It’s now official; the 57th Canadian Little League Championship is set. The Provincial Championships across the Country are complete and the teams will be arriving in just days for a chance to go to the World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
This will be the first time the tournament is being held in the capital of Canada and is just part of host club East Nepean Little League’s 60th anniversary celebrations. ENLL has been to the National tournament twice in their storied history in 2004 and 2013, winning both years. At the World Series, the Ottawa club went 1-2 both trips.
The representative from British Columbia is the White Rock All-Stars. The team went undefeated in Provincials, winning the right to come to Ottawa. The All-Stars won the Canadians in back to back years in 2007 and 2008, and were the runners-up in 2013.
From Alberta, the Lethbridge SWLL Red Giants will be making an appearance. This was the fourth consecutive Prairie Championship attended for four of their players and six players are returning from last years trip to Nationals. Lethbridge was the runner-up in 2012.
The Moose Jaw AAA All-Stars will represent the Prairie Region. In the 2003 Canadian Championships the AAA All-Stars finished second place. Moose Jaw clinched the bid to Ottawa with a win 9-2 win over North Regina.
The Ontario representative will be the High Park Braves. High Park has the third most Canadian titles in Little League history, winning in 1960, 1989, 1995 and 2000. High Park was the runner-up last year and also in ’94, ’96, ’97, ’01 and ’05.
Quebec’s team is the Notre Dame de Grace (NDG) Lynx. This team was the runner-up in the 2004 Nationals. They have made numerous trips to Nationals and this is still a young club (started in 1998).
Finally, but certainly not least, is Glace Bay McDonald’s Colonels coming from the Atlantic Region. Glace Bay is second for most National Titles, winning in ’87, ’88, ’91, ’94 and ’03. They have also been the runner-ups in ’82, ’92, ’95, ’98 and in ’08.
On Opening Day, August 7th, NDG Lynx will start the tournament against the White Rock All-Stars at 11am. At 2pm it’s the High Park Braves facing off with the Lethbridge SWLL Red Giants. Finally, the last game of the day will have the East Nepean Eagles versus the Glace Bay McDonald’s Colonels at 6pm.
These teams will look to add to their impressive histories when they come to Ottawa later this week. Come out to this free tournament and support Little League in Canada.