Maple Matt

After his 2022 season was cut short by injury, Matt Lloyd had high expectations of himself heading into the year.

Despite being released by the Cincinnati Reds, the Okotoks Dawgs alum became an All-Star with the Sioux City Explorers.

He also represented Baseball Canada at the Pan Am Qualifiers in Argentina, and was named the Men’s National Team Most Valuable Player.

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Holding It Down in Fort Mac

Fort McMurray has quickly become a favourite place for Baseball Canada to host national championships.

After successful events in 2016, 2018, 2022 and 2023, the community is set to host the Baseball Canada Cup in 2024.

Recently, it was announced the 18U National Championships would also return in 2025 and 2026.

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New Sox for Soroka

Calgary’s Mike Soroka saw it all in his eight years in the Atlanta Braves organization.

After battling several injuries in recent years, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound hurler was hoping to get back to his 2019 All-Star form.

He will be doing it with a new team though, as he was traded to the Chicago White Sox on Nov. 16.

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To The Moon and Back

It was supposed to be a one year trip across the pond to try playing baseball internationally.

Instead, Red Deer Minor Baseball product Levi Moon has turned into six years and counting.

The Badlands Academy and Prairie Baseball Academy alum admits he’s been bitten by the travel bug.

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The Giant Killer

Harold Northcott’s resume is as impressive as they come for baseball in Alberta.

Having played and coached at the provincial and national level, the Central Alberta product was recently named to the Eastern Oregon University Athletics Hall of Fame.

However, Northcott says he is most proud of his family’s legacy in baseball.

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Magic Machej

As Eric Machej lined up at shortstop Friday at the Canadian Futures Showcase, there was a little more fanfare in the building than there had been throughout the week at Rogers Centre.

Jose Bautista was in Machej’s Team New Blue’s dugout.

The 18-year-old St. Albert Minor Baseball Association and Dawgs Academy product went about his business by smacking an RBI double.

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Nathan Nukes

When the players, coaches and assorted baseball observers assembled for scout day at the Canadian Futures Showcase, Nathan Flewelling hit perhaps the longest home run of the outing.

It was a hard-struck ball that smacked off the face of Schneider’s Porch in the 200 level of Rogers Centre.

That was just the beginning of Flewelling’s long-ball exploits this week in Toronto.

Selected for Saturday’s Home Run Derby, the Innisfail, Alberta native cracked 11 total dingers over two rounds to secure the event’s championship belt.

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