Seaway Surge Baseball Club launches new programs, registration now open for new Rally Caps — ages 5-8

Above, Seaway Surge 2018 Award Winners — (not in any specific order) Rookie A: Top Batter - Corson Gilmour, MVP- Brady Graham, Coach - Brady Nichol; Mosquito AA: Top Batter - Parker Holmes, Top Pitcher - Kayden Buller, MVP - Ben Radley, Coach - Carter Seeley; Minor Pee Wee AA: Top Batter - Cooper McCooeye, Top Pitchers - Garrett Rochon/ Warren Halpenny, MVP - Rory Gilmour, Coach - Jacob Guy; PeeWee AA: Top Batter - Braden Leeder, Top Pitcher - Braden Leeder, MVP - Braden Leeder, Coach - Nathan Hay;Minor Bantam AA: Top Batter - Stefan Kronstal, Top Pitcher - Wyatt Zimmer/ Keegan Lachapelle, MVP - Liam O'Brien, Coaches - Thomas Dishaw & John Downey; Bantam AA: Top Batter - Ethan Marion, Top Pitcher - Ben Lapier, MVP - Ben Lapier, Coach - Joshua Broad; Midget A: Top Batter - Owen Richardson, Top Pitcher - Curran Gilmour, MVP - Justin Shay, Coach - Jason Moorehouse Winners of the Bud Mawhinney Memorial Umpire Award - Jr. Simon Piche, Sr. Tim Hamilton. Courtesy photo

SEAWAY — Now entering their fourth season in the National Capital Ontario Baseball Association (NCOBA), the Seaway Surge is regarded as one of the premier baseball organizations in Eastern Ontario at the REP AA- A level in the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA).

The Seaway Surge boundary covers all the areas along the St. Lawrence River from Gananoque far west to Cornwall / Quebec border in east and north to include Winchester, Greely, Metcalfe, Manotick and surrounding areas. Seaway draws from over 100,000 people which enables our teams to compete with programs from around Ontario.

What started out as four teams in 2016 and expanded eight teams in 2018, Seaway is now looking to reach fifteen teams in 2019. This year is the first year Seaway Surge will be attempting to run Baseball Canada’s Rally Cap (2011-2014) program, meant for children ages five to eight to enhance their first experience with the game.

Participants will learn the skills they need to be successful in trying out for one of Seaway Surge’s competitive teams, kids will have the opportunity to earn coloured Baseball Canada “Rally Caps”, corresponding to various levels of achievement. The Rally Cap program will run May-June 2019, with the opportunity to continue into July August if there is enough interest.

This year Seaway will also be offering Select House League teams for those kids who don’t make the competitive REP teams or don’t want to play at that level but still want competitive baseball above what is locally available, they will be in a local loop in the Ottawa area.

Last year saw the very successful introduction of the Rookie program. This year Seaway Surge is trying something new again and splitting their massive boundary in half, at the lower levels Rookie – Minor Pee Wee. Seaway is offering East and West teams at the REP level to bring more kids into the program and reduce travel times for games and practices, so far we have had incredible interest from the eastern areas and looking at adding at least three teams already. Surge also offers Rookie (2010-2011), Minor Mosquito (2009), Mosquito (2008), Minor Pee Wee (2007), Pee Wee (2006), Minor Bantam (2005), Bantam (2004), Minor Midget (2003), and Midget (2002-2001).

Registration is now open online at our website. Tryouts and conditioning will start mid January and run until March when teams will be picked for the 2019 season.

This past season Seaway Surge invested many resources into local communities to rejuvenate local ballparks that had been left for dead by local communities to help

promote the game and get more kids playing baseball. Parks that Seaway invested in are Gainford Field in Brockville, Merrickville Field, Brinston and Morrisburg diamonds and look to continue to improve more fields in 2019. Fields that have been renovated all sport the Orange and Navy Blue Seaway Surge colours on dugouts and painted stands.

This will also be the fourth year for the Seaway Surge Shootout baseball tournament which is run over the first three weekends in July at various diamonds throughout our territory, last year over 60 teams attended from Ontario, Quebec, New York and Vermont and this year Seaway looks to surpass that total as Seaway Surge VP of Operation Calvin Medynski says over 45 teams have already registered and it’s only early January.  

Seaway Surge teams mostly play in the local NCOBA loop which features seven Mega associations compared to the local Little Leagues which feature mostly small towns.

Other local associations include Ottawa Valley Highlanders, Mississippi Bears, Kanata Cubs, Ottawa West Whisky Jacks, Bytown Dodgers and Ottawa City. Some teams may participate in Eastern Ontario Baseball Association and some interlock with ABEO located in Gatineau. The OBA is the largest sanctioned baseball organization for kids to play baseball in Ontario and offers Elite, AAA, AA, A, Select and house league programs.

To register and learn more about the Seaway Surge Baseball Club, visit www.seawaysurge.com, or email info@seawaysurge.com.

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