Highline Bears Win 12th Annual Baseball Blast


Seattle based Highline Bears come out victorious with a 6-1 win over the local Kelowna Jays.  The Bears took advantage of a cold pitcher to score two runs in the second and third innings and basically seal the fate of the hometown side.  Jays starter Will Russell had to leave the game after only one inning due to heat exhaustion forcing Jays manager Jared Johnson to bring in a cold Gage McLaren.  McLaren allowed 6 hits and a base on balls to go with two strikeouts before giving way to Wyatt Hummell who finished the game for the Jays.

Jays GM Bill Bayne says, “I can’t be too disappointed, these guys played their hearts out.”

The extreme heat played a factor this weekend for players and fans alike.  The near 40 degree temperatures made staying hydrated a challenge and the fans did all they could with umbrellas and canopies to find some shade.  Overall this years event was a success and all teams were looking forward to next year.

Congratulations to the Highline Bears and the Kelowna Jays.




Highline Bears – 5   Coquitlam Angels – 4

Highline Bears from Seattle, Washington scored a run in the top of the last inning and held on to eliminate the Coquitlam Angels 5-4 in what was a seesaw game that saw the lead change four times.

The Bears advance to take on the hometown Kelowna Jays in this weekends tournament final.  Game time at Elks Stadium is 2:30 p.m.


Jordan McGowan Walks Off The Calgary Diamondbacks

Kelowna Jays – 2  Calgary Diamondbacks – 1

Jordan McGowan started the game at third base and came on in relief to pitch a perfect top of the seventh inning before grounding a single to left driving in Davis Todosichuk for the game winning run.  McGowan who went two for three also singled and walked.

Todosichuk, who scored both Kelowna runs, led off the bottom of the final inning with a single to left.  Shortstop Corey Smith bunted Todosichuk to second which led to an intentional walk to Jays second baseman Jared Frew.  The two Jays base runners executed the perfect double steal leaving runners and second and third setting the table to McGowan’s heroics.

Calgary starter Curtis Smith went the distance for the Diamondbacks striking out four Jays in the process.

Jake Olson started on the mound for the Jays throwing four innings before giving up the hill to Wyatt Hummell.  Hummell pitched two scoreless innings allowing one hit, one strike out and one base on balls.

The Kelowna Jays advance to the final this afternoon against either the Highline Bears or the Coquitlam Angels.  Game time for the final is set for 2:30 p.m.

Come out and support your Jays.

Semi Final Sunday


Semi Final Set Today at Elks Stadium

Kelowna Jays Win #1 Seed

Baseball is in full swing today at Elks Stadium.  The 12th Annual Kelowna Jays Baseball Blast wraps up at Elks Stadium with the host and local Kelowna Jays securing top spot in the nine team tournament.

The Jays went through the round robin with a 4-0 record.  The Coquitlam Angels also compiled a 4-0 record and garnered the #2 seed based on a tie breaker.  The Highline Bears from Seattle, Washington and the Calgary Diam0ndbacks both had 3-1 records with the Bears winning the #3 seed in a tie breaker.

Come down to Elks Stadium for some great baseball action today.

9:00 A.M. – Calgary Diamondback @ Kelowna Jays

11:15 A.M. – Highline Bears @ Coquitlam Angels

2:30 P.M.  Championship Game



Good Day for Locals

Gage McLarenWill Russell

The first full day of competition is in the books and the Kelowna Jays are 2-0.  The locals, behind the pitching of Gage McLaren with a win over the Prince George Grays 13 -3 and Will Russell who claimed the win against the Trail Orioles 9 – 2, lead their division.

The Coquitlam Angels and the Highland Bears from Seattle, Washington also finished the first full day with 2 – 0 records and are atop their divisions.

The tournament has a full slate of games with some meaningful matchups that include the Coquitlam Angels taking on the Kamloops Sun Devils (1-1) at Boucherie Field in West Kelowna at 3:30 p.m.

The Jays have two games on Saturday with a 3:45 tilt against the Burnaby Collegiate Bulldogs and the finale against the Okanagan Athletics at 8:30 p.m.  Both games at Elks Stadium.

Listen to the voice of the Jays, Zak Klein, for the broadcast of the Jays and Athletics game on WDCR.


Thursday, June 25

Okanagan Athletics – 2 vs Calgary Diamondbacks – 3

Friday, June 26

Burnaby Collegiate Bulldogs – 3 vs Highline Bears – 4

Prince George Grays – 3 vs Kelowna Jays – 13

Kamloops Sun Devils – 7 vs Highline Bears – 8 (extra innings)

Coquitlam Angels – 9 vs Calgary Diamondbacks – 3

Okanagan Athletics – 1 vs Coquitlam Angels – 9

Prince George Grays – 3 vs Trail Orioles – 5

Burnaby Collegiate Bulldogs – 0 vs Kamloops Sun Devils – 8

Trail Orioles – 2 vs Kelowna Jays – 9

Saturday’s Schedule

9:00 a.m. – Prince George Grays vs Highline Bears at Elks Stadium

11:15 a.m. – Coquitlam Angels vs Trail Orioles at Elks Stadium

Noon – Kamloops Sun Devils vs Okanagan Athletics at Boucherie Field

1:30 p.m. – Calgary Diamondbacks vs Highline Bears at Elks Stadium

3:30 p.m. – Coquitlam Angels vs Kamloops Sun Devils at Boucherie Field

3:45 p.m. – Burnaby Collegiate Bulldogs vs Kelowna Jays

6:00 p.m. – Prince George Grays vs Calgary Diamondbacks at Boucherie Field

6:00 p.m. – Trail Orioles vs Burnaby Collegiate Bulldogs at Elks Stadium

8:30 p.m. – Okanagan Athletics vs Kelowna Jays at Elks Stadium (Listen live on WDCR)


Follow your Kelowna Jays this weekend with the voice of the Jays, Zak Klein.  WDCR will broadcast the Jays vs the Trail Orioles this Friday as well as the Jays vs the Okanagan Athletics this coming Saturday.  First pitch for both games is 8:30 p.m.

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Come out and see some exciting Senior Men’s Baseball this weekend at Elks Stadium in Kelowna and Boucherie Field in West Kelowna.  Ex-pro, semi-pro and collegiate players make up the squads at this years event.

The tournament also features the Kelowna based Okanagan Athletics, a high school team that competes in the BC Premier Baseball League.  Support these young athletes; you will be amazed at their talent level and proud of the calibre of baseball produced in the Okanagan Valley.

The weather is on our side, the beverage garden (Elks only) will provide the refreshment and these teams will entertain and fulfill your baseball needs.

Tickets are $5 per game or $20 for a tournament pass to EVERY game.  Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Show your support Kelowna and cheer on your own Kelowna Jays!!!


7:00 PM Okanagan vs Calgary
9:00 AM Burnaby vs Highline
11:15 AM Prince George vs Kelowna
1:30 PM Coquitlam vs Calgary 1:00 PM Kamloops vs Highline
3:45 PM Okanagan vs Coquitlam 4:00 PM Prince George vs Trail
6:00 PM Burnaby vs Kamloops
8:30 PM Trail vs Kelowna
9:00 AM Prince George vs Highline
11:15 AM Coquitlam vs Trail Noon Kamloops vs Okanagan
1:30 PM Calgary vs Highline 3:30 PM Coquitlam vs Kamloops
3:45 PM Burnaby vs Kelowna 6:00 PM Prince George vs Calgary
6:00 PM Trail vs Burnaby
8:30 PM Okanagan vs Kelowna
9:00 AM #1 Seed vs #4 Seed
11:15 AM #2 Seed vs #3 Seed
2:00 PM Final Game



JUNE 25 – JUNE 28


You know it is baseball season when there is a huge money tournament featuring top baseball teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The Kelowna Jays host their 12th Annual Baseball Blast featuring twelve teams competing for $10,000 in prize money.

This years entries are a mix of summer college teams, senior men’s teams and semi-pro teams.

This year’s event gets underway on Thursday, June 25th at 6:00 p.m. as the two local teams, the host Kelowna Jays and the BCPBL Okanagan Athletics see their first action.  Action resumes Friday morning, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th with the finals at Elks Stadium on Sunday, June 28th.  The tournament will utilize Boucherie Field in West Kelowna as well as the tournament main field at Elks.  Both parks feature great baseball fare with Elks Stadium featuring a beverage garden.

Tournament baseball always brings out the best in teams and players, it creates an electric atmosphere, and guarantees the fans a special experience.

TOURNAMENT PASS FOR JUST $20 (a steal for 23 games), or $5.00 per game for adults.  Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free.

Come out and support your two local teams as they strive to reach the finals against some very tough teams. There will be schedule posters put up around the city plus it is available on the Jays website




Your Kelowna Jays are hosting one of the best teams in the province this Saturday and Sunday at Elks Stadium.  The Burnaby Bulldogs have been both Provincial and National champions in recent years as well as a perennial contender in the Jays annual tournament.  They feature several ex pro players and many college players that will provide a big test for our young Jays.  The Jays visited Burnaby last weekend and were 10 – 2 losers and  3 – 1 winners.  Rutland Minor Baseball product, Will Russell got the win with a complete game one hitter.  Russell struck out 9 Bulldogs and did what few teams have been able to do to Burnaby this season.  This will be a good warm-up for these teams in preparation for the Jays 12th Annual baseball Blast Tournament which starts Thursday June 25th.

Game Times:

Saturday June 20 – 4 pm and 6:30pm

Sunday June 21  – Noon and 2:30pm

Tickets available at the gate are $5 per day.