On October 20, the LMBA was informed about the sudden passing of one of our umpires, Andre Jean.
Andre was a long-time resident of Terrace where he was well known as a hockey referee and baseball umpire. He umpired throughout the province and made an annual trip to the Lower Mainland to re-connect with his fellow umpires. For the past 10 years our league had the pleasure of Andre’s officiating LMBA games and I personally enjoyed doing the bases with Andre behind the plate. The Terrace Standard published a very deserving article on Andre's influence on sports in northern British Columbia and it is contained in the news item above.
The LMBA extends our sincerest sympathies to Andre’s family, friends, and fellow umpires. Thanks Andre, it was a pleasure having you umpire in out league.
Dan Taylor, Commissioner, Lower Mainland Baseball Association
2022 LMBA CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
RAY EDGER 45+ CHAMPIONS - DELTA STARS
AFTER COMING CLOSE SEVERAL TIMES DURING THEIR 18 YEARS PLAYING IN THE RAY EDGER 45+ DIVISION, THE DELTA STARS CLAIMED THEIR FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP WIN IN A DRAMATIC GAME AGAINST THE SIX TIME CHAMPIONS VANCOUVER PIRATES BY A 6-5 SCORE IN A COME FROM BEHIND WIN. THE PIRATES JUMPED OUT TO A 5-0 LEAD IN THE TOP OF THE FIRST INNING AND THEY MAINTAINED THAT LEAD THROUGH FIVE INNINGS BEHIND THE 1 HIT PITCHING BY PIRATES ACE KEVIN GORDON. THE STARS OVERCAME A SHAKY START AND BEGAN CHIPPING AWAY AT THE 5 RUN DEFICIT. STARS RICK DUBRAS LED THE STARS HIT PARADE WITH THREE KEY RBI'S. STARS HURLERS PAUL PEPIN, RICK DUBRAS, AND CLOSER JUSTIN GREEN HELD THE PIRATES SCORELESS THE REST OF THE WAY, NAVIGATING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE THIRTEEN PIRATES RUNNERS STRANDED ON BASE. THE STARS RALLIED WITH TWO RUNS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH WHICH CAME HOME ON DUBRAS'S TWO OUT SINGLE. IT CAPPED OFF A GREAT DAY FOR DUBRAS AND THE STARS.
THE STARS WERE AWARDED THE GEORGE PINTER MEMORIAL TROPHY FOR THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN. THE TROPHY IS NAMED IN MEMORY OF LONG TIME DELTA STAR PLAYER GEORGE PINTER. CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH TEAMS FOR A GREAT FINAL.
30 + CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
ONE OF THE LARGEST CROWDS TO ATTEND AN LMBA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TURNED OUT TO SEE THE 30+ FINAL BETWEEN THE NEWTON ROYALS AND LANGLEY KNIGHTS. PARENTS, A MIX OF CHILDREN, AND A LOT OF FRIENDS ENJOYED A TENSE GAME PLAYED AT BEAUTIFUL ROBERT BURNABY PARK. FOLLOWING A SERIES OF COLOSSAL UPSETS THE FIFTH PLACE LANGLEY KNIGHTS HOSTED THE SEVENTH PLACE NEWTON ROYALS.
THE ROYALS JUMPED OUT TO A 3-0 LEAD IN THE TOP OF THE SECOND BUT THE KNIGHTS CAME RIGHT BACK WITH 3 RUNS IN THE HOME HALF OF THE SAME INNING. EACH TEAM TACKED ON RUNS AS THE GAME PROGRESSED AND THE KNIGHTS TOOK A SLIM 7-6 LEAD IN THE BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH. FORMER NORTH DELTA FIGHTING IRISH ALUMNI WILL BROWN WORKED A WALK AND THE KNIGHTS WORKED HIM AROUND THE BASES FOR THE GO AHEAD LEAD. THE ROYALS DID GET A RUNNER ABOARD IN THE TOP OF THE NINTH BUT COULD NOT QUITE BRING HIM AROUND. THE WIN BY THE KNIGHTS IS THEIR FIRST LMBA CHAMPIONSHIP AND CONGRATS TO THE ROYALS FOR REACHING THE FINAL IN THEIR FIRST YEAR IN THE 30+ DIVISION.