11u All Stars Battle at the Cal Ripken World Series in Treasure Coast, Florida

Today, Langley’s u11 all-stars got their first experience of what it means to represent Canada in a World Series. After travelling more than 5000 miles to Treasure Coast, Florida, the team received the team Canada jerseys and attended the Babe Ruth Experience and Media Day, interviewed live to thousands of viewers around the world.

It’s rare for a baseball player to play in a world series. How rare? Of the some 3 million under 12 baseball players in North America, about 1 in every 60,000 will play in a World Series in their lifetime. For Langley Baseball Association, it is slightly more common, of the some 15,000 youth who have played in the association since it’s inception, about 50 have played in a World Series. More common, but still a pretty rare feat.

After two a day practices and fundraising for two months, this all star team has achieved the impossible. Raising over $30,000 from close to 100 people and companies in and around Langley. Today the immensity of this experience really hit home. What happens next will be the experience of a lifetime, to be shared with only a few friends and family…a journey that was years in the making, but today seems immediate and surreal.

We are here. We are Langley Baseball Association. We are Team Canada.

Players:
Brendan Rohrer
Carter Teixeira
Dexter Beyers
Ethan Johnson
Kian Eliades
Kingston Sayers
Luke Laird
Mason Mandzuk
Nicholas Casquilho
Noah Laird
Nolan Bawtinheimer
Reign McKay
Ryan Poirier
Silas Watt
Tyler Trim

Coaches:
Phil Laird
Chris Mandzuk
Marty Beyers
Tyler Watt