Smiles all Around!
This past week saw all of our teams in action. Friday night kicked off with the Eisenhut Insurance Bantams squaring off with a strong Penticton team. The kids put together their most formidable challenge to date taking Penticton neck and neck tied into the final inning. The difference in the game came off a strong closing performance from the Penticton pitcher, but our kids battled hard and were extremely pleased with their effort on the field. The progress with this team has been tremendous; from pitching, to hitting and fielding, their gamesmanship continues to improve at a torrid pace. Congratulations to the Eisenhut Insurance Bantams for their fantastic weekend of baseball which concluded with a sun soaked double-header with the Kelowna Sun Devils on Sunday. Led by another all-round team effort, this group has done us all proud again.
Saturday at Desert Park was the setting for the Ellcar Red Sox and the Moon Curser White Sox playing a double-header against the two mosquito teams from Summerland. Crazy good ball all weekend from the Red Sox! No wins but they held up very well against the Penticton A’s and Mariners Sunday only loosing by 1 in each game. Ryland Lebedoff made a sweet catch on a pop fly at first base. Derek Subotin made an awesome double play as well with a pop fly catch at short, then tagging out the runner that was on his way back to second from trying to advance to third. Stellar catching from Connor Costa, on the ball, mask off, ready at the plate!!! Pitching from Luke Jahn and Connor Costa kept the strikes a comin’!!! The whole team played extremely well together!! Super duper weekend of ball had by all!!
The Moon Curser White Sox managed to take both Summerland teams right down to the wire as well, with solid pitching performances from Lukas “Hollywood” Anast, and Lukas “Snoop” Doggett. Snoop only needing 10 pitches in one inning to dispose of the batters! These mountains of the mounds were backed by fantastic fielding by Paige Kaminski, Carter Sapach and Jessalyn Svendsen. Coming on in relief, Achile Kosaka, the ace from the bullpen, fired strike after strike, proving to be too much for the Summerland hitters. At the dish, Finn Tolley was nearly perfect in his appearances at the plate, showing how well his batting has improved in just a few short weeks. Congratulations White Sox, you made us all proud with your effort and sportsmanship!
The MacDonald Realty PeeWees posted a solid win over west Kelowna of 8-7 on Saturday. Great pitching by Nate Kaminski, Grady Pearson and Armaan Deol kept the team in the game. It was a close game from wire to wire. Starting off the first inning with three up and three down. Pitcher Nate Kaminski throwing two players out a 1st base and a fly ball caught by our second baseman Zach Brouwer. Followed by our first at bat with hits from Linden Gervais and Nate Kaminski, bringing in two runs to start the team off. Great RBI’s boys!
The game continued to be close, tied at 4-4 after the forth inning. Bradley Hillson stepped to the plate with determination in his eyes and took one for the team; right in the hip—ouch, but shook it off to take first base. Fantastic plays made by second baseman Zach Bouwer whose glove captured many a ground ball and his arm throwing true to first baseman Cameron Tiley. A well hit ball to centre field was captured by Armann Deol keeping the West Kelowna team in check.
The boys fell behind in the fifth inning with West Kelowna batting in 3 runs, but our boys answered back with 4 runs of their own. Grady Pearson lined a powerful off field hit, adding 2 RBI’s to his stats. There was great base running from Rachelle Blaine, whose pants are now true baseball pants with the dirt stains from her slide into third base and Zoe Anast who stole her way around the bases multiple times.
With double plays and players left on base the West Kelowna team was held to no runs in the top of the sixth and our MacDonald Realty Peewee team did not need their last at bats. It was a well-balanced team effort and this win is suggestive of this team’s determination and commitment.
Sunday’s action did not disappoint, as both T-ball and both Tadpole teams squared off against opponents from Oliver, Princeton and OK Falls in the T-Ball / Tadpole Black Widow Jamboree. We aren’t sure if the highlights were more from the baseball or the elaborate bouncy castle dominating the landscape at Desert Park, but the smiles on the faces did not disappoint. 10 teams competed in double-headers; with a barbecue hot dog lunch and a series of three skills competitions kept the crowd of over 200 entertained during the lunch hour. It’s great to see Desert Park full of the sounds of the ballpark at these very well attended and coordinated events. Congratulations to all our players, coaches and volunteers who have put this Association on the map with these very successful Black Widow Jamboree’s.
It’s clear to see that baseball fever is gaining momentum in the South Okanagan and the enthusiastic smiles and pure fun is clear to see a mile away. Congratulations to everyone on another landmark week for the OMBA.