Members of the Whalley Chiefs baseball team in a clubhouse full of donations for Surrey Food Bank’s Basics for Babies program. (submitted photo)

BASEBALL

North Delta Blue Jays win U18 baseball provincials at Whalley park

Seven teams in tourney were asked to bring ‘Baby Box’ of goods for donation to the food bank

* This story has been updated.

Whalley Chiefs hosted the 18U AAA Tier 1 baseball provincial championship tournament over the weekend (July 11-14), and rivals North Delta Blue Jays earned a trip to nationals with a 6-3 win over Ridge Meadows Royals in Sunday afternoon’s final game.

The Blue Jays will now represent British Columbia at the national championship, to be played from Aug. 15 to 18 in London, Ontario.

At Whalley Athletic Park, the Baseball BC-sanctioned tournament involved host Whalley Chiefs, Chilliwack Cougars, Cloverdale Nationals, Kelowna Sun Devils, North Delta Blue Jays, Ridge Meadows Royals and Tri-City Thunder.

In a charitable initiative, admission to games was by donation to Surrey Food Bank.

“This year the Chiefs have decided to waive their usual $5 per-person, per-day gate fee for a food bank donation,” tournament director Jaelee Treit told the Now-Leader on Friday, on the second day of the four-day tourney.

“This is a significant revenue loss for the Chiefs, but a worthy cause. The Chiefs believe in giving back and supporting the community. Most people only think of the food bank at Christmas.”

Also, the seven teams in the tourney were asked to provide a “Baby Box” of goods for donation to the food bank’s Basics for Babies program – for “our future ball players,” Treit said.

“The team with the best Baby Box will win a prize. The response from these teams has been amazing. It’s going to be a tough decision.”

In the end, Kelowna Sun Devils won the Baby Box contest.

CLICK HERE for scores, standings and schedules.

Meantime, North Delta Jr. Blue Jays will represent B.C. at the 18U AAA Tier 2 Western Canada championships after winning Baseball B.C.’s first provincial of the 2019 season. At Unwin Park on July 7, the Blue Jays defeated South Okanagan 6-1 in the final, after a semi-final win against North Fraser.

Just Posted

North Delta crime beat, week of July 7

A selection of property crimes submitted weekly by the Delta Police Department

Public hearing set for two Surrey modular housing projects for homeless

Surrey council set to vote Monday on projects in Guildford, Whalley

Surrey RCMP, firefighters support Cloverdale boy’s lonely lemonade stand

Parker, 7, had few takers until Surrey first responders heard his call

Newton’s ‘mural alley’ to light up with entrepreneurial talent, food, music and more

First annual ‘Newt Fest’ is set for July 27 as launch for envisioned ‘entreprenueurial hub’

Fashion Fridays: 5 casual summer dress styles

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Trudeau says Ottawa open to proposals for B.C. refinery as gas prices soar

Prime minister says he knows B.C. residents are struggling and the federal government is open to ideas

HISTORY: Surrey hoedowns and ‘moonlight dances’ were the place to be

Dancing, revelry united community members of all ages

Clock’s ticking to share how you feel about Daylight Saving Time in B.C.

Provincial public survey ends at 4 p.m. on Friday

B.C. man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

B.C. First Nation’s group using ads in Texas targeting company for fuel spill

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Most Read