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Douglas Signs with Garden City

Great Lake Canadians right handed pitcher, Jacob Douglas has signed with Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas for this upcoming fall.  Jacob, a member of the GLC 17U team this year will leave the program as statistically, one of the most dominant Great Lake Canadian pitchers in the history of the program.  After dominating the 16U CPBL league last year, this season Jacob currently leads the GLC 17U club in innings pitched, strike-outs and ERA.  His ability to command the zone with three pitches allows Jacob to have the success he has had in the past couple years.

Jacob will join a Broncobusters program that is very familiar with the Great Lake Canadians.  CFS Original, Tyrus Barclay who is coming off a very successful freshman season will show Jacob the way down in Garden City.  A strong Junior College loop with plenty of GLC Alumni, Jacob will have opportunity to compete at a very high level of college baseball in hopes to move on to a solid four year fit after his time at Garden City.

Congratulations to Jacob on finding a great fit to continue his impressive career.

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Sanderson Heads West to UBC

Great Lake Canadian INF Cam Sanderson (Ilderton, Ontario) has committed to the University of British Columbia for fall of 2018.  Sanderson, an original GLC member has been a leader on all  4 GLC teams in his career.  Known for his speed and his outstanding defense, Cam has the tools to step in and contribute early in his college career.  Sanderson impressed UBC staff this past fall with a strong showing at the Tournament 12 hosted by the Toronto Blue Jays.  

Cam will join GLC Alum, and fellow GLC Original, Will Nitransky out in Vancouver in 2018.    Coach Chris Pritchett, former Major Leaguer and Coach Shawn Bowman currently in their second season at UBC lead one of the more impressive development staffs in all of college baseball.  The T-Birds had 2 top 10 round draft picks last year in the 2016 MLB Amateur Players Draft.  

Congratulations to Cam and his family on finding a great fit both athletically and academically!

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Five GLC to Join Team Canada

When the Canadian Junior National Baseball Team (JNT) touches down in St. Petersburg Florida this week, five Great Lake Canadians will be there donning the Maple Leaf.  SS Adam Hall (London, Ontario), OF Lucas Parente (Burlington, Ontario) RHP Jake English (London, Ontario), RHP Eric Cerantola (Oakville, Ontario) and Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ontario) will all join the JNT as they begin their annual Spring Training trip this Friday March 23rd.  From the 23rd through April 2nd, Team Canada will play 8 exhibition games against minor league prospects from 7 different Major League Baseball Organizations (Blue Jays, Rays, Orioles, Tigers, Braves, Red Sox, Phillies).  One of the most exciting opportunities for this young group of players will take place on Saturday March 25th when they will travel to Dunedin to play the Toronto Blue Jays.  This game will be shown live across Canada on Sportnet starting at 1:07PM.  In the past, Team Canada faced Blue Jays superstars, Aaron Sanchez, R.A. Dickey and Russell Martin.  All JNT Spring Training games can be listened to live by visiting  For more information on Baseball Canada’s Junior National team visit



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Garner Spoljaric Signs at Heartland CC

GLC RHP Garner Spoljaric has signed his letter of intent to attend Heartland CC in Illinois for the fall of 2017.  He will join teammate and fellow GLC RHP Jonathan Burkhart as a member of the Hawks.  Spoljaric, an original member of the Great Lake Canadians has made some exciting progress on the mound over the past year.  Impressive outings this past fall in front of the Heartland coaching staff, on one of the college trips, generated the significant interest that ultimately lead to this great opportunity.  

Heartland CC, located in Normal Illinois, is home to one of the nicest Junior College facilities in the midwest and the program holds a strong reputation of sending their guys off to 4 year schools.  Garner will have every chance to be successful for the Hawks and the way he has progressed over the last year will look to step in and be a guy that logs a lot of innings for them.

Congrats to Garner and family on his commitment.  

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Whalen joins GLC Alumni at Dodge City

GLC RHP Tyler Whalen will follow teammates Jacob English and Eric Lindsay to Dodge City CC this upcoming fall.  Whalen, a Hamilton, Ontario native and a product of Hamilton Minor Baseball has committed to the Conqs for the fall of 2017.  Whalen has been a workhorse for the GLC in the past two years and brings a compete level to the game that is unmatched.  This attribute, among many others, will lead him to success at the college level according to GLC 17U Manager Jeff Helps, “Ty’s a bulldog.  When he got the ball he gave our team a chance to win.  Even on the days he didn’t have his best stuff, he found a way to give us a chance.”

No stranger to GLC players, Dodge City CC will add their fourth GLC in three years.  GLC Alumni, Dalton Harvey paved the way for English, Lindsay and now Whalen.  A perennial powerhouse in the strong Kansas Jayhawk Junior College Conference, the Conqs give their players the opportunity to compete in one of the more competitive junior college loops in the country while exposing them to many 4 year schools.

Congratulations to Tyler and his family on the first of many accomplishments!

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Wilson Turning Heads Early in College Career

By Alexis Brudnicki

Heading into his first season of Mid-American Conference play with the Bowling Green Falcons, former Great Lake Canadians outfielder Jake Wilson has already added a couple of collegiate accolades to his baseball resume. 

As conference previews continue to roll out to begin the year, the 18-year-old centre fielder from New Lowell, Ont., was named the MAC pre-season freshman of the year by both Baseball America and D1 Baseball after opting to fulfill his commitment to BGSU after being selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 39th round of last year’s draft. 

“It’s flattering that they’ve noticed me and that some of my hard work has finally paid off and they see that I’m doing alright,” Wilson said. “But for me it doesn’t mean that much right now because I still have to prove myself. I have to prove myself every game and every inning and every pitch that comes by, so I can’t take anything for granted. I still have to go out there and play hard.” 

Understanding that there is still much work to be done, and that there might even be some added pressure with the increased amount of time in the spotlight, Wilson knows that the pre-season honours mean a lot for the people who have helped him to get to where he is now. 

“It’s pretty cool for them,” he said. “It’s nice to see when hard work finally pays off, and you get to see the end result and witness it, it’s just a great feeling. I’m sure my parents and friends and coaches feel the same.” 

Among the six players from the Canadian Premier Baseball League who were drafted during the circuit’s inaugural season last June, Wilson was the only one who chose to head to university. Enjoying his time, the team, and everything the experience has to offer so far, the exercise science major is confident he made the right decision.  

“Going to pro ball was just not a financially feasible option for myself and my family, plus I still have a lot of room to grow,” the 6-foot, 164-pound outfielder said. “I’ve got to get stronger, so the best road for me and my family was definitely going to school. I might as well get some schooling out of the way while I can, and a lot of it’s paid for, which is a bonus.” 

Wilson became the second Great Lake Canadians graduate on the Falcons roster when he headed to Ohio, joining right-handed sophomore hurler Mat Szabo. As confident as the Canadians were when they sent Szabo off, they knew when Wilson headed to BGSU that he would be just as ready for the next step, and are proud of his pre-season recognition. 

“That’s obviously a huge testament to him as a player,” said Adam Stern, Great Lake’s director of player development and manager of the 18U team. “For him to go into a program and be ready to impact that program as a freshman, that’s what every young player wants to do, to walk into a four-year school and be able to at least be in consideration to be an everyday guy. Obviously with Jake and the way he prepares, we knew with the way he finished last year that he was ready to go in there and be a part of that program, and in the end, be a big part of that program.” 

Wilson gives credit right back to the program that he left behind, believing that his coaches and the environment were what helped him to prepare for what he was walking into, and giving him a head start on what he would face in his first year of college.

“When I was with GLC, they really gave me the college vibe when I was playing,” he said. “They’re more like college coaches, and they prepared me for what I should expect when I go away. With them doing that, that definitely put me a little ahead of the other freshmen. Everything they did, I appreciate it so much because it has helped me a lot.” 

So far, Wilson has felt very comfortable with his new squad and his new school. Getting out on the field in a limited capacity before the winter weather hit, he even got a chance to see how he would fare at the collegiate level among the Falcons players, and was happy with the results. 

“In the fall we had intersquad games, and we had the Orange and Brown World Series,” he said. “We split off into two teams and just played each other, and I played pretty well in that. I was the leadoff hitter for my team, playing centre field, and I believe I batted .365 in that with a couple RBI. I felt comfortable playing at the college level…

“It’s a lot of fun here. Classes are going very well and all the guys on the team get along so well. We’re just having a great time playing baseball, working out, and conditioning together.”

With opening weekend just around the corner, and the Falcons facing the Texas A&M Aggies to kick the season off, Wilson is excited to see what his team can do and looking forward to much more of the college experience. 

“I feel really confident about the season,” he said. “The whole team has been putting in a lot of work in the off-season, conditioning and lifting hard, and what these guys have done is just unbelievable. I’ve never witnessed an atmosphere like this. I’m really excited for this season because I feel like we’re going to do very well.” 

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Orenczuk Becomes Newest GLC to Receive Scholarship

GLC OF Alex Orenczuk has committed to Colby CC in Kansas for the fall of 2017.  Orenczuk (London, Ontario) a product of Oakridge Minor Baseball was approached by Colby CC staff after a successful showcase day at the 2016 Centrefield Sports Showcase back in October.  Alex is entering his 2nd full season with the GLC and continues to mature and develop into a very solid college prospect. “Al has come a long way over the past couple of years.  His physical upside has always been exciting, but recently the maturity in his game has allowed for him to really take off” says 17U Manager Jeff Helps.  

Alex joins the Trojans who compete in the West division of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCAA).  A conference that is not only highly competitive but also home to several GLC Alumni.  Dalton Harvey (2015), Matt Warkentin (2015), Tyrus Barclay (2016), Eric Lindsay (2016), Jake English (2017), Corben Peters (2017) are all current or future GLC alumni to attend KJCCC programs.  

Congratulations to Alex and his family.  Alex’s commitment marks the 11th GLC member in the 2017 class to receive a scholarship and the 12th in the entire program since November 2016.

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Original GLC Matt Warkentin Commits to Xavier University

Matt Warkentin (Leamington, Ontario) has committed to Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio for the fall of 2017.  Warkentin, a member of the Inaugural Great Lake Canadians is currently attending baseball powerhouse Johnson County CC in Overland Park, Kansas.

Warkentin known not only for his high skill level but also for his hard work and dedication was on many major D1 radars before committing to Xavier.  A professional prospect out of high school, Matt feels that Xavier is a good fit for him both academically and on the baseball field.  

Matt continues to be a great ambassador of the Great Lake Canadians and we look forward to following him this year in Kansas and in the future at Xavier.

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Pitching Coordinator Adam Arnold hired by Toronto Blue Jays

Great Lake Canadian pitching coordinator, Adam Arnold has been hired by the Toronto Blue Jays as an associate scout here in Canada. The Jays have hired Adam to reinforce the scouting presence at the amateur level in Ontario. “We are obviously very excited to add Adam to the Blue Jays scouting staff in Canada”, says Canadian Director of Scouting, Jamie Lehman. “His background as a player and the work that he has put in as an evaluator and coach with the Great Lake Canadians will serve him well in his new role. Adding presence in Ontario has been a goal of ours for a few years now. Being able to have someone with Adam’s knowledge and passion on the ground in Ontario will be a huge help to both myself and the Blue Jays Organization going forward.” 

Arnold, a key cog in the birth of the Great Lake Canadians, continues to build a reputation for himself as one of the top pitching instructors in the country. Instrumental in the development of past and present GLC pitchers, Arnold has sent over 20 GLC pitchers to play college baseball in the short history of the Great Lake Canadians program. In 2016, GLC pitcher and protégé of Arnold’s, Austin Shields became the first GLC pitcher selected in the MLB draft. Shields, currently playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates, continues to work with Arnold throughout his first professional off-season. Prior to working with the Great Lake Canadians, Arnold served as the Pitching Co-ordinator at Centrefield Sports in London, Ontario where he worked with several future college and professional pitchers. 

GLC Director of Baseball Operations, Chris Robinson believes that Arnold is going to be a very successful scout. “Arn has a passion for baseball. He is a ball “rat”! He spends all day with our GLC guys then goes home and watches baseball games all night. He watches more baseball than anyone I know. As all good baseball people do, he always strives to improve. He reads, he watches, he listens and he has always had a gift for recognizing talent. These attributes suggest that he will be a great scout.” GLC coach and Kansas City Royals scout Kirk Barclay agrees saying, “Adam has a passion for the game of baseball that is going to serve him well in scouting. He has that unique ability to uncover tools in a young player and project what they can turn into down the road. You can’t teach that.” 

Arnold will join Barclay ( Kansas City Royals), and other GLC coaches Adam Stern (Boston Red Sox), and Derek Bloomfield ( Kansas City Royals) who are on the Great Lake Canadians staff and are also professional scouts for Major League Baseball teams.

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Romak to play for Team Canada at World Baseball Classic

Baseball Canada announced this past week-end that GLC coach Jamie Romak will suit up for Canada this coming March in Major League Baseball’s 4th edition of the World Baseball Classic. Romak, who has spent time in the big leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks just recently signed with the San Diego Padres after spending last season playing in Japan for the Yokohama Baystars in the Nippon Professional Baseball League. A veteran of the Canadian National Program, the WBC will mark the 6th time that Romak will wear the maple leaf. This is an experience that he is excited about: “I am thrilled to be playing for Canada in what will be an amazing experience. I can’t wait for us to continue to build on the great successes of Canadian baseball.” No stranger to the international baseball scene, Romak will add this WBC experience to his already impressive international resume which includes a Pan American Games gold medal (2011) and a World Cup of Baseball bronze medal (2011). A product of the North London Minor Baseball Program, Romak spends his off-season in London where he is a big part of the Great Lake Canadians program. Working with all the GLC teams, Jamie brings a wealth of knowledge to the program and has been instrumental in developing the skills of numerous GLC players both past and present. As Romak’s preparations continue for both the WBC and his 15th professional season, here at Centrefield Sports in London the GLC players, staff and families will have even more incentive to be in front of the television on March 9th to cheer on Team Canada when they kick things off against the Dominican Republic in opening round play.  

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