This year’s Canada Day Baseball Blast senior men’s baseball tournament is quickly taking shape and the field of committed teams is nearing completion. The host Kelowna Jays expect 11 teams at this year’s 12th annual event, all attempting to knock off the Jays, last year’s champs. Three teams from last year’s event, the home town BCPBL Okanagan Athletics, Calgary Diamondbacks and the Prince George Grays return vying for the top cash prize. League rivals, Trail Orioles and the Kamloops Sun Devils along with the Burnaby Collegiate Bulldogs, Victoria Mavericks, Nanaimo Coal Miners and the Parkland White Sox complete the Canadian based teams.
Adding an international flavor this year are the two newest entries in to the Pacific International Baseball League. The PIL is different from many other summer collegiate baseball leagues in that it allows former professional and collegiate graduates to participate. PIL alumni include many of the top players in baseball today including Tim Lincecum, Jacoby Ellsbury, Lyle Overbay and Trail BC’s Jason Bay.
The Highline Bears from Seattle, Washington and the Snoqualmie Hurricanes will make the trek north of the border this June and Kelowna baseball fans will be treated to some exceptional action at Kelowna’s Elks Stadium and Boucherie Park in West Kelowna.
Tournament dates are June 25 – 28. Stay tuned for tournament schedule and ticket information.
This year’s Kelowna Jays can expect some help from south of the border. Pacific University Oregon (Portland, Oregon) plans to send three of their roster players to the Okanagan. Mike Thomson, a 6’0, 200 lb. Junior from Yorba Linda, California is the number one catcher for the Boxers as they start their season. JR Francies is a versatile right handed pitcher/outfielder. A Junior from Greeley, Colorado, JR is 6’3 and 190 lbs. Ryan Yoder is a 6’4, 190 lb. Freshman. The right handed pitcher hails from from Phoenix, Arizona. All three should provide a boost for an already prolific Jays lineup.
The Jays are also waiting for confirmation from the University of Puget Sound. Last year third baseman Johnny Hosmer from Tuscon, Arizona and Matt Shelhamer, an outfielder from Billings, Montana were welcome additions to the Jays 2014 roster.
The 2015 Kelowna Jays Baseball Organization have released their schedule for the 2015 summer season. This year’s slate includes 3 tournaments featuring the 12th Annual Canada Day Baseball Blast hosted by last years champion Jays, June 25 -28 at Kelowna’s historic Elks Stadium. The Jays will also compete at the BC Senior Men’s Championship, July 31 – August 4 at Norbrock Stadium in Kamloops.
This year the Kelowna Jays enter their 12th season of summer baseball. The Jays are accepting expressions of interest for players wanting to hone their skills over the summer in a competitive environment.
Receive quality instruction from Okanagan College Coyotes pitching and strength/conditioning coach, Jared Johnson. Home games at Elks Stadium in beautiful Kelowna.
The Jays begin their season May 23rd and play through to the August long weekend.
Players wishing to become a part of the Kelowna Jays are asked to contact the following:-