“Does Alberta punch above its weight when it comes to baseball in Canada?”
It’s a question our Joe McFarland posed on social media recently after what should be considered another successful year in our province.
But are we doing enough to celebrate it?
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William Labonte still has a couple of years left in high school.
But the Montreal-born product has already made an impact everywhere he’s gone, including Dawgs Academy in Okotoks.
Reporter Zach Worden has more on the Arizona State University commit’s appearance at the Canadian Futures Showcase.
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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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With the top Canadian baseball prospects gathering this week at Rogers Centre, Simon Baker stood out among them all.
The Webber Wildcats Academy outfielder put on a clinic at this year’s Canadian Futures Showcase and was named as the tournament MVP …
Read More Baker Named Canadian Futures Showcase MVP
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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He’s the youngest player at the Canadian Futures Showcase.
Calgary product and Dawgs Academy prospect Colton Ullyett-French is part of the Class of 2027.
As Trevor Fitzpatrick reports, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound utilityman is hoping to make his presence felt.
Read More Ullyett-French Represents Class of 2027
We connect some dots between the 2023 MLB Draft and Alberta’s baseball scene …
Read More 2023 MLB Draft Review
They waited with baited breath to hear their communities named on a nationally-televised broadcast.
Calgary’s Centennial Little League and Whitecourt Minor Baseball erupted into cheers when they heard their names called in the annual Jays Care Foundation “Field of Dreams” grant announcement on April 22.
Both will now get down to work in improving their local facilities.
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One of the younger players from Alberta who attended the recent Tournament 12 (T12) in Toronto was Max Hartman.
The 15-year-old roamed the outfield at Rogers Centre for Team Navy during the showcase event, which was hosted by Blue Jays Baseball Academy and took place from Sept. 17-21.
We spoke with the Dawgs Academy product before and after the T12 to find out more about him and what it was like to be selected as one of Canada’s top 150 baseball prospects.
He answered the following seven questions for us for our 7th Inning Stretch profile.
Read More 7th Inning Stretch: Max Hartman
Tyrese Johnson literally came out of left field at this year’s Tournament 12 (T12), but his performance shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
The outfielder, an Okotoks Dawgs Academy player, attended T12 last year and admitted that nerves got the better of him, but he went to Toronto more mentally prepared this time around.
The experience paid off. The Calgarian received “Player of the Game” honours on day three of the showcase tournament, which took place at Rogers Centre from Sept. 17-21. The annual event shines a spotlight on 150 of the best Canadian baseball players between the ages of 14 and 19 years old.
Johnson made time for our 7th Inning Stretch series before he left for Ontario.
Read More 7th Inning Stretch: Tyrese Johnson