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2010 News Archives

NB Sport Enthusiasts Asks Province to Increase Funding

Fredericton, NB – Individuals who have a passion for sport around the province are jumping on board with Sport NB’s “Thumbs Up” campaign to promote the continued investment in sport in New Brunswick after the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships have left town. The campaign pre-launch has sparked the interest of athletes, fans, coaches, and all others who believe in the value of sport.

“The government needs to invest in building a strong provincial sport system”, says Sport NB Executive Director Darcy McKillop, a former Canada Games and University Volleyball Coach. “We are sport enthusiasts to say ‘Thumbs Up’ to the provincial government for its foresight and support for bringing the World Junior Track and Field Championships here. But we are also asking that they reconsider the significant ongoing funding cuts.”

“Thousands of New Brunswickers were able to witness firsthand the power that sport can have through hosting a world class event in our backyard. A well funded sports system will be able to capture this enthusiasm and offer the types of programs and opportunities that support athlete development.”

The Thumbs Up for Funding Sport in NB Campaign is asking that all those who believe in the power of sport to send an E-Card through the Thumbs Up for Funding Sport in NB website (www.thumbsupforfundingsport.ca) which will be sent to the Premier. Athletes and supporters of sport are also urged to send photos of themselves giving the “Thumbs Up” for continued sport funding. Sport NB is excited about this initiative and to be working with BC Athlete Voice who created the campaign.

Sport New Brunswick (Sport NB) is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the development and promotion of the amateur sport community in New Brunswick. It is a federation that consists of over 60 provincial sport organizations and other sport related organizations.

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Cheer on your New Brunswick Teams

Stay up to date with your New Brunswick Baseball teams. Follow these links for both the Bantam boys and Senior mens schedules and results! Good luck guys!

New Brunswick Bantam Boys
Follow the New Brunswick Bantam Boys Baseball team. They play their first game this Thursday, August 26th, versus Alberta at 2:00 pm in Vaughan, Ontario. Please follow this link for schedules & results:
http://www.baseball.ca/bantamboys/index_eng.cfm?content=schedule

Si tu veux en Francais:http://www.baseball.ca/bantamboys/index_frn.cfm?content=schedule

New Brunswick Senior Men 
The New Brunswick Senior Men go up against Nova Scotia this Thursday, August 26th, at 9:00 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Please follow this link for schedules & results:
 http://www.baseball.ca/seniormen/index_eng.cfm?content=schedule

Si tu veux en Francais:
http://www.baseball.ca/seniormen/index_frn.cfm?content=schedule

Stairs sets Record

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MILWAUKEE - Matt Stairs hit his 21st homer as a pinch-hitter Saturday, the most in big league history.

Makes New Brunswick proud: San Diego Padres' Matt Stairs set a new major league record with his 21st pinch-hit homerun in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. Stairs is playing in his 18th major league season.

Stairs, who grew up in Fredericton, belted a 1-1 fastball from Brewers reliever Kameron Loe just beyond the seats in right field for a two-run homer in the eighth inning of the San Diego Padres' 6-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers

He surpassed former Toronto Blue Jays' slugger Cliff Johnson for the most pinch-hit homers. Johnson played from 1972-1986.

Stairs has 262 homeruns in a career that began with the Montreal Expos in 1992. His most famous homer as a pinch-hitter came with two outs in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the 2008 National League championship series. His two-run drive lifted the Phillies to a 7-5 victory over the Dodgers.

"It's a great accomplishment, it really is, for a couple reasons," manager Bud Black said. "Matt has maintained a level of play for a long time. Also, one of the hardest roles on a team is the pinch-hitter."

Given Stairs' history with the Brewers, it was only fitting for his record-breaking homerun to come in Milwaukee.

Stairs spent one season with the club in 2002, joining all-time pinch-hits leader Lenny Harris on the roster. He hit just one pinch-hit homerun that season, however, as he started 75 games and got just 29 pinch-hit opportunities.

Stairs also hit a pinch-hit blast against the Brewers last season as a member of the Phillies - one Brewers fans, and starter Dave Bush, likely remember.

On April 23, in Philadelphia, Stairs came to the plate with one out in the eighth and his solo homer off the right-field foul pole broke up Bush's no-hitter.

Before the season, Stairs considered retirement until receiving an offer to sign a minor league contract with the Padres

In 72 at-bats this season for San Diego, Stairs has 15 hits, with three home runs, 12 RBIs and 26 strikeouts.

His homerun Saturday put him two behind Brewers utility man Joe Inglett for the major league lead in pinch-hits this season.

"I was never really an everyday guy," Stairs said in spring training. "I think it's all mental; if you accept your job of being a pinch-hitter, you're going to do well at it."

"I enjoy coming off the bench in the late innings. I love it. I don't want to be an everyday guy anymore. I'm 42. It's for the younger guys."

Stairs is in his 18th big-league season with his 12th club.

Saturday's homer gives him 262 for his career.

The only other Canadian-born player with more is Larry Walker with 383. Walker retired in 2005.

Midget Nationals Underway

The New Brunswick MIdget Team start off Nationals with a win under their belts. They won against Saskatchewan 6-1. To follow this team please follow the link below:
http://www.baseball.ca/midget/index_eng.cfm?content=schedule

Version en Francais:
http://www.baseball.ca/midget/index_frn.cfm?content=schedule

Baseball Canada cup

OTTAWA - For the second consecutive year the Baseball Canada Cup will take place in beautiful Kindersley, SK which gets underway on August 11th. Once again each of the 10 provinces will field select teams that will compete for a National Championship.

Tournament Co-Chair Joanne Kosolofski is extremely excited about this year’s event and says that everyone from players to parents and fans can expect a great week at the ballpark.

“I think that everyone can expect to have a great time,” explained Kosolofski. “We have a lot of events planned at the ballpark that we are excited about.”

One such event that Kosolofski highlighted was the silent auction that will take place on August 13th at Berard Field which is one of two diamonds that will be used to host tournament games. The auction will be used as a fundraiser to help re-build the city's arena which burnt down this past winter. Among some of the item's featured will be: a Vernon Wells autographed baseball, Milwaukee Brewers autographed memorabilia and items from Baseball Canada. In addition to the silent auction, fans can also expect giveaways, great tournament food and autographs from participating teams.

On the baseball side of things defending champion British Columbia will once again contend for the title as they bring a veteran team to Kindersley.  BC returns six players from last year’s champions including Justin Atkinson (Surrey, BC), Jerod Bartnik (Surrey, BC), Kevin Biro (Deep Bay, BC), Nicholas Pivetta (Victoria, BC), Tom Robson (Ladner, BC) and Matthew Trimble (Coquitlam, BC). Atkinson, Pivetta and Robson were also members of the Canadian Junior National Team that recently claimed 4th place at the World Championships in Thunder Bay.

Challenging BC in Pool A will be last year’s runners-up in Team Québec, the bronze medal winners Team Ontario and Team New Brunswick.

Fresh off of a 4th place finish a year ago, Team Alberta will be looking to make their way back into Pool A in Kindersley. They will have their work cut-out for them however as only one player returns from last year’s team in Markus Fergusson (Edmonton, AB). Also, the likes of Saskatchewan with the hometown crowd behind them and Manitoba will look to make a name for themselves. Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland round out the field in Pool B and will be counted on to play spoilers and make some noise of their own.

Round-robin play will commence on August 11th and run through until August 14th. Play-off games will start late in the afternoon on August 14th and conclude with the Gold Medal game the evening of August 15th.

For news, stats and live, up-to-the-minute scoring of the Baseball Canada Cup please visit: http://www.baseball.ca/cup/

Baseball Canada Cup Underway

Kindersley, SK- Action kicked-off at the Baseball Canada Cup today in Kindersley, SK. The following is a recap of the first three games that were played.

Game 1: Québec-10 New Brunswick- 0

The first game of the tournament featured a Pool A match-up that looked as though it was going to be a tight affair. Both starters, Corey Wood (Fredericton, NB) and Vincent Ouellette (Deux-Montagnes, QC) were able to keep the game scoreless through 3 innings. However, Québec broke the scoreless tie in a big way in the 4th innings by scoring 7 runs which chased Wood from the game.  Kevin Bergeron (Terrebonne, QC) picked up an RBI single in the inning, but he did the most damage in the 6th inning by belting a 3–run homerun to put Québec up 10-0 and end the game via the mercy rule. Ouellette pitched 4 solid innings to pick up the win.

Game 2: BC - 3 Ontario - 2

The marquee game of the morning was a battle between defending champ BC and last year’s Bronze Medal winner’s, Ontario. The game didn’t disappoint going to extra innings as BC scored the winning run in the bottom of the 9th as Jordan Varga (Port Coquitlam, BC) advanced to home from 3rd base because of an Ontario error. Ontario opened the scoring in the top of the 1st inning when Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, ON) took advantage of a BC error to score the game’s first run. BC would tie the game in the 6th inning when Justin Atkinson (Surrey, BC) recorded an RBI single. In extra innings Ontario would regain the lead in the 8th only to see BC score one in the bottom of the inning to tie the score. After Atkinson reached first base on an error, Dustin Houle (Penticton, BC) blasted a double off the wall in centre field to score Atkinson. BC was unable to score Houle later in the inning which set-up the 9th inning dramatics. Alex Graham (North Vancouver, BC) pitched 4 innings to earn the win for BC while Ontario’s Roberto Suppa (Connor, ON) took the loss.

Game 3: Alberta - 8 Nova Scotia - 1

The first Pool B game of the day featured an East vs. West battle with Alberta coming out on top with a lopsided 8-1 victory over Nova Scotia. After Nova Scotia jumped out to an early 1 - 0 lead in the top of the 1st Alberta was able to score runs in the 2nd through 5th innings to build a 7 run cushion. Alberta took advantage of 6 Nova Scotia errors and received 2 - hit games from Jeremie Fagnan (Calgary, AB) and Ryan Kosolofski (Edmonton, AB) to score their runs. Ethan Elias (Entwistle, AB) and Brendan Ethier (Calgary, AB) combined to strikeout 6 Nova Scotia batters.

Saint John Baseball Clinic

Baseball Clinic

Baseball New Brunswick, in partnership with the Saint John O'Leary's Alpines is pleased to advise all baseball players in the Saint John area that a baseball clinic will be held at Memorial Field on Monday July 26, 2010. The Mosquito and PeeWee aged players’ session will be from 9:00am - 11:00am. The Bantam and Midget aged players’ session will be from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

Players from the Saint John Senior O'Leary's Alpines will be on the field and in uniform to instruct the players on the fundamentals of baseball. This clinic is free to attend.

Baseball New Brunswick Seeking Canada Games Coach

Baseball New Brunswick is currently accepting applications for the position of Head Coach for the 2013 New Brunswick Canada Games Team.  The team will represent New Brunswick at the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

All applicants must possess a Level 3 Technical NCCP coaching certification or Competitive Development Certification in baseball or possess a Full Level 2 Baseball Certification with the intent to complete the Competitive Development Certification within the next physical year. All applicants must include prior coaching experiences and achievements with their resume. First Aid and CPR training will be considered an asset.

Deadline for applications is October 1st, 2010 and can be forwarded to:
Baseball New Brunswick
900 Hanwell Rd #13
Fredericton, NB
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