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Team Canada ends pre-tournament play with double-header split

Ryan PilgrimTeam Canada finished their exhibition series with a split of two seven-innings games with the Burnaby Collegiate Bulldogs, losing the first game 2-0 and winning the second 4-1.

The Bulldogs were playing with a makeshift roster because four of their regulars were playing for Team Canada. There was a “family feud” factor; Team Canada’s Head Coach, Terry McKaig, and two of the assistant coaches, Cav Whitely and Shawn Corness, are on the British Columbia coaching staff. The Bulldogs Coach, Connor Janes, is another British Columbia assistant coach. Seven British Columbia players and one incoming recruit saw action for the Bulldogs; five British Columbia players played for Team Canada.

First game: Jon Hesketh (New Mexico) and Geoff Burke (British Columbia) combined for the shutout. Each of them gave up one hit. Hesketh, a 38th round draft pick in 2006, got the win; he went four innings, struck out three.

Both of Burnaby Collegiate’s runs came in the fourth inning. David Dick (British Columbia) got an infield hit. He scored when Mike Caleb (Douglas College) reached on an error. Caleb was batted in by Jack Thompson (Douglas College). Continue reading Team Canada ends pre-tournament play with double-header split

Team Canada gets a shutout

Marshall MacDonaldTeam Canada got a big offensive performance from 1B Marshall MacDonald (Dayton), and Mark Hardy (British Columbia), Kris Dabrowiecki (Northeastern), and Hiarali Garcia (Kansas) combined for a 7-0 win over the Burnaby Bulldogs of the (Vancouver-area) Pacific Metro Baseball League.

MacDonald hit a two-run home run, an RBI double, and a base hit, and was 3-4 for the game. Hardy went five innings, allowed four hits, struck out five. The Bulldogs hit loaded the bases in the fourth inning on a hit, an error that spoiled what should have been a double play, and a walk. However, a ground ball resulted in a force out at home, and another ground ball got Hardy out of the inning.

Dabrowiecki came in in the sixth inning, and struck out the side. He pitched two more innings, and got three more strikeouts. He allowed one hit and one walk. Garcia, who has pitched the ninth inning of all three of Canada’s games, retired all three batters he faced. Continue reading Team Canada gets a shutout

Jacks Drop Back-And-Forth Battle In McKinney, Prepare For Fireworks Friday


The East Texas Pump Jacks rode into McKinney looking to jump start their offense and get back to their winning ways against the first-place Marshals.

They achieved one out of two.

The Pump Jacks fell to McKinney, 8-5, in a see-saw affair that saw East Texas jump out to a pair of leads before succumbing in the middle innings.

The Pump Jacks got on the scoreboard early with the help of McKinney starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson, who walked the first three batters. Designated hitter Matt Curry delivered a single to right field that knocked in the first two runs of the evening.

Continue reading Jacks Drop Back-And-Forth Battle In McKinney, Prepare For Fireworks Friday

UT-Tyler Head Baseball Coach Vilade Named the Athletic Director



James N. Vilade has been appointed the new athletic director at The University of Texas at Tyler, Dr. Howard Patterson, UT Tyler vice president of student affairs announced.

Vilade, whose appointment is effective Aug. 18, succeeds Patterson who was the university’s first director of athletics. Patterson was appointed to a vice presidency in April 2008.

As athletic director, Vilade will direct 15 men’s and women’s programs. He will continue to serve as head baseball coach.

Continue reading UT-Tyler Head Baseball Coach Vilade Named the Athletic Director

Team Canada goes to 2-0 in exhibition play

World University GamesCanada’s entry in the World University Games defeated the Lethbridge Bulls of the Western Major Baseball League 12-1 Wednesday night. RF Ken Fuglerud (Saint Mary’s) hit a two-run home run, went 2-3 with 3 RBI. 1B Marshall MacDonald (Dayton) also hit a two-run home run, went 2-4 with 4 runs scored. LF Grant Kveder (Gonzaga) went 3-5 with an RBI, and DH Jeff Vickers (Lamar) went 3-6 with 2 RBI. Continue reading Team Canada goes to 2-0 in exhibition play

Team Canada wins first exhibition game Canadian entry in the World University Games Baseball Championship defeated the Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Major Baseball League 6-5 before a crowd of 1,505 in Okotoks, Alberta.

Team Canada’s offense was led by  C Jeff Vickers (Lamar), who hit a two-run home run in the third inning. The winning run came in the fifth, on an RBI single by DH Ryan Pilgrim (British Columbia). Pilgrim was 2-4 for the game. RF Jon Syrnyk (British Columbia) was also 2-4. Continue reading Team Canada wins first exhibition game

Divvying up the Scholarship Pie

The Dallas Morning News takes a look at equivalency sport scholarships with an interesting read:

The Scholarship Game: An examination of how universities divvy up scholarship money and the impact on student athletes.

After years of playing baseball with the elite Dallas Mustangs youth travel team, Tyler Sibley is weighing scholarship offers to play shortstop at a Division I school next fall.

The financial aid Sibley receives in college won’t come close to covering the money his father, Tim, has spent getting him to this point.

The same can be said for countless other athletes across North Texas whose parents often spend well in excess of $25,000 so their kids can compete at the highest levels in youth sports such as baseball, swimming, soccer, tennis and golf. Continue reading Divvying up the Scholarship Pie

Tech’s Danny Hall Signs Contract Extension

Danny Hall- Georgia Tech
Danny Hall- Georgia Tech


ATLANTA – Danny Hall, whose Georgia Tech baseball teams have averaged more than 43 wins per season over the last 15 years, has signed a one-year contract extension, athletic director Dan Radakovich announced Monday. The new deal extends his contract through the 2012 season.

Hall became the Yellow Jackets’ all-time leader in coaching victories in 2005 and has compiled a 652-294 (.689) record at Georgia Tech. His teams have won at least 40 games in 12 of his 15 seasons with the Yellow Jackets and eclipsed the 30-win mark every year.

“Our baseball program has garnered unprecedented success, both within the conference and on the national level,” Radakovich said, “and Danny is the primary person responsible for that success. He continues to recruit the brightest and most talented student-athletes in the nation and that has translated into the success this program has achieved over the last 15 years.”

In Hall’s 15 seasons as Tech’s head coach, the Jackets have made 13 NCAA Tournament and three College World Series appearances, won three Atlantic Coast Conference championships (2000, 2003, 2005) and captured ACC regular season crowns in 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2005. The three-time ACC Coach of the Year (1997, 2000, 2005), Hall’s players have earned All-America honors 27 times while more than 80 of his student-athletes have signed professional contracts since 1994.

Georgia Tech finished 41-21, 16-15 in the ACC and earned an NCAA Tournament berth in 2008. Four players – senior Brad Feltes, juniors Charlie Blackmon and David Duncan and freshman Derek Dietrich – were named to an All-ACC team. Seven Yellow Jackets were selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, and 43 have been drafted over the last five years, the most for any Atlantic Coast Conference team.
Hall came to Georgia Tech after a successful six-year stint as the head coach at Kent State, where he led the Golden Flashes to Mid-American Conference championships and bids to NCAA regionals in each of his last two seasons. He forged a 208-117 (.640) record in his six years at Kent State, twice winning Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year honors. He also won more games than any other MAC school from 1989-93.

In his first year at Georgia Tech (1994), Hall guided an extremely talented and veteran unit with four All-Americas and three first-round draft choices to the brink of a national championship, Georgia Tech’s first-ever appearance in the College World Series, and a 50-17 record.

The Yellow Jacket skipper guided Tech to its second College World Series appearance in 2002 by turning in one of the best coaching jobs of his career, leading a Tech team that included 17 freshmen and only three seniors back to Omaha.

Georgia Tech, which earned a top-eight national seed in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-consecutive year, advanced to its third College World Series since Hall’s arrival in 2006.

A former president of the American Baseball Coaches Association, Hall now sits on its Board of Directors and is directly responsible for future elected officers within the ABCA as a member of its Nominations Committee.

Hall, a 1977 graduate of Miami (Ohio), was selected to the Miami Hall of Fame in 1998, and he was inducted into the Miami Cradle of Coaches in 2007. He’s also a member of the Kent State University Hall of Fame following his induction in 2005.


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Team Canada announces roster and schedule for 4th World University Games

World University GamesOTTAWA – Terry McKaig, Team Leader and Head Coach of Team Canada’s (CIS) World University Baseball Games team is pleased to announce the 22 student-athletes that will be participating in the 4th World University Baseball Games Tournament. The Canadian team is made up of student-athletes who participated in the CIS (OUA), NAIA and NCAA.

“I feel very confident that we will make a run for the medal podium with the group of talented student-athletes that we were able to assemble in such a short time,” said McKaig. While the breakdown of student-athletes is mostly based in the USA, six members of the University of British Columbia’s squad, who play in the NAIA, and two student-athletes from the OUA (Ontario) one from the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo will represent Canadian based schools. Continue reading Team Canada announces roster and schedule for 4th World University Games