The Fort McMurray Midget ‘AAA’ Oil Giants are set to host the 18U National Baseball Championship.
From Thursday to Sunday, 10 teams from across the country will be in the RMWB to take part in one of Canadian baseball’s biggest tournaments.
Head Coach Chris Myers tells Mix News he’s very confident in his team’s chances.
“I think we can be very dynamic offensively and defensively as well. We have pretty good team speed so we have guys in the outfield and infield that cover a lot of ground, so that gives us the ability to play really good defensive baseball and keep us in games.”
He feels the tournament should do spectacular things for the growth of baseball in Fort McMurray.
“I think when you have people that love baseball and show that enthusiasm throughout the community, it just draws more people out in the community and helps grow the game.”
The championship is a collaboration between the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo and the Fort McMurray Minor Baseball Association.
An estimated 5000 people are expected to attend the 28 games being held at Shell Place and Ross Hennigar Park.
To help kick off the festivities on Thursday, following the playing of the national anthem at the opening ceremonies, a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornet aircraft from 4 Wing Cold Lake will conduct a flyby around 6:10 p.m.
After the opening ceremonies, Fort McMurray plays its first game against Team Alberta at 7:30 p.m.
Tournament passes, day passes, and single-game tickets can be purchased online at macdonaldisland.ca/events or at the Shell Place Box Office.