March 25, 2017

Jets split in Lethbridge with 2nd weekend series!

Lethbridge, AB – 

The Jets opened up their 2nd season series in Lethbridge.  Originally scheduled for Vauxhall the series was moved to Lethbridge to ensure good field conditions.  The Jets were also excited to following 5 teammates in Florida with the Canadian Jr National Team.

Game 1 saw the Jets get out to a 10-2 lead before hanging on for a 10-8 victory.  Game 2 saw the Jets take a 7-6 lead with 2 – 2 out hits in top of the 7th before fall 8-7 in the bottom of the 7th.

Game 1 saw Zach Newman get the start earning the win going 4 innings allowing 4 hits, 2 runs with 1 BB and 3 K’s.  Kaiden Cardoso went 2 innings allowing 3 hits, 4 runs with 2 K’s. Cooper Jones went 1 inning allowing 1 hit with 2 unearned runs.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Liam Vulcano who was 1 for 4.  Owen Harms was 2 for 4 wwith a double and an RBI.  Jared Binsfeld was 1 for 3.  Brett Mercier was 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Dayton Peters was 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Cooper Jones was 2 for 3 with a double and 3 RBI’s.  Kaiden Cardoso was 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Matt Gough was 1 for 3 with a double.  Matt Rath rounded out the offense going 1 for 3.

Game 2 saw the Jets get walked off on in the 7th.  The game was back and forth throughout.  Adam Macko started on the mound going 3 2/3 innings allowing 3 hits, 3 unearned runs with 2 BB’s and 6 K’s.  Connor Green took the loss going 2 1/3 innings allowing 5 hits, 5 runs with 5 BB’s and 3 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Liam Vulcano who was 1 for 3.  Owen Harms was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI.  Jared Binsfeld was 1 for 4 with an RBI.  Brett Mercier was 1 for 4 with an RBI.  Kaiden Cardoso was 2 for 4 with a double and and RBI.  Cooper Jones was 2 for 3 and Dayton Peters was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI’s.

The Jets will finish up the 4 game series with a DH in Lethbridge at 11 am Saturday.

Jets open 2017 spring season with a couple of victories!

Lethbridge, AB – 

It was a great March day to open the season for the Jets with 18 degree temperatures.  Game 1 saw the Jets jump out to an early lead and never looked back beating the PBA JV 8-1.

Wesley Moore started on the mound going 3 innings allowing 1 hit with 4 K’s and 0 BB’s.  Garrett Hawkings threw 2 2/3 innings allowing 1 hit with 4 K’s and 2 BB’s.  Chase Floredine threw 1 1/3 allowing 1 K with 1 BB.  Conner Green finished things off going 2 innings allowing 1 hit, 1 run with 1 BB and 1 K.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Matt Rath who was 1 for 6 with an RBI.  Owen Harms was 1 for 6.  Damiano Palmegiani was 2 for 4 with a double.  Victor Cerny was 1 for 4 with a triple and an RBI.  Jared Binsfeld was 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Dayton Peters was 2 for 5 with 3 RBI’s and Kaiden Cardoso rounded out the offense going 1 for 4.

Game 2 saw the Jets take on the Prospects Academy winning by a score of 16-3.  The game was tight until the 5th when the Jets broke it open.  Garrett Nicholson started on the mound going 3 innings allowing 1 hit with 3 BB’s and 3 K’s.  Ben Erwin threw 2 solid innings allowing 2 hits with 3  K’s and 1 BB.  Jaden Griffin threw 1 inning allowing 1 hit, 2 runs with 3 BB’s and 2 K’s. Adam Macko threw 2 innings allowing 1 hit, 1 unearned run with 4 K’s and 2 BB’s.  Zach Newman rounded out the staff going 1 quick inning with 1 K’.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Liam Vulcano who was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI’s and 3 BB’s.  Owen Harms was 3 for 6 with 2 doubles and an RBI.  Damiano Palmegiani was 1 for 5.  Victor Cerny was 4 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s.  Brett Mercier was 2 for 6 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI’s.  Cooper Jones was 2 for 4 with an RBI and Matt Rath rounded out the offense going 1 for 5 with an RBI.

The Jets will not be playing Sunday due to the cool weather forecast and played 2 – 9 inning game today instead.  Next action is this week vs PBA JV – dates TBD based on weather.

11th Annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Dinner a success!

Vauxhall, AB – 

The 11th Annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Banquet was once again a tremendous success.  Keith Miller led the evening again as our MC.  Former Blue Jay and Yankee as well as MLB HR Champ Jesse Barfield talked to the crowd about his childhood and the daily adventures of being a Major League baseball player.  He spoke to the players and coaches about being a good teammates, hitting philosophies and the game within the game (pitcher vs hitter).   Several Awards and Scholarships were handed out highlighted by the Reno Lizzi Scholarships.  Barbara & Yukio Kitagawa continued to inspire the entire Jets organization as they matched all donations to Pennies for K’s to $20,000.00.

2017 marked the 2nd Annual induction into the “Wall of Excellence.” Peter & Connie Van Uden of Haven Agencies were inducted into the Wall of Excellence.

The Award winners are listed below:

Reno Lizzi Scholarship – Garrett Nicholson

Reno Lizzi Underclassman – Damiano Palmegiani & Cooper Jones

Coaches Award (newly named Blaine Burbank Coaches Award) – Victor Cerny

Sports Connection Scholarships – Conner Green & Ben Erwin

MacLeod Family Scholarship (trip to Japan) – Liam Vulcano & Dayton Peters

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated and sponsored the Banquet.  All donations go along way in assisting our student-athletes in Live Their Dreams.  Once a Jet….Always a Jet!

The Jets are also excited about taking our Celebration in Achievement Dinner in June to the next level with several awards and scholarships presented at the event.  Date will be announced soon.

11th Annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Dinner!

Vauxhall, AB –

The VAB is excited for the 11th annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Banquet March 4th, 2017 at the Vauxhall Community Hall (5 pm cocktails and 5:45 pm program begins).  Jesse Barfield will be our featured speaker at this years event following his 12 year career with the Yankees and Blue Jays.  Jesse’s career was highlighted with winning the 1986 American League HR crown, 2 X Gold Glove winner and allstar.

The evening will once again be highlighted by the Reno Lizzi Scholarships as well as several other Awards and Scholarship presentations. A silent auction, live auction and raffles will be going on throughout the evening

Some of the highlight auction items will be posted prior to the banquet.

Please contact Lynda Unruh at lynda.unruh@horizon.ab.ca for tickets.  Tickets cost is $60/ticket or $450/table of 8.

Jets enjoy some culture at the Christmas Carol!

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Calgary, AB – 

Calgary Theatre and the 30th running of “The Christmas Carol” live theatre production has become an annual holiday tradition for the Jets. 2016 marks the 11th consecutive year that Yukio and Barbara Kitagawa have treated current Jets as well as many Academy supporters to a great day of holiday celebration and cheer. In total 53 Jets supporters enjoyed the holiday tradition.

On behalf of the entire Jets organization we would like to thank Barbara and Yukio Kitagawa, Ken and Susan Scott as well as Shirley from Theatre Calgary for the great day.  We would also like to thank Donna Brown from Intact Insurance for the special gift for each of the boys.

 

4 Jets commitment to college baseball programs!

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Vauxhall, AB – 

The Vauxhall Academy is proud to announce 4 Jets have committed to US schools on scholarship for the 2016-2017 season.  All 4 players will finish up their spring in Vauxhall and will join their respective college programs in the fall of 2017.  We are very proud of all of these young men and look forward to sharing additional college commitments soon.

The following is a list of Jets who signed:

LHP – Wesley Moore – Surrey, BC  – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship to attend California State University Northridge in Northridge, California.  The Matadors play in a very challenging  Big West Conference.  Moore will join former Jet Nolan Bumstead who is currently in his Junior year. For more details on Cal State Northridge Baseball: http://www.gomatadors.com/sports/m-basebl/index

RHP – Ben Erwin – Spruce Grove, AB  – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship to attend Niagara University Purple Eagles in Niagara, NY .  The Purple Eagles play in the competitive MAAC Conference.  For more details on Niagara U Baseball: http://purpleeagles.com/index.aspx?path=baseball

LHP – Garrett Nicholson  – Sidney Mines, NS – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 athletic & academic scholarship to attend Central Michigan University Chippewas in Mount Pleasant, Michigan .  The Chippewas play in the challenging Mid American Conference.  For more details on Central Michigan University: http://www.cmuchippewas.com/sports/m-basebl/cmu-m-basebl-body.html

C – Brett Mercier  – Lutes Mountain, NB – has accepted an NJCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship to attend Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida .  The Pioneers play in one of the top junior college conferences the FCSAA.  For more details on Indian River State College Baseball: http://www.irsc.edu/athletics/baseball/baseball.aspx?id=1336

The entire VAB organization is very proud of all 4 Jets and we look forward to following their very bright futures moving forward.  Stay tuned for additional signings throughout the winter and spring months.

Jets finish up the fall with a couple more victories over Okotoks!

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Vauxhall, AB 

To finish up the fall season the Jets finished up with a couple more victories over the Okotoks Dawgs.  Game 1 saw the Jets win by a score of 10-7 and game 2 was a walk off 7-6.

Game 1 saw Wesley Moore start on the mound going 4 innings allowing 6 hits, 2 earned runs with 3 BB’s and 4 K’s.  Conner Green threw 2 innings allowing 1 hit with 1 BB and 1 K. Kaiden Cardoso finished things off going 1 inning allowing 2 hits, 2 runs with a BB.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Owen Harms who was 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI’s.  Victor Cerny was 2 for 3 with an RBI.  Jared Binsfeld was 1 for 4.  Cooper Jones was 1 for 2 with an RBI.

Game 2 saw Garrett Nicholson start on the mound going 4 innings allowing 1 hit, 1 BB and 8 K’s.  Chase Florendine threw 2/3 of an inning allowing 1 hit, 4 runs with 3 BB’s.  Owen Harms earned the victory going 2 1/3 innings allowing 3 hits, 2 runs with 1 BB and 2 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Liam Vulcano who was 1 for 3.  Cooper Jones was 1 for 3.  Damiano Palmegiani was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI.  Victor Cerny was 1 for 3 with a 3 run HR.  Brett Mercier was 2 for 3 with an RBI.  Kaiden Cardoso was 1 for 3 with a walk off single and Matt Gough was 1 for 3.

The Jets will now have a good week of practice and conclude the week Thursday with the 11th Annual 100 inning Marathon Game.

Jets take 2 up in Okotoks!

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Okotoks, AB – 

The Jets won a couple game in Okotoks vs the Dawgs Academy on a cool fall afternoon.  Game 1 Ben Erwin started and went 4 1/3 innings allowing 1 hit, 2 unearned runs with 2 BB’s and 3 K’s.  Zach Newman earned the victory going 2 2/3 innings allowing 2 hits with 1 BB and 4 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Liam Vulcano who was 2 for 3.  Brett Mercier was 1 for 4.  Damiano Palmegiani was 2 for 3 with double and 3 RBI’s.  Victor Cerny was 2 for 4. Kaiden Cardoso was 1 for 4.  Owen Harms was 1 for 4 to round out the offense.

Game 2 saw Adam Macko start going 3 1/3 innings allowing 1 hit, 3 runs, 2 earned runs with 4 BB’s and 6 K’s.  Garrett Hawkins went 2 2/3 innings allowing 7 hits, 5 runs with 2 BB’s.  Chase Floredine finished things off going 1 inning with a BB and a K.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Liam Vulcano who was 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI.  Owen Harms was 1 for 5 with an RBI.  Victor Cerny was 4 for 5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI’s.  Brett Mercier was 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Ty Penner was 2 for 5 with 3 RBI’s.  Matt Rath was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s.  Cooper Jones was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s  to round out the offense.

The Jets and Dawgs will meet up again tomorrow in Vauxhall 12 noon DH.

 

Jets split on a beautiful fall day in Lethbridge!

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Lethbridge, AB – 

Game 1 was a low scoring affair until the 6th inning with the Jets holding onto a 1-0 lead PBA score 2 runs before the Jets responded with 8 runs in the top of the 7th to win by a score of 9-5.  Game 2 was a back and forth affair before the Jets fell to PBA 7-6.  Overall, a solid weekend especially with so many bodies away with the JNT in Florida.

Game 1 saw Ben Erwin start on the mound going 5 innings allowing 2 hits with 1 BB and 6 K’s.  Chase Florendine earned the victory going 2 innings allowing 5 hits, 5 runs with 3 BB’s and 1 K.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Matt Rath who was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s.  Owen Harms was 1 for 4 with an RBI.  Liam Vulcano was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s.  Brett Mercier was 1 for 4.  Jared Binsfeld was 1 for 1 with an RBI and 3 BB’s.  Kaiden Cardoso was 1 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI’s.  Ben Erwin was 1 for 4 and Matt Gough was 1 for 2 to round out the 10 hit attack.

Game 2 was a seesaw battle going back and forth before the Jets fell 7-6.  Zach Newman started going 3 innings allowing 4 hits, 3 runs with 1 BB.  Owen Harms threw 2 innings allowing 3 hits, 2 runs with 1 BB.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Matt Rath who was 1 for 3.  Brett Mercier was 1 for 3 with a double with an RBI.  Liam Vulcano was 1 for 3.  Kaiden Cardoso was 2 for 3 with a double with an RBI.  Jared Binsfeld was 1 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI’s.  Owen Harms was 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI.  Cooper Jones rounded out offense going 1 for 3.

The Jets will now meet up with ABA for a home/home on Thanksgiving weekend.

Jets lose 2 to PBA on a misty day in Lethbridge!

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Lethbridge, AB – 

A short handed Jets club played solid baseball for 12 out of 14 inning falling to PBA 5-3 and 10-3 on an overcast Saturday in Lethbridge.

Garrett Hawkings started on the mound going 4 1/3 innings allowing 4 hits, 3 runs, 3 BB’s and 3 K’s.  Kaiden Cardoso threw 1 2/3 innings allowing 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 BB’s with 0 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Brett Mercier who was 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI’s.  Liam Vulcano was 1 for 3 with a double.  Matt Rath also finished 1 for 4 to round out the Jets offense.

Game 2 saw the Jets fall behind early and couldn’t claw back into the game.  Adam Macko started on the mound going 2 2/3 innings allowing 4 hits, 8 runs with 5 BB’s and 4 K’s. Cooper Jones finished things off going 3 1/3 innings allowing 3 hits, 2 runs with 3 BB’s and 2 K’s. Offensively, the Jets were led by Brett Mercier again going 2 for 3.  Liam Vulcano was 1 for 3 and Kaiden Cardoso was 1 for 3 to round out the offense in game 2.

The Jets will meet PBA again tomorrow at 11 am (DH).