It is not a CIS-sanctioned sport, but a whack of Canadian collegiate baseball articles have been piling up. You might want to read about what happened to UNB, which firstly had its championship series vs. Cape Breton cancelled due to bad weather, then was told it would not receive a wild-card berth for the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association (CIBA) finals in Oshawa. The six-team field includes OUA champion Western, "even though the OUA is separate from the CIBA."
Crazy. There's no interest here in taking sides, but when UNB manager Randy Corey is talking about "obvious underhanded stuff" and likening dealing with CIBA to "fighting the devil," it seems post-worthy.
As noted, it's like AB's recent post about former Brock ballplayer Andrew Tinnish becoming the Toronto Blue Jays' director of amateur scouting set off a chain reaction:
- Tinnish, who's from the Ottawa suburb of Nepean (he attended Merivale High School, walking distance from my house!), was profiled in the Ottawa Citizen by its fine sportswriter Don Campbell. Don is a well-respected baseball coach with the Ottawa-Nepean Canadians.
- Former McMaster Marauders player Todd Devlin, who's now contributing to the Canadian Baseball Network, wrote a piece on OUA baseball is underrated.
- Laurier's team, which is entirely self-funded, reached the OUA final.
- Via Fagstein (like the man says, can you think of a better title?) comes a video documentary by Concordia student filmmakers François Nadeau and Steven Myers about the diamond version of the Stingers, which you may view at their site.
Baseball Caper works against Cougars (Bruce Hallihan, Fredericton Daily Gleaner)