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Tartans ride pitching to first LKSSAA baseball title

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Wallaceburg Tartans starter Logan Klompstra pitches in the first inning of the LKSSAA baseball championship game against the Great Lakes Wolfpack at Andy Johnston Field at Kinsmen Park in Wallaceburg, Ont., on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. The Tartans won 5-2. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network

By Mark Malone, Chatham Daily News

The Wallaceburg (ON) Tartans were well-armed to make history this season.

A pitching staff led by Grade 12 hurlers Logan Klompstra and Keegan Huber allowed only nine runs in seven games as the Tartans captured their first LKSSAA baseball championship.

That duo combined on a one-hitter in a 5-2 win over the Great Lakes Wolfpack in Thursday’s final at Andy Johnston Field at Kinsmen Park.

“Our pitching has been phenomenal all year (and) carried us through, obviously,” coach Linda Nethery said.

But the Tartans are much more than a two-man team, she added.

They went undefeated while outscoring opponents by a combined 53-9.

“Sometimes you have a sprinkling of really good guys and then not so much after that, but we had a solid team of ball players that all had played high level ball,” Nethery said.

Some won a Baseball Ontario ‘B’ championship this year with the Port Lambton 15U Pirates.

“Obviously you hope for the best, but I think we all had high expectations for the season,” Nethery said.

Brayden Kraayenbrink hit an RBI double and Chase Sites hit an RBI single in the LKSSAA final. Huber and Connor McCallum also had one RBI apiece.

The Tartans were held to four hits, but they drew nine walks.

“We had some timely hits, for sure,” Nethery said. “A couple of walks, good patience at bat and then we had a couple pretty key hits.”

Klompstra gave up two unearned runs in five no-hit innings and Huber pitched the final two frames. Each struck out three.

Now the Tartans wait to learn if they’ll resume playing in the spring when OFSAA holds its baseball championship. LKSSAA won’t announce until March if its teams will be allowed to compete at the OFSAA spring events.

“If they can get through SWOSSAA, they have a shot at making a run at OFSAA,” Wolfpack coach Brian Coleman said.

The Wolfpack won OFSAA gold in 2018 and returned to the tournament in 2019.

“Hats off to Wallaceburg,” Coleman said. “… They were probably my favourite team to play this year. They were good ball players, they were classy, the coaches were awesome. It was actually a really good game.”

 

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2024 Langley Blaze Invitational Tournament

Share 2024 Langley Blaze Invitational Tournament – Schedule Released May 22, 2024 10:32 AM PDT From langleyblaze.com:   May 22.24- The highly anticipated schedule for the 2024 Langley Blaze Invitational Tournament has been officially released! The tournament, set to take place from June 5-9, promises to bring exciting baseball action to Langley and surrounding communities, featuring…

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2024 Langley Blaze Invitational Tournament – Schedule Released

May 22, 2024

10:32 AM PDT

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May 22.24- The highly anticipated schedule for the 2024 Langley Blaze Invitational Tournament has been officially released! The tournament, set to take place from June 5-9, promises to bring exciting baseball action to Langley and surrounding communities, featuring top-tier teams from across Canada.

This year’s Invitational will see elite baseball teams competing in Langley, Abbotsford, White Rock and Richmond, with games spanning five days of intense competition. Teams from British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario will showcase their talents, vying for the coveted championship title that will be given out at McLeod Field in Langley on Sunday afternoon June 9.

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KEN HATTON MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

From the Blaze website: This past weekend, the JR Blaze showcased remarkable resilience and skill, capturing the Ken Hatton Memorial Tournament title in a thrilling journey marked by highs, lows, and an ultimate triumph. The tournament kicked off on a challenging note for the Blaze, as they faced a formidable opponent in the Whalley Chiefs.…

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From the Blaze website:

This past weekend, the JR Blaze showcased remarkable resilience and skill, capturing the Ken Hatton Memorial Tournament title in a thrilling journey marked by highs, lows, and an ultimate triumph.

The tournament kicked off on a challenging note for the Blaze, as they faced a formidable opponent in the Whalley Chiefs. Despite a valiant effort, the Blaze fell short, losing 7-3.

In Game 2, the Blaze rebounded, dominating the Victoria Mariners with a decisive 7-0 victory. 

The journey hit another bump in Game 3 against the Mid Island Pirates. Despite putting up a strong fight, the Blaze were edged out 8-5.

Entering the quarterfinals, the JR Blaze were up against the Victoria Eagles. With a place in the semifinals at stake, the Blaze delivered a powerful performance, defeating the Eagles 5-1.

In the semifinals, the Blaze faced the Kamloops Riverdogs 18u, a team 2-3 years older. In a match that tested their mettle, the Blaze emerged victorious with a solid 3-0 win.

The final showdown saw the JR Blaze once again facing the Whalley Chiefs, the team that handed them their initial loss. This time, however, the Blaze were determined to rewrite the script. They stormed the field with an unyielding spirit, leading to a resounding 8-1 victory.

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Canadian Futures Showcase Tryouts Coming to both Langley and UBC!

Share Canadian Futures Showcase Tryouts Coming to both Langley and UBC!   The Canadian Futures Showcase is a national amateur baseball showcase held each September and hosted by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy. The goal is to provide a showcase opportunity for the best amateur baseball players born in Canada, with draft and college eligibility. It acts…

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Canadian Futures Showcase Tryouts Coming to both Langley and UBC!

 

The Canadian Futures Showcase is a national amateur baseball showcase held each September and hosted by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy. The goal is to provide a showcase opportunity for the best amateur baseball players born in Canada, with draft and college eligibility. It acts to centralize the best Canadian baseball players, with the intention of exposing them to as many MLB scouts and college recruiters as possible.

Showcase tryouts are held across Canada from May 14 to July 25 including coming up May 15 in Langley and May 16 at UBC! 

These tryouts help determine the players selected to participate at the showcase. While it is not mandatory that players attend a tryout in order to be selected to a roster, it is the best way to ensure players are fairly and accurately evaluated.

FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE: https://tinyurl.com/37cz5bec

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