Submitted by Calvin Medynski
Seaway Surge is entering their 4th season as a member of Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) and is continuing to expand. Surge is up over 60 kids from last year to over 150 players as more people are realizing the benefits OBA offer over other baseball associations. Seaway has had many new kids from Kemptville, Cornwall and Brockville join their program.
New this year, Seaway introduced Rally Cap, which is a Baseball Canada initiative to replace t-ball. It works on a grading system and players advance up through the levels as they complete different baseball fundamentals. Kids are given a report card and get different coloured caps as they complete each level. Seaway attracted over 20 kids this year to this new program and has had inquiry from other areas to add 30 more kids for next season already.
The month of May wasn’t the best month for weather, but Surge teams were able to get in over 30 games and compiled a 22-10 record across our 8 REP teams, playing in top leagues in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. Our Rookie through to PeeWee teams are playing in the National Capital Ontario Baseball Association (NCOBA) and our Minor teams are merged with LBO league out of Gatineau to give our kids top level competition. Our Major level teams are interlocked with ABEO “AA” league in Gatineau as well to offer them the best baseball available in the Ottawa area. Our Minor Bantam through Midget teams are participating in the Eastern Ontario Baseball Association (EOBA) again which includes Ottawa based teams as well as teams as far west as Pickering. Last year, EOBA was voted top association in Ontario by Baseball Ontario members.
Highlights are over 20 kids at Rally Cap every Monday night in South Mountain, our Mosquito team getting to the finals of a tournament in Quinte, PeeWee starting off the season undefeated at 8-0 and our Minor Bantam team also undefeated in the month of May going 6-0.
With June now in full swing, many of the Seaway teams will take to the road to play in top level OBA tournaments across Ontario and continue league play. Follow Seaway Surge on Facebook to find updated game times and come out and see the highest level of baseball in Ottawa area.