Jackfish ground Cardinals in first ever School Day game

By Rod Mawhood

WELLAND - In front of 2,241 raucous, screaming students, teachers and support staff the Welland Jackfish first ever School Day game was a winning one.

The Jackfish grounded the Hamilton Cardinals 9-2 as representatives from the District School Board of Niagara, Niagara Catholic, French Catholic and French Public school boards took in the game under perfect weather conditions at The Pond.

Jackfish catche, and Welland native, Ryan Potrecz led the way going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in.

"I loved the energy of the school kids," said Jackfish Manager Brian Essery. "The players really enjoyed the atmosphere.

We were able to use three junior (Jackfish) pitchers, and two junior position players. It was nice for them to get some experience at this level."

Welland will now travel to Hamilton Thursday morning as the Cardinals host their own School Day game.

The Jackfish return to The Pond on Saturday, May 18th at 6:05 pm for their 2024 Home Opener. Single Tickets and Flex packs are available at https://www.wellandjackfish.com/tix or by calling 905-735-9834

The Welland Jackfish are a member of Canada’s best league, the Intercounty Baseball League. The over 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