The 2014 Parkland Whitesox Team Tryouts are under way and it looks like there will be a mix of new and old faces joining the ranks for this years edition. Under the "old" category it looks as though Jamie Cameron and Steve Gendron will be making their return to the Whitesox roster in 2014. While under the "new" category the Sox will welcome Mark Eggertson, Andrew Kotscherofski, Mike Hudson, Aaron Dunsmore, Nathan Wedgewood, Garrett Perlette, and Burke Seifrit to the mix.
This years version of the Parkland Whitesox will also be missing a few of the common names you've come to know as Brad Walde, Scott Hoekstra, and Brandon Strocki have all moved on to different endeavors. The Sox will also be missing Tyler Ulrich who is staying out in Nanaimo this summer to play summer ball on the Island.
The Parkland Whitesox will also be hosting their 1st Pub Night Fundraiser of the year this Friday at The Canadian Brewhouse. The event starts at 7pm and tickets can be purchased in advance from any team member for $10/ea, this includes $5 off your bill that night. If you require a ticket but don't know any of our players you can simply contact either Matt Jones at 780-920-7364 or Doug Jones at 780-916-3809. We will be also be hosting a silent auction as well, so be sure to come out and support your Parkland Whitesox!
The 2014 season is fast approaching and the Parkland Whitesox are coming together again for their 7th season and 3rd in the Sunburst League. There have been a few changes to both the league and the Whitesox team for 2014. The most significant changes revolve around the schedule growing from 16 to 20 games and the majority of Parkland home games will now be played on Friday nights at Henry Singer Park.
Opening day has been set for Friday May 16th vs the St. Albert Tigers at Henry Singer Park in Spruce Grove.
Any players interested in trying out are asked to contact either Doug Jones (President) at 780-916-3809, or Matt Jones (GM) at 780-920-7364. We will be beginning indoor workouts towards the end of March and early April. We are specifically looking for a catcher and addtitional pitchers, but are always open to any players interested in coming to try out.
The Parkland Whitesox are also looking for local businesses to partner with as sponsors for the upcoming season. We have varoius advertising packages available, so if you're intersted please contact Matt Jones at 780-920-7364 for further details.
The Parkland Whitesox have officially accepted their invitation to the 2014 edition of the GFI (Grand Forks International), running June 25-30th in Grand Forks, BC. Despite previous rumours the tournamen will be keeping it's format from 2012 with a total of 12 teams playing in 3 divisions. The official prize money and team lineup has not been finalized yet, but we do know of the following teams that will also be in attendance......... Langley Blaze, Seattle Studs, Thurston County Senators, Northwest Honkers, and Trail Orioles. Once again this tournament looks to be one of the most pretigious baseball events held in Canada, so we are extremely fortunate and delighted to have received an invitation.
The Parkland Whitesox begin their quest for a 2013 National Championship today as they open their tournament against the host Windsor Stars at 7:30pm est. The game will be played under the lights of Cullen Field in Windsor, Ontario.
Starting for the Windsor Stars is former New York Yankees product John Picco, a fireballing lefty who spent 4 years with the Yankee organization. For Parkland it will be Myles Ethier taking the hill in hopes of jumping out to a 1-0 record after the first day of competition.
The Sunburst season ended Tuesday night for the Parkland Whitesox as they were eliminated in two straight games by the 1st place Red Deer Riggers. The score in game 1 was 5-3, and the game 2 final was 4-2. With the win Red Deer will now move on to face the defending champion Fort Saskatchewan A's in the Sunburst League Championship Series.
As for Parkland, they will now spend the next 2 weeks preparing for their trip to the Baseball Canada National Championships in Windsor, Ontario beginning on August 22nd. While in Windsor the Sox will face off against the host Windsor Stars on Thursday, the Langley Blaze on Friday, and both the Fredricton Royals and the Manitoba representative (yet to be determined) on Saturday. The pool looks to be a particularly strong one as Langley is the defending National Champions, Windsor boasts one of the strongest teams in Ontario, and Fredricton features former MLB slugger Matt Stairs. This trip will truly be a test of will for the Whitesox but they remain confident in their team and firmly believe they will be playing on Championship Sunday. We would like to wish the boys best of luck in Ontario, and hope they bring home a medal for baseball in the Spruce Grove & Stony Plain area.
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