Excitement is building for the 2012 Bantam AA Provincial Championships that B.C. Minor Baseball has awarded to Aldergrove Minor Baseball Association.
This coming August long weekend, some of the best 13 and 14 year old baseball players from around B.C. will being coming to the Aldergrove Althletic Park to compete in the Provincial Championships.
The Langley/Aldergrove Dodgers, our local AA team, will represent the community well. The team includes two of the youths who were part of last year’s Team Canada Little League team from Langley.
Michael Davies of Aldergrove is a co-director for the championships, which will bring six to seven Lower Mainland teams, as well as three from the Interior and Vancouver Island to this community. Other local teams participating include Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Cloverdale and Vancouver.
Davies says the championships will build on the successes of the 2009 Bantam and Peewee Championships, also hosted by Aldergrove.
“The calibre of ball is high and we’ll have lots happening that August long weekend,” said Davies.
“It will be a round robin series with two pools of five teams. There will be about 35 games on the two fields and each team will play at least four games.”
The series runs Thursday to Sunday, August 2-5, with Monday kept open in case of a rain-out.
There will be a misting station on site, as well as a concession. Events include Friday night opening ceremonies and a skills competition.
The LA Dodgers play three to four games a week, in addition to practices at the batting cage in the park.
“It keeps the boys hopping,” said Davies.
“They started strong in the spring season and are now working on the younger players for the summer play-downs. There are 12 players and try-outs for the summer start June 3. It’s nine-man ball and they have to earn their way into the line-up.”
Coaches are Calvin and Robert Hewer, Scott Mannick and Colin Stephens.
To keep up to date on the championship series see the website aldergroveminorbaseball.com