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Amazing – VAB Ambassador Yukio Kitagawa’s 4th time cycling around the world!

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Help us celebrate and support Yukio & Barbara Kitawgawa in their quest and vision to make a difference in our student-athletes.  We are incredibly greatful and honored to work with the Kitagawa’s.

Yukio and Barbara Kitagawa have been philanthropists for the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball sinces its inception 16 years ago. Yukio has intertwined his thirst for a healthy lifestyle with a goal to help young student-athletes achieve their dreams. Yukio launched a cycling campaign to help raise funds for an indoor multi-purpose training center for the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball. Our own indoor training facility has been a goal and dream for well over a decade. Yukio’s cycling journey started Sept 2014 and so far has logged over 160,000 kms. That is 4 times around the earth!!!!! Originally, Yukio was inspired by Clara Hughs’s cycling marathon but in the past 7 years his dedication and determination to cycle for the VAB has been inspiring to anyone lucky enough to meet him. Yukio’s quiet and unassuming ways has had a tremendous impact on every student-athlete who has stepped foot in our program. Over 175 players have had the pleasure to learn from his passion and tremendous work ethic. Ultimately, teaching these young men what can be accomplished when you put your heart and soul into a goal. Yukio and Barbara work together to accomplish so many great goals and we appreciate all they do for our program. This dynamic duo are a force to reckon with and their efforts to assist others to reach their goals and dreams is awe inspiring. To encourage Yukio in his fundraising endeavors for a new training facility in Vauxhall please contribute to this go fund me cause.

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Jets finish fall off with 3 more victories!

Calgary, AB – 

The Jets finished the fall off in Calgary on a beautiful fall weekend with 3 games.

Game 1 Jets 18 Bucks 1. Matt MacKenzie started on the mound going 4 IP allowing 2 hits with 6 K’s.  Mason DeRuyck threw 3 IP allowing 3 hits with 1 run and 4 K’s.  Karter Andersen threw the final 2 innings without allowing a hit.  Offensively, the Jets had a big day with Demitri Shakotko who was 4 for 7 with 3 – 2B’s and 2 RBI’s. Kyle Yip went 4 for 7 with a triple and an RBI.  Cardel Dick was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI’s. Eric Reiling was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Kayden Hleucka was 2 for 4 with an RBI.  Jared Bendfeld was 2 for 5 with 3 RBI’s. Keegan McNeil was 2 for 5.  Brennan McTavish was 1 for 5. Riley Pearce was 1 for 3 and Carsen Boyko was 2 for 5 with 3 RBI’s.

Game 2 Jets 8 Bucks 1. Drew Lenehan started on the mound going 4 IP allowing 2 hits with 5 K’s. David Stewart threw 2 IP allowing 0 hits with 1 BB and 4 K’s. Demitri Shakotko threw 1 IP allowing 1 hit with 1 K.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Demitri Shakotko who was 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Kyle Yip was 1 for 3.  Cardel Dick was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI’s. Kayden Hleucka was 3 for 3 with RBI’s. Brennan McTavish was 2 for 4 .  Keegan McNeil was 1 for 4. Carsen Boyko was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Ty Clemett was 1 for 3.

Game 3 Jets 4 Badlands 3. Brett Getz started on the mound going 3 IP allowing 1 hit with 1 BB and 4 K’s. Garrett Smith threw the final 4 IP allowing 4 hits, 3 unearned runs with 2 BB’s and 2 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Demitri Shakotko who was 1 for 2 with an RBI.  Cardel Dick was 1 for 3 with a double and RBI.  Kayden Hleucka was 1 for 3.  Colin Fisher was 1 for 3.  Riley Pearce was 2 for 2 to round out the offense.

The Jets finished up the fall with a 18-5-2 record.  The annual 100 Marathon Game is Saturday Oct. 23 to finish up the fall season.

Jets sweep the Bucks on final home games of the fall!

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Final home games for the fall season end with a 3 game sweep of the Calgary Bucks.

Game 1 – Jets 9 Bucks 2

Matt MacKenzie started on the mound going 4 IP allowing 3 hits with 4 K’s.  Karter Andersen finished things off going 5 IP allowing 2 hits with 1 BB and 7 K’s.  Offensively the Jets were led by Cardel Dick who was 2 for 4 with a HR & 2 RBI’s. Kyle Yip was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Jack Wheatley was 2 for 4 with a 2B and RBI. Keegan McNeil was 1 for 3 with a 2B. Brennan McTavish was 1 for 3 with a 2B and 2 RBI’s. Raphael Ranger was 1 for 4 and Riley Pearce was 1 for 4 with a 2B.

Game 2 – 15 Bucks 4

Mason DeRuyck started on the mound going 3 IP allowing 3 hits, 1 run with 3 K’s. Brett Getz threw 1 IP allowing 2 hits, 2 runs with 1 K.  Garrett Smith threw 3 IP allowing 3 hits, 1 run with 2 K’s. Offensively, the Jets were led by Demitri Shakotko who was 1 for 4 with a 2B. Jack Wheatley was 1 for 1 with a 2B. Cardel Dick was 1 for 2 with a HR & 2 RBI’s. Kyle Yip was 2 for 4 with a HR & 4 RBI’s. Adam Vulcano was 1 for 4 with an RBI. Keegan McNeil was 1 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. Brennan McTavish was 2 for 3 with a HR. Raphael Ranger was 1 for 2 with an RBI & Riley Pearce was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI’s.

Game 3 – Jets 4 Bucks 1

David Stewart started on the mound going 4IP allowing 0 hits with 5 K’s.  Drew Lenehan finished things off going 3 IP allowing 1 hit, 1 run with 1 BB and 7 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Demitri Shakotko who was 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Cardel Dick was 1 for 2 with a HR. Kyle Yip was 1 for 3 with a RH.  Colin Fisher was 1 for 1.  Raphael Ranger was 2 for 2 with an RBI and Riley Pearce was 1 for 1.

 

Big offensive games leaves the Jets 3-1!

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The 4 games this week started on Tuesday and ran through Sunday.

Tuesday and Friday’s match up’s were against the Capital City Reds out of Ottawa.

Game 1 Jets 18 Reds 1.  Brett Getz started on the mound going 4 IP allowing 1 hit with 1 BB and 4 K’s.  Keegan McNeil threw 2 IP with 1 BB and 3 K’s.  Demitri Shakotko finished things off going 1 clean inning.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Cardel Dick who was 1 for 3 with a 2B and 2 RBI’s.  Jack Wheatley was 1 for 2 with a 2B.  Kyle Yip was 1 for 3 with 3 RBI’s.  Kayden Hleucka was 2 for 2 with a double and 4 RBI’s.  Jared Bendfeld was 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Adam Vulcano was 3 for 3 with 2 2B’s and an RBI.  Brennan McTavish was 1 for 4 with a 2B and RBI.  Riley Pearce was 1 for 2 and Carson Boyko was 1 for 3.

Game 2 Jets 15 Reds 6.  Karter Andersen started on the mound going 4 IP allowing 4 hits, 3 runs with 3 K’s.  Mason De Ruyck threw 3 IP allowing 1 hit, 1 earned run with 4 BB’s and 2 K’s.  Offensively the Jets were led by Demitri Shakotko who was 2 for 4 with a 2B. Cardel Dick was 1 for 3 with a 2B and RBI.  Adam Vulcano was 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Colin Fisher was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI’s.  Riley Pearce was 2 for 3 with 4 RBI’s.  Keegan McNeil was 1 for 4 with a 2B and 3 RBI’s.   Carson Boyko was 1 for 4 with 2 RBI’s.

Game 3 Jets 20 Badlands 7. Garrett Smith started on the mound going 3 IP allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs with 3 BB’s and 3 K’s.  Demitri Shakotko went the final 3 IP with 3 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Demitri Shakotko who was 2 for 5 with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI’s. Kyle Yip was 2 for 3 with a 2B. Cardel Dick was 3 for 3 with an RBI.  Adam Vulcano was 2 for 2 with a 2B and HR with 3 RBI’s. Keegan McNeil was 2 for 2 with a HR and 4 RBI’s. Brennan McTavish was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Ty Clemett was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Game 4 Jets 11 U of C 18. It was a tough day on the mound for the Jets.  David Stewart, Brett Getz, Keegan McNeil and Riley Pearce all battled in tough conditions.  Offensively the Jets were led by Demitri Shakotko who was 2 for 4 with a HR and 2B.  Kyle Yip was 2 for 4 with a 2B and RBI.  Cardel Dick was 1 for 4 with a HR and 2 RBI’s.  Adam Vulcano was 2 for 3 with a HR and RBI. Jared Bendfeld was 1 for 4 with an RBI.  Colin Fisher was 3 for 4 with a HR and 3 RBI’s. Keegan McNeil was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s. Brennan McTavish was 1 for 4.

Solid weekend in Kelowna for the Jets!

Kelowna, BC

It was a beautiful weekend in one of the most scenic cities in Canada.  The Kelowna weekend was 4 exhibition games as the Jets have qualified for the 2022 spring BOW.

Game 1 vs North Shore Twins.  Jets 4 – NS Twins 0.  Anson McGorman got the win going 5 innings allowing 3 hits with 5 K’s.  Brett Getz earned the save going 2 IP allowing 1 hit with 1 K.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Kayden Hleucka who was 1 for 2 with a double, run scored and BB.  Jared Bendfeld was 1 for 2 with a double, run scored and BB.  Brennan McTavish was 1 for 2 with a double, RBI, run scored and BB.  Demitri Shakotko rounded out the offense going 1 for 2 with an RBI.

Game 2 vs Okanagan College. OC 9 – Jets 0.  Not much to report the Jets were no hit.  Matt MacKenzie started on the mound going 3 IP allowing 5 hits, 3 earned runs with 3 K’s.  Drew Lenehan threw 2 IP allowing 1 hit, 1 earned run with 3 K’s.

Game 3 vs Chilliwack. Jets 3 – Chilliwack 3.  On the mound Karter Andersen started going 4 IP allowing 3 hits, 1 earned run with 5 K’s.  Mason De Ruyck threw 3 IP allowing 1 hit with 4 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Jack Wheatley who was 1 for 4 with an RBI.  Kayden Hleucka was 1 for 4 with a solo HR.  Jared Bendfeld was 1 for 1.  Keegan McNeil was 1 for 3.  Ty Clemett was 1 for 1 with a double.

Game 4 vs Parksville Royals. Jets 4 Royals 3.  On the mound David Stewart started on the mound going 4 IP allowing 1 hit, 1 earned run with 4 K’s.  Garrett Smith threw 2 1/3 IP allowing 2 hits, 2 runs with 1 K.  Jack Wheatley threw 2/3 IP allowing 1 hit earning the save.  Offensivley, the Jets were led by Colin Fisher who was 1 for 3.  Demitri Shakotko was 1 for 4 with a double and game winning walk off RBI.  Cardel Dick was 1 for 3 with a double.  Kyle Yip was 1 for 1 with a double.  Raphael Ranger was 1 for 2 with a double and RBI to round out the offense.

Solid 2nd weekend for the Jets!

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The starts started the weekend off on a solid note and and end the weekend off with a tought game.

Game 1 vs Parkland Academy the Jets won by a score of 7-0 with Drew Lenehan starting on the mound going 4 IP allowing 1 hit with 1 BB and 10 K’s.  Mason DeRuyck earned the save going 3 Ip allowing 2 hits with 1 BB and 5’s.  Offensively the Jets were led by Raphael Ranger who was 1 for 4 with an RBI.  Jack Wheatley was 2 for 4.  Cardel Dick was 2 for 4.  Adam Vulcano was 1 for 4.  Colin Fisher was 3 for 3 with 3 RBI’s.  Brennan McTavish was 1 or 2 with an RBI.  Keegan McNeil rounded out the offense going 1 for 2 with a double and an RBI.

Game 2 vs PBA the Jets cam back to tie the game at 4-4.  David Stewart started on the mound going 4 IP allowing 6 hits, 4 runs with 6 K’s and 0 BB’s.  Garet Smith threw 3 IP allowing 1 hit, with 1 BB and 1 K.  Offensively, Hleucka, Dick, Wheatley, Vulcano, Bendfeld, Yip and Boyko each had 1 hit.

Game 3 vs PBA saw the Jets come out flat and PBA took it to us and rolled to a 11-4 win over the Jets. Karter Andersen started on the mound going 2 IP allowing 2 hits, 7 runs with only 1 earned.  Parker Austin threw 1 1/3 allowing 3 earned runs and Brett Getz finished things off going 2 2/3 allowing 1 hit with 4 K’s of solid relief.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Cardel Dick who was 1 for 3, Jared Bendfeld was 1 for 2 with an RBI.  Kyle Yip was 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI and Eric Reiling rounded out the offense going 1 for 2 with a double and an RBI.

Jets open season #16 with 4 victories!

Vauxhall, AB – 

The Vauxhall Academy began our 16th season with a 4-0 opening record while winning the Keith Jorgenson Memorial Tournament.

Game 1 vs PBA at Spitz Stadium in Lethbridge.  Karter Andersen started on the mound going 3 2/3 IP allowing 4 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 BB’s and 2 K’s.  Mason DeRuyck finished things off going 3 1/3 allowing 5 hits, 1 earned run with 2 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Cardel Dick who wen 3/5 with 1 RBI.  Jack Wheatley was 2/3 with 2 RBI’s.  Kyle Yip was 1/4.  Adam Vulcano was 3/4 with a triple and 2 RBI’s.  Riley Pearce was 1/4.  Brennan McTavish was 1/2 and Carson Boyko was 1/1 with 2 RBI’s.

Game 2 vs Badlands Academy at Jets Stadium.  Drew Lenehan started and went 4 IP allowing 1 hit with 1 BB and 9 K’s.  Brett Getz finished things off going 3 IP allowing 2 hits with 1 BB and 2 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Raphael Ranger who was 1/1.  Cardel Dick was 1/1 with an RBI.  Jack Wheatley was 1/3 with a double and 2 RBI’s.  Kyle Yip was 1/3.  Demitri Shakotko was 1/3 to round out the offense.

Game 3 vs Team SK at Jets Stadium. David Stewart started on the mound going 3 1/3 IP allowing 6 hits with 2 earned runs, 2 BB’s and 6 K’s. Offensively, the Jets were led Raphael Ranger who was 1/3 with a double and 2 RBI’s.  Cardel Dick was 1/3 with a double.  Adam Vulcano was 3/3 with a double and RBI.  Carsen Boyko was 1/3 with 2 RBI’s and Riley Pearce rounded out the offense going 1/2 with a double and an RBI.

Game 4 vs Neutral Hills at Jets Stadium.  Garret Smith started on the mound going 4 IP allowing 4 hits with 2 K’s.  Parker Austin threw the final inning allowing 1 hit with a K.  Offensively the Jets were led by Jared Bendfeld going 1/2 with 2 RBI’s.  Kyle Yip went 1/2 with a long solo HR.  Riley Pearce was 1/2 with a double and 2 RBI’s.  Brennan McTavish was 1/2 with 4 RBI’s and Keegan McNeil was 1/3 with 2 RBI’s.

Palmegiani goes in the 14th round to the Blue Jays

 

Vauxhall, AB – 

Vauxhall Academy Jets  alumni standout – 3B/OF Damiano Palmegiani (Cloverdale, BC) was drafted in the 14th round, 422nd overall by the Toronto Blue Jays.  Damiano was a 3 year standout for the Jets before moving onto Cal State Northridge and College of Southern Nevada.  Palmegiani is coming off a monstor year at CSN earning himself NJCAA 1st team All American.  We are super proud of you Damiano!  You are a true Jet.  Congrats Damiano!!


Vauxhall Academy Jets  alumni standout – RHP Garrett Hawkins (Biggar, SK) was drafted in the 9th round, 280th overall by the San Diego Padres.  Garrett is a 2 year standout for the Jets before moving onto the University of British Columbia.  Hawkins had a challenging couple of years with Covid 19 and UBC being unable to cross the border for game.  We are super proud of G-Hawk!  He is a true Jet.  Congrats Hawk!!

Below is a list of other Jets who have been drafted in previous seasons:

2007 – Cody Phipps – Houston Astros –signed

2008 – Lionel Morrill – Minnesota Twins – attended College of Southern Idaho

2009 – Steven Inch – Philadelphia Phillies – signed

2009 – Adam Nelubowich – Seattle Mariners – currently attending Washington State University

2009 – Brandon Petite – Houston Astros – attended Texas Tech University

2009 – Jordan Wong – Milwaukee Brewers – attended Hill College

2009 – Dale Anderson – Texas Rangers – attended College of Southern Idaho

2009 – Jay Johnson – Baltimore Orioles – attended Texas Tech University

2010 – Jay Johnson – Toronto Blue Jays 2011 – Jay Johnson – Philadelphia Phillies – signed

2011 – Ben Dartnell – Boston Red Sox – attended Eastern Michigan University

2011 – Brendan Hendriks – Philadelphia Phillies – attended University of San Fransico

2012 – Logan Seifrit – Seattle Mariners – signed

2013 – Adam Nelubowich – Houston Astros – signed

2013 – Chris Thibideau – San Diego Padres –  North Florida University

2014 – Ben Onyshko – Milwaukee Brewers –  Stetson University

2016- Josh Burgmann – St. Louis Cardinals – currently attending University of Washington

2018 – Damiano Palmegiani – Toronto Blue Jays – currently attending Cal State Northridge

2019 – Adam Macko – Seattle Mariners – signed

2019 – Josh Burgmann – Chicago Cubs – signed

Hawkins selected in the 9th round by the Padres!

 

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Vauxhall Academy Jets  alumni standout – RHP Garrett Hawkins (Biggar, SK) was drafted in the 9th round, 280th overall by the San Diego Padres.  Garrett is a 2 year standout for the Jets before moving onto the University of British Columbia.  Hawkins had a challenging couple of years with Covid 19 and UBC being unable to cross the border for game.  We are super proud of G-Hawk!  He is a true Jet.  Congrats Hawk!!

Below is a list of other Jets who have been drafted in previous seasons:

2007 – Cody Phipps – Houston Astros –signed

2008 – Lionel Morrill – Minnesota Twins – attended College of Southern Idaho

2009 – Steven Inch – Philadelphia Phillies – signed

2009 – Adam Nelubowich – Seattle Mariners – currently attending Washington State University

2009 – Brandon Petite – Houston Astros – attended Texas Tech University

2009 – Jordan Wong – Milwaukee Brewers – attended Hill College

2009 – Dale Anderson – Texas Rangers – attended College of Southern Idaho

2009 – Jay Johnson – Baltimore Orioles – attended Texas Tech University

2010 – Jay Johnson – Toronto Blue Jays 2011 – Jay Johnson – Philadelphia Phillies – signed

2011 – Ben Dartnell – Boston Red Sox – attended Eastern Michigan University

2011 – Brendan Hendriks – Philadelphia Phillies – attended University of San Fransico

2012 – Logan Seifrit – Seattle Mariners – signed

2013 – Adam Nelubowich – Houston Astros – signed

2013 – Chris Thibideau – San Diego Padres –  North Florida University

2014 – Ben Onyshko – Milwaukee Brewers –  Stetson University

2016- Josh Burgmann – St. Louis Cardinals – currently attending University of Washington

2018 – Damiano Palmegiani – Toronto Blue Jays – currently attending Cal State Northridge

2019 – Adam Macko – Seattle Mariners – signed

2019 – Josh Burgmann – Chicago Cubs – signed

9th Annual Celebration of Acheivement!

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It has became a tradition of the Jets to celebrate special achievements throughout the 2020/2021 season.  A great meal with several presentations and awards was highlighted by the 15th Annual Reno Lizzi scholarship & ring presentation.  It certainly has been a difficult and challenging year to say the least.  We do feel fortunate and lucky that the Jets student-athletes have had very little interuptions to their daily schedules at the Academy.  Unfortunately we were unable to play outside competition over the last 3 months but we have been able to build 2-3 games internally each week.  In an annual tradition we moved forward with our 9th Annual Celebration of Acheivement sponsored by Barbara & Yukio Kitagawa.  There was many acheivements this year and even more great memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Barbara & Yukio donated $1000 in a “Covid” scholarship to the program.  We had a random draw for $250 cash each for 4 players.  Kalem Haney, Aaron Vulcano, Jared Bendfeld & Dallas Cummins took home the cash.  The players really appreciated the kind gesture.

Reno Lizzi Scholarship/Ring Presentation – OF Jackson Clemett – $2000 & Ring

Jet of Year presented by Don Groves – OF/1B – Hunter Porter $500 scholarship

Coaches Award – Hardest worker in the off season – Custom Rawlings Glove – SS Kalem Haney

Inch by Inch presented by Yukio & Barbara Kitagawa – $1000 scholarship – RHP Cole Alguire

Scott Hornstra Memorial Scholarship – Heart & Hustle – $500 scholarship – OF – Dallas Cummins

Wanda Stober Memorial Award – Volunteers of the Year $500 scholarship – RHP Tyler Boudreau

Kalvin Odland Memorial Award – Leadership/Dedication $500 scholarship – C – Aaron Vulcano

Brian Bauman Award – “All in”  “Voted by the players” Oakleys & New Balance provided by Sports Connection – C – Cardel Dick

Jan Tolton Memorial Award – Best in the Dorms $500 – RHP Drew Lenehan

 

McLeod Family Scholarship – Excellence everyday that doesn’t require talent – $1000 scholarship each – INF/RHP Shaye McTavish, INF/RHP – Nick Backstrom

Reno Lizzi Underclassman Bursary – Adam Nelubowich – $1000 tuition credit – RHP – Karter Andersen

Reno Lizzi Underclassman Bursary  – $1000 tuition credit – C – Cardel Dick

Sports Connection Award – Oakleys & New Balance production – RHP Anson McGorman