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News: IBL Announces the Departure of Commissioner John Kastner After Nine Transformational Seasons

Photo by Brian BacklandThe Intercounty Baseball League (@IBL1919), the top-level baseball league in Canada today announced that Commissioner John Kastner will end his tenure following the 2022 season as he moves on to new opportunities.The IBL has enjoyed growth, steady ownership, new partnerships, and expansion during Kastner’s term as Commissioner, which began in 2014.“The Intercounty…

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The Intercounty Baseball League (@IBL1919), the top-level baseball league in Canada today announced that Commissioner John Kastner will end his tenure following the 2022 season as he moves on to new opportunities.

The IBL has enjoyed growth, steady ownership, new partnerships, and expansion during Kastner’s term as Commissioner, which began in 2014.

“The Intercounty Baseball League has seen transformative change and is poised for both future growth and success, thanks to John’s leadership during the past nine years,” said Ryan Harrison, President of the Welland Jackfish, speaking as one of the three members of the IBL Executive Board. “On behalf of the IBL Board, we thank him and the league staff, for all they have done to put the IBL in this position and look forward to seeing what he does next.”

“It has been a real honour to be the Commissioner of the IBL. I have followed the league in one way or another since the 1970s and covered the league for decades as a sportswriter” said Kastner.

“The league should be very proud of the quality of play which is better every year and for its role in the IBL communities. Personally, I’m especially proud to have been part of our 100th anniversary year where we brought together former and current players for a celebration and where we named our Top 100 team.”

John will move on to a new role as he was elected the Chairman of the Board of the Ontario Hockey Federation, the largest branch of Hockey Canada.

ABOUT THE INTERCOUNTY BASEBALL LEAGUE

The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is the top-level baseball league in Canada, boasting ex-major league professional and elite NCAA college baseball players. The 2022 season marked the IBL’s 103rd in operation. The IBL is one of the longest continuously operated baseball leagues in the world and serves as a valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff. More than 40 IBL players have advanced to Major League Baseball or returned to the IBL following their MLB careers. The league is comprised of teams from Barrie, Brantford, Kitchener, London, Toronto, Guelph, Welland, and Hamilton.

For more information, visit theIBL.ca and find @IBL1919 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information visit theIBL.ca.

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News: Jackfish Sign McCoy Pearce for 2023

WELLAND – The Welland Jackfish announced today the signing of infielder McCoy Pearce for the 2023 season.Pearce, a Kamloops, BC native, joins the Fish following a highlight season with the Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Canadian Baseball League in 2022. In 41 games played, McCoy led the Dawgs in home runs (8) and RBI (45)…

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WELLAND – The Welland Jackfish announced today the signing of infielder McCoy Pearce for the 2023 season.

Pearce, a Kamloops, BC native, joins the Fish following a highlight season with the Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Canadian Baseball League in 2022. In 41 games played, McCoy led the Dawgs in home runs (8) and RBI (45) and hit .346 with 16 doubles.

“McCoy brings the Jackfish more power at the plate,” said Jackfish General Manager Jason McKay. “We are excited to welcome him to the Pond this season, we are sure our fans will come to love the power that he brings.”

The Okanagan College alumni hit .366 with 5 doubles, 4 triples, and 36 RBI in 2022 for the Coyotes, including hitting for the cycle in a 10-0 win over Edmonton on April 2nd, 2022.

The Welland Jackfish are a member of Canada’s top baseball league, the Intercounty Baseball League. The 100-year old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, with the league established in 1919, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. For more information, visit www.wellandjackfish.com or follow the Jackfish on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @wellandjackfish.

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News: Newton heads to the Frontier League

Photo by Matt HiscoxLONDON – The London Majors are proud to see former utility player Jakob Newton take the next steps in his baseball career, as he has signed with the Ottawa Titans of the Frontier League, an MLB Partner League.Newton is following a successful season as in 33 games he posted an impressive .366…

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LONDON – The London Majors are proud to see former utility player Jakob Newton take the next steps in his baseball career, as he has signed with the Ottawa Titans of the Frontier League, an MLB Partner League.

Newton is following a successful season as in 33 games he posted an impressive .366 average with 4 home runs and driving in 33 RBIs. Along with his offence, Newton moved to the infield when called upon after playing the outfield for Florida Tech University before joining the Majors.

The Oakville native was tied for the league lead with 4 triples and came second in Rookie of the Year voting. In the playoffs, Newton helped the Majors to their second-straight title by hitting .483 with 19 RBIs in 14 games.

The London Majors are a member of Canada’s top baseball league, the Intercounty Baseball League. In 2021 the London Majors won the IBL Jack & Lynn Dominico Trophy. The 100-year-old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, with the league established in 1919, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. For more information, visit www.londonmajors.com or follow the Majors on Facebook, Instagram, Tik-Tok, Youtube and Twitter at @Londonmajors.

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News: Barrie Signs 2021 IBL Rookie of the Year Hayden Jaco

BARRIE – He won the rookie of the year in 2021, and now he’s looking to continue that success in 2023. Hayden Jaco will join the Barrie Baycats for the upcoming 2023 season after signing with the club in mid-November.Jaco, 25, who was the primary catcher for the Majors in the first of their back-to-back…

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BARRIE – He won the rookie of the year in 2021, and now he’s looking to continue that success in 2023. Hayden Jaco will join the Barrie Baycats for the upcoming 2023 season after signing with the club in mid-November.

Jaco, 25, who was the primary catcher for the Majors in the first of their back-to-back championship seasons, hit .374 across 33 games in the regular season and postseason, with five home runs and 23 runs batted in. He also walked 14 times and hit two triples.

“He’s a hugely talented player at the plate at a crucial position,” said Baycats TV analyst Patrick Melbourne. “He showed what he can do with pitching staffs in 2021, and he’s got good speed behind the plate, which is rare to find in a catcher.”

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