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Yellow Jackets Announce New Partnership

The Saskatoon YellowJackets today announced the signing of a partnership agreement with the Joplin Blasters, an expansion team with the independent professional American Association.

Under the terms of the agreement, YellowJackets who have completed their senior college year and who have the ability to play at a professional level will be able to move to the Blasters once the WMBL season has been completed. They will also be available for promotion to the professional club for injury replacement.

“The YellowJackets have always been successful in helping groom professional baseball players. This year, three of our alumni were selected in the MLB draft,” said YellowJackets President Rye Pothakos. “The partnership agreement with the Joplin Blasters will give our players another pathway to professional baseball and assist us in recruiting top-quality players.”

“This partnership arrangement with a professional baseball club help the YellowJackets in recruiting high-end graduating college players,” Pothakos said. “Many players have moved from independent leagues to major league organizations. We’re creating another pathway to success for players while improving the quality of baseball for Saskatoon fans.”

The Joplin Blasters are an expansion team that will begin play in the American Association in the 2015 season. The American Association is the continent’s premier independent league and includes the Winnipeg Goldeyes as its sole Canadian team.

Saskatoon Yellow Jackets’ Called At MLB Draft

Three former members of the Saskatoon YellowJackets were selected in the 2014 MLB Draft. Jess Amedee was drafted in the 27th round by the Pittsburg Pirates. Amedee is a right-handed pitcher who played for the YellowJackets in 2011. Amedee completed his college career with the University of Texas (Arlington) Mavericks. This season he led the Mavericks in saves and rang up 46 strikeouts in 48.1 innings pitched.

Jared Deacon was drafted in the 33rd round by the San Francisco Giants. Deacon is a catcher who played for the YellowJackets in 2011. Deacon finished his college career with the Cal State Fullerton Titans where he won a reputation for defense and game-calling. He threw out 12 of 20 base-stealing attempts and guided the Titan’s pitching staff to a school record 2.25 collective Earned Run Average.

Bryan Sova was drafted in the 25th round by the Philadelphia Phillies. Sova is a right-handed pitcher who played for the  YellowJackets in 2012. In his last year with the Creighton University Blue Jays, Sova had a record of six wins and one loss with a 2.09 earned run average. Opposing batters hit a collective .225 against him.

Jackets Look To Get Poetic This Weekend

Great baseball and Iambic Pentameter will be featured at the Saskatoon YellowJackets next home game on Friday, June 6th.

Throwing out the first pitch and reading baseball poetry during the seventh inning stretch will be Saskatoon baseball poet Dwayne Brenna, author of Stealing Home: Baseball Poems.

“What Shakespeare was to love poetry and Homer to verses about epic struggle, Brenna is to baseball poetry,” said YellowJackets President Rye Pothakos. “On Friday we are bringing fans some great poetry as well as great pitching and hitting.”

The YellowJackets will be playing three home games this weekend. On Friday, June 6th, the YellowJackets play the tail end of a home and home series against the Swift Current Indians. First pitch is at 7:05. On Saturday (6:05 first pitch) and Sunday (2:05 first pitch), the Medicine Hat Mavericks are at Cairns Field.

Joining the team for this week’s action will be two NCAA Division 1 players, shortstop Conner Lloyd from McNeese State University Cowboys and first baseman Luke Lind of the University of North Dakota Bisons. The arrival of both players was delayed because of their college teams participation in play-off action. Lloyd had an especially strong post-season, batting .438 and playing error-less defense in the Southland Conference playoffs.

YJ’s Get Their SS

The Saskatoon YellowJackets anchored their infield defense by signing junior shortstop Connor Lloyd from the McNeese State University (Louisiana) Cowboys.

“Connor has been the starting shortstop for McNeese from day 1 of his college career,” said YellowJacket’s President Rye Pothakos. “This is unusual in a Division 1 school with a winning program in a very tough conference. It speaks to his talent, work ethic and determination.”

Lloyd is known as a wizard with the glove, averaging over 5 chances per game with a .961 fielding percentage and participating in 25 double plays. Offensively, he batted .251 and was fourth on the play-off bound Cowboys in both runs and RBI’s.

YJ’s Add Four From BYU

The Saskatoon Yellowjackets today announced the signing of four NCAA Division 1 players
from the Brigham Young University Cougars.

“Brigham Young plays in the very tough West Coast Conference. Four members of the graduating class turned professional at the end of the college season,” said Yellowjackets President Rye Pothakos. “Recruiting a group of players from a program of this calibre gives the Yellowjackets an exceptionally solid core for the 2014 season.”

Infielder and pitcher Brendon Erickson is a sophomore from Phoenix, Arizona. During his high school career at Sandra Day Connor High School in Phoenix, Erickson received all-state honours in both baseball and football. He was selected to the Arizona State High School All-Star Team.

Outfielder Bryan Heyward is a junior from Ogden, Utah. He played two years at the Salt Lake Community College, where he received an honourable mention for all-region. In his first season at Brigham Young, Heyward did not make an error for the Cougars.

Bronson Larson is a freshman catcher from Fruit Heights, Utah. As a high school player, he was named twice to the all-state team. Larson started 15 games in his first college season and showcases raw power, with two thirds of his college hits going for extra bases.

Court Iorg is a utility player from Pleasant Grove, Utah. Baseball runs in the Iorg family. His father, Dane Iorg, won a World Series ring with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982 and delivered the game winning hit for Kansas City in the 1985 World Series. Courts uncle, Garth Iorg, played third base for the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1980’s.

The Saskatoon YellowJackets are a member of the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL), Canada’s Premier Collegiate Summer League. The WMBL consists of 11 teams in Saskatchewan and Alberta. It provides prairie baseball fans with the opportunity to watch a high level of baseball while giving college baseball players the opportunity to compete and develop their skills outside of the academic year.

Yellow Jackets Release Home Sked

The Saskatoon YellowJackets have released their home schedule for the 2014 season.

The first pitch of the season will be thrown at Cairns Field on Saturday, May 31. The YellowJackets will play 23 regular season home games through the months of June and July. “We’ve had a great winter recruiting and have some real exciting talent,” said YellowJackets’

President Rye Pothakos. “Five YellowJackets alumni are projected to be picked in this year’s Major League draft. With the strength of this year’s team, I expect the team to be represented in future drafts as well.”

Dave’s Dis N’ Dat: Blades Sale? CFL Scape Goats? WMBL Fights Back!

Some of Dis N’ Dat to wrap up the week with some random thoughts from the week that was in sports…

Firstly. This isn’t really sports related but perhaps further proof that Saskatoon is an event city! 6000 plus people showed up Wednesday afternoon for the opening of the new South Circle Drive Bridge. If you can make it unique, exciting, and create a “can’t miss this” type buzz people will come! Maybe something to note for sports teams looking to market their product!

Some Tasty Thoughts On This Top 10 Tuesday!

As they say time flies when you are having fun… These last seven days is no different. Here’s my look at 10 attention grabbers from the last 7 days in sports including why the WMBL may have to RIP in Saskatoon and why Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons should have RIPPED into Jose Bautista.

Check it all out as here we go with another Top 10 Tuesday!

10 – Once again I start with the Saskatchewan Roughriders coming off of a big win in Hamilton on the weekend. It was far from a flawless performance for the Green and White, however,

TGIF With Some Of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat

A little of Dis N’ Dat to wind up the week….

Starting with the Saskatchewan Roughriders… Your guess is as good as mine whether Darian Durant starts or not tomorrow in Hamilton. The Voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Rod Pedersen reported yesterday that the team had two 46-man rosters filled out with Durant starting and without.

All I can say is going into a bye week may allow for Durant to at least start, however, Hamilton will be motivated to pressure him which may be a reason for him to sit.

Like I say your guess is as good as mine.

I have a great deal of admiration this morning for Edmonton Eskimo Head Coach Kavis Reed. The Eskies in a tight loss to Montreal did the Quarterback shuffle in the first half and he was much maligned for the move by the TSN crew. I think he deserves kudos for doing what he believes is right in developing his starting quarterback. Let’s face it, the Eskimos were truly a league review away from winning the game.

A Little Of Dave’s Dis And Of Course Some of Dat!

Well a week off is almost in the books. Here’s my take on what’s up in the world of sports.

We will start with the Riders and right after I submitted my CFL picks of the week I hear that Darian Durant was back on the practice field today. While enjoying some R&R with the family I had a chance to catch Kelly Remple and Rod Pedersen on CKRM’s Sports Cage. Kelly argued that Durant was injury prone but that he played through those injuries.