridgewater (2020 Bridgewater Bulldogs 18U, 2019 Nova Scotia 15U Selects)
  • Ryan Macdonald – Cole Harbour (2020 Dartmouth Arrows AAA)
  • Matt MacKenzie – Vaughan (2020 Nova Scotia 17U Selects, 2019 Nova Scotia 15U Selects)
  • Kole Miller – Dartmouth (2020 Nova Scotia 17U Selects, 2019 Nova Scotia 15U Selects)

Born in 2005

  • Benito Bonilla – Halifax (2020 Nova Scotia 15U Selects Core Team, 2019 Halifax Mets AAA)
  • Carter Higgins – Truro (2020 Nova Scotia 15U Selects Core Team)
  • Rory Macdonald – Halifax (2020 Nova Scotia 15U Selects Core Team, 2019 Halifax Mets 15U AAA)

Canadian Baseball in 2020 – Cancellations and Restarts

img_0067With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on almost everything in our everyday lives in 2020, sports came to a grinding halt in North America in early to mid-March. Baseball was particularly hard hit as the season was just getting ready to ramp up for many leagues and US College baseball had just gotten underway.

In this article we will have a look at what the impacts of COVID-19 have been on baseball in Canada with regard to cancellations and delays as well as what the restart plans look like for each Province.

Provincial Baseball Restart Plans

Since we have had more than our fair share of bad news this year overall, I thought I would actually begin this article with the restart plans by Province. I am also including information on Provincial championships where available.

ProvinceTraining
Restart
Play RestartProvincial
Championships?
Alberta15-JUN-2001-JUL-20??
British Columbia08-JUN-2028-AUG-20Cancelled
Manitoba08-JUN-2001-JUL-20Cancelled
New Brunswick08-JUN-2001-JUL-20??
Newfoundland
and Labrador
08-JUN-2026-JUN-20??
Nova Scotia15-JUN-2031-JUL-20Cancelled
Ontario16-JUN-20
(Staged by region)
17-JUL-20
(Staged by region)
??
Prince Edward Island01-JUN-2026-JUN-20Confirmed
Quebec08-JUN-20????
Saskatchewan22-JUN-2029-JUN-20Cancelled
Last Update: July 18, 2020

Canadian Baseball Cancellations Due to COVID-19

Although there is some good news in the section above, there has been plenty of bad news due to COVID-19. Below is a list of confirmed cancellations so far.

DateOrganizationCancellation
03-JUL-20Baseball Nova Scotia2020 Bluenose League and BNS Provincials Cancelled Due to NS Government Inaction
09-JUN-20Baseball Saskatchewan2020 Saskatchewan Provincial Championships Cancelled
08-JUN-20Canada West2020-21 First Term Team Competitions Cancelled
08-JUN-20Ontario University AthleticsSport Programming Cancelled Until 2021
08-JUN-20Atlantic University SportCompetition Suspended Until 2021
08-JUN-20U Sports2020 Fall Championships Cancelled
07-JUN-20Baseball Atlantic2020 Baseball Atlantic Championships Cancelled
04-JUN-20Toronto Blue Jays2020 Tournament 12 Cancelled
01-JUN-20Baseball Manitoba2020 Manitoba Provincial Championships Cancelled
23-APR-20Baseball Canada2020 National Championships Cancelled
16-MAR-20Baseball OntarioSuspension of all In-person baseball activities
13-MAR-20All Provincial governing
bodies except Baseball Ontario
Suspension of all In-person baseball activities
Last Update: July 18, 2020

I have tried to make these lists as complete an accurate as possible but if I have made any mistakes or missed anything please let me know by leaving a comment.

I will make periodic updates to both tables as more information becomes available. Hopefully we can start to hear more about restarts than cancellations going forward.

2020 Baseball Nova Scotia 17U Selects Roster Announced – Will Defend National Championship in August

BNS Logo DesignThe roster selections for the 2020 Baseball Nova Scotia 17U Selects team were announced today.

This team will represent Nova Scotia at the 2020 Baseball Canada Cup (17U Nationals) tournament in Fort McMurray, Alberta. They will enter the tournament as defending champions after Nova Scotia’s historic Gold Medal win at last year’s tournament in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Below are the players who have been selected for this year’s team, their hometown, and the teams they have recently played for:

  • Ryan Avery – Whites Lake (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Kentville Wildcats 15U AAA)
  • Nolan Cheeseman – Upper Tantallon (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Hammonds Plains A’s 15U AAA)
  • Shane Cowan – Fall River (Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Tyler Croteau – Kentville (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Kentville Wildcats 15U AAA)
  • Ty Doucette – Dartmouth (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • Ryan Fitzgerald – Hammonds Plains (Nova Scotia 17U Selects, Newbridge Academy Varsity)
  • Jacobie Ford – Weymouth (Weymouth Firebirds 18U AA)
  • Evan Fox – Lower Sackville (Tri County Rangers 18U AAA)
  • Lane George – Belnan (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • Matthew Grabmann – Dartmouth (North East Baseball 15U Pirates, Cardigan Mountain Varsity)
  • Parker Hanrahan – Glace Bay (Okotoks Dawgs, Nova Scotia 17U Selects, Cape Breton Ramblers)
  • Logan Harvey – Hammonds Plains (Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AAA, Newbridge Academy Varsity)
  • Kyle Hunt – Hammonds Plains (Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Matt MacKenzie – Vaughan (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Kentville Wildcats 15U AAA)
  • Kole Miller – Dartmouth (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • Kyle Sampson – Lower Sackville (Tri-County Rangers 18U AAA, Newbridge Academy Varsity)
  • Kiwean Song – Bedford (Okotoks Dawgs, Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Ryan Trenholm – Hammonds Plains (Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AAA)

At the Canada Cup, Nova Scotia is one of the teams that is permitted to bring up to two players that are “overagers” by one year. Those overage additions to the roster are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Baseball Nova Scotia Announces Core Team for the Defending Canadian Champion 17U Selects

Baseball Nova Scotia has announced the 2020 Core Team roster for the 17U Selects. Workouts will be held over the winter and the final 2020 17U Selects team will be announced in the spring of 2020.

The final 17U Selects team will compete at Baseball Canada Cup from August 5th to 9th in Fort McMurray, Alberta to defend Nova Scotia’s 2019 Gold Medal at the event.

The 2020 17U Selects Core team includes the following players (recent teams included):

  • Adams, Ryan – Hammonds Plains (Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AAA)
  • Avery, Ryan – Prospect (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Kentville Wildcats 15U AAA)
  • Carroll, Cole – Bedford (Okotoks Dawgs 15U Black)
  • Cheeseman, Nolan ** – Upper Tantallon (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Hammonds Plains A’s 15U AAA)
  • Clarke, Jeremy – Sackville (Tri-County Rangers 15U AAA)
  • Cowan, Shane – Fall River (Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Croteau, Tyler – Kentville (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Kentville Wildcats 15U AAA)
  • Doucette, Ty – Dartmouth (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • Fitzgerald, Ryan – Lucasville (Nova Scotia 17U Selects, Newbridge Academy Varsity)
  • Ford, Jacobie – Weymouth (Weymouth Firebirds 18U AA)
  • Fox, Evan – Tri County (Tri-County Rangers 18U AAA)
  • Gage, Nick – Halifax (Halifax Mets 15U AAA)
  • George, Lane – Belnan (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • Grabmann, Matt * – Dartmouth (North East Baseball 15U Pirates, Cardigan Mountain Varsity)
  • Hanrahan, Parker * – Glace Bay (Okotoks Dawgs, Nova Scotia 17U Selects, Cape Breton Ramblers)
  • Harvey, Logan – Hammonds Plains (Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AAA)
  • Hines, Sam – Dartmouth (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • Hunt, Kyle – Hammonds Plains (Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Jenkins, Zack – Middle Sackville (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Tri-County Rangers 15U AAA)
  • Johnston, Matthew – Fall River (Tri-County Rangers 15U AAA)
  • King, Kyle ** – Dartmouth (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • Laws, Jack – Bridgewater (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Bridgewater Bulldogs 15U AA)
  • Mackenzie, Matt – Windsor (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Kentville Wildcats 15U AAA)
  • MacLaren, Colton – Hubley (Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AAA)
  • Miller, Kole – Dartmouth (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • O’Brien, Nolan – Hebbville (Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Rendell, Camden – Upper Tantallon (Nova Scotia 17U Selects, Newbridge Academy Varsity)
  • Riesgo, Camillo – Sackville (Nova Scotia 17U Selects, Newbridge Academy Varsity)
  • Sampson, Kyle – Tri County (Tri-County Rangers 18U AAA, Newbridge Academy Varsity)
  • Smith, Dylan – Hammonds Plains (Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AA)
  • Song, Kiwean – Bedford (Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Trenholm, Ryan – Hammonds Plains (Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AAA)
  • Wentzell, Brandon – Bridgewater (Halifax Mets 18U AAA)

Note – Some players were not required to attend one of the recent ID Camps to be selected to the 2020 17U Selects Core Team as noted below:

  • * Denotes… players away at school/baseball academy
  • ** Denotes… players that are injured & unable to attend ID Camp

 

Blue Jays Announce Final T12 Rosters With Impacts of New Model on Full Display

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Likely reaction of players from most of Canada to T12’s format changes and roster

What is Tournament 12?

The final rosters were recently announced for Tournament 12 (T12) which will take place in Rogers Centre in Toronto from September 17th to September 21st of 2019. In case you haven’t heard of T12 before, here is the description of it from the Toronto Blue Jay’s Academy website:

Tournament 12 (T12) presented by New Era is a national amateur baseball tournament held at Rogers Centre each September hosted by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy and Tournament Commissioner, Roberto Alomar. The goal of T12 is to provide a showcase opportunity for the best 150 amateur baseball players born in Canada, with college eligibility. T12 acts to centralize the best Canadian baseball players, with the intention of exposing them to as many pro and college scouts as possible. Simply put, the Blue Jays Baseball Academy’s intention is to provide a platform that both highlights and markets the high level of amateur baseball talent in this country. Since 2013, 69 former T12 players have been drafted by Major League Baseball organizations with over 300 receiving college scholarships to continue their academic and athletic careers.

As I discussed in my earlier article on this topic, from the inaugural tournament in 2013 through 2018, Tournament 12 was structured in a regional format with 8 teams as follows:

  • Alberta
  • Atlantic (Players from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island)
  • British Columbia
  • Futures (Bantam age (15U) players mostly from Ontario)
  • Prairies (Players from Manitoba and Saskatchewan)
  • Ontario 1
  • Ontario 2
  • Quebec

Tournament 12’s New Model

Although it wasn’t perfect, the old format ensured a lot of representation from the powerhouse baseball provinces like Ontario (two teams plus most of the Futures team), BC, and Quebec, while also offering a slight over-representation for less populated provinces with less Canadian baseball spotlight like the four Atlantic Provinces, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and even Alberta.

That over-representation for the smaller provinces resulted in some unexpected outcomes such as:

  • T12 Overall tournament wins for the underdog Atlantic team in 2013 and 2017
  • A professional contract from the Blue Jays for Andrew Case of Saint John, NB after pitching a no-hitter in the 2013 tournament
  • Micah McDowell of Coldbrook, NS being named Tournament MVP in 2017

Despite the tournament’s ongoing success, for 2019, T12 organizers decided to move away from the regional format and made the following announcement earlier this year:

2019 will mark a new format for Tournament 12 in which tournament rosters will no longer be based on regional teams, but the best 150 players in Canada, divided appropriately among all 6 teams. This will ensure that Tournament 12 truly features the best 150 players in Canada regardless of geographic location.

My question is WHY? The original format seemed to be working well and certainly could have been tweaked without taking away opportunities from those who need them most.

The Final Roster Announcement Lays Bare The Impacts of T12’s New Model

Recently, the Blue Jays Academy announced the final roster for the 2019 T12 tournament and several things jump out at me after reviewing the list:

  • Representation at this tournament was taken from most of the rest of the country and given instead to Ontario and BC
  • The “showcase” model of selecting players has ensured that the goal of selecting “the top 150 high school baseball players in Canada” was not achieved, more so this year than ever before
  • Performances at Baseball Canada Cup, the most important actual tournament in the nation for players of this age group, were largely ignored

Let’s unpack each of those a bit so I can explain what I mean:

Representation at this tournament was taken from most of the rest of the country and given instead to Ontario and BC

When the Blue Jays Academy announced their new format it was obvious that is was bad news for players in the areas of the country that could use the most help getting a look from scouts and colleges. That said, the final roster selections reflect an even bleaker picture than many imagined. I have included a table to illustrate what I mean.

This table is sorted by the provinces with the most roster spots this year. I have used the 2016 Final T12 Rosters to represent the Old Format as last year they began fiddling around with giving roster spots to people from other countries (more on that later). I am not sure if that happened in 2017 as well and I wanted a clean list to work with as a baseline. Let’s have a look:

New New Old Old Pct. Pct.
Format Format Format Format Change Change
Province Spots Repr. Spots Repr. Spots Repr.
ON 64 46.72% 60 35.71% 6.67% 30.80%
BC 26 18.98% 25 14.88% 4.00% 27.53%
QC 19 13.87% 21 12.50% -9.52% 10.95%
AB 13 9.49% 21 12.50% -38.10% -24.09%
SK 5 3.65% 11 6.55% -54.55% -44.26%
MB 4 2.92% 10 5.95% -60.00% -50.95%
NS 3 2.19% 9 5.36% -66.67% -59.12%
NB 2 1.46% 6 3.57% -66.67% -59.12%
TX 1 0.73% 0 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%
NL 0 0.00% 2 1.19% -100.00% -100.00%
PE 0 0.00% 3 1.79% -100.00% -100.00%
Total 137 100.00% 168 100.00%

Who Were the Format Change Winners?

So even though Ontario only gained 4 spots with the new model, with the smaller number of roster spots overall, their representation went up by almost 31% – Ontario players took almost 47% of the roster spots.

For British Columbia, it is a very similar story. They added only 1 roster spot but, with the overall roster contraction, increased their representation by almost 28%.

The last Canadian Province that could be considered at least a partial winner with this new format is Quebec. Although they lost two roster spots, their overall representation increased by almost 11%.

Who Were the Format Change Losers?

For every winner there has to be a loser. The biggest losers resulting from the format change are Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island. Both of these Atlantic Provinces lost 100% of their roster spots and 100% of their representation. The people doing the evaluations felt that not even one player from either province was worthy of inclusion in T12.

The exclusion of players from the Atlantic provinces did not stop there. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (coincidentally the winners of this year’s Baseball Canada Cup tournament) both had their roster spots reduced by almost 67% and their representation by over 59%.

The Prairie provinces fared a little better than the Atlantic Provinces, but they suffered some big losses as well. Manitoba had it the worst in this group, losing 60% their roster spots and almost 51% of their representation. Saskatchewan lost almost 55% of their roster spots and almost 44% of their representation. Finally Alberta lost over 38% of their roster spots and over 24% of their representation.

Why Is Someone from Texas Being Included?

You will note that while all but two Provinces have lost T12 Roster spots with this new format, and two aren’t represented at all, someone still thought it was a good idea to give a roster spot to the Province of US State of Texas. What is going on here exactly?

Homer Bush Junior, one of the T12 invitees, is the son of former Toronto Blue Jay Homer Bush. Bush Senior was traded to the Blue Jays in the 1999 off-season and released on May 10, 2002. Bush Junior was born on October 13, 2001 in Toronto and likely lived there for the first 7 months of his life before his Dad was released by the Jays. Given that Bush Senior went on to play with three more major league teams, although he may even be a dual citizen, I doubt that Junior lived in Canada much past his 1st birthday, if that much. He is currently a resident of Southlake, Texas.

Although Bush Junior was at T12 last year, to include someone from the US in this event while T12 opportunities are being taken away from Canadian kids in most of the country and two Canadian Provinces have exactly zero representation is the definition of  tone-deafness.

Just as a literally tonedeaf person is unable to comprehend the differences between musical notes, a metaphorically tonedeaf person is unable to comprehend the different facets/nuances of a given situation. A statement (or action) such a person makes might also be described as tonedeaf.

The “showcase” model of selecting players has ensured that the goal of selecting “the top 150 high school baseball players in Canada” was not achieved, more so this year than ever before

What is a baseball showcase exactly?

Showcases have grown exponentially over the past 20 years or so as a players are promised an opportunity to “Be Seen”, for a fee of course. Perfect Game (PG) is the largest of the showcase organizations, although they don’t have a real presence in Canada and I am not aware of any PG showcase that has ever been held in this country. That said since PG is the big dog in this space, lets have a look at how they describe their showcases to get a feel for what they are all about:

Every participant at a Perfect Game showcase will be provided the opportunity to take part in a workout session, which typically includes a 60-yard dash and infield, outfield and catching throws to measure arm velocities, measure six important quantitative measure of the swing, along with a batting practice session. Prospects will be divided into teams and full-length games (usually 10 innings) will be played to provide pitchers an opportunity to get in front of college coaches and scouts and give position players an opportunity to perform in game situations.

So are the T12 Tryouts the same as Showcases? Do they truly evaluate the ability to play the game of baseball?

The Blue Jays Tryout Camp description is essentially a subset of what PG describes as a Showcase:

Position players will be evaluated based on Speed (60 yard sprint), throwing, defense and hitting. Pitchers will be evaluated by throwing in the bullpen. Each evaluation session will run approximately four hours.

You will note that these T12 Tryouts are skill evaluations only, without the opportunity for the evaluators to see how players perform in game situations (there is an exception to this rule that I will discuss later). The subtleties of pitching, catching, and infield and outfield defense are difficult to evaluate in this way and most true showcases only list throwing speeds in their results. Those who can light up the radar gun on the mound, from behind the plate, from Shortstop, or from Right Field get attention, regardless of whether their throws hit the intended mark. Catchers sometimes are evaluated on their ability to get the ball from Home to 2nd base quickly (pop-time), which encompasses more than just throwing speed.

In showcases and the T12 Tryouts, running speed is measured by capturing each player’s time in a straight-line 60 yard dash and running that 60 as fast as possible is the goal. I have always found this evaluation to be an odd one as the likelihood of running 60 yards in a straight line in a baseball game is very low. It may be an approximation of Home to 2nd base speed, but although that is also a 60-yard distance, there is a hard left turn in the middle that will have a big impact on players’ times. Again, this is not a true baseball skill evaluation as sprinters who have never picked up a glove or a bat would have great results.

The Atlantic T12 Tryout Tournament

The exception I noted above regarding the format is the Atlantic T12 Tryout Tournament. Players from Atlantic Canada are evaluated through the simulated games held during this tournament (all players start with a 1 and 1 count, just like in the actual T12). The Atlantic T12 Tryout tournament is usually held in Moncton, NB, with parts of the showcase style tryouts noted above included as well. Pitchers, this year at least, were only evaluated during simulated game play. Although this format would seem to be an advantage for Atlantic players, there are a few problems with that theory:

  1. The massive reduction in players from Atlantic Canada this year is all you need to look at to determine that this Tryout Tournament provides no particular advantage for those attending.
  2. The Tournament invitees only include each Atlantic Province’s 17U teams, as a result, most 18 year-old players from the region are excluded
  3. Newfoundland and Labrador decided that with the format changes for T12 this year, the cost of flying the team to Moncton for this tournament was no longer justifiable, so they did not attend the tournament this year
  4. Finally, during this year’s tournament, when rain forced some of the games to Sunday, the general consensus was that some or all of the Blue Jays evaluators were no longer in attendance as they had already flown out

Top Showcase Skillsets Selected Rather than the Top Baseball Players

Although the T12 Tryouts may include the top players with specific showcase related skillsets, many of which are fantastic baseball players as well, I am confident in saying that all of the top high school baseball players in Canada were not selected for T12. How could they be? For the most part, the ability to actually play the game of baseball did not figure into the evaluations at these tryouts.

Performances at Baseball Canada Cup, the most important actual tournament in the nation for players of this age group, were largely ignored

Baseball Canada Cup, which has been running for 31 years, is Canada’s national championship for players who are mostly 16 and 17. Although the age cutoff is at December 31 of each year, smaller provinces are permitted to include two “overagers” (turning 18 years old before Dec 31) and occasionally a particularly talented 15 year old will make a roster. Canada Cup includes teams from each of the 10 Canadian Provinces. This tournament is the highest level of play and most important tournament for high-school-aged baseball players in this country. Tournament 12 doesn’t meet the grade here because it is essentially the simulated game portion of a showcase rather than a true tournament where winning games really matters.

The Blue Jays picked the first 50 T12 roster spots early in the summer – see my earlier article on that topic. The remaining spots were to be picked a week after Canada Cup ended. Many people, myself included, assumed that the timing of those later picks was put in place to allow evaluations of players at Canada Cup in highly-competitive, high-stress, game competition. You know, so they could make sure they had the actual top 150 high school aged baseball players in Canada.

Unfortunately, anyone who had that expectation, was sorely disappointed. I see very little evidence that performance at Canada Cup had any impact on the roster decisions for T12. For example:

  • Many players on the 2019 T12 roster had poor showings at Baseball Canada Cup
  • Many players who had awesome performances at Baseball Canada Cup were excluded
  • Of the 20 players on the roster of the Gold Medal winning Nova Scotia team, only 2 were selected for T12. What about the teams that finished behind them?
    • Of the 20 players on the roster of the Silver Medal winning Ontario team, 17 were selected for T12
    • Of the 20 players on the roster of the Bronze Medal winning British Columbia team, 17 were selected for T12
    • Of the 20 players on the roster of the 4th Place Quebec team, 14 were selected for T12
    • I could go on, but I believe I have made my point here

Based on those data points, it is pretty obvious that real-world baseball performance in the most important tournament in the country for players this age was ignored.

So, based on real-world high-performance tournament results, who else should be at T12?

For some reason only 136 of the 150 expected Canadians were selected for T12 – plus one kid from Texas. Rather than calling out the T12 players who had bad performances at Baseball Canada Cup, which would not be fair, I want to keep it positive. Let’s look at some of the players that performed well at Baseball Canada Cup but did not make it to T12. There are still 14 of the proposed 150 Canadian spots available – we will leave the Texas slot alone. I am going to make some suggestions as to which fantastic players from under-represented Provinces could fill those spots. Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec will be excluded from this list since they all already have plenty of representation at T12. I am going to concentrate on 17 and 18 year-olds to keep things a little simpler. We will have a look by team based on their finish at the 2019 Baseball Canada Cup.

Nova Scotia

It baffles me that only 2 players from the Canada Cup’s Gold Medal team made it to this year’s T12 roster, but that is what happened. The entire roster of 20 players obviously have a lot of skill and know how to win under pressure as they did during the whole tournament but especially in their Semi-Final win over Quebec and their Gold Medal win over Ontario. That said, which of the older players not selected for T12 stood out for the Gold Medal team?

Noah Boutilier

Noah Boutilier was a leader for Nova Scotia at the 2019 Canada Cup. He was 6 for 21 for a slash line (Batting Average/On Base Percentage/Slugging Percentage) of .286/.423/.286 with 4 Runs Batted In and 4 Runs Scored. That’s nice you say, but why include a guy here who didn’t have gaudy stats? I’ll tell you why… because Noah Boutilier is the definition of a clutch player. During the tournament he contributed mostly by getting on base and scoring, but during the Gold Medal game against Ontario he put the offense on his back, knocking in all 3 of Nova Scotia’s runs with 2 key singles, and earned Player of the Game honours for his effort.

Layton Cuvilier

Layton Cuvilier was a key two-way player for the Nova Scotia team at Canada Cup. At the plate he was 5 for 16 with a very nice .385/.500/.538 slash line and 5 Runs Scored. On the mound he came on in relief 3 times and was very effective. He had 3 Strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings earning a Save while giving up 0 Runs with a WHIP of 0.86.

Duncan McLaughlin

Duncan McLaughlin was a leader for the Nova Scotia team during Canada Cup, contributing consistently on offense and defense. At the plate he was 6 for 14 with an impressive .429/.556/.571 slash line. On defense, when he was not pitching, Duncan was a stabilizing force for NS in Center Field. On the mound McLaughlin started 2 games and won them both. For the tournament he had 10 Strikeouts over 10 innings while giving up 2 Earned Runs and had a WHIP of 1.40. Duncan got the start in the Gold Medal game and earned the Win by baffling the powerhouse Ontario lineup over 5 innings, striking out 9 batters and only giving up 1 Earned Run.

Ethan McLellan

Ethan McLellan was a key contributor on the mound for Nova Scotia’s Gold Medal run. For the tournament Ethan pitched in 2 games logging 9 Strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings while giving up 3 Earned Runs and had a WHIP of 1.05. In the Gold Medal game, McLellan came on in a tough spot in the 6th inning with the score at 3 to 2 for NS with the bases loaded and no outs. He was throwing absolute gas and worked his way out of that tough spot with a weak grounder back to him and two strikeouts. In the 7th, Ethan struck out the side to earn the Save and clinch Nova Scotia’s Gold Medal win.

Michael Short

Michael Short was a key contributor at the plate for Nova Scotia during the 2019 Canada Cup tournament. Although he didn’t hit for a high average, all of his hits were for extra bases and he was on base a lot. For the week, Mike was 4 for 17 with a slash line of .235/.409/.588, and had 2 Runs Batted In and 3 Runs Scored. He hit a clutch game-tying Triple in Nova Scotia’s comeback win over New Brunswick and earned Player of the Game honours.

Saskatchewan

Team Saskatchewan placed 5th at this year’s Canada Cup. They had a tough road as their Pool A placement meant they had to face the powerhouse lineups of Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec to make it to the medal round and fell just short. Which of the older players not selected for T12 stood out for SK?

Josh Cleggett

Josh Cleggett was the top hitter for Saskatchewan during this year’s Canada Cup.  He was 6 for 17 with a slash line of .353/.476/.529 while contributing 6 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored.

Kendall Keller

Kendall Keller has a pretty solid hitting performance at Canada Cup himself.  He was also 6 for 17 and had a slash line of .353/.450/.471 while contributing 2 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored.

Manitoba

Team Manitoba placed 6th at this year’s Canada Cup. They finished second in Pool B behind Nova Scotia. Which of the older players not selected for T12 stood out for MB?

Logan Erb

Logan Erb was a two-way player for Manitoba at Canada Cup, but the majority of his contributions came at the plate. On the mound he came on in relief in 1 game and earned the Win with 1 Strikeout over 2 innings while giving up 0 Runs and a had WHIP of 2.00. At the plate he was 5 for 15 with a very nice .333/.412/.533 slash line, 4 Runs Batted In, and 5 Runs Scored.

Davis Fenske

Davis Fenske was a key contributor in relief at Canada Cup for Manitoba. He pitched in 3 games logging 6 Strikeouts over 6 innings while giving up 0 Earned Runs and had a WHIP of 1.00.

Owen Sager

Owen Sager was a key contributor in relief at Canada Cup for Manitoba. He pitched 6 innings in 2 games earning a Win while giving up 0 Runs and had a WHIP of 0.75.

Dawson Tanner

Dawson Tanner was a two-way player for Manitoba at Canada Cup, with positive contributions on the mound and at the plate. On the mound he started 1 game and earned the Win with 5 Strikeouts over 6 innings while giving up 0 Earned Runs and had a WHIP of 1.00. At the plate he was 6 for 19 with a very nice .316/.362/.632 slash line, 7 Runs Batted In, and 3 Runs Scored.

Logan Warkentin

Logan Warkentin was great at the plate for Manitoba at Canada Cup. He was 8 for 21 with an impressive .381/.362/.632 slash line, 2 Runs Batted In, and 5 Runs Scored.

New Brunswick

Team New Brunswick placed 7th at this year’s Canada Cup. Which of the older players not selected for T12 stood out for NB?

Brayden Allain

Brayden Allain was great at the plate for New Brunswick at Canada Cup. He was 5 for 10 with an impressive .500/.500/.600 slash line, 4 Runs Batted In, and 4 Runs Scored.

Connor Hill

Connor Hill was a two-way player for New Brunswick at Canada Cup, with positive contributions on the mound and at the plate. On the mound he came on in relief in 1 game and earned the Win with 1 Strikeout over 3 innings while giving up 0 Runs and a had WHIP of 0.33. At the plate he was 6 for 14 with an impressive .429/.500/.571 slash line and 5 Runs Scored.

Owen Lohnes

Owen Lohnes was a two-way player for New Brunswick at Canada Cup, with positive contributions on the mound and at the plate. On the mound he started 1 game and had 5 Strikeouts over 4 innings while giving up 0 Runs and a had WHIP of 0.50. At the plate he was 7 for 19 with an impressive .368/.400/.684 slash line, 4 Runs Batted In, and 4 Runs Scored.

Olivier Potvin

Olivier Potvin was a key contributor on the mound at Canada Cup for New Brunswick. He pitched 4 innings in 2 games while giving up 0 Runs, striking out 5, and had a WHIP of 0.50.

Prince Edward Island

Team PEI placed 8th at this year’s Canada Cup. Which of the older players not selected for T12 stood out for PE?

Chase Gaudette

Chase Gaudette was great at the plate for PEI at Canada Cup. He was 5 for 15 with a solid .333/.565/.333 slash line and 4 Runs Scored. That On Base Percentage was so high because Gaudette worked 7 Walks.

Ben MacDougall

Ben MacDougall was a two-way player for PEI at Canada Cup, but his contributions were felt most at the plate. On the mound he started 1 game and had 5 Strikeouts over 6 innings while giving up 0 Earned Runs and a had WHIP of 1.17. At the plate he was 6 for 17 with an impressive .353/.476/.529 slash line, 5 Runs Batted In, and a whopping 9 Runs Scored.

Jack MacKenzie

Jack MacKenzie was a two-way player for PEI at Canada Cup, with positive contributions on the mound and at the plate. On the mound he pitched in 3 games earning 1 Win. He had 9 Strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings while giving up 3 Earned Runs and a had WHIP of 1.61. At the plate he was 5 for 13 with a .385/.385/.462 slash line, 6 Runs Batted In, and 4 Runs Scored.

Alberta

Team Alberta placed 9th at this year’s Canada Cup. Alberta has the most players on the T12 roster from the teams on this list but there is one who the selection committee might want to consider based on his performance at Canada Cup.

Caden Zarowny

Caden Zarowny was great at the plate for Alberta at Canada Cup. He was 4 for 10 with an impressive .400/.625/.500 slash line, 2 Runs Batted In, and 5 Runs Scored. That On Base Percentage was so high because Zarowny worked 6 Walks.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Team NL placed 10th at this year’s Canada Cup. Which of the older players not selected for T12 stood out for NL?

Steven Abbott

Steven Abbott was great at the plate for Newfoundland at Canada Cup. He was 6 for 20 with a solid .300/.417/.400 slash line, 2 Runs Batted In, and 5 Runs Scored.

Alexander French

Alexander French was a two-way player for Newfoundland at Canada Cup, but his contributions were felt most at the plate, where he was NL’s top hitter of the tournament with 10 hits in 19 At Bats. He had an extremely impressive slash line of .526/.550/.737, 4 Runs Batted In, and 5 Runs Scored.

My Advice

By now it should be pretty clear to you that I am not on board with the changes that were made to the Tournament 12 format this year. This Tournament was previously a very high-quality but still inclusive event that players across the country aspired to attend, and the top players from each Province were included with the Roster spots still skewed to the baseball powerhouses in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec. With these changes, the nature of the event has changed to focus on opportunities for those who already have many opportunities, at the expense of those who have far fewer. I have some advice to each of the stakeholders in this event:

My Advice to the Blue Jays Staff Who Decide the Format and Those Who Make the Selections

To the people who decided to change the format of this event, I would point out that you have attempted to fix something that was not broken. This event is poorer for the players from regions of the country that you are now excluding. You should seriously consider reverting back to the original format for 2020.

To those making the player selections I have three pieces of advice:

  1. I would highly recommend that you find a way to do a better job of incorporating real-world performances at high-level tournaments such as Baseball Canada Cup into your selection criteria for T12 roster spots.
  2. I would also suggest that you consider techniques to address the familiarity bias that appears to exist in this selection process, especially with players in Ontario. I would like to point out that the original format had built in measures to address this specific problem as evaluators were forced to pick players they were not familiar with to fill out geographically-based rosters.
  3. Finally, I have pointed out several players above that had an excellent Canada Cup tournament. I encourage you to contact some of them to fill your remaining 14 Canadian roster spots.

My Advice to Scouts and College Coaches Considering Attending T12

The marketing you will receive on this event will indicate to you that the top high school baseball players in Canada will be in attendance for you to evaluate. That is only partially true. Although many of the top high school baseball players will be in attendance, the attendees were selected based on showcase skills rather than their ability to actually play the game of baseball.

If you would like to ensure that you evaluate all of the top high school players in Canada I would suggest you also include the Baseball Canada Cup and perhaps Baseball Canada’s 18U Championship in your travel plans. Baseball Canada will be posting details regarding the 2020 tournaments in the coming months HERE.

My Advice to High School Baseball Players Outside of Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec

If you are a baseball player from the Atlantic Provinces or the Prairie Provinces, the T12 tournament has been reconfigured to exclude rather than include you. I encourage you to continue to grow your baseball skills and focus on being a better baseball player. Please do not, in a vain attempt to make it to T12, turn your focus to improving your showcase skills as that is more likely to end in injury than the T12 roster spot that you are hoping for.