submitted by Dan Piche
The Seaway Surge Baseball Club capped off their inaugural season with an end of year banquet celebrating the accomplishments of the past season. It was a final opportunity for players and families from all over the region to get together and to look back on individual and team highlights of the 2016 season.
Founding and Past President, Tim Hamilton, was recognized for all his efforts in creating the Seaway Surge Baseball club. His vision to create an organization that would allow players from throughout the Seaway district to compete together as one team at a AA level without having to leave our communities was realized in 2016. The Seaway Surge fielded four teams last season with players coming from communities throughout the Seaway region including Cornwall, Morrisburg, Prescott, Brockville, Kemptville, Winchester, Chesterville, Avonmore, Metcalfe, Osgoode, Williamsburg, North Gower and other rural areas in between. The teams participated in the Eastern Ontario Baseball Association and played in tournaments in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Southern Ontario and New York State. The Surge also welcomed 32 teams to its communities in early July as they hosted the Seaway Surge Shootout tournament.
Each of the four teams had winning records. Collectively, they were winners of four tournaments, and finalists in six others. The mosquito team capped the season off in style, winning the Kanata tournament. The peewee team successes came throughout the season, as tournament finalists and double header victories over bigger clubs, such as the Montreal Titans, Ottawa Chiefs and East Nepean Eagles. The midget team competed in the provincial championships, placing 4th in the province. The Bantam team had the most success, as they captured the Eastern Ontario Baseball Association with a dramatic extra innings victory over the Ottawa Chiefs AAA club.
The evening finished off with individual awards for most valuable batter, most valuable pitcher, most valuable player, and the Coach’s Award for dedication, attitude and perseverance. As the awards were presented, each of the coaches explained how difficult it was to make these selections. In most cases, multiple players were deserving of each award, as each team had a deep level of talent and commitment to draw from.
The Award Winners were:
Most Valuable Batter: Mosquito:Evan Cory and Justin Van Luit; Peewee: Ethan Marion; Bantam: Cole Hodges; and Midget: Bailey Geneau.
Most Valuable Pitcher: Mosquito: Rhett McLean; Peewee: Adam Sterkenburg; Bantam: Russell Radko; Midget: Ben Medynski.
Coach’s Award (Dedication, Positive Attitude, and Perseverance): Mosquito: Braden Leeder; Peewee: Parker Ouderkirk; Bantam: Koby MacFarlane; Midget: Ben Medynski.
Most Valuable Player: Mosquito: Wesley Finner; Peewee: Ben Lapier; Bantam: Max Johnston; Midget: Lucas Bennis.
The 2017 executive and board of directors were formally introduced: President: Jason Broad; Vice President: Calvin Medynski; Tournaments: Pete Johnston; Secretary and Media: Dan Piche; Umpires – Dennis Van Luit; and Social Media – Chris Finner.
The Seaway Surge would like to thank the players, families, coaches and volunteers who made the 2016 season a success, and best of luck in the upcoming 2017 season. It promises to be exciting, competitive, and fun!