News and Announcements
The South Okanagan Minor Baseball Association invites you to join us for our upcoming Annual General Meeting as we look to shape the future of youth baseball in Penticton and the surrounding area. The sport of youth baseball in Penticton has seen amazing growth thanks to the help and support of you, the parents and families of our players. We are reaching out to encourage you to continue to get involved and share your ideas and feedback for the upcoming 2019 seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall). We are also calling out to all those who are willing to generously donate their time as volunteers, we couldn’t offer the great family experience without such amazing support from our volunteers! The AGM will be held Wednesday November 14th, 7:00 PM at the Community Centre conference room. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information please email us at email@example.com.
SOMBA’s *W*inter *Hi*gh *P*erformance *P*rogram is now accepting applicants for the upcoming winter months. More detail can be seen here: http://teampages.com/forms/19009-2018-19-SOMBA-High-Performance-Winterball-Program
Winterball registration is now available, more detail can be seen here: https://teampages.com/forms/19005-2019-Winter-Ball-Registration
Like their AA counterparts, the Bantam A Penticton Tigers wrapped up a successful season with a silver medal at Provincials in Mission last weekend. Earning the right to advance to the championships with a 2-1 extra-inning victory over top-ranked Surrey Canadians in the semifinal, and working with a depleted pitching roster, the Tigers came out on the short end of a 13-3 game .Tigers coach Tony Orioli said the team worked hard all weekend and performed above expectations. He described the semifinal win as one of the best games of the tournament, a true pitching duel.
The Tigers opened the tournament with a 13-8 win over hosts Mission. That was after rallying from a 7-1 deficit after three innigs and battling back with five runs in the sixth and seventh innings. MVP Markus Snair had some key hits in the later stages of the contest and pitched a stellar one, two, three-out seventh inning for the save.
Game two saw a balanced attack hitting attack from all 10 Tigers players en route to a 17-11 decision over Newton. Game MVP was Penticton’s Riley Evasiuk, getting hits in four out of five trips to the plate and stealing 5 bases
In the third game, after keeping things close early on, the Penticton squad ran out of steam giving up a 16-6 decision to Ridge Meadows. Penticton game MVP was Calum McGill with some great plays behind the plate and going three for four at the plate.
The final round robin game was a must win for the team to advance to the semi finals and they came through with a 5-3 verdict over Prince George. Game MVP Orioli pitched 4 hitless innings and was four for five at the plate.
The Tigers fell behind by a run to Surrey in the first inning and neither team was able to score until the sixth inning when Penticton tied the game with a sacrifice fly by Linden Gervais who scored Calum McGill who got on base with a lead off triple. The seventh inning went scoreless, as did the first extra inning, but in the top of the ninth Adrian Orioli hit a solo home run over the right field fence. Allen came in for the pitching save in the bottom of the ninth, getting the final out to Jacob Schulting in deep centre field. Game MVP was Tigers pitcher Ryan Paulhus who went seven innings, striking out 13 and allowing just three hits.
The Game MVP for Penticton, McGarry Allen, pitched three solid innings leaving the mound after reaching his pitch limit with the tigers ahead 2-0 but they were unable to limit the bats of the eventual winners in the final four innings.
What a season for the U11 AA Penticton Tigers! After finding out they were the only team in the Interior Division and earning an automatic berth into the Provincial Championships in Comox, this team came together like no other.
Firstly, their exhibition schedule consisted of games against AAA Tier 2 talent. This squad of charismatic kids managed to put up wins against AAA teams from Kamloops, and Salmon Arm twice. To say they played their hearts out in those games would be an understatement.
The real team building came off the field for these players though. Parents and players alike bonded together to raise $5,000 in a short period of time to fund their trip to Comox. Whether it was selling hot dogs at Save on Foods in Cherry Lane Mall, Kettle Corn at Wal-Mart Penticton, washing cars at Parker’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep, or even doing a 50/50 draw at a Kelowna Falcons Game, you couldn’t stop the team from reaching their eventual goal of heading to the Island to play when it counted.
At the Provincial Championships, the players were blessed with the opportunity to play in a championship tournament held at a level they had not seen before. The field conditions were pristine, the weather was perfectly cool and warm for baseball, and the production value was second to none. The U11 AA Penticton Tigers would be remiss if they didn’t thank the entire Comox Valley Baseball Association for hosting us at an event we will all remember forever.
As the Head Coach of the team, I personally would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the local sponsors and community support in helping make this goal a reality for our team. To the players, for committing their time to the team. To the parents for being there to help us through everything, organizing events, and supporting us all the way. And to the other coaches; your time is invaluable, your effort is unspeakable, and your pride is admirable.
For everyone and anyone considering registering their children in team sport let me tell you this: The experience our team had from the outset helped us all become better athletes and better baseball players. But beyond that, this experience we all created from a little baseball team at McLaren Park, has resulted in life long memories, new friendships between parents and players alike, and the most rewarding piece of knowledge of all, that hard work does pay off.
To everyone involved with us this season, I am eternally grateful for your time.
Head Coach U11 AA Penticton Tigers