National championship will have to wait

Dobbelsteyn, McDonald have good time at Oldtimer tourney in PEI

GETTING READY TO tuck into a lobster dinner are (from left to right) Kevin Dobbelsteyn

 

 

 

Kevin Dobbelsteyn

Special to the Record

The 2012 Canadian National Oldtimers Baseball Tournament is history, and that history will, unfortunately, not include the Hamilton Stealers as champions of the 50+ age division.  And, Tim McDonald and Kevin Dobbelsteyn will, unfortunately, not be listed as members of the winning team.

The two local boys were picked up by the Ontario team to bolster its chances of success at the Prince Edward Island tourney. The event was held the August long weekend under wonderful weather conditions of about 31 degrees all weekend long.  Most of the games were at diamonds in Charlottetown, but some took place in Summerside as well.

After a long trip to the Island, including the four-hour time shift, a Friday doubleheader did not go well.  With games against Spring Lake of Alberta (a 3-2 loss) and the Nova Scotia Monarchs (a 5-4 loss), the bats were rather uninspired.  Although Hamilton held the lead heading to the last inning in both games, the opponents rallied to snatch away victory.

With a lobster supper in North Rustico to soothe the disappointment of a bad day, the team regrouped on Friday night.

Saturday morning, the Stealers headed to Summerside for a second doubleheader.  Playing much better ball against the Pleasant Valley Lakers (a 6-4 win) and long-time rivals Oakville Golden A’s (a 7-6 win), the boys gave themselves a chance to finish in the top four teams and a chance at the title.  When the Nova Scotia team played to a tie in one of its games, the back door opened and in walked the Stealers!

Sunday’s single-elimination game was right back against the Oakville team. Scoring five runs in the first inning, Hamilton was on fire. After 4-½ innnings, the Stealers led 9-4.  And then, hell froze over.  The Oakville team scored six runs in the fifth and another five runs in the sixth to grab a 15-9 lead.  A good rally in the seventh pulled the Stealers closer at 15-12, but that was it.

On Monday, Oakville lost the title to the Dufferin, Ontario team in extra innings.

The national event turned into a great experience for Tim and Kevin.  They met some great guys on the Hamilton team and enjoyed five top-notch ball games.  The boys played well, with McDonald catching almost every inning and guiding the team from behind the plate, and Dobbelsteyn playing third and pitching and contributing at the plate from the number five spot.

 

The 2013 tournament will be the long August weekend in Edmonton.  Rumours have started that the Valley will send one (or more) teams next year . . . could there be a Valley vs. Valley final? Watch for updates!

 

 

Just Posted

Two Courtenay Habitat for Humanity families receive keys to new homes

Lake Trail Road project officially has residents

Preparations ongoing for Courtenay’s annual Earl Naswell Community Christmas Dinner

The doors of the Florence Filberg Centre, downtown Courtenay, will open again… Continue reading

Valley woman found guilty on three charges following 2016 collision in Courtenay

The woman involved in a trial for a multi-vehicle collision in which… Continue reading

High winds force several BC Ferries sailing cancellations

Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay, and Duke Point to Tsawwassen among closures

Swiss juniors train in Comox Valley

The Swiss national junior hockey team is training at the Comox Valley… Continue reading

Man dies after falling from B.C. bridge

Intoxicated man climbed railing, lost his balance and fell into the water below

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

‘I practically begged’: Kootenay woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

Most Read