Powell River Minor Baseball Association recently crowned champions at all levels and recognized individual players for their achievements over the course of the season.
U15/U18 players were joined together this year with four teams competing. Local 76 won the championship with Dane Slack being named U15 MVP and Danny Schreurs receiving the same honour among the U18 players.
Awards were also given to players on each team:
First Credit Union MVP was Will Durie, Most Sportsmanlike Player was Marc-Antoine Legault and Most Improved was Luke Dennis.
Matteo Trevisanutto was named MVP of Carlson Community Club, while Most Sportsmanlike honours went to Emil Valig and Most Improved to Isaac Boettger.
Valley Building Supplies award winners were Beau Gagne (MVP), Cullen Wilson (Most Sportsmanlike) and Jaxon Peters (Most Improved).
Liam Carroll was the MVP for TAWS; his teammate Linden Slack was named Most Sportsmanlike.
The U13 league also featured four teams, again with Local 76 coming out on top. Samuel Legault was chosen as league MVP.
Local 76 awards went to Caleb Boettger (MVP), Marin Carlos (Most Sportsmanlike) and Linden Frehlich (Most Improved).
Kiwanis’ MVP was Gavin Taves; his teammate Jack Illing was named Most Sportsmanlike, while Grace Murphy took home the Most Improved award.
First Credit Union awards went to Russell O’Donnell (MVP), Caleb Campbell (Most Sportsmanlike) and Rowan Jones (Most Improved).
Lockeroom’s MVP was Jack Webber; the team’s Most Sportsmanlike award went to Isaac Greene, and Leander Browne was chosen as Most Improved.
Carlson Community Club RedHawks topped the three-team U11 league; Brayden Messner and Reid Stekman shared League MVP honours.
Blake Peters was chosen as MVP for Carlson Community Club, Aiden Musylowski was Most Sportsmanlike, while Most Improved went to Taylor Campbell.
Valley Building Supplies Blueberries’ MVP Zach Salmond was recognized for his efforts, as was Most Sportsmanlike Player Alex Carter and Most Improved player Kalen Foley.
Pearson Coburn took home the MVP award for Target Shredders; Logan Greenwood was the team’s Most Sportsmanlike Player; Slayden Fitzpatrick was Most Improved.
Adverse spring weather proved challenging for U7 and U9 divisions, which included around 50 players each. Highlights for the teams were “just being able to play, see improvement and have their parents cheering and encouraging from the side lines,” according to one parent.
Nearly 20 players participated at the U5 level.
Competition was stepped up even more for U11 and U13 summer ball teams that faced clubs from Comox, Campbell River and Sechelt at home and on the road. The U13 team will also play Nanaimo in Comox in late July.
U11s travelled for a doubleheader against a lower Sunshine Coast team, where Daelin Austin and Charles-Émile Legault were each recognized as players of the game. The team will also face Langley in Gibsons this month.
Fun U11 versus U13 and U13 versus U15 challenges also took place at DA Evans Park, which was “a little nostalgic for the U15s to play there again, and a little taste for next year for the younger ones.”