March 13, 2017
Hastings Community League hosts 2016 Little League Canadian Championships
As hosts of the 2016 Canadian Little League Championships, Hastings Community Little League come away as victors in more way than one. A brand new field and champions of Canada – Hastings Community Little League has had a great year.
Hastings is heading to the Little League World Series and, considering how the Final played out, it’s difficult to believe they could be any better prepared going there.
Before an estimated crowd of more than 4,000 shoehorned into their own Hastings Community Park, manager Vito Bordignon’s tournament host crew pulled out a 1-0 triumph over provincial champion Whalley to claim the Canadian title and advance to the celebrated Williamsport, Pa., tournament for 11- to 13-year-old players.
Thanks to fundraising efforts and contributions from the Vancouver Park Board and City of Vancouver plus others; the field at Hastings Community Park was specially suited for this Championship finish.
New field, new name for 2016 tournament
If you’re a little league baseball player, there’s no place like home … or the newly named Richard Saunders Field.
The field was recently renovated and it opened in time for the 2016 Little League Canadian Championship tournament which took place August 4 to 13, 2016.
The Vancouver Park Board officially named the main baseball field at Hastings Community Park Richard Saunders Field.
Saunders has volunteered for 32 years in little league baseball starting as a parent and coach. He is currently vice president of the Hastings Community Little League, tournament chair of the 2016 Canadian Little League Championship Tournament and assistant District Six administrator for Little League BC.
He also raised money for baseball field renovations that led to a significant increase in the number of children playing baseball and played a key role in having the league host the upcoming championship tournament.
“Richard’s many years of service and leadership led to significant success for Hastings Community Little League which represented Canada at the Little League World Series in both 2009 and 2012,” said Hastings Community Little League President Kevin Clegg.
For more information on the field upgrades please see the Vancouver Park Board detail HERE.
Little League Canadian Championship Tournament
The Little League Canadian Championship tournament involves seven teams with players’ aged 11 and 12 years old, representing six regions across Canada, as well as the host Hastings Community Little League team. The teams are competing for the right to represent Canada at the annual Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.