JAYS SET TO TAKE FLIGHT THIS WEEKEND
The Kelowna Jays Baseball team is ready to soar into their 2015 season with a double header on Saturday against the Kamloops Sun Devils with games at 1 pm and 3:30 pm at Elks Stadium. The Jays are pleased to have head coach Jared Johnson returning as he led the team to a winning season in 2014, including winning their own tournament. The Jays will have a young exciting roster including many members of the Okanagan College Coyotes, many of whom live in Kelowna. There are also several OC kids from BC and other provinces who have stayed to play along with 6 US College players, and fortunately local fan favorite Corey Smith will again be returning to provide his valuable leadership.
Along with Smith pitchers Marcus Drewry, Gage McLaren and Will Russell will set the tone on the mound and returning star position players like Dawson Yates, Brock Chilton, Ryo Shishido, Davis Todosichuck and Braeden Heyland will provide sound defence and good run production. The young U.S. players, including Pacific University`s Captain and starting catcher, Mike Thompson, Freshman rookie hard throwing Ryan Yoder, and outfielder JT Francies will also be major contributors. There are also 3 young players from Spokane CC who will be very impressive.
The Jays will play in excess of 40 games against such teams as Kamloops, Trail, Prince George, Burnaby, Coquitlam and will again host the tournament – the 12th annual Baseball Blast will take place June 25 to June 28 with an awesome 12 team schedule to be released soon. The Jays will have a good core roster available for this weekend however some players are still in College playoffs and will join the team in the near future.
This weekends opponent, Kamloops Sun Devils, are the defending 2014 Provincial Champions!!
Come out and support your local players – admission is just $5 – a bargain for the high caliber of baseball played by the Jays.
Jays Add More US Talent
The Kelowna Jays have confirmed the addition of two US college players. Ryan Murkle, a 6’2″, 185 lb. Freshman from Boise, Idaho and Jordan McGownan, a 6″0″, 190 lb. Sophomore from Spokane, Washington. Both players attend Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Washington. Murkle is an infielder/outlfielder while McGowan is a catcher that can play in the infield and on the mound as well.
Jordan McGowan Ryan Murkle
Both players are looking forward to their summer season with the Jays and Spokane coach Bobby Lee says, “These guys want to play and will help.” Both Murkle and McGowan will strengthen an already good looking Jays roster.
The Jays open their 2015 summer season on Saturday, May 23rd at Elks Stadium. Game time for the double header is 1:00 p.m.
Kelowna Jays Release Prospective 2015 Roster
The Kelowna Jays have released their prospective roster for the 2015 summer season. Club President Bill Bayne presents the roster and states, “the club is still recruiting for a few more spots.” Bayne adds that “this is a good looking roster with plenty of current Okanagan College players and several home town kids.”
The Jays are also looking forward to three US players from Pacific University. Expected on the roster this summer is Ryan Yoder, a hard throwing right handed pitcher from Phoenix, Arizona. Yoder’s coach at Pacific, Nathan Rasmussen, says that he consistently hits 84 – 86 mph and has hit 90 mph on more than one occasion. “His slider and fastball are his two pitches, and when he’s on, they won’t be able to hit him.” says Rasmussen.
The Jays open their summer season with a double header on Saturday, May 23rd at Elks Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m. when the Jays will take on provincial rival Kamloops Sun Devils. Tickets are sold at the gate and are a baseball bargain at $5 for students and adults. Children 12 and under accompanied by a parent are admitted free.
12th Annual Baseball Blast Tournament Schedule
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The Kelowna Jays have released their tournament schedule for this years 12th Annual Baseball Blast. The tournament begins Thursday night, June 25 at Kelowna’s Elks Stadium and wraps up on Sunday, June 28. The Jays welcome 11 teams from BC, Alberta and Washington. Following the tournament openers on Thursday night there will be a full slate of games on Friday through to the tournament final Sunday afternoon. Two parks will be utilized and the Kelowna Jays would like to thank West Kelowna Minor Baseball for the use of Boucherie Field for games on Friday and Saturday.
Baseball fans in both Kelowna and West Kelowna will be treated to some outstanding, high calibre baseball from these teams. Team rosters are made up of college based players from the Pacific Northwest, honing their skills for their upcoming fall season.
Tournament passes are just $20 for a weekend of baseball that includes 23 total games over the 4 day tournament. Kids 12 and under are free. Prize draws, 50/50 and the ever popular tent full of adult beverages (Elk’s Stadium only) will be available.
Please contact the Kelowna Jays executive for more tournament information or sponsorship opportunities.
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:-