Mosquitos loved playing in the fall

Baseball players take advantage of chance to play fall baseball

THE PENTICTON THUNDER wrapped up its fall ball season on Tuesday with a game between Team Red and Team Blue. Ben Nelson made it home safely as catcher Dexter Madsen catcher couldn't apply the tag fast enough with Ben Avila watching. The Penticton Minor Baseball Association held a fall ball program for the month of September.

THE PENTICTON THUNDER wrapped up its fall ball season on Tuesday with a game between Team Red and Team Blue. Ben Nelson made it home safely as catcher Dexter Madsen catcher couldn't apply the tag fast enough with Ben Avila watching. The Penticton Minor Baseball Association held a fall ball program for the month of September.

Mosquito-level players from the Penticton Minor Baseball Association jumped all over the chance to continue their season in September.

“We’ve played quite a bit of baseball,” said Nash Bilenki, who noticed improvement in his skills as a catcher and third basemen.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, 31 kids showed up to the ball park on Edmonton Avenue to work on their skills under the guidance of their coaches, one of them being Junior Deleon, the former South Okanagan Minor Baseball Association midget Tigers coach, who was asked to help.

Benjamin Avila used the extra practices to learn more about the pitching and shortstop positions.

Avila, a knuckle-ball pitcher like his favorite, R.A. Dickey of the Toronto Blue Jays, loved being back on the field. He said it’s better than winter ball that keeps them indoors, claiming it’s “not as good as outside.”

“It’s been kind of nice to have an extended season,” said Bilenki, who tries to work hard and make plays like his favourite player, Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays.

On weekends the Thunder played exhibition games and then traveled for the Kamloops Minor Baseball Association 13 and under Fall Classic on Sept. 26. Penticton lost to Vancouver Minor 15-5, Calgary Absolute 11-2 and Kamloops Red 10-7. They also earned a win against Kamloops No. 2. Deleon was impressed by the players’ talent and watched them go a perfect 6-0 in exhibition action before heading to Kamloops.

“It’s been a pretty good experience,” said Deleon. “I got an eye opener because I haven’t coached at this level in a long time. I hope some of the kids saw the talent that was out there. Hopefully they took something away from that.”

Deleon said they played well with some players stepping up. Bilenki said it was fun to see teams from Vancouver and Calgary. Dominic Delisle-Lavoie also thought they performed well and had fun learning from Deleon, who he said is a good coach. One of the things he picked up from Deleon was how to take a proper lead off.

Deleon found that working with the young group brought fun back to the game for him.

“They want to learn. The group itself is basically pushing each other to become better,” he said.












Just Posted

This parking on the east side of Martin Street will be removed permanently Monday morning (June 21, 2021) to put in the Lake to Lake bike lane. (City of Penticton)
Parking removed permanently to make way for bike lane in downtown Penticton

Work begins Monday morning to replace parking spots with bike lane on Martin Street

Jaimee Peters photo of a Willow Midwives helping with a birth. Willow closed its doors March 31 because of a shortage of midwives. (Contributed)
South Okanagan’s only midwifery to re-open this summer

Willow Community Midwives was forced to close because of a shortage of midwives

Gord Portman getting ready for the Father’s Day dunk tank fundraiser for Discovery House. So far Portman has raised $3,000. (Facebook)
Penticton man takes the plunge for recovery house that helped save his life

Gord Portman said Discovery House and Pathways have been everything in his 1 year sobriety

(File photo)
Supreme Court Justice rules Bay has to pay Penticton’s Cherry Lane mall

The ruling found that there had been no unavoidable delay preventing the Bay from paying their rent

Summerland cidery Millionaires' Row is hosting a Father's Day car and art show. (Facebook)
Vintage cars, art and cider for Father’s Day

Summerland’s Millionaires’ Row Cider Co. is hosting the car and art show

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed Eli Beauregard facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

Most Read