Jackfish Announce Addition of 22U team for 2021 season

WELLAND – The Welland Jackfish, members of the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL), are proud to announce the unveiling of the new 22U Welland Junior Jackfish for the 2021 season.

The Junior Jackfish, who will play in the Central Ontario Baseball Association 22U division, will serve as the feeder system to the IBL club. Baseball Canada has ruled to change the current age group from 21U to 22U, which more closely mirrors age groups of collegiate leagues.  

Part of the new 22U team is a new partnership with the Niagara District Baseball Association, the governing body for all Niagara amateur baseball. "The Jackfish are excited to form this partnership with the NDBA," said Jackfish General Manager Jason McKay. "This partnership and this team will allow the Jackfish to move on to the next step of helping Niagara baseball grow!"

The Junior Jackfish will play it's home games at Welland Stadium between May and August. The club will host twelve home games at the stadium and participate in several tournaments before entering the Ontario Baseball Association Eliminations and National Championship.

The Junior Jackfish will be managed by current Welland Jackfish General Manager Jason McKay, who will be relocating back to the Niagara Region after 10 successful Junior seasons in Burlington.

“We are excited to be able to bring Junior baseball back to the area and do it under the NDBA umbrella," said McKay. "This team will be a great addition to the Niagara baseball scene and really assist the IBL Jackfish keep talent in the area."

The roster will be comprised of the top collegiate level players from the Niagara and GTA regions.

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The Welland Jackfish are a member of Canada’s top baseball league, the Intercounty Baseball League. The 100-year old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, with the league established in 1919, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. For more information, visit www.wellandjackfish.com or follow the Jackfish on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @wellandjackfish.