2018 Intermediate District 3 Team

FRASER VALLEY VIPERS ARE WORLD SERIES BOUND!!! #GoCanada #goD3 #goFV #GoVipers #GoGreen

The Fraser Valley Vipers, TEAM CANADA, at the World Series in Livermore California, finished their tournament with a 1- 2 record. Our side got off to a rocky start, facing Asia Pacific represented by Seoul Little League. The Korean bats were hot, and the final score of 23-0 showed how strong that team is. The kids from Korea have outscored their 3 opponents 55-2, and are in the International Final vs Puerto Rico (Guayama Little League), who squeaked out a 2-1 victory over Latin American reps Guadalupe TreviƱo Kelly Little League from Mexico in the semi.

Team CANADA bounced back from that first game with a gutsy 5-4 walkoff win against Europe-Africa Champions South Moravia Little League, from Brno, Czech Republic. Down to their last strike with 2 runners on, starting pitcher Jayson Tamayo tripled to drive in the tying run. This brought catcher Marcus Padovano to the dish, and he came through with a sharply hit ball to 3rd to score his battery mate and send the Canadian fans home happy, and keep their playoff chances alive.

Game 3 vs Puerto Rico was a good one, much closer than the 8-1 final score would indicate. Three pitchers combined to hold PR to 10 hits in the game. When they got on base, though, the kids from Guayama put a lot of pressure on the Viper defence. Our boys hung tough but a 3 run PR 6th inning was just too much to overcome.

While their tournament games are over, the World Series experience continues - the team took in the sights in San Francisco, and will play a friendly scrimmage with Team Australia on Saturday. The team returns to home soil Monday morning. Congratulations on representing your leagues, district, province, and Canada, so well!

They won both their round robin games, then waited for the winner of the semis, which turned out to be East Nepean, Ontario (there's something in the water over there, been seeing a lot of their green uniforms in post season!).

The final was an exciting affair, with our boys eventually coming out on top 9-3. Hats off to East Nepean for their sportsmanship and enthusiasm, which earned them the coveted Joe Shea Award for most sportsmanlike team at the tournament. Congrats as well to the BC team from Vancouver Island, who played with class and hustle. Special thanks to Mindy, Dan and the rest of the team at Langley Little League for hosting this year's Canadians.

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D3 Fraser Valley Vipers

Manager: Jerry Rise

Coaches: Bill Letcher, Ryan Harmer

Roster

Matthew Cooper*
Jeffrey Duong
Brandon Goulding*
Gray Harmer
Dylan Lefebvre*
Daniel Mansori*
Chad Martyn
Michael Pacheco*
Marcus Padovano*
Alex Rego*
Ryley Rise
Cole Robillard*
Jayson Tamayo

*CLL players