Members and coaches with the Hampton Little League intermediate all-star baseball team represent three different parks in the region, also including Beacon Hill and National. They’re competing in the Canadian regional tournament later this month in Langley. Photo contributed

Ragtag group of Victoria baseball players gearing up for Canadians tournament

Late decision to compete in Little League Intermediate event leaves coaches, parents scrambling

They’re not the Bad News Bears.

But a ragtag group of Greater Victoria players aged 11 to 13 are getting ready to face the biggest baseball challenge of their young lives, the Canadian Regional Intermediate Little League Championships, on July 20 to 26 in Langley.

Representing Hampton Little League in name for the tournament, they played this season at Hampton (six), Beacon Hill (four) and National (one) Little League parks. Many are the same age as the major division all-stars currently competing in the District 7 city tournament at Central Saanich.

Unlike those teams, this group has had barely a week of practise time together and their exhibition games played can be counted on one hand. They’re off to Campbell River this weekend to play in a five-team warmup tournament that includes nationals host Langley.

RELATED: New youth baseball club taking root in Victoria

Things are coming together quickly for the players, who only found out recently they’d be competing at the Canadians, a three-team event that also features an Ontario representative.

“Originally we were just to go out to Central Saanich this weekend (July 14 and 15) and play in the provincials,” explained head coach Hollis Hodson, who’s been working overtime this week with team manager and husband Paul Hodson to get the team organized. “Then we got the news that no team was coming, because Langley is already hosting the Canadians.”

While the opportunity to compete at a national championship is exciting, she notes, it’s far different to have to arrange travel and accommodations for a full week for a team than drive out to the Saanich Peninsula and back. “Now we have to fundraise to get to the Canadians, parents have to take holidays … “

The group started a GoFundMe page Wednesday with a goal of raising $5,000 to defray costs that until very recently were unforeseen.

Hodson, a former ball player herself who has competed at national events, recognizes that financially and competitively it’s a significant undertaking in a short period of time. But the experience of competing in an event like this can also be a significant part of the players’ development as people.

“They’ll go out there and compete and have an amazing experience that 50 years from now they’ll be able to talk about and say, ‘wow we did that!’”

To donate to the GoFundMe campaign, visit bit.ly/2mew2K0

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Neighbours fear impact of tent city residents on Goldstream Provincial Park

Langford residents opposed to campers voice concerns at campground gate

Province now allowing tent city campers to stay at Goldstream Park

Contrary to earlier reports, Ministry of Environment says there is no hard deadline for campers to leave, park open to public

Oak Bay lawn bowling team takes gold in Qualicum Beach

Brent Jansen and Karen Evans take win at Canadian Lawn Bowling Mixed Pairs Championships

Victorians for Tranportation Choice survey Greater Victoria election candidates

Mayoral and council candidates from across Greater Victoria face 12 questions

Watch out for Pavement Patty: Drivers warned outside B.C. elementary school

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

VIDEO: Dozens line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Alleged border jumper from Oregon facing 2 charges after police chase in B.C.

Colin Patrick Wilson charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in 22 per cent of B.C. cities

‘Hero’ kid fighting cancer helping with B.C. Children’s Hospital fundraiser

Penticton’s Wills Hodgkinson helping raise funds for B.C. Children’s Hospital

Most Read