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News: Panthers Announce Field Manager

Photo by Crystal YoungKITCHENER – The Kitchener Panthers, members of the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) today announced the hiring of Bill Matetich for the 2023 season. Matetich has an extensive baseball background including several years in the IBL. Bill played for the Stratford Hillers, winning numerous IBL Championships including suiting up with Philadephia Phillies World Series…

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KITCHENER – The Kitchener Panthers, members of the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) today announced the hiring of Bill Matetich for the 2023 season. 

Matetich has an extensive baseball background including several years in the IBL. Bill played for the Stratford Hillers, winning numerous IBL Championships including suiting up with Philadephia Phillies World Series Manager Rob Thomson in the mid-1980’s IBL Champions.

Last season Bill served as a bench coach for the Hamilton Cardinals.

“I’d like to thank Panthers General Manager, Mike Boehmer, and everyone associated with the Kitchener Panthers, for this exciting opportunity,” said Matetich. “I am excited to follow in the footsteps of great Panthers Managers like Jack Couch, Bob McKillop, and Tom McKenzie.”

“Already know the talent on the roster coming in, and how supportive the fan base in Kitchener is from my previous playing and coaching days. It has always been one of my favourite places in the IBL to play and coach. I can’t wait to get started, with the goal of bringing the Panthers community an IBL Championship.”

“We are pleased to welcome Bill to the Panthers organization,” said Mike Boehmer, Panthers GM. “We have a good young ballclub, and Bill brings enthusiasm, experience, analytics, and baseball knowledge to the Panthers”.         

The Kitchener Panthers are a member of Canada’s top baseball league, the Intercounty Baseball League. The 102-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.kitchenerpanthers.com or follow the Panthers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.                                            

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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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