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  • The winner of this tournament will go to the 2012 Canadian Little League Championships in August!
  • Come and watch the best 11 %26 12 year old baseball players compete for their chance to go to the Canadian Championship!
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2012 EDMONTON LITTLE LEAGUE

HOST TOURNAMENT

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JUNE 23 - 28

John Fry Park / Empire Park / Mill Woods Park

Kirkness Park

 

   "Mill Woods White Sox Win Host Tournament"     

 

The Mill Woods White Sox won the 2012 Canadian Little League Championship with an unblemished record of 6 wins and no losses through the tournament. They will now prepare to play in the upcoming Canadian Little League Championship beginning August 4th at John Fry Park in Edmonton.

Congratulations to all the players and coaches, and best of luck at the Championships!  

Congratulations also to the teams & coaches from Community Park, Confederation Park and East Park for a well played tournament and for showing all who watched the true meaning of sportsmanship. Good luck at the upcoming District Tournament. We hope to see one of these teams come back to the Canadian Championships as the Prairie Region Champions!

And many thanks to all the volunteers, including the umpires, who have spent countless hours preparing for this tournament and the for the Canadian Championship. Without you hard work and dedication, this tournament would not have been the success it was.

NOTE: The game June 28th between Community Park and Confederation Park was cancelled, and will not be played. The schedule and standings are now finalized.

 

This is the tournament to determine the Host Team for the upcoming 2012 Canadian Little League Championships to be held from August 4-11. The winner will be one is 6 teams from across Canada that will compete for a chance to go to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA in late August.

This is your complete guide to the Edmonton Host Tournament including the complete schedule, stats, standings, news and general information about this event. Stay tuned to "News" and other details as it becomes available, and be sure to click on the links on the left side of the page for the latest information about the Tournament.

 

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Posted Jun 29/12 - Mill Woods Stands Tall Over City to Host Little League Tournament

White Sox cap successful week with 18-0 stomping of East Park.

Story by Evan Daum - Edmonton Journal

Click on link for full story.

Posted Jun 27/12 - Mill Woods White Sox Clinch Host Tournament Title

The game that was suspended Tuesday night because of rain between the Mill Woods White Sox and Confederation Park Cubs resumed tonight at Kirkness Park. The Cubs had a 3-1 lead when played stopped. When the game resumed at Kirkness Park on Wednesday, Mill Woods scored one on the third inning to make it 3-2. The score remained 3-2 until the last inning when the Sox scored a run in the sixth inning to send it to extra innings. Both teams hit the ball well and made outstanding defensive plays in the extra frames. That is until Sox catcher Levi Muth slid safe into home in the bottom of the eighth after the Cubs catcher could not make the tag from the throw the second baseman made off a sharply hit ground ball to end a very exciting and well played game.

 

That win moved Mill Woods to 4 wins and no losses, and would ensure them of a least a tie for first place in the tournament. Confederation Park went to a 2-2 win/loss record.

However, Mill Woods played Community Park Angels in the regularly scheduled game, and clinched the Host Tournament title with a very convincing 18-1 win. This now makes the Mill Woods White Sox the official Host Team for the 2012 Canadian Little League Championships to be held in Edmonton starting August 4th.

In the other game of the evening, Confederation Park came back from the tough loss to Mill Woods to soundly defeat the East Park A’s 10-3.

All four teams will close out the tournament Thursday evening back at Kirkness Park with their final games beginning at 6:30 pm

Confederation Park, Community Park and East Park all have another chance at making it to the Canadian Championships. They will all play in the Edmonton District 2 tournament in the coming weeks to determine the district representative at the Prairie Championships in Lethbridge. If the team who wins the Edmonton District 2 tournament goes on to win the Prairie Championships, they could find themselves back in Edmonton representing the Prairie Region, and that would mean two teams from Edmonton would compete in the Canadian Championships.

 

Posted Jun 27/12 - Chance of A Lifetime For Edmonton Baseball Umpire

John Mitchell will get rare chance to call balls, strikes at Little League World Series.

Story by Evan Daum - Edmonton Journal

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Posted Jun 26/12 - Rains Force Change of Schedule & Venue

The game between Mill Woods White Sox and Confederation Park Cubs was suspended in the 3rd inning due to heavy rains and the diamond flooding with Confederation Park leading 3-1. As a result, the organizers are scrambling to re-schedule the game as soon as possible, keeping in mind that diamonds at Mill Woods and Empire were flooded this evening, and may not be playable on Wednesday.

 

The tentative plan is that Mill Woods and Confederation Park will resume their game tomorrow at Kirkness Park (3251 151 Ave NW) at 6:00 pm. Kirkness received virtually no rain, and should be playable. The two games scheduled for tomorrow will also moved to Kirkness and will get underway immediately following the Mill Woods/Confed game. The scenario now is if Mill Woods comes back to win the resumed game with Confed and win the game immediately following, then they would clinch the host title. If Confed wins, it would most likely result in a one game playoff on Friday. Times and location for this game have not been determined, but check out the Host Tournament web page for up to date information.

Posted Jun 24/12 - Local Little Leaguers Battle for Chance to Represent City

Edmonton Journal June 24/12

Story by Evan Daum

Photos by Larry Wong

Photo: Community Park Angels’ Liam Fox sets to throw as East Park A’s Kevin Olafson slides into third during Saturday’s action.

With the Canadian Little League Championships only six weeks away, one Edmonton team started its road to the nationals, as the host-selection tournament took to the field at John Fry Park on Saturday.

Teams from Community Park, Confederation Park, East Park and Mill Woods little leagues are all looking for the chance to represent the City of Champions as the host team at the upcoming Canadian championships, which runs Aug. 4-11.

Saturday was a fitting way for the organizing committee to start the home stretch to the national tournament, as Mill Woods earned a 12-5 win over Confederation, and East Park topped Community Park 8-2 on a gorgeous day for baseball.

The round-robin tournament to find Edmonton’s second-ever host team — the city hosted the event only once prior in 1989, when Confederation lost to High Park from Toronto in the final — runs until Thursday, when one team will secure the first of six berths from across the country at the national event.

For longtime little-league volunteer and Canadian championships committee member Gerry Dawidowski, Saturday marked a step closer to a goal that’s been years in the making.

“It’s the dress rehearsal for the big show,” Dawidowski said of the host tournament. “we’re going to see the team that’s going to emerge as the host team for the tournament, which is really exciting.

“I think we’re all kind of standing here amazed that this is actually happening and it’s starting to come together.”

For Dawidowski, the idea to host the national little-league event — which will send one team to Williamsport, Penn., to represent Canada at the Little League World Series in August — was something first floated by host tournament director Wayne Sperling.

“Wayne Sperling, our district administrator, … said, ‘We could bid on the Canadian championship’ and everyone around the table was like ‘Sure, whatever,’ ” Dawidowski said. “Kevin Barkwell was the president of Confed at the time and he took on the role of chairman of the bid committee. He, along with a bunch of other people, put the bid package together and surprise, surprise took it to Lethbridge and we won.”

While Dawidowski and company may not have envisioned the bid coming to fruition and eventually beating out the likes of Calgary, the event is coming into focus.

“It’s been a slow process of getting people in place and figuring out what we need. As with anything there were some changes at the top. One of the big changes was that Kevin died of cancer. That was a big loss, then Howard Davidson took over for a while, then he stepped down and now Wendy Berdahl is in charge,” Dawidowski said.

“She was Mill Woods president and then took this on and has been doing a great job. Everybody has been doing a great job putting this together.”

While sponsors and the city — which worked with the host committee to build the new little-league-specific field at John Fry Park — have played major roles in making sure the event is a success, it’s the volunteers that are the backbone of the entire endeavour.

“I don’t think any of the volunteers for 2012, maybe one or two, still have kids playing,” Dawidowski said.

“Most of us have kids that have been through little league, whatever levels, been through college and we’re still sticking around.”

LITTLE LEAGUE LOSES A BIG FAN

While there were plenty of smiles and excitement to go around Saturday as the host tournament opened up, those emotions were tempered in large part because of the recent loss of longtime little-league supporter Glen Gregory.

Gregory, who started volunteering for little league in 1974, passed away earlier this week after suffering a heart attack, and was honoured with a moment of silence before Confederation’s game Saturday afternoon.

Gregory was heavily involved in the Edmonton baseball scene for decades and was well known to players, parents and volunteers alike for his passion for the game and for devoting countless volunteer hours to Confederation Park.

“He was always involved with not only Confederation Park, but the district as a whole,” Dawidowski said.

“He was in charge of a lot of different parts of what’s going on.

“He was instrumental in a lot of different facets like fundraising and merchandising. He knew everybody and he knew how to do things. He was well connected and that experience doesn’t grow on trees. He’ll be sorely missed.”

“He was a baseball guy and there’s just never enough of those guys.”





 


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