WCA KELOWNA JAYS TAKING FLIGHT TO NATIONALS
The West Coast Authentic Kelowna Jays are flying to Trois Rivieres, Quebec, today, as Team BC, to compete in the Canadian Junior Baseball Championships. The Jays experienced the Nationals last year when they came 5th in the Windsor, Ontario, hosted Nationals. The WCA Jays roster is loaded with quality pitching and feel they should contend for a medal this year. This is a tough tournament as each province send it’s champion, but strengthened by key pick ups.
The trip is expensive however it is a great opportunity for these young players (all college kids) to showcase their talents, gain valuable experience, find out how their abilities stack up compared to kids from other parts of Canada, and hopefully be seen by the myriad of major league scouts in attendence. The trip is funded partially by the Jays organization, a fee for the players, a contribution from Baseball BC, and a donation from the Kinsmen Club of Kelowna. The Jays organization was thrilled to receive the support of the Kinsmen Club and we thank them very much as they have helped make this trip possible for the kids.
Team BC’s schedule starts on Thursday night at 7:30 against the host Trois Rivieres team. The host is expecting a big crowd so our guys better be prepared. Their other games are Friday at 2pm vs Manitoba, Saturday at 8:30 am vs. Ontario and 3pm vs. New Brunswick. The top 2 teams in each division make the playoff rounds which commence Sunday morning at 9:30am.
For tournament information go to the Baseball Canada website: www.baseball.ca click on Championships, Junior, and you will be sent to tournament site.
Some of the local kids, and or Okanagan College Coyote kids, making the trip are Dawson Newman, Marcus Drewry,Tyler Pentland, and Stefan Mckee . Also going are some kids from this summers Jay’s team Thomas Bidzinski and Dallas Monk.