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It was a year full of highlights for London Badgers baseball, one of the most accomplished programs in the country. In 2017 alone, the Badgers won a Major Peewee ICBA league championship, a Minor Bantam AAA OBA championship, and, impressively, came away with the Major Midget 18U Baseball Canada national championship trophy – an event hosted on home soil in London.

The Badgers also hosted the LDBA Minor Mosquito playoffs, the Premier League of Ontario 16U playoffs, and over two weekends played host to a 129-team tournament. Meanwhile, the program was awarded the Baseball Canada Midget National Championships again for 2019 and 2020.

On an individual level, Will Pollard was selected to the Ontario Youth Team and played in the Canada Summer Games, Zack Banks earned a scholarship to Lake Michigan College, and Tyler D’Alessandro was awarded a scholarship to Salem International University. Carson Lumley, meanwhile, won a 13U National Championship with North York while being named Player of the Game twice and Defensive Player of the Tournament. At the end of the season, the youngster was named Baseball Ontario Youth Player of the Year.

Finally, the club even made an impact on the international stage, as the program organized a spring trip to Cuba for nearly 100 players and parents, and distributed 20 bags of baseball equipment to Cuban players, coaches and the community at large.

London Badger 2017 Award Winners

Major Midget
Pitcher of the Year: Connor Ambrogio
Hitter of the Year: Tyler D’Alessandro
Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Fishback

Minor Midget
Pitcher of the Year: Jaryd Lund
Hitter of the Year: Braydon Vescheuren
Defensive Player of the Year: Brad Verhoeven & David Williams

Major Bantam
Pitcher of the Year: Jacob Haak
Hitter of the Year: Noah Riley
Defensive Player of the Year: Kieren Pook

Minor Bantam
Pitcher of the Year: Brendan Mahood
Hitter of the Year: Evan Burns
Defensive Player of the Year: Andrew Lawrence

Major Peewee
Pitcher of the Year: Carson Lumley
Hitter of the Year: Carson Lumley
Defensive Player of the Year: Jeremy Tannahill

Minor Peewee
Pitcher of the Year: Ethan Cascaden
Hitter of the Year: Carter Egelton
Defensive Player of the Year: Evan Horton

Major Mosquito

Pitcher of the Year: Josh Belecky
Hitter of the Year: Dylan Richter
Defensive Player of the Year: Jagan Chanderdat & Ryan King

Major Mosquito-Tier 2
Pitcher of the Year: Vincent Arsenault
Hitter of the Year: Simon Buck
Defensive Player of the Year: Dylan Searle

Club of Thieves
Nolan Hazel, Ryan Miron, Jaden Martelle, Owen Magwood, Jeremy Tannahill, Justin McLelland, Evan Burns, Noah Riley, John Geddes, Dylan Richter, Josh Vandenberghe, Max Thivierge, Carter Egelton, Neela Chanderdat, Jordan Spring, Alex Haak, Bryce Gendys, Jagan Chanderdat, Ethan Cascaden, Hunter Lidkea, Carson Lumley, Jeremy Stephens, Brett Harrison, Cole Fowler, Tyler D’Alessandro

Batters Box Jr. Commitment to Excellence: Evan Horton
Batters Box Sr. Commitment to Excellence: Robert Mayorga
Source for Sports Jr. Player of the Year: Dylan Richter
Source for Sports Sr. Player of the Year: Jacob Haak
Staples Scholarship Award: Tyler D’Alessandro
Graham Nichol Scholarship Award: Zach Banks

 

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Contributions by Mike Lumley and photo by London Badgers