The teams have come and gone, charter buses pulled out, flights departed, umpires have packed up their gear and headed home, tarps have been folded and packed away, the volunteers have gone home to catch up on sleep with smiles on their faces, the bleachers are quiet and the diamonds sit empty. But what remains are all the memories from when Prince Albert hosted the 2023 U15 Boy’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championships. The last week has been a buzz of activity at the ballpark as ten teams from across Canada battled it out to become Champions. Only three teams received medals but each team should be proud of their successes.
The five-day tournament was squished into four days as we had a complete rainout Thursday - not a single pitch was thrown. The host committee and volunteers did not let this downpour of rain put a damper on this event. They did whatever was needed to get things back on track - early mornings and late nights under the lights! Looking back, every minute spent was worth it to put on this first-class event! I can still hear the cheerful banter of chanting in the bleachers, “Loooooooonghooooorns” “Neeeeeewwwfiiiieees”!
Shout out to the Tournament Champions and All-Star Award Winners.
(see pictures below)
Gold - ON3 Tara Longhorns
Silver - NL Newfoundland Selects
Bronze - ON1 Napanee Express
Prince Albert Astros ended in 6th place.
Pitcher - Nash Roote ON2
Catcher - Gavyn Eccles ON3
Infielder - Jesse King NL
Infielder - Mateo Formiglio ON2
Infielder - Hunter Greeley NL
Infielder - Isak Larsen HOST
Outfielder - Eli Ens SK1
Outfielder - Brock Boutilier ON1
Outfielder - Joshua Metzger ON3
Utility Player - Willis Finch HOST
Golden Glove Awards
Top Batter - Jared Picco NL
Top Pitcher - Nathan Wylie ON1
MVP - Nathan Wylie ON1
Top Player - Nathan Miller ON3
Congratulations to all ten teams for putting in the time and effort to get to this event. The level of sportsmanship and fair play, shown by these teams, has excited younger athletes to grow up and hope to be in their cleats someday. It also allowed the adults to be brought back to their younger years of playing. Those who showed up at the ballpark did it all for the love of the game!! Sport brings people together and we look forward to running into you on, or off, the diamonds. Until we meet again friends!
-Nicole Finch, Host Chair
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(under the EVENT tab) that are FREE to download until Sept. 30th.