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After capturing the bronze medal at last summer’s provincial championships, expectations for the U11 AAA Thunder were high at the start of the summer ball season this year. Well so far the team has met those expectations with nothing but success including a 9-8 win in the gold medal game last weekend at the Valley of Champions tournament in Kelowna. The team is currently 15-0-1 and has 3 tournament golds under their belt. The team isn’t just squeaking out wins either. They’ve outscored their opponents 196-50 in the 16 games, and is doing it with a .547 team batting average and 57 extra base hits. This teams success didn’t just start at their first summer tournament tough. This season BC Baseball allowed associations to form Spring Select teams and SOMBA put together a select team that competed against other AAA teams in Kamloops on the May Long Weekend. That program allowed the coaches to begin working with the kids earlier in the season on things like hitting, defence, throwing and base running so by the time summer season came around everyone was primed and ready for stiffer competition. This year’s Thunder offence has really been something to behold. The coaches can’t help but compare it to last summer’s team and describe it as a graduation from small ball to big ball. “Last year we bunted and hit singles, this year we’re hitting doubles and triples, and coming up with big hits in important situations” says head coach Rob Burnett. The other thing that is really contributing to the teams success is that everyone has bought into the team mentality. Everyone believes in one another and is confident that who ever comes up in a big spot is going to come through whether it’s at the plate or in the field playing “Thunder Defence”. The team has this upcoming weekend off and then they’re back at it the following weekend July 28-30 in Vernon for the Zone Qualification Tournament to determine who goes to provincials in Campbell River on August Long Weekend. Go Thunder!

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INSIDE PITCH SUMMER CAMPS POWER PITCHING / HITTING AND SKILLS

Date: JULY 18th – 2017
Location: McNicoll Park in Penticton

CAMP 1 – POWER PITCHING
AGES 8 to 15 yrs – 10:00 am to 12:30pm
THROW 5-7 mph HARDER WITH MORE CONTROL!

  • Power Drills * Pick-offs * Mental Aspects *
  • Change-up * Major League Curve Ball (13 yrs +) ($75)
    Limited Space VIDEO ANALYSIS PROVIDED
    (GROUPED ACCORDING TO AGE)

CAMP 2 – HITTING AND SKILLS
AGES 6 to 15 yrs – 1 pm to 4 pm
HIT FOR POWER AND AVERAGE!

  • Hitting Drills * Infielding * Outfielding * Over the line game!
  • Baserunning and much more! *
    (Camp 2 only $65)
    (Both camps grouped according to age)

• Registration: go online at www.insidepitch.ca (more info call 591-6165)
• Sign-up for both camps and SAVE $15 pay only $125 total (GST included)
• Mail in: 3070 Gordon Rd., Regina, Sk., S4S 2T8 – Include full name/age of camper and indicate one
or both camps
• IP Baseball Academy provides a professional instructor for every 8-10 students enrolled
• Juice and snack provided by IP Academy during break time
• Check out our website WWW.INSIDEPITCH.CA for updates and additional information

CAMP PROGRAM DIRECTORMORGAN REITER:
*Owner / Director of Player Development – IP BASEBALL ACADEMY
*Certified by National Pitching Association (1st and Longest Certified NPA trainer in CANADA!)
*3 Year professional player Europe / Canada / USA (WBL / PBL Professional)
*NCAA Div.1 Scholarship Athlete – Texas State University
*Represented CANADA at National Baseball Institute (3 years)
*Played Against World Champion Toronto Blue Jays
*INSTRUCTORS – Current and Former Professional and College Players
*Experience directing and teaching camps in Canada and the U.S.A.
*SEVERAL FORMER CAMPERS ON SCHOLARSHIPS IN U.S.A. AND CANADA!

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The inaugural Diamonds for Dads Peewee tournament is set to begin this Friday June 16th. Teams from Vernon, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton will vie for the championship. Games will be played at Kiwanis Park in Penticton as well as in Summerland. The schedule and results for the tournament will be updated as the tournament progresses and will be posted HERE!
Good luck to all the teams.

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SOMBA sent two teams (the Reds and the Rockies) to Salmon Arm this past weekend to compete in their annual mosquito tournament. What a great weekend of baseball.

Both teams went 4-0 in their respective pools and met in the final.

The final game was a hard fought battle between two teams that had very strong pitching and very good hitting. In the end the Reds were victorious in what many on the team consider their best played, and most fun game of the season.

The Rockies were lead by strong pitching by Kaden Collins and the bat of Tanner Schwartzenberger while the Reds were lead at the plate by powerful hitting by Wyatt Cutler, Braxton Becker, and Kaden Clarke! The Reds pitching was what really did the Rockies in. The starter Will Mohns, a 10 year old, shut down the Rockies for 3 innings with his blazing fastball and dynamite control. The game was closed out by Carson Burnett’s mix of scary fast fastballs, knuckle balls, and the odd curve.

The final score didn’t really matter as this game pitted good friends against one another in a hard fought, fun, and sportsmanlike manner…and that is what baseball is all about. The fact that two mosquito teams from Penticton both went 4-0 and met in the final says a lot about this talented age group in SOMBA. The talent of this group is very deep in pitching and hitting and are very exciting to watch!

The Salmon Arm Baseball Organization puts on a great tournament at a great facility. If you’re not familiar with Elks park in Salmon Arm it consists of two back to back diamonds set in the middle of an RV park. It is perfect for a baseball tournament, and the organization, umpiring, weather, baseball, and camaraderie couldn’t have been better.

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The first SOMBA opening day held in years was a huge success, and a great way to kick off the 2018 baseball season for the over 275 young athletes who have registered for spring baseball this year. This spike in registration could be due to a number of factors and the large turnout on Opening Day was just another indication that the youth of Penticton love baseball. Huge thank-you to all of the volunteers who made this event happen as well as Penticton city councillor Max Picton for throwing out this season’s opening pitch. Food for everyone attending Opening Day was generously donated by Penticton IGA’s Colin Powell who has been a wonderful supporter of youth baseball in Penticton. Play Ball!!