Chilliwack Minor Baseball hosts BC’s best

Five of Western Canada's top midget AAA baseball teams square off in late August at the Fairfield diamonds.

The Chilliwack Cougars U-18 midget AAA baseball team will host the AAA Western Canadian Baseball Championship tournament Aug. 21-24 at Fairfield Island.

Chilliwack has hosted the last two provincial championships at this level, but hosting the Westerns presents new challenges.

Mostly financial.

At provincials, teams pay an entry fee and find their own way to Chilliwack.

The Western Canadian Baseball Association does not allow the charging of entry fees.

And yet, for Westerns, CMBA will be responsible for transporting each of the five visiting teams to and from the airport. The association will also have to pay for umpires and any other tourney costs.

CMBA considers it worth the trouble to enhance Chilliwack’s reputation for hosting high-level baseball events, but the organizing committee is asking for help.

Anyone wishing to donate to the cause can contact CMBA president Brent Bogart by email at cmbapres@gmail.com or phone at 604-799-1793.

Find local baseball info online at cmb.goalline.ca