IBL players & Alumni Named to Baseball Canada WBSC Premier12® Roster
CAMBRIDGE - The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is pleased to announce that one current and three former IBL players have been selected to represent Canada at the 2019 WBSC Premier12® that will take place from November 2 - 17.
Current IBL starting pitcher Chris Leroux from the Toronto Maple Leafs will join IBL alumni Daniel Procopio (Kitchener), Connor Panas (Burlington) and Eric Wood (Barrie).
The 12-nation event will see Canada compete in Group C at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea with opening round games against Cuba, host South Korea and Australia. The top two teams in the group will advance to Japan to compete in the Super Round from November 11-16.
Two spots in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be awarded at Premier12 with one going to the highest-placed finisher from the Americas and one to the highest finisher in the Super Round/Finals from the Asia/Oceania region.
The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is the top level baseball league in Ontario, boasting ex-major league professional and elite NCAA college baseball players. The 2019 season will mark the IBL’s 101st in operation. The IBL is the fifth longest continually operated baseball league in the world and serves as a valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff. More than 40 IBL players have advanced to Major League Baseball or returned to the IBL following their MLB careers. The league is comprised of teams from Barrie, Brantford, Kitchener, London, Toronto, Guelph, Welland and Hamilton. For more information, visit www.theibl.ca.