Bullpen Travel Teams

2014 Labour Day San Diego Travel Team Announced

2014 San Diego Team


California Oct 2014

  • where? California
  • when? October 11 to 12 2014
  • who? Ages 11/12



1. Lynn Valley Little League: District 5 Champs (9/10)
2. Hastings Little League: District 6 Champs (9/10)
3. Coquitlam Little League: District 3 Provincial Champs (9/10)
11/12 YEAR OLD DIVISION (LITTLE LEAGUE) 1. Highlands Little League: District 5 Champs (11/12)
2. Hastings Little League: Hosted and won the 11/12 Little League Canadian Championship; which enabled Hastings to represent Canada at the Little League World Series (Williamsport, Pennsylvania).
3. New Westminster Little League: District 6 Champs (11/12)
1. Burnaby Minor: Burnaby Minor Pee Wee AA Regular Season Champs
2. Surrey Canadian: Mosquito AA Provincial Champs Pee Wee A Provincial Champs


- Hastings L.L. 9/10 District 6 Champs, second place at Provincials
- Lynn Valley L.L. 11/12 District Champs
- New West L.L. 11/12 District Champs, second place at Provincials


- David Otterman: attended UBC, then drafted in the 7th round by the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Tyler O'Neil: 3rd round selection of the Seattle Mariners two years ago.
- Devon Stewart: Canisius University (New York), then slected by the Cleveland Indians in the 9th round, 2015.
- Liam Stroud: Niagara University, New York.
- Tyler Barlow: Midland Junior College, Texas.
- Jon Bauer: El Paso Junior College, New Mexico.
- Ryan Moese: Iowa Lakes Junior College, Iowa.





The Bullpen U11 Travel Team had a great run this year at the Arizona Triple Crown Tournament during Spring break. It was the best showing by a Bullpen travel team in the Arizona tournament, at any age. I could not be more proud of all the boys as they gave me everything they had. Unfortunately, we came up a little short in the end.

We won our first 5 games, which put us in a semi-final contest on the final day of the tournament. Unfortunately, our bats went cold against a team from California, who jumped on a couple of costly errors, which produced 2 unearned runs, and was the difference in the game (2-0).

To Recap:

Game #1; found us up against a team from Modesto, California. The boys came out ready to play and recorded a 10-0 victory, in a run spread contest. *Carson Merriman 3-3.

Game #2; was against a team from Colorado. Final score was Bullpen 11 and North Colorado 5. *Cole Columbus 2 – 3 / *Carson Merriman 3 – 3.

Game #3; was our pool play game, which had us matched up against another California team. Final score was Bullpen 7-0. Due to a monsoon our second pool play game was cancelled, which left us ranked as the number 10 seed in the 28 team tournament.

Game #4; Saturday found us matched up against the Green sox, from Chula Vista, California. Their tournament ranking was #6. The Bullpen squad came out on top 5-4, in a nail-biter, with the outcome in question until the final out of the game. The boys did not play their best game, but found a way to prevail in the end. Gabe Nelson used his whole body to field the last grounder, and secure the victory. * Carson Merriman 2-3

Game #5; second game on Saturday was against the #2 seed in the whole tournament. Our opponent was the Southern Cal, Assasins. The boys came out fired up and ready to play. Final score was 11-2 for the Bullpen. A special note to mention what an incredible pitching performance turned in by Colton Frick. He held the #2 seed to 2 hits over 5 innings. If not for the incredible effort put in by Colton Frick on the mound, and at the plate, our chances of winning were greatly diminished. It truly was one of the greatest performances I have witnessed by a pitcher in all my years. This team had basically run spread every team along the way. Notes: Colton Frick 4-4 / Carson Merriman 3-3

Game #6; our final game found us up against the #3 seed in the tourney-another California team. Unfortunately, the boys were only able to muster 2 hits for the whole game. It was just one of those things where the boy’s bats went cold at the worst possible time. The pitching we faced in this particular game was sub-par at best, which stings the most. We had beaten far better teams along our journey to the semi-final. However, such is the nature of this game!!!

As a team we went from the highest high to the lowest low in a matter of 16 hours.

What a great experience for all involved, not only on the ball diamond, but at many MLB Spring training games as well.

 Team MVP                   : Carson Merriman / Colton Frick  

 Top Hitter                    : Carson Merriman .687

 Top Defensive Player : Cole Columbus





The Bullpen (Arizona trip) U12 travel team turned out to be one for the ages. It was an incredible showing by a bunch of boys who gave their all right to the bitter end, without giving in. I am so proud of all the boys.

The Bullpen finished in 5th place out of a 32 team tournament. Our final record was 4 wins and 2 losses. The two losses occurred against the two teams in the tournament championship game, which makes a huge statement regarding how well the boys played. Plus, the vast majority of the teams we played against had already played 30+ games so far this year. This tournament found us with 2 games under our belt going in.

To recap the games:

Game #1; was a 12-0 win over a team from Utah. *Homerun by Lucas Yang.

Game #2; was a 14-2 win over another Utah team. *Another homerun for Lucas Yang.

Game #3; this game had an epic finish, which will be talked about for years to come! We were in a battle against a tough Cal-Irvine team who had a 4-2 lead going into the last inning of the game. The boys had no quit in them though. Ali Cazorla started the inning with a single to start the charge. With one out Gareth Wintjes lined a double, to score Ali, which made it 4-3. Russell Young then stepped up and ripped a triple down the third base line – two inches fair!!, which tied the score at 4. Justin Adamoski followed with a single to put us up by one. After a walk and an infield single Max Mitzel drilled a triple to clear the bases – at which point the air left the Irvine team. We ended up scoring 8 runs in the inning for a 10-4 victory. *Matty Wilkinson 5K’s in 2 innings.

Game #4; after the emotional high of our previous game-victory we had 10 minutes rest before the start of our next game, which was a tall task given the emotional roller coaster of the game that had just wrapped up. Our opponent for Game #4 was called “Rip”, who were from San Marcos, California. This team would go on to be the eventual tournament champ. The boys came out flat and made a few early (costly) errors. The final score was Rip 6 – 3 Bullpen.

Game #5; found us in an elimination game against another team from San Marcos, which had the boys focused and ready. We came out firing with 5 runs in the first inning, and ended up rolling to a 14-0 victory. *Ali Cazorla with a homerun / *Gareth Wintjes homerun.

Game #6 was against a very tough team from Texas. We jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first. However, they answered back with 4 in the bottom of the inning. The second inning found us with the bases loaded and one out, and ready to answer back. At this point the Texas team had to bring in their ace, who was throwing 77/78 mph (according to their coach), he struck out the next 2 batters to end the inning. Actually, he k’d 5 consecutive batters. The final score was 8-3.

Overall it was a tremendous performance by the boys, and the best showing by a Bullpen (U12) Travel Team in the Arizona (March) Tournament. This core group of players also won the Las Vegas Tournament back in November, so this group of players was certainly a pleasure to work with. I pushed this group of boys harder than any group I have worked with, which paid off in the end as these boys took the challenge and developed tremendously, not only as players, but as young men.

Top Hitter    : Alejandro Cazorla .615

Top Pitcher  : Matt Wilkinson – 12 K out of 16 possible outs

Team MVP    : Lucas Yang





The 2014 (U12) Bullpen Travel Team just returned from the Cranberry Classic (Nov.28-30 / Las Vegas) the last weekend of November. Bullpen brought home first place (Gold) for the U12 AA Division, which was a great accomplishment considering we only had 9 players for the final day!

The Bullpen Travel Team went 3-0-1 in pool play, which put us as the #2 seed in our pool heading into the final day of the event. Basically, we had to win three (consecutive) games on the Sunday to bring home top prize. Our quarter final game (at 8:00 a.m.) was a 9-1 victory, with Matty Wilkinson throwing a gem for us. The semi-final game was an 8-3 victory, and saw Lucas Yang pitch a complete game victory over a scrappy/mouthy California team.

The final game of the tournament paired us against a team (Orange County Patriots) we had defeated (11-7) in the first game of pool play. The Bullpen squad jumped out to a 6-0 lead after one inning of play. Matty Wilkinson threw two very solid innings for us before having to be lifted due to inning restrictions. The Orange County squad battled back to make the score 8-5 in the top of the fourth. We battled right back in the bottom of the fourth to make it 12-5; all runs scored in the bottom of the fourth were with two out as well. Our opponent did not roll over though as they came back to make the score 12-10 in the top of the 5th. As we headed into the top of the 6th, and final inning, I placed our only U11 player (Hayden Letzing) on the hill to seal the deal. Hayden shut down the potent patriots attack 1/2/3 in the final inning for the victory!

I am so proud of all the boys; the way they battled through such adversity to win the tournament was truly one for the ages!! All of the boys pitched in along the way as all players came up big at one time or another.

Notable mentions were Max Yuen, who played a stellar defence for us, with no errors. Both Matty Wilkinson and Lucas Yang delivered the mail when asked to on the mound. Our best and most consistent hitter was Russell Young, who hit a ridiculous .706 for the tournament. A final note to recognize Hayden Letzing, who was truly amazing given the fact that he had only turned 11 a few months prior to the event. Hayden closed out our first game (in pool play) for a victory, and did the same in the championship game as well, both saves against the same team, with zero warm-up pitches too!! Hayden hit .563 for the weekend as well.

Top Defensive Player :  Max Yuen

Top Pitcher :  Matty Wilkinson / 9 innings – 19 K’S

Top Batter :  Russell Young .706 ave.



Pool Play:

Game #1 Bullpen 11 vs Patriots (Orange County) 7

Game #2 Bullpen 14 vs California Surf 3

Game #3 Bullpen 3 vs Las Vegas Elite 3

Game #4 Bullpen 20 vs Las Vegas Blazers 3

Quarter Final: Bullpen 9 vs So. Cal Spikes 1

Semi-Final: Bullpen 8 vs California Bears 3

Final: Bullpen 12 vs Patriots 10






To all parents/players that were a part of the Bullpen 2014 Team, I would like to thank you all for making it a journey that will not soon be forgotten. We started the second week of September (with tryouts) and culminated with the tournament March 13-16. We battled the elements every Saturday to practice outside as much as possible. Not once did anybody complain, which speaks volumes of the character of the players who participated. I have never been more proud of a group of boys than this team. Everybody battled hard and left it all on the field, which is all anybody can ask. As for the tournament itself… we went from the highest highs to the lowest lows!! After we started off 3-0 it seemed we would be right in the middle of it all on the final day. Sadly, we lost our next two games by a combined total of 4 runs. Both teams we lost to were not better than us, this is for sure. The team from Cali and AZ had both already played 40+ games this year. These were our first games of the year. Moments from the tournament that are etched in my mind forever… when Sean Browne hit the triple in our fourth game to drive in a huge run and make it a three run game in the bottom of the last inning. Sean scored to make it a two run game, then we proceeded to load the bases with one out. Unfortunately, this was as close as we would come. Up until this point I had never heard Sean Browne say more than one word at a time. After his triple the joy/emotion coming from him was overwhelming! I was so happy for the young man. In our final game Joseph Sinclair pitched a game for the ages. Most impressive pitching performance I have ever seen at any age. Joseph K’d 13, with no walks, one hit, in a 5 ½ inning game. After our heartbreaking lose there was not a dry eye in the dugout. Nobody wanted it to end so soon as we were just finding our stride.

Tournament Notes


Joseph Sinclair

Top Defensive Player :

William Yang

Top Hitter  :

Connor Baily  .636 Connor crushed the ball all weekend. Even his outs were barreled up.
One final note… to summarize the end result of the Triple Crown Tournament attended by the Bullpen Squad:
–     Game 1:      Bullpen 7 – Seattle 5
Notes: Ben Columbus 2-2 / Connor Baily 2-2
–     Game 2:      Bullpen 11 – Sask. 5
Notes: Yang 2-3 / Combs 2-3 / Holdershaw 2-3 / Baily 2-3
–     Game 3:      Bullpen 13 – Seattle 5
Notes: Columbus 2-2 / Sinclair 3-3 / Slaterry 2-3 / Cassie 2-2
–     Game 4:      Cal. 8 – Bullpen 6
Notes: Combs 3-3 / Sinclair 2-2
–     Game 5:      Mesa 5 – Bullpen 3
Notes: Baily 2-3
The winner of game 5 moved onto play the top seed (bracket A) in the tournament, which is a huge accomplishment. We were two innings away (3-1 lead) from playing the #1 seed out of a 22 team tournament. Well done boys!!!

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