Local Little Leaguers head off to Nationals

Three players from Saanich's Hampton Park on team that won provincial championship

Hampton Park players Trey Hammond

Hampton Park players Trey Hammond

Three players from Hampton Park in Saanich are off to Calgary for the Canadian Little League national championships. Trey Hammond, Cam Thomson and Rhys Cammiade are part of a team of players from Hampton, Central Saanich and Beacon Hill that make up the Victoria District 7 intermediate team that earned a victory in the provincial championship July 9 in Langley.

The team will compete against three teams from Alberta and a team from Ontario in the Canadian National championship July 20 to 27 in Calgary. A win in Calgary would earn a trip to the Little League World Series to be played in Livermore, Calif. July 31 to Aug. 7.

Team manager Morley Wittman said he likes his team’s one in five chance of heading to the World Series.

“They are great kids who absolutely love baseball,” he said. “Everyone brings something to the team.”

Whitman believes this is the first team from Vancouver Island that has gone to the Nationals since the late 1990s. “It’s an exciting time for baseball and Little League,” he added.