News and Announcements
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.
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.
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!!
SOMBA is proud to announce that we will be hosting a series of Baseball Canada NCCP coaching clinics this spring. The clinics will be held at Carmi Elementary School (400 Carmi Ave) on April 7th, 8th, and 9th. These clinics are perfect for new and experienced coaches looking to learn how to properly coach youth baseball.
We will be hosting 4 clinics this year:
1) Initiation Coach Clinic. Friday, April 7th 5:30PM-9:30PM.
2) Teaching and Learning Clinic Saturday April 8th 8:30AM-12:30PM.
3) Absolutes Clinic. Saturday April 8th 1:00PM-5:00PM
4) Planning Clinic. Sunday April 9th 8:30AM-12:30PM
For more information on these clinics please go to www.nccp.baseball.ca
You can pre-register for these clinics by clicking on the coaches tab at the top of the website or by clicking here
Youth baseball is where the dream begins! This season we’re expecting a very large number of participants in our youth baseball programs. Secure your spot on a spring team this year by registering before March 31st. You can register online on this site by clicking the “registration” button at the top of the page.