Seaway Surge coach Chris Finner was the emcee of the evening and started off the ceremony at North Grenville District High School commenting on the amazing year the club had in 2018. Seaway Surge expanded the number of teams, players and parent volunteers, revived a couple old baseball diamonds in Merrickville and Brockville, and held the Seaway Surge Shootout Tournament, which has become one of the most successful tournaments in Ontario. “We had a very successful season and we are looking forward to next year as well,” Chris said.
Mayor Nancy Peckford was on hand to offer her thoughts on the thriving baseball program Seaway Surge has brought to North Grenville. “I had a chance to see a Surge game and see the impact you have,” she said to the players, parents and coaches in the audience. “Thank you for contributing your valuable time to expand the baseball community here.”
Throughout the evening, awards were handed out for Top Batter, Top Pitcher, MVP and Coach in the Rookie, Mosquito, Minor Peewee, Major Peewee, Minor Bantam, Bantam and Midget division.
There was also a special award dedicated to Seaway Surge umpire Clyde “Bud” Mawhinney who passed away in March of last year. Bud was a fixture at Seaway Surge games over the past five years either umpiring or watching his grandchildren play. “It is Bud who made going to the ball field something very special,” Seaway Surge umpire Tim Hamilton wrote on Facebook in April. “His love of the game, and his love of the kids who play it, was as boundless as it was genuine.”
The award, presented by Mayor Peckford, was awarded to two umpires. Junior umpire of the year went to Simon Piche, while the senior umpire of the year was awarded to Tim Hamilton. Many members of Bud’s family were on hand to offer their congratulations to the winners of the first year of this award.