Mason Sherburne (left) and coach Rob Burnett were awarded the B.C. Minor Baseball Association U13 player and coach of the year awards at the BC Minor Baseball Association Coaches Conference in Feb. 2019. (Submitted Photo)

Penticton baseball player, coach win provincial U13 awards

The South Okanagan Minor Baseball Association was the only one to win multiple awards

Baseball is alive and well in the Peach City.

Last weekend U13 player Mason Sherburne and his coach Rob Burnett became the first ever South Okanagan Minor Baseball Association (SOMBA) members to win B.C. Minor Baseball (BCMA) awards.

SOMBA was also the only multiple award-winning association in the province.

As the U13 player of the year, Sherburne was recognized not only for his outstanding performance at the provincials, leading his team to a silver medal.

“How he carried himself and his sportsmanship was a really big part of that as well,” said Penticton’s Iain MacIntyre, BCMA first vice president and SOMBA coach. “He’s a very talented kid, a very humble kid who is hard-working and very coachable.”

For Sherburne, the award came as a surprise.

“I never would have expected that,” said Sherburne, a 13-year-old grade 8 student at KVR Middle School. “I couldn’t do it without my teammates. It’s just super special.”

Sherburne was also quick to thank his award-winning coach, Burnett.

“He’s great,” Sherburne said. “He’s taught me so much. I wouldn’t be who I am without him helping.”

One day, Sherburne said he hopes to play in the big league.

“I want to go all the way,” he said. “I work really hard to do that, but it’s going to be a tough road for sure.”

Related: Second B.C. silver for Penticton baseball squad

According to Burnett, who won the U13 coach of the year award, being a great coach is about more than winning games.

“My main goal with coaching baseball is to try to teach these kids life lessons that they can learn from team sport, hard work, accountability, being a good teammate,” said Burnett, who has been a SOMBA coach for the past seven years.

Not a “screamy” coach, Burnett said he likes to keep things fun and has developed a strong relationship with the kids.

“They’re like friends of mine,” he said. “It’s really complex, especially with this age group. You’re a cheerleader, you’re a coach, you’re a psychologist. There are so many hats a coach has to wear.”

Related: Tigers get lessons from former pro baseball player

MacIntyre said Burnett has the unique ability to keep players engaged at practices he puts on for the entire association.

“The kids in Penticton are lucking to have him,” he said.

“We’re very much moving in the right direction,” MacIntyre added. “Penticton baseball is as popular as it’s been going 15, 20 years back.”

Registration for the upcoming season can be completed on the SOMBA website: http://www.pentictonminorbaseball.com.


 

@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


 MarkBrett
Send Mark Brett an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Motorcyclist medevaced to Kelowna after collision with deer near Apex Mountain Resort

Male suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries to his neck

PHOTOS: What makes a winning Caesar?

Three local bartenders competed to make the best Caesar in Penticton

Penticton Legion’s grand reopening a success, says president

17 new members have signed up since the reopening Aug. 1

Festival goers at the 27th annual Roots and Blues Festival

The Observer asked: Where are you from and what brought you to the festival?

OHA alumna welcomed as new assistant coach for women’s varsity team

Alyssa MacMillan attended OHA from 2011 to 2016

70 years of lifting: Canadian man, 85, could cinch weightlifting championship

The senior gym junkie is on track to win the World Masters Weightlifting championship

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Summerland’s downtown has gone through numerous changes

Main Street has been commercial hub of community for many years

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Okanagan climate advocacy group protests against Tolko

Group to demonstrate outside Vernon head office Monday over plan to log close to water supply

Okanagan Cultural Connections live venue tour kicks off in Vernon

Two dozen promoters, national booking agents, and music reps to visit venues from Vernon to Oliver

Most Read