Feb 2/13- Re-design set for VIBaseball.ca
by Jonathan Hodgson
Vancouver Island Baseball Institute is excited to announce a major online facelift for the 2013 season.
The VIBI communications department as already been making strides, upgrading and making a new commitment its Facebook and Twitter pages in recent weeks, but Thursday represents by far the most significant development. VIBI is proud to announce that it has reached an agreement with Turn2 Web Design on a complete re-design of the team’s official website.
Turn2 Web Design is led by Regina-based web design professional, Adam Geiger, who has a tremendous portfolio and reputation for designing first class websites for a wide variety of clients. Baseball websites designed by Geiger and Turn2 Web Design include the official website of the Western Major Baseball League, as well as the WMBL’s Regina Red Sox and Edmonton Prospects. Adam has a passion for baseball, serving as the long-time play-by-play voice of the Regina Red Sox.
The Director of Communications for Vancouver Island Baseball Institute, Jonathan Hodgson comments on what the new look will bring to VIBI,
“First and foremost, we would like to extend our thanks to Turn2 Web Design and Adam Geiger for partnering with us on this exciting project. I am very familiar with Adam, who has a great reputation for developing dynamic websites, and as a fellow baseball lover, has designed great baseball sites. The addition of a top notch website will help us present a first class image that is representative of this program, and will allow us to quickly and easily make our information public, including in-depth game coverage all season long.”
VIBI General Manager and Head Coach, Jordan Blundell echoes that sentiment,
“We are excited to launch a new website that will work much more effectively for our players and fans. Visitors to our new online home will be left with a professional first impression that we feel is fitting of our program.”
A brand new feature to the new vibaseball.ca will be the inclusion of web-broadcast capabilities. Every game during the 2013 season will have play-by-play coverage on the website, with Communications Director, Jonathan Hodgson on the microphone all season.
Development is underway, and the launch of the new website is expected to correspond with Opening Day of the VIBI Mariners 2013 spring season.
2013 has already brought great excitement to VIBI, and we haven’t even hit the field yet! Stay up to date with us online for more pre-season preparation as the season nears, now only a month away! Stay in touch with the program online all season and join us at our home games at the home of VIBI, Serauxmen Stadium in Nanaimo, BC!
A reminder that VIBI now has a comprehensive online presence beyond the official website. For up to the minute updates and interaction regarding VIBI, “like” our NEW Facebook fan page, and “follow” our twitter account @VIBaseball!
Dec 1/12- VIBI welcomes new Director of Communications
VIBI is pleased to welcome Jonathan Hodgson to the program as our new Director of Communications. Jon became the Online Broadcast Voice of the Okotoks Dawgs before the 2008 season, at the age of 16. He still holds the position having now broadcast over 250 games, and 2 WMBL championships. In addition, Jon has been the Content Manager of the Dawgs official website since 2008 and a Lead Reporter for the Western Major Baseball League website from 2009 to 2011.
Jonathan will become the Lead Play-by-Play Broadcaster for all VIBI Mariners games, while serving as Content Manager for the official website of VIBI, vibaseball.ca, and VIBI Social Media Manager, beginning in January 2013. “We are extremely excited to welcome Jon to the VIBI family. His experience over the last several summers in the WMBL with the Okotoks Dawgs program will have him well prepared to broadcast VIBI games. I have had the pleasure of working with Jon on a broadcast and can’t be more excited for the parents of our players who will get to listen to Jon tell the tale of each VIBI game.”
“I am incredibly thankful to Coach Blundell and the VIBI family for presenting me with this great opportunity. Working with VIBI will allow me to continue growing my broadcast and journalistic skills while being a part of the great environment that is Vancouver Island University and the VI Baseball Institute family."
The M's open un their non-conference schedule February 24th, 2013 in Phoneix, Arizona. Follow the M's on facebook at V.i. BaseballInstitute and on twitter @VIBaseball.
Nov 23/12- SO-Luke Hawkins awarded Rud Harr Memorial Scholarship
Congratulations to Mariners SO-LHP Luke Hawkins(Victoria, BC) who was awarded the Rud Haar Memorial Scholarship for academic standing for the 2013 CCBC season.
Nov 16/12- VIBI wraps up 100 Inning Game in dramatic fashion
The Mariners wrapped up their 8th Annual 100 Inning Game with Team White coming back late, scoring 10 runs in the final inning to win the 100 Inning Game 78-73 over Team Blue.
Nov 15/12- VIBI at the halfway point of 100 Inning Game
The Mariners are in the middle of their 8th Annual 100 Inning Game. Weather has forced the game Indoors as the M's will finish the game in the cages. Team White 59 Team Blue 45 after 64 Innings. It's still anyone's ballgame.
Thanks again to all those who have supported the VIBI Mariners and our 100 Inning Game!!
Oct 15/12- Mariners finish their Fall Ball World Series
The Mariners went the distance in their World Series, pushing the series to a 3rd game. Team Blue was able to hold off Team Grey in the deciding game 3 by a score of Team Blue 7 Team Grey 1.
Next up for the VIBI squad is their 100 Inning Game fundraiser.
Sept 7/12- Mariners set to play the Coalminers Saturday
The Mariners will be playing the Nanaimo Coalminers Sr. Men's team tomorrow at Noon and 3pm. Both games are scheduled for 7 innings.
Sept 6/12- VIBI partners with the Nanaimo Clippers for home games
VIBI players will once again be working home games for the Nanaimo Clippers, hosts of the 2013 Western Canadian Championships.
July 15/12- Davis signs with Minot State Beavers, Northern Sun DII Conference
VIBI is pleased to announce that Matt Davis has signed to join the Minot State Beavers for this upcoming fall. Davis won a championship in 2010 with VIBI and appeared in 34 games during his career, holding opponents to a .207 batting average in 92 innings of work while striking out 79.
June 25/12- Bidzinski signs Letter of Intent with Jamestown College
VIBI is pleased to announce that Thomas Bidzinski(Toronto, ON) has signed a letter of intent to attend Jamestown College, starting Fall 2012. Bidzinski joined VIBI in Sept, 2010 and played in 75 games during his career at VIBI.
June 18/12- Paulencu signs with Colorado Rockies, sent to Tri City, WA.
Congratulations to M's standout, Adam Paulencu(Sherwood Park, AB) who will begin his professional career with the Single A, short-season, Tri City Dust Devils playing out of the Northwest League this summer.
June 6/12- Former VIBI Mariners RHP Adam Paulencu drafted by the Rockies
The Mariners would like to congratulate former M's standout, RHP-Adam Paulencu(Sherwood Park), who was selected in the MLB Draft, 26th round(798th) to the Colorado Rockies.
May 31/12- VIBI Mariners named to CCBC All-Conference Team
The M's placed 7 players on the CCBC All-Conference 1st and 2nd teams;
CCBC 1st Team
SS-(SO)Dallas Monk(Comox, BC)
RF-(FR)Liam Goodall(Nanaimo, BC)
Pitcher-(SO)Connor Russell(Victoria, BC)
CCBC 2nd Team
2B-(FR)Chad Schultz(Swift Current, SK)
3B-(FR)Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC)
LF-(SO)Aaron Witzke(Lethbridge, AB)
Pitcher-(FR)Cody Chartrand(Nanaimo, BC)
CCBC Individual Awards
Most Strikeouts- 57 (SO)Connor Russell(Victoria, BC)
May 31/12- VIBI players playing in the WMBL
The Mariners program is well represented in the WMBL this summer, Canada's top Collegiate Summer League. Several current and former VIBI Mariners will be suiting up for teams in the 2012 WMBL summer season.
FR-Luke Hawkins(Victoria, BC)-Weyburn Beavers
FR-Liam Goodall(Nanaimo, BC)-Yorkton Cardinals
FR-Cody Chartrand(Nanaimo, BC)-Swift Current Indians
SO-Reiley Grose(Wymark, SK)-Swift Current Indians
SR-Cody Phipps(Round Hill, AB)-Swift Current Indians
FR-Chad Schultz(Swift Current, SK)-Swift Current Indians
JR-Matt Davis(Red Deer, AB)-Medicine Hat Mavericks
SO-Connor Russell(Victoria, BC)-Okotoks Dawgs
Phil Curtis(Sherwood Park, AB)-Weyburn Beavers
Myles Ethier(Carvel, AB)-Swift Current Indians
Taylor MacDonell(Swift Current, SK)-Swift Current Indians
Adam Paulencu(Sherwood Park, AB)-Swift Current Indians
Matt Thornton(Campbell River, BC)-Okotoks Dawgs
Also, VIBI Assistant Coach/Hitting Instructor, Dan Grant(WMBL MVP-2008) will be coaching with the Weyburn Beavers in 2012.
Good Luck to all current and former players for the 2012 WMBL season.
May 13/12- VIBI falls short in CCBC Championship game
Game 6- PBA Dawgs 5 VIBI 1(9 inn)- The Mariners reached the CCBC Championship game for the 3rd consecutive year but fell short to the PBA Dawgs. SO-Connor Russell(Victoria, BC) started for the M's, going 8 innings, giving up 2 earned runs and striking out 4. Russell threw 15 innings in the tournament, all vs. PBA, allowing only 2 earned runs while striking out 9. The M's offense weren't able to string hits together, collecting 4 hits in the game with SO-Dallas Monk(Comox, BC) going 2 for 3 in the game, with a stolen base and an RBI.
May 13/12- VIBI rallies in the 9th, advances to CCBC finals
Game 5- VIBI 7 U of C 4(9 inn)- The Mariners scored 5 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Dino's and advance to the CCBC Championship game. The Mariners offense took 7 innings to get going, scoring 2 runs in the 7th and then 5 runs in the 9th in the victory. FR-Chad Schultz(Swift Current, SK) was 2 for 4, with a 2 out, 2 run single in the 7th inning to cut the Dino's lead to 4-2. SR-Cody Phipps(Round Hill, AB) sparked the 9th inning rally with a solo homerun with one out in the 9th. FR-Cody Chartrand(Nanaimo, BC) started for the M's, going 5 and 2/3rds, giving up 3 earned runs and striking out 6. SO-Reiley Grose(Swift Current, SK) picked up the save with a perfect 9th.
May 12/12- VIBI loses final Round Robin game, moves on to semis
Game 4- U of C 16 VIBI 1(7 inn)- The Mariners weren't able to solve the Dinos, dropping Game 4 of the Round Robin 16-1 to the U of C Dino's. However, the M's will advance to the semi's with a 3-1 Round Robin record and face the Dino's tomorrow morning in the rematch game.
May 11/12- VIBI 3-0 at CCBC Tournament
Game 3- VIBI 11 TRU 4(7 inn)- The M's scored 4 runs in the 4th and 6 runs in the 5th to move to 3-0 at the CCBC tournament. The Mariners had 12 hits, with FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC) leading the way with 5 RBI's, 2 hits and 2 runs. FR-Liam Goodall(Nanaimo, BC) had 3 hits and scored 2 runs. SO-Thomas Bidzinski(Toronto, ON) had 2 hits and 2 RBI's and SO-Aaron Witzke(Lethbridge, AB) was 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. The Mariners got a big relief appearance from SO-Jorhn Kaluzniak(Brandon, MB), who went 5 and 2/3rds, giving up 2 earned runs and striking out 6 to pick up the victory.
May 11/12- VIBI moves to 2-0 at CCBC tournament
Game 2- VIBI 8 OC 2(7 inn)- The Mariners scored 3 runs in the 5th and 4 runs in the 6th to move to 2-0 at the CCBC tournament. The Mariners offense was lead by JR-Blake Robson(Nanaimo, BC) who went 3 for 4 with 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored. FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC) was 3 for 3 with a walk and an RBI and SO-Dallas Monk(Comox, BC) was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored. SO-Aaron Witzke(Lethbridge, AB) scored 2 runs and had an RBI. On the mound, SO-Reiley Grose(Swift Current, SK) threw 5 2/3 innings of relief to get the win, allowing 1 run while striking out 5.
May 10/12- VIBI opens CCBC tourney with a win vs. PBA
Game 1- VIBI 3 PBA 0(7 inn)- The Mariners opened up the CCBC tournament with a win vs. PBA. SO-Connor Russell(Victoria, BC) started for the M's, going the distance for the complete game shutout. Russell gave up 4 hits while striking out 5 for the win. Offensively, the M's had 3 players collect 2 hits in the win, FR-Chad Schultz(Swift Current, SK) was 2 for 3 with a run scored, a walk and an RBI. FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC) was 2 for 3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and an RBI and SO-Dallas Monk(Comox, BC) was 2 for 3 with a walk, a stolen base and an RBI.
May 6/12- VIBI loses twice in Kelowna
Game 3- OC 1 VIBI 0(10 inn)- The Mariners had runners in scoring position 7 times but were unable to capitalize, taking the loss Sunday morning. FR-Cody Chartrand
May 2/12- VIBI splits DH with Douglas CC
Game 1- DC 4 VIBI 0(7 inn)- The Mariners weren't able to get the offense going, collecting 4 hits in the loss. FR-Connor Merilees(North Vancouver, BC) was 1 for 2 with a double. SO-Jorhn Kaluzniak(Brandon, MB) started for the M's, going 5 innings, striking out 3.
Game 2- VIBI 4 DC 3(7 inn)- The Mariners took the lead in the top of the 6th, on an RBI single by JR-Blake Robson(Nanaimo, BC). Robson went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI in Game 2. SO-Tim Scarr(Gibsons, BC) was 1 for 1, with 2 walks and scored the winning run. Starting on the mound for the M's in Game 2 was FR-Shane McQuade(Victoria, BC) who went 3 innings. FR-Byryn Murphy(Grande Prairie, AB) picked up the win in relief, throwing 4 innings, allowing no runs on one hit.
Mariners next action- Kelowna May 5/6 vs. OC and TRU. Follow the M's on twitter @VIBaseball.
Apr 29/12- VIBI splits games Sunday, finishes weekend 3-1
Game 3- VIBI 5 U of C Dinos 4(7 inn). The M's were able to score twice in the 6th for the victory in Game 3 of the weekend. The Dino's took the lead 3 times before the M's were able to pull ahead for good in the 6th, scoring 2 runs in the inning to get the win. FR-Luke Hawkins(Victoria, BC) started for the Mariners, giving up 4 runs, 2 earned on 8 hits over 5 innings, while striking out 4. JR-Matt Davis(Red Deer, AB) picked up the 2 inning save in the victory. The M's spread their offense throughout the lineup, collecting 8 hits in the win, highlighted by JR-Blake Robson(Nanaimo, BC) who went 2 for 2, with 2 runs scored and 2 SB. SO-Aaron Witzke(Lethbridge, AB) was 2 for 3, with a double, a run scored and an RBI.
Game 4-TRU 4 VIBI 1(7 inn). The Mariners weren't able to overcome their slow start in Game 4, dropping the last game 4-1 to TRU to finish the weekend 3-1. FR-Cody Chartrand(Nanaimo, BC) went 4 innings in the loss, giving up an earned run and 1 walk, while striking out 4. The M's offense wasn't able to get going, collecting only 2 hits in the loss.
The M's picked up 3 wins on the weekend and head into the last weekend of CCBC Conference play next weekend in Kelowna, with 2 games vs. TRU and 2 games vs. OC. Follow the Mariners on facebook and twitter.
Apr 28/12- VIBI picks up 2 wins, beats Dinos and Wolfpack
Game 1- VIBI 9 U of C Dinos 4(9 inn). The Mariners opened up the weekend with a 12 hit performance in Game 1. The M's offense had 5 players with multi-hit games, led by the 3 hit and 2 runs scored performances of FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC) who had a single, double and a triple, and SO-Dallas Monk(Comox, BC) who had 2 singles and a double. SR-Cody Phipps(Round Hill, AB) was 2 for 4 with a double and a triple and 3 RBI's. JR-Blake Robson(Nanaimo, BC) was 2 for 5 with a double, an RBI and 2 runs scored. SO-Jeremy Harasymchuk(Edmonton, AB) went 2 for 5 with a triple and 2 RBI's. Taking the ball for the M's in Game 1 was FR-Mike Williams(Edmonton, AB) going 6 strong innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 4 for the win. The M's turned to 3 relievers to finish out Game 1 combining to throw 3 innings, while giving up 2 hits and striking out 3.
Game 2- VIBI 8 TRU 5(9 inn). The Mariners got another strong performance on the mound from SO-Connor Russell(Victoria, BC) going 6 innings, giving up no earned runs while striking out 5. SO-Reiley Grose(Swift Current, SK) went 2 innings in relief, picking up the save, striking out 2. The offense scored 3 runs in the 2nd and 5 runs in the 6th to get the victory. FR-Chad Schultz(Swift Current, SK) collected 2 hits, a walk, a run and an RBI and JR-Blake Robson(Nanaimo, BC) was 2 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI's. SO-Tim Scarr(Gibsons, BC) scored 2 runs in the win.
Apr 21/12- Low scoring Saturday sees VIBI split
Game 1- OC 3 VIBI 1(7 inn). The M's weren't able to hold their 1 run lead, giving up 3 in the 7th in the loss. FR-Cody Chartrand(Nanaimo, BC) went the distance giving up 5 hits and 5 walks while striking out 6. The M's offense drew 5 walks and collected 2 hits in the game.
Game 2- VIBI 2 OC 1(7 inn). The M's tandem of Freshman lefty's held OC to 1 run in the Game 2 win. FR-Mike Williams(Edmonton, AB) started for the Mariners and picking up the win, going 6 innings- giving up 5 hits and walk while striking out 5. FR-Luke Hawkins(Victoria, BC) came on in the 7th and picked up the save. The Mariners scored in the 6th to take the lead on a leadoff triple by FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC)that was followed by an RBI single from SR-Cody Phipps(Round Hill, AB). The M's collected 7 hits in the game. SO-Jeremy Harasymchuk(Edmonton, AB) and FR-Liam Goodall(Nanaimo, BC) both had 2 hits.
Apr 22/12- VIBI splits games on Sunday, finishes weekend 2-2
Game 3- VIBI 5 OC 1(9 inn). The Mariners pounded out 10 hits in the opener on Sunday and were able to start the day with a 5-1 victory over the OC Coyotes. The Mariners offense was spread throughout the lineup Sunday morning with 3 players finishing with 2 hits apiece. FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC) was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and a walk. SO-Jeremy Harasymchuk(Edmonton, AB) went 2 for 4 with an RBI and SR-Cody Phipps(Round Hill, AB) was 2 for 4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. On the mound, the M's started SO-Connor Russell(Victoria, BC) and he went the distance, throwing a Complete Game, giving up 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 10. Russell went out for the 9th, and struck out the side on 10 pitches to pick up the win.
Game 4- OC 17 VIBI 7(9 inn). The Mariners ran into trouble in the 4th, giving up 7 runs on 2 hits and weren't able to to catch the Coyotes in the final game of the weekend set. The Mariners defense had played solid all weekend until some trouble in Game 4, committing 5 errors. The Mariners still collected 13 hits in the game with FR-Mike Williams(Edmonton, AB) collecting his first hit with a 2 run single. FR-Liam Goodall(Nanaimo, BC) had 3 hits and FR-Jackson McCuaig(Victoria, BC) had 2 hits.
Follow the M's on Facebook and Twitter- V.I. Baseball Institute. Mariners next action in Kamloops April 28 and 29 for games vs. the Wolfpack and the Dino's.
Apr 15/12- VIBI splits games on Sunday, finishes weekend 2-2
Game 3- TRU 6 VIBI 3(7 inn). The Mariners were unable to battle back from a 5 run 2nd inning by TRU and fell 6-3 in the first game Sunday morning. FR-Cody Chartrand(Nanaimo, BC) started for the M's going 5 innings, giving up 6 runs, walking 5 and striking out 7 in the loss. FR-Mike Williams(Edmonton, AB) had 3 strikeouts in relief. The M's offense was unable to string hits together, collecting 5 hits in the game, with SO-Thomas Bidzinski hitting his 1st HR of the season.
Game 4- VIBI 7 OC 2(7 inn). The Mariners finished the weekend at 2-2, with a win vs. the Okanagan Coyotes in game 4. The Mariners offense collected 12 hits in the game. FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC) was 3 for 4, with a single, double and a HR and 3 RBI's. FR-Liam Goodall(Nanaimo, BC) and SO-Jeremy Harasymchuk(Edmonton, AB) both had 2 hits and SO-Aaron Witzke(Lethbridge, AB) and SR- Cody Phipps(Round Hill, AB) both had 2 runs scored. JR-Matt Davis(Red Deer, AB) started for the M's getting the win, striking out 2. SO-Kyle Wannamaker(Sherwood Park, AB), FR-Mike Williams(Edmonton, AB) and FR-Luke Hawkins(Victoria, BC) combined to throw 3 scoreless innings of relief in the win.
Follow VIBI on Twitter and facebook. Next games at home April 21/22 vs. OC Coyotes.
Apr 14/12- VIBI splits on Saturday
Game 1- OC 6 VIBI 5. The M's battled back late, scoring 3 runs in the top of the 8th inning to tie the game 5-5, but surrendered the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 8th and fell to the OC Coyotes in the first game of the weekend. The Mariners offense had nine hits in the game with FR-Liam Goodall(Nanaimo, BC) collecting 3 hits with a run scored and a stolen base. SO-Thomas Bidzinski(Toronto, ON) was 2 for 3, with an RBI and a run scored and FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC), who pulled the Mariners even in the 8th with a 3 run HR, was 1 for 4 with a run scored and 3 RBI's. SO-Mike Freestone(Toronto, ON) started for the M's. SO-Jorhn Kaluzniak(Brandon, MA) came on in relief and took the loss.
Game 2- VIBI 5 TRU 1. The Mariners responded in game 2 by shutting down the TRU offense, allowing only 1 hit in the game. SO-Connor Russell(Victoria, BC) gave the Mariners 7 strong innings, allowing the only hit on the day to the leadoff batter in the 1st inning. Russell gave up one run, unearned, while striking out 11 over 7 innings. SO-Kyle Wannamaker(Sherwood Park, AB) and FR-Luke Hawkins(Victoria, BC) came on in relief preserving the lead in the win. The Mariners offense scored 3 runs in the first inning capped by FR-Cody Andreychuk's(Nanaimo, BC) 2 run HR. Andreychuk was 1 for 4 with 2 RBI's in the game. SO-Thomas Bidzinski(Toronto, ON) was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI and JR-Blake Robson(Nanaimo, BC) was 2 for 4 with a triple, a stolen base and a run scored.
Apr 8/12- VIBI finishes weekend with 3 wins
Game 3- PBA 8 VIBI 3. The M's were unable to limit the damage in the 3rd inning, falling 8-3 to the PBA Dawgs. The Mariners offense had 6 hits in the loss, SR-Cody Phipps(Round Hill, AB) and SO-Dallas Monk(Comox, BC) had 2 hits each. FR-Connor Merilees(North Vancouver, BC) went 1 for 2, with a double, a run scored and an RBI.
Game 4- VIBI 8 TRU 3. The Mariners finished the weekend in Game 4 with a win against TRU. The Mariners offense had 9 hits, lead by FR-Cody Andreychuk's(Nanaimo, BC) 3 run Homerun in the 5th. SO-Jeremy Harasymchuk(Edmonton, AB) went 3 for 5 with a run and an RBI. FR-Connor Merilees(North Vancouver, BC) was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored in the win. JR-Matt Davis(Red Deer, AB) started, going 4 innings, giving up 3 runs only 1 earned. SO-Kyle Wannamaker(Sherwood Park, AB) got the win, throwing 3 scoreless innings in relief, giving up no hits and striking out 3.
Follow the M's on Facebook and Twitter. The Mariners travel to Kamloops on Sat for another 4 game weekend set.
Apr 7/12- VIBI travels to Kamloops, grabs 2 victories
Game 1- VIBI 15 TRU 5. The Mariners offense came to life in the first game of the road trip, scoring 6 times in the top of the first to set the tone for Game 1. The offense was able to find a rhythm early, pounding out 14 hits on the day lead by SO-Aaron Witzke(Lethbridge, AB) going 2 for 3 on the day with 2 walks, 3 runs and 2 RBI's. SO-Dallas Monk(Comox, BC) was 3 for 4 with 4 RBI's, SR-Cody Phipps(Round Hill, AB) was 3 for 4, with 4 runs scored and 3 RBI's and FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC) was 2 for 5 with 3 runs scored. Taking the ball on the mound for VIBI was FR-Cody Chartrand(Nanaimo, BC), setting the tone in the bottom of the first by striking out the side. Chartrand went 5 1/3 innings, striking out 8 on the day.
Game 2- VIBI 3 PBA 2. The Mariners rallied late, scoring two runs in the top of the 8th and the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th to get the victory 3-2 over PBA Dawgs. SO-Connor Russell(Victoria, BC) got the ball in Game 2, going 6 innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs, 1 earned while striking out 8. FR-Luke Hawkins(Victoria, BC) came on in relief, throwing 3 scoreless inning for win. FR-Chad Schultz(Swift Current, SK) was 2 for 4 on the day scoring the winning run. FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC) had a single and a triple and FR-Liam Goodall(Nanaimo, BC) had the winning hit in the top of the 9th, going 2 for 4 on the day.
Apr 2/12-VIBI drops 3 of 4 to Calgary Dinos
Game 3- VIBI 1 U of C Dino's 0. FR-Cody Chartrand(Nanaimo, BC) took the mound for the Mariner's, keeping the Calgary bats at bay for 7 innings, giving up 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 10. FR-Luke Hawkins(Victoria, BC) came on in relief, throwing 2 scoreless innings picking up his first win. The M's battled at the plate all game but were unable to get anything going until the 9th, collecting 3 of their 4 hits on the day in the bottom of the 9th to win the game. SO-Aaron Witzke(Lethbridge, AB) had the bases loaded walk off hit in the 9th for the win.
Game 4- U of C Dino's 10 VIBI 0. The Mariners made 5 errors in game 4, 3 of those errors in the 4th inning which lead to 7 runs for the Dino's. FR-Shane McQuade(Victoria, BC) threw well in relief, going 3 innings giving up 1 hit and striking out 1. SO-Mike Freestone(Toronto, ON) went 3 innings in relief as well, giving up 2 hits and a run, striking out 1. The M's offense was silent for most of the day, picking up only 4 hits.
Apr 1/12- Stormy weather brings delays, but games still played
VIBI battled a rough weather weekend but were able to play all the games, despite some heavy rains. Unfortunately, the M's were on the losing side, dropping 3 of 4 to the Dino's from Calgary. The VIBI players did a great job prepping the field after some stormy weather brought about some delays.
Game 1- U of C Dino's 4 VIBI 2. The first game of the series saw JR-Matt Davis(Red Deer, AB) get the start for the M's, going 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 2 hits, walking 6 and striking out 4. The M's offense wasn't able to get going in Game 1, collecting only 4 hits. FR-Liam Goodall(Nanaimo, BC) went 2-4, with 2 doubles and a run scored. SO-Thomas Bidzinski(Toronto, ON) was 1-2, with a walk and a run scored.
Game 2- U of C Dino's 2 VIBI 1. SO-Connor Russell(Victoria, BC) had command of all his pitches in Game 2, going 8 1/3 innings, giving up 4 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 11. Offensively the M's outhit Calgary 6-4, but were unable to provide the timely hit in the loss. SR-Cody Phipps(Round Hill, AB) collected 3 hits and FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC) was 2-4, with a triple and the only RBI for the M's.
Follow the Mariners on facebook and twitter for news, updates and scores. Next games for the M's, vs. TRU and PBA in Kamloops April 7th and 8th.
Mar 28/12- VIBI on Island News
Island News story on VIBI- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6NoRDv1bgo
Mar 25/12- VIBI drops 2
VIBI continued their 4 game weekend set vs. PBA Dawgs on Sunday, dropping both games on the day. Game 3- PBA 2 VIBI 1. VIBI had the go-ahead run on second base in the bottom of the seventh but were unable to capitalize, dropping Game 3. FR-Luke Hawkins(Victoria, BC) came on in relief, going 4 shutout innings, walking one and striking out 3. FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC) continued swinging a hot bat collecting 2 hits on the day.
Game 4- PBA 8 VIBI 1. A tight game through 4 innings, changed quickly in the fifth with PBA scoring 5 runs on the Mariners in the top of the 5th. SO- Jorhn Kaluzniak(Brandon, MB) started going 4 and 1/3, giving up 3 earned runs in the loss. 6 other Mariners pitchers saw action in relief. Offensively, SO-Thomas Bidzinski(Toronto, ON) had 2 hits and FR-Chad Schultz(Swift Current, SK) drove in the lone Mariner run.
VIBI hosts the U of Calgary Dinos this weekend- Fri, Sat and Sun- check schedule section for game times. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Mar 24/12- VIBI splits first two games of 4 game set at home
VIBI opened up CCBC conference play with a 3-2 win Saturday. Game 1-VIBI 3 PBA 2, FR-Cody Chartrand(Nanaimo, BC) got the start in the opener, throwing a 7 inning complete game for the win, giving up 6 hits and 2 runs, both earned, while striking out 5. SO-Dallas Monk(Comox, BC) provided the offense with a 2 out, bases loaded double in the fifth inning, to give VIBI the win in game one.
Game 2-PBA 5 VIBI 4, SO-Connor Russell(Victoria, BC) started for the Mariners, going 6 and 2/3, giving up 7 hits and 5 runs, one earned, and striking out 7. JR-Matt Davis(Red Deer, AB) came on in relief, going 2 and a 1/3 innings, striking out 3. The VIBI offense was lead by FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC), going 3 for 3 on the day, with a single, a double, a triple, an RBI and 2 runs scored. SO-Thomas Bidzinski(Toronto, ON) was 2 for 4, with 2 runs scored and SO-Jeremy Harasymchuk(Edmonton, AB) had a double and 2 RBI's.
Mar 17/12- VIBI falls short vs. Big Bend CC
VIBI continued their weekend set vs. Big Bend CC at their campus field for action on Saturday. Game 1- Big Bend CC 6 VIBI Mariners 4. The first game of the doubleheader saw SO-Connor Russell(Victoria, BC) get the start for the Mariners going 6 1/3 innings, giving up 3 hits, 2 runs, none earned while striking out 5. SO-Kyle Wannamaker(Sherwood Park, AB) and FR-Luke Hawkins(Victoria, BC) came on in relief, throwing well but were unable to overcome some untimely errors by the VIBI Mariners defense. Offensively, SO-Thomas Bidzinski(Etobicoke, ON) was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and SR-Cody Phipps(Round Hill, AB) was 1 for 3, with a walk and a run scored. Game 2- Big Bend CC 7 VIBI Mariners 5. The Mariners came up short again in the final game of the weekend set, holding a lead for the 3rd straight game but eventually falling short. Another strong start on the mound saw, JR-Matt Davis(Red Deer, AB) go 4 innings, giving up 4 hits and one earned run. FR-Shane McQuade(Victoria, BC) was tagged with the loss in relief despite throwing well as the Mariners dropped the final game of the weekend. Offensively the Mariners pounded out 13 hits, with FR-Liam Goodall(Nanaimo, BC) leading the way going 3 for 5 with a double and RBI and a run scored. FR-Jackson McCuaig(Victoria, BC) had 2 hits, a run scored and an RBI and FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC) had a triple, a run scored and 2 RBI's. This weekend concludes the pre-season schedule for the VIBI Mariners as they open up the CCBC Conference season play this Saturday in Nanaimo, hosting the PBA Dawgs from Lethbridge. Gametimes 1pm and 4pm Saturday, March 23rd and 11am and 130pm Sunday, March 24th. Follow VIBI action on Facebook and twitter throughout the whole 2012 campaign. Gametimes subject to change.
Mar 16/12- VIBI travels to Moses Lake, WA
VIBI traveled to the home of Big Bend CC in Moses Lake, WA on Friday for a 4 game weekend set, playing two games Friday, 4pm and 7pm. Game 1- Big Bend CC 12 VIBI Mariners 3. VIBI committed a season high 5 errors on tough early season field conditions at Larson Field in Moses Lake, WA in Game 1. The VIBI offense was lead by SR-Cody Phipps(Round Hill, AB) who was 1 for 3 at the plate with a walk, 2 runs scored and 3 stolen bases. So-Aaron Witzke(Lethbridge, AB) went 1 for 2 with a double, a walk and 3 RBI's. SO-Reiley Grose(Swift Current, SK) started on the mound, going 5 innings, giving up 5 runs, none earned while striking out 5. The third inning proved costly for VIBI, making two errors in the inning that lead to 5 runs scored. Game 2-Big Bend CC 3 VIBI Mariners 0. 2 errors in the 6th inning proved to be the difference in Game 2 as Big Bend CC scored 3 runs in the 6th inning, shutting the Mariners out in the top of the 7th to secure the win. FR-Cody Chartrand(Nanaimo, BC) got the start for VIBI, going 5 innings, giving up only one hit while striking out 5.
Mar 11/12- VIBI drops two in Yakima, WA
VIBI hit the road to Yakima, WA this past weekend dropping both games to Yakima Valley CC on Sunday. In the first game, Yakima scored 3 in the 4th and 4 in the 6th to take the victory 10-4 over VIBI. SO-Dallas Monk(Comox, BC) scored two runs and FR-Cody Andreychuk(Nanaimo, BC) had two RBI's. On the mound, FR-Luke Hawkins(Victoria, BC) got the start going 3 innings, giving up 3 hits and 1 run. In the second game, VIBI gave up a run in the bottom of the 9th on a bases loaded single with 2 outs to take the loss. Offensively, VIBI was lead by SO-Jeremy Harasymchuk(Edmonton, AB) collecting two hits and an RBI and SR-Cody Phipps(Round Hill, AB) going 1 for 3, with a walk and 2 runs scored. SO-Reiley Grose(Swift Current, SK) got the start, going 2 innings striking out 2. It was a group effort in game 2 on the mound as 6 pitchers combined for the 9 innings. VIBI's next action is this weekend in Moses Lake, WA for games against Big Bend CC and Clark CC. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on VIBI action.
Mar 4/12- VIBI splits in Everett, WA
VIBI played 2 games in Everett, WA on Sunday and finished the day with a split. In the first game, the VIBI Mariners fell to Everett CC 5-1, in a tight, well played opening game of the day. VIBI SO-Reiley Grose(Swift Current, SK) started, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs, one earned, over 5 innings, striking out 2 and taking the loss. FR-Liam Goodall(Nanaimo, BC) led the way offensively going 2 for 3 with an RBI double and stolen base. In the second game, VIBI scored twice in the 6th and added one more in the 7th to take the victory 4-2 vs. Shoreline CC. SO-Connor Russell(Victoria, BC) got the start going 5 innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs, 1 earned. In relief, FR-Cody Chartrand(Nanaimo, BC) went 4 perfect innings, giving up no hits or runs while striking out 5 to get the win(VIBI 4 Shoreline CC 2). Offensively, SO-Dallas Monk(Comox, BC), SO-Jeremy Harasymchuk(Edmonton, AB) and FR-Liam Goodall(Nanaimo, BC) each collected 2 hits, with Monk and Harasymchuk each hitting a double. Look for the Mariners back in action Saturday March 10th at home vs. Douglas College Royals. Follow us on Twitter at @VIBaseball and Facebook at V.i.BaseballInstitute.
Feb 25/12- VIBI gets pre-season games going all week on spring break
VIBI spent spring break playing baseball at home, at Serauxmen Stadium. With 3 live inter-squad games and two 7's Saturday vs the Nanaimo Pirates and Langley Blaze high school programs the Mariners pre-season schedule is underway. In the first game Saturday, Freshman Cody Andreychuk was 2 for 2, with 2 runs and 3 RBI's. Also, Freshman Liam Goodall scored 3 runs. Both Goodall and Andreychuk are from Nanaimo. On the mound, Freshman Byryn Murphy(Grande Prairie, AB) started and had 4 K's in 3 innings of work. In the second game, Sophmore Reiley Grose(Swift Current, SK) started and went 3 innings giving up one hit and striking out 3. Sophmore Jorhn Kaluzniak(Brandon, MB) came on in relief going 5 innings, striking out 10. The Mariners next action is March 2,3,4 in Everett, WA. Follow us on Twitter at @VIBaseball and Facebook at V.i.BaseballInstitute.
Feb 5/12- Paulencu wins Nanaimo Sports Award
VIBI standout, MLB 13th round draft pick and current member of 5th ranked Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Adam Paulencu, wins 2011 "Male Team Athlete of the Year" award for the City of Nanaimo at the Nanaimo Sports and Achievement awards held last night at the Coast Bastion Hotel. The annual event brings the City of Nanaimo's finest and most inspirational sports leaders together to honor the accomplishments of all the great athletes and coaches here in Nanaimo over the past year.
Feb 1/12- VIBI workout- outside on the turf for 3rd time this Spring
VIBI player's outside on the turf, getting the feel for a full infield is great at this time of year. Practice scheduled at the turf field again today for 330pm.
Nov 24/11- VIBI Players going to the WMBL
Players that have signed to play in the WMBL for the 2012 Summer Season;
Cody Phipps- Swift Current Indians, Cody Chartrand- Swift Current Indians, Reiley Grose- Swift Current Indians, Connor Russell- Okotoks Dawgs, Jorhn Kaluzniak- Okotoks Dawgs.
Nov 3/11- 100 Inning Thank You
VIBI players and coaching staff would like to thank all the 100 Inning Game Sponsors for their support. A fun couple of days for the program.
Oct 30/11- 100 Inning Game complete, Hitters win the fundraiser game
Final 50 innings= On a Halloween themed Saturday at Serauxmen Stadium the VIBI Mariners completed their annual 100 inning fundraiser baseball game. The boys got all dressed up in their Halloween costumes and completed the remaining 50 innings. There were some excellent costumes and a variety of different looks. Pictures of the day’s events will be posted shortly on the website. On the baseball side of things, the pitchers bounced back with a close 28-27 win. The hitters still won the overall game 56-44 but it was all about the fun on this Saturday.
The VIBI Mariners would like to thank all the sponsors for this year’s event and the Mariners themselves have completed their Fall Baseball season and will go indoors starting on Wednesday at the Centennial Building in Beban Park.
Oct 28/11- VIBI starts 100 Inning Game
1st 50 innings= On a cold Thursday afternoon in Nanaimo, the VIBI Mariners completed the 1st50 innings of their annual 100 inning game. The teams were split, Pitchers vs. Hitters and began play. After a good 50 innings the hitters took a solid lead of 29-16 going into the weekends final 50 innings, which are to be played Saturday.
Oct 24/11- Paulencu signs with NAIA powerhouse Embry-Riddle
Adam Paulencu has signed a letter of intent scholarship for the Spring 2012 with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. Paulencu is set to join the 12 time defending Champions of the Sun Conference in hopes of playing in the NAIA World Series at the end of May. Embry-Riddle has been to the NAIA World Series each of the last 4 years.
Oct 24/11- VIBI World Series ends in Sweep
Game 1= Jordan Romine's walk-off single in the bottom of the 8th propels Team White to a 2-1 win in Game 1 of the World Series. Both starting pitchers Reiley Grose (Team White) and Connor Russell (Team Blue) threw terrific games, with both bullpens holding down the fort until the late heroics. Team Blue had a chance to secure this game after taking the lead into the 5th but late mistakes cost them led to the win by Team White.
Game 2= Team White took all the momentum of their win in Game 1 into Game 2 and put Team Blue on the brink of elimination with a convincing 5-1 win. The win was led by Luke Hawkins throwing a strong 5 and 2/3 innings on only 64 pitches silencing Team Blue's bats right from the beginning. With the victory Team White had a chance to end the series on a beautiful day in Nanaimo.
Game 3= With their backs against the wall and all the momentum on Team White's side, Team Blue gave it their all, but came up short as Team White sweeps the 2011 VIBI World Series with a 4-2 extra inning win. With the score tied 2-2 going into the 8th inning Team White loaded the bases and scored the winning run on a passed ball. Team White added another run in the inning for extra insurance and that was enough as they shutdown Team Blue in the bottom half to secure the series win.
Oct 4/11- Mariners return home after successful weekend in Kelowna
The Mariners are very pleased with their trip to the Interior this past weekend. The Mariners rolled through the weekend with a convincing 11-1 win over the Okanagan A’s high school team and 10-1, 7-4, 12-10 wins over the Okanagan College Baseball team. The only road block of the weekend came on Sunday when the Mariners lost to the Okanagan College 6-1. The Mariners were successful on and off the field this past weekend as the players were able to get to know one another in a team setting and bond as a group. The Mariners will continue to practice and play outdoors throughout October.
Dates to note
VIBI World Series October 14th-16th
VIBI’s annual 100 inning baseball game taking place on Saturday October 29th. This event is VIBI’s big fundraiser and the players are continuing to work on finding people to sponsor them for this event.
Sept 28/11-VIBI Mariners prepare for trip to the Okanagan!!!
Coming off a successful double header sweep of the Victoria Mariners high school team, the focus shifts to the coming weekend where the Mariners will make their lone road trip of the fall to Kelowna, to square off with the Okanagan College Coyotes in a 6 game set. The Mariners are fighting the Fall weather here in Nanaimo and will enjoy a nice getaway to the more friendly and warmer confines in Kelowna. The Mariners are continuing to improve and this weekend should be a good test for the boys from the Island. The weekend set begins Friday afternoon where thee teams will play 3 consecutive double headers concluding on Sunday.
Sept 20/11-VIBI Mariners baseball team is back in full force!!!
The VIBI Mariners are back and have quickly turned the page to the 2012 CCBC National Championship as they look to avenge the 2011 Championship defeat to the PBA Dawgs. The team continues to practice most days of the week with games played on the weekends. There is a lot of fresh faces to the team that are quickly understanding what collegiate baseball is all about and what the ultimate goals are for this year’s Mariner team. The older guys and veterans of the team know what it takes and have done a very good job in informing the freshman of what is expected of this team. The team will play Fall Ball right through to the middle to end of October before they go indoors for the winter months.
Sept 18/11-VIBI Mariners look sharp in opening weekends of Fall Ball
VIBI Mariners look sharp in opening weekends of Fall Ball!!
The hard work is paying off for the VIBI Mariners as the early part of fall baseball has been a success. The Mariners have now played 8 games and every game seems like there is improvement and the team chemistry is getting better each time out on the field. The Mariners are sporting a solid 6-2 record coming off a four win weekend against the Okanagan College Coyotes. The team will continue to work hard at practice this week and have a few inter squad games as they prepare to welcome in the Victoria Mariners high school baseball team for a double header on Saturday at Serauxman stadium beginning at 1 pm.
Sept 7/11- Scheduling change for 14u camp
Monday's 14u camp has been moved to Robbins Field and will start at 5pm.
August 23/11- VIBI Fall Ball ready to go
College baseball is right around the corner, as the VIBI Mariners get set to start the 2011 school year. With a healthy group of returning players and a new crop of exciting freshman the VIBI Mariners will begin working out Sept 1st. Follow us throughout the fall on our Facebook page as well.
August 1st/11- VIBI announces Fall Camp schedule
Check out Youth Camp section for the 2011 VIBI 18U, 14U Fall Ball schedule.
June 8/11- VIBI pitcher Adam Paulencu drafted by the San Fransisco Giants in the 13th round.
Congratulations to VIBI Mariners, Right Handed Pitcher, Adam Paulencu-Sherwood Park, AB, on being drafted to MLB with the San Fransisco Giants today in the 13th round. Adam has been with VIBI for 3 years, winning a National Championship in 2010. Adam is VIBI`s career strtikeout leader with 158 K`s, 2nd all-time in wins (12), 1st in Games Started(23) and third in Innings Pitched(158). Adam also leads VIBI All-Time in H/9- 4.2 and SO/9- 7.2.
Good Luck Adam and Congratulations!
May 31/11- VIBI Mariners Team Awards
Check the Team Awards link to view the 2011 VIBI Mariners team awards and CCBC All-Conference selections.
May 17/11- Check out article in Nanaimo news paper
Follow the link below for an article on the Mariners and their CCBC National weekend in the Nanaimo News Bulletin.
May 17/11- Congratulations to the Mariners 1st and 2nd Team Allstars
At the awards ceremony Thursday morning the Mariners cleaned up in both the 1st and 2nd team allstar awards winning the most of any team. On first team Evan Olsen for second base, Taylor MacDonell as starting pitcher and Blake Robson for outfield. On second team Adam Paulencu for starting pitcher, Aaron Witzke as utility, Aaron Tyacke for third base, Cody Phipps for outfield, Jeremy Harasymchuck as catcher, and Jordan Romine for shortstop. Congrats to those winners. Lastly, Congratulations to Jordan Blundell who was voted Coach of the Year by the other coaches in the CCBC League.
May 16/11- Mariners narrowly miss top goal as repeat Champions
Finishing second for most teams may be a great accomplishment for most teams but not for the Mariners who headed into the CCBC tournament this past weekend as defending champs. Everything was falling into place as the Mariners found themselves once again in the finals on Sunday afternoon against the PBA Dawgs. Everything was looking good with ace Adam Paulencu on the mound for the M's. In the end it was one inning the Mariners lost that seen the M's losing to the Dawgs 8-5. A great season no the less leaves the Mariners even hungrier for the 2012 season. With more then a handfull of players returning next year the Mariners will look to once again regain the CCBC title. Thanks to everyone this year who supported the Mariners, they appreciate everything you do!
May 11/11- Preparation for Nationals
The Mariner's leave for Kamloops Thursday and have been preparing for Nationals all week. Good Luck to the M's as they defend their 2010 CCBC National Title!
May 9/11- Mariners win series in Kelowna
The Mariner's are taking all the momentum from this past weekends 3 of 4 wins into this upcoming weekend as the Mariner's head into the CCBC National Tournament in Kamloops. The M's head into the tournament as reigning champions and look to defend that title. It will take a full team effort to once again bring the title back to Nanaimo. Follow that Mariners online through stat tracker on the CCBC website. Games start on Thursday and the tournament finishes on Sunday!
May 2/11- Mariners on home stretch
With just one more weekend left before Nationals the Mariners traveled to Kamloops for a 3 way series against the Coyotes and Wolfpack. The Mariners won both their games against the Coyotes but unfortunately dropped both games to the Wolfpack, finishing the weekend 2-2. The Mariners look to finish the 2011 season in Kelowna next weekend with a four game set against the Coyotes.
April 26/11-Mariners take furthest road trip of the season
Traveling to Lethbridge for a rematch series against the PBA Dawgs and Calgary Dinos had the Mariners hungry for more! The Mariners played well the whole weekend but only managed two wins. They are happy with 2 wins but are looking for more in the upcoming weekends before playoffs. This weekend the Mariners will travel to Kamloops to play a 3 way series against Kelowna and Kamloops.
April 18/11-Mariner's thank everyone for their support
With a schedule change the Mariners unfortunately had a short home stand with only 2 home weekends this year. The team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the Mariners over the past 2 weekends but their season isn't over yet! You can follow the Mariners live on stat tracker which can be found on the CCBC home website in our links section. Catch the Mariners in action this easter weekend in Lethbridge.
April 17/11- Injury bug plagues Mariner's
Some bad luck this past weekend has left the Mariners with 4 losses but hungrier then ever to get back on the winning side of things. After losing to the PBA Dawgs the good news is the Mariners will get a chance to revenge them this upcoming weekend as the visit their park in Lethbridge.
March 30/11-New Pictures from 2011 Season
Check out the photos link on the left to see pictures from Mariners trip to UBC turf field and this past weekends league games in Kelowna!
March 29/11- Changes to CCBC Schedule
With Victoria not able to sustain a team for spring games, the CCBC has done some reforming of the schedule to try and accommodate all teams. Check out the schedule link to see the new revised schedule the Mariner's will be playing
March 28/11- Mariners start league play off with two wins
After traveling to Kelowna Saturday Morning the Mariners played games against Calgary and PBA. Playing two strong games the Mariners found themselves coming out on top in both games and looking forward to playing TRU and Kelowna on Sunday. Unfortunately rain got the best of them once again and the rest of the games scheduled for the weekend were cancelled.
March 24/11- Change in Schedule for Mariners and league
The Mariners will now be heading to Kelowna this Saturday and Sunday to play 4 games in a three way series against Kelowna and Calgary.
March 22/11- Rain tries to ruin Mariner's weekend
It was a tough go this past weekend with rain not in the boys favor. The Mariner's played 4 games Friday and Saturday versus the visiting TRU Wolfpack and then left for the US to play a double header against Everett and River Valley Community College. The Mariner's are eagerly awaiting this weekend as it is the kick off the the 2011 regular season. The Mariner's will play a home and home against their newly arrived island rivalry Victoria! Game times are 1 and 4 on Saturday at Serauxman Stadium.
March 11/11- Youth camp scheduled for Spring Break
VIBI will be hosting a Youth camp Monday, March 14th to Wednesday, March 16th at the Centennial Building at Beban Park. Camp cost is $50. Please check back Sunday for any updates or scheduling changes.
March 6/11- First trip to the States of the Spring a success
After a week of battling the weather the Mariner's took their first trip of the spring to the States Friday and Saturday facing off against American teams. With 2 wins and 1 loss on the weekend the Mariners are looking at the weekend not only as a success in the win column but as making progress and gaining momentum for the first games of the season! The Mariner's are back in action this Wednesday in Victoria and are right back in the States next weekend.
February 27/11- VIBI takes care of business in first games of the season
Playing in cold snowy temperatures was nothing this past weekend for the Mariners as they swept the Kelowna Coyotes 3 games to none. Great games by all players. Look for the Mariners who will be back in action this coming weekend in Skagit Valley, WA., Vancouver, and Victoria. Check out the stats and game reviews by using the menu on the left.
February 14/11- VIBI Announces 3rd Annual Silent Auction Details!
VIBI will be holding its annual Silent Auction sometime in May (date TBD) but this year have teamed up with the Canadian Breast Cancer Society to raise money for the organization! This year a charity softball game followed by a silent auction will be held with a portion of the proceeds going the the CBCS! More details to follow.
February 1/11- Congratulations to 2010 Mariner team
The champions of the 2010 CCBC, your VIBI MARINER'S have been nominated in Nanaimo for Team of the Year at the 2010 Sport Achievement Awards put on by PacificSport. Good Luck to the boys! The winners will be announced Saturday February 5th at the banquet held at the Coast Bastion Hotel.
January 24/11- Mariners preseason games just around the corner!
It's hard to believe with all this rain that the Mariners season is just around the corner! The Mariners have been training indoors preparing for the first sign of nice weather. With preseason games scheduled for reading week (Feb.21-25) pitchers have begun throwing off the mound and hitters have started taking live batting practice.
January 6/11- Mariners add new pitcher to roster
VIBI would like to officially welcome Matt Thornton from Campbell River! He was a top prospect from the BCPBL. He will hopefully add depth to the Mariners already solid starting rotation.
January 1/11- Happy New Year
The Mariners would like to wish everyone all the best in 2011!
November 4/10- Off Season
With fall ball coming to an end for both the College and the junior college teams the groups focus on moving indoors. Indoor times are as follows;
Monday- College 1:30-530, Pitching camp @ Oliver Woods 4:45-6:15
Tuesday- Off Day
Wednesday- College 1:30-4, Juniors 4-5:30
Thursday- College 1:30-5:30
Friday- College 1:30-4, Juniors 4-5:30
Saturday- Juniors 1-2:30, College 2:30- 5:30
Sunday- Off Day
October 18/10- College World Series- Team Paulencu Wins in 5
To cap off the Mariners fall ball season the team split into two teams with the captains consisting of Adam Paulencu and Cody Phipps vs. Team Taylor MacDonell and Braxton Hyland. Game one saw team Paulencu come out ahead with Jon Przybyl getting the win on the mound. Game 2 seen team MacDonell bounce back to tie the series at one. A double header on Saturday saw team Paulencu take the lead right back. On Sunday with the series at 2-1 and team MacDonell facing elimination they fought a hard battle that went into 15 innings with team MacDonell coming out on top. Due to darkness the final game was delayed until Monday where a match-up between Jon Przybyl for team Paulencu taking on the rookie Frank Kaluzniak. After an exciting game team Paulencu finished on top with Jon Przybyl earning his second win of the series. The teams celebrated the series at Boston Pizza for game 5 of the World Series where team MacDonell was forced to pay for team Paulencu's dinners
October 4/10- Successful weekend for all VIBI teams
With the VIBI Mariners playing 3 double headers in 3 days the team managed to finish the weekend with a 4-2 record. On Friday the Mariners split against TRU losing the first game 1-0 but bouncing right back and taking the second game 7-6. On Saturday they began a four game series with the OC Coyotes. The Mariners split on Saturday as well winning the first game 3-0 but losing the second game 3-2. The final two games on Saturday were won both by the Mariners by a score of 4-1 and 6-5. This weekend also seen the 18U and 16U Mariners playing as well on Saturday. Both teams ending up splitting their games.
September 28/10- Upcoming weekend for VIBI Mariners
The Mariners will be busy this weekend playing a total of 6 games. The Mariners start the weekend off early with 2 games on Friday against TRU Wolfpack at 1 and 4 pm. Then Saturday they play 2 games against OC Coyotes again at 1 and 4 pm. Finishing off the weekend on Sunday with two games against OC once again scheduled for 10 and 2. Come out and support your VIBI Mariners!
September 27/10- Congratulations to both the Junior and Senior VIBI
This past weekend saw the Senior VIBI team competing in the fall classic which took place in Kelowna. The seniors played well all weekend which lead to a 4-0 weekend becoming fall classic champions. The junior team played the first part of the fall classic in Nanaimo. They needed to win their Island Pod in order to advance. After winning their first game on Thursday against Parksville their next game on Saturday, VIBI fell short against Mid-Island losing 5-1 but came ready to play against Victoria. In the bottom of the first inning they scored 7 runs. After rain became a factor in the fourth inning the mariners lead was 8-1 which was enough to beat Victoria. With a 2-1 record in their pod the Junior VIBI team advanced to White Rock on Sunday. Unfortunately Sundays games were rained out. The tournament is looking to run this next weekend in White Rock. Good Luck to the Juniors this upcoming weekend.
September 23/10- Upcoming weekend
After a rainy weekend the Mariners hope this weekend will fair better and give them a chance to play their home and home games with the Victoria Mavericks. Games on Saturday will be played in Victoria while games on Sunday will be held at Serauxman Stadium in Naniamo. Game times for both days will be 1pm and 4pm.
September 20/10- Mariners Battle Rain in Kelowna
The Maniners visited Okanagan College in Kelowna this past weekend for a mini tournament which included VIBI, OC, TRU, and the newly added Victoria Mavericks. After a tough Friday the Mariners ended up losing its first two games to OC and TRU. With rain hitting Elk Stadium Saturday the Mariners managed to play just one game where they ended up winning their first game against the Mavericks. Unfortunately, the rest of the tournament ended up being cancelled due to rain.
September 9/10- Youth VIBI Gets Underway
With the Nanaimo Junior and Senior Pirates wrapping up their summer season. Kids from ages 14-18 are looking for their fix of fall ball as well. Look no further then your VIBI Mariners who, last season, began taking fall ball for these youths under their belt. With 30 plus college students readily available to pass down skills they've learned along the way, it makes for a perfect fit. The Youth VIBI Mariners camps are held every Tuesday and Thursday through the months of September and October, weather permitting, with games being scheduled on weekends. Skills learned here will definitely give these youth players a head start come next springs tryouts.
September 1/10- VIBI Begins Fall Ball Camp
Although school does not start until Sept. 6 VIBI got underway early this season. With practices in full swing as of Sept. 1 and inter-squad games scheduled for the upcoming weekend the Mariners look to brush up on their skills after coming off a successful past season where the 2010 Mariners were National Champions.
August 14/10- Joey Evans added to the VIBI Coaching Staff
Joey Evans has played his past 3 summers for the Swift Current Indians in the WMBL. He is originally from Tyler, Texas. He will play a key part as the pitching coach for the Mariners. More information on Joey Evans to come.
June 1/10- Mariners happy with Championship title but shift focus to up coming 2011 season!
With the season ending on a high note the VIBI Mariners they now look to the fall 2010 semester as well as the spring 2011 semester, where the Mariners will try and defend their title as CCBC National Champions.
May 25/10- Information on fall 2010 Youth Camps coming soon!
2010 CCBC National Champions!
May 18/10- VIBI Mariners win 2010 CCBC National Championship
Mar 08/10- Team Moretti wins The Mariners aunnual "100 Inning Game"
Team Moretti came from behind to capture The Mariners annual "100 Inning Game" over Team McKaig. Team McKaig was leading 41-39 going into the last inning before Team Moretti came back to win the game 42-41.
Feb 09/10- Team McKaig leads Team Moretti
The Mariners annual "100 Inning Game" has Team McKaig ahead of Team Moretti 19-16 through 36 innings. Team McKaig is looking to avenge their World Series loss to Team Moretti in a hard fought series going all 3 games.
Nov 17/09- Youth Camps Running Now!
VIBI Youth camps are in full swing at Oliver Woods Rec Center and Beban Park at the Centennial building. Check out our Youth Camp section or contact Coach Blundell.
Oct 26/09- VIBI Youth Camps
VIBI Youth Camps are posted in our Youth Camp section. Please contact Coach Blundell for more details.
Oct 21/09- VIBI World Series goes 3 games
VIBI played their annual Fall-Ball World Series this past week. Game 1 was a hard fought battle until the last inning as Team McKaig rallied from 2 early deficits to win 7-4. Game 2 was a well pitched battle seeing Team Moretti even the series. Game 3 had Team McKaig with the tying run at second base but a game ending strikeout ended the rally and the series, giving Team Moretti the World Series victory.
Oct 11/09- VIBI Fall Baseball Update
The Vancouver Island Baseball Institute fall 2009 update- The weather has been tremendous this fall as has the playing surface at Serauxmen Stadium ( http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/photo.php?pid=56712&id=1714252993&ref=mf). The Mariners started the fall season with our first workout Sept 1st and have been going steady since. The fellas began the competitive portion of the fall with games vs. some youth programs leading into the college portion of their schedule. You can keep track of the results in our schedule section of the website. Along with our on field portion of the fall, our players have been involved with the youth players of Nanaimo in our VIBI fall camp that has been a huge success and runs Tuesday and Thursday nights. Both the kids and instructors have had a great time- seeing the VIBI camp kids go 13-1 this fall in their competitive portion of the schedule.
Along with our VIBI camp, the program held a fun Cowboy night fundraiser at the Old City Station in mid September- another huge success. The fall playing portion is winding down and the players will soon be moving into the weight lifting portion of the fall.
Our College and Camps combine at- V.i.BaseballInstitute on facebook, become a friend.
Stay tuned, we will be posting our fall stats in the coming weeks as well as other updates as we move closer to the start of the 2010 CCBC regular season. Don't forget to purchase your VIBI fall shirt from one of the players or by contacting Coach Blundell.
Sept 15/09- Mariners post fall roster
Check roster section for VIBI fall 2009 roster. Next home game is Fri starting at 4:30pm. Come down for burgers and dogs and our National Anthem.
June 23/09- Mariners announce Award winners for 2009 season
Please check out the TeamAwards section for the Mariners 2009 player awards and the 2009 Mariners CCBC All- Conference players.
June 22/09- Former Mariners player signs professional contract with Victoria Seals of the Golden League
Former Mariners LHP/1B Graham Campbell has signed a professional contract with the Victoria Seals of the Golden League. To follow the Victoria Seals check out www.victoriaseals.ca.