Delta Blue Jays Win Another National Title

Story by Ian Jacques - Delta Optimist

 

The Delta Blue Jays are back-to-back national champions following a 7-2 win over Quebec Sunday night at the Ray Carter Cup 15U Baseball Nationals in Laval, Que.

The Jays went 3-1 in the round robin portion of the tournament with wins over Saskatchewan (4-1), Quebec (3-2) and the host Quebec team (1-0) to clinch top spot in their pool and a spot in the semifinals.

Delta dropped their last round robin game 8-3 to Ontario.

In the semifinals, Delta walked off Alberta 6-5 in a thriller to give them a chance to defend their title.

 

The Jays were never challenged in the championship game scoring four runs in the first and never looked back.

“It’s a very special experience. It was a grind to get back here for sure,” said head coach Cam Frick. “There is very tough competition locally in B.C. and to have such a strong finish to the year to get us back to nationals is an accomplishment in itself. Here at nationals, everything just seemed to click this weekend. Everyone played great. It was a phenomenal experience.”

Frick said the Jays were battle tested going into the nationals playing a lot of close games throughout the season, which ultimately paid off.

“The big thing that sets us apart on the National stage is we are playing a lot of teams who are great individually, have 18 amazing players, but they are new to playing with each other. It really helped us to have our 15 guys. We did have three pick-ups, but our guys are familiar with our systems, and in those tight games, having those things in place really does help,” he said.

“Our guys played phenomenal. All those close games could have gone either way. Some people say to me that it’s impossible to win all those close games year after year, but our guys are good at handling the pressure and they are used to it when it comes to these big spots.”

Under Frick, Delta won a silver medal in 2019 and gold in back-to-back years to go along with 7 Provincial Championships in since 2015.

“Both championship teams are very different teams,” he said. “We had deep pitching both years. Last year our defence was phenomenal, but this year our offence really came alive, especially in the semifinal and the final. We were ready to go against two strong pitchers.”

Frick plans to take a few days off and then get back at it to try and do it all over again next year.

“Will take a week off and then start again next Tuesday,” he said. “Consistently year after year, my assistant coaches are experts in what they do. I think we have a good chance to come back. There are 27 15U AAA teams in B.C., but we will do everything we can to manage to find our way back.”

The Jays 2023 championship team included: Carter Bestebroer, Lucas Holt, Tyler McWhinnie, Desi Tregaskis, Hayden Mangat, Mason Dubnov, Jack Redpath, Dylan De Meyer, Toby Wilding, Kesler Curtis, Aldrich Lin, Connor Fischer, Dimitri Papadopoulos, Lucas Yu, Tahano Northey, Nathan Reynolds, Jack Bello, Reece Abbott. The coaches included: Cam Frick, Ford Marcotte, Joseph O’Krafka and team chef Tommy Richards.

 

2023 15U AAA National Champions
2023 Baseball BC Provincial Champions
2023 BCPBL Provincial Champions
2023 BCPBL League Champions
2022 15U AAA National Champions
2022 Baseball BC Provincial Champions
2022 Kyle Losse Memorial Tournament Champions
2021 Bantam PBL League Champions
2019 15U AAA National Silver Medalists
2019 Baseball BC Provincial Champions
2019 BC Minor Baseball Provincial Champions
2019 BC Minor Baseball League Champions 
2018 Western Canadian Champions
2018 BC Minor Baseball League Champions
2017 BC Minor Baseball Provincial Champions 
2017 Tigers Fall Classic Champions

2016 BC Minor Baseball Provincial Champions

2016 Tigers Fall Classic Champions

2016 RCBA Queen Victoria Tournament Champions

2015 USSSAWA Summer Slam Champions  

 

 

 




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