UFV Cascades head for summer ball postings

Days removed from the end of their season, the Cascades are going to spots across North America.

A pair of University of the Fraser Valley baseball players are going to play summer league ball in Edmonton.

Chilliwack native Liam Campbell and Vernon native Dylan Emmons have signed on with the Edmonton Prospects, a team that plays in the Western Major Baseball League.

The 12 team league is stocked with collegiate players and is separated into two divisions.

Edmonton plays in the six-team Western division with the Brooks Bombers, Okotoks Dawgs, Lethbridge Bulls, Medicine Hat Mavericks and Fort McMurray Giants.

The Eastern division includes the Melville Millionaires, Moose Jaw Miller Express, Yorkton Cardinals, Swift Current 57s, Weyburn Beavers and Regina Red Sox.

The WMBL plays a season that runs from May 31 through July 29.

Cascades coach Shawn Corness feels Edmonton will be a great experience for Campbell and Emmons.

Emmons, a righty-throwing pitcher, went 4-1 in eight regular season appearances with 40 strikeouts, 24 walks and a 4.66 earned-run average.

He started one game in the Canadian Colleges Baseball Conference playoffs, fanning nine Thompson Rivers Wolfpack batters in a complete game 12-5 win.

“He’ll go seven, eight or nine innings each time out and he was our number one guy,” Corness said. “You know he’s going to give you longevity in a game and he’s going to compete for you.”

Campbell, a reliever, pitched 14.1 regular season innings.

He produced a 2.51 ERA with 10 strikeouts.

Campbell also worked behind the plate as a catcher, hitting .333 with four RBIs and two doubles in 18 plate appearances.

“I don’t know whether they’re going to use him behind the plate or out of the bullpen,” Corness said. “He had some relief experiences with us that were some of the best in the league, and if he can control his emotions a little bit I think he will be very successful there.

“This will be a good summer for him to realize he’s got to stay within himself to be successful.

“If he does that I think he’ll be fine.”

Other Cascades heading to the WMBL are Marcus Gregson (Moose Jaw), Colin Kellington (Yorkton) and Jake Gill (Yorkton) while Riley Ens joins the B.C. Senior Men’s League’s Coquitlam Angels.

Abbotsford’s Tre Pankratz will play for the Niagara Power in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

Just Posted

Chilliwack RCMP looking for $70,000 in stolen collector cash

Missing money in Canadian and Chinese denominations

BCHL bringing back the shootout

The junior A league approved changes to the overtime format at its recent annual general meeting.

BCHL officiating guru takes national role with CJHL

Retired National Hockey League linesman Brad Lazarowich is helping develop junior A officials.

Body of young man who drowned in Chilliwack Lake recovered

Searchers find 18-year-old from Surrey seven days after he disappeared

Portrait of a bridge-building leader: Chief David Jimmie

Chief Jimmie has an MBA, tattooed sleeves and a mischievous glint in his eye

Homeless people living on ‘Surrey Strip’ move into modular housing

BC Housing says 160 homeless people are being moved into temporary Whalley suites from June 19 to 21

Port of Prince Rupert names Shaun Stevenson as new CEO

Stevenson has worked for the port for 21 years as vice president of trade development

Senate officially passes Canada’s marijuana legalization bill

Bill C-45 now moves to royal assent, which is the final step in the legislative process

Mosquitoes out in full force already? Blame the weather

But a B.C. mosquito expert says the heat wave will help keep the pests at bay

Man pleads not guilty in 1987 slayings of B.C. couple

William Talbott of SeaTac was arraigned Tuesday in Snohomish County Superior Court

New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border – but with parents

Move would ease rules that limit how much time minors can be held with their parents

Without a big data strategy, Canadians at risk of being ‘data cows’

Presentation said artificial intelligence could give Facebook and Amazon even more power

Five B.C. families stuck in Japan as Canada refuses visas for adopted babies

Lawyer points to change in American policy around adoptions from Japan

Fake attempted abduction not funny to B.C. neighbourhood residents

Two teenage boys won’t face criminal charges after scaring girl

Most Read