A’s Pull Even in Rithet Cup Finals

Story and Photos By Christian J. Stewart – Independent Sports News (ISN)

July 24, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The A’s Shawn Loglisci pitched a complete game, six-hitter as the Maude Hunter Athletics defeated the Boston Pizza Blue Jays 7-2 in Game 2 of the Mavericks Senior Men’s League R.P. Rithet Cup Finals Thursday evening at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.

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The A’s Shawn Loglisci would spin a complete game 6-hitter to lead the A’s to a 7-2 win Thursday night, evening their series with the Blue Jays at a game each (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The game was being held at Royal Athletic Park thanks to the generosity of the Victoria HarbourCats and General Manager Jim Swanson, as well as the City of Victoria, who made the park available to the Mavericks league as a way of showing support to all levels of community baseball played in Victoria.

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Mavericks League President Lanny Burrows (right) presents HarbourCats GM Jim Swanson (left) with a token of appreciation for the use of Royal Athletic Park on Thursday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The win was almost a complete reversal of Game 1 Wednesday that saw the Blue Jays’ Luke Lampard go the distance in a 6-0 Jays win. On Thursday it was Loglisci’s turn to shine, as he held the Jays to just no runs and three hits over the first six innings, before the Jays finally got to him with three more hits and their only two runs in the bottom of the seventh when it was way too late.

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Blue Jays first baseman Mark Fraser would stretch just far enough to get the out on a streaking Jeremy Campbell of the A’s (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The A’s got their own bats rolling early in the game as they jumped on Jays starter Eric Hegadoren for a pair of runs in the top of the first inning thanks to an RBI ground out from Loglisci that scored Matt Kittleson and an RBI single from Jarrod Birch that scored Charlie Strandlund.

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Jays shortstop Sean Murphy puts the tag on a sliding Jared Gale on this steal attempt Thursday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

They would add three more off Hegadoren in the third, as the former Victoria Eagle surrendered a 2-RBI triple to Tony Dill that scored Loglisci and Birch, and then an RBI single to Jeremy Campbell to score Dill.

That would be it for Hegadoren as he would be replaced by Erik Phillips to start the fourth. Phillips would retire the side in the fourth, but in the top of the fifth, he would be greeted with a leadoff single from Strandlund. Loglisci would then give himself some insurance by driving Strandlund all the way home with an RBI double to the wall in left.

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Jays second baseman Lanny Burrows looks to turn the double play after recording the out on a sliding Jarrod Birch of the A’s (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Birch would then follow with his second hit of the game and second RBI, as Loglisci would come in the score the A’s seventh and final run of the game.

Eight of the nine A’s batters would have hits on the day, with a pair each from Birch and Thomas Strocel. Strandlund and Loglisci would each have a hit and score a pair of runs each. Six different Jays would get hits off Loglisci, with Ty Russell and Jerry Kadoski being the only two to cross the plate.

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The A’s Shawn Loglisci would finish the game allowing just 2 earned runs, on 6 hits, while walking none and striking out nine Jays (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The A’s and Jays will now face each other in a third and deciding game Friday night to decide the 2014 Mavericks League Champions. The game will be played back at Mavericks diamond at Lambrick Park, with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 pm.

 

Blue Jays Draw First Blood in Mav’s League Rithet Cup Finals

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart – Independent Sports News (ISN)

July 23, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Mavericks Senior Men’s Baseball League began their 93rd annual R.P. Rithet Cup Finals on Wednesday evening and it was the Boston Pizza Blue Jays who drew first blood with a 6-0 victory over the Maude Hunter’s Athletics in the first game of the best of three series played at Lambrick Park in Victoria.

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The Blue Jays Sean Murphy had the hot bat Wednesday with two doubles and three RBIs to lead the Jays to their 6-0 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Blue Jays received a stellar pitching performance from Luke Lampard who went wire-to-wire, allowing just five Athletic hits, while walking only two and striking out seven. The right-handed pitcher’s only real difficulty came in the bottom of the fourth when the A’s left runners on first and third, and again in the bottom of the sixth, when Lampard got out of a bases loaded jam to end the inning.

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The Blue Jays Luke Lampard pitched a complete game 5-hitter, striking out seven and walking just two to get the 6-0 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Lampard was aided offensively by pairs of Blue Jay runs in each of the second, third and fifth innings, all coming off A’s starter Adam Cessford, the League’s ERA leader at the end of the regular season. Cessford was relieved after five complete innings by Brandon Bates who threw a pair of scoreless innings to keep the Jays off the board the rest of the way.

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The Jays second baseman Lanny Burrows attempts to turn a double play while A’s baserunner Tony Dill does his best to break things up (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Doing most of the damage for the Jays offensively was designated hitter Sean Murphy who had an RBI double in the third inning and a 2-RBI double in the fifth. Sean Coulliard and Barry Talbot also had RBI singles in the second and third innings respectively. Six different Jays scored runs in the game including Jerry Kedoski who scored the Jays second run of the game on a double steal with runners on first and third.

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Athletic’s second baseman Jeremy Campbell puts the tag on a sliding Matt Bryan of the Jays during this steal attempt late in the game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Jays will now have the opportunity to clinch the championship on Thursday evening and to do so in the unique environment of Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park, as the Mavericks and the Victoria HarbourCats have arranged for Game 2 of the series to be played there.
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The Jays Jerry Kodoski (left) and Lanny Burrows (right) were two of six different Jays to cross the plate Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

There is no admission for the game and gates will open at 5:00 PM for fan. Both teams will be able to take batting practice prior to the game and will enjoy many of the same game night amenities that the HarbourCats do when they play there. Concessions will not be open however.

“We were pleased to put this idea to Mavericks league president Lanny Burrows, and the players are excited to get to play on the same great field the HarbourCats call home,” said HarbourCats General Manager Jim Swanson in a statement earlier this week. “The City of Victoria does a great job of having our field in premium condition, and we know the Jays and A’s will enjoy being in the venue for one game. They normally play at the great Lambrick fields, but this will be fun for everyone. Our schedule allowed this opportunity, and the HarbourCats are happy to make this possible.”

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Luke Lampard (left) gets set to high five catcher Barry Talbot (right) after the complete game 6-0 win over the A’s (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The first pitch of Game 2 is scheduled for 6:30pm on Thursday at RAP, with Game 3, if needed, to be played on Friday, back at Lambrick Park at 6:00 PM.

Jays and A’s set to face off for 2014 Rithet Cup – Game 2 goes at R.A.P.

Victoria Mavericks at Royal Athletic Park

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July 19, 2014

In keeping with the Victoria HarbourCats’ mandate to work with all areas of the community, and certainly with all partners in the baseball and sports communities, the West Coast League team is pleased to announce an upcoming event.

The HarbourCats and City of Victoria have arranged for the two finalists in the four-team Victoria senior baseball league, known as the “Mavericks League”, to play Game 2 of their league championship series at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park.

The first pitch of the game, part of a best-of-three final series between the Jays and A’s, is scheduled for 6:30pm on Thursday, July 24. Game 1 of the series goes the night before, with Game 3, if needed, to be played on Friday.

“We were pleased to put this idea to league president Lanny Burrows, and the players are excited to get to play on the same great field the HarbourCats call home,” said HarbourCats General Manager Jim Swanson, a former Assistant Commissioner of the B.C. Senior Baseball Association.

“The City of Victoria does a great job of having our field in premium condition, and we know the Jays and A’s will enjoy being in the venue for one game. They normally play at the great Lambrick fields, but this will be fun for everyone. Our schedule allowed this opportunity, and the HarbourCats are looking after arrangements to make this possible.”

There will be no admission charged that night. Concession services will not be open.

“We are working to arrange for the teams to have pre-game batting practice and give a full pro-style experience. It will be fun to watch this level of baseball at our field for this one night,” said Swanson.

Among the notable players on the Jays roster are ex-pro player John Margaritis, plus Matt Bryan and Eric Hegadoren, who were 10-day contract players earlier this season, and Ty Russell, who was on the 2013 HarbourCats roster. The Jays also use 70-year-old pitcher Terry Tweedy, who is a bit of a local legend in men’s baseball. On the A’s, a notable name is Charlie Strandlund, an assistant coach with the HarbourCats.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call Jim Swanson, 250-889-5204

Less is more for new-look Victoria Mavericks Baseball

Victoria Mavericks BaseballVictoria Mavericks Baseball is stepping up to the plate this season, bringing hot bats, strong pitching and a revamped league.

The oldest amateur baseball league in Canada has been running the bases since 1863, but organizers felt the Mavericks had become watered down the last few years. When 17-year Maverick veteran Lanny Burrows took over as president in the off season, he knew things had to change.

“I’m a Lambrick guy for life, and I didn’t want to see the league become obsolete,” said Burrows, a U.S. college player in the ’90s. “We wanted to play competitive ball, where it’s not just a beer drinking league.

“We wanted to build back that reputation. We wanted a fresh look and fresh perspective on our league.”

Burrows called in friends and favours and created a new website, new logo, and signed up with Pointstreak to have statistics available online. And the changes continued on the field at Lambrick Park. To return to the highly competitive ball familiar to the many former college and pro players in the league, one of the weaker teams, in this case the Giants, was dissolved, creating stronger lineups for the remaining four squads.

“We really feel that this year we’re stepping up the quality of our game,” said Graham Campbell, a former Victoria Seal, who’s a manager and player with the defending league playoff champion Padres.

“We lost a few players because of [the decision to dissolve the Giants], but each team now has more depth.”

As in most recreational adult sports leagues, players with families and jobs can’t always commit to every game and practice. Now the Padres, Blue Jays, Athletics and Dodgers will have some extra capable bodies in their dugouts, unlike the past, when teams often arrived at the park short of players.

“We had to be calling up high school players or anybody kicking around the park to make a lineup,” Campbell said.

The league has long been a place where talented players could play a reasonably high calibre of ball, and this year is no exception. Besides Campbell, a pitcher and outfielder, Charlie Strandlund, a pitcher, outfielder and second-baseman for the Athletics, also played with the Seals.

“You get to feel what it feels like to earn a spot. At the pro level, you need to produce if you want to play,” Campbell said about the experience. “[The Mavericks] is nowhere near the top level, but you play the same way.”

Burrows’ Blue Jays teammate Curtis Pelletier, at first baseman, played pro with the Victoria Capitals a decade ago, the Blue Jays’ Sean Murphy is a former college infielder who carries a “big stick” to the plate, and six-foot-two, 240-pound Shawn Loglisci is a scary presence on the mound.

“He’s a muscle-bound pitcher,” Campbell said of the former Los Angeles Dodgers draft pick who throws for the Athletics. “His claim to fame is his fastball, and he’s a bit of an intimidating guy.”

As well as the veterans, many of whom have taken on organizational roles, Burrows and company wanted to regain the interest of young college players needing some quality reps in the summer. He said in recent years the Mavericks hadn’t seen that wave of newcomers showing up each spring. As it turned out, however, the word spread quickly this season that the league was returning to form.

“We had phone calls from a bunch of guys wanting to play,” Burrows said. “There’s a ton of youth coming into the league this year. People have to fight for spots.

“It’s good baseball.”

The Mavericks teams began their 27-game schedule last weekend, with the annual Doug Conn Memorial Tournament, featuring the Mavericks All-Stars, set for the May long weekend. The first Thursday night under the lights was rained out, but tonight, weather permitting, it’s the Padres and Jays, while the Athletics take on the Dodgers on Sunday. Both games begin at 7 p.m.

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Victoria Mavericks Baseball

Victoria Mavericks 2.0

by  May 7, 2014 in SPORTS

Lance Burrows is the new president of the Victoria Mavericks Baseball Association, and he’s determined to restore the league’s reputation, attract new talent, and deliver a quality product on and off the field.

The Mavericks is Victoria’s longest running men’s amateur baseball league in Canada. It’s comprised of four teams competing in a 27-game season at Lambrick Park for the RP Rithet Cup, Canada’s second oldest amateur trophy next to the Mann Cup. The league is highly competitive and the talent consists mainly of current and ex-college/professional ball players.

Burrows has been a playing in the league since 1997 and has served as a member of the board for the last few years. When the role of president became available, Lance jumped on the opportunity; he felt this was his chance to put his stamp on the league and help the Mavericks brand move forward on and off the field.Victoria Mavericks Baseball

With the Victoria HarbourCats also here, the city is a desirable place for college players to come home and play summer ball. It’s Burrows’ vision to present the Mavericks as a great alternative to the HarbourCats. Off the field, Burrows will focus on raising funds by involving members of the local business community. “Everyone in the league has a network and it is imperative that we leverage both our personal and professional networks for the betterment of the league financially,” Burrows adds. The league is hosting a fundraiser at The Gallery on Broad Street May 18th during the Victoria Day long weekend. Tickets can be purchased at Moxies downtown and the concession at Lambrick Park.

To up their tech game, a brand-new website for the association has been launched, as well as the use of Pointstreak, the pinnacle of baseball statistical software in North America. “Baseball is the most statistically driven sport so guys are always looking for their stats, wondering ‘how am I hitting? How am I pitching?’” Burrows believes that the software will keep players engaged, have them striving for better performances and attract new talent to the league. All player statistics, season schedule and other Maverick league info can be found at www.victoriamavericks.com.

“My vision is to become the best amateur league in Canada. As far as baseball is concerned, BC produces the most talent in Canada,” says Burrows. Victoria has always been a hotbed for sporting talent, and the Mavericks have the hardware to prove it; they’ve won more Provincial Championships than any other league.

So come down to Lambrick Park, grab a burger and see what the new-look Victoria Mavericks are all about.

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