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OPENING DATE & TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCED

Kelowna Jays GM Bill Bayne has released dates for the 2016 season opener and the 12th Annual Baseball Blast.  This year’s team will begin on the road with a double header against the Kamloops Sun Devils on Saturday, May 28th.  The Sun Devils will return the favor as they visit Elks Stadium to take on the home town Jays on Sunday, May 29th.  Stay tuned for game times.

Also released is the date for the 12th Annual Canada Day Baseball Blast.  Once again the Kelowna Jays will host this prestigious tournament featuring teams from Edmonton, Calgary, Prince George and the Lower Mainland.  The 8 team tournament will kick off with the Kelowna Jays home to the local BCPBA Okanagan Athletics on Thursday, June 30th at 7 p.m.  Games will continue all weekend through to the final on Sunday, July 3.

This is a great opportunity for local baseball fans to support their home town Jays.  For more tournament information please contact GM Bill Bayne – billbayne@shaw.ca

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KELOWNA JAYS BASEBALL ORGANIZATION

SHORT TERM BILLET FAMILIES NEEDED FOR 2016 SEASON

The Kelowna Jays, 2010 and 2011 B. C. Junior Champions, once again are in need of some billet families for approximately 60 days for our 2016 season.

Every season the Jays provide a quality, competitive and learning baseball environment for young men attending Canadian and U. S. colleges. Our team is comprised mainly of Canadian players, local and from other B. C. cities, plus a few U. S. kids. We give them a 40 game summer, host a major tournament and compete in the B. C. Junior and Senior Championships.

Billeting these young men is not a difficult task as unlike the young hockey players. Their requirements are not nearly as regimented with respect to meals, meal times and transportation. They are used to living away from home (attending college) and most will have jobs.

We provide financial compensation along with season and tournament passes.

Billeting can be a rewarding experience as we have had several long term relationships formed over the years between families and our kids.

If you can help please contact us:

Bill Bayne, President

billbayne@shaw.ca

 

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KELOWNA JAYS PREPARE FOR 2016 SEASON

The Kelowna Jays Baseball team is preparing for the 2016 season.  GM Bill Bayne is working hard to secure committed players including a few from US colleges.

“It looks like we will have up to 6 kids from the US”, says GM Bayne.  The remainder of the team will be made up of Okanagan College Coyotes and local players looking to hone their skills over the summer.  The team also looks forward to returning home town Kelowna kids who have gone on to US colleges.

Once again this year the Jays are pleased to have head coach Jared Johnson return.  Under coach Johnson the Jays continue to field a very competitive team that consistently plays a high calibre brand of baseball.

Once again the highlight of the season will be the Jays Canada Day Baseball Blast tournament.  This years event will begin on June 30 through to July 3.  The tournament draws teams in from Edmonton, Calgary, Prince George, the Lower Mainland and Northwest US providing Kelowna fans with an exciting weekend of baseball action.

If you are interested in playing baseball this summer with the Kelowna Jays please contact GM Bill Bayne or Head Coach Jared Johnson

 

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FOLLOW UP ON FRIDAY ACTION SO FAR:

BURNABY WON IT’S 9 AM GAME AGAINST SASKATCHEWAN 10 – 9!!  It was a “sloppy game” – maybe 9am too early for these boys – Burnaby made 5 errors and walked 7 batters while Sask. made 4 errors and walked 10 batters.  The Kelowna boys again contributed as Davis Todosichuck was 2 for 4 and scored a run while Jared Frew received 4 of those 10 walks and scored 3 runs.  Burnaby plays Ontario at 3pm.

 This year BC was able to send 2 teams to this championship so the Kamloops Sun Devils are also there – and they picked up 3 Kelowna Jays – Nolan Handley, Will Russell and Wyatt Hummell.  Kamloops got off to a bad start yesterday losing to Quebec 8 – 1 but they bounced back in the evening beating Dartmouth 6 – 1.  In that game Will Russell was 1 for 3 and Handley was 2 for 3 with one RBI.  In a game just completed Kamloops knocked of the host team, Regina 7 – 3 – Nolan Handley was 1 for 4 with 1 rbi.

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KELOWNA JAYS PICKUPS POWER BURNABY TO WIN IN FIRST GAME

 The Burnaby Jr. Bulldogs won the BC Juniors Championships and the right to attend the Nationals but first they added 3 Kelowna Jays to their roster and it paid off in spades as they helped power Burnaby to a 15 – 0 win over Nova Scotia yesterday in their first game.  Speedy outfielder Davis Todosichuck went 2 for 3, with a walk, scored 2 runs and had 3 RBI’s;  Infielder Jared Frew was 3 for 3, with 3 RBI’s and 1 run scored, and to top things of righty Gage McLaren was the winning pitcher, going the distance allowing only 1 hit and zero runs. Two Burnaby players also had a huge game – Darren Honeysett had 3 rbi’s and catcher Josh Wray was 3 for 3, a walk and scored 4 runs.  The teams next opponents are Friday facing Saskatchewan and 9 am and Ontario at 3 pm.  The Championship is being hosted in Regina.

 

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The Kelowna Jays travel to Kamloops this weekend to compete in the BC Senior Men’s Provincial Tournament.  You can follow the Jays this weekend on WDCR and the voice of the Kelowna Jays, Zak Klein.

Game times  –

Saturday, August 1st vs the VIBI Muckers from Nanaimo.  First pitch at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 2nd vs the Victoria Mavericks.  First pitch at 10:30 a.m.

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Highline Bears Win 12th Annual Baseball Blast

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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.

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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.

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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.