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2010 News Archives

Miramichi Baseball Clinic

Baseball Clinic

Baseball New Brunswick, in partnership with the Chatham Ironmen is pleased to advise all baseball players in the Miramichi area that a baseball clinic will be held at Ironmen Field on Tuesday July 20, 2010. The Mosquito and PeeWee aged players’ session will be from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. The Bantam and Midget aged players’ session will be from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.

Players from the Chatham Senior Ironmen will be on the field and in uniform to instruct the players on the fundamentals of hitting. This clinic is free to attend.

Grand Falls Baseball Clinic

Baseball Clinic

Baseball New Brunswick, in partnership with the Grand Falls Minor Baseball Association and the Grand Falls McCain Cataracts of the Miramichi Valley Baseball League is pleased to advise all baseball players from Edmundston to Woodstock that a baseball clinic will be held in Grand Falls on Sunday July 18, 2010. The clinic will be held at Centennial Park and  starting at 10:00 am. The clinic is free of charge for all boys and girls who attend.

Players from the Cataract Baseball Club will be on the field and in uniform to instruct the players on the  fundamentals of the game of baseball. For more information call Shawn Bellefleur at 475-7791 and Norbert Laforge at 475-7709 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Moncton Cubs to represent NB at Nationals

Congratulations to the Moncton Cubs, who today defeated Oromocto 15 - 3 in 5 innings,  to win the right to represent N.B at the Bantam Nationals in Vaughan, Ont. Aug, 26 - 30.

Congratulations to all participants fora great tournament.

Tournament Results Below.

Game # 1
Miramichi 8
Western Valley 7

Game # 9(5 inns.)
Saint John 15
KV 5

Game # 2
Fredericton 9
Saint John 7

Game # 10
Moncton 10
Fredericton 9

Game # 3
Moncton 2
KV 1

Game # 11
Chatham 6
Miramichi 3

Game # 4
Oromocto 8
Riverview 3

Game # 12
Moncton 15
Miramichi 9 (E)

Game # 5
Saint john 8
Western Valley 6 (E)

Game # 13
Oromocto 8
Chatham 7

Game # 6
KV 18
Riverview 10 (E)

Game # 14
Saint John 9
Oromocto 4

Game # 7
Chatham 9
Fredericton 5

Game # 15(8 inns.)
Moncton 5
Chatham 4

Game # 8
Oromocto 11
Moncton 3

Game # 16 (10 inns.)
Oromocto 13
Saint John 8 (E)

Championship Game # 17 (5 inns.)
Moncton 15
Oromocto 3
 

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Thank you from McHugh Family

Following the Baseball NB Bantam AAA Elimination Tournament in which Baseball NB honoured the late Gerry McHugh. Mrs. McHugh wished to provide the following note:

"I am writing to express our sincere appreciation to Baseball NB, coaches and players for the outpouring of support that we have received following Gerry's passing.

During Gerry's last moments he was driving our son Joseph to the ball field. Gerry loved baseball, he loved those he worked closely with in coaching our boys, and he especially loved the boys he coached.

Gerry knew that baseball coaches are mentors to the players and that this role is an important one. I hope that his passing reminds you all of the importance of the good work you coaches do in the development of the youth you coach.

Thank you for adding to Gerry's enjoyment of the sport and for the kindness you have shown to us which will always be remembered."

Noelle, Joseph, and Erin McHugh

Johnson Brothers represent Canada at World University Baseball Championship

From Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- CIS along with Baseball Canada has released the roster that will represent Canada at the World University Baseball Championship being held in Tokyo, Japan from July 30th – August 5th. The event includes 8 countries that will vie for a world championship.

The 22-man roster features 12 players from NCAA Division 1 programs, 8 NAIA players and 1 player each from the NJCAA and the OUA. Head coach, Todd Plaxton (Saskatoon, SK) expects the team to be very competitive once the event gets underway.

“We should be very solid, I expect that we should cross over and hopefully play for a medal,” says Plaxton who has previously spent time coaching with the Junior National Team.

Assistant coaches Cavanagh Whitley (Vancouver, BC) who coaches at UBC and Scott Ballantyne (Waterloo, ON) who coaches at Wilfred Laurier University have been busy over the last year following potential players at various schools throughout the US and Canada.

“I’m very fortunate to have Cavanagh and Scott on the staff,” added Plaxton. “They have been very busy following players online and recruiting.”

The team will come together for the first time one week prior to the event to practice at UBC before flying to Japan. Once they arrive in Japan the team will play a series of exhibition games against Japanese professional teams.

“This will give us a chance to get used to the climate and the culture before the tournament begins,” explained Plaxton.

Canada will be in a pool with the US, Sri Lanka and Chinese Taipei, their first game of the tournament will take place on July 30th against Chinese Taipei.

Roster

“You Wish You Could Throw Like a Girl”

Baseball New Brunswick is proud to announce that it will be holding its Second Annual Girls Day. This event is completely free of charge. This event will take place over two days starting on June 25, 2010 at Kiwanis Park in Moncton, NB running from 6 pm to 8pm.Then continuing on June 26, 2010 at MVHS City Field in Miramichi, NB running from 11am to 2pm. These events are for girl’s ages 8 to 15 (Mosquito, Peewee, and Bantam ages). This will be a fun filled day with lots of practicing and learning. Two players from the Women’s National Team will be in attendance and every player will receive a purple baseball hat! All free of charge! For all interested please register before June 15, 2010 by visiting the Baseball New Brunswick website at www.baseballnb.ca and follow the link for Girls Baseball. Any questions can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Baseball NB office at 506-451-1329.

The two players from the National team who will be in attendance this year are Stéphanie Savoie and Patricia Landry.

Stéphanie has been a member of the national team since 2007 and participated in her first World Cup in 2008 in Japan. She is characterized by her tremendous power allowing her to be at the heart of the alignment of the Canadian team. Stephanie is also competing with the Quebec team during the season where she contributed to the silver medal at the 2008 Canadian championships in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Patricia has been a member of the Baseball Canada National Team since the 2005 season and has participated in the 2006 World Cup, in Taiwan. Playing the outfield, Patricia has the speed to always be a threat on the bases. Patricia is also very involved at the provincial level and has conducted several clinics for youth baseball players in Quebec. As a member of Team Quebec, she won a medal in the last five seasons which she has competed in.

Baseball Canada Elects New Executive

From Baseball Canada: www.baseball.ca

Saturday, June 19, 2010

TORONTO- Baseball Canada elected its new executive and board of directors at its annual general meeting this weekend in Toronto.

Ray Carter will return as President, being acclaimed in this year's election. Carter has served the association in this capacity since 2000.

Taking over the Vice-President duties will be Jason Dickson, who is Executive Director of Sport New Brunswick. Dickson is also a former national team member and former MLB player with the Anaheim Angels. Dickson will be taking over the position from Linda Lewis who has served the association since 2002.

“We would like to thank Linda Lewis for her long-time service to Baseball Canada,” said President Ray Carter.

Former President of Baseball Quebec, Benoit Lavigne will be assuming the role of Treasurer. Stepping down after 3 years on the executive as Treasurer is Alan Fitzsimmons.

All 3 members of the executive will serve two-year terms.

The 10-member board of directors comprising one representative from each province was elected as follows:

  • Alberta: Don Paulencu
  • British Columbia: John Berry
  • Manitoba: Ken Sharpe
  • New Brunswick: David Watling
  • Newfoundland: John Janes
  • Nova Scotia: Jody Frowley
  • Ontario: David Huctwith
  • Prince Edward Island: Don LeClair
  • Quebec: Jean Boulais
  • Saskatchewan: Brian Trollope

The next Baseball Canada general assembly will take place at the Fall Convention slated for November 3-7 in Richmond, BC.

N.B pitching prospect keeps his options open

Coincidence took Jay Johnson through the Toronto Airport Wednesday.

Texas Tech Athletics

Jay Johnson of the Texas Tech Red Raiders was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. The native of Grand Manan and resident of Sussex Corner remains unsigned.

Some day, the Grand Manan native and Sussex Corner resident hopes to fly into the Rogers Centre on the merits of his left arm.

Johnson, a 20-year-old sophomore at Texas Tech University, was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 26th round of this month's Major League Baseball draft.

Yet, despite a slew of signings this week by the big league organization of their 2010 crop of draft selections, Johnson is still waiting to put a pen to paper.

"I am going to sit for a bit and chill," said the six-foot-one, 214-pound lefty, whose fastball was clocked at 96 miles per hour this season.

"I am going to play it out a bit this summer and hopefully come to a deal soon so I can get playing."

Johnson was returning home to Sussex Corner Wednesday from university when he had the short stop over at Pearson Airport in Toronto.

Barring any change, he'll remain in New Brunswick until he joins Team Canada at the Word University Games in Tokyo in July. His brother Aaron, an all-star catcher at the University of Illinois, is also a member of that squad that will compete for gold at the international event that runs until Aug, 8.

It's a nice Plan B to have in his hip pocket.

"I want to get in, I want to start playing, I want to get my chance to be in professional baseball and hopefully make it into the major leagues someday," Johnson said.

"I like my spot at Texas Tech, I have a chance to get a degree and that is something no one can take away. That is something I want to do and we are going to have a really good team next year."

Johnson served as a starter and reliever for Texas Tech this past season with 57 innings of work that produced an earned run average of 8.26. Seven of his 25 appearances were starts.

He figures if he makes it to the big leagues, his role will be as a seventh or eighth inning reliever.

He was not surprised where he ended up in the draft, just one round after his 25th selection in the 2009 draft, when he was plucked by the Baltimore Orioles.

Prior to the selection process, as is the case with many of the more than 1,500 players selected, Johnson met with almost every major league organization, discussed his scholastic goals, athletic aspirations and money required to sign them to a contract.

That signability factored into the draft, where talented players with options, such as Johnson has with two years remaining at Texas Tech, can drop because their professional demands are too rich for the big league club.

But the players have to think about their futures and with lucrative bonuses at stake -as well as putting college on hold - it is an important factor in the draft and the eventual signing.

None the less, Johnson is waving the Maple Leaf when discussing his potential with Toronto.

"I was expecting to go around (the 20th-30th rounds) with the season I had," he said. "I was up and down. I started strong but I finished a little weak at the end."

"It's exciting to be with the Blue Jays. It is a dream being Canadian and having a chance to play with the Blue Jays or even have a chance to be in their organization."

As for Team Canada, Johnson looks forward to suiting up with his brother for an impressive New Brunswick flavoured battery.

"It will be a good opportunity to play with him again but before that, hopefully, I can get into a deal with the Blue Jays," Johnson said. "If not, I have something to look forward to for sure."

If he signs with the Jays, it's a good bet he will be placed in the organization's development program in Auburn, N.Y

The Jays' class-A short season affiliate is known as the Doubledays and they begin their four-month, 76-game campaign today.

The Blue Jays have until the middle of August to sign their picks or they become free agents. If they don't sign, they are eligible to go back in the draft next year.