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A KhankA'shian KindA Day
Javeed Khankashi's pair of doubles and 5 RBI's led the A's to a 9-4 victory over the Lower Fraser Valley All-Stars in the opening game of the 2011 Senior League Provinicial Championship Tournament. Mitchell Anderson was dominant on the hill striking out 9 in his 5 innings of work. The A's were glued together and focused on the task at hand, picking each other up and rallying with men on base. Tied 3-3 in the 5th, the A's batted around to plate 5, as the bench was on the fence to keep the rally going. A disciplined approach at the plate and solid defense are key to success, and the A's displayed both today.
2 Days Away
July 21, 2011 - Coquitlam, BC - The 2011 Provincial Championships are just two days away as the Coquitlam A's battle a combined (Langley, North Langley and Whalley) Lower Fraser Valley team this Saturday - Monday. Dates and times can be see on the provincial page.
'This is what we live for' said A's Manager Bruce Michael last night. 'The weeks of rainouts, months of practices, struggles, perserverance, ups and downs all come down to the game that matters'. The Senior A's hope to see everyone out to cheer them on this weekend at Blue Mountain Park.
July 11, 2011 - Coquitlam, BC - As the Senior A's gear up for their Provincial tournament, they want to give a big congratulations to the Karl Gosselin Select team that won the Coquitlam tournament for the second time in CLL history! Senior A's player Patrick Williams managed the 13/14 year old squad to victory over the Whalley selects last Wednesday at Blue Mountain Park.
On the weekend, 5 Coquitlam Little Leaguers (including 2 former Senior players) and coach Nick Fletcher represented CLL on the District 3 Big League team as they won their provincials over the Distrct 5 Big League team 2 games to 0. They will be heading to Nova Scotia on July 18th to battle it represent BC at the Canadian Championships. You can follow them here.
The Trek Begins
June 27, 2011 - Coquitlam, BC - After a late start due to poor weather, the Senior A's battled through a busy regular season. Playing Senior Big League teams across the Lower Mainland, as well as intersquad games the A's saw some highlights including a 14 strikeout game by Daulton Smith, 3 homeruns at Walnut Grove in as many games by Alex Romanowski and some monstrous big hit games by the entire squad.
The Whalley tournament beginning on Thurday, June 30th marks the beginning of the A's climb as they enter tournament season. The Whalley tournament and Big League Experience will give the entire A's squad some intense competition and in-game training until the postseason team is selected to make a run for the most coveted prize in youth baseball; the World Series.
Big League Experience Tournament Draw Announced
June 19, 2011 - Coquitlam, BC - The Big League Experience Tournament in Oliver has been announced. The A's first game will be Friday, July 8th. To see the rest of the A's games, check out the schedule.
One Bad Inning
June 16, 2011 - Coquitlam, BC - One bad inning was all it took on Thursday as the Senior A's lost to the Big League A's by a score of 9-3. After giving 7 in the first inning, the Senior A's settled down and scored 3 runs while only giving up 2. The A's continue to play hard, aggressive baseball. Next Game - Monday, June 20th at Blue Mountain Park.
Bat's Come Out During the Day
June 12, 2011 - Coquitlam, BC - The Coquitlam A's handily beat the North Langley Mariners and Rangers 14-2 and 9-6 Sunday at Blue Mountain Park. During the combined 12 offensive innings of the double header, the A's scored 23 runs off 24 hits and put the ball in play 47 of 65 possible times, only striking out 5 times throughout the day. The A's continue to see growth and improvement from the entire lineup both at the plate and on the field. As they get closer to postseason, the team is coming together, picking each other up and working together on the field and bench.
The Name's Daulton
June 5, 2011 - Coquitlam, BC - Daulton Smith threw a 6 inning, 1 hitter on Sunday night at Blue Mountain Park. Taken out after 6 innings because of pitch count, Daulton set a NEW Senior A's single game strikeout record by striking out 14 Langley batters! To see the rest of the Senior A's team records, click here.
Just An Orbanary Day
May 31, 2011 - Coquitlam, BC - Balint Orban is not a fireballer. He doesn't have dirty curves or godly breaking balls. What Balint does have is control - he throws strikes = 7 strikeouts through 4 innings to be exact. After the losing 5-2 after the first 3 innings, the A's were able to put up a 5 run 4th and another in the fifth to give them the lead. Balint was solid through 4 innings; allowing 2 hits and 1 run as the A's were able to pull out a 8-6 win at home. Next game: Wood Bat Tournament Double Header - Friday, June 3rd at 6pm and 8:30pm.
Big League Wood Bat Tournament Announced
May 27, 2011 - Coquitlam, BC - The annual Big League Wood Bat Tournament schedule has been announced. The Senior A's will begin their tournament with a double header on Friday, June 3rd playing Langley at 6:00pm and squaring off against Whalley at 8:30 for the second half of their double. The Senior A's will be back the following night in a Blue Mountain Showdown as they play their big brothers, the Big League A's at 8:30pm. For full details, visit the tournament tab.
Welcome to Big League
May 19, 2011 - Surrey, BC - The Senior A's were introduced to 'the Big League way' on Thursday night at Whalley Athletic Park, by being spanked by the Whally Chiefs. In his first start in two years, Daulton Smith threw SMOKE against the half college squad, striking out 3 and only giving up one hit in 2 1/3 innings. Unfortunately, the A's defensive was not able to contribute to Daulton's efforts as they made more errors than players on the field. Next game: May 23rd, 8:30 at Blue Mountain Park.
Pair of 2's - Not a Winner
May 13, 2011 - Langley, BC - Leadoff man, Dakota Patterson came up big again with back to back doubles in Langley on Tuesday night including one to drive Ryan Krespan as the A's first run. Unfortunately, the rest of the teams hits were kept to a minimum as the A's were only able to score 2 runs. Defensively, the poor weather that has kept the A's off the field for practice wreaked havoc as the A's continued to struggle with many errors, giving up 15 runs to Langley Big League. After a scare in the 2nd inning when Nikhil Prakash was hit in the face by a wild pitch, the A's are happy to report that after his black eye fades, there will be no damage. Next game: May 19th, 8:45 at Whalley Athletic Park, Surrey.
Full Bench Comes Up Empty
May 9, 2011 - Coquitlam, BC - With the exception of Nikhil Prakash and Curtis Taylor who are both out with injuries, the rest of the A's were all in attendance on Monday night VS Langley including newest team member Luan Dang. Solid pitching was outshown by a calamity of errors as the A's lost to the Langley squad 10-4. Next game: May 17th, 7:00 at City Park, Langley.
A Hard One To Watch
May 3, 2011 - North Langley, BC - Although officially a forfeit win (North Langley only had 7 players so had to borrow 2 of the A's) the Coquitlam A's played their roughest game of the year, losing 9-7 after 6 innings of exhibition (called due to darkness). Offensively, the A's stuggled with their timing, unable to sit back and wait on the lofty pitcher or hit the rainbow changeup. Defensively, errors were the name of the game. It was a classic case of 'playing down to another teams level'. There is always a silver lining though! Coach Sandon Fraser was very impressed with Marlon's increased presence on the field as a team leader; communicating his teammates by telling them the outs, suggesting position or pepping up the pitcher. Dakota had his offensive game of the year to date going 2-2 with a triple, walk and homerun; bringing the team tally to 5 this year. Next game: May 9th, 8:30pm at Blue Mountain Park.
Beamer Goes Pro
May 1, 2011 - CLL coach Brayden "Beamer" Tonogai has been hired as the Assistant Athletic Therapist for the Calgary Vipers of the North American Baseball League, getting paid to do what he loves - be on a baseball team. He will be responsible for athletic assessment and acute/chronic injury management as well as rehab/prevention/return to play programs.
Beamer is a CLL alumnus, recipient of the Touch Em All award in 2005 - awarded to CLL players that complete their Little League career by playing with Coquitlam Little League continuously from Majors to the Big League A's. He most recently served the league as a coach for the Senior A's in their 2009 provincial championship season and in 2010.
Last fall, Beamer moved to Calgary to complete his Athletic Therapist certification at Mount Royal University. Over the past winter, his practicum posting was with the varsity Cougars mens hockey team, as the athletic therapist.
He received his nickname in 1997, when he was drafted by Bruce Michael to the major Blue Jays. When asked who his favourite baseball team was, Beamer replied, "the Regina Cyclones - I was their batboy last year!" Although he was a tiny bespectacled little boy trying to make the majors as an 11 year old, he had just played in the Provincial Final for the Regina Angels. After watching him smoothly field ground balls, Bruce declared that he reminded him of a shiny new beemer, in reference to the German car.
Brayden Tonogai completed his Bachelor of Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in 2009. When asked about whether his Coquitlam Little League experience had helped him along the way, Beamer replied, "I wouldn't have been given a chance at either of the jobs without my time in CLL. CLL gave me a place to learn and understand the game from different levels, whether it be a player, teammate, or coach. It also gave me an opportunity to develop all the important skills that employers are looking for - teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership. The fact that I had so much baseball experience was a blessing. One of the best things was the winter workouts and dryland progam - preparation is a huge part of kinesiology and athletic therapy. Having a baseball program that focused on the kind of stuff that I was doing allows me to step into the job with some stuff prepped and ready to go. I hope that this shows the kids that we know what we are talking about and that CLL gives people an opportunity to springboard from it into different programs"
His season on the road will take place in venues such as Zion, Illinois against the team owned by Kevin Costner, as well as Maui, Hawaii. What an adventure!
April 27, 2011 North Langley, BC - The A's were at Walnut Grove Park today a 6pm start game against the North Langley Rangers. After Dakota Patterson started the game with a double and was cashed in by Daulton Smith, Alex Romanowski hit a MONSTER 354ft homerun (his third in as many games at Walnut Grove Park) giving the A's a 3-0 lead after the first inning. Defensively, the A's kept their errors to a minimum and after 4 solid innings by Romanowski, John Velten took the hill and shutdown the Rangers to give the A's a 6-4 win. Next game: Wednesday, April 28th. 8:30pm at Blue Mountain Park.
A's Intersquad Series Announced
April 19, 2011 Coquitlam, BC - Due to team size and talent, the A's will be split into two squads for a special 5 game league series at Blue Mountain Park over the season. The White A's and Green A's will play each other Monday's throughout the season. Rosters can be viewed here. Trophies will be awarded to series MVP on both squads as well as the winning team. All game, including the 5 games series dates can be seen on the schedule page.
A's Win Home Opener in Last at Bats
April 18, 2011 Coquitlam, BC - Going into the bottom of the 7th down by 3 runs, the A's were able to pull out a 12-11 win over the North Langley Rangers thanks to patient AB's and three hits including a 2 run homerun by Javeed Khankashi. Starter, John Velten threw 5 K's in three innings in his 2011 pitching debut. Next game: Tuesday, April 26th. 7:00pm at City Park.
Opening Day Jitters Helped by Opening Day Hitters
April 16, 2011, North Langley, BC - After a no-show last week, the Coquitlam A's started their season by winning both games in a double header against North Langley Sr/Big. After a poor first inning, the A's battle back winning 18-13 over the Mariners and slaughtered the Rangers in their second game 20-5. Everyone on the A's was hitting the ball well including 2 homeruns by Alex Romanowski. A's pitching was in fine form as well as the pitching staff combined for 21 strikeouts through 14 innings pitched. Next game: Monday, April 18th. 8:30pm at Blue Mountain Park
2011 Schedule Announced!
April 1, 2011, Coquitlam BC - The 2011 Coquitlam A's schedule has been announced and features games against squads from Langley and North Langley. More games will be added shortly. Click here to see the 2011 schedule. For full practice and games schedule, see the calendar page.
2011 Roster Announced
March 29, 2011, Coquitlam BC - The 2011 roster has been announced and features a deep offensive and defensive team. In addition to the 21 man squad, Adam Yorko has joined on to replace coach Brayden Tonogai who has accepted a position with the Calgary Vipers of the NAL. To view the full roster click here.
Senior/ Big Spring Training
March 25, 2011, Coquitlam BC - As the A's put the final touches on their 2011 schedule (to be announced soon), their joint efforts with the Big League Squad continues as they head to Thompson Park this Saturday, March 26th for a preseason game against the Tri City Indians. The game starts at 2:30pm, batting practice is at 1pm. See you at the park!
Welcome to the 2011 Season
February 15, 2011, Coquitlam BC - As the grass begins to green and the sun lasts a little longer each day, the familiar sounds and smells are begining to take over Blue Mountain Cage once again as the 2011 Senior A's begin loosening up, taking what they have learned in the off season and applying it to the task at hand: 'Our goal is the same this year as it has been every season – to win the Senior League World Series. Same as every other Senior League team in the world at this point in the season' said Manager Bruce Michael. Coach Sandon Fraser, strengthened that resolve by saying 'We have a young team this year but a talented team ... I am excited to see what we can accomplish'.