Baseball coach Charles Law (left) is joined by Vernon athletes Keaton Mandryk

Baseball coach Charles Law (left) is joined by Vernon athletes Keaton Mandryk

B.C. Games to be a ball

A trio of Vernon baseball stars and a local coach will represent Zone 2 at the B.C. Summer Games, July 17-20, in Nanaimo

A trio of Vernon baseball stars and a local coach will represent Zone 2 at the B.C. Summer Games, July 17-20, in Nanaimo.

“I’m very excited about the atmosphere and being around a higher level of baseball,” said pitcher Keaton Mandryk.

There will be eight zones competing for gold in Nanaimo. The Games feature up to 3,900 athletes, coaches and officials from across B.C. Competition will take place in 19 sports.

“Our goal is to get to the medal rounds. Last time we missed out because of a tie,”  said Zone 2 coach Charles Law.

This will be Law’s third stint coaching the Zone team, he was a part of the 2008 and 2012 squads. His best finish came in 2012 when the Thompson-Okanagan placed fifth.

Catcher, first baseman, third baseman Colton Schaper-Kotter, 13, is the youngest player on the team. If he had to choose his favourite position, it would be first base.

“I really like picking balls in the dirt. It is a good position for me to play,” said Schaper-Kotter.

“I think it is just because he doesn’t have to run around a whole lot,” joked Law.

Schaper-Kotter will begin Grade 9 next fall at VSS and is a Texas Rangers fan. He is having a pretty good year by his standards, hitting near .300 with plenty of doubles like his idol, Vladimir Guerrero.

Caden Doyle is fresh off a scorching season with the Vernon Tim Hortons Bantam AA Canadians, a team that went 16-4.

Doyle patrolled centrefield for the C’s and can’t wait for the Games.

“I’ve never played for a team like this, it’s gonna be great,” said Doyle.

Doyle is a huge Toronto Blue Jays fan and his favourite player is Edwin Encarnacion.

“Doyle’s calling card is his speed. He is going to play a big part on this team,” said Law.

With Doyle and Schaper-Kotter taking care of the sticks, Mandryk will look to mow down the opposition. He struck out a career-high 10 batters this spring and will look to fan more hitters at the Games.

“I like my change-up and curve ball to get guys out,” said Mandryk.

Mandryk played for the Okanagan Athletics Bantam team this spring.

The 14-year-old right-hander just finished Grade 9 at Fulton and is really excited for the Games.

“Keaton is going to be one of our top guys out in Nanaimo. He’s got a good arm and we are going to lean on him to get guys out,” said Law.

“This is going to be a great tournament. I hope these kids do well and have fun. This is a great opportunity for them for exposure to the next level,” said Law.

This tournament is a chance for players to get scouted for midget AAA baseball, the B.C. Premier Baseball League and the Canada Summer Games.

 

 

Just Posted

A grant from the Okanagan Basin Water Board has allowed the historic O’Keefe Ranch in Spallumcheen to construct and complete its rain gardens project. (O’Keefe Ranch photo)
Spallumcheen ranch protects ecosystem with water grant

Historic O’Keefe Ranch receives $20,000 to construct and complete rain gardens project

Michelle Jacobs receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Coast Capri Hotel on April 28, 2021. The pop-up clinic was hosted by the First Nations Health Authority. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
126 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

There are 22 individuals hospitalized due to the virus, and 13 in intensive care

(File photo)
Repeated cougar sighting on Okanagan Rail Trail

Plenty of bear sightings around the valley too

Vernon local Ryan Lazar – who specializes in 2D background design and 3D animation – is ready to start his career after a tough yet rewarding two years of studies. (Contributed)
Okanagan College students get animated at graduation

‘The pandemic has resulted in more video consumption and the animation industry is so hot right now because of it’

An e-scooter and a car bumper make for a narrow passthrough on a sidewalk out front of the Kelowna Law Courts on Wednesday, April 28. (Michael Rodriguez/Black Press)
E-scooters ready to roll in Vernon

Final bylaw changes in place to allow personal use and for companies to operate a rental program

An avalanche near Highway 1 in Glacier National Park. Avalanche Canada will benefit from a $10 million grant from the B.C. government. (Photo by Parks Canada)
Avalanche Canada receives $10-million grant from B.C. government

Long sought-after funds to bolster organization’s important work

Barriere RCMP nabbed two suspects who were allegedly breaking into cabins in McLure. (File photo)
Thieves nabbed by Barriere Mounties during McLure break-ins

Police Service Dog Kody instrumental in making the arrest

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the province’s COVID-19 vaccine program, May 10, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays below 500 a day over weekend

14 more deaths, down to 350 in hospital as of Monday

Royal Bay Secondary School’s rainbow crosswalk was vandalized shortly after being painted but by Monday, coincidentally the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the crosswalk had been cleaned up and students had surrounded it with chalk messages of support and celebration. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
B.C. high’s school’s pride crosswalk restored following ‘hateful’ graffiti attack

Hate terms, racial slur, phallic images spray-painted at Greater Victoria high school

RCMP vest
Penticton beach brawl results in one arrest but no charges

People took to social media after a fight broke out at the fire pits at Okanagan Lake Saturday

Terrance Mack would have celebrated his 34th birthday on May 13, 2021. Mack’s family has identified him as the victim of a homicide in an apartment on Third Avenue in Port Alberni sometime in April. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Family identifies Ucluelet man as victim of Vancouver Island homicide

Terrance Mack being remembered as ‘kind, gentle’ man

A single motorcycle parked outside of the Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse at 837 Ellis Street on July 9, 2020. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Kelowna Hells Angels prospect sentenced to 9 months in jail for aggravated assault

Colin Michael Bayley pleaded guilty to the downtown Kelowna assault earlier this month

Salmon Arm RCMP seize a handgun, drugs and cash at a Silver Creek property on Friday, May 14, 2021. (File photo)
Police seize handgun, drugs and cash at a Shuswap property

Salmon Arm RCMP said warrant for Silver Creek revealed cannabis, possible cocaine, magic mushrooms

Salmon Arm RCMP are seeking witnesses to a single-vehicle collision that occurred on Highway 1 on May 16, 2021. (File photo)
Salmon Arm RCMP seek persons who transported injured driver, motorcycle to hospital

Motorcyclist involved in a single-vehicle collision on Highway 1

Most Read