Contributed

Kelowna coaches train top young baseball athletes in Canada

Evan Bailey and Geoff White are headed to the Blue Jays T12 Tournament

Two Kelowna men are heading to Toronto, bringing their coaching skills to the annual BlueJays T12 Tournament.

Evan Bailey and Geoff White will set off to Toronto again to the cozy confines of the Rogers Center this week as the Blue Jays host the annual T12 Tournament.

T12 is a national tournament that brings together the top 160 players in the country that are in high school in the Rogers Center. Roberto Alomar is the tournament commissioner for the round robin tournament that is a “showcase” for all 30 MLB teams and 100’s of college that flock to see the upcoming talent in a single location.

Bailey and White will be coaching the group from B.C. that is touted to have some of the top talent in the country heading into the 2019 MLB Draft. This is White’s third time invited and Bailey’s second time invited by the Blue Jays.

“It really is an honour to be selected to coach at this event by the Blue Jays,” White said. “We know how many coaches across the province want to be selected, so to consistently be asked is rewarding.”

RELATED: Leaving Blue Jays is ‘difficult to the extreme,’ Donaldson says

White is coming off a 2018 national championship as the head coach of the Okanagan College Coyotes and is in his 11th season. Bailey who is the U18 Head Coach of the Okanagan Athletics and program director has placed 4 players to the T12 tournament roster and 3 players to the Canadian Junior National team.

“It is always exciting to go back to Toronto for this event. It has become the top event for any high school player in the country, only the Canadian National Team would be the team above this to make, so it is very special for players to be invited,” White said.

Carter Morris, right-handed pitcher from Vernon, is the lone representative on the roster from the Interior. Morris is a member of the Canadian Junior National Team and recent signee at Sacramento State University in California who plays Bailey and the Okanagan Athletics in the BC Premier League.

“Carter attended last years event and it springboarded his career, after a strong showing at T12 in 2017 he was invited to the Canadian National Team. He has developed into one of the top pitchers in the country,” Bailey said, who has coached him for three years.

@carliberry_
carli.berry@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Kelowna Art Gallery hosts new exhibition, Poetics of Space

The exhibition can be viewed from Feb. 2 until May 5

Kelowna RCMP use spike belt to apprehend alleged car thieves

Both suspects were expected in court Thursday morning

Kelowna RCMP ask for assistance to identify suspects

The break and enter resulted in a firearm being stolen

TELUS works with YMCA for Okanagan youth

A four week employment program will assist at-risk youth

First recreational cannabis store in Okanagan has quiet opening near Lake Country

Indigenous Bloom has opened on Okanagan Indian Band land

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Hergott: Memories of crashes fade

Lawyer Paul Hergott writes about the importance of journaling after a crash

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Remorse high for Vernon man sentenced for car surfing death

Driver of car that killed friend who was car surfing gets nine months in jail

Most Read